I got a new Gundam… (Iron Blooded Orphans Option Set 4)

I got a new Gundam… High Grade 1/144 scale, Iron Blooded Orphans Option Set 4, to be exact.
As usual I got this kit from the awesome guys at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.

Inside the box, you’ll find…

A small bag of Runners, in a purple/ lilac colour, and a small instructions sheet.

Once assembled, you have a booster (Primarily for the HG IBO Kimaris), a sword, and a new Mobile Worker.





A bit of a disclaimer is called for in my review of this Option Kit. Option Kit 4 is geared towards the Kimaris, and I don’t like the Kimaris. Not its look, gimmicks, or  it’s colour style (I do however very much like the Kimaris Trooper, even though they share many similarities).
This Option Kit is by far the weakest of those released thus far, IMO. If your a fan of the Kimaris, then go ahead and get this kit. If you fancy a pretty cool looking sword for your Graze or Graze variant, it’s sort of a 50/50 answer.  But hey, at least we get another mobile worker to add to your collection (at some point I will paint up the ones I already have).
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

Gundam Custom Competition – Petit’GGuy 


My Gundam Club is running a new custom competition. This time round, we’ll be using the High Grade, 1/144 scale, Petit’GGuy as the base kit.
I have a few ideas for my custom but I’m not sure if which one I’ll go with. Some will need a bit of a kit bash, and others will just need a paint job.
Some of the ideas I have are:

Deadpool


Attack on Titan


Hello Kitty


Batman Beyond


So, what do you guys & girls reckon? Any ideas yourselves?
Until next Time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam… (HG Petit’GGuy)

I got a new Gundam… High Grade Petit’GGuy. Actually, I got 3 of this particular kit (although in different colours).

I got them from the great lads at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.

So a bit of a backstory about these kits. Every time I’ve sat down to work on one of my Gundam kits, my children wanted to ‘help’ me. I’ld end up in the bad books with the other half and kids for not letting them (cause their Daddy’s toys). 

So this time round I thought i’ld get them their own… And also to annoy the misses.

Inside the box you’ll find…

A small bag of sprues and a small instruction sheet. Once opened up,  in the bag you’ll find…

…Three little sprues, a very small sprue of polycap’s, and a very small sticker sheet.

My girls really enjoyed putting together their Petit’GGuy’s. 

And with a little parental supervision, they put them together in no time at all.

I have to say, Petit’GGuy is a pretty cute and simple little kit. My daughters really enjoyed building their kits, and I would recommend this kit to anyone wanting to build a Gundam with their children.

The Petit’GGuy comes in a number of different colours, they can also come with musical instruments such as drums and guitars. They also come in different guises such as pandas, cats and even an angel.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion)


I got a new Gundam… 1/144 scale, High Grade, Iron Blooded Orphans, Gusion, to be exact.

As usual, I got my Gundam from the excellent lads of Dublin City Comics and Collectables.


In the box, you’ll find 2 bags of plastic sprues and an instruction guide. 


Once opened up and out of the bags, you’ll find a very small sticker sheet, about 5 or 6 sprues in 2 shades of green, grey, and a light purple/ lilac colour.

The Gusion, is a fun and simple build. It has a partial inner frame and its bulk is made up by large plates. Gusion is one of the shortest Gundams in the IBO (Iron Blooded Orphans) range in terms of height but what it lacks in height, it certainly makes up for in bulk. 


For accessories with this kit, we get a machine gun and a big ass Hammer (I think it was called the ‘Meteor Hammer’ in the show).


By folding down a small panel on the Gundams back skirt, and by removing a small panel and adding a connection piece, both weapons can be stored on the Gundam.

I for one have been waiting to get my hands on a Gusion. It’s a neat little Mobile Suit, between its looks, the amour, and surface detail it’s very orginal in the world of Gunpla.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Gundam Custom – Gusion Rebake Urban Camo Style

I recently got a new Gundam model kit…

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It’s the 1/144 Scale High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion Rebake by Bandai.

It’s a nice kit with good articulation. Incase you didnt know, Gundam High Grade kits aren’t static in their poses. They have joints (that swivel, rotate, and allow swinging) in their body parts of arms, knees, legs, etc which allow them a high level of poseability.

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With the Gusion Rebake although I like the design, I’m not a fan of the kits colour. So I’m going to give it a ‘Custom’ paint job. I have an idea of an Urban Camo pattern for this kit. I’ve never tried a camo pattern before, so it’s going to be a learning experience. I don’t own an airbrush, so I’ll be using my good old paint brush.

For painting the kit I’m going to be using the following materials:

* Citadel Chaos Black Primer
* Citadel Astronomican Grey
* Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey
* Citadel Ironbreaker
* Citadel Dwarf Bronze
* Citadel Nuln Oil
* Games Workshop Ultramarine Blue
* Games Workshop Ice Blue
* Games Workshop Scorpian Green
* Blue Tack

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First of all, after building the kit I have to take it all apart again.

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First up, I prime all of the Gusion Rebake’s armour pieces in Chaos Black.

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Once dry, I apply strips of Blue Tack over the pieces in a sort of stripped pattern. I then paint over the pieces with Astronomican Grey.

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Once dry, I repeat applying pieces of Blue Tack in a stripped pattern, and this time I apply Adeptus Battlegrey. I then allow the paint to dry.

Once dry, I begin to peel off all the Blue Tack.

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As the Rebake has a partial inner frame, I’m going to Dry Brush it with Ironbreaker. If your unfimilar to Dry Brushing, it’s basically where you brush a very fine layer of paint over parts.

Once the Dry Brushing is dry, I use the Dwarf Bronze to paint the tubes on the Rebake’s arms, its thrusters on its shield and the vents on the Rebake’s waist and chest, followed by a Wash of the Nuln Oil on those parts.

The Scorpian Green, Ultramarine Blue and Ice Blue is used on the Rebake’s eyes and the camera lens on its head.

Once all dry, I reassemble the gundam.

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Once all dry, I apply a Dry Brush along the edges and curves of the armour to give it the appearance of wear and tear.

All that’s left is to apply a Top Coat to the model to prevent the paint being accidentally rubbed off.

Not bad for my first time trying an urban camo scheme. A few mistakes were made and a couple of boo boo’s happened (I broke off half his V fin) but all in all I’m happy with the results.

Why not give it a try for yourself and let me know how it went.

– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion Rebake)

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I got a new Gundam, 1/144 scale High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion Rebake, to be exact.

I was quick enough to grab one from the guys at Dublin City Comics & Collectables.

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In the box you’ll find…

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… 3 bags of sprues and an instruction guide. Within the bags you’ll find…

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… about 7 sprues that come in a gray (for the inner frame), beiges & some white (for the armour parts), also an orange shade. Also, included is a rather large foil sticker sheet.

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It’s a big sticker sheet even for a High Grade, and it still leaves the kit less than accurate in terms of colouring.

If the Gusion looks a bit fimiliar thats because it is…

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In the Iron Blooded Orphans series the Gusion was captured by the boys of Tekkadan, and seeing how it shared the same ‘Inner Frame’ as the Barbatos, it was upgraded with parts from Barbatos.

With a straight build the Gusion Rebake is very similar to the Barbatos. However, where the Barbatos has a complete ‘Inner Frame’, The Gusion Rebake doesn’t, so you won’t be able to make a Barbatos clone. That’s ok, cause the Gusion Rebake has its own personality. With a straight build (minus the stickers), the Gusion Rebake looks like this…

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The Gusion Rebake combines the old with the new. It has a new sleeker look, compared to its old self…

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… It still uses visuals and ‘parts’ from its old self (namely, the Rebake’s big butt plate is a throw back to the Gusion’s chest and back plates, and its legs form parts of its new back pack).

For accessories, we get a modified version of the ‘Graze’s’ rifle, 2 heads (an open and enclosed version), and a shield (although technically its also part of the suit).

For gimmicks, the Gusion Rebake has 2 hidden arms in its backpack. The arms are similar in appearance to the ‘Graze’s’ arms.

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The Rebake’s mini arms slide down from inside the big thrusters. They are able to hold different weapons so if you wanted, you could equip it with 4 ranged weapons, 4 melee weapons, or a more balanced approach of 2 ranged & 2 melee weapons.

All in all, the Gusion Rebake is a nice kit, although not without its faults. I can understand the large sticker sheet, as for its price point and being a High Grade, we wouldn’t be getting such a large parts separation for colourings. The biggest fault I personally have with the Rebake is this…

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… There is a huge gapping space where its shoulder connects to the arm, this for me is a let down. All it would have taken is for a little flap or moveable armour piece to go in here and the appearance would have been golden for me.

All in all, its a nice kit. It’s fimilar but different enough in the build process. It has a unique look to itself, although this some can argue is just because of its backpack and gimmick. Poseability is high enough, just a little below the HG Barbatos & Graze, but miles ahead of its old self.

Well, that’s all for now, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (RGM- 96X Jesta)

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I got a new Gundam, 1/144 Scale High Grade Universal Century RGM- 96X Jesta to be exact.

Just off the bat, I have to say I love this kit. From its look, colours and accessories, I’ve been looking forward to getting this kit (and its sister kit, the Jesta Cannon) for a while now.

I was able to get this and others from the guys at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.

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In the box you get…

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… 3 bags of sprues and an instruction booklet. In the bags you’ll find…

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… about 8 sprues in a dark blue, grayish blue colour and 2 small sticker sheets. One of which is used for squad markings, which is pretty cool as you don’t normally get them.

After a quick straight build the Jesta is an impressive Gundam.

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Its silouhette, weapon and colourings really gives it a ‘Special Forces’ look.

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The Jesta’s articulation is very good, allowing you to pose it in a variety of ways. From shooting to a flying leap with its Beam Sabre.

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For accessories, you get the Jesta’s Beam rifle (which is a very cool ‘Special Forces’ design), its Beam Sabre (with 2 Beam blades) which is stored in its left fore-arm and quite a large (compared to other kits) selection of hands in different poses.

For gimmicks, there is 3 ammo packs stored in the under side of the right fore-arm (although these are molded together). The Beam Sabre is stored in the under side of the left fore-arm. Although molded together, by lowering the clasp, the Jesta can be posed reaching for grenades located on its hips.

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But the main gimmick of this kit is its shield. Located on its backpack, the shield has a nice range of movement. The shield is able to rotate, turn and swing into a number of positions, to allow for a number of poses.

The kit does need a little bit of painting to make it anime accurate. Most notable the little missiles located on its shield (they’re the little pips on the lighter colour part of the shield).

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Regardless, this is a kit I would recommend to anyone.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave