Joel Stone (TRUEGUNPLA) and I spent our respective Saturdays (as you know, they are a finite resource) at a local International Plastic Model Society competition called RDUCON2017 put on by the IPMS Eagle Squadron chapter. We had a great time, and made out like Bandits with multiple awards; Joel and I both placed in the "Mecha" category, and one of my 28mm miniatures ended up winning the "Figures" category. Here's a full report!
The Military Stuff: Tanks and Planes and Helicopters
You've probably heard before that IPMS tends to cater to military and automotive modellers who value "realism" over fantasy and science-fiction works. Well...that turned out to be true! There were so many military models, and they were all intricately crafted and fully realistic. Check out the density of military models:
Here's a gallery of only a small fraction of the real-world military models. All extremely high-level!
Science Fiction and Mecha: "You stay in your corner and don't come out!"
Joel and I set up in the science fiction "mecha" section, which was in a far corner of the exhibition hall and only had about 8 entries (5 of which were ours). The other entries in that section were pretty awesome; There was a big blue VOTOMS-style mech and a scratch-built Iron Giant head which ended up winning the whole thing. And you probably recognize most of our Gunpla builds; Joel entered his Gyan, "Cold Front" SD Gyan, and Soviet Zaku II into ZakuAurelius's Zaku contest (Zaku Zaku Zaku), and I brought the Astaroth and the Shiki (both featured in Gundam Builds).
It was a great Saturday! Already looking forward to next year.
Thank you, Eagle Squadron!