Beach Queens Misaka Mikoto and Misaka-imouto - I'm seeing double!

Hey peeps, how are you doing this week?

With the awesome A Certain Scientific Railgun S airing I figured it was the perfect time to look at these two cute looking Misakas from Wave's Beach Queens line.

I actually have had this super lovely and cute Biri Biri for ages now, don't remember for how long. When she was released I never really paid attention to the Beach Queen line at all, always seemed kinda boring and I was dubious of their quality due to their cheap price and the rather small 1/10 scale.

Luckily enough for me this changed when Exilehero got his Cecilia Alcott from Infinite Stratos, thanks to that I was able to finally see one up close. And you know what? They aren't half bad, sure the size is a bit small but not too small, still bigger than a figma and the quality while not perfect is more than what I expected for the price.

However, that still left one problem, I still found most of them boring.

Then this lovely Biri Biri came along and I just found her irresistibly cute! I wasn't the only and she pretty much sold out everywhere fairly fast so I wasn't able to get one. Luckily for me Fab from Wieselhead was parting with his and sold it for me for a fairly low price.

Because Biri Biri was a second hand woman figure I never really felt like doing a whole photoshoot for her, even more so since Fab had already done a wonderful job with her.

This is where Misaka-imouto comes in, when I saw this Beach Queens I was in love with a Misaka once again and an idea hit me.

Sure, don't really feel like snapping pictures of Biri Biri by herself but with her little sister? Sure, I'll go take pictures of them together. With that decided when I was invited by Exilehero to go this park he discovered I figured that would be the perfect chance.

Plus it had just rained the day before, perhaps I could even find some water! This was gonna be perfect!

Alas there was none, it was actually kinda dry, lots of death so to speak... hmm kinda creepy in some parts too. Totally didn't help we were the only two people there...

However, when I saw the loosened soil from the rain I thought it would work for my designs. The texture that it had kinda reminded me of a sandy beach so I went along with that plus in that location there was some nice green stuff around us.

This is actually the same location where Exilehero did his latest photo shoot for the ever so cute Kuroneko, or as he called her, the only reason to watch Oreimo. Poor Kirino and everyone else.

Anyways, I found it quite interesting when looking at his photos how different they ended up from mine, even though we were only a few feet away from each other. This one of the reasons I love figure photography both as a producer and a consumer. Same location, same lighting conditions and yet we ended with quite different looking photos. This is why I find looking at different photos of the same figure from different people fun.

Are you guys enjoying Railgun S? I sure as hell am!

I been waiting since I read the Sisters arc in the manga to see this adapted into anime! Originally I was hesitant at first when it started since revisiting the same arc could end up boring but boy was I wrong.

It started normally enough and then bam! Got super dark and cruel for poor Biri Biri. Surprisingly enough JC Staff has managed to do a very good job about it so far. With the last two episodes of the anime that introduced Misaka-imouto and Accelerator I was super happy with the quality all around. Here I'm hoping they keep the atmosphere going.

I think what has surprised me the most is how good the music has been those episodes. Usually the Raildex stuff goes for the techno-ish side of things. But those ending songs for poor Misaka-imouto's fate and Biri Biri rushing accelerator at the end were great. Then the following episode flashback with one of the Sisters going outside for the first time with the nice piano arrangement was so nice.

I just can't believe JC Staff is doing such a great job, I guess they finally leveled up as a studio!

I look forward to rest of the arc, if JC Staff keeps up like this it should be great. Biri Biri being crushed by the world, Biri Biri blowing things up, this version of the Touma vs Accelerator match. Man so many things to look forward too, no wonder this is my favorite arc in both Index and Railgun so far.

Contrary to what some people say though, I doubt the opening reflects what will happen in the show. JC Staff is probably not gonna make big major changes like that, and will keep events mostly the same. A bit hard for me to comprehend why some people are so worried.

Oh I should mention that I'm very surprised with how well received this set of pictures was in flickr. I never get that many amount of favorites or views for my sets. Now the hard part for me is trying to figure out why people liked them so much so I can apply that to future photo shoots.

Ah, the joys of figure photography, I just love it. Can't really phantom enjoying my figures as much as I do without taking pictures of them. Then again it's probably because I been this sort of stuff for years now.

I shall leave you guys with this very appealing shot of a couple of Misaka tushies. I think I have found out a place where the clone might be better than the original. May be it is the shimapan bottoms but there is just something about Misaka-imouto's tushie that I really, really like.

And on that pervy note, until next time folks.

 

Stalking is a crime so you shouldn't do it!

You shouldn't stalk and secretly take pictures of cute little girls, just sayin'.

How did that saying go? "Today's enemies are tomorrow's friends." Or was that the other way around, I'm not really sure actually.

One of the cool things about having a lot of figmas is that I can do nice stupid crossovers like this, I love it.

Laters peeps!

Procrastination is a bad thing you shouldn't do!

Ayase is not amused, I suppose she very rarely was after she go exposed to the Kirino's power levels.

Anyways, lately I feel like I been slacking too much when it comes to the blog, not posting as much as usual.

Haven't really been feeling in the mood for picture taking this past few weeks. I blame in part that the scaled figures I been looking forward to the most got delayed or don't come out until next year. Then again is not like I have a lack of other figures to pictures of right now either.

Argh, I hate photography slumps, fellow photographers what do you do to get out of a funk? Do just wait it out, do you force through and take photos?

Speaking of photos, I have been mildly interesting in buying a micro 4/3rds camera to complement my Lumix LX5 and D3000. The main reason I have yet to buy a camera in that category is the doubt that perhaps I should save up my money and spend it on a full framed body to expand my lens selection. Then again that's a heavy commitment a least a couple grand if go for something like the D700 and the 105mm lens I want.

Curses why is every singly hobby I have so stupidly expensive?

I also have been distracted by such other mundane things such as my PC crapping out inexplicably for some reason. Somehow Windows managed to die in such a form that I could not even access it in safe mode and none of the repairs options did anything.

Oddly enough I could still access the drive and it's data from an Ubuntu boot disc. In the end I just reformatted and reinstalled Windows. No big deal since my data lies elsewhere in a separate set of hard drives.

On the good side because of this incident I discovered that my thermal sink and paste had not been applied properly. A quick trip for some thermal paste and reapplication later my PC runs cooler and way safer for my hardware. Good thing nothing seemed to be damaged.

Although because of this I considered buying a laptop since I only got my PC as my personal computer. I got my eyes on ultrabooks specifically Samsung's Series 9 ultrabooks but boy are they expensive.

Plus my friends have been coming over to play so that usually takes care of my free time during Saturdays which is usually when I have the time and mood to do my photo shoots. It's all cool though, lately we been playing lots of Dead or Alive 5, bouncy!

Which leads to this latest weekend where I went out with my friends to watch a movie, Looper. Man, that movie pissed me off!

I hate it when movies just hand wave time traveling, didn't like that the movie used both the theory where actions in the past directly affect a predetermined future and where different actions in the past create a new timeline.

The other thing that I found disappointing was the lack of Bruce Willis, his presence in the movie was not as much as I would have hoped. Plus I feel I got cheated out of the premise the trailer offered, a past self trying to outsmart his future self who has complete knowledge of all the actions he will take.

Oh well, not a bad movie, still liked it.

Aha! Now I don't have that many random figma shots to use. At least this way I will be forced to take new pictures for a post next time.

Kirino gets in trouble with the law!

I bet no one sees what lesson Kirino learns coming at all.

So recently I received my Kuroko figma.  Waited pretty much all of last year since the game she comes bundled with kept getting delayed.

The game itself is a visual novel with some quick time events here and there using some rather nice 3D models. While I'm not fluent in Japanese I can vaguely understand what's going on... except Kuroko, I can't for the life of me understand anything she says other than her sentence ending "desu no".

Now that the setting is... er... set... we turn to Kirino.

I found these figma sized cola cans a while back, been wanting to use them forever now. Glad to see that I finally get to use them.

Hopefully this sequence of events is not too obtuse.

Also, hmm, what a familiar arm band, what a familiar gun too.

"Nice shooting there, son."

Yes, I know what you are thinking, the can in the air part was magic... or if you are exilehero, why is the can still in one piece?

I bet if you watched the movies as a kid, I bet you tried to do this. I tried, it's really hard actually.

Hopefully the gif played for you and loops, if not, make sure to open it in another window to see it.

Alright, who actually guessed anywhere close as to what lesson Kirino learned?

http://youtu.be/L2D3hOitDwY

Also, this was pretty much just a shout out to this scene from Robocop 2.

To end it off, a nice PSA from Robocop!

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Iron Man Vs Danbo - The Revenge of Tony Stark

This time I'm trying to give more of a backstory (Not that anyone cares) as to why Iron Man is so hellbent on eating ice cream bars. It's a little shorter and nonsensical this time. But first a little recap of our story so far.

Robo Yotsuba was created by Tony Stark to counter Yotsuba's faction fast advances!

Experiments went horribly wrong!

Tony Stark kidnaps god!

Danbo is in some deep schist! None of this actually happened in the last story by the way... So don't look!

Back to our main story... In the past! This is all over the place...

I was going for a Phoenix Wright kind of point at you thing here.

Have you guys played the new Zelda? This gesture is in it, I found it really amusing.

Back to the present and.. To be continued...

 

Next comic a conclusion. I promise. And dammit why does Yotsuba keep saying Dambo instead of Danbo!? Keep to the script kid!