The Grunt MS Group Build:Ex Challenge #2–0079 Ground War-RX-79[G]

Sergeant Harry Buckworth strode into the mess-hall, “Reedy, how’s my suit? It better be finished or what’re you eatin’ for?”
Donald Reidman, Engineer First Class, sighed and dropped his fork. “It’s in better condition than this swill, that’s for sure.”
“A trashed Ball is better than that shit you’re eating.”
“Yeah, maybe it’ll evolve into a meal while I’m gone. Come on, Buck, I’ll take you to see your baby. She’s in Hanger 17.”

“Next time you run into a Zaku, Buck, you want to use your shield to block? That heat hawk trashed all the servos and connections in the left arm, it’s not salvageable.”
“You ever tried aiming a cannon and holding a shield at the same time, Reedy? It’s fuck’n hard.”
“I better warn you. We had to make a few, uh, modifications to your suit.”
“What KIND of modifications?”
“You know we’re low on spares. The left arm is gone. We’ve modified the shield to mount on your right arm.”
“Damn it Reedy, it’s hard enough to aim a cannon with two arms!”
“We’ve sorted that out for you. You wont even need to lug around the storage container anymore.”
“I don’t know if I like the sound of this.”
“Just wait, you’ll see. I think you’ll like it.”

Buck turned to Reidman as they stepped inside the hanger.
“You know, Reedy, I’ve always wondered what you guys keep in the hanger next door? There’s all sorts of rumours about it. ish about little men and all that…”
Buck froze as he saw his suit.
“Well, what do you think?”
Buck’s mouth spread into an evil grin.
“I love it.”
Buck slapped Reidman on the back.
“One thing though.”
“Yeah, Buck?”
“You better’ve kept the arm. I’ve got an idea…”


I came second! Click image for gallery.

What’s next?

Gundam Australia’s PGSF Gauntlet is over now.

So, what’s next for the participants?

Lupes is working on a PG Wing Zero with about 5,000 LEDs in it. Gaigun is having a break from anything strenuous. Busterbeam is drooling over the Jesta.  ASM has surfaced from fatherhood (and snap fitted a great Nu Gundam; where did he find the time!?)

And Shaid? He’s stupidly signed up for more group builds!

Expect a Delta Plus WIP soon! What colours or mods could it entail? Well, let’s just say I’m seeking extra thrust…

I’m also planning to redesign my blog. Something more modern…

A Conclusion

This is not my official wrap up post, it’s only a tribute to it. Proper post coming later on.

To my fellow Gauntletees – I salute you all. I’ve been inspired, and had a fucking great time building with you all!

To Busterbeam: thanks for starting this groupbuild! It’s your fault I’m addicted to gunpla again after a 3 year hiatus! Can’t wait to see your build!

To Falldog: Your black and red vs. my white and blue. Deathmatch, out front, in five minutes! Your gold frame made me want to paint mine, and from there I found this group build…

To Lupes: White and blue, unite! The silver frame works great! Your chrome/trans blue parts look fantastic.

To Gaigun: Inspiring. Awesome. What else to say? You need to get that displayed somewhere; it’s an astounding vision!

To Kman: You and I both borrowed a little from Keita! His MG SF made me want to do mine in white, and your version is great! The metal decals are win!

To American Salaryman: The greatest build of your life has just started, and I wish you all the luck in the world! I look forward to seeing you PGSF, but your kid should take centre stage!

To Talanor: My condolences and best wishes. I know when you finish your kit, it will be fantastic!

To Sonar, ZETA, Fury, Kjasi, Quang, Deikun, Khaotikz, gunny, Shifty, Hemish and everyone else: You guys rock. A community is only as good as the people in it! You all are what makes this community great! If I forgot anyone important, hey, it’s 12am.

A special mention to my partner. She’s had to put up with paint smells, plastic everywhere and expensive trips to local hobby shops. If I hadn’t have got spousal dispensation, I’d not be in this build!

To the local hobby shops: Sorry about buying all your white paint.

I’d like to thank my cat, the neighbours, and that guy up the road, my 3rd grade teacher and…

“Hey, this isn’t the Oscars’ Shaid, shut the fuck up already.”

Anyway, apologies for the kinda crap photos, I will be getting a better camera to do a better photoshoot with better lighting.

Also, I’ll be doing a proper write up and so on, too, for Catapult and my neglected blog and so on. Kit review, backstory for Redemption, all that.

A few comments: No decals. The stickers that come with the kit look kinda odd (not to mention a bit silvered) on the white and blue. I never got my custom set finished to order. The custom swords I was making (Deliverance and Damnation) are almost finished, but I fucked up part of them, had to get replacement parts, and they only arrived last week. Then the wings for the kit took longer than expected, so I sacrificed them for this build to be completed.

I must say though, the dragoons? What the hell. Stay on, damnit. They fall off mine whenever you look at them funny. The wing joints also suck, once painted the wings are too heavy and they sag a lot. I can understand why this kit is pretty much on a constant 40% off on HLJ. It does have some flaws. The weight of paint on parts wasn’t accounted for in the design, I suppose.

Still, regardless of that, the kit looks damn awesome.

Ok, enough waffle. Presenting:

Perfect Grade ZGMF-X20C Strike Redemption

As mentioned, more pics coming when I have a better photo-taking-setup.

Until the next project, my friends! It’s been an absolute blast.