This is my very first Kotobukiya kit! I’ve been watching tons of videos on the Frame Arms Girl range and was putting off giving one of them a go. Not till I saw this at the hobby store shelves! She looked wicked and cool at the same time! This kit is the Megami Device range of characters and they have several. I love fantasy female archers, and I love mecha females…so this was an obvious choice!
The kit had tons of small parts!! Plastic felt different then those molded from Bandai, then again maybe it’s me, after being spoilt with so much Gunpla! So, challenge on!
I took the safe route on this kit and didn’t plan for anything special as it was all new to me. There was need for some seam line removal especially around the torso area. Being exposed skin, having a seam line is so….wrong! Some parts that help with articulation felt a little weak being so small in size. I can understand the reason for making them that tiny, but I was worried I would break them during assembly! Thankfully all went well without a glitch or hiccup.
I used Tamiya Weathering Master pastels a little on the hair for that pinkish tint. The face was stock. Brush painting was done on the gold bits as they came in this yellow gold plastic which I never personally liked! Citadel’s Retributor Armor to the rescue!!
The skin parts were given a Matte coat while the armor bits Gloss. Some minor panel lining here and there. I used Citadel’s Ceramite White on the sword like blades of the bow. As we all know, painting white on plastic models is a pain! A pain!! However, after a little primer or top coat and some thin coats of Ceramite White, it dried to a perfect finish! Gotta love Citadel paints!
I don’t like the stand as it’s flimsy and cumbersome and will one day rig one from scratch with left over sprue. For now, I’m pleased with the way it turned out and understood more of a Kotobukiya kit.
I have since, gotten my hands on a Frame Arms Girl Stylet which is in storage as another go at a Kotobukiya kit! Side note, parts are done differently.
So another simple and in fact safe approach to finishing the Megami Device Asra Archer from Kotobukiya. I like the build, thouugh tiny for my grubby paws and old man eyes. She looks good when finished and even if not painted, makes a nice piece to add to your display! Nothing beats a kick-ass Mecha ‘chick’ sitting in your display cabinet, especially with a large killer looking Bow!
Here are the pics and hope you enjoy them! Cheers!