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Like A Bat out of Hell…

And so, 3 months after starting her, she’s now completed! Here’s Ignis from Cerberus Project!

It feels like forever since I last did a post like this, even though it’s almost exactly 3 months since I started work on her, a far cry from my longest time spent on a figure (a record held, like most others, by my Bunny Haruhi) but it has been a while since my last resin kit, which was Yoko way back in April! Unless you count my Liquidstone Fate

As usual, here are the links to the previous build posts

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

One of the best things about a kit with such a dynamic pose is that you almost get a completely different feel with each shot from a different angle.

There were only a few minor changes made during the final cleanup. One was that I added some red ink to the main tentacle in order to try and make it look a little more distinguishable from the leg of Ignis. Leaving the tentacle in it’s original black/purple look made the colour a bit too close to the main colour I used for the clothing so some red was added to try and separate the 2 a bit. Not sure if the pic below makes things any clearer…

The second thing was that I tilted the head forward slightly and raised the arm in order to make it look more clearly like Ignis was looking down the sights of her Uzi. Something which was left a little ambiguous in the initial build.

The 3rd change was very minor but I decided to exclude a part of the kit. There’s meant to be a cross shaped bracket on the back which holds the 2 bits of clothing together, Where here bare back shows quite prominantly. I chose not to put it on because it makes future cast off a pain to do.

In terms of the actual paint job itself, I would have to admit that Ignis probably contains some of my best and worst elements of any paint job I have done in the past.

For the best, even I have to give myself a pat on the back on how well the tentacle base turned out. I never thought I could achive such a result when I started painting and it was from a fair bit of luck as well!!

As for the worst, that has to go to the skirt. The folds and shape of the pattern makes it very difficult to paint the skirt well, but nevertheless, my end result was pretty damn messy. I’m sure I could do a better job, but at this point I would have to strip off all the paint and start again from scratch, which could damage the resin as it’s relatively thin.

A close up of the uzi. I kept things simple by simply painting the whole gun charcoal grey and then drybrushing some chainmail onto it lightly to give a slight metallic effect. You can probably see some of the messiness of the front skirt from that pic as well.

A closeup of her sword this time. I tried to give the sword a heated look by making the colour lighten as it gets closer to the cutting edge. Unfortunately, it didn’t come out very well in the pics. The norse symbols were highlighted using red ink into the grooves after applying the initial gold coat underneath.

Some pics of Ignis without the ugly skirt.

You can see the red on the tentacle a bit more clearly in the 2 pics above.

And for the final part, I have to first put up a disclaimer.

As many of you probably know, this kit is cast off enabled. As such the final selection of pics will have the full cast off enabled and is NSFW!!! If you are in a public place or otherwise unable to see bare eyes do not proceed further.

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Last chance. Proceed at your own risk…

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OK, you asked for it,

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Pervs…

For the nipples, I just painted them pink and then sprayed over them with a fine spray of light flesh. The idea was to make them noticable but not distinct from the rest of the breast. It was either that or do the no nips syndrome you see in some fanservice animes…

A better shot of Ignis looking down her gun.

The shot above shows another bit of poor painting by me. The areas around the black neckpiece were quite broken and really should have been smoothed out but it proved very difficult to do due to the need to repeatedly use masking fluid to cover over the areas when painting the flesh. Fixing issues like that is something I’ll have to work on.

No eyes in this shot, but there were quite a lot of photos this time round.

And a couple of clothed shots to finish.

For those wanting their own, Yamato have announced plans to make this figure into a PVC kit *rage*. But from my experiences building the figure, there will definitely need to be some changes. Some sites have already displayed what many believe to be a near final version of the figure, But I believe the shots released are simply of the resin kit and here’s why…

Firstly, The base will need to be simplified and widened. I don’t think PVC tech has caught up to the point of reproducing this level of detail on the base quite just yet. They could get around the problem by handpainting a large amount of it, but that doesn’t make sense for a mass production point of View. The base will probably lose a lot of the fangs and probably the tentacle but it must also be widened. Without the base I attached my figure to, the balance could be described as precarious at best. In fact, before I glued it to the base, The whole figure would fall forward at the slightest breeze or nudge…

Secondly, the Skirt will probably be simplified with fewer ruffles. Again, this is to make the painting process easier when mass producing. It really is a pain in the arse in it’s current form.

Finally, I’m not sure if cast off will remain. Disregarding any possible decision by Yamato to not include it, I don’t see any issues with making the lower region (i.e. the skirt) cast off. But problems arise when you look at the top. In the resin kit, there are 2 main parts to the clothing which is split down the middle. They hold themselves in place due to the rigidity of the resin, which PVC cannot easily replicate. Keeping the shape fixed also raises problems with paint potentially rubbing off (a problem a had major issues with early on).

It may be possible to keep the cast off if they use a similar method seen on Rize or Meifeng in the Shuraki series and make the figure detachable at the waist but I’m not entirely convinced at this point.

Nevertheless, A very similar (and in some ways, probably superior) and considerably cheaper version of this kit will be making it’s way to the masses soon. no, I’m not bitter! *shakes fist*

But as a final parting gift for managing to reach the end of this post, here’s probably my favourite shot of Ignis which I took during the shoot.

  • http://meronpan.wordpress.com/ meronpan

    hot damn. wish i had the skill/time/space/tools to build my own kits. looks fantastic!

    i’ll have to get off my lazy ass and try my hand at this sometime… i’m missing out on so much!

  • bassment

    wish i managed to catch the photos before they were taken down >.>

  • gundamjehutykai

    All fixed (for now). Thanks for the heads up.

    Had to upload them directly onto wordpress, hence why they seem a little off in size but damn photobucket for their dual standards!!

  • GNdynames

    Wow…looks fantastic.

    I’m going to add you on my blogroll so I can read up some of your other articles when I got the time.

    PS. Expect tons of questions from me next summer because I’m planning to start making resin kits :P

  • gundamjehutykai

    Not a problem GNdynames, I look forward to it.

    It’s always good to see someone take up the challenge!!