Friday, December 24, 2010

~ Merry Christmas ~

Christmas time!! yay, this means 2 free weeks for me! >w<

 I wish a merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all of you!
Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes Neues Jahr!
楽しい クリスマス !
Noël heureux !
natale felice !
feliz Navidad !


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Modelkit: 1/8 Nia Teppelin in swimsiut

And on it goes :D

I talked more than enough, so now enjoy the pictures.
And because it´s such a lovely shot and the more because I forgot to make more front shots; once more the same pic XD

Btw, before I forget, I bought Nia from e2046. It is a site that sells recasts of kits, of course cheaper than the original. I hope that I will be able to buy some original modelkits trough someday, but for now I am happy with recasts.

Remark: If you are interested in this hobby I recommend to look for a forum that will provide you with some information. It is better than starting without any clue, believe me.
In case you happen to be German-speaking I can recommend you the modelkituniverse forum. It helped me a lot and I am sure it will continue to help me :3


Modelkit: 1/8 Nia Teppelin in swimsuit

As promised here finally comes my talk about my first kit Nia.
You may have noticed (if you are a regular reader) that I already built a small kit at a conventions workshop. Still I can´t bring myself to see Nia as my second kit, because there simply were too many questions left open and too much material still to be bought. And figuring it out all by yourself is quite some work, I tell you.

I am very tempted to talk about this new hobby of mine, befor showing more shots of the finished Nia.

So let´s start from the beginning:
That is -somehow- what you can call my transportable working place. The tablet was given to me by my mother and it is very useful to carry around the parts and the other stuff. Since I do not have a lot of space in my room it is good that this speeds up the cleaning and helps to store the parts away quickly.

Btw. don´t buy that "Revell Plasto" stuff, it´s horrible to work with. It dries very quickly and so you can´t really use it. (it dries away while you are still applying it >.<)

This are the work-steps you go through before painting:
1. make sure all the parts are there and that they all are unharmed
2. pinch off the molding grates and biger plastic thingies that don´t belong there (whatever you call these)
3. sanding the seamlines, make sure everything is smooth at the end
4. correct big caps with putty; sanding
5. (can also be done earlier) drill holes for wire-pieces that will later hold your model together, and also can be used for pinning it on skewers for painting.
6. Pinning; you put your parts together to see how the finished kit will look and to see if there are gaps that need putty. I am still not very good at pinning (didn´t manage to do it with Nia), so I can´t really tell how it exactly works..

7. Everything sanded and no gaps left? Time to pin the parts on the skewers. I used a bit of glue to make sure they stay in place. (It wasn´t a problem to remove them after painting despite the glue, simply don´t use a too strong one)
8. Priming (already done with the parts on the above picture)
Don´t try to paint a kit without using primer; I tried it a long time ago with Nia and the paint slipped of like nothing. I used a no-good primer; will need to buy a better one. Also I did use far too much of it *sigh*

After the pieces dried we can start painting

In general all acrylics can be used, though professional painters recommend the one or other brand and of course some are alot better suited than others..
What I got told alot is that it is important to paint very thin layers of paint, to make sure you won´t see too many brush strokes.
Oh, by the way; since I am a newbie I paint by hand using different brushes.

Many people use an airbrush for painting, but I can´t tell you if that is easier or not.
I may be able to try it out in February next year, because I will visit someone who uses one then. In case I like it I may buy one for myself.
The biggest + for the airbrush, I guess, is that you only need one layer of paint, while when doing it per hand you will need many..
As for - I believe the maintenance of the airbrush will take more time than washing regular brushes..

Close up of the eyes (of course I gave Nia her trademark pink-dot-thing-eyes :P)

If you look close you will be able to see the sloppy paintjob of the skin >.<

Those curles gave me hell @.@ It was very hard to paint them properly.. (on this shots there are still some bigger  mistakes, I later corrected them)

When you are done with painting:
You can add some shading with pastel chalk, or with the brush.
Not really my strong point; my 3-dimensional thinking sucks even on a 3-dimensional model >.<
Btw. I needed a lot of chalk to make some effect. You can see the outcome on the drill. (Skin and swimsuit is shaded too, but you can barely see it on the pics.

After you are done with shading you use varnish to make sure the colours don´t rub of and, of course, you can finally glue+pin everything together!

Since this post is already very long I will continue in a seperate one. A lot of shots of the finished Nia await you!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Proxy Service Experiences: Goody Japan

I always tried to keep away from using proxy services. It all looked far too complicated and too expensive. Some weeks ago I gave in. Curse all the interesting Doujinshi releases from Comiket 78.

For those of you who don´t know what a proxy service is/does:
In short it is a middleman (company) which will help you to buy goods you wouldn´t be able to buy by yourself. It is mostly used for shopping on I guess.

However I used it for buying some Doujinshis from Toranoana and Melonbooks.

The proxy I decided to choose is Goody Japan.
Why did I choose them?
The site looked easier to navigate through as for example shopping mall japan ones. I also heared good things about their service and that they aren´t overpriced.

The procedure:
1. Ordered doujinshis through the form on their homepage. At the very moment you do that you will have to pay the goods worth with paypal. (They only process your order when you paid.)
The rest of the cost (Bankwire fee, domestic shipping, commission and international shipping) is to be paid when the goods are ready to be shipped to you.
2. One day after I ordered and paid I got a confirmation mail which declares that they ordered the goods for me.
3. Waited about 2 weeks, then I decided to ask about when the items will arrive at their office. Got a reply two days later which said they will be ready soon.
4. Three more days waiting and I got my final bill. After payment the goods shipped on the next day.

What I liked about them:
+ Good service, they always replied in an accurate time to my mails
+ I like their system of payment; first pay for the goods and then a seperate bill for the other expenses. That splits up the cost and, for me, make payment easier.

What I didn´t like so much:
- I had to wait over two weeks for the goods to arrive at their warehouse; I don´t think domestic shipping really takes that long
- The commission, but thats something every proxy has :(

I guess the next time I need some Japan-only goods I will use them again.

And now my statement of costs:

Doujinshis from Toranoana:         9.490Yen
Doujinshis from Melonbooks:      3.445Yen
Sum Goods (13 books):            12.935Yen (115€/157USD)

Bankwire fee:                            300 +300Yen
Domestic shipping:                    600 +625Yen
Commission:                          1.424 +750Yen
Sum Service:                                         3.899Yen (35€/48USD)

Doujinshis+service:                   16.834Yen (150€)
International shipping (SAL)       1.980Yen
Total sum                                18.814Yen

So what I paid through paypal for everything together were 170€ (~233USD) @.@
I shouldn´t think about it too much. Doujinshis are far too expensive >.<

I am currently thinking about reviewing the one or other of the books. However some family issue will consume some of my few time, so please be patient.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

I am still alive

The last weeks have been busy for me. Even now I should already be doing some studying..

I thought it would be a good idea to let my readers know that I still will be writting post and that I even have some nice ones planned already^_^

I hope that next weekend I will have some time to post something.

This is planned:  My first real take on modelkits - Nia Teppelin in swimsuit
                         My Experience with Goody Japan (proxy)
                         Review of Sai Nyan figure (Queen´s Blade Rebellion)
And maybe some Artbook or Doujinshi review.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Male figures of my Collection

Inspired by a post I have seen more than a year ago I always wanted to make a post showing of the guys of my figure collection. But I so far didn´t find a way to do it. (or I was just too uncreative)

Recently I came upon a new function on tsukiboard titled "my category". With the help of that I can now proudly present you my growing collection of males.  

First some words ahead:
As a female collector I am always on the lookout for more male releases. Though it seems the figure industry still prefers to release tons of female characters, I feel it is slowly getting better and they start to recognize that girls are easy to rob of their money too.
Still (so far) most of the male-part of my collection consists of  Nendoroid Petits, some Megahouse - One Piece releases and different trading figures.

And as a little extra - the traps of my collection :D (in the end they are boys too, aren´t they?)

mmhh..I guess I need more traps XD


Monday, September 27, 2010

Fun with Nendos 7

Here come the other pictures. Again many Remila parts swapping around.
I looove this combination O.o
(I did try other settings for this one too, see at the end of the post.)

It is the very first time for the young demon to spread out her wings and fly! she is a little bit nervous about it. *sooo cute >///<*

I like the pose of her.

*sparkle*..*wipes a strand of hair out of his face*..*sparkle*
Kaito - he decided to polish up his looks to win a competition

But he lost. Remilia wanted to comfort him, but he was too disappointed..

Youth violence is a hot topic at the moment. With that teddy and all that it fits Rin quite nice, strangely.

And know some variations of the opening pic (as announced):

Hope you found the one or other shot appealing^^


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fun with Nendos 6

Yesterday my Remilia Scarlet Nendoroid arrived.^^
She really is one of the cutest Nendos I have seen so far.
I love her blood-red vampire eyes. Couldn´t withstand to try how they would look on other Nendos.
While I was at it I also found other nice combinations eg with her dress or between other Nendos I haven´t swapped before. 

So here come the results. hope you like them^^

Tsundere Remilia - so adorable *dies of cuteness*

The pink demon. Horns+wings=win

What could she be planning to do with that leek? evil cuteness XD

Red eyes make even Kureha look like a queen of the evil :D and this combination fits together so nicely too.

*ey, Marisa*..*Marisa, come back here!*..*what the heck am I supposed to do with this?*

Remilia - Cinderella version (dreaming of a better life)

 A new Vocaloid discovered? She looks a little bit like a doctor to me O.o

Kaito, singing only for me :D *chu* >//<

Kaitos smiling face suits other Nendos too. She seems to have fun.

Btw this time I tried to find better backgrounds for my pictures, what do you think of it?

There are even more pictures. I will post them soon, so look forward to it.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Curse that rainy+cold week

Seems like I catched a cold =.=
I feel dizzy and I am tired. Not to mention the headache and sore throat.

The best thing is that I have to go to vocational school since last Monday.
Because of that I am stressed too >.<
I still have to decide if I want to rest at home or go back to school on the upcoming Monday. Your always missing out on so much contents if you skip parts of vocational school, even if you are away for only few days.

I will now go to bed and sleep a little bit.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Aninite 2010: loot + my cosplay

Hello there.
Since my friend took her time to send me the picture I am again somehow late with my post.

But lets start with the loot:
Background: cushion with very cute chibis. As far as I can guess they are Austria+France from Hetalia.
Glass: Hideyoshi ^_^ I love baka to test, it´s a very funny anime.
On the left: Rolled Ace Wanted poster. With my current Ace-mania I definitly needed that.
Figures: Nojiko (One Piece), Lineage Elf, Nakano Azusa (K-On)
and a small Totoro plush keychain.

I must say I was surprised to find so much nice stuff on a small con like Aninite.

And now to my cosplay^_^ *tadaa*
I looove my anti-Izaya sign :D


Friday, September 3, 2010

Aninite 2010: talk + cosplay pictures

The Austrian convention Aninite was held from 27.08-20.08. 2010 in Vienna.
Of course it isn´t one of the big players, but still a very nice convention.

There were some nice lectures and workshops like: "Fun with Kanji", "Making AMVs",  "Cosplay Sewing", "Japanese Sweets" and so many more. You do not find so many possibilities at every con.
There also was a lecture about Japan, held by a guy who actually spends time in Japan. His lecture was very funny and informative too. and more than a little bit NSFW XD

Since Merchandise shops are rare in Austria there weren´t many good shops at the con. And also more the keychain/pillow/other small stuff department. Very few Artbooks and some figures.

Some of the sold figures were definitly fakes, I guess that´s normal on small conventions. Not a very good cheking of fake dealers I have to say. Good thing I am more or less able to tell original and bootleg apart.
Nevertheless I managed to find some nice stuff to buy, even some figures. ^_^

Like on every convention there were cosplayers too, so here come my top 5:

As you know (if you are a regular reader) I cosplayed too. A friend of mine took a picture and should be mailing it to me soon. It will be revealed together with my loot in one of my next posts.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Some Animagic 2010 Cosplay pictures

Time to post some of my shots, though only a "best of". and a very late one too >.< 
So here are my personal top 10 of the ones I took pictures of. (there were so much more great cosplayers) (Shots are in random order)

Two little specials beside my top 10:
A very good Jack Sparrow and Anne of Green Gables (!!) Nostalgia factor +1.000 

In case you are one of the shown Cosplayers and are not okay with me showcasing your picture here please simply leave a comment telling me to remove your picture and I will do so. 
To everyone else; I do neither own the shown characters nor the cosplays (of course) , but I do own the images. So no stealing please! 

Some little extra to end this post; as you know I cosplayed too.
Since another Shizuo cosplayer was nice enough to lend me his sign shortly a friend made a picture of me+sign! Though I completly forgot to put on the sunglasses its still a very good one in my eyes. (Don´dare to say something different :D)
Oh, and yes, I know I am no beauty queen, so no unfair comments. (though I do not think that bad of you guys, but you never know..) Maybe I should put one of this nice black censor bars over my face.. *does not like showing herself to the whole internet*
aaand...WTF..I just recognized that I look quite manly on this shot O.o
LOL.. with that guy in the back + my grin and pose it looks like I am going to spank his ass with the sign XD

Btw, for Aninite (held this weekend) I have an own sign! and it´s a great one! yeah^^ 
Look forward to see it, I will post it sometime next week.