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AC: Split Skull by clem-master-janitor AC: Split Skull by clem-master-janitor
*Update*
Wanted to get a new picture of this kit. It was my first kit I truly can say I loved the end results. The kids damaged part of it so I ended up adding more aggressive battle damage.

*Original*
So, due to :iconjonevangelist: wanting to get out the word on the great models by Kotobukiya in the Armored Core vein, I'm proud to announce my completion of an AC I used in Last Raven (sorta).

This is the AC known as 'Split Skull.' I've been tooling around with this kit now for nine months. Just recently I finally felt my painting skills were up to par with what I wanted to actually assemble this kit. I've had most of the parts since the first two AC kits came out two years ago and the last parts at the beginning of the year. Trust me, it was an expensive venture to collect all the parts needed. Worse, now I want more.

Assembly wasn't terrible. It was mostly getting the feel for how Kotobukiya designed the kit and how I wanted (or needed) to paint the parts. Their plastic is much more thin versus Bandai's HGUC line, but the details are also that much greater and more intricate, too. It is snap together, but requires glue at the same time. I snapped the right wrist repeatedly during test fitting and final assembly. The wrist now has a pin holding it together. Shoulders didn't like the GAEA core much and don't have that flex I'd like. Fortunately the arms have an insane amount of flex in the elbows that compensates greatly for the shoulder conflict. In reality, the AC in game wouldn't need that much shoulder flex (since it doesn't blade ever) but it would be nice to give it that cocking off feel to the pose.

When I originally created my Nexus file, it lead to the naming of this AC almost immediately. I decided to pilot under the name of 'Headache' as I was choking down a fucking bad migraine. It resulted in all the ACs I created being named after thoughts of headaches: 'Split Skull,' 'Seizure,' 'Ibuprofen,' etc... The main difference in design is I use the 'EYE3' head part and the left arm machine gun isn't that large, though kind of close in design.

I really didn't have any idea what to do for an emblem for the AC. An AC needs an emblem less it doesn't seem quite finished. At the same time I can't use the AC 3 designs paint program. It just pisses me off. So often I just upload older emblems I did make. Then I said to hell with it and used existing emblems that come with the game. This time I opted to grab the Crossbone Gundam's MG waterslides skull emblem. It fit the feeling I had when I originally created the AC of my skull nearly splitting from the pressure. It even looked like it was splitting. Most excellent.

I'm not sure what else to say so I'll leave it there. Also, since I'm sure no one will actually read this, I'm either going to assemble another customized design or build Seraph. One of the two.

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enc86 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
wow, very impressive. i would say the added weathering is wicked!
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As a fan of the game, this was a long labor of love. I actually understood the weathering on this kit better than any kit before it since I knew first hand how I abused the design in game.
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raipo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I see, so this was the AC that you were talking about. I can see parts from the C01 Gaea and the first Crest AC (both of which I own) plus an extra head and weapons. Your ensemble looks great BTW, now I'm pushing myself to build and paint mine.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Do it up! My next round of AC will be either an homage to the very first AC I ever piloted (*cough* original Armored Core *cough*) or one of the biggest damn kits I've ever purchased.
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raipo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow man that'll be EPIC!

Koto still doesn't have the legs I had for my AC 'Hardduck' (the lightest leg from AC3, have to recall it's serials) and a whole lotta other parts.

But I'm planning to paint the AC I'll come up with in my colors. That is the least I can do.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes close enough is about all we can hope for.
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ogamitaicho Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's a great model with a fantastic painting job as always ! :D
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not bad for a nearly three year old work, no?
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ogamitaicho Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
3 years old work ! :D Yep that is definitely a great work my friend ! :#1:
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EmptySoul01 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Armored core forever!!! I like to make this AC on last raven great job.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It tears apart the enemy ACs in a hurry.
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CharTeam Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
really awesome AC man
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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LCom Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010   Digital Artist
really super sweet. It can be a challenge to make orange an intimidating color, but you nailed it.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just lucked out and Tamiya had such a nice and mean looking standard orange paint to work with.
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Tatsumi67 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
man I gotta get me one of them AC kits
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have three more to build. I want to make each one my major building/painting milestones.
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Tatsumi67 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Good plan. Come to think of it I may want to do another Gouf Custom as my yearly skill check
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
With the HGUC, how can one not try to compare?
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Tatsumi67 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
actually the gouf custom kits I've done are the 8th team run kits, which are TERRIBLE but easy and fun to paint. It was the first gunpla I ever seriously attempted, and so it's a yearly skill check.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, but with the new one, it's something to go back and hit and see if you can do the same with it and get an extra mile of awesome out of it. Part of me screams to buy that kit right now and try it but the wife reminds me of the other 40 kits still in boxes awaiting my building.
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Kitty1000 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
This Paint Job = Awesome.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Though I will admit I did a different style of painting on the core versus the rest of the body. For some reason I decided to not do like I did for the Gouf Custom when I started but remembered I could do that midway through the core painting. By then it was too late to go backward and strip off the paint (I figured I was on a tighter deadline with Scope-Eye.net's group build) so I hid that with the weathering.
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1-4-4 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
(I thought I posted a response here... I guess I forgot?)

"AC Ibuprofen" :D

Looks great! I love the orange. Weathering is a bit stark in places but I dig it. And you got an emblem. Gotta have one of those, everybody knows that! :)
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
A bit stark, aye? Give me a few pointers on where to adjust for my next design? Anything to improve the next is always a must.

I know there are some spots I didn't care for the way it turned out. I found myself wondering if I should go for straight black for my pin wash instead of burnt umber. It's those little things that drive me batty and I'm terrible at driving myself nuts.

Yep, AC Ibuprofen was a white humanoid AC with the chain gun right arm weapon and the standard blade, radar, and missile launcher. Used it for quick hit missions that I hoped no AC would appear. It really wasn't an AC vs AC design
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jehu-chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Good work with the paints, medigs the weathering. Kinda makes me want to move my ass and get some random AC-kit done. But out of all that's stopping be, from lazy to fear of screwing it up with the paint job, the biggest problem is that there's no more room in my apartment.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
And why fear messing the paint job? I saw the job you did on the SELENA. You've nothing to fear.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, I was figuring the price may be the biggest problem. Building the customs gets brutal on the wallet.
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JonEvangelist Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
You've finally built an AC! :worship:

I really dig your choice of colors, it's one of my favorite color combinations i use on my ACs. And the weathering worked very well especially on the metallic surfaces, like those details that we usually see on the 3D models.

I'm really surprised with this one. I wasn't even expecting you to finish it. I guess this is a wake up call for me to work on my entry again.
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clem-master-janitor Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I finally said to hell with being afraid of muffing the job. Since everyone has been helping me out in the little areas, I figured it's time to do what I really wanted to do (HGUC kits are so simple and great practice).

The weathering turned out good, but I hoped to get the brush to feather more to give it that scratched line look near the feet. Just couldn't get the bastard to play this time.

Now you've caused my addiction to change from the cheaper Bandai kits to the Kotobukiya's beautiful kits, it's time to hunt down Stinger (2x), another Nineball, a SELENA, the lightweight Crest core, the ORCA, Foxeye (2x), Zinaida (2x), and one of the four legged AC and I'll be set for a while.

Also broke as hell, but as long as the addiction if fed it's worth it.
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