Monday, January 10, 2011

Trinity Beasts (Updated with plot)



I'm back from Hong Kong! The BMKWC Finals was a blast and we were very very lucky to win the Group category. The other entries were terrific and I will share with you guys later. Now, I will present to you, "TRINITY".

A collaboration between 5 fellow modelers with Leon as the "Director", Sam, Erik, Jaef and of course,  me, we started as soon as Shengtai announced BMKWC and introduced a Group category. Naturally, we were fired up. Leon wasted no time in gathering members and never looked back. 

As this is our first ever group build, we wanted something really special. But to me, it's like stepping into the unknown. I have no idea what to expect and how to co-ordinate. When he proposed three variations of the Sinanju, I was like,"Sinanju!? Not again...". The thought of my Sinanju FWS immediately came to my mind and I ask myself whether I can better this one (even though there are improvements to be made). I love a challenge and agreed to it. 

For our first proper discussion, the main agenda was creating variations of the Sinanju. We know that it is a risk to alter the design of the Sinanju as many people deem that its design and shape is "unbreakable" and I can understand that very well. While we are not necessarily trying to prove a point, we could at least try to change mindsets along the way. Nothing is impossible after all.  

Now, three Sinanjus with three different but complementary colours.  Each will have its own characteristics, weapons etc. We had the idea that these three will be formidable "monsters" and Dragons came to our minds naturally. In the end, we named the three as Niddhog (purple), Tiamat (green) and Bahamut (orange), "Trinity". No prize for guessing whose doing orange :)  

"Niddhog" created by Leon Ku  
- MSN-06N Sinanju conversion 
- Close combat variation  

Leon wanted a Sinanju that is "highly charged" and wanted a "knight" version, complete with a shield and a beam lance. And he chose purple as this colour symbolize Good Judgement and Royalty (hmm.. judge who?).   
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Tiamat created by Jaef Liang 
- MSN-06T Sinanju conversion 
- Long range/ artillery type variation 

For Jaef, if you guys ever wondered, he was the one who created THIS.For a long range attacker, a BFG is a must.  And naturally, he wanted it green since because it is his favourite colour? LOL 
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Bahamut created by Toymaker 
- MSN-06B Sinanju conversion 
- High mobility variation 

As for me, when I was told to do the high mobility type, I immediately think of wings. And on top of that, a fast attacker will strike fear in opponents, so I want a really menacing look. Something like the Epyon Gundam in the Wing series. I chose orange for this kit. I was thinking since it is so fast, might as well paint it like a Lamborghini LOL.

Erik is our in house electrician and in charge of the base. He installed the LEDs and programmed them to switch color.

Sam is our QC inspector. He dealt with logistic aspect of the project and was also involved in painting the kits.

While we want to differentiate the three kits from each other, we want to see consistency too. We decided that the emblems will stay since it is the common marking. We also custom made decals for the Trinity team as well as individual markings. 

With the main issues solved, the base was our next obstacle. The maximum dimension allowed was 50cm wide, 50cm high and 38cm for depth. It may seem huge but if you put three Sinanjus will fully maximize the space. Leon wanted something really eye-catching and proposed adding LEDs to the base. We brainstormed and settled for a mechanical base with lighting underneath. It sounded kinda weird to us initially, lighted up base? In the end, it exceeded all our expectations.

   During development stage


Of course, not everything went smoothly, we had problems with colours and other issues but managed to resolve them. Just to get everyone down in one place is a tall order. It is harder to coordinate as a team compared to an individual. But the satisfaction I get when things get done as a team is immensely gratifying.

And a special thanks to Benjamin / Izzakku for his expert advice on presentation and posing. He was with us all the way and we had a great time together!

Well, I could make you guys sit through another few pages and talk about my boring story or I could just show you the pictures. I chose the latter :) Lots of photos ahead!


Updated as at 10 January 2011 



Ok I decided to make you guys read this, a very impressive story written by my friend, Yihui who happens to be the maker for the below entry at Singapore BMKWC 2010. 




PG Astray with Aile Strike Pack



I present to you the origin of Trinity - 


Trinity Crisis (The Secret War)


Case File 001498
Origin: Unknown
Information: Classified 



Prologue: The Legend of Trinity is based on a secret war thought to have been fought between the Federation and a long-forgotten colony, right before the advent of the mobile suit known as the RX-0 Gundam Unicorn. While the Unicorn is named after a mythical horse with one horn, - hence, 'Uni', which in the ancient Earth language Latin, means 'one' -  the heroic Unicorn MS has more sinister origins unknown to most., according to the Trinity legend. The 'uni' prefix denotes a 'unification' of three core mobile suits that preceded the Unicorn. Thus - three unifies into one. Which forms the backdrop of the Trinity saga. 




THE LEGEND-----
U.C. 0095. Two years after the events of Char's Counterattack, and one year before the Unicorn saga....


      Anaheim was developing more powerful psycho-frame systems, still largely in infancy stages. Although peace reigned, an obscure Newtype Colony with origins related to the neutral Side 6, became curious of Anaheim's projects. They then stole the psycho-frame plans, as well as the blueprints of a prototype MS later came to be known as the MSN-06S Sinanju.


Newtype scientists of the Colony cracked the psycho-frame technology and found that it yielded awesome power. They would harness it for self-defense. Three suits modeled after the Sinanju evolved from this endeavor - Niddhog, Tiamat and Bahamut. Together, they were codenamed Trinity.


The Federation eventually discovered this, and deployed forces to deal with what was perceived as a legitimate threat to Earth. The more Fed intelligence found out about Trinity, the more they became paranoid of the immense power now lying in the hands of one minor Newtype colony. As diplomatic negotiations broke down, Earth sought to reclaim the stolen and improved technology by force.


The resulting battle was one of the shortest and most contained, yet devastating war humanity has ever fought since the Amuro-Char era. It lasted only one month. Few got wind of it because covert forces were used by Earth, and battles were fought mainly on Colony territory.


It was a watershed event in terms of mobile suit combat. Never before has mankind witnessed the full extent of the power from a psycho-frame enabled MS such as those from the Trinity trio. Each designed with different combat capabilities, they wielded unmatched weaponry coupled with the enhanced reflexes of Newtype pilots. According to battlefield folklore, Trinity took out an entire armada of Fed special ops forces more than triple that of the current Londo Bell unit - Four Ra Cailum class battleships, six Clop-class cruisers, and a 50-strong MS squadron. Another account claims that Trinity vanquished two prototype mega mobile-armours the likes of which have never been seen again.


When it seemed Fed forces were no match for the Colony, a grave flaw was discovered in the new and fragile psycho-frame technology that Trinity used - The system was unstable and incompatible with the extreme battle capabilities of the fearsome suits. Trinity's pilots were under great stress, and their bodies and minds were breaking down. With temporarily superior technology, Trinity made its last stand on one of the Colony's few surviving bases, going up against the full wrath of Earth's forces. (*The actual pose of the Trinity dio depicts this)


    
In the end, despite the might of Trinity, the Federation wins the war at a heavy cost by outlasting the withered Trinity pilots. Earth's reprisals against the Colony was ruthless. It's entire population was wiped out but its destruction, kept under wraps by an elaborate system of government cover-up. It was the most secretive genocide mankind has ever committed. 


Fearing that there will be political fallout should the public ever find out about the atrocities in the Trinity myth, all information and case files on the war, now known as the'Trinity Crisis', were clinically purged. All except the psycho-frame technology.


The re-captured psycho-frame technology was incorporated into the blueprint of a new MS under development – The RX-0 Unicorn. It was found that by combining certain permutations of Trinity's systems into one cohesive mainframe, the issue of instability was resolved. From the ashes of Trinity, Unicorn was born.


Except for the legacy of Trinity, no one remembers the name of the fallen Colony, sworn to secrecy and buried under layers of conspiracy. Some say that each of the Trinity MS was even more powerful than the eventual red Sinanju that Full Frontal came to pilot, and in fact, superior even to Unicorn. At its most extreme, even the mysterious and sinister Unicorn Banshee is said to have origins related to Trinity.


Such unprecedented power cannot possibly be controlled, and hence, Trinity's short-lived existence. Others say the entire myth was just a fabrication by Neo-Zeon forces, propaganda to sway public support for Earth's government and throw mankind once more into the grip of war. No one really knows if Trinity ever existed, but its legend remains alive in the echoed whispers along hallways of top military officials and late night bunker chat amongst pilots….. 


It is rumored that whatever is in Laplace's box mentioned in the Unicorn saga also contains the truth about the Trinity Crisis, hence, the truth about humanity's altered course, and the origins of Unicorn. (*This ties in with the current Unicorn plot) 



Case File 001499
Origin: Unknown
Information: Classified 




THE TRINITY CRISIS: SHADOWS OF BEASTS 

While little is known about the Trinity Crisis, specific data on the legendary Trinity suits began surfacing in U.C. 0096, right about the time of the rise of Unicorn. These contain technical  information thought to be the actual specs of the three mythical Trinity MS -  Niddhog, Tiamat and Bahamut. Federation scientists have dismissed the files as fabricated information, as the weaponry purported far exceed anything that current MS technology can achieve. Believers however, are convinced that these are actual leaked information of Trinity's specs, proving that the myth was once reality.  


NIDDHOG


The purple MS, fastest of the three, is said to be the leader of the pack. Often deployed in close combat, Niddhog rarely utilised its beam sabre, opting instead, for its primary weapon, a devastating beam lance that could pierce through the thickest armoured hull of any Federation starship. Niddhog was supposedly responsible for the destruction of a majority of the Fed ships. It's stylistic design is said to be fashioned after medieval warriors of ancient Earth called knights. Because of this, it was also known as 'The Purple Knight' to enemy forces.


Model No: MSN-06 N Sinanju
Unit Type: Newtype use mobile suit (Close combat type)
Overall height: 22.6 meters
Base weight: 25.2 metric tons
Power generator output: 4000k
Sensor radius: 22000 meters
Maximum Thrust: 130000 kg
Armor: Gundarium alloy
Armament: Beam lance x 1, beam saber x 2, Shield x 1 
 

TIAMAT


Trinity's heavy artillery specialist was a green MS called upon to rain hell on the enemy even before being sighted. With its heavy armour, it was rumoured to be the most indestructible of the Trinity suits. Tiamat was peerless in long range combat, its mysterious particle beam cannon said to be connected to the MS's psycho-frame technology. No beam weapon of Earth's forces could match it in terms of accuracy and potency. It is not known how far Tiamat's awesome firepower can reach, but the cannon fired a beam that could stretch 100 metres in diameter, obliterating anything in its path.


Model No: MSN-06 T Sinanju
Unit Type: Newtype use mobile suit (Heavy Artillery type)
Overall height: 22.6 meters
Base weight: 30.2 metric tons
Power generator output: 4500kw
Sensor radius: 22000 meters
Maximum Thrust: 128000 kg
Armor: Gundarium alloy
Armament: Particle beam mega cannon, beam saber x 2, Missile pod x 2 




BAHAMUT


Said to be the most powerful and terrifying MS of Trinity, Bahamut was the harbinger of death for Fed pilots who witnessed it. No enemy who saw Bahamut apparently survived to tell the tale. Up till the final stand of Trinity, all accounts of this demonic suit were third-party rumours. Even though it was rarely sighted, the Bahamut left distinct wreckage in its wake – horrific lashes to ship hulls and MS armour, indicative of its deadly heat whip and fearsome claws. Because of its characteristic wings, the Bahamut was given the ominous nickname – 'Angel of Death'.


Model No: MSN-06 B Sinanju
Unit Type: Newtype use mobile suit (High-mobility type)
Overall height: 23.0 meters
Base weight: 28.0 metric tons
Power generator output: 4000kw
Sensor radius: 22000 meters
Maximum Thrust: 128000 kg
Armor: Gundarium alloy
Armament: Heat whip x 1, beam saber x 2, Shield x 1 


Credits to Mr Tan Yi Hui 


Trinity


















MSN-06N Niddhog





















MSN-06T Tiamat




















MSN-06B Bahamut




















Base 








































Lighting Base - Manufactured in Singapore! 

Well you can imagine our relief when this was finished. I will take this opportunity to salute both Leon and Jaef who submitted their individual entries and still compete in the group category. All I can say we thoroughly enjoyed the process and working together helps us understand each other better and our friendship becomes even stronger! That to me, is the true purpose of a group build.... 

18 comments :

I didn't get to see the detail of the base personally as the glass was there. Thanks for the photo now I can see the fine details.

COngrats bro! You make us proud! :D

wahahaha kenny you did it!! Did not let my expectations down!!^^

you are legend. actually all 3 of you are. this is simply amazing. epic. Totally friggin epic.

The MSN-06B Bahamut is the first thing that caught my eye, really like the idea of orange Epyon look alike Sinanju with wings. You guys really made singapore proud. Thanks for letting us see such great art.

Thanks for the comments guys!

@gunpla, the groundwork was made entirely from pla-plates. AS for the structures, I used a few koto base parts to make.

@Busterbeam - No my friend, we cannot be considered as Legends :). Its just a hobby man ;)

Amazing work Toymaker. This is so inspiring... every detail is professionally executed.

This is probably a stupid question... but! Will you be entering next years group entry? ^^

hello! I'm the guy who represented Italy at Bakuc, thanks for your advice and your kindness!
come and visit me on the forum of Mechanical Rage (collection of models and toys). My nickname is King.
see you soon and congratulations for your work!

Hi Kamm, I'm not too sure whether there is a group cat next year.

Hey King, it was my pleasure to meet you. Will drop by :)

Thanks for sharing the photos. Is amazing stuff that you guys have put in. I really like the base. It's absolutely fantastic!

Dennis

Great story, looks like a page torn from a log. Great job Yihui.

Well done... you all deserve the winner title! :)

I kindof knew that you did the orange one when I first say it, but was not sure. The knight is not just your style. Nywyas, awesome post and awesome work!

love the idea of the background story and, how long did it take you to build all of them? well looking forward for more amazing gundams from the assembly line.awesome work dude!

Thanks guys!

@exia0029, we took about three months to finish everything. And yes, I will work harder this year man!

Former FFXI game master chiming in...wanna know how I know he playes FFXI LMAO.

Awesome work!

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