Abakan 2288 (Kallamitys World/Mecha Design) Paperback – 24 Feb 2012
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Zampriolo s attention to detail really pays off; his style remains unique and instantly recognisable. The result is a highly sophisticated look at an alternative future of man and machine. Well worth a read. --Starburst Magazine
About the Author
Zamprioli, aka Kallamity, is a painter, graphic artist and sculptor. He currently specialises in creating collectible limited edition mecha design robots which are highly sought-after. He designs the master patterns that are then cast and he assembles the pieces to create machine dolls ranging in size from about a foot high to the head of a pin.
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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.)
The quality of the model making and design is great.
Back story of the mecha is very well thought out and well executed.
Nice foreword by Kow Yokoyama also :)
This book is lavishly produced and filled to bursting with photos, background and artwork. In the most part it follows the development of several Kallamity model kits from initial sketch, through the scratch-building process and finally to production and painting of a finished kit, with Luca's own commentary throughout giving insight into his designs.
A must have for Mecha modelers
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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