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[IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:23:30 »
ABOUT THE NAME

Some of you may have looked at this and said "Hey, this sounds familiar", and you'd be correct. This is one of those rare cases where great minds have thunk alike. While I had been finalizing this keyset over the past months (with plans to go live after Metropolis had finished), so had someone else. On April 26th, user FU11.META1 posted his IC for GMK Kaiju. Long story short, he and I have talked at length over the past week and since both sets differ greatly from a visual standpoint, have reached the decision we feel is most beneficial for each set. His set has evoked a strong EVA theme and is continuing further down that road with its new name of GMK Unit-01, and with that he has given me the permission to use the Kaiju name for this set.

I encourage everyone to go check out GMK Unit-01 if you haven't. FU11.META1 has done a superb job with his first IC, and has even extended himself with learning how to do his own renders. I wouldn't be surprised if many of us are utilizing his services in the near future ;)

I am extremely grateful to FU11.META1 and am glad that we were able to reach a win-win rather than resulting in collision. Our hobby is small and niche, but is rapidly growing. As we start receiving more community members and creators the instances for overlap will most definitely increase, but I would encourage everyone to approach these situations with an open mind and be collaborative with one another. Doing so will likely require compromise, but will often result in the building of friendships-- which is, in my experience here, the more important aspect.

I am writing this with the intent of providing transparency around the situation and our decisions, however if anyone still has any questions or concerns here i encourage them to reach out to myself or FU11.META1 privately.

-Neph




That said...
Welcome to the IC for GMK Kaiju



Kaiju ( 怪獣 ) may mean "strange beast" in Japanese, but it is more commonly used in reference to large monsters. This set takes specific inspiration from the classic Japanese monster movies featuring "the big lizard", and derives its color palette from a combination of things related to this theme. The deep green modifiers, which reflect the classic "big lizard's" ominous coloring, gives this set a strong foundation for the fiery orange accents and legends. Both of these colors, when paired with the light cream/beige alphas give this set an intentional nod towards classic defense terminals. The novelties, which i've affectionately called "warnings", allow further expansion by providing a collection of symbols that feel authentic to this theme.

Interest Check Survey - As always, i've created a survey to collect your feedback!

Please vote for this on Drop if you are interested!

If you have a comment or suggestion please pass it through in the comments!



Renders





KIRA TKL






TGR 910






TGR Alice






Dharma






M60-A



Proposed Kits

These kits are by no means finalized, but they do following closely to the "current" going standard of splitting out the numpad. I personally have some mixed feelings on this, but the data is proving more and more that the community as a whole finds this beneficial.



BASE KIT
Trying to keep the most common compatibility, while still keeping the set concise. Removal of the numpad cluster keeps the cost down for the majority.




DATA LOGS
The Data Logs kit adds the numpad cluster for all that quick data entry. Essential for documenting any larger than average creatures.




ABNORMALITIES
Sometimes your standard Kaiju gets some odd permutations... This should help cover that.




WARNINGS
A good early warning system in place saves lives. This'll help you look good doin it!




BARRIERS
When all else fails, sometimes you just need a good old fashioned blockade. In some standardized sizes of course.



Desk Mats

You're always safe... until you're not! Two desk mat options depending on the current conditions.






Colors

This set uses 3 custom colors:
Green - RAL 170 40 20
Orange - Pantone 172c
Cream/Beige - Pantone 7527

Due to GMK's ability to hit RAL colors with more accuracy, I have set aside two additional RAL colors for the orange and cream (should they be needed) that come close. Further adjustments can then be done to bring them in line with what they should be.





Next Up
  • Get community feedback
  • Implement feedback



Acknowledgements
  • BIG thanks to FU11.META1 again for his willingness to work with me
  • Shoutout to Janglad for making this set come to life!
  • Monsters everywhere, for doing what you do
  • University of Miami, for having better colors than the Dolphins



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Offline nephlock

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:23:46 »
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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:25:37 »
gmk gatorade

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:32:05 »
SO DAMN NICE LETS GOOOOOO
Utah represent  :thumb:

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:32:52 »
yes because orange GMK sets have such a good track record
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« Reply #5 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:40:07 »
yes because orange GMK sets have such a good track record

This set will do at least 3 times better then JTK Red Riot or I'll eat a sock

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:47:49 »
That reddish orange next to the Pantone chip is the backup RAL? I like that one way better anyway. The lighter orange feels "weak" compared to that excellent green, and might also have contrast issues against the white. The redder orange would be nice and bold.

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« Reply #7 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:48:08 »
Back with another banger! Can't wait to see this in GB!

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:49:02 »
yes because orange GMK sets have such a good track record

This set will do at least 3 times better then JTK Red Riot or I'll eat a sock

well it'll have to to make MOQ
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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:49:26 »
yes because orange GMK sets have such a good track record

This set will do at least 3 times better then JTK Red Riot or I'll eat a sock

That's not that difficult.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:52:52 »
damn, another sick weeb set

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 15:56:53 »
Love it Neph!

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 16:09:42 »
yes because orange GMK sets have such a good track record

This set will do at least 3 times better then JTK Red Riot or I'll eat a sock
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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 16:38:57 »
gmk gatorade

my alternate name was GMK Exceptionally Large Alligator, glad this got picked up on  :p

That reddish orange next to the Pantone chip is the backup RAL? I like that one way better anyway. The lighter orange feels "weak" compared to that excellent green, and might also have contrast issues against the white. The redder orange would be nice and bold.

The goal would be to use that and then tweak it more orange if needs be. That color is closer to a red than an orange.





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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 17:42:12 »
I love this for some reason. I don't even like hiragana sublegends, but I like them here. And in Unit 01. Maybe I'm going through changes. I hope I'm gonna be ok.

I'd buy this.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #15 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:24:33 »
SO DAMN NICE LETS GOOOOOO
Utah represent  :thumb:

LOL I had the same thought.  :eek: :thumb:
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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:26:36 »
Any reason for hirangana sublegends? I think the set would look much much cleaner without them.

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« Reply #17 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:39:23 »
Okay this is beautiful. One of the best Iíve seen in a while. Hiragana works so well too.

thanks again for a well worked ic and a great set! Iíll be in forsure

green deskmat is also stunning

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« Reply #18 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:42:50 »
I hope we can reach the desired orange as well. The lighter ral will diminish the look significantly

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« Reply #19 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:51:21 »
Any reason for hirangana sublegends? I think the set would look much much cleaner without them.

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With the main inspiration of this set being rooted so firmly in Japanese monster movies, i feel that the sublegends are the perfect fit. I also realize that they are not everyone's cup of tea... My intent is to do this set and the inspiration as much justice as possible while still retaining a classy keyset that looks great on a board, even if that decision results in targeting a narrower audience.

That doesn't mean that, depending on interest and kitting, regular alphas are out of the question. But I do think removal of the sublegends completely would deviate too much.

Okay this is beautiful. One of the best Iíve seen in a while. Hiragana works so well too.

thanks again for a well worked ic and a great set! Iíll be in forsure

green deskmat is also stunning

Of course! Thank you so much!

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #20 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:55:00 »
Any reason for hirangana sublegends? I think the set would look much much cleaner without them.

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With the main inspiration of this set being rooted so firmly in Japanese monster movies, i feel that the sublegends are the perfect fit. I also realize that they are not everyone's cup of tea... My intent is to do this set and the inspiration as much justice as possible while still retaining a classy keyset that looks great on a board, even if that decision results in targeting a narrower audience.

That doesn't mean that, depending on interest and kitting, regular alphas are out of the question. But I do think removal of the sublegends completely would deviate too much.

Okay this is beautiful. One of the best Iíve seen in a while. Hiragana works so well too.

thanks again for a well worked ic and a great set! Iíll be in forsure

green deskmat is also stunning

Of course! Thank you so much!
Fair enough. I just think every set nowadays has that sublegend. If a regular alpha set separate is not out of the question, I'm in.

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« Reply #21 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:56:12 »
Any reason for hirangana sublegends? I think the set would look much much cleaner without them.

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With the main inspiration of this set being rooted so firmly in Japanese monster movies, i feel that the sublegends are the perfect fit. I also realize that they are not everyone's cup of tea... My intent is to do this set and the inspiration as much justice as possible while still retaining a classy keyset that looks great on a board, even if that decision results in targeting a narrower audience.

That doesn't mean that, depending on interest and kitting, regular alphas are out of the question. But I do think removal of the sublegends completely would deviate too much.

Okay this is beautiful. One of the best Iíve seen in a while. Hiragana works so well too.

thanks again for a well worked ic and a great set! Iíll be in forsure

green deskmat is also stunning

Of course! Thank you so much!
Fair enough. I just think every set nowadays has that sublegend. If a regular alpha set separate is not out of the question, I'm in.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #22 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:57:54 »
Nice.
Love it so much.

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« Reply #23 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 18:58:30 »
yo the hype is real

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« Reply #24 on: Mon, 06 May 2019, 23:36:05 »
Looks amazing my friend! Even better with the full presentation!
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« Reply #25 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 00:22:33 »
Looks different and interesting concept!

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« Reply #26 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 02:42:39 »
I'll be damned if I pass up a kaiju themed set. And it's green to boot.

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« Reply #27 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 02:43:10 »
Sign me in, papa



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« Reply #28 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 03:15:36 »
I'll be damned if I pass up a kaiju themed set. And it's green to boot.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 03:27:01 »
By any chance, is the color scheme loosely based off of the original's King of the Monsters! movie poster? If so - nice.
Will the missing furigana be on the final set?
Will there be added 65% support for R3 Page Up and R4 Page Down?

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« Reply #30 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 03:34:24 »
Excellent colourway for the retro vibe! I assume you putting the word '大' on the novelties to elaborate the enormous size of a monster?

Also wishing for an Alien Baltan's head silhouette keycap but don't think it will happen...
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« Reply #31 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 03:35:36 »
I'll be damned if I pass up a kaiju themed set. And it's green to boot.

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« Reply #32 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 03:49:55 »
Iíd love to see an Icon Set for mods. Great job. Interested.

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« Reply #33 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 03:55:58 »
yo!!! this this looking good, but if your moving the numpad to its own kit it'd be pretty cool to move ISO to that kit as well

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« Reply #35 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 05:55:42 »
Nice, reminds me of a ferry I took in Japan once.

I think a Japanese modifier kit a la Kuro/Shiro or GMK Wāpuro would go really well with the cool green.

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« Reply #36 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 07:26:32 »
Beautiful set and love the colors. I'm a sucker for this type of green! Good luck with the IC and wanted to encourage you for running a great group buy.
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« Reply #37 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 10:26:12 »
all in

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« Reply #38 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 10:43:51 »
This is really fantastic. Love the novelties.


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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #39 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 11:25:06 »
By any chance, is the color scheme loosely based off of the original's King of the Monsters! movie poster? If so - nice.
Will the missing furigana be on the final set?
Will there be added 65% support for R3 Page Up and R4 Page Down?

Not that one specifically, but I looked through many of the vintage illustration style posters. The one that actually had the biggest influence was King Kong Vs. Godzilla



Side note on King of Monsters, somebody pointed out that GMK can actually stand as the initials for Godzilla, Mothra, and King GhidorahóAll the present in the King of Monsters film! Pretty serendipitous :)

The goal of the final set is to use the legends present in Serika, which i realize isn't fully present in the renders/kit outlines.

Too early to say on the Page Up/Dn, as it all depends on feedback during IC. If you haven't had a chance to fill out the IC survey i would suggest doing so and adding in that feedback. It was high on the list of considerations for the extra keys in Metropolis, but we favored some additional coverage keys.
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« Reply #40 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 11:25:42 »
1000% in. this ticks all the boxes for me

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« Reply #41 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 13:55:18 »
Big fan of the colourway. Looks great. Any possibility of an orange ISO enter to match the ANSI offering?

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #42 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 14:42:06 »
Not that one specifically, but I looked through many of the vintage illustration style posters. The one that actually had the biggest influence was King Kong Vs. Godzilla

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Side note on King of Monsters, somebody pointed out that GMK can actually stand as the initials for Godzilla, Mothra, and King GhidorahóAll the present in the King of Monsters film! Pretty serendipitous :)

The goal of the final set is to use the legends present in Serika, which i realize isn't fully present in the renders/kit outlines.

Too early to say on the Page Up/Dn, as it all depends on feedback during IC. If you haven't had a chance to fill out the IC survey i would suggest doing so and adding in that feedback. It was high on the list of considerations for the extra keys in Metropolis, but we favored some additional coverage keys.

Ooooh okay nice! Yeah color inspiration definitely matches KvG waaay more than my errant guess xD
Dude :eek: That'd be dope to get a novelty of the three of them but that's a whole other thing.
Gotcha. Zambumon's Serika legends are perfect. Glad to hear that.
Understandable. Lot of different layouts to consider  :thumb:

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« Reply #43 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 15:52:23 »
Dude :eek: That'd be dope to get a novelty of the three of them but that's a whole other thing.

Right? Unfortunately Toho is known to be on the ruthless side when it comes to copyright, so that definitely factored into my direction of the novelties.

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« Reply #44 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 20:24:49 »
All I have to say is WOW. I wish I could throw my money at it right now.

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« Reply #45 on: Tue, 07 May 2019, 22:58:36 »
yeah the render on the 910 sold me on this one, now i need to get a pc case.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #46 on: Wed, 08 May 2019, 00:12:39 »
Approved.

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #47 on: Wed, 08 May 2019, 11:14:07 »
yeah the render on the 910 sold me on this one, now i need to get a pc case.

I was happy to be able to get it rendered on that board too. I think it goes with PC very nicely as well!

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #48 on: Wed, 08 May 2019, 14:21:33 »
GMK 7-Eleven

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Re: [IC] GMK Kaiju (new set!)
« Reply #49 on: Wed, 08 May 2019, 23:08:02 »
I AM IN LOVE!  the kira x kaiju perfect match.  Can't wait to put it on my kira. 

Please we need this set.