Whenever I start a new project, I always start with the head. This is because by getting the basic shape of the head, I will be able to get a feel of the overall proportion/structure of the unit and also in terms of modifications and design.
For the past few months, I had been doing research on how I want to portray this suit. I am thinking of doing variations but that is easier said than done considering how massive this kit is.
As you can see the pictures below, the MG O head is too rounded and gives a "soft" expression. Basically, it lacks bite. Here are some close-ups of the stock head.
I will re-design the head to give it a more angular shape.
Six months ago, I readily accepted DC23's challenge for a Build-Off using Bandai's Master Grade PMX-003 The-O. And only when I started this project recently did I realized that this could well be my most challenging build todate.
Simply because I don't have a "feel" for this mecha. I don't like it at all. It looks clumsy and fat. The more I look at it, the more I want to give it an overhaul. For the past few months, I have been doing some research and have came up with several concepts but I am not satisfied with any one of them. To do something revolutionary is very tough and may not be within my means. Nevertheless, I will never know if I don't give it a try.
On the preliminary, I want a slimmer profile but at the same time, retain it massiveness. Yes, it sounds contradicting but I believe this can be done. I am going to alter the body structure and re-designing the armors making them more streamline (and massive at the same time "duh"). And being a supreme mobile suit, I want to give it a majestic aura. And so, I named it "Odin".
As for weaponry, I will not do the traditional blaster, cannon or "BFG" as some affectionately calls it. Probably some short to mid-range guns or such and maybe a saber or something similar. It got to be unique or at least different for sure.
Anyway, here are some snap shots of The-O OOB (Out-of-Box).