Nausicaa on Kai Finished

It's always a good feeling to finally finish a model and especially if it has taken a while to get everything done. At last I've completed my Bandai model of Nausicaa riding on Kai. I knuckled down and got the last pieces stuck in place and finished the base before getting my camera and small foldaway booth for a photoshoot late this afternoon. As a last minute thought I decided to coat the base with Citadel's green textured paint. I highlighted it with ochre and then gave it a liberal dose of Thrake Green shade. I think it's worked quite well.

I also spent a little time repainting or improving upon some of my earlier work. I repainted Kai's beak as it was looking a little the worse for wear, painted some fur onto Teto and re-blacked some of Kai's feathers which had become a little worn.

 As with all my models, I doubt I'll be carrying away any prizes, but I'm pleased with the result. Anyhow, here are the pictures.













 

9 comments:

  1. I love your paint job for this kit! I love the texture and color choices that you decided on. It makes it look similar to the watercolor illustrations. I'm working on this one as well using Vallejo Model Paint. Keep up the wonderful work!

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  2. Thanks for your kind comment, I'm glad you liked my efforts. I did enjoy making and painting this kit, it was so clean and trouble free and I may perhaps tackle another Nausicaa in the future. It's a pity there are not more Miyazaki-themed models on offer.

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  3. Just discovered this build, as I'm currently struggling with one myself. Apologies for being so late! Yours is truly excellent, and quite and inspiration. Just a note about your kit: Bandai bought all the Myazaki-themed kits from Tsukuda, and made substantial improvements to the tooling before re-releasing them. I have an original Tsukuda boxing of this kit, and the difference is night and day! The detail on the original is soft and poorly-defined, and the fit of parts isn't great, either. Once I've finished, I'll be looking for the Bandai release, and giving it another go. Again, you've done a wonderful job with yours!

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  4. Thank you. After seeing the film and reading Miyazaki's manga I went hunting for kits, but only found the Bandai kits listed and had no idea that they weren't the originals, but that often seems to be the case in the model world, companies merge, moulds are passed on, etc. The Bandai kit is okay apart from the few niggles I mention in my posts. Though with hindsight I would do a few things differently if I tackled it today it was a fun build and I'm tempted to buy another, perhaps the one with the baby ohmu. Best of luck with your own.

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    1. Thanks, James. Mine isn't nearly as nice as yours, compounded by having to deal with inferior mouldings. Bandai has quite a few Miyazaki kits, mostly from Tsukuda, and mostly focussed on Nausicaa and Laputa. Fine Molds has some too, including aircraft from Porco Rosso, and they're coming out with a Tiger Moth kit from Laputa in December this year. Check out HobbyLink Japan for what's available.

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    2. Though I'm more into figures than vehicles, I shall look out for the Tiger Moth kit which could be interesting. My name is actually Gary, James Day is a pen name, the result of wanting to use my real name for a history blog I had been planning. By the time I gave up on that, though (because making models is more fun) I'd become rather fond of Jim Day, so kept him on board.

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    3. Thanks, Gary. Here's a link to the Tiger Moth kit on HLJ: http://hlj.com/product/FNMFG-08

      And, if you're interested, you can see my ham-fisted take on the Tsukuda version of your kit (bearing in mind that I'm an aircraft modeller!): http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=63959

      Kev

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    4. Hello Kevin, thanks for the Tiger Moth link, yes, it looks a pretty good kit, I may well buy one early next year. I see what you mean about the Tsukuda kit, it's not as well defined as the Bandai one. Don't be displeased with your make, though, it looks good. As I say in the posts, I went out of my way to make mine look more 'realistic', so to speak, spending a lot of time on it and I use a lot of washes to make my figures have more definition. Citadel and Army Painter produce some very good ones. Being so thin these flow beautifully into all the nooks and crannies, then I highlight or dry brush the raised areas to redefine the colours. It cuts down on a lot of more detailed work. I use Army Painter Anti Shine to get rid of the glossiness.

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    5. Thanks again, Gary. I'm pleased to report that, for better or worse, mine is now finished. I left a few things off, but am hoping to acquire the Bandai version and do a better job there.

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