I finally got around to updating my other Qanba Q3 arcade stick that was missing artwork.
This is a dedicated Shmup/Shooter stick, featuring Seimitsu buttons, a Seimitsu LS-58-01 joystick w/ Octagonal restrictor gate. Currently this is a PS1 stick, that I use converters to play on other consoles, but I will eventually be putting in a multi-console PCB of some kind in the future.
The Gradius series is one of my all-time favourites, and so it seemed fitting to put together a stick that paid homage to it. The artwork is from the official Gradius 2 flyer, the fire dragon is from some of the concept artwork -- modified to fit onto my Q3.
Printing was done by PrintShock.com, and the quality and price was perfect!
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
This one is for a personal project of mine, based on a bartop kit from Haruman Customs.
I took influence from the R-type II port on Turbografx, the in-cockpit view at the beginning intro sequence -- mixed that with the look of R-type III:Third Lightning's cockpit view from the load-out selection screen. Here's what they looked like:
Here's a mock-up of what the cab will look like when completed:
The stylings of the cabinet is to play homage to the classic Nintendo arcade cabinets, but in a small bartop size. I'm taking some queues from the original R-type cabs, as well as Radar Scope, the sacrificial lamb of Nintendo cabinets. I remember the artwork was so cool because it looked as if you were peering into the cockpit. I wanted the Control Panel to have that kind of feeling, and it just happened to work out that the joystick and buttons will be close to the two handles in the art.
R-type II was never released as a dedicated cabinet, unlike it's predecessor, only in conversion kits. The idea is to have this be 1 player, featuring an horizontally mounted LCD monitor (given it's small-form factor). The controls are going to be 3 Seimitsu Pushbuttons, and a Seimitsu LS-58 joystick (my favourite). So no fighting games will be played on this cab, just Shooters/Shmups, beat-ups and the classics.
Bonus: Here's what my initial rough draft of the side-art looks like! Ugly! :)