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You're off to a good start. I like where you're going with this.


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Stryker2011 wrote:You're off to a good start. I like where you're going with this.

Really? I don't even know where I'm going with this! Laughing I'm liking the metal fang/cage looking visor below though, sort of a cross between a Morrior Orc helmet and that contraption poor Shawnee Smith had over her head in one of the "Saw" movies... with a helmet not hood though.





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That’s a cool looking helmet, probably my favorite, as well. It kind of reminds me somewhat of the jaws on the Beast from Brotherhood of the Wolf.


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Man, I like the look of this guy, Chop.

Mighty damn evil looking.

Go, man...go!

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Can I come over and help put him together, now that the nook and cranny priming is complete? Smile


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I love the Mafune weapons! I have a bunch I picked up forever ago, and they're still awesome by current figure standards. And I swear, I always end up learning something reading this thread.

The ronin wraith came out insanely awesome, and that giant Sauron is blowing my mind. And that cage Helmet is really something fierce. Seriously cool stuff. I'm hooked.

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Stryker2011 wrote:That’s a cool looking helmet, probably my favorite, as well. It kind of reminds me somewhat of the jaws on the Beast from Brotherhood of the Wolf.

Good film that! Got it on DVD somewhere!

dadrab wrote:Man, I like the look of this guy, Chop.

Mighty damn evil looking.

Go, man...go!

Thanks dadrab! I usually aim for evil! Laughing

GubernatorFan wrote:Can I come over and help put him together, now that the nook and cranny priming is complete? Smile

Too late, I needed you for all the grunt work! Wink

ReverendSpooky wrote:I love the Mafune weapons!  I have a bunch I picked up forever ago, and they're still awesome by current figure standards.  And I swear, I always end up learning something reading this thread.  

The ronin wraith came out insanely awesome, and that giant Sauron is blowing my mind.  And that cage Helmet is really something fierce.  Seriously cool stuff.  I'm hooked.

Yeah, they've put out some monster hunter weapons recently that I'm watching on ebay.
Thanks! The Ronin is nearly done, just ordered those souvlaki sticks to make arrows and I think I'll add a backing to the helmet's crest to hide the wire.

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How are you guys finding the Mafune weapons? I’ve tried searching “1/6 scale Mafune,” “1/6 scale Mafune weapons,” “1/6 scale Asian weapons”.... no luck.


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Done the 'mail silver' and painted all the 'straps', glueing it together now but still worried about the paint coming off as you can see on the leg straps. That's why I paid extra to get the silver armour and not the cheaper red or blue! Might be able to reinforce it with clear coat and just hope it doesn't peel or chip off; I roughened up most of the armour so it should stay put. I need to add kneecaps as this armour just splits there, odd design by Marx but this is just the base armour and will have lots of parts added to it.









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Looks cool, Shovel. From a distance, I don’t think you’ll notice the partial flaking. Plus it adds character, makes it look lived in.


Oh, I found those weapons (Mononofu) quite by accident.


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Stryker2011 wrote:How are you guys finding the Mafune weapons? I’ve tried searching “1/6 scale Mafune,” “1/6 scale Mafune weapons,” “1/6 scale Asian weapons”.... no luck.

Shear dumb luck? Wink  This seller has the monster hunter weapons and others but not sure if it's even under the same brand name any more tbh, they may be a different company now as most of the sets I was referring to were released at least 10 years ago. You can try 1/6 swords or spears etc.. on ebay too in the toys section.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/worldshopgocom

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Stryker2011 wrote:Looks cool, Shovel. From a distance, I don’t think you’ll notice the partial flaking. Plus it adds character, makes it look lived in.


Oh, I found those weapons (Mononofu) quite by accident.

Laughing Told you I was crap at names! Thanks for finding the correct name!

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Can you count the clamps? Already had removed a bunch before the pics! Cool Nap time while all that glue sets...



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Looking good, I'm sure I've missed a couple of notifications, anyone else not get any recent ones, as in today?

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Yeah, you can totally get away with the chipping on the straps.  The paint job on the armor is self looks freakin beautiful.  And man, all those clamps look like an implement of torture!

And Mononofu!  Sorry stryker, for not getting the name right either.  Some can be a bit on the small side, but their katanas are pretty dead on and look beautiful.  They actually did an entire set based on the weapons from the manga Blade of the Immortal, which is one of my favorite comics of all time (I highly recommend, even if you're not usually a manga fan).  I bought up 2 cases when they came out so I'd have enough to display and do custom figures.  A project I still need to get back to some day...

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I am a Manga/Anime fan; I can honestly say I know OF Blade of the Immortal, but I've never actually read any of them. I'm more of a Masamune Shirow guy (or is it Shirow Masamune?).


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Stryker2011 wrote:I am a Manga/Anime fan; I can honestly say I know OF Blade of the Immortal, but I've never actually read any of them. I'm more of a Masamune Shirow guy (or is it Shirow Masamune?).

Ah, Masamune Shirow is awesome too! His color art especially is absolutely gorgeous, and I have a deep love for the Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex series. Hiroaki Samura's blade of the Immortal is one of those thing I can't recommend enough. It starts out as a simple revenge story, but the morality gets murky really quickly. Fascinating cast of complex and nuanced characters, great writing, and beautiful kinetic art. I actually have a bunch of Samura's work tattooed, I love it so much. Avoid the anime (they just swung and missed entirely) and I haven't watched the new Takashi Miike movie yet (I hear it's big dumb bloody fun, but that's it) but the manga is intense and brilliant.

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Here are my 6&1/2" Gondorian figures in armour for reference and you can see the styles are not uniform but all do use a lot of stacked plated armour and have armoured skirts, pointy helmets too but I'm not going for tear-drop shape the soldiers have since this is a king so more like Isildur and Elendil's stacked wings design or a derivative of that. Still clamping and gluing, got some articulation problems with the pauldrons and ankles of the greaves since the Marx body had very little articulation compared to even an old Action Man. Whittled down my parts some more concentrating on helmet and armour plate stuff to add and build.















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Who doesn't love a good army build!?

Nice!

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Man. I could get lost in your place. Sooo much to look at it. How much more are you going to do to that shield with the Bull crest? Will it still look like a bull? Or more "Demon"-like?


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Great army, Shovelchop! Given the number of sixth-scale figures you've been doing based on this franchise, I wouldn't be surprised if you turn it into a sixth-scale version soon. Smile


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Rogerbee wrote:
Who doesn't love a good army build!?

Nice!

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You should see my LOTR collection in that scale upstairs, got every figure made bar one or two like the Jackson one, it's a right mess at the moment, half the room's floor is covered in these and the other half in GI Joe Sigma6!

Stryker2011 wrote:Man. I could get lost in your place. Sooo much to look at it. How much more are you going to do to that shield with the Bull crest? Will it still look like a bull? Or more "Demon"-like?

Not even sure if I'll use it but modifying the bull's head into a demon is a great idea!

GubernatorFan wrote:Great army, Shovelchop! Given the number of sixth-scale figures you've been doing based on this franchise, I wouldn't be surprised if you turn it into a sixth-scale version soon. Smile

LOL, Think I'll be burnt out on LOTR related stuff for a while after the 15(?) builds I have still lined up!!

Only had a quid in the account so these are all the souvlaki sticks I could order, shame two out of the 6 are factory rejects...not impressed! Will still make the wraith's arrows though.
Gondorian wraith's basic armour is now on, still need to fix the shoulder and ankle issues but fits the body perfectly otherwise which very lucky!! Very Happy

















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Be prepared for a few additions. I'l be sorting out my inventory soon. I'm hoping there's stuff you want as there's too much to take with me!

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Rogerbee wrote:Be prepared for a few additions. I'l be sorting out my inventory soon. I'm hoping there's stuff you want as there's too much to take with me!

CHEERS!

Good! I need those oversized hobbit bodies for my dwarves! Wink

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Fixed the ankle articulation issue and removed the pauldrons that will be connected to the sword catchers and mounted to the torso armour using pleather so they are articulated. To fill in the exposed gap (as the arms are now free to move in and out separate from the pauldrons) I put in random pieces of armour that seem to work. Also sorted out the gauntlets using the ones I'd initially made for the Easterling wraith but opted not to use as the wrists looked too skinny but now combined with modded Marx gauntlets they look the part. Added pointed knee guards to match the gauntlets and start the pointy theme of the armour mods to come like the modded elbow guards etc..
I have some metal scale like mail from a purse that I'll divide in two and paint to be the armoured skirts (starting to sound like this guy is cross dressing but he's not! Laughing ) and they stylised wings for the helmet, skull face may go on a shield not sure if I'm even giving him one yet.

















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Got me drooling already with this one.

Another Chopped masterpiece in the making.

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shovelchop81 wrote:
Rogerbee wrote:Be prepared for a few additions. I'l be sorting out my inventory soon. I'm hoping there's stuff you want as there's too much to take with me!

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Good! I need those oversized hobbit bodies for my dwarves! Wink

Worry not, they will be included!

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I've been thinking about this for a long time. If only companies designing and producing these figures were actually based and building in Britain (or Europe and the States), you would have been able to become one of their chief designers (even if telecommuting from the safety of your home).


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Looking good. That armor looks pretty impressive. (By the way did you happen to catch that YouTube video of the guys in full armor showing the speed and range of motion that they had -- debunking the idea that it was all too cumbersome for serious movement?)


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GubernatorFan wrote:I've been thinking about this for a long time. If only companies designing and producing these figures were actually based and building in Britain (or Europe and the States), you would have been able to become one of their chief designers (even if telecommuting from the safety of your home).

I'm honoured you think that, thank you! Sadly in my experience once a hobby you love becomes a job you quickly lose your passion for it and certainly don't want to do it on your time off! But then again I hate being told how to do things or what to do so that would explain some of it as well Wink .

Stryker2011 wrote:Looking good. That armor looks pretty impressive. (By the way did you happen to catch that YouTube video of the guys in full armor showing the speed and range of motion that they had -- debunking the idea that it was all too cumbersome for serious movement?)

Cheers! Seen quite a few videos on that subject with general consensus being a knight's armour weighs about the same as a modern soldier's field gear but is more evenly distributed so the knight actually feels the weight less and so on.. I've worn a full steel mail sleeved tunic, plated gauntlets and sallet helm with a gorget and that was plenty heavy!!
Only done bits and bobs for both figures as I've spent all weekend swearing and going ouch due to nerves in my jaw playing up...not fun and impossible to concentrate, eat or sleep. Basically some armour mods, helmet design in progress and arrows for the Ronin Wraith too.

What is it with working class Brits that they have no idea how to BBQ and just stink you out with cheap charcoal and lighter fluid smoke?! The "food" they use is so crap you can't even smell them cooking....guess they get too drunk and forget...yes I'm old and grumpy! pirat





































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Very cool looking. Like the helmet wings.

Hope you feel better soon.


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Rogerbee wrote:
shovelchop81 wrote:
Rogerbee wrote:Be prepared for a few additions. I'l be sorting out my inventory soon. I'm hoping there's stuff you want as there's too much to take with me!

CHEERS!


Good! I need those oversized hobbit bodies for my dwarves! Wink

Worry not, they will be included!

CHEERS!

Thanks Roger!

Stryker2011 wrote:Very cool looking. Like the helmet wings.

Hope you feel better soon.

Thank you Mark! So do I, never had a problem with my teeth until last year...sucks!

Helmet's starting to take shape now, I'll still be using those wings and perhaps even more for a look like Elendil's helm, we'll see.





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More great work there,

I've been thinking of setting up as a painter myself, once I've had a bit of practice, but, the one thing putting me off would be generation impatient where they want it all done yesterday. I used to deal with this guy in Essex who'd dump half a dozen heads on me and want me to do them. He didn't get impatient on the whole, but, it became a chore after a while and I lost a lot of my enthusiasm. That was when my techniques were pretty basic, were I to incorporate what Darren does, hmm, that would take more time and lead to more impatience.

I'm not saying never, but, I'm not going to dive in unless I'm sure I could make it work either

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More great work there,

I've been thinking of setting up as a painter myself, once I've had a bit of practice, but, the one thing putting me off would be generation impatient where they want it all done yesterday. I used to deal with this guy in Essex who'd dump half a dozen heads on me and want me to do them. He didn't get impatient on the whole, but, it became a chore after a while and I lost a lot of my enthusiasm. That was when my techniques were pretty basic, were I to incorporate what Darren does, hmm, that would take more time and lead to more impatience.

I'm not saying never, but, I'm not going to dive in unless I'm sure I could make it work either

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Have you even finished your KO Hulk yet? Just saying..... Wink

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No,

I'm not saying I never will. I want to move, get settled and see what happens. It depends how stuck for cash I get as to what I do, I may not need to and will continue with it as a hobby, just have to see....

It's easier when you can do what you want when you want and don't have to fit round someone else's routine,

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That helmet's coming along nicely. Looking wicked.

Good luck, Roger, if you decide to do the HS painting thing again.


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I think I have a fetish for helmets, and shovelchop has just made my day. Smile


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Stryker2011 wrote:That helmet's coming along nicely. Looking wicked.

Good luck, Roger, if you decide to do the HS painting thing again.

Hmm, you never know.......

I'll see how my kits turn out.

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Rogerbee wrote:No,

I'm not saying I never will. I want to move, get settled and see what happens. It depends how stuck for cash I get as to what I do, I may not need to and will continue with it as a hobby, just have to see....

It's easier when you can do what you want when you want and don't have to fit round someone else's routine,

CHEERS!

Very good point, I've lived on my own for most of my life (with the exception of living with girlfriends for usually 6 months max at a time before I literally go nuts bounce ) so I take it for granted but REALLY enjoy it as well! pirat .

Stryker2011 wrote:That helmet's coming along nicely. Looking wicked.

Good luck, Roger, if you decide to do the HS painting thing again.

GubernatorFan wrote:I think I have a fetish for helmets, and shovelchop has just made my day. Smile

Thanks guys! Glued the wings on, tried them the other way up but it looked like Mr. Spock!! affraid







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"Very good point, I've lived on my own for most of my life (with the exception of living with girlfriends for usually 6 months max at a time before I literally go nuts bounce ) so I take it for granted but REALLY enjoy it as well! pirat ."

I will too, but only if it's a detached property. I want to kick back and enjoy some tunes without anyone kicking my door in.

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Man, when I saw the photo above...



...I immediately thought of my favorite Space Ghost villain.

I present Metallus:



Not bad for 1966...


Excellent work, Sir chop.

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Rogerbee wrote:"Very good point, I've lived on my own for most of my life (with the exception of living with girlfriends for usually 6 months max at a time before I literally go nuts bounce ) so I take it for granted but REALLY enjoy it as well! pirat ."

I will too, but only if it's a detached property. I want to kick back and enjoy some tunes without anyone kicking my door in.

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Sadly I hardly ever listen to music any more since I don't drink, the two go hand in hand like coffee and a smoke for me. If I start drinking and listening to music I end up going right down memory lane which thanks to depression turns into a distorted nightmare mess. I'd love a detached property too though so I would never have to be concerned about shooting my airguns or living/working antisocial hours since making parts can be pretty noisy! Halfway there, I'm semi detached! Wink

dadrab wrote:Man, when I saw the photo above...



...I immediately thought of my favorite Space Ghost villain.

I present Metallus:



Not bad for 1966...


Excellent work, Sir chop.

Brilliant! That really is spot on and a cool design too especially for the time! I would have thought 80's at the earliest. My inspiration of a similar vein is from a villain toy I had as a kid, I think they were called micronaughts for absolutely no reason as they weren't tiny like the US or Japanese ones and they were held together with magnets so they could make cool centaurs etc..



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Oh, man! Micronauts! I had one when I was a kid. Can't remember which one. I just remember he was white, and had similar torso armor to this one, but that's all I can remember about him. (My "Memory Lane" is getting fuzzier when it comes to my childhood.)


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Stryker2011 wrote:Oh, man! Micronauts! I had one when I was a kid. Can't remember which one. I just remember he was white, and had similar torso armor to this one, but that's all I can remember about him. (My "Memory Lane" is getting fuzzier when it comes to my childhood.)

I had all the 6.5" magnetic ones and their horses but typically as a young teenager left them all and many other classic impossible to find now toys in a basement when we moved house as I'd "out grown them"....idiot...they're like gold dust now!!

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Micronauts, god, that's taking me back, I had some. Couldn't say exactly what I had, but I definitely had some.

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Done a little building but mostly glueing and painting to match parts, cover any damage etc..getting there, incorporating more of the Gondorian wings motif with plenty more parts in the pipeline to be included yet.

































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Cracking stuff!

I would never have thought of using a hairbrush for helmet parts. Most inventive. You have such a unique eye for things. Wish I had it, I can't scratchbuild to save my life.

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Rogerbee wrote:Cracking stuff!

I would never have thought of using a hairbrush for helmet parts. Most inventive. You have such a unique eye for things. Wish I had it, I can't scratchbuild to save my life.

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This + 10. I never would have thought of that. Ingenious.


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Man, that helmet is coming out fearsome. I love the design. And that hairbrush idea is straight up brilliant! I may have to steal that trick some day.

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Rogerbee wrote:Cracking stuff!

I would never have thought of using a hairbrush for helmet parts. Most inventive. You have such a unique eye for things. Wish I had it, I can't scratchbuild to save my life.

CHEERS!

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Rogerbee wrote:Cracking stuff!

I would never have thought of using a hairbrush for helmet parts. Most inventive. You have such a unique eye for things. Wish I had it, I can't scratchbuild to save my life.

CHEERS!

This + 10. I never would have thought of that. Ingenious.

ReverendSpooky wrote:Man, that helmet is coming out fearsome.  I love the design.  And that hairbrush idea is straight up brilliant! I may have to steal that trick some day.

Thanks guys! I normally use metal hairbrush pins for studs but the fibreboard was a little to fragile wiggle them in so I opted for plastic this time. I've used hairbrush bristles/pins for all kinds of things over the years, aerials, studs, buttons etc..

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