To add to this, Maruten: your Petit'gguys are meant to go with HGs, if you want babysitters for them.
My advice would be to do a HG if you're looking for something more detailed. Gunpla has several grades which range in complexity.
SD/BB Senshi- Cute squashed down kits of canon Gundam mecha or sometimes variations casting them as samurai, knights, etc. Fun builds but sadly vary wildly in quality. Recent ones for example look poor without paint.
HG 1/144- The iconic Gunpla. This is what most Gundam kits fall under. Multi colour construction that generally looks fine out of the box. Pretty much every Gundam series gets HG kits as it releases, alongside a legacy line commonly referred to as HGUC. This line does updated kits of older designs from the central UC timeline but was recently opened up to include other timelines. So a kit from Gundam Wing, set in the AC timeline, will be marked HGAC.
Since you also seem to be enjoying the Petit'gguys' cuteness factor, another option for SDs is the new SD Cross Silhouette line (two of which I posted pics of on the previous page). This new line is essentially HG for super-deformed designs, with excellent plastic color separation so they look good even when just snap-built and slightly tweaked proportions for the right mix of 'adorable' and 'badass'. Their main gimmick is their universal inner frame, which allows for part-swapping between units and comes in two flavors: the classic SD-style frame with squatter proportions, and the Cross Silhouette frame (sold separately, alas)that makes them more G Generation/Super Robot Wars-esque and gives them elbow and knee joints.
Thanks both. Popped into the one store in town that sells this stuff and grabbed an HG, through the rigorous selection process of "what's in stock and looks cool?" It's, uh, a... blue Astray, I think. Choosing between red and blue was hard! Fingers crossed. Very confident that I don't want to go past HG at this point from the sound of it.
SD Gundam is kind of an iconic thing to me, it was one of those things that you'd see around in the olden days before anyone really knew what it was. So I was interested in that, but then the kits looked a little too SD. If there's a mechanism for making them a bit leggier, well, that's a good thing to know, ta. I'm interested in that.
I'm worried about panel lining. I can imagine that a lot of these things are big lumps of foggy-detailed white plastic without it, but the idea of working with those fiddly little lines is just horrifying. I'd sort of hoped maybe a super thin black wash might settle in there without jacking up everything else but I did a bit of testing on some leftover bear runner and I don't think it's a winner. But that's a problem for another day! I'm getting ahead of myself.
I'm sure I will be checking out some anime. I had thought the premise of the Build Bleepers stuff didn't sound up my alley, but the more I learn about it the more I think I'll just have to give it a crack because gosh it's all so cute. I wish there was some bloody manga on ComiXology or Kindle.
Edited by Maruten, 22 January 2019 - 04:42 AM.