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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind....
Red4
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Posted: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - 02:47 AM UTC
This is my first Anime figure. I built it as part of an In-the-case-contest we are having locally. I did a little research online and found the background on the figure. She is a post apocalyptic warrior who communicates with insects, really large insects mind you. Time line is 1000 after a great battle which destroyed pretty much all of the earth and mankind. You can find bits and pieces of the movie online. Pretty interesting. Patrick Stewart of Star Trek did one of the voices for it.
In regards to the kit, it had a lot of seam lines that needed cleaned up, but nothing a bit of time couldn't take care of. From what I have been able to gather about the kit, Bandai has picked up the molds and is releasing this as a snap kit in pre colored plastic. I used their built up pictures as my painting guide.
She was base coated in Misterkit WWI acrylics, Pollyscale acrylics, and then oils were used for the highlights, and shadows and for the leather work. I'm a bit out of practice using my oils so it took my a little longer than normal to get back into the swing of things. That's the beauty of working in oils, their long working time.
I scratch built the reigns for her mount Kai and the rifle sling using lead sheet.
The base was built up from solid core foam overlaid with Durhams Water Putty. Very cool stuff as the remnants can be used as spoil, and debris once it dries. The burnt grass area is from Maus Werx, and the leaves are Silver Birch seeds off of my tree in the back yard. These were secured using Woodland Scenics Scenic Cement. Be forewarned about this stuff... If you use it, then shelve it for months, it can grow mold/mildew inside. I about puked all over my bench when I went to spray it on to secure everything. Absolutely horrible stench greeted me..
Anyway, that is the particulars on her. Hope you like it. "Q"
ps. In case anybody is wondering about the dead rabbit looking thing hanging off the bird, it is his gas mask. The planet is highly toxic.






Red4
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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 04:38 AM UTC
wow....she's that bad huh?...
majjanelson
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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 01:50 PM UTC
Matthew,

Actually, no, she looks pretty good to me, especially for a first.

What's really bugging me is that I've seen this years ago as artwork or a cartoon, but I can't remember where. Maybe it was in Heavy Metal magazine...

I'm infected with CRS!
Red4
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Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 10:29 AM UTC
Thanks Jeff. She is similar to a character in the movie Wizards. His name was Peace and he rode an animal like this, only not a bird. More like a cross between a horse and a turtle in appearance.. lol In Heavy Metal the bird was somewhat like a Pterodactyl in appearance. Both were watched a lot when I was a kid. Heavy Metal more so for the soundtrack.
There is a magazine that features all the artwork from the movie she came from. Just looked through it this week end. All in Japanese...
Thanks again for the kudos.

vonHengest
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Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 06:22 PM UTC
Nice job, you really captured the essence with the colors Q! The only thing that I would have done different is added more vegetation to the base. The areas that she scouted usually were lush with wild growth if I remember correctly.
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Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 03:36 AM UTC
good job Matt you've done an excellant job too bad you don't live in the UK the film's available on dvd over here, actually bought it a few months back, bought back some fond memories of my childhood when i first saw it