Gaijin Gunpla

Yes, the 1/100 MG Sengoku Astray Gundam came out a week ago but I was wrist deep in Gold Coated runners at the time. Now that I’ve got the MG Unicorn Gundam 03 Fenix (Phenex) is for the most part finished I can start looking at the other February 2014 release MG. First off, the eye candy!

Is that not awesome? Even though I’m not sold on the look of the Sengoku Astray the box art is undeniably fantastic. Of course, I’m a sucker for anything wielding a Japanese sword of any kind but Mr. Sengoku here looks to be a practitioner of famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi’s 二天一流 (Niten Ichi-ryu) characterised by the use of two swords, also known by 二刀一 (Nitou Ichi or two swords as one). In Miyamoto’s case it was one Katana (刀)(the big sword) and one Wakizashi (脇差) (the short sword), or 大小 (daishou) as the two together are normally called. Now everyone go read the 五輪の書, or Book of Five Rings.

Have I bored everyone to death yet?

Now back to your regularly (or semi-regularly) scheduled Gaijin Gunpla blog post:

Being a Red Astray this guy, not surprisingly, uses quite a few parts from the now-three-year-old MG Gundam Astray Red Frame Lowe Guele’s Customize Mobile Suit MBF-PO2KAI. But just how many? Well, I hope this picture can explain.

I’ve divided the parts up, still in the bags, between the old and the new. To the left of the manual are the old Astray runners. To the right, the runners just for the Sengoku Astray. Actually, I think there was one small runner from the old Red Astray in a bag with a Sengoku runner so I kept that on the right side, but you get the point. For the most part you’re building an older kit. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. New markings, of course.

And foils.


And the mekki plated swords featuring 銘 (Mei, signatures) on the Nakago (handle). Kuki Ichimonji and Kotetsu. Kuki Ichimonji may be familiar to people who play RPG games such as Final Fantasy. Swords with that name have made appearances in several versions of the game. Koutetsu as well but not so much. I’ve actually held a Koutetsu. It was awesome. And worth more than my car. But again I digress.

Manual

I love the look of the Sengoku Astray in the front cover image!


I hate the look of the Sengoku Astray in the back cover image!


And I’m hit or miss here.


With the Phenex out of the way, and the weather not yet warm and calm enough to finish painting the Sazabi, it looks like I may just have a spare minute or two to crack open the Sengoku Astray plastic bags. Possibly.

Categories: MG, Sengoku Astray

6 Responses so far.

  1. Gamba says:

    I love the athletic look of the others MG Astrays, but this one… is not for me, the shoulders and knees are way too big for my taste. And he shield looks like a totem

    • Gamba says:

      But anyway… I will read the reviews and posts about it haha

    • Bernard says:

      Yea, I agree with you entirely on this. I love the original Astray designs but the modified version of the just doesn’t look feasible for combat… they’re too bulky and hardly seem practical.

  2. Daniel says:

    I think the design is good minus the arms…
    the legs are cool. head aswell but the shield is useless…and the extra arms…horrible…

    i like the blue frame r(?) better..

  3. zetaone71 says:

    The book of the five rings…..Bushido….life in every breath….awesome.

  4. David says:

    I don’t know about u guys but I love everything about it. Think it looks cooler than the original Astray. Definitely going to have a fun time figuring out how to paint this.

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