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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book of mecha model design, 19 May 2012
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Parka (Singapore) - See all my reviews
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Length:: 1:22 Mins

This is an amazing book featuring the mecha art and models of Luca Zampriolo, aka Kallamity. Great for anyone interested in assembling, building or designing mechas.

The concept is set in the future in a world that has run out of resources. The idea is not particular unique but more to provide background. As usual, there will be one powerful entity, in this case the Weingart family, who has the power and technology to build all sorts of stuff of which some are mechas.

The book starts of with concept art for the dystopia future world. It looks like there are mining plants built everywhere, even in cities with skyscrapers there are factories spilling out smoke just beside.

The rest of the book are concept art for mechas and a selected few are being made into actual models. There are only a few featured because each one has an crazy amount of detail. One model took 11 months to finish. They are mainly the walker-type heavy mechas, a spaceship carrier and a crew all suited up. You can see some design influence from Kow Yokoyama which was mentioned in the book.

There are photos of all the created parts either by casting or sculpting. The models are made from Milliput (bicomponent stucco) and plasticard. For one of the human models, Super Sculpey was used.

Every piece created is intricately designed and worked on. For example, you can see all the tiny holes for ventilation grills. All surfaces have details even though some were eventually covered up by other parts. There are also many photos from different angles, and photos at different stages of completion.

Lengthy commentary is provided on how each mecha was designed and built. It's not tutorial style so it's not a beginners book. Some of what's mentioned might make more sense to actual model builders. Towards the end, there are also some guest designers featured, like Michael Fichtenmayer, Ryu Seoung Ho, Matt Tomczek and Jason Stalnaker.

Highly recommended for mecha lovers. Even if you don't build or assemble them, there are plenty of designs to see.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mechatastic, 17 April 2012
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M. Simkins (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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A great source book for Mecha design, his artwork is inspiring and his sculpting and model making skills are detailed and imaginative. He looks into super detailing your models and if you go to his web site he still has some of his casts for sale for you to build and paint. A must for either a serious miniature modeler or a fan of mecha art and design! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 2 Feb 2012
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Chris Turner (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Couldn't think of a better title. The book is Fantastic!
The quality of the model making and design is great.

Inspirational stuff.

Back story of the mecha is very well thought out and well executed.

Nice foreword by Kow Yokoyama also :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mecha Design, Mecha fascination, 12 Mar 2012
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Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog "Falcata T... - See all my reviews
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Whilst I'm not the biggest fan of a lot of the Tokyo Robot creations, I have to admit a passion for the Titan protectors of Mankind that is utilised by Games Workshops Warhammer 40K. What this book from Luca brings to the fore is a wonderful world of the artists own sculpture creations that give you not only a sense of a dark future but also wonderfully creative pieces that are unique.

It's a joy to read, it demonstrates how you can make your own and even talks the reader through a few of the steps for painting as well as creating the original pieces on paper. A cracking title from Titan and one that I really did get a lot of fun from whilst reading that will be picked up time and again to get inspiration when I get the urge to create my own.
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