I love Abira's Toradora kits and this Taiga kit here has been on my wishlist for a long time. She was released as a PVC but I didn't like the paintjob so I had to hunt her garage kit version down and do it myself. She comes with another pair of thin twin-tails but the parts don't fit so I'm keeping her with the hair buns until I have the nerve to improve the parts (i.e. never). She was modeled after an artwork and I'm still searching for the matching Ami.
This is my second Youmu garage kit and second ReplyFrom kit. Colors always turn out a bit differently but I think the green came out really well. I'm sorry that Myon is barely visible due to the white background. Enjoy!
I've had a long-ish break from building garage kits due to the cold weather but since NebuK built me an indoor airbrush station, I'm as active as ever! My last batch of prepped kits includes Maya, one of my last commissions. She doesn't have many parts but the ones she had didn't really want to fit together so there was quite some putty work involved. Hope her commissioner likes her!
If you've also bought the new "Super Smash Brothers" on the 3DS, chances are that your Analog-Stick also suffered some major or minor damage. From various source on the Interwebs it seems that many people suffer from completely breaking-off analog pads, whereas others report "sluggish" or "stuck" pads. We got the "sluggish" version. And i will show you how to fix it...
Hourai concludes the last batch of kits I managed to finish this year. All the prep work was done last year (except for Haruka, I think) so despite my lack of time for the hobby, I got something done, hurray! For those of you who are not that familiar with Touhou lore, Hourai is one of Alice's dolls. I say that because she only has very subtle signs that she's a doll in this figure. Her small hands show doll joints at the fingers but that's about it. Speaking of hands, I first lost one of her hands and then "found" it again in pieces because I apparently stepped on it without noticing. I clumsily glued the pieces together and had to model part of it from scratch. Taking care of small parts is not my forte... but I now try to always put small parts into bags so they don't get lost.
If it wasn't for her massive hair, she would be able to stand on her feet alone. Since she's technically a doll, I have no idea what her scale is. Maybe 1/3? I don't have her with me right now but she stands about 12cm tall, I believe. Which means she's pretty small. I enjoyed painting her a lot!
Don't let the photos fool you, she's 1/6 and huuge. She stands beside Dark Angel Olivia and is the same height. There's something really satisfying about building a figure that has some presence which is also why I love figures with elaborate bases or big weapons! I like how her turquoise hair contrasts with the red, white, yellow that dominates the rest of her outfit. I can't remember having too much trouble with this kit. The only thing you have to be prepared for is painting all those dotted yellow ribbons and her apron is NOT separated from the rest of the dress, so that needs some careful masking. She requires more patience than it appears at first glance but you'll be rewarded with that cute smile! :3
It's nice to work on a simpler kit once in a while. The fitting was pretty good and only her hair pieces gave me trouble sanding. She has a lot of dark colors and I struggled with mixing the right ones, because I didn't want hair, dress and stockings to look the same. But the subtle hues were never the same when I looked for reference pictures. Same, when I looked for her eye color. In the end, I opted for a slight brown tint in her hair and sprayed her blazer blue.
Just recently I bought new masking fluid and tape and used both to maks her buttons and uniform borders. I'm really happy how clean that turned out! ^^
Aaand that concludes my kits from 2013. Yagyuu Toshiyuki is my favorite sculptor, hands down. His figures are somewhat small in scale but they still have sharp details and I adore the way he does frills and hair. Remilia here is a 1/10 scale at best. I'm glad he picked up Touhou and hope he will release more. Apart from Remilia, he's done Youmu and Marisa so far. Go look at the reference pics of all of them, they are gorgeous. My version is a tad brighter than the original images but I think she still looks awesome. Painting her brick wall base was a new experience for me as I haven't tried drybrushing before. There's a lot of room for improvement but it's okay for a first try.
I figured I should write a few more words when posting a gallery. Given how many hours I spend building a kit, there must be something I can write about, right? And yet my mind goes blank each and every time. I keep having that problem when attempting to write something about pictures I draw. Most of the time it boils down to "I made that for person X. enjoy" but I keep trying.
Palette was one of those figures I've had my eyes on for a very very long time. I preordered her PVC, cancelled it again hoping it would drop in price one day. I loved the sculpt but disliked the paintwork which was a deal breaker for me. She didn't really end up in the bargain bin and then I forgot about her. Years later, I find a recast for sale in a garage kit forum, missed her because I pm'ed the seller too late and then bought her from the first buyer after a few months. I'm really happy that I was able to get her in the end and to make it even better, I got it as a garage kit and was able to paint it myself.