Bandai 1/144 HG MSJ-06II-A Tieren Ground Type

Bandai 1/144 HG MSJ-06II-A Tieren Ground Type

MSJ-06II-A Tieren Ground Type is a mono eyed mobile suit used by the Human Reform League (HRL) in both seasons of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00. This kit was bought from Galactic Toys. Please check them out and get your next kit from them to support me and my future projects.

For some reason I believe the designer of this mobile suit is trying to draw some similarly or re-imagination of the original MS-06A Zaku 2 from the Universal Century lore. The model name for the Tieren simply has the similar numbering format, and the mono eye design and green livery and L-Shaped shoulder shield are just too uncanny.

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Nonetheless, the Tieren Ground Type is known for it low mobility due to its immense weight and bulk, but this is compensated for its thick armour and heavy weaponry. Hence I paint this mobiles suit in desert brown to give tribute to the military tanks used in desert warfare.

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In Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the Tieren is basically a cannon fodder which although has good thick armour, the GN-001 Gundam Exia can be seen tearing through many of Tierens with its GN Sword. Saying that the Tieren is not a small mobile suit, when compared to the GN-001 Gundam Exia, GNR-1-1A GN Archer and the GN-000 0 Gundam; these Celestial Being’s mobile suits look half the size of the Tieren!

Bandai 1/144 HG MSJ-06II-A Tieren Ground Type is released in November 2007. I am not going to lie, it is not a relatively new kit but it has very good parts separation for a non-mainstream character kit. I am pleasantly surprise that I thought most of the parts which can be moulded together have been separated and that allows me to be more creative in my colour scheme.

I have customised my Tieren to utilise 2 additional Zaku 2 shields that can be moved and positioned to provide additional protection to the Tieren during combat. This also allows my Tieren to be equipped with 2 additional Gatling guns if needed to take down does pesky Celestial Beings. I also included a giant axe and a retro looking bazooka to help with the combat look.

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I really like how the desert brown/black livery and camouflage pattern came out; this really gave the Tieren a more military vide. Articulation is also not too shabby, but to be honest I wasn’t able to pull out some of the poses demonstrated in the manual, mainly just because I do not want to break my kit, but I am sure you can do it if you put some force into it.

I have sent a bit more time and effort on this kit because this is my entry to Plamo Labs Open competition 2021. I will update this blog on how I fair in the competition.

Bandai 1/144 HG RGM-79 Warriors

A week ago I have presented to you my collection of Zaku 2 army. So I believe it is appropriate to also show the same love to my collection of RGM-79 warriors I have in my collection.

Bandai 1/144 HG RGM-79Q Quel

My warriors will be led by my favourite RGM-79 which is the Quel. It is basically mass-produced version of the RX-78NT-1 Gundam “Alex”! Thus, it is not a push-over! This machine is later used to develop to RX-121 Hazel and RX-178 Gundam Mk 2.

The next on the team will be the Powered GM. This RGM-79 is actually a Type C on steroids. It has improved engine, thrusters, and reinforced knees and joints to help with the additional stresses.

This RGM-79C GM Type C is the run-of-the-mill Federation backbone. The version is designed to maximise field reliability, ease of production, ease of maintenance, ease of modification such as converting it to the experimental Powered GM.

Ahh! This is a RGM-79G GM Command but I have heavily modified with Tristan legs to make it look like a “Pale Rider”! This is actually one of my most daring kit-bash where I have to cannibalise an old kit to make a better kit.

This RGM-79GS GM Command Space holds a special place in my heart as this is the first HG that started my Gunpla craze in UK. I thought I would start off with a cheap HG kit to see if I am still into Gunpla and 3 years later I have created an Army and the rest is history.

The RGM-79SP GM Sniper 2 is a great kit. It has a movable visor, good articulation and a great looking design. It is rumoured to be as good as RX-78-2 Gundam!

The RGM-79 GM Ground Type, this is known as the Federation’s cannon fodder. But in the UC lore, this mobile suit actually shares the same production line as the RX-79 Ground Gundam and shares about 80% of the Ground Gundam parts thus in terms on technology it is not too shabby but its only Achilles heel is that to save cost, the Federation install a much small engine in the RGM instead. Sigh!

On paper, the RGM is actually a much better mobile suit compared to the Zeon Zaku 2s. The RGM has much better engine and some of them are developed based on the RX-78-2 battle data and some of the GM later in the One Year War and rival to the Gundam itself. But due to the inexperience of many of Federation’s younger pilots most of these RGM is not able to hold its own against Zeon more “passionate” battle experience pilots.

Bandai 1/144 HG Zaku 2 Army

Apparently after a few years of collecting and making Gunpla, you would naturally assembled a team of menacing Zaku 2 waiting to kick your Gundams and GM out of the shelves.

Bandai 1/144 HG MS-06S Zaku 2 [Char Aznable Origin Ver.]
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Obviously the team leader has to be Char’s Red Comet Zaku 2, I have customised this design using 2 rounded shoulders to give my Char the refined presence. This also makes him stand out of the crowd as a leader ready for a decisive action.

Bandai 1/144 HG MS-06C-6/R6 Zaku 2 Type C-6/R6

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The next is the run of the mill work horse of the Zeon Zaku 2. There are several HG variant of Zaku 2, but if you are going to buy one I would recommend reading my previous blog and buy this very version from the Origin series.

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This is my RG Zaku 2. The build process is a love and hate experience due to many small parts and a brittle “inner frame”. You have been warned, buy a RG if you really want to, but my advice is go for the HG Origin Version.

This is my F2 variant, this is one little “cute” Zaku 2. The torso design has a slight “man boobs” and the squashed head gives it a bit of a naive vibe, but other than that I actually quite like this design; just because it is different.

Bandai 1/144 HG MS-06F-2 Zaku 2 F2

Ahh! The FZ variant, this is probably my favourite design not just because it is the star of the anime and it has gone head to head with a Gundam NT1 Alex. I like it because it has a potted helmet that kind of resembled the WW2 German helmet.

Bandai 1/144 HG MS-06FZ Zaku 2 FZ

The High Mobility Zaku 2 are a must have if you are into Zeon mobile suit. Good details on the legs, but disappointment is that you do need to hand paint to get those details out and it is also not part separated.

The High Mobility Zaku [Psycho Custom], I bought this because I thought it is an Origin version and it will have better parts separation than the previous UC version. Boy I was wrong! To be honest, there are more surface details and good parts separation, but Bandai just did not improve the legs, and hence hand painting.

Bandai 1/144 HG MS-06R-1A Zaku 2 High Mobility Type [Psycho Custom]

Bandai 1/144 HG MS-06C-6/R6 Zaku 2 Type C-6/R6

Bandai 1/144 HG MS-06C-6/R6 Zaku 2 Type C-6/R6 is part of the Origin series of kit. I am just going to put it out there now! If you want to buy a Zaku 2 this is the kit you need to buy period. I bought mine from Galactic Toys; please check them out and by buying from them you are also helping me out as I am part of their affiliated member.

The surface details are fantastic, the articulation is good, the parts separation are fantastic for HG scale which also allows you to do lots of colour separations for people who paints. The weapons options are great, it comes with a sniper rifle, a chain machine gun, bazooka and ammo packs and of course 2 types of heat hawks.

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To be honest, I was never keen on spiked shoulders, and this kit comes with options to allow you to use a single spike version which you to no get from any other HG kits.

Bandai 1/144 HG MS-06C-6/R6 Zaku 2 Type C-6/R6

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This is my completed collection of 3 different types of “standard” Zakus from the Origin Series. As you can see the Zaku 1 and Zaku 2 have quite similar legs design minus the pipes. The High Mobility Zaku 2 has more thrusters on the legs. The torsos are also quite similar in all 3 designs and the parts are interchangeable as I have proven in my other custom build such as my Bugu and my Char Zaku 2.

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Char’s Zaku 2 is very similar to the Standard Zaku 2, but I customised my Char with 2 round shoulders to give it a more refined vibe as a leader.