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STAR WARS Updated Darth Maul Custom Part IV Maul 2.0 (photo heavy)

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GubernatorFan

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Part I Maul 1.0
Part II in Post 15 below; Part III in Post 27 below.; Part IV (Maul 2.0) in Post 39 below

For the Further Adventures of Darth Maul, please see HERE.

Let me preface this by saying that I'm no Maul fanboy. Yes, he has a striking look, but if you think about it, it is as trite and silly as "Wolf Man" or "Devil Man" from the Mos Eisley Cantina. Yes, he was a cooler and more compelling villain than his replacement (and his even sillier name). But he seems to me almost as overrated as Boba Fett, and I haven't gotten into the animated series enough to appreciate the later additions to his story, and his appearance in Solo, while less cringe-worthy than the rest of that entire film (ok, hyperbole), didn't do much for me. Perhaps I lack imagination. Perhaps I only really like the Original Trilogy...

The point is, this one was very much one of those "can it be done?" customs. I had picked up many of the parted-out Darth Maul pieces from the HT set (it was too well done to resist), and I had long experimented with painting TBLeague seamless bodies. I was also inspired by a very cool Kotobukiya statue of Maul. And some fan art, although I've got to say, I ran across some pretty curious things out there (apparently devil boy has become a bit of a sex symbol obsession for some people... to each their own...). The current "canon" is that Maul is basically red-skinned, with black Sith or Dathomirian tattoos; I prefer thinking of them as war paint, which might account why they vary from image to image (apart from parts of this never having been shown in a licensed image -- even the Kotobukiya statue that was my main inspiration is probably less than canonical), and have treated them as such. Anyway, with most of the pieces finally here, although I realized too late some things were still missing or unfinished, here is the first set of images from this custom.

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Hope you liked it or found it amusing...

For Part II, see Post 15 below; for Part III, see Post 27 below; for Part IV, see Post 39 below.

For the Further Adventures of Darth Maul, please see HERE.

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Awesome! Really good job matching the red. I take it those are the pens you used to do the tattoos? Nice job.


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GubernatorFan

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Stryker2011 wrote:Awesome! Really good job matching the red. I take it those are the pens you used to do the tattoos? Nice job.

Thank you very much, glad you liked it.

The red on the body is Staedtler's crimson oil pastel. It is close to, but a little cooler in tint than the red HT used on Maul's head. I called it close enough and spared myself some attempts at blending. I haven't applied the protective powder yet, so as not to overemphasize the difference. The black pens are the oil-based Pilot Drawing Pens (I used tips ranging from 005 to 08) that I used for my first attempt to draw body hair; while they can be washed off the silicone surface itself, they are much better at staying put if you apply them over the oil pastel; I imagine it would have been even better if I had applied the protective powder, but holding off on that until I'm done shooting photos. Hope I don't make too much of a mess in the meantime. Smile


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Did you happen to see Sideshow’s Mythos statue in your search for images?

https://www.sideshow.com/collectibles/star-wars-darth-maul-mythos-sideshow-collectibles-200109

Looks similar to some of your shots. I just googled this, but luckily I haven’t found any of the Sex-Symbol Maul images, yet.


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GubernatorFan

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Stryker2011 wrote:Did you happen to see Sideshow’s Mythos statue in your search for images?

https://www.sideshow.com/collectibles/star-wars-darth-maul-mythos-sideshow-collectibles-200109

Looks similar to some of your shots. I just googled this, but luckily I haven’t found any of the Sex-Symbol Maul images, yet.

Yes, I saw it and liked it, although the one that inspired me is this one (the next set of images will be attempting to replicate the pose, adapted to local conditions like flat surface and the laws of gravity) --

https://www.sideshow.com/collectibles/star-wars-darth-maul-japanese-ukiyo-e-style-kotobukiya-905174

Really? LOL there seem to be so many of them! Apparently in some people's minds Maul enjoys a much more intimate relationship with Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, random Twileks, Obi-Wan, and even Anakin than we ever suspected! Of course I was trying to look up the patterns of Maul's additional body "tattoos" (if any -- there weren't any other than imagined in fan art) so that might have taken the search into some darker corners of the galaxy. LOL


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Yike! I’m glad I stopped searching when I did. Some folks need counseling on a massive scale.


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Ovy

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Let me say, Guv, you definitely are a Maul Fanboy in one way or the other, otherwise you wouldn't have put so much love and detail in this one. If this guy had hair, I am sure you would have given him a great lamb hair makeover too. Really great work, I guess the first of his kind ever, seamless Maul. Beautiful work on the symmetry.
I am sure the guy who played Maul, whose normal face or name I couldn't remember at gunpoint, would appreciate it too. 

And about those dark corners of fan fiction and fan art, I think there is no limit to it, but I'll let our (star wars) fan fiction historian elaborate on it, she already helped me reduce a lot of prejudice. Very Happy

ReverendSpooky

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Damn, he came out so good!!!! The tattoos/warpaint designs have such nice clean edges, which adds a lot to making the look really work. The variations in thickness of a lot of the lines lend it a very caligraphy-esque feel. And Stryker is right, the color match on the red is excellent.

And I do agree that he's a character that just didn't live up to his own potential. I think it's a great visual design. When I first saw him in the movie, I thought that he's be this really scary badass just pursuing them relentlessly through the film. And then he just kinda... wasn't. But seeing your design make me all the more feel like he could be.


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Ovy wrote:Let me say, Guv, you definitely are a Maul Fanboy in one way or the other, otherwise you wouldn't have put so much love and detail in this one. If this guy had hair, I am sure you would have given him a great lamb hair makeover too. Really great work, I guess the first of his kind ever, seamless Maul. Beautiful work on the symmetry.
I am sure the guy who played Maul, whose normal face or name I couldn't remember at gunpoint, would appreciate it too. 

And about those dark corners of fan fiction and fan art, I think there is no limit to it, but I'll let our (star wars) fan fiction historian elaborate on it, she already helped me reduce a lot of prejudice. Very Happy

Thank you very much. And you're totally right -- if Maul had plastic hair, I would have haired him too! Smile I suppose you are partly to take credit, too, perhaps your body coloring experiments inspired me to finally take this step and see if and how well this could be done with this character.

ReverendSpooky wrote:Damn, he came out so good!!!!  The tattoos/warpaint designs have such nice clean edges, which adds a lot to making the look really work.  The variations in thickness of a lot of the lines lend it a very caligraphy-esque feel.  And Stryker is right, the color match on the red is excellent.  

And I do agree that he's a character that just didn't live up to his own potential.  I think it's a great visual design.  When I first saw him in the movie, I thought that he's be this really scary badass just pursuing them relentlessly through the film.  And then he just kinda... wasn't.  But seeing your design make me all the more feel like he could be.

Thank you very much, I'm glad you liked it. And I'm glad we think alike (though we don't have to) about this character.


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Oh my gosh, GF, this looks AMAZING! It's like you read my thoughts.... ever since I saw the KO Maul head floating around on ebay, I had this exact type of Maul custom in mind as a potential future project. I didn't actually collect the parts for it though because, at the time, I didn't think doing the tattoos/markings to this level of detail would be possible!! But now I want to actually go for it and make Maul and maybe even his fellow Nightbrother from the Clone Wars, Savage Opress. They'd have to wait a looong time since I have at least four or five alien ladies I'm working on first, plus a few other male characters I need to get around to, but I'm super excited to see it's actually possible! So yeah, thanks for making this!!! Despite the fact that it's not your fave subject matter, you executed it beautifully! Smile *big round of applause for you from your resident Prequels fan* Wink Very Happy

My own inspiration for this particular design was actually Iain McCaig's gorgeous concept art for Darth Maul:

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Aside from the great Ralph McQuarrie, Iain McCaig is probably one of my favourite SW concept artists, and part of me wanted to make this version of Maul simply as an homage to his awesome character designs. I love you


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skywalkersaga wrote:Oh my gosh, GF, this looks AMAZING! It's like you read my thoughts.... ever since I saw the KO Maul head floating around on ebay, I had this exact type of Maul custom in mind as a potential future project. I didn't actually collect the parts for it though because, at the time, I didn't think doing the tattoos/markings to this level of detail would be possible!! But now I want to actually go for it and make Maul and maybe even his fellow Nightbrother from the Clone Wars, Savage Opress. They'd have to wait a looong time since I have at least four or five alien ladies I'm working on first, plus a few other male characters I need to get around to, but I'm super excited to see it's actually possible! So yeah, thanks for making this!!! Despite the fact that it's not your fave subject matter, you executed it beautifully! Smile *big round of applause for you from your resident Prequels fan* Wink Very Happy

My own inspiration for this particular design was actually Iain McCaig's gorgeous concept art for Darth Maul. Aside from the great Ralph McQuarrie, Iain McCaig is probably one of my favourite SW concept artists, and part of me wanted to make this version of Maul simply as an homage to his awesome character designs. I love you

Thank you, I'm very glad you liked it. Well, it is possible. Probably not perfect (I'm yet to apply the protective powder, and hope that will make it even more stable), but I'm pretty pleased with the result myself (and we are our own worst critics, right?). Actually the Iain McCaig concept art you showed is almost exactly like the finished character... well... the head for the live action film, and the upper body tattoos for the animated series; it also reminds me a lot of the statue Stryker linked. Speaking of statues, I just finished up with my attempt to replicate the look in the Kotobukiya statue I was using as my main source of inspiration; will post some photos in the morning.


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You are welcome! I'm honestly glad you 'beat' me to this, since yours turned out so well. And ooh, looking forward to additional pics! Smile


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AerynDiana

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Maul to me was just one big fat cliché, but he can look truly impressive as in those references you've all posted. You did a great job and he looks fabulous!

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skywalkersaga wrote:You are welcome! I'm honestly glad you 'beat' me to this, since yours turned out so well. And ooh, looking forward to additional pics! Smile

Thank you again. Extra photos coming up in next post. Smile

AerynDiana wrote:Maul to me was just one big fat cliché, but he can look truly impressive as in those references you've all posted. You did a great job and he looks fabulous!

Thank you very much! I know, right? I mean, let's have the bad guy look like the devil; except let's make him a more streamlined modern devil; and let's subvert expectations by not giving him a tail and making up for it with more horns! Smile But for all that, as you said, he is impressive, hence the interest in working on this little project.


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Part II

The Kotobukiya statue that started it all (my interest in doing this project) by just being so cool (and so informative as to Maul's pattern of "tattoos") is said to be in Japanese Ukiyo-e style. I don't own it, but have looked up whatever good quality promotional photos and video reviews I could find as a point of reference, though some aspects remained a little bit murky (for example, I'm still not 100% certain some of the line patterns on the lower legs were or were not symmetrical). Then there is the question of replicating the pose. This I knew to be practically impossible, as the statue has an uneven footing base, doesn't need to balance itself as it is not free-standing, and (as I learned long ago) sculptures often take certain liberties with shapes and proportions. But I wanted to try anyway, translating this into something a TBLeague body (and arguably a real human body) could actually achieve.* It does fall short of replicating the statue pose precisely, but I do think I've ended up with a cool Maul figure in the process.

* One more thing I wanted to do was to insert bendable wire in the belt; but with hobby stores closed, the wrong color wire on hand, and problems making it work well in practice (oh, and no patience), I gave up on that ambition for the time being.

So here are a few more photos of Maul in statue-inspired pose and a few in neutral pose for reference.

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What do you think?

Part I in Post 1 above; Part III in Post 27 below.

For the Further Adventures of Darth Maul, please see HERE.


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Looks freaking awesome!!! 😍👌✨


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Ovy

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I can totally see him and Arnie fighting in a Soviet bathhouse,  with Arnie ripping off Mauls Robo leg, and inside: "Cocainum". Or spice. Whatever.

Great job, also great harmony with that deep dark universe background. Having a neutral and an aggressive expression head is just gold.

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Looks great. Nice posing and recreation of the statue.


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skywalkersaga

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Haha, Ovy!

And apologies, I was on my phone earlier and couldn't see everything in detail.... I gotta agree that having two expressions really adds to the already-high visual interest here. The poses are very well done. This figure of yours oozes character!

I feel your frustration on stores being closed.... and it's not always feasible to order online, since only essentials are being given priority. But don't worry..... the belt looks ok as it is. I'm sure wire would indeed add that final touch, but it looks great the way it is already.


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skywalkersaga wrote:Looks freaking awesome!!! 😍👌✨

Thank you very much. If you approve of it, it must be good! Smile

Ovy wrote:I can totally see him and Arnie fighting in a Soviet bathhouse,  with Arnie ripping off Mauls Robo leg, and inside: "Cocainum". Or spice. Whatever. Great job, also great harmony with that deep dark universe background. Having a neutral and an aggressive expression head is just gold.

Yes, but they can wrestle only after the protective powder has been applied (see the post in Painting Seamless Bodies); otherwise Arnie would end up with Maul's war paint imprinted on his body; of course it would probably be removable from a straight-up silicone surface... Thank you. And I agree, it's really good they provided both head sculpts; I don't much like the angry one, so if it was only that one (and if there were no good alternatives), I would have probably passed on the whole thing.

Stryker2011 wrote:Looks great. Nice posing and recreation of the statue.

Thank you very much!

skywalkersaga wrote:And apologies, I was on my phone earlier and couldn't see everything in detail.... I gotta agree that having two expressions really adds to the already-high visual interest here. The poses are very well done. This figure of yours oozes character!

I feel your frustration on stores being closed.... and it's not always feasible to order online, since only essentials are being given priority. But don't worry..... the belt looks ok as it is. I'm sure wire would indeed add that final touch, but it looks great the way it is already.

No need to apologize at all. Completely agree on the benefits of multiple facial expressions (it's like two figures in one ... especially if you end up putting the extra head on another body and have them fight each other; oh wait, I've done that... LOL). Thank you very much. Well, it being a matter of life and death, I can't get upset about stores being closed, or the mail being slower. My preliminary experiment with the (wrong color) wire wasn't very successful either, and actually the elastic cord I used does allow a modicum of shaping -- perhaps not accurately enough for specific poses, but enough to be able to adjust it somewhat.


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He looks amazing, while I'm no Maul fanboy either I'm a sith one so... 🤷‍�.


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Theboo-bomb wrote:He looks amazing, while I'm no Maul fanboy either I'm a sith one so... 🤷‍�.

Thank you so much! Glad you liked it.


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Excellent DMaul custom, though I don't even want the think about how long it took you to draw out all the red markings with a degree of accuracy. I know I'd be going cross-eyed after a half-hour of it.

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Nekk-ra wrote:Excellent DMaul custom, though I don't even want the think about how long it took you to draw out all the red markings with a degree of accuracy. I know I'd be going cross-eyed after a half-hour of it.

Thank you very much! It took a while, since I couldn't afford to make too many mistakes with the oil-based ink (which would not be undoable), and the Kotobukiya statue I used as my main point of reference was very strangely posed, so even a bunch of different angle views did not provide as much information as I wanted. It was a bit difficult to figure out where each line was going, but I had a couple of other reference materials that helped, although there was always a good chance that the different representations were not in fact identical in their details. To some extent the result is a bit of a hybrid, with a touch of creative choice on my part.


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At first glance I thought the first photo was of the statue. Laughing
So obviously: WELL DONE! He looks stunning. Very Happy

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AerynDiana wrote:At first glance I thought the first photo was of the statue. Laughing
So obviously: WELL DONE! He looks stunning. Very Happy

Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it. Given how far from the statue it ended up, the fact that it fooled you for a split second is very encouraging. Smile


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Part III (Special Effects)

I applied some very basic special effects to several of the photos. Nothing worthy of Lucasfilm, of course, but I don't think it turned out too bad. What do you think?

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Part I in Post 1 above; Part II in Post 15 above.

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Nice work!


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Pretty cool. Maul Vs. Maul — nice!


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actionfiguremovies2

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Late to the party but this came out so great. I was seriously thinking out doing a Darth Maul upgrade but just couldn't swing getting all the parts. Glad I didn't do it because you nailed it. Is that a M33 body? Great job buddy.

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skywalkersaga wrote:Nice work!

Stryker2011 wrote:Pretty cool. Maul Vs. Maul — nice!

Thank you very much, glad you liked it.

actionfiguremovies2 wrote:Late to the party but this came out so great. I was seriously thinking out doing a Darth Maul upgrade but just couldn't swing getting all the parts. Glad I didn't do it because you nailed it. Is that a M33 body? Great job buddy.  

Thank you, just like you always say, everything's better with a Phicen/TBLeague body, right? Smile This was their first male seamless body, M30. It seemed appropriate, as Maul wasn't particularly tall; I also wanted muscular but not exceedingly so; and I had a few of these bodies from way back -- since their height and skin tone weren't ideal, I've been using them for my coloring seamless bodies experiments (like Yondu).


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Does the crimson oil pastel stay on? Did you use any fixative?

Truly impressive work on the body coloring and the fine tattoos!
Gives me hope that one day i'll be able to bash a John Wesley Shipp TV Flash like what Buddy Dog posted over at OSW.
Or....
i'll just wish hard enough for TBL to make a red M34 body.

Looking forward to more action-pose pics or an appearance in OSF Funnies perhaps?

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GubernatorFan wrote:
actionfiguremovies2 wrote:Late to the party but this came out so great. I was seriously thinking out doing a Darth Maul upgrade but just couldn't swing getting all the parts. Glad I didn't do it because you nailed it. Is that a M33 body? Great job buddy.  

Thank you, just like you always say, everything's better with a Phicen/TBLeague body, right? Smile This was their first male seamless body, M30. It seemed appropriate, as Maul wasn't particularly tall; I also wanted muscular but not exceedingly so; and I had a few of these bodies from way back -- since their height and skin tone weren't ideal, I've been using them for my coloring seamless bodies experiments (like Yondu).

"Everything's better with a Phicen/TBLeague body, right?" LOL so true. M30 huh?. I used that one for my Wolverine. It was perfect there and it's perfect here. Out of the park buddy.

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rollotomasi wrote:Does the crimson oil pastel stay on? Did you use any fixative?

Truly impressive work on the body coloring and the fine tattoos!
Gives me hope that one day i'll be able to bash a John Wesley Shipp TV Flash like what Buddy Dog posted over at OSW.
Or.... i'll just wish hard enough for TBL to make a red M34 body.

Looking forward to more action-pose pics or an appearance in OSF Funnies perhaps?

Thank you very much, Rollo, I'm glad you liked it.

Unless TBLeague decides to produce a specific colored-skin character (blue, purple, red, white, black, green, whatever), I kinda doubt they would be making such bodies. In fact, they already have black-, red- and white-skinned characters out there (Anubis, Purgatori, Lady Death, Bloodsot), but have not released these as base bodies.

Back to your question, basically yes, the crimson oil pastel does stay on, and I didn't use any fixative (I should probably look into that and experiment with it). The basic trick is to start by washing away any protective powder that would get in the way of the oil pastel as a first step, then cover the surface evenly and thoroughly with the oil pastel, then to rub it in very thoroughly with a makeup sponge. This ensconces some of the oil pastel into the silicone "flesh" while removing that part of it which is loose (or transferring it to another part of the surface). Then gently wash the colored body; test for color transfer and repeat with the makeup sponge and washing if needed, before covering up the body with the protective powder when you're done. Patience has never been one of my many virtues, so I could have done a better job of it. Probably because of that, I did get some more color transfer (onto my own hands) than usual while handling the body for the painting of the patterns process -- though I can't be sure whether that was from the crimson oil pastel, the black oil pastel, or the black oil-based ink -- and remember that while doing all this (and the initial photoshoots) I had not reapplied protective powder (at first because I was still drawing the patterns, later because I didn't want to dull the colors). As a result I did have to reapply a little bit of crimson oil pastel on a few spots here and there (they were still colored but had gotten paler), but in the end the result was pretty even and successful. A more patient and thorough approach in the early stages would have probably obviated the need for any such corrections.

We'll see about more action poses; maybe -- and I just got another Hasbro robe (the original one you see above was torn to pieces to make the "skirt") in the mail but am waiting a bit to open it as a basic precaution. Funnies are a definite possibility, perhaps harping on Maul's alleged sex appeal (and right off the bat I'm trademarking his "molten copper" glare). Smile

actionfiguremovies2 wrote:"Everything's better with a Phicen/TBLeague body, right?" LOL so true. M30 huh?. I used that one for my Wolverine. It was perfect there and it's perfect here. Out of the park buddy.

Thank you again, and I'm glad you agree. This body does make good sense for Wolverine, even if a leaner one might also work for Hugh Jackman more specifically (although the ADD Toys one was probably too tall and lean).


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actionfiguremovies2 wrote:"Everything's better with a Phicen/TBLeague body, right?" LOL so true. M30 huh?. I used that one for my Wolverine. It was perfect there and it's perfect here. Out of the park buddy.

Thank you again, and I'm glad you agree. This body does make good sense for Wolverine, even if a leaner one might also work for Hugh Jackman more specifically (although the ADD Toys one was probably too tall and lean).

My pleasure buddy. I went the total comic book version on Wolvie so the height was perfect. He has the mask on.

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rollotomasi wrote:Looking forward to more action-pose pics or an appearance in OSF Funnies perhaps?

Well... I just started a thread called The Further Adventures of Darth Maul, which you can find HERE. So I guess there will be more action poses and funnies... Smile

actionfiguremovies2 wrote:My pleasure buddy. I went the total comic book version on Wolvie so the height was perfect. He has the mask on.

Oh I remember your great Wolverine, and how he was true to the comics!


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Absolute Great ! The two facial expressions give him a big potential for Storytelling. You really did a fantastic Job in TBL Body painting. I know it´s not easy to paint the Hand and Feet in the same skin tone like the rubber body. Excellent

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Ephiane wrote:Absolute Great ! The two facial expressions give him a big potential for Storytelling. You really did a fantastic Job in TBL Body painting. I know it´s not easy to paint the Hand and Feet in the same skin tone like the rubber body. Excellent

Thank you very much. Coming from someone with your talent and skills, this is a huge compliment. It does look pretty good, but I've run into some disappointments. I finally got around to trying to apply a dull coat over the painted hard plastic parts and my first attempt (with brush-application of Testors Dullcote) reacted with the black ink, causing it to run -- so there will be a repaint and a spray-paint (with Tamiya's flat clear) down the road. Also, despite how promising the preliminary tests of using this particular oil-based ink on top of the oil-pastel-colored silicone body, after all this time and repeated applications of protective powder, I'm still getting some transfer of the black oil-based ink from it, which I find very annoying. Repeated careful rubdowns/massages with paper towels seem to get the issue under control and might be the way to solve it. Testing for an alternative solution (yet again) today.


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Part IV Custom Maul 2.0

After the frustrating experience of getting the oil-based ink on Maul 1.0 to stop transferring (see Painting Seamless Bodies, Post 205 HERE, solved by vigorous massaging with clean dry paper towels), I decided that my first seamless Maul was getting a little used up; perhaps it was always so, but the base color seemed a little light and cold, possibly more so thanks to repeated treatments to deal with the oil-based ink. Also, while Maul was not particularly tall, the M30 used for Maul 1.0 was the wrong physical type. So, between this and seeking a better coloring and painting solution (which has always been my main goal in the project), on to Maul 2.0.

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Here I used an M33 body -- still not too tall, but more appropriate for Ray Park's physique (yes, I realize we've only seen Maul showing skin as an animation). I used several different oil pastels for the base body, trying to blend them as best I could (a Sisyphean task), got carried away with the make-up sponge (to the point of damaging the surface of the chest and some other areas, which are no longer smooth, which made painting designs onto them more challenging and less sharp), and ended up with a leaner, taller Maul, with a warmer complexion. The body's skin tone now matches the harder-plastic hands and feet almost perfectly, and at least in some light (which is very variable), it works better with the head sculpt too. It occurs to me that Hot Toys may have made Maul's red just a little bit too dark. For the paint marker I used, see the Painting Seamless Bodies, Post 247 HERE.

Front and back views, for the markings (which are based on the animated look, the Kotobukiya statue, Maul 1.0, and some creative variation -- either by choice, or to integrate errors).

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Comparison between Maul 2.0 (left) and Maul 1.0 (right). The makeshift loincloth I'm using on Maul 2.0 is not intended to be a permanent look, but since this is about showing off the customized body, it made sense; Maul 1.0's sarong is based on the Kotobukiya statue.

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Apart from more lessons learned and some extra experience, I think it worked out pretty well. Below are a seven more images.

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What do you think?

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He is absolute fantastic ! It must be a very hard Job th get the body paintings symetric to the other body side. You light sabre effects are amazing, they are better as in the older pictures. You masterd this

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The red is so much better than the previous version (or is that partly because the color has faded a bit, as you mentioned)...? Looks really good.


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