Zange by Kotobukiya

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  1. “Kudos to Kotobukiya for taking the artistic initiative in this key location on Zange.”

    Knew they were perverts. XD Best thing I’ve read all day. 😀

    You said you couldn’t get the pictures right, but the skin tones on your Zange looked like they turned out better than mine. Not that there is a difference in the actual figures, but I think it’s due to the backgrounds we used.

    Having Tsugumi I can confirm (knowing your tastes) that she is indeed the weakest of the bunch. Doesn’t even fit all that well in the “scene” with the other two.

    Oh, and those shots with Drossel are just amazing! I think the one where she’s hugging Zange’s bum is the best but the one where Drossel’s reclining on her is cute too!

    (Thinks he needs to get himself a Drossel now.)

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed that line. Kotobukiya definitely has some pervs in the bunch. Good stuff.

      My main issue with the pictures was more consistency between lenses, as well as the grey background. I always aim to get as white a background as I can without ruining the figure’s colouring and shading. This sequence seemed like they were more grey in the background than I wanted. I suspect this is due to how large Nagi and Zange are together, causing the light to be dispursed over more surface. The two lenses also had wildly varying characteristics that I’m not used to, since I almost exclusively use my 18-70mm for this sort of thing. But I wanted some shallow DOF, but still didn’t really get the effect desired. I’ll keep tinkering though.

      I feel good you say that about Tsugumi, sounds poor of me, but it means I made the right call not purchasing her. Zange and Nagi work well enough together anyway I think.

      I think I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, Drossel is just way too cute and fun. She’s pretty easily balanced without her base, which means you can think up some fun things. I’ve got another picture lined up for another review as well. I don’t think it’s as good as Drossel hugging Zanges bum, but still fun I think. I think the Drossel pics are so much more interesting than the rest of the review, perhaps distractingly so. Maybe I should have given them their own post.

      (Yes, you should.)

      1. I forget, do you use a back-light behind your background? If not I find that sometimes helps. It also reduces the exposure time needed to get that nice white color you talk about. Downside is that too much will make the figures take on a high contrast look.

        I like mid-sized chests (I gather you like smaller ones) so I was looking forward to Tsugumi after seeing what the perverts had done with Zange, but they opted for a cuter execution on Tsugumi and she didn’t have near the “artistic initiative”. She is the cutest though.

        I don’t know if they’re more interesting, but they are a lot of fun! 😀

        (I would’ve already but she’s sold out nearly everywhere. 😦 )

      2. I don’t have room for a light behind my backdrop. Since I just use a very large piece of paper and place it on my desk using my clamp on lamps. One lamp at the top to hold it up to the shelf, and 2 at the bottom corners to hold it down. Creates a nice curve, but I have 3 monitors behind the paper, and no where to put the lamp behind. Additionally, the lamp would have to be enormously bright I imagine, as the paper is pretty thick. Here’s what it tends to <a href="; title="My 'Studio'"look like.

        I prefer smaller to mid-size breasts. IMO Zanges are large, and as such beyond the range I consider attractive. Tsugumi’s seem to be of a good size for her body. Smaller would be too small, but somewhat larger wouldn’t be detrimental to her looks.

        I bought Drossel on a whim.

      3. Ah. I think that top lamp does pretty much the same thing. I use a three-point set-up too, but not quite the way you did.

        When those whim purchases turn out, they turn out good don’t they? 😀

      4. I think I need some way of diffusing the light better, as well as bright lights. I’ve got “300 watts” (CFLs) but perhaps 2 more lamps plus diffusers would help make it more uniform.

        You’re definitely right. When those whim purchases turn out, they really turn out.

  2. Drossel takes a break … your photos are really fun. Good idea.

    I have had no attraction for these 2 digits to their pre-order, but after seeing photos and reading your article I am tempted to buy them soon.

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