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Zephyr's Compass

A blog about writing, photography, and everything in between.

Figure Focus – Almecha KOS-MOS Ver. 4 by Alter

June 3rd, 2012

Another spectacular addition to the Almecha line by Alter. Loads of weapons and accessories, great figure stability/balance, even have magnets in the box itself to keep it closed. The rigid hair gets a little in the way sometimes, but no real big. Was discounted to 4900 yen on Amiami recently, but now sold out.
EDIT: Fixed some image loading issues on the “click-to-view” pictures.

Anatomy of a Model Kit: 1/72 Macross Frontier VF-27γ (BANDAI)

June 1st, 2012

Bandai released this beauty as part of their Macross Frontier 1/72 kit line way back in 2009. Some old pics of the process in building the kit and some small details about the time it took etc. I’m only an amateur model kit builder using basic tools like Tamiya Sprue Cutters and the stickers rather than decals, but figured that this’d be a nice topic to write a quick post on regardless.

Box Art: (Normal + Special Ranka Back Art)

  • Managed to snag one of the early runs with the special Ranka valkyrie artwork on the back.

The Definition Of Convention “Swag”

June 1st, 2012

So I was digging through some old photo albums the other day and came upon some pictures from last October’s New York Comic Con. Figured some of you would be interested in seeing the kinds of “swag” you can get at a convention like this one, so I’ve uploaded some of those pictures below.

Quick Game Review: Radical Dreamers

May 30th, 2012

**Simultaneous release on leetNEET




A Little Bit of History:
To say the least, Radical Dreamers has quite a bit of story behind it. Intended as an official sequel to the critically acclaimed Chrono Trigger, the game was something that many people were looking for at the time. Starved for a sequel to one of the greatest games ever and combined with the fact that most of the original Chrono Trigger team was returning to develop Radical Dreamers, it’s no surprise. Sadly though, the game ended up plagued with a variety of issues—the most notable of which was the production schedule. Ultimately, this rushed schedule would result in Masato Kato’s team finishing the game in a record three months and releasing it in 1996… at the cost of the game being labeled “unfinished” and being nothing like the RPG it was intended to be. The story behind Radical Dreamers would eventually form the foundation of Chrono Cross however, which is now widely considered the official canon sequel and was released in 1999 (JP)/2000(NA).

Launch Week + The Power of Knowing Yourself: An Editorial

May 29th, 2012

With every endeavor comes a beginning, an origin. Results come not from idleness, ideas merely ideas when not acted upon, views useless if not expressed. Today is that beginning for Zephyr’s Compass: a blog culminating from years of thinking and experience, a yearning to reach out to the world, and a desire to make a difference in my own way.

And thus, from Zephyr (Commie Fansubs, leetNEET, Random Curiosity) comes a blog about writing, photography, life, and everything in between.

This is Launch Week, where I will attempt to post 7 articles in 7 days.

And this is the start—I hope—of something special.