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It’s been a year and a day since I last posted on this blog! I can’t say I haven’t been busy though. School started to take up a lot more time than I thought it would, and Guild Wars 2 is a thing that exists (and that I’m addicted to). Sadly I had to start cutting some things out, and Gunpla happens to be the most time consuming hobby I have (My time frame for building a kit easily triples when I shoot a build/review of it), so it was the first to go, and it sadly stayed away for quite a while. But no more! I think it’s mostly that I’ve been re-watching a lot of old Gundam series, and combining that with playing Pokemon Y, I’ve been slowly slipping back into my childhood over the past month, and that’s the best place I can probably ever hope to end up. I dunno, I just wanna build some Gundam models right now. I would, but it’s terribly late and I’m sleeping after this is posted. I was honestly hoping to start posting a LOT earlier than this. I’ve re-shot the 00 Raiser Review about 2 or 3 times now and every time I do it I look at it after a while and completely hate what I did, scrap it, and re-do it. Though for the majority of the past year, my photo “booth” has been as it looks above: Completely covered in stuff. So I haven’t got much in the way of photos taken. This blog very routinely hits over a 100 views a day, which is a really big increase from last year, and I’m glad to see that it not only hasn’t died, but has gotten MORE popular the longer I left it alone. That’s a pretty big reason I’m here now, if there were only one or two (or no) posts a day, I’d probably leave this blog for dead, but seeing it fairly active was a bit refreshing! I have some things I’m working on right now, and some things I have planned, but they’ll most likely have to wait until next week to even talk about. This week is my final week of classes for the semester, and then I’m free for a month and a half!

 

Sorry for the sudden and rather large blob of [probably] incoherent text rambling. Like I said I’ll try my best to post a thing or two over the course of the week, though most likely it’ll wait for this weekend. Feels kind of good to be back! (for now)

A Trip Down Nostalgia Lane

So if you’re curious (Which I know you aren’t) I just read my review of the MG Blue Frame. It the was the first review I have ever written on this blog, and indeed one of the first post ever published here! And it’s the first time I have ever read it. I kid you not, but I very rarely read the reviews I write. I forget what made me read it, but I read it.

And good GOD was it bad. Not just the pictures (blurry as hell) but the writing was just… off. So I fixed it! I didn’t redo the pictures or anything (yet), I just re-sized them and fixed the writing for grammar and flow. It’s much better than it used to be, but not as good as my reviews are now (if you like to consider my current review style good, sans the months long hiatus). And you know what? That process brought me back! Reading through that review brought me back to the first days of this blog, and back to that model. I really liked the Blue Frame (even more than the Red Frame, if you wanna know),  and I really like this blog! The pictures were even sized to the original theme I had (Monochrome if you wanna know)! And as of late, I think I’ve fallen out of love with this. Not just this blog, but building models as a whole. Reading that review reminded me of how much I enjoyed not just building the Blue Frame, but how much I enjoyed writing it’s review! I even remember that about half-way through writing it, my computer died and I had to start ALL over again. But I still enjoyed writing it!

So I’m writing this to tell you I hope to start enjoying models (and this blog!) once again. I probably can’t nail down the reason I fell into this slump (Yes I can: Guild Wars 2), and I don’t know if I’m buying a camera just so I hope it’ll get me back into things, but I really want to start loving Gunpla again!

Maybe… After I explore this area in Guild Wars 2… ah, well… After this event….

Updated Monthly Release List & News!

Hey all! I just managed to update this Month’s release list ( a little late, I know), and it’s…. excessively boring. Four releases this month! Four! At least one of them is the MG Buster Gundam! =D I also must apologize for the complete lack of attendance lately (well a lot longer than “lately”…), but as the summer wrapped up, I got busier (somehow!), and more and more things got shoved farther and farther to the back of the bus. And then Guild Wars 2 came out (Lightning Review: BUY IT. BUY IT NOW), and well… Let’s just say I’m on my FOURTH character right now… ^^; (Sylvari are badass!). But I digress! I somehow got watching Gundam Unicorn again, and the end of Episode 5 made me both realize: 1.) Gundam rocks (and subsequently Gunpla) and 2.) Sunrise is filled with a bunch of dicks. Horrible, mean, terrible dicks. I mean SERIOUSLY? You leave us with a massive cock-tease for a YEAR!? But I digress…. AGAIN.

What I’ve been MEANING to get to was that I have the 00 Raiser |<–This–>| close to being finished! I swear! I just have to decal the 0 Raiser! Then my plans change! I WAS planning on holding off on the review until I got a new Camera. I’ve been looking to get the Nikon D3100 more and more over the past two months, so now I just need the money! I mean I have the money to grab it, I just don’t like losing a massive chunk of cash like that without at least the same amount of money to supplement it afterwards. I was hoping to get the remaining money from my loan from college by now, but I might have to wait until October! And I don’t feel like going ANOTHER month without anything to give you guys, so I might do some older, far long due reviews until I get my camera! I think that sounds rad, since I STILL haven’t done the second half of the RG RX-78-2 review yet! And it’s been…. HOW LONG!?

Be right back, guys. I need to get to work!

Guild Wars 2

Hey, did you know I pre-ordered Guild Wars 2 when I was first able to do so? NEITHER DID I! =D But yesterday I got a magical email containing my activation code, and I have almost been gaming non-stop since. Almost. Did manage to clean my room, and work on the 00 Raiser a bit, though! All that’s left for me to do is Decal the 0 Raiser and build the GN Sword III (not much progress since last time…. xP). School does start up next week, but it’s not going to take that much of my time… ^^; Seriously, if you saw my schedule, you’d probably punch me in the face at how awesomely timed it is. I get Wednesdays off, and get done with class by noon. Everyday. And they said college would suck. HA!

Fraps test

This is just a quick video test for recording with Fraps (the trial version only lets you get 30 second clips)! It’s a good thing I did this, since I noticed a few interesting things: 1.) Fraps almost halves my FPS while running any game. I can comfortably run Metro 2033 (shown) at about 40-50 fps on high graphics settings. With Fraps running, fps is down to 20 on average. 2.) Fraps lags during video playback.  If you notice any random lag spikes in the video above, I will note that they did not exist in-game. For some reason while compressing the video, Fraps kind of lagged at some parts. 3.) It’s dark. Really dark. That’s unedited, and it’s about 20% darker than in-game. This shouldn’t be a problem for most things, but Metro 2033 takes place in a dark, grungy, and DARK metro tunnel. So the little added darkness might make for some interesting points.
In other news, I’ve done very little extra on the 00 Raiser. I don’t know why I can’t work on it right now, but I’m in a bit of a slump. And since I want to do a fairly good job on it, I’m gonna wait until I REALLY want to work on it to get back to work. And it’s now August, so I should probably get to work on the Monthly Release Schedule! And I’m going Camping this weekend from Friday (the 3rd) to Sunday (the 5th). I’ll be kickin’ it old school with some friends on the Kancamagus highway, considered one of the most stunning scenes in the US during Autumn! “old school” Means no phones, no technology, and most importantly: bacon and eggs for breakfast, for three straight days! =D

News and stuff!

A few things to go over after being gone for a while! First thing should be obvious: The Steam Summer Sale! =D I just dropped $100.00 on games! But I saved oh-so-much more! Totally worth it! So if there’s some game you’ve always wanted, you should go grab it now, because it’s on sale. Right now. If you don’t own Skyrim on the PC, by the way, get it now. Top Tip of the day!

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It’s my Birthday!

Yeah! Today’s my birthday! If you’re curious, I’m 19 years old! Above is the take for today, the last for a while. And by a while I mean 2 weeks. A closer-ish look at the three after the jump, with some more ideas I’m throwing around.

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Gunpla News, Birthdays, and More!

There is SO much stuff coming out that I need to get. Like. A lot. Probably too much. Loads of new Gunpla, the PS Vita, probably going to grab an iPad 3 when that comes out later this year…

But first things first!  I got around to updating the Monthly Releases list a couple of days ago, so you can check that out here! I also finally got around to updating the Future page too! There’s some other news and info just past the gap, if you care to read on!

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A Mid Winters Cleaning (And LLOTR!)

9 Days until Christmas!

It’s not really mid-winter, is it? It’s not even winter! It’s the end of Fall! Anyway, I planned on writing the last half of the Quanta review, but that got pushed aside when I couldn’t reach my desk in my room and decided I REALLY needed to clean (really bad). That became an all day endeavor, but It’s to the point where it’s very much “clean”.

Oh! And Lego is releasing Lord of the Rings Lego Sets (and a game) in summer of next year. And I thought I outgrew them. HAH!

Twelve Days of… Something.

School is winding down for the winter and I’m about to have a month of free time on my hands. That’s not really something I’m used to. So I figured that I’m going to get back into blogging (regularly)! To help me do this, I’m going to make a post everyday, up until Christmas (i.e. The Twelve Days of Christmas)! I don’t know exactly what they’ll be about, Gundam or no, but they’ll be posts. On my blog. For more than one day a month. And yes, this counts. So up above is everything I owe you to review (so far). That picture also reaffirms several things: The Sinanju is HUGE even in 1/144 scale! Deathscythe still looks bad-ass in that pose, and I really like the Unicorn Gundam in that pose.

Until tomorrow!