Here and gone is another exciting anime convention, and this time it’s North America’s largest anime convention, Anime Expo. We had a fantastic time this year. For us, everything went smoothly, but this was not the case for everyone.
I’m a big fan of Gundam Wing. For me, it was the series that got me into Gundam as well as anime in general. I’ve been slowly building all of the EW Master Grade kits. Recently, I picked up and worked on the Heavy Arms. I really loved building this kit, but while I was putting it together, I noticed some things.
After building a bunch of the frame and started adding the missiles to the shoulders, I noticed that it was pretty much just one shade of gray. With that in mind, I decided to paint the frame as Gray Metal color to give it a nice metallic look. I wanted the missiles to really stick out so I colored them a nice chrome color. I hand painted the entire frame, as well as the weaponry.
The picture above shows what the job looked like after the first coat of chrome. Not my best, but I’m still learning.
The other feature I really wanted to change was the gatling gun. I went between chome and gunmetal. Which made the gun itself look much more detailed. (See below)
While not my best paint job, I really liked how the gun turned out. The only thing I would change, is making sure that I clean up the seam lines in the gun.
Overall, this is a fantastic model that I would gladly build again. Next, I’ll be working on building a better Crossbone Fullcloth Gundam!
I looooove bread. I mean, who doesn’t? The other day I was craving some fresh baked, yeasty bread, but didn’t want to turn on the oven. Undoubtedly because I have been watching a bunch of K-dramas and reading Yakitate, I decided to make break in my rice cooker. I have a little Zojirushi like the one featured in so many of these. Watching and reading all of these convinced me that it would be easy to do. HA!
We found out recently that a new steampunk-y bar named, appropriately enough, Steampunk Alley opened in town. Understandably we had to try it out. The place is the front of another bar which was interesting, but not uncommon.
The decor was understated and steampunk-esque. The Tardis was painted on one wall, along with a brass ship. The facing wall had large gears painted on exposed brick. The actual bar is situated in the middle of the room with central shelving that is industrial with small items such as a miniature deep sea diving suit helmet, a la Jules Verne. The beers on draft were uninspired, but acceptable including an enjoyable brown ale made just blocks from the bar and a few other local options.
The liquor options are much more enticing with several options available. The whiskey selection is particularly impressive-not equal to a whiskey bar but notable nonetheless. The two bartenders were delightful as well, one had just started and while not knowledgeable she was very pleasant and quite willing to try anything. The other bartender was very knowledgeable and professed to enjoy a challenge-always a good trait.
It was a great bar and we’ll have to go back after they finish decorating and actually have a menu.