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Contest: In the name of Mascot

After moons of ogling over other comrades’ site mascots, may it be a loli or tsundere or dojikko, I’ve finally decided to adopt one for my own… ^_~

Eventho I’m a Graphic Designer, I’m pretty weak when it comes to CGIs… Therefore I humbly request the assistant of would-be artist and talented comrades from figure.fm… I won’t ask you to design my mascot free of charge of course as this is pretty much sort of a commission work… The chosen one will receive a prize from either Amiami or Paypal courtesy of me… ^_^


For the past week I’ve been researching for the look and feel of the mascot type that I want, spending a couple of hours last nite preparing a rough sketch of the prototype… To my surprise, she came out nicely even tho it’s been almost a decade since I last unseal my tools of draw… ^^;


As you can probably see here, my CG skill is nowhere as awesome as those talented pros and semi-pros out there…


Character Design Requirements


As such I still need your help to digitise her into a full fledge CG… Here are my requirements of the character design…


Moe points:-

• Female
• Songstress
• Side tail
• Light pink haired
• Ojou-kei eyes in navy blue Iris
• B Gata H Kei—I mean—B type secondary "eyes" :P
• Vocaloid-esque head set covering her right ear with protruding microphone
• Lacus Clyne’s hairpin
• A loli is fine too… :Dc


Choice of wardrobe:-

• Chibi ribbons
• Frills
• Fluffy
• Zettai ryouiki
• Basically a mix of Mynmei x Ranka’s stage outfit
• Base colour pink mix with any colours you see fit
• Refer to my rough sketches above for a glimpse of my idea


Well that’s about it for the chara design requirements… What do you think of my initial sketches…?


Artwork Requirements


I will need a total of 3 different artworks of various poses for the final outcome… A couple of them are to be decided by me… To show you the pose I want, joshikousei Aigis will be our model today… :P


The default full body artwork is to be based upon this pose… Make her as kawaii as possible, ne…? ^_^

And a close-up to her face as well… Just make her do the Kira~! pose or something… XD

As for the third one, I’ll leave it to your imagination… Need the third one to be a half body portrait…


Filing Method


I prefer the artwork in vector form, and saved as PDF, AI or CorelDraw (Preferred) file format… Alternatively, I accept Bitmap files, but they are to be saved in 3,000px x 3,000px x 72dpi canvas with its white background removed…

You needn’t be submitting your source files when you’re showcasing your proposal to me, a viewable JPG is just fine… Only once you’re chosen I’ll ask for the source file(s).


Reward

The artist of the chosen artwork will have the choice of selecting either one of the following prizes…

• USD $20 directly sent into your Paypal account… (Of course you need a Paypal account to qualify… XD)
• A single in-stock item worth no more than 2,000 yen from Amiami. For example: Figma Cheerleader Haruhi.
   You can only select ONE item, you cannot accumulate 2 or more items that totaled up to 2,000 yen… That’s cheating… ^^;

Submission

Please submit your entries to figure.fm by creating a new post. Once completed, head back to this post and reply to it in this format: Mascot (Post link) (Prize) without the brackets… For example:


In the case of selecting Amiami for your prize instead of Paypal, just replace the (Prize) with the link to your intended prize:


If you feel uneasy with the long links you can use link shorteners too… XD


Deadline

You have until the end of May 2010 to submit your entries… Result will be announced within the 1st week of June…


Any questions please head to the post in figure.fm… Dewa, yoroshiku onegai shimasu~!


Sisterly Love… X²I²

Been getting very, very busy and tired these past few weeks… Took a lot of sleep hours overdraft from Biri-Biri as well that I had hard times keeping my lids up… ^^;

Anyways here’s the next issue of the Sisterly Love 4koma, with a little twist somewhere here… :P


Please click on the image above for the uncensored version… XD


Of DFC and Moe Robo Bravo and Tea Time

I was expecting to have an intimate chat with a joshikousei in my den yesternite after an awfully exhausting day of work, however I was not impressed as instead of her I was given a single piece of sorry note… =_=

As with all my past experiences with these kinda notes, I had to barged into the Detention Centre to retrieve the said hostage… Luckily there were no more than a couple of fine citizens in the line before me so I managed to secure the Hako…


Musume tachi of the Den (Safe from Otome who’s been having severe headaches lately… :0 ) flocks towards the Hako, curiously wondering of its actual contents…

Looks like the girls are very eager to see what’s inside of this monstrosity… :D

Red Frame Kai will do the honour this time around (Instead of RExia last time…) of splitting the guts of Hako to expose its inner glands and stuffing… 0_0


The musume tachi began to cheer for the Mobile Suit as it cleanly sliced thru the Hako… ^^;

After a couple of months of delay, finally in my hands are pieces of the Goth-loli dress for my musume! ^_~ The dress is meant to fit on a Pure Neemo type body (which is 23cm in height) as well as a similar height DFC type Obitsu body…


A majority of my daughters are of the adult 27cm Obitsu body type so the dress doesn’t fit onto them too nicely… However, Horo is a 25cm DFC… Mmm… -_-

And there you have it, the model for the dress this time… :3c


Took some time to get the head piece onto her as her hair’s easily getting messy as I try to comb them in place… ^^;

Nyaa~! Chou kawaii desuuuuuu~~~~!!!



… <3



The dolphins join the wolfie! XD



Next up is Bug Terminator-chan‘s newest imouto, Bravo-Go! She’s packed with a punch!

Assembly will commence at later dayz…

Nendo Mugi finally made her acquaintance to the kingdom of FigNendo…


"M’am, do you want a cuppa tea…?"

"Okawari!"


Enter the Glutton… 0_0

Notice the shiny eye brows of Mugi’s… They are pieces of stickers given by GSC on a separate transparent sheet so you can choose which type of "brows" you want for Mugi-chan… ^_^


Don’t worry, the grip is strong on the adhesive side of the stickers… :P


Attaboy! Looks like the Nendo Coalition will enjoy some fun cake times from now on… XD


GARness Solid Overload

Big Boss, codenamed
Naked Snake, will finally make his perfect action figure appearance in
the form of Play Arts Kai this June…


Hailed from the ever
popular video game series Metal Gear, this figure will based upon
Snake’s sneaking suit version from the forthcoming PSP Tactical
Espionage Operations game Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker…


It will feature many of
Snake’s in-game equipments such as Tactical Shield and his signature
handgun, not to mention much improved articulations (As compared with
the older Play Arts line like the Final Fantasy figures…)…

The sculpting on Play Arts
figures are as always exceptional… Just look at those minor details on
Snake’s sneaking suit!!! 0_0

Having experienced the demo of the game
beforehand, I’m totally set to get the game once it’s release in May…
^_^

 


For the record, the game will feature
popular seiyuu such as
Mizuki Nana, Inoue Kikuko as well as a Vocaloid! How awesome is that!
:3c


Of
course I have POed the manliest action figure of recent times… XD

It’s been my dream to get a
decent Snake action figure after
all those years of playing the series (Starting from Metal Gear
Solid!)… ^_^

I hope there’s a Cyborg Ninja (MGS,
MGS2)/Raiden (MGS4) Play Arts figure soon… ~_^


It’s (Not) Safe For Work

After all the troubles earlier this month, Figma Kagura Aya Morning Coffee Version finally arrived at my doorstep! XD

This hard-to-get Figma also marks my second attempt at using a deputy service (My first being Shopping Mall Japan, in order to get the limited 1/100 Zaku Warrior Live Concert Version from Yahoo! Japan Auction)…

The service I used is Tenso, of which I was assigned a Japanese address in which I keyed in when I ordered the Figma as the manufacturer does not ship internationally… After Tenso received the package, it will forward the item directly to me, of course charging a certain amount of commission for the service… ^_^


The box art itself after being unpacked from its highly secured outer shell, no damage whatsoever from the Postal Dude, thank goodness… XD

Berry nice illustration of the five main heroines of the bundled Se.Kirara PC Eroge! :Dc The bottom slogan reads: Is it OK to stay with you?


The other side shows shots of the Figma herself… But the lack of display window kinda disappoints me… ^^;

The side panel shows screenshots from the eroge… ^_^ Luckily none of the piccies contain any nudity or NSFW scenes or else I’m very sure my package will be held hostage by the Custom Terrorists… >,<


The top flap has a holo-sticker indicating the product being adult oriented… XD 18+ desu—!

Numbered 10th in the SP series, Kagura Aya is labelled as a limited figure… ^_^


Unfortunately there’s a slight damage at a corner of the package…

My guess it’s a factory defect… >,<


A chibi Aya greets you as you open the box… <3

Tottemo kawaii desu wa~! XDc


The contents of the package include the Se.Kirara eroge in crystal jewel case, its instruction manual and the Figma herself in a rather plain looking white box (Similar to the likes of Figma Gizmo Drossel’s…)…

Five little chibis gathers around the DVD surface… Mah, mah~! XD


A rather yuri centric illustration grace upon the first page of the manual… 0_0

Licky, licky, Aya! <3


At one of the side panel of the box listed the contents of the Figma…

The contents include: A Figma Kagura Aya, a coffee cup, a saucer, a tissue box, exchangeable right hands x4, exchangeable left hands x4, an exchangeable face, a Figma base, a base arm, a base arm extension piece and finally a Figma bag…


Incidentally, before the actual release date of this limited item, I was e-mailed by Hobby Stock regarding some printing errors on the box…

In truth, the contents should include: A Figma Kagura Aya, a coffee cup, a saucer, a tissue box, exchangeable right hands x5, exchangeable left hands x4, an exchangeable face, a Figma base, a base arm and finally a Figma bag… Now what happens to the QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) department of Max Factory and GSC to have missed these errors? ^^;


Anyways, fiddling with Kagura Aya causes slight nose bleeding and huge tidal wave of drowsiness (Not realy her fault, I didn’t get much sleep lately BTW… XD)… ^^;

Here are some shots of the lovely Aya in her Y-Shirt, clad only in her pantsu… :3


While her shirt is made from soft PVC to allow wider range of movement, this applies only to her front side as the shirt on her back is moulded in hard PVC…

Due to her thigh design, her calf movements are severely restricted as well… >,<


Her hands are of the peg type instead of the older ball jointed end, following the trend introduced onto the latest Figma line…

Her hair is made of hard PVC as well, and is kinda in the way when posing as there is no joints on the hair to allow you to move the longest end away from obstruction… ^^;


The coffee cup’s handle feels very weak and might actually snap off at times… I had to be very careful when handling such minuscule accessories…

Posing with the saucer also creates another problem as there’s no dedicated hand piece (Like the hand that holds the coffee cup…) that will hold onto it tightly… Might need some blutac to secure the saucer onto her hands… ^^;


Bare naked Aya + tissue box is a wonderful combo!!! ^_~

Umm… Where are you touching, Aya? ^^;


You can easily reveal her modest eyes as her Y-Shirt can be, ummm, achemm!! *Coughs, coughs!*

Munechira desu~! @_@


Do note that her pantsu is secured onto her hips thus you cannot remove them as you please like Yui’s… :D

Panchira da yo~! <3


*Trips*

To conclude this review, Aya will make her debut into the Sisterly Love 4koma series… XDc