An event hosted by Japan-Cool and sponsored by Mig Jimenez, G-Con was the UK’s first Gundam Convention, held in York over two days in September 2016.


Influenced by the Gunpla Builder’s World Cup, G-Con 2016 held a Gunpla Build Competition which went amazingly at the UK’s first Gundam Convention, with 21 model kits showing off a range of techniques within unique and innovate customisation.

First place was taken by Jack Ransom with his incredibly-detailed and intricately-painted Zaku and Char, and earned first prize: a trip to Japan.

Now for the best part… the photos of all the contest builds, along with critique by the judges. Enjoy and we can’t wait for G-Con 2017!

(Please email info@g-con.uk with any queries or comments)


First Place – Jack Ransom – Zaku with Char

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“Great detail work, lots of colour separation and shading with a ton of decals. Good inner-mechanical work and metallic edging effects and a very finely painted Char Aznable figure. Modifications fit the aesthetic very well.”

Second Place – Gavin Kovacs – Bathhouse Diorama

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“Fantastically imaginative, humorous, well thought out and completely unique. Great scale modelling skill on show. Water effect is fantastic. Rubber duckies a good touch.”

Third Place – Stuart Lathe – Nu Gundam

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“Gorgeously detailed, good use of off-white tones and some really fine masking work. Nice exposure of inner mechanics. Nice additional metallic modifications makes it more unique.”

Blue & Orange Sazabi – Emilio M

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“A nice mix of stylistic highlighting in the paint work combined with the realism of decay, very unique look.”

Shot-Up Guntank – Henry Januszewski

 

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“A great depiction of the aftermath of battle. Really nice rusting and weathered effects. Battle damage nicely worked to make that melted metal look.” (Photography by Henry)

Zaku II BigGun – Karl Woods

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“A really cool animé-style diorama with a real sense of space-guerilla warfare. The drab tones are a nice choice and the disembowelled GM parts are a nice touch.”

Dom R35 – Julien Packard

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“Subtle, clean multi-tonal animé-style blues with cool metallics.”

Wing Zero – James Austen

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“Good pre-shading work and bold colour choices. Very clean.” (Photograph by James Austen)

Red Sazabi – Simon Pattison

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“Textbook OOB paint job, very clean with some good tonal variation to emphasise part separation.”

Hi-Nu – Stuart Lathe

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“Good contrast in the paint job, nice use of metallics. Armour separation mod a nice touch.”

Freedom

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“Good classical styling, clean and well-detailed.”

Smashed-up Cherudim – Ibriz Daya

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“Good sense of scale, nicely and heavily battle damaged.” (Photography by Ibriz)

Sazabi (with miniature Char) – Stuart Lathe

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“Tight work, good tonal variation and sharp detail. Good masking skills demonstrated on the weapon.”

Barbatos – Solomon Meshoulam

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“Nice, clearly done OOB job with subtle shading.”

Guntank/Gouf Combo – Christopher McGowan

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“Great aesthetic, real mecha overkill. Forboding and shiny. Nice choice of metallic colouring.”

Gusion – Emilio M

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“Cool little stylised hammer-wielding stumpy chunk of robot. Interesting choices of decal with a very unique simulated iridescent paint job.”

00 Raiser – Tianyi Wang

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“Well-constructed and very clean.”

Heavily-Armed Red Zaku – Neil Cameron

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“Great modifications with a serious amount of kill. Enjoying the brass metallics, well-detailed.”

Wing Ver Ka – Benjamin Guilfoyle

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“Clean paint work, supplemented well with some edged weathering effects.”

Astaroth – Miquel Tankard 

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“Nice kit bashing skills on show, keeping the asymmetrical approach and well proportioned. Nice medium weathering.”

Neo-Zeong – Leon Tilbrook

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“Nice depiction from the Unicorn animé, unique colour ideas and heavy shading.”

The event was hosted by Japan-Cool (online Gunpla retailer), sponsored by Mig Jimenez and the competition was judged by Simon Curry (G-Con logo designer and creator of Gundamuk.com), Darren Ling and Gary Within.


A massive thank you to all the staff who helped the event come to life and to all the guests for creating an atmosphere we will never forget.

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