Product Quick Look – Citadel Painting Handle

The Man Cave has gone on a little spending spree recently. 

One of the new toys I’ve picked up is the recently released Games Workshop’s Citadel Painting Handle.

I did a little video, full of my usual nonsense and musings, so why not take a look.

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

Hobby Hack #3 – Engine/ Thruster glow


Painting engine/ thruster glow can be a bit difficult and time consuming, but here we have a simple and effective method for painting engine/ thruster glow.

All credit to Hivefleet_Horror, for this tutorial

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

Dropfleet Commander – Scourge Basilisk Battlecruiser 


The Man Cave takes a look at the Scourge Basilisk Battlecruiser, which was available during Hawk Wargames Kickstarter of Dropfleet Commander.

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

Building the Galactica Part 1


With the Holidays over, and the kids going back to school (finally), I have time in the mornings to start my first project of the year… Building Revell’s 1:4105 scale Battlestar Galactica.

I had a day off work yesterday, so I got to work on the Galactica. It was time to take the old girl out of mothballs. 
First up, I had to wash the model parts in Luke warm soapy water to get rid of any release agent on the model. Then the boring part, I had to leave them to air dry.

Once dry, I began to cut them from their runners, dry fit a few parts, and start to plan out the build.
I’m starting with the Galactica’s alligator head. First up I’m going to be working on her armour panels.

She has some nice, very nice, panel lines between her armour sections, but they are a bit too shallow for my liking. I want them to have a bit more depth and feel of giant slabs of armour bolted on to her, so I’m going to panel scribe the armour sections a bit more. 

My hoping for doing this is firstly that once painted they’ll stand out even more and secondly have a more worn/ battle damaged look.

Using my home made panel scriber (no expense spared), I got to work. This is going to take a while, so be sure to check back every once in a while, to see how she’s coming along.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

Revell’s Battlestar Galactica 

The Man Cave treated himself, and picked up a little pressie for himself…

Revell’s Battlestar Galactica, based on the 2004 re- interpreted TV show of the same name.
Incase you’ve never seen the original series, or the rebooted tv series, here’s a quick blurp from the side of the box.
A Battlestar is a Colonial super battleship that combines the capabilities of an aircraft carrier with those of a warship. The Galactica is one of the first twelve of these Battlestars, which were built at the beginning of the first Cylon War, each one represented one of the twelve colonies. The Galactica which is about 50 years old and over 1400m long, as the last of her type in service with the colonial fleet is about to be decommissioned when the Cylons launch another attack 40 years after the first attack on the twelve colonies. Before the attack the Galactica was a member of Battlestar Group 75 – BSG-75, but after that undertook the protection of the last survivors of the Twelve Colonies during their flight to the distant legendary 13th colony.
I personally loved the reimagined looks of the Galactica, and when I saw this kit on sale, I grabbed it. I’ve popped open the box and have done up a quick ‘what’s in the box’ video… No expense spared.

It really is a very nicely detailed model, and big too. I have plans on blinging the sh#t out of this kit. I’m getting (once I have the money together) the photoetch upgrade kit and a lighting system for the Galactica. They’re not the cheapest but ‘The Bucket’ is going to be amazballs once I’m finished with the old girl.
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

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 (Iron Blooded Orphans Hyakuri)

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

I was able to get mine 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 sheet. Once opened up you’ll find…

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… 5 sprues of model parts that are in a military sort of tan and green, a sprue of polycaps, a modest sized sticker sheet and a basic display stand.

Fluff wise the Hyakuri is a High Mobility Space Type Mobile Suit Gundam. This is reflected in the kit. The Hyakuri has a slim, almost skeletal appearance, which i really like. Here’s the main body of the Mobile Suit…

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As its a High Speed Gundam the Hyakuri comes with a ‘Big‘ backpack. I chose to panel line the backpack rather than use the stickers supplied.

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The Hyakuri has 2 modes, a Mobile Suit mode…

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… and a flight mode…

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The kit has a number of gimmicks. The first and main one is that when changing into Flight mode, the Hyakuri’s arms and guns fold up into its backpack and from this position its still able to hold its guns.

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Another gimmick of the kit is by using connector parts, your able to detatch the underside parts of the backpack and connect them to the arms to form shields/ knuckle dusters.

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On the backpack (on either side) there is removable tabs, which come into play with the Option Kit 2 (we’ll talk about that in a latter post).

All in all, this is a very nice kit. If i had anything bad to say about it, it would be only a minor gripe about the backpack. Due to the size of it, the Hyakuri cant stand without the use of the stand you get in the kit.

A minor gripe, as I said. As with the stand you can display him in a number of poses (Flight mode or Suit mode) and you can even use it to pose a different Gundam in the Iron Blooded Orphans line.

– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans McGillis Schwalbe Graze to be exact)

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I got a new Gundam, High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans McGillis Schwalbe Graze, jaysus thats a mouthful and a half.

I was lucky enough to get mine from…

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In the box you get…

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…3 bags of sprues, an instruction guide and some advertisements.

unlike with my Barbatos kit, i didnt get a little game card with this kit. I dont know how true it is but i have been previous been told that the little game cards were only included with the first production run of the Iron Blooded Orphans Gundams. Oh well…

In the bags, you’ll find 7 sprues, a sprue of polycaps and a small sticker sheet…

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… the sprues are molded in 2 shades of blue (a light and a dark colour) and 2 different shades of gray (again a light and a dark shade).

With the sticker sheet i had a bit of a problem.

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First is the V- shaped sticker for the head. It has to be position correctly so it doesnt block a slit that the top part of the head attaches to, then you have to fold it over. Its understandable, but would have been nice to have separate parts.

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For the most part the Schwalbe is a similar build to the standard Graze Gundam (the green grunt suit from IBO) but with a few differences shoulder pads, back pack and new leg + arm pieces.

Accessory wise he comes with the same weapons as the Graze Gundam. He has an axe and a gun but comes with a cool wrist mounted blade/ harpoon.

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As a side note, the wrist blade can be removed from the Schwalbe and added to the Barbatos similar to the Graze’s shoulder pads. I’m not going to show this off just yet as i still need to get a Graze for myself.

The Schwalbe can be further upgraded thru the IBO Option Kit 1. The Option Kit 1 gives the Schwalbe a new gun (a sort of small snub nose machine gun) + a new melee weapon (a lance type weapon), best of all these 2 slot together to make 1 piece.

All in all, i really like this kit. It’s similar but different enough so not to be repeatable.

– from The Man Cave