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.
So, due to
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.[link][link][link][link]