Custom Build: HGUC 1/144 Nightingale (The END GAME) GBWC 11th "2023" U-20 Philippines

MODIFICATION TYPE: Scribing, Kitbash, Armor Separation, Custom Pla Plating, Custom Painting
KITS USED: HGUC 1/144 Nightingale, HGUC 1/144 Geara Doga, HGUC 1/144 Jagd Doga

A Masterpiece of Mecha Modeling by Nico Suratos

Nico Suratos has become a prominent talent in the complex and competitive world of Gunpla (Gundam plastic model) building, particularly with her most recent creation, "The End Game." This masterpiece, which stole the show at the Gunpla Builders World Cup 11th "2023" Finals in Tokyo, Japan, is not only evidence of Suratos' talent but also serves as a source of motivation for the Philippines' Under-20 team.

Nico's selection of the HGUC 1/144 Nightingale as the principal kit reflects her preference for huge, bulky mobile suits, which she believes provide ample opportunities for customization. Her enthusiasm for these types of models is clear in the thorough attention to detail in "The End Game."

The modification process utilized to make "The End Game" was extensive and varied. Nico displayed her winning work on a diorama, employing scribing, kitbashing, armor separation, scratch building, and custom painting to transform the Nightingale into a more sophisticated version of its original design. The goal of this makeover was to improve the model's appearance while also adding levels of complexity and depth.

One of the most stunning components of "The End Game" is the diorama, which includes a travel gateway. This innovative feature depicts the Nightingale's ability to move from one location to another in an instant, including directly into the heart of a conflict zone. The addition of this sci-fi element gives the model a dynamic and narrative layer, transforming it from a static display piece to a story in miniature.

In this diorama, three grunt troops support the Nightingale, as do other soldiers outfitted with tanks and hoverbikes. This ensemble gives a feeling of size and drama, demonstrating Nico Suratos' ability to plan and execute a complex battlefield scene.

Suratos represents the Philippines in the Under-20 Category at the Gunpla Builders World Cup, which is a source of national pride. Her entry, "The End Game," not only demonstrates her personal talent and ingenuity, but it also exemplifies the potential and passion of young modelers in the Philippines.

Nico Suratos has created a visually magnificent piece with "The End Game," as well as a riveting story of creativity, ability, and artistic vision. Her work serves as a reminder of the endless possibilities in the realm of model construction, as well as an encouragement to aspiring modelers around the world.


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