Yes indeed. The postman had something for me today. A package from Hongkong.
A few weeks ago, the (in)famous Tomsche had yet another one of his great ideas. As if "A Regiment A Month" didn't put enough pressure on us and our precious and limited painting time, he just had to introduce something new. And so Gundanium was born. It is supposed to be an quick and easy to learn, fast playing game involving everyones favourite Japanese robot warriors, the Gundams. It was decided to work with the High Grade 1/144 scale Bandai models as these models are easy to find (just type 1/144 gundam on eBay and see), easy to construct, have a nice level of detail and are quite cheap as opposed to the huge, expensive and complicated 1/60 scale Perfect Grade models.
The next big question was, what gundam should I go for? I decided to go for one of the less seen Gundams, ruling out the usual suspects such as Wing Zero, Freedom and Impulse. As I don't like the way the solar furnace sticks to the back of the gundam, any of the de OO gundams were removed from the list as well. As I think Seed and especially Seed Destiny are the best gundam series so far I narrowed my list further down to gundams from those series. And so I came along the princess of Orb, Cagali and her gundam Strike Rouge. Ok, she may not be as hot as Lunamaria Hawke, and she lacks Lacus Clyne's distinguished style, but the temperamental blonde tomboy certainly has something special making her one of my favourite gundam characters. So I decided to go for Strike Rouge.
Much to my surprise the box contained several multi-color sprues, allowing the kit to be finished without painting, should you choose to do so. However as I believe painting is a very important part of the hobby, I intend to paint Strike Rouge. After all, Cagali deserves the best for her gundam :-)
As for my other projects, here's a small update.
I had to restart my work on Mary from scratch after a rather disasterous crash. An unpleasant contact with the floor chipped some paint off, leaving me with no other choice than to strip the paint off and start all over again. At the moment she has been reassemble, primed, given basecolors and I have started shading and carefull highlighting.
Also the work on my next ACW regiment for "A Regiment A Month" is going great. I have decided tomake them the Alexandria Rifflemen, a company of the 17th Virginia Infantry. The models are assembled, primed and given their basecolors. So I'm pretty sure they'll be ready by the end of the month, even with the extra workload provided by Tomsche's great idea's :-)
That's it for now. As soon as I have some more progress to report, you'll be the first to hear about it.
Happy painting and happy gaming to all!