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Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Limited4 år siden#5022350Yeah our replies are pretty long, so full spoilers it is!
View spoilerHide spoilerMy view on non-comic/anime conventions is probably a bit skewed right now because the only one I've had a chance to walk around in was about... marketing, complete with sales people staffing the floor. Not exactly the best representation. xD I wonder if there's a convention for hydrologists. We get ones for librarians and geologists, so it can't be too far out there.
Yeah we've got a solid public transit system where I live, and I'm a fairly swift walker, so it's not much trouble moving around here. But many of the jobs in animation are out at the range where it's really inefficient, of course, along with most of the smaller convention centers. I do hear that the test is what most people fear, plus mentions that US road law is pretty darn strict. The driver's handbook is deceptively small for all the details in it that have to be remembered, heh. I'm not quite at the point of worry about the test yet though. For me it's more all the costs that come with a car, and that the only car available for me to practice with and use for the test is a manual drive. My mother's been driving it for over a decade and even she still stalls it out going into reverse, and my attempts to practice with it involved lots of grinding the gears. Not quite my ideal candidate for taking the test with. >_>
They do come out with good movies too, mmyep. I still need to see some of those films, especially since I don't see nearly enough for being an artist/animator. And other times it feels like they're just grabbing up copyrights for the sake of it, which gives us bleh movies like Pixels. And oh, you mentioned Disgaea and hardcore, so the first thing that came to my mind was the 999 levels. xD More of a matching style then. And yeah I keep going back to Valkyrie Crusade myself, even though there's nothing really to gain from it. At least they're good for burning time during work breaks and what-not.
Ahh, that's always the tricky part with MMOs. You get friends/guildies who take off grinding until you're too far behind to play with them anymore, and the other friends/guildies who never get around to leveling and so can't play with them either. I think I remember reading that the Mage classes in ToS have to jump after attacking, since jumping resets their slow attack animation delay, unless they changed it recently. (Possibly making the same mistake they did in RO, since animation delay is relatively easy to hack.) The jumping mechanic in general doesn't sound well-implemented, buuut they could change that so who knows.
I was starting to think that the Remilia kit would be a good Halloween candidate too, but looks like your friend beat you to it. I guess if you both finished that kit for Halloween, it would've been like showing up somewhere wearing the same shirt. xD Maybe awkward, but not necessarily bad either- But like you said, there are some other considerations too.
Well you weren't too far off, since I did consider the kit version. =P Witches do have a tendancy to be stylish, and Aludra's confidant expression helped win me over on the figure. Incidently Melty and her have similar hair: long, pale, and wavy. Though Melty's definately going for a cuter look. Her aftermarket price doesn't seem too bad either, for being an Alter figure, and she has that GK option. The prices are definately a limiting factor though, that's true. At the same time, it's probably better that we're being pushed to think more about our choices. Now if only that worked for prize and trading figures. xD
40F is getting nice and chilly, mmyep. The temperature range here is actually about the same, ranging in the low 40s in the morning and around 60F during the afternoon. 74F and wearing a jacket though? We're definately opposites when it comes to body temperature, heh. It works out since this an old house with a single wall heater, which tends to leave the house at around 65F, which is just high enough that I can get away without wearing a jacket. Sounds like your region is absorbing quite a bit of El Nino though. We've had a couple showers, but no real storms yet. Supposedly they come early next year.
Anyhow, I was trying to finish this reply before Thanksgiving, but that obviously didn't work out, so it got delayed longer instead. <_< I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving too! Mine was pretty nice but for some reason I ended up with way more stuffing than usual. I've been eating stuffing for the past two weeks which is completely fine with me because it's one of my favorite parts of the meal lol.

View spoilerHide spoilerThere's a convention or at the very least a meetup for just about everything nowadays so I'm sure there's one for people in my profession lol. There are lots of environmental conferences that have a collection of people across all fields and positions as well. I've never been to one of those but maybe someday when I'm defending my Master's thesis I will. Ugh I don't want to think about that anytime soon though x_X

Yeahhhhhhhh a car like that might not be the one that you want to take the test with. I'm not sure how difficult it is to pass the written portion in CA but where I'm at it was something like 20-30 easy multiple choice questions. This is also probably because I overstudied it and am pretty good at memorizing random facts for tests. Either way there's really no reason to worry about it if you don't need your license at all. I can tell you that it is a relief since it makes you feel more independent. I can now spend 20 minutes and get somewhere vs. 2 hours planning waiting for buses to come by. The only downside is that my hands are full so I can't do other activities like read when I used to do that on the bus all the time.

I don't ever want to see Pixels, the trailer looked so terrible so I can only imagine how bad the movie was x_x I'm usually pretty behind on movies anyway, it costs so much to go and I don't enjoy dealing with large crowds on opening nights. Are you planning to watch the new Stars Wars movie at all? Oh gosh it's been so long since I played Valkyrie Crusade, have they increased the rarity of their cards again? I stopped when it was SS or SA or something. I would like a figure or two made from that game though, they have a lot of really cute art and personally I like the art better than that Bahamut game.

I was actually told to jump in that game! I tried it and was so bad at it, my character would jump, stop and cast, and then I had to try it again. There must be a very small window to jump and cast at the same time since I could only do it a few times successfully. I think when it comes out for real I'm going to go back to good ol' melee, I enjoy making cute girls who can swing giant greatswords and axes hehe. When it comes out for real we should play together ^^

I feel like a lot of the aftermarket prices on figures are reasonable lately. I don't know if it's because everything is so damn expensive these days or what but almost everything I'm interested in either a) bins really quickly because they made too many or the QC is kinda off or b) it skyrockets immediately to $250-300. I don't remember this being such a problem before. Being super picky helps too though; I don't think I'd ever be able to purchase 50-80 figures per year like some users on here.

Ahhh you're one of those people who radiates heat, how lucky :p I rely on people like you to keep me warm hahaha. I get cold easily, maybe it's because I'm too acclimated to the warm West Coast deserts lol. Once it hits below 70°F I'm ready for those warm 100°F+ summers again. I do like dressing up for Fall/Winter more though, being bundled up in warm clothing always looks so cute.

I hope to hear from you before Christmas but if not I hope you have a good one!
4 år siden
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Limited4 år siden#4723167Corporate cons can be pretty dull to attend, but building them is something different. They come up with all sorts of fancy booth designs and it's often a puzzle getting them built. Stressful too though, because half the time it's the first time it's being built, and it rarely works out exactly like the layout plan says. >_> There's also scavenging after shows, since the corporate types are more likely to throw things on the ground as trash rather then pay the return shipping. But mmyep, I don't have a car so getting to cons is rather troublesome. Reality is catching up about the lack of a car though.
View spoilerHide spoilerAny article/video/whatever that has a number as one of the first two letters... I avoid like the plague. xD "Top 5", "10 Most Ridiculous", "15 Things you never knew about", etc. They're usually pretty silly, but then maybe that's their appeal. Someday I should try one of those memes where a character is drawn in different anime/cartoon styles, and see what abominations result-
Well Monster Strike is getting a web anime, so probably shorter then a full anime. Maybe something like 5-15 minutes per episode. I wouldn't have expected a mobile game like that to get a movie either, but then I look at Hollywood and how they've been trying to make movies about anything that was halfway popular, including lots of games that seem unlikely candidates. It's just one of the things to do these days. And heh, does Retimo have you grinding 999 levels too?
I actually forgot about joining the ToS beta by getting too caught up in other things. By the time I remembered, it was 11PM my time on the final day, except they're in a timezone ahead of me, whoops. xD I need the time to catch up on other things anyway. (Like GKs. <_<) It certainly sounds enjoyable though, and even attracting those people going all-in with leveling before the official launch. I dunno if there's any bonus that lets them keep anything from the beta, or if it's just because they can, heh. The leveling must not be that bad either, unless they boosted the exp rate for the beta. A little odd though that the RO people I've known have been quiet about ToS.
So Ponnie played an even bigger role beyond just posting the blog then. =P You broke out the airbrush for this one too, though didn't you use it on the unfinished Remilia kit ITEM #62248 before? I'm drawn to the base of your little bride kit, since you pulled off a stone texture that looks quite convincingly like basalt. You managed to get very tiny splatter dots too, which helps keep the stains in scale with the kit. Though the joint and tilting the head back makes her thin neck look very long, but that's probably more because I tend to prefer somewhat more realistic anatomy. (I say, despite that Kouwan Seiki kit. xD )
I actually got the PVC version of Aludra. I was a bit tempted by the kit, but I didn't have any notable ideas, and with all that thin gold embroidery and the gradiants of irridescent color, I figured I may as well let Alphamax take care of it since their production is solid. There's no way I could've finished the kit in time for Halloween anyway, heh. I wouldn't count on finishing anything before year end either, but I dug up my priestess kit to try making progress again. Gotta get to work before the epoxy hardner expires too; already got a dried out top layer, ouch.
Gah, I'm late in replying as usual. How's the winter weather where you're at anyhow? Since the weather affects casting and painting, especially when it gets cold. Winter kicked in here about two weeks ago, with the sudden shift from hot fall weather to chilly and windy. Fortunately I've got plenty of sculpting and clean-up work I can do while waiting.
I'm just gonna stick everything in a spoiler now xD

View spoilerHide spoilerAttending a convention like that sounds quite fun actually especially if it's something you're interested in. Maybe someday I'll get to that point though...and ugh, I know all about not having a car! I went through my entire undergraduate degree without one since the bus system is pretty good here but the main reason why was because I didn't have my driver's license. That shortly changed after I realized I should probably have it for job applications but I was also just scared to take the Driver's Ed test since 3-point turns really freaked me out. Somehow I passed though and now I am a proud driver. My parents were kind enough to help me out with my car but we also ended up finding a really good deal on it which helped too ^^; Cars still kind of freak me out though, I don't know that much about them besides changing the coolant. I need to take a class on car maintenance or something since a lot of it you can fix yourself and the idea of someone else messing with my car upsets me lol. Do you have a good bus system or way to commute around in your town? A lot of the CA cities are pretty good about that but there are also many, many places where a car is absolutely necessary.

Hahaha I'm guilty of clicking on those but only sometimes! Usually I want to click the ones with ridiculous gifs or titles. I don't go on those types of websites though so I usually only click on the ones my friends share on FB.

Yeah Hollywood really is coming out with some weird stuff lately but at the same time there are quite a few good movies coming out as well. I saw The Martian for my birthday and really enjoyed it although I don't know if I would watch it a second time. Mad Max was awesome as well, I need to rewatch that movie. And nooooo for Retimo you only need to grind to level 30 and then collect 5 more of the same hero to awaken them to level 40 :p That game is brutal though I never feel like I accomplish anything in it but I keep coming back to it every day.

Eh to be honest you really haven't missed much, since I last messaged you I think I've been on ToS once or twice more. It hit that point where my friends were getting obsessed with it so they leveled way past me and it just wasn't as fun anymore. The character wipe was also pretty unappealing but at least I got to try out a mage class and I figured out I suck at it. They need to work out a lot of things before I play it again but there will be an open beta in Korea sometime in the future so I hope they get on it then.

Hahhhh yes I did start painting ITEM #62248 with my airbrush but that was like last year and I wasn't as confident back then. I'm glad I held off on her though since a friend of mine painted her for Halloween too so that would have been kind of awkward lol. Plus I'm stuck on whether or not I want to re-do the paint I already applied and give her a sort of darker color scheme. Awe thank you, I was definitely going for a stone like basalt or at the very least some sort of worn cement. I had a lot of fun painting that base since I've never painted anything textured before. I love long girlish anatomy but I can definitely see what you mean by her neck since it is quite long.

Hahaha see how bad I am, I automatically think you've bought a kit xD The PVC of her is quite beautiful though, I love the gold/purple color scheme and her serious expression. Witch figures are so pretty, that just reminds me that I would like ITEM #113211 someday too. I'd love to up my PVC collection but I just can't justify spending $100+ on something already finished. Unfortunately for me most of the stuff I'm interested in also becomes really expensive in the aftermarket so I end up giving up on it.

It got SUPER cold here recently, cold meaning 40°F in the mornings and ~60°F during the day. My house is at 74°F now and I'm still in a jacket and tights which says something about how well I am handling the season change lol. Luckily it's supposed to get a little warmer over the weekend so I look forward to that. All I know is that the El Nino is hitting pretty hard where I'm at, I kind of like it but at the same time I live in the desert for a reason so having weather like the East Coast is kind of weird. Did you guys get any huge storms recently? I know OR and WA had a huge storm roll in and one of my friends is still without power up there.

I think that's all for now, talk to you soon ^^
4 år siden
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Limited5 år siden#4070229I wish we had comic/anime conventions here, but this city is too expensive for them. >_> Most of the conventions here are coorporate ones, while the comic/anime stuff happens in the southern half of the state.
View spoilerHide spoilerFor some reason I've been terrible at making any habit of signing into Facebook on a regular basis, so trying to communicate there could involve lots of waiting for me to remember to go check. I dunno, it's just never seemed like a place for me.
Yeah, that sounds about right regarding jobs in your field, and related ones. I knew somebody who got stuck in the A route with geology, forever working on a research project/thesis with hopes that it would get him some traction in the field. And getting into government positions, that definately sounds like a challenge. ...Even though I don't know anything about the actual process. It just seems like the sort of thing where you need somebody to personally vouch for you or view you as their successor. And yeah, there is a bit of a conundrum facing artists, since there are always people saying to make the art that you like, but to get a job you have to make what prospective employers will like. I draw in an anime-style myself, but sometimes I feel like I'd be more marketable if I drew in a Disney/Pixar style. Things like that.
Whoops, I didn't mean the user, but the character: ITEM #59768 It was just the red hair, slim figure, and black clothes. The similarities probably end there though. xD
The proportions in the Kouwan Seiki kit are pretty big indeed, yet they manage to fit together yeah. It probably helps that she's such a tall character to begin with, heh. Though she'll probably be a lot of work to assemble. I'm thinking of changing her direction of her gaze to make her a little more moe like the Max Factory one, rather then the more condescending glare. ITEM #344929 doesn't look bad in terms of proportion/paint, though the water turned out meh, and she's got some of that antigravity deal going on- Also I didn't even know about this game before the Inazuma prototype, and just noticed it's apparently so popular that it's getting it's own web anime. I wonder how that's going. >_>
When you made the comment, I didn't see any news about the next ToS beta, but now I see that they've updated the site with the info. They sure live on short notice, what with that 3 day sign up period, heh. Though it's a fairly long test at almost a month in duration, so could give it a try without having to feel rushed like with a one week test. Also apparently some group has been trying to phish ToS fans with a fake website and e-mails. I don't even know how that came about (is it popular enough for that?) but... something to be careful of.
Did you buy the Little Bride kit after seeing Ponnie's blog about it? That kit is certainly in season right now, and simple enough to get done in time for it. I recently picked up ITEM #232252 myself, who fits in the season too. Though... I haven't gotten anything done with my garage kits lately, since I'm always playing catch-up with drawings. I hope you've been doing better at working on kits then I have. xD
Yeah corporate cons aren't as fun for sure but at least they usually involve catered food? LOL. There are quite a few conventions going on in CA throughout the year though, do you not drive down and go to them every now and then? Even in my town we have smaller local cons but they can be kind of hit or miss. I live in a pretty nerdy town though ^^;

View spoilerHide spoilerYup that Geology friend of yours sounds a lot like some friends of mine too, that's just how it is today it seems :( I've definitely seen that push toward the Disney/Pixar style recently, maybe it's because Buzzfeed and those types of sites seem to push articles every day like "15 photos of Disney princesses in Disney style you'll NEVER BELIEVE ARE DRAWN BY PEOPLE OTHER THAN DISNEY ARTISTS!" Yet for some reason I still end up clicking on them...

WHAT is Monster Strike seriously getting an anime? That's kind of unbelievable, I don't know how games like that and P&D end up getting so many collabs and deals like that. For now I've been playing the app Retimo Adventure which has a story kind of like Disgaea. It's really fun but there's a huge learning curve since there's a lot of evolutions and attributes you can give your characters. It's like a a hardcore casual app (does that even exist??? who knows).

Bwahaha I totally ended up joining that ToS beta and have been playing it like 3-4 nights per week. I'm around level 40-ish for now and decided to try out a Wizard/Mage class since I usually play as a Swordsman. It's pretty fun so far even though the game is super buggy still. My username is Munty or Mairi on there if you're somehow able to search and find me. The friend system is pretty much broken though, some random guy tried to add me to talk and I still can't accept his FR lolol. Some of my friends are already level 70+ on that game though, it's crazy. The graphics are too cute though! And actually after this message I'm heading right back on there >_> If you're on there what's your username?

I can't believe it but apparently in the month that I last talked to you I managed to finish that Little Bride. I talked with Ponnie about it for a while and she gave me the push over the edge since she was just too beautiful to pass up. I ended up finishing her on Halloween too which was awesome, she's standing in my case right now! You can see the finished photos here: blog/25062&amp;... I initially was planning to do something darker but like most of my kits she ended up taking on a life of her own and ended up being mostly romantic but a little bit bloody and creepy hehe. After this one though I think I'm super ready for Haohmaru, I need something manly to make up for all the chibi/girly kits I've been painting recently. ITEM #232252 is very lovely and has a lot of opportunities for different color schemes, do you have anything in mind? Hopefully you can get something done by the end of the year :o

I think that's it for now, sorry again for the late message!
4 år siden
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Limited5 år siden#3596711Well... my turn to apologize for a late response. Besides the usual distractions, I got run over by a convention set-up job that had me working so much that I only had time to get home and get ready for bed to wake up six hours later to go back at it, heh. Our reply chain is also getting long enough that I've taken to writing in a text editor, but that makes it easier to forget to work on it, whoops.
View spoilerHide spoilerI do have Facebook, but I don't check there particularly often since I get tired of the snarky family members and political posts, and only make vague references to being involved with figures. Were you thinking of using Facebook's chat system? I can't guarantee that I'll be any faster to reply, but we could give it a shot.
The economy is really tilting towards one where networking has a ton of weight, with the so called "gig economy". Time to start sticking feet in doors whenever possible. That is, if I can find the doors in the first place. I'm in the arts myself, with a focus on animation. There have been lots of people getting into the field, so it's probably suffering some saturation. Is hydrology sort of the opposite where there aren't many competitors, but also few openings? That would be my first guess, but I know nothing of it-
I keep thinking of R. Dorothy when I see that Cinnabar kit, except I'm sure that's a terrible comparison. xD He looks like he could use a little more altitude over the base to give that floating appearance, but that's an easy adjustment to make. And Yuzuruha is one that people have been waiting for for sure, though I didn't catch onto the VanillaWare train myself. But you'll be missing Kongiku from the set- Except she's the most hit-or-miss of the Muramasa characters, heh.
My opinion on figures flip-flops so much that not much makes it onto my wishlist. >_> Persian Kittens did get into the list, but then I noticed some things about the kit that are off. Her head, like you mentioned, is really wide, closer to chibi proportions. There's no interaction between the seat and her toosh, which results in her floating over it. She looks a little stiff too; would've been nice to have one leg in a more relaxed position. Yet... the sculpt just seems to catch that cute+sexy+playful combo that's so fitting of a cat. I dunno, forever flip-flopping on that kit. xD There's a kit I've been more quietly considering though, which is ITEM #323289 She looks like the type of figure to demand a lot of presence, and just seems much more impressive then MF's rendition: ITEM #236240 Other then that, not much new caught my interest, besides a Sonico of course. ITEM #333308 caught my interest too, though I'm a bit worried that she might look too busy once colored.
It turns out I missed the news that Tree of Savior actually had a beta a month ago, not sure if you caught that. They've got a new site up at treeofsavior.co... where the game news is centralized now. (Infinite scrolling in the forums, bleh.) Though my interest in MMOs has been fading since they compete too much with my art time, and the art is ultimately more rewarding then constantly wrestling with MMO problems. Having played Bastion probably doesn't help either, heh.
That fairy kit looks tricky with the gradiants in the wings and leaves. Though since you'll probably be choosing your own colors, it'll be interesting to see where it goes. The horizontal branch like that reminds me of the ones in bird cages, but it's probably for the better not to stick fairies in cages, heh. And yeah, Haohmaru is definately a stark contrast to kits like the fairy or Cinnabar. All that stocky muscle versus the walking stick characters. xD But now that you mention it, he does seem like a good candidate for a diorama. I can see him sitting under a tree or in a garden of some sort.
With any luck things are going well for you, including not having too much trouble with the moderating.
Whoa a convention? What kind? Comic and/or anime immediately come to mind. And yeah no problem, work has gotten super busy for me too so I haven't had much time to be on here.

View spoilerHide spoilerYes it's much easier for me to reply on Facebook since I go on there more often but if it won't be any easier for you that's fine too. I rarely if ever post figure related stuff on there, all I post related to hobbies is my finished kits and occasionally game screenshots ^^; I use it mostly as a chat service with friends who live in different states.

You're spot on about hydrology and environmental science-related jobs in general. Your choices out of school are basically a) more schooling, b) private sector, c) government, and d) nonprofit. It's a unique field because land, water, and air are all closely tied together so you really need to be knowledgeable about all three. In addition to that a majority of the positions are in the government and it's practically impossible to get a job that isn't temporary unless you're disabled or a veteran. AND most places want a Master's degree so you're forced into option A and then come out looking for more. I was lucky enough to get into option B, I'm just hoping I can work my way up the totem pole in a couple of years. It's rough out there for sure for everyone ^^; I'm not that familiar with an art career although I know a couple of friends who are either semi-successful or have managed to make a career out of it. They tend to post a lot of stuff on Instagram and Tumblr in addition to their portfolio. It just seems like it would be so difficult to have it as a job and to have your boss come in and say "that's not right" when art is all about expressing yourself. ^^;

Hahaha why R_Dorothy, is it because of her profile pic? I guess that they do look kind of similar when it comes to the hair. Ugh that's true I didn't even think of Kongiku -_- I wasn't a fan of her sculpt at all, breasts as big as someone's head aren't appealing to me at all and I'm not a huge fan of the color orange LOL. She is super close to the original artwork though so I'll give Alter that much. Kongiku has a big booty though and that's OK with me hahaha

Yup I flip-flop a lot too which is why I try not to add anything to my wishlist or other Lists unless I'm super serious about it. I really like ITEM #323289, her proportions are large but it's scaled appropriately so she doesn't seem too freakish. MF's Seiki is also cute but now I'm not sure which is a more realistic representation of the character. Haaah I just took a look at that Izanami, turns out I commented on it right after you xD I know the character in-game looks pretty cluttered and Mixi is a relatively new company so I'm not sure if it'll come out too great. ITEM #344929 doesn't look that good to me at all but it could be because the original art is in kind of a strange pose too.

Afaik Tree of Savior is going to have another beta soon! Old beta members as well as something like 5,000 new people are going to be invited so if you want to get into it now's your chance :D I haven't had time to play any MMOs either although I have been playing the new Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer game. It's very relaxing ^^

Not much else happening on the kit front besides ITEM #195609 which I bought on impulse. I'm hoping to have her finished before Halloween. And yeah moderating lately has been something but it's nothing I'm not used to :p Take care!
5 år siden
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Limited5 år siden#3220376<snip>So I've totally had this comment in my notifications tab for a month now trying to get some time to respond...lately all I've been doing is moderating stuff on here -_- I don't know if I've asked you this, I might have forgotten, but do you have a Facebook or anything?? It's way easier for me to chat on there and I'll definitely get back to you sooner than I do on here lol

Ugh networking is THE WORST but it's so necessary in this economy it's crazy. The only reason I have a job now is because I forced myself to put my name out there. Keep your head up though, finding a job is a combination of knowing people and pure luck so I'm sure you'll be able to find something soon :) What field are you in/interested in?

As for WF there were a couple of things I was interested in. I really like ITEM #328070 and ITEM #327856 even though I probably won't end up buying either. I was also happy to see ITEM #330951 get a PVC. I own Momohime so I'm sure Yuzuruha will look great next to her ^^ So this WF wasn't very exciting for me but that's probably for the best since then I can focus on collecting stuff I've been wanting for a while haha. Did you end up liking anything other than what's on your wishlist? I saw you put ITEM #329769 up; I like her but her head and neck bother me pretty badly for some reason, I think it's the angle or how large her head is? Both are probably fixable but I can't bring myself to add it to any lists xD

Wow I have no idea how you managed to play on the official server, the drop rates on that one made me want to kill myself LOL. I didn't know about the current situation on Tree of Savior though so that's really helpful ^^ As long as there's collectible hats I think I'm good, that was one of my favorite parts of the game.

I completely agree that modding is half the fun of building kits ^^ Lately though I want to do less modding and more of a simple palette change like I did for my Mage kit. I also recently bought ITEM #214440 from a fellow member on here and she is gorgeous, the cast is beautiful and there are so many parts it's amazing *_* I think unless I get really lucky that kit will be my big lucky purchase for 2015. Haohmaru is in that black hole where I really love the sculpt and how manly he is but he doesn't fit my current aesthetic (delicate fairy lolitas and accessories) so I'm not quite sure what to do with him...in a perfect world I'd end up pairing him and Nakoruru together but their sculpts are so different it might look a little off. Haohmaru is the perfect kit for a mini-diorama though so I know I'll get around to building him someday.

I think that's it for now! I'm still a little sleepy since I recently came back from PAX Prime up in Seattle :D That was pretty fun and awesome too if you're into playing video games. Take care and hopefully talk to you soon ^^
5 år siden
Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Limited5 år siden#3137723At eight years... I think I can say I played RO for too long, haha. So mmyep, I'm modding the kit to be similar to my priestess, and am also planning to replace the arms to hold a weapon and shield, plus replacing the Christian iconography with Norse iconography. It's safe to say I went off the deep end with just my first kit. xD Did you used to play too? I remember you had a comment on a Lord Knight GK about matching your character.
Ahh, no luck re-attaching the hair piece with epoxy either? But then there would still be a crack left, so I can see why that could put a project on hiatus. A full repair would take a while and mean redoing steps, hard to get the momentum for that. And ol' sameface, the curse that anime artists are prone to suffer from. Some of my OCs suffer the same fate, heh.
Free shipping for domestic at least; I still had to pay international shipping. I use FromJapan as my go-to proxy, since they have a solid set of options and low fees. Their automated bidding system is handy for all those auctions that end at 5-6AM, and for self-imposing a price limit ahead of time. (Which for me is low, so I lose a lot of auctions. >_> My wallet is thankful though.)
Masking definitely looks like a tricky part, especially on figures with detailed patterns. The checker pattern on your Mage is good example, mmyep. I've had the same trouble with paint leaking under the masking tape, probably the only way around it is to airbrush... but that's a whole beast of its own. (As you've already mentioned on your blog.) I haven't gotten that far yet, though I'm sure painting will be a challenge. So far the part I've had the most trouble with is pinning. What keys the priestess kit does have are useless, so I end up drilling blind and turning parts into Swiss Cheese trying to get matching holes.
Time flies too fast -_- Besides this message below how's life been for you? Are you excited about WF?

Wow, eight years?! That's quite impressive, did you play on a private server or the official RO servers? I used to play back in high school/early college with my friends on a private server named EssenceRO. Every now and then I have these random urges to play RO since I loved the graphics and music, it just reminds me of good times <3 There's a new game called Tree of Savior that is close to RO (made by the same company too?) that you should definitely check out. The class customizations are insanity lol.

And wow you're sharp, I must have made that comment years ago. I have always wanted to modify ITEM #27915 to fit my Lord Knight Mairi. I also played a Star Gladiator and wanted to use ITEM #25558 as my base. It's been so long now though that I'm not sure if I'll ever end up customizing them so you're the smart one taking on that kind of project. I feel like when you first get into building GKs you're super passionate about your characters so it's a very special experience - I did the same thing for my first kit, I modded ITEM #18102 into my first O.C. hehe.

Nope epoxy didn't work either -_- Even if there was a crack at that point I wouldn't really care since you can just putty over it. Her hair is black too so it wouldn't even be that noticeable but at this point I don't even know if I want to continue the build. I've gotten super picky and I think I picked her up during a sale so EH.

I have heard good things about FromJapan (and a couple of not so great things?) so maybe it's about time I check it out. I always think of getting a proxy right before WF but then I end up chickening out and missing everything...this has happened like 4 consecutive years LOL. Now that I'm working it's a little easier to justify spending money on a proxy though.

Ugh yeah pinning sucks too! I find that it's really hit or miss but having pre-cast guidelines and keys really helps. I also have a friend (seraph_phoenix) who builds her own keys and showed me how one time by using epoxy putty - maybe if your priestess is that bad it might be worth it to try to build your own keys? Also if your kit gets particularly cheesy you can putty some of those holes up. Most of the time pinning comes with experience though. ^^;
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Limited5 år siden#3104495View spoilerHide spoilerNo worries, since I can be pretty slow to respond myself, without the excuse of being busy. <_<
Not to mention all those old kits that are just sorta... meh. Most of the good ones are already got taken by now, which leaves a lot of kits in basic standing poses and outdated clothes aesthetics (EDIT: better word for it) floating around the aftermarket. And I didn't know old T's System kits had that reputation, maybe that's why this kit has been taking me so long, haha. Except I'm using a recast and modding it, so that's not really the reason. Though I can say that the dome-shaped keys aren't very helpful. Speaking of which, how's the T's System Nakoruru kit been?
That 9k yen price listed for the Wo is deceptive, even I was tricked by it for a while. xD She was originally bundled with a Shimakaze kit, so 9k was the price for both. The price for just one then would've been 4.5k, and the auction ended for 2.9k with free shipping, so a fair bit lower. I'm surprised I could get a modern kit for that little, but maybe people didn't want it because she is so tiny, heh.
And to finish things off, a question: which part of building kits have you found the most challenging
I'm not interested in a lot of older kits either so I understand ^^; That priest kit is super cute, did you used to play RO or are you modding her for another purpose? As for that Nakoruru kit she's actually a recast I bought a long, long time ago -_- I haven't touched her in a long time even though she's almost fully primed because I broke off a tiny piece of her hair that's too small to pin and gluing it doesn't seem to do anything. T's System kits actually really bother me since all of the faces look exactly the same and the poses don't really change. I suppose if he still sells well though there's no reason to change ^^;

Oh wow that's actually not too bad at all with free shipping!!! What proxy did you use to purchase her? I've been feeling the itch for new figures for a while now but I'm not sure if I should go for a GK or try to cross off some of the PVC I want off my list before they get too expensive on the aftermarket.

Good question! The hardest part for me is probably masking? It's an optional step for most kits but I can never seem to do it correctly for some reason - my paint either ends up too thick in some areas or it seeps under the paint because I don't have a proper seal even though I use the nice Tamiya tape -_- Luckily I'm blessed with a pretty steady hand so I can paint stripes and decorations without using tape like PICTURE #1284005. I haven't tried liquid masking though so maybe I should consider that in the future. How about you?
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Limited5 år siden#3057185Ah, may never know what happened to some people when contact is so easily lost over the internet.
I'd figure another thing that makes it hard to get originals is just knowing that they exist in the first place, since they may not attract as much attention as kits of licensed characters. Not without following the right sources anyway. I don't follow the scene much myself, so I barely know of any original kits besides the few that pop up here. And it certainly looks like the average price for kits have been climbing. Browsing Y!JA I can see old T's System kits selling for 3-6k yen, then some of their mid-aged ones at 10-12k... and the recent ones at 20k+. <_< Sounds like the original character kits weren't spared from that same trend. $400 though, what kit even sells for that much? (Cheaper then ITEM #251486 though-)
And about hoarding kits... Haha well, always that slippery slope when it comes to collecting, especially once those paychecks start to show up. There are some nice looking kits out there, but I'm very conscious of both monetary and time costs when it's something I only halfway want. They have to compete with my ideas of scratch building kits too. A couple halfway catch my interest, like ITEM #21343 and ITEM #234396. Incidently I won an auction for ITEM #196996 last night for rather cheap. So much for my one kit sanity. xD
Sorry for taking so long to respond OTL

Yeah you're spot-on that older kits tend to cost a lot less compared to those today..I think part of the reason is because there's a lot of them available (the sculpt has been sold at more festivals after all) but also because people aren't as interested in older characters as they are the ones from the newest anime. Old T's System kits also kind of have a reputation for being terribly casted so maybe that's part of it too? haha

Those are all super cute, hopefully you managed to score that Wo-kyuu for a good price! I'm not sure I could pay 9000 yen for a chibi kit x_x
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Limited5 år siden#3016958For a minute trying to calculate how long it'd take to build 2,000 kits was entertaining... but then turned sad when the numbers showed that at least half those kits will probably never be built. Guess I thought about it too hard, heh.
Twenty unfinished kits sounds like a respectable-sized collection; not too much, not too little. My own personal limit would probably be somewhat lower though, since I tend to play hot potato with projects with criminal inefficiency. <_<
How much trouble is it to obtain original character kits? They seem like they'd be exempt from Japan's strict licensing laws, which could open the possibility of getting a copy straight from the artist. (Paying the artist is so much more preferable then paying some middleman.) My interests are more in commercial characters, who do turn up for auction but usually at scalper prices. And when the rare one does turn up for cheaper, there are a dozen other people fighting tooth-and-nail for it, which ironically can result in prices higher then the scalpers. It makes collecting pre-painted figures look cheap in comparison, heh.
Hi sorry for the late reply, I finally came back from vacation!

Yeah I think he knows that he'll never have time and at one point he mentioned he was going to try to downsize and sell off a ton of kits but I haven't actually heard from him on a while so I hope he's doing alright :( You say you'd have less kits but once you get into this hobby there's a tendency to hoard so you may surprise yourself lol!

I feel like original kits seem to fall into two categories: artists who you contact who aren't willing to go to the trouble of selling to a foreigner or those who are very grateful their product has garnered international attention and are happy to sell to you. I haven't contacted that many sculptors since it's been a while since I've used Japanese (besides looking up stuff on here) but the experience I did have was very positive. I bought ITEM #191720 from Figureneet before she caught the big-time corporation's attention and she was so sweet ;A;

Most of those kinds of kits you can't find on Y!J at all so it's a pain but there are pros and cons with it...you don't get scalped but you also can't find them at all unless you try to contact the sculptor directly (and sometimes that can be super difficult too). Buying the newer originals is insane though as you know, even I can't bring myself to pay $400+ for some of them ._. So then you just pray that the kit you want gets a PVC release lol. Are you interested in any other GKs besides the ones in your wishlist?
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Limited5 år siden#2994656Where do you even keep 2000 kits? xD Though I guess they would take up less space then those giant stacks of Gunpla boxes that pop up from time to time. I've only got one kit myself, so I'm still in sane territory. (We'll see how long that lasts.) How many have you got sitting around so far?I remember seeing a picture where he had an entire room with lots of wire shelving dedicated to his kits but from what I recall there was very little organization involved so he probably had no idea where anything was LOL. Right now I just have one bottom bookshelf dedicated to my unbuilt pieces but I think I only have ~20 or so? My collection isn't that bad because I was in university until recently so I couldn't really afford that many. I am very picky and am usually only interested in original characters or smaller kits though. That also helps since you can never find those anyway unless you contact the sculptors directly -_-
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