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Marathon LOTR/TH WIP Custom Builds..Reaper/Rider Wraith Redone & Finished.

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Rogerbee

Rogerbee
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It's great you keep yourself occupied. I'm resorting to gaming to keep me going till I move. I was a diehard PS2 owner for several years!

CHEERS!

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Rogerbee wrote:It's great you keep yourself occupied. I'm resorting to gaming to keep me going till I move. I was a diehard PS2 owner for several years!

CHEERS!

I'm terrible at video games! Always have been, just mash buttons and get frustrated Wink .
I'll be taking proper pics of the Reaper Wraith later.

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Started work on the Ronin Wraith as I'm calling him, yes I know Ronin warriors were essentially masterless mercenaries but it just sounds better than Samurai Wraith even though the Wraith most certainly have a master!pirat   Undid all the complex knots to remove the armour from the original custom figure (these are full metal and real cord armour, not that plastic armour with moulded cord they are putting out on many figures), removed all the red felt then the ink with sandpaper. Touched it up with silver, I'll bathe it in black ink then go over it drybrushing mail silver and see how it looks as I don't want paint build up on the cords. I need to make is black hakama from a pair of 1/4 scale trousers and his haori too. The kabuto will be using the Noland Predator one as a base adding fukigaeshi and kuwagata shaped like the vertical eye of Sauron with a demonic menpo. I'm thinking he'll have a pair of tashi and a naginata or yari as weapons. I'll be adding detail to the do (breastplate) as well.

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Stryker2011

Stryker2011
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This should be another amazing build. Your off to a good start.


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GubernatorFan

GubernatorFan
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I second Stryker. What did the original custom figure do to deserve this sort of treatment? Smile


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Rogerbee

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Ronin, Ronin, Ronin, keep those wraithies Ronin.....

The game is afoot!

CHEERS!

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Stryker2011 wrote:This should be another amazing build. Your off to a good start.

Cheers! I'm just lucky to have the parts I need!

GubernatorFan wrote:I second Stryker. What did the original custom figure do to deserve this sort of treatment? Smile

Never liked him or the build really, it was sort of an idea after watching the 2nd Wolverine movie I think, or maybe it was before can't remember but he never fitted in with any of my displays including my large samurai display...he just looked naff! Laughing

Rogerbee wrote:Ronin, Ronin, Ronin, keep those wraithies Ronin.....

The game is afoot!

CHEERS!

Very Happy

dadrab

dadrab
Dude, he looks killer (literally).

Damn fine work.

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
dadrab wrote:Dude, he looks killer (literally).

Damn fine work.

Cheers dadrab! I know your avatar but can't place it, is it from a band?

dadrab

dadrab
shovelchop81 wrote:
dadrab wrote:Dude, he looks killer (literally).

Damn fine work.

Cheers dadrab! I know your avatar but can't place it, is it from a band?

It is. That symbol has appeared on every single Blue Oyster Cult album somewhere. Most of the time, it's pretty easy to find, but not always. It's the creation of the artist who drew their premier album cover, but closely resembles the Egyptian hieroglyph for lead.

I've always liked it and will "procure" it for use from time to time.

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
dadrab wrote:
shovelchop81 wrote:
dadrab wrote:Dude, he looks killer (literally).

Damn fine work.

Cheers dadrab! I know your avatar but can't place it, is it from a band?

It is. That symbol has appeared on every single Blue Oyster Cult album somewhere. Most of the time, it's pretty easy to find, but not always. It's the creation of the artist who drew their premier album cover, but closely resembles the Egyptian hieroglyph for lead.

I've always liked it and will "procure" it for use from time to time.

Aha! Nice facts to know, thanks!

Stryker2011

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How appropriate the two of you discussing Blue Oyster Cult, when your avatar, shovelchop, is something of a "Reaper"... Wink


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shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Stryker2011 wrote:How appropriate the two of you discussing Blue Oyster Cult, when your avatar, shovelchop, is something of a "Reaper"... Wink

Too true! Laughing Talking of Reapers, just finished the photoshoot of my Reaper Wraith battling Gandalf (he was unconscious in this scene but I don't have an Elrond, I should make one...) but he's on the White Council. I'm uploading them now to imgur.

Rogerbee

Rogerbee
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Reminds me of the symbol the Iron Maiden artist Derek Riggs would use as his signature. Looking forward to seeing the Gandalf dio.

CHEERS!

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Rogerbee wrote:Reminds me of the symbol the Iron Maiden artist Derek Riggs would use as his signature. Looking forward to seeing the Gandalf dio.

CHEERS!

That must be it, always been a die-hard Iron Maiden fan and grew up copying Derek Riggs' cover art! Cool

Rogerbee

Rogerbee
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Took me years to realise what that symbol actually was. Maiden covers were best on vinyl, especially Somewhere In Time, packed with little Maiden easter eggs just waiting to be discovered.

CHEERS!

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Done paint mostly, touching up the 'chrome' silver then drenching it all in black ink, drying now but will do the mail silver drybrushing later. Livened up the chest plate a lot with two random bits for decoration (one came from a small Narnia minotaur figure Wink ). As you can or rather can't see he's swimming in those 1/4 scale trousers! Laughing Obviously some tailoring to be done there but need the wide trouser legs for the pleated Hakama look. Just started faffing with the kabuto and menpo but nothing special done yet.

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Rogerbee

Rogerbee
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Going well, slight touch of MC Hammer though.

STOP! Shovel time!

CHEERS!

Stryker2011

Stryker2011
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Looking good so far. Once you have all nine, this is going to be epic.


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shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Rogerbee wrote:Going well, slight touch of MC Hammer though.

STOP! Shovel time!

CHEERS!

You bastard.. got that bloody awful song in my head now!! Wink I won't be adding giant shoulder pads on top of the armour though! Or a square flat topped helmet!

Stryker2011 wrote:Looking good so far. Once you have all nine, this is going to be epic.

Nearly there, got that giant Sauron to build as well though...

Rogerbee

Rogerbee
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LOL! Glad to be of service!

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CHEERS! Laughing

GubernatorFan

GubernatorFan
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Those are remarkably uncharacteristic MC Hammer pants... where's the pizzazz? Anyway, shovelchop, your guy isn't just swimming, he's drowning in those 1/4 scale pants. But I have no doubt you will rescue him as you complete your build and everything will be perfect. Smile


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Rogerbee

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LOL! It was the best I could find at the time!

CHEERS!

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Not in the mood for sewing loads of parallel lines etc.. so decided to paint the blue hakama black since dying them didn't work in the past, done the mail silver paint on the armour too. I need to replace and recolour all the leg and forearm guards' straps with black and do some body mods for the new tabi feet and armoured hands.

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Rogerbee

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All looking good so far.

CHEERS!

Stryker2011

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Coming along nicely.


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shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Thanks guys! Done a second coat on the hakama and it's looking good touch wood!

GubernatorFan

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I also like the makeshift acrobatics (waiting for paint to dry?) during the build. Smile


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ReverendSpooky

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Damn, this is all looking great. The Reaper Wraith looks so intense, and I love seeing the way the Ronin Wraith is coming together. That armor looks awesome.

And that found bit of branch is freakin perfect! What a lucky find. Can't get over how spot on it looks as a big creepy dead tree, like something out of a classic horror movie or illustration. I love it.


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dadrab

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I'm seriously impressed, Chop.

I look at all this glorious work and just want to throw my shit in the trash. HA.

Stryker2011

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dadrab wrote:I'm seriously impressed, Chop.

I look at all this glorious work and just want to throw my shit in the trash. HA.

That's how I feel. Not to mention his constant drive; in the time I manage to get one custom figure made, he's made like 50!! All of them far more complex than anything I could have done.


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shovelchop81

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dadrab wrote:I'm seriously impressed, Chop.

I look at all this glorious work and just want to throw my shit in the trash. HA.

Stryker2011 wrote:
dadrab wrote:I'm seriously impressed, Chop.

I look at all this glorious work and just want to throw my shit in the trash. HA.

That's how I feel. Not to mention his constant drive; in the time I manage to get one custom figure made, he's made like 50!! All of them far more complex than anything I could have done.

Damn guys, that's really sad to hear! I want to encourage people to make things not give up!! Sad
I struggle too, right now I'm having trouble attaching his feet! I'm trying to use hot glue but the ball joints are so big (feet are from one of the old Cy Girls ninja cyborgs) and the ankles so thin on the Dalek Sec body that tr4ying to keep the full articulation is becoming a mess! Laughing . I'm lucky in the sense that I probably have far more time at my disposal to work on my builds than you guys that's all Wink .

ReverendSpooky

ReverendSpooky
Stryker2011 wrote:
dadrab wrote:I'm seriously impressed, Chop.

I look at all this glorious work and just want to throw my shit in the trash. HA.

That's how I feel. Not to mention his constant drive; in the time I manage to get one custom figure made, he's made like 50!! All of them far more complex than anything I could have done.

THIS. Shovelchop's sheer volume of complex and beautiful work is somehow both intimidating and inspiring. Like, its baffling how he ever acomplishes it, and yet it really makes me want to work harder.

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shovelchop81

shovelchop81
ReverendSpooky wrote:
Stryker2011 wrote:
dadrab wrote:I'm seriously impressed, Chop.

I look at all this glorious work and just want to throw my shit in the trash. HA.

That's how I feel. Not to mention his constant drive; in the time I manage to get one custom figure made, he's made like 50!! All of them far more complex than anything I could have done.

THIS. Shovelchop's sheer volume of complex and beautiful work is somehow both intimidating and inspiring.  Like, its baffling how he ever acomplishes it, and yet it really makes me want to work harder.  

I've super respect for your work! Just saw your amazing St. Crow thread for the first time! Really sorry I missed it on OSW, that's the drawback of working so much on your own stuff, you don't get time to appreciate other peoiple's hard and excellent work!

shovelchop81

shovelchop81
Feeling like crap so not getting much done but the kabuto is coming together, need to make the Eye Of Sauron crest next. Might go for some more unusual weaponry to break the traditional samurai mould, this is LOTR after all. Got the ankles articulating and attached finally, looks fugly but will be hidden by his shin armour.

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Stryker2011

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Looking good. Hope you feel better.


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GubernatorFan

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I am excited about this helmet. Part Samurai and part gremlin, but when you're done with it, I bet it will be all classy.


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shovelchop81

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Stryker2011 wrote:Looking good. Hope you feel better.

Thank you stryker! Getting there...

GubernatorFan wrote:I am excited about this helmet. Part Samurai and part gremlin, but when you're done with it, I bet it will be all classy.

Gremlin? I was going for demon! Wink

GubernatorFan

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shovelchop81 wrote:Gremlin? I was going for demon! Wink

I am sure it will look like a full-blown demon by the time you are done with it! Wink


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shovelchop81

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GubernatorFan wrote:
shovelchop81 wrote:Gremlin? I was going for demon! Wink

I am sure it will look like a full-blown demon by the time you are done with it! Wink

Well as long as he looks evil and can pass for a Middle Earth character I'm all good! Well about the build that is, personally still feeling rough as hell, I blame the change in weather! New bugs always get me when the temperature changes...stupid crappy immune system.. Been gently going through scavenged armour parts looking for bits that give a continuity to the armour as detail accents that take it just far enough away from Japanese to allow him a non generic look if that makes sense? I want a samurai inspired wraith not just a samurai painted like a wraith, tricky balance to get to work.
Cut out his crest/kuwagata in the shape of The Eye Of Sauron, I'm reinforcing it with wire at the back that will help with posing it too. May add horns if they're not OTT, need to spray it all black then perhaps make up my mind on that one.

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GubernatorFan

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I love the idea of the Eye of Sauron (which by the way means lizard or lizard-y) crest, although at this point I am wondering if it would not be way over the top (literally) and setting him too much apart from the other wraiths. But then again, you are basing this on more than just the LOTR movies. Besides, your creations end up being works of art, and I look forward to the final result.
I hope you feel better soon.


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