Oh son. Son you are not alone. Let me sit down and try and go through what I did. I've been wanting to make my own custom Gunpla for a long while now, and I've done kitbashes with Busou Shinki for a sort of mecha musume feel. So when Build Fighters came out, that kind of pushed me over the edge and got me to work - but what could I do?SpideyWing wrote:So, this is something I debated starting an entire thread on, but since it's closely related to Build Fighters, I'm going to ask this here: Has anyone designed and/or made a custom Gunpla with the idea of it being useful in Gunpla Battle? ...Because I did. >_>...
...Anyone else thought about this, or created an actual kit?
I decided to take the Exia that came with my GN Arms - it was an experiment in using VHT vinyl dye, which didn't end well for some parts, and the leftover guts from two 00 Raisers for one of the mecha musume projects, and for kickers I grabbed a 00 Seven Sword/G and the Hyper Weapon set because SCISSOR BLADES. At first, I only wanted to put on 2 00 GN Drives, using a combination of a backpack and chest vents from 00 on each of Exia's shoulders, along with Exia's own GN Drive, since I liked Exia's head and chest more than 00. but also carve out the lower half of Exia's torso to fit the 00 waist for more articulation.
Get some actual primer, spray it all down in white and then start painting, using silver for the frame parts, keep most of it white, and have parts of both blue and black. For kickers, decided to change it up and use gold leaf for the 'exhaust' on the GN Drives and effect parts, along with two or three coats of Model Masters Turn Signal Amber Yellow on top for a really nice look.
And then... I kept building.
Couldn't use Exia's leg unit or pelvis for this as it's wholly incompatible with 00's, so I used the Seven Sword's to add the GN Katars. Modified the GN Sword II/Blaster to add on both the Hyper Weapon's rail-gun thing and a leftover blade from my deceased Master Grade 00 QAN[T] to create a 'GN Railgun/Blade' - idea being it shoots both a dense slug, enveloped in particles/plasma; even if GN Fields or I-Fields block the beam getting through, the slug would still be heated to a point that defenses like Phase Shift wouldn't be able to resist it. Decided, eh, why not, try and add a custom skirt unit to add two more GN Drives from one of the Raisers.
And then I saw that the plug on the Exia's back, the on the GN Drive goes over, was a perfect fit for the 0 Raiser's plug. A slight modification to the Exia GN Drive, add some puddy inside to tighten the fit, and voila - it was now fully compatible with the 0-Raiser as well. Taking at least two of the wings from my Master Grade AGE-2 Normal to turn those into large blades/wings to be mounted on the 0-Raiser, and scavenging the Arche Gundam's chest and GN Drive to use its subarms to put on the OTHER two GN Drives from the second 00 Raiser, as well as slapping on Raphael's giant cannons. Use the backing of the shields on the 00 Raisers to create a support for the engines from the Master Grade Blue Frame Astray 2nd Revise, which got their hinges modified just a little to hold the Scissor Blades. All the while I'm looking at the spare parts I have, and seeing what else would look good, what wouldn't.
Right now though, this is what I'll wind up looking at - only have most of the torso and waist done as of right now.
Base Kit: HG Gundam Exia, HG 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G
Additional Kits: HG Trans-Am Raiser x2, HG Raphael Gundam, HG Arche Gundam, MG Gundam Astray Blue Frame 2nd Revise, MG Gundam AGE-2 Normal, HG Trans-Am Cheridum Gundam, HG Reborns Gundam
GN Railgun/Longblade (right shoulder GN Drive),
GN Buster Sword III (left shoulder GN Drive),
GN Beam Saber x4 (Skirt armor and back shoulder armor),
GN Sword (right arm),
GN Sword III (left arm, modified with shield),
GN Sword II Long (right hip),
GN Sword II Short (left hip),
GN Katar x 2 (knees),
GN Beam Pistol/Beam Tomahawk + GN Beam Bayonet x2 (waist)
Scissor Blade Red-Long (left shoulder engine),
Scissor Blade Blue-Short (right shoulder engine),
Raiser Edge Wing Blade x2/x4, depending (0 Raiser tail)
GN Vulcans x2 (Exia forearms)
GN Bazooka II x2 (or whatever Raphael's things are called) (0 Raiser binders/GN Drives)
GN Beam Machine Gun x4 (0 Raiser binders)
GN Missile x20 (0 Raiser binders)
GN Assault Cannon (chest mounted weapon inside Exia's sphere thing)
GN Drive Mod. Spec x8
GN Thruster x4 (from 00's backpacks, shoulders and rear skirt)
Heavy Flight Engines x2 (Astray Blue Frame, on shoulders)
0 Raiser Mod. Spec