Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Star Wars 1/12 Scale C-3PO, Fully Painted Model Kit (Empire Strikes Back version)

All fully painted Star Wars model kits offered by Shire Works thus far has been vehicles until now. Presented here is the fully painted Bandai 1/12 scale C-3PO as completed by Shire Work's resident painter. A fair bit of thought and effort is required to get the kit to closely resemble Threepio in the movies. Even then, there are many variations be it the Tatooine sand-weathered or bright and shiny final scene look in A New Hope; the slightly weathered/semi-gloss look in Empire Strikes Back; or even the damaged one eye-out-of-socket look in Return of the Jedi. Shown here is the Empire Strikes Back version.

Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale C-3PO model kit; fully painted

Originally, the model kit came in glossy, plasticky gold parts. However the kit has been worked on to changed Threepio's overall look into one that is predominantly semi-gloss (or satin) with moderate to minimal weathering in parts. Comprising effects such as panel lining, light battle damage and oil leaks, weathering was done carefully to prevent any of the said effects from overwhelming the semi-gloss gold look on Threepio.

A satin or semi-gloss finish to Threepio's arnour provides a mid-level shine
Proportion-wise, this Bandai model kit of Threepio looks spot on
In the original trilogy, Threepio sports a silver right leg (from below the knee)

There is more than meets the eye to C-3PO at first glance. For example, all the innards in C-3PO's midriff have been repainted by hand. And if Threepio's back panel is removed, his instrumentation panel will be revealed. Fun fact: this exposed instrumentation panel with its gold, silver, red and white doohickeys was first seen in Empire Strikes Back.

C-3PO back panel exposed; it was painted with gold, silver, white and red hues
Each and every individual wire on Threepio's midriff was painted with acrylics
 
As an Empire Strikes Back version, Threepio armor is neither too shiny nor too dull as how the protocol droid looked in the rebel base on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back. Weathering was deliberately dialed down so that Threepio retained an almost-new-but-not-quite shine to his gold plated armor.  

Back view of the fully painted Bandai Star Wars 1/12 scale C-3PO
Photographing Threepio was a challenge in itself due to his shiny armor
Fully painted 1/12 scale Star Wars C-3PO model kit

Fully painted to resemble Threepio as he was in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, this Bandai 1/12 scale kit retails for RM539 inclusive of shipping which will be on a cash-on-delivery basis to selected public malls in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. For interested parties, please email us at shireworks@gmail.com for more info on the purchasing process.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Game of Thrones Bronn using the 54 mm Nocturna Model Crusader as proxy

If you follow the fully painted works of Shire Works you would know by now that we frequently use existing figure model kits as proxies for their more famous alter egos. Our latest one involves the Nocturna Models Crusader 54 mm resin figure kit from their Heroes and Legends series. Here he is used to represent a character from the Game of Thrones fantasy universe namely Bronn the Sellsword.

54 mm Nocturna Models The Crusader painted as Game of Thrones Bronn the Sellsword
Bronn's woeful expression befits his situation as someone caught up in events bigger than himself
Bronn the Sellsword has been painted in the colours of House Lannister

Detailed freehand painting of the House Lannister heraldry/sigil is the clearest indication that this miniature has been painted as a proxy for a character from the Game of Thrones fantasy universe. It helps that this figurine has facial features that closely approximate those of the intended character i.e. Bronn the Sellsword

Freehand painting of the House Lannister heraldy on Bronn's leather armour
White underclothing, brown boots and green grassy base round up the mainly red colour scheme
Leather armor is sculpted with realistic folds and accessories
Detailed scabbard and leather straps adorn the waist area of Bronn's armour

Bronn's overall colour scheme was inspired by the character's appearance in Season 7 of the Game of Thrones television series. Painted, of course, using some creative license.

54 mm Nocturna Models The Crusader [Completed as Bronn the Sellsword]
Technically Bronn is now an anointed knight of House Lannister ...
... and no longer the mercenary he once was
This figurine has excellent sculpted details which have been brought to life through paint
The reds of House Lannister are dull and dark ...
... brightened up only by the golds of its heraldic design i.e. the Lannister Lion
Side view of Nocturna Models The Crusader
54 mm Nocturna Models The Crusader is an excellent resin figure kit

Coming in at 54 mm scale, this figurine is larger than your average tabletop gaming miniature. Shown below is the size of the figurine in comparison to a paperclip and a five sen coin.

Bronn the Sellsword aka Nocturna Models The Crusader resin miniature, scale comparison

Below is a video of the fully painted 54 mm Nocturna Models The Crusader resin figurine showing a complete 360 degree view. 


This project shows that you don't always have to paint the miniature as how it was intended. Your imagination is the limit and you should always paint figurines based on what inspires you most. Most importantly have fun with the hobby and enjoy what you do.

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Star Wars 1/48 Scale Snowspeeder, Fully Painted Model Kit (Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson version)

Before 2017 officially ends, Shire Works is proud to add to its list of fully painted model kits for sale i.e. the Bandai 1/48 scale Star Wars Snowspeeder as seen during the Battle of Hoth scene in Star Wars Episode IV: The Empire Strikes Back.

Fully painted Bandai 1/48 scale Snowspeeder [Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson version]

Specifically, this version is a recreation of the snowspeeder piloted by Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson during the iconic battle against Imperial AT-AT walkers on the planet Hoth. As such the identification stripes on the hull were painted in orange red. In addition, pilot uniforms and helmets were painted to mimic the ones worn by Wedge and Janson.

Wedge Antilles is painted in detail and can be seen through the clear plastic on the canopy
Upper left air brake flap deployed ... initiate banking turn to the left
Appropriate decal markings (e.g. inverted ZZ symbol) were applied onto the snowspeeder's hull
More closeup shots of the pilots, this time with Wes Janson's showing through the canopy 'glass' clearly

No detail has been left untouched as can be seen by the freehand paint job on both the pilots as well as the cockpit interior (see three immediate shots below).

Rebel Alliance snowspeeder pilots: Wedge Antilles (left) and Wes Janson (right)
Cockpit interior of the 1/48 scale Snowspeeder prior to being assembled
This is how both pilots looked against the cockpit interior before the canopy was fixed onto the hull

Meticulous research was carried out to ensure that the paint chip and grime streak effects closely mimic those found on the studio snowspeeder. In essence, this fully painted version is based as closely as possible on how the actual studio model looks like.

As such, the snowspeeder shown here is NOT a version that was painted on the whim and fancy of our resident painter's personal interpretation of how a space-faring vehicle should look like. Such versions will eventually be offered in Shire Work's fully painted range. But when they are, a description will be added to denote that the painter has used creative license in the final depiction of the model kit's paint job.That wasn't the case here.

Lower hull of the snowspeeder is exposed as it banks to the left
Finally, a photographic closeup of Wes "Good Shot" Janson
Closeup view of the rear power generator, cooling fins and insulators

To simulate snow on Hoth, the base has been painted in shades of white. And the snowspeeder's pose is based on that of an airborne craft banking to the left. For this, its upper left and bottom two air brake flaps are deployed. This pose was inspired by the Battle of Hoth scene in which Janson had just deployed the tow cable and Wedge was piloting the snowspeeder in a leftwards banking turn. Here then are a series of photographic shots of the snowspeeder taken from eight different angles for a limited 360 degree view.





As with all fully painted model kits on offer, this piece will be a limited one-of-a-kind offering. It was painted by our resident painter whose collection of works can be seen at his personal miniature/model kit painting blog site http://foureyed-monster.blogspot.my  





Fully painted to resemble the snowspeeder piloted by Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, this Bandai Star Wars 1/48 Scale Snowspeeder retails for RM599 inclusive of shipping which will be on a cash-on-delivery basis to selected public malls in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. For interested parties, please email us at shireworks@gmail.com for more info on the purchasing process. And finally with the new year almost here, here's wishing you and your loved ones all the best for 2018.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Star Wars 1/72 Scale TIE Fighter, Fully Painted Model Kit (The Empire Strikes Back version)

To continue with our offering of fully painted model kits for sale, Shire Works is pleased to present a different version of the Bandai Star Wars TIE Fighter. Specifically, this 1/72 scale TIE Fighter was painted in a bluish grey colour scheme similar to those seen in episode five of the Star Wars franchise i.e. The Empire Strikes Back [EST].

Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back [EST] version

With the introduction of this version collectors now have a choice between the light grey TIE Fighter from A New Hope and this one from EST. Both would look equally good in any collection, individually by themselves or together side-by-side. 

EST version of the TIE Fighter is fully painted in a bluish grey colour scheme
Twin lasers of the TIE Fighter come in the form of clear green plastic parts
Also included is the Death Star base, suitably weathered

Inside the TIE Fighter's cockpit area sits the Imperial Navy pilot with the requisite decals and paint job. Sufficient lighting can enter the cockpit area via the top hatch to make the pilot partially visible to the naked eye. With reference to the first photo, the TIE pilot's helmet can be seen as light - coming in through the upper hatch - reflects off it. Accordingly, the front viewport has been assembled without the front clear plastic canopy - ala the actual movie studio models - in order to allow more natural light into the area.

Imperial Navy pilot that is seated inside the cockpit area of the TIE Fighter

These model kit includes painted details that aren't obvious at first glance. For example, details on the TIE Fighter's power, fuel and laser systems have been painted. However, if you choose to display the TIE Fighter on a stand on its base then the fuel tank cap will have to be installed. This cap in turn attaches to the display stand. That being said, the fuel tank cap can still be removed to show the painted innards if you so wish.

Bottom view of TIE Fighter's power, fuel and laser systems - still visible at this stage...
... until it's covered by the fuel tank cap which incidentally attaches to the base

Included in this fully painted Bandai Star Wars 1/72 scale TIE Fighter set are its twin laser shots. These are green clear plastic parts which attach securely to the laser cannons. 

Solar array wings were painted in matt black
Top down view of the Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter, [EST] version
Back view of the Bandai 1/72 scale TIE Fighter, [EST] version

Painted to mimic a colour scheme as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, this Bandai Star Wars 1/72 Scale TIE Fighter retails for RM499 inclusive of shipping which will be on a cash-on-delivery basis to selected malls in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. Interested parties can email shireworks@gmail.com for info on the purchasing process.

Pew, pew, pew ... die you rebel scum

For a less distracting view, the following are photos of the TIE Fighter which were taken without its green laser shots attached to the laser cannons.




Careful, time-consuming panel line work was required to bring the bluish grey colour scheme to life
 
As with the earlier fully painted model kit on offer (i.e. TIE Fighter, A New Hope version), this piece will be a limited one-of-a-kind offering. It was painted by our resident painter whose collection of works can be seen at his personal miniature/model kit painting blog site http://foureyed-monster.blogspot.my 

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