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It should come as no surprise considering what many of us already did with the Disney Store version, but Hot Toys' new Krennic set is a very good place to start to recreate Colonel Yularen, an officer of the Imperial Security Bureau, from A New Hope. Or, for that matter any other Security Bureau officer (there were a total of at least three seen on screen -- Yularen with and without a black officer cap, a younger slim officer that appears twice by the elevators -- the second time alongside Yularen, and a younger rotund officer roaming the halls). It is a relatively simple kitbash.

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Tunic, pants, boots from Hot Toys Krennic.

Belt from Hot Toys Krennic but modified and reversed for accuracy.

Officer badge modified (and mounted with magnets) from older Hasbro or Sideshow or Hot Toys set (I forget).

Officer cap from Sideshow Commander Praji.

Body and hands from World Box AT025.

Head from Damtoys Dam 78031 Sr-71 ”Black Bird” Flight Test Engineer (Donald Sutherland from Space Cowboys). The head is, of course, a remote likeness to Yularen, simply being the most similar head sculpt I know to be available; since I might want to use it for Donal Sutherland elsewhere, I have not attempted to modify it further.

What do you think?

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Since I know some of you are picking up the second release of the HT ESB Vader (which may or may not be changed in some detail or other from the first release), I thought I'd share some information on some easy and recent mods.

I have not been willing to take a plunge and pay for a full Hot Toys Vader set after getting my Sideshow "second" Vader quite a few years ago. But I have bought many loose parts and reconstituted largely HT-based ANH/RO and ESB Vaders. With their tendency to lose balance and fall flat on their faces, damaging the tiny tusks (and some of the latter becoming irretrievably lost), I ended up with more than one head, and so have felt even more comfortable to make modifications to these expensive pieces.

Something I did to both the ANH/RO and ESB heads is line the inside of the lenses with bare metal foil, so that you can catch a little glimmer of red in the "eyes" (HT made them translucent, but it doesn't really show on the figure). The other thing I did is to alter the position of the helmet over the masked head -- the very first ANH release and at least the first ESB release have it wrong. In both instances, it sat too high, and in the second (ESB) instance, it was also meeting the face at a wrong angle (essentially, it was sitting too low and too far back to be screen accurate). Just remember that if you try to emulate this, proceed carefully and at your own risk!

Anyway, without further ado:

1a-c. The Hot Toys ESB Vader head has a good sculpt, but especially when looked at from the front can look off and outright disturbing. The problem is that the helmet proper sits too far back and too far up, meeting the "face" at the wrong angle and exposing the "eyebrows" over the lenses far too much. The front rim of the helmet should hang lower and farther forward over the "nose."

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2a-c. The helmet proper is designed to be removable, as it snaps onto the top portion of the mask assembly.

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3a-c. The top part of the mask assembly is glued only at its front, and with a little bit of pressure can be made to snap off. After this you can basically snap it in and out of place as you see fit.

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4a-c. The front part of the mask, fitting over the face, is also a separate piece, which is glued to the bottom only at the lower edge. With some gentle pressure you can carefully make it snap off without breaking it (I didn't know this the first time I was modifying this head a couple of years ago and went another way, but this is a much better approach).

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5a-c. The partial head sculpt is also removable, although that is not something you have to do to modify the lenses. I only show this here for completeness.

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6a-c. Getting back to the facial part of the mask. The lenses are delightfully translucent, but you can only appreciate that if you handle the piece separately and look through them at a light source -- here I used a flash light to illustrate (6a). Then I cut a small rectangular piece of Bare-Metal chrome foil, enough to cover the inside of the lenses (6b). You apply the adhesive side to the inside of the lenses, then rub over it with a q-tip. This ensures perfect adhesion and removes any tiny folds or creases. With the foil lining the inside of the lenses, you can see a glimmer of red looking at them from the outside, provided they are hit by sufficient light (6c).

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7a-d. Compare the before and after look, without (7a-b) and with (7c-d) the helmet. Note that without direct light on the lenses, they would look just black.

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8a-d. I've been saving empty Oscillococcinum containers from whenever I've been sick, intending to use them for 1:6 kitbashing. While I imagined them serving as termuses or other types of vessels, the caps prove a good fit into the pre-existing hole at the very top of the head (8a). I lined the exposed part of the head around the cap with some plastic from a ziplock bag (8b). I began to construct a makeshift structure out of Kneadatite (the blue and yellow green stuff) by winding "snakes" round the cap and atop the plastic cover (8c). The plastic cover is so that the "structure" would not stick to the head itself and would remain removable. All told, I needed the "structure" to lift the helmet up at the back while keeping low in the front, and to push it towards the front. I also provided a makeshift protrusion to fit into the hole of the helmet (8d). Yes, I know what it looks like, and if you comment on that, it would be bad karma (so don't). Smile

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9a-c. With the structure still soft and malleable, I experimented with the helmeted look, adding material until satisfied with the way it sat. Then I let it cure. Here is the before (9a and 9c) and after (9b and 9d) comparison. Perhaps the difference looks cosmetic to most, but here's a Vader look I can appreciate without misgivings.

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10a-b. Checking out the overall effect of the modified head on the body.

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11a-c. Note that you can still see the "eyebrows," but only (and correctly) when lit from a lower angle (11c).

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12a-b. Comparison of the before and after versions with a screenshot from The Empire Strikes Back. I think the helmet works much more accurately; I was not able to reproduce the lighting precisely -- otherwise you would be able to see the "eyebrows" (as above).

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13. Just a comparison of my ANH/RO and ESB/ROTJ modified Vaders.

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14. Another of the same.

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15. Another of the same with a reconstituted HT ROTJ Luke.

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Even if these modifications weren't particularly difficult, one should probably not have to go through so much trouble to improve sets as expensive as this. But the good news is that one can improve the slight imperfections.

I hope this has been useful. What do you think?

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As someone with a modicum of understanding films and with a decent grasp on the relevant history and literature, I did not enjoy the movie Troy. And that is an understatement. Despite all the acting talent and detailed costuming, etc., there is so only so much you are going to get out of not only butchering Homer in the first place, but also failing to deliver anything decent in the end. But enough about that. Pangaea produced two very nicely detailed sets based on this film, Greek General (Achilles) and Trojan General (Hector) -- I reviewed the latter HERE. The head sculpts are not quite at the apex of sixth-scale detail (of course they are from a few years ago), and the hair in particular suffers from thick stranding and bland coloring. But they are still pretty good and that made me think of possible improvements. In the case of Hector (Eric Bana), the head sculpt was designed with a removable hair piece so that it would fit well inside the tight helmet. The hair piece was made from fairly hard plastic, included the pair of rather stuck-out ears, and did not fit very well over the armor. This head was a natural for conversion to actual hair.

First I covered the magnet atop the head with a thin layer of Kneadatite that I painted in a flesh-like color. When this cured/dried, I followed my usual Morezmore-based technique of gluing on tufts of hair around the head starting from the bottom by the neckline (you can see the method in more detail HERE). I picked a relatively curly/wavy dark brown to match the on-screen appearance. After finishing and leaving it overnight, I removed any loose strands, gave it a rinse and then applied a solution of water and shampoo+conditioner to get something like the desired style; the hair tie in the back is a bent piece of flat wire (I might add a few of the other optional hair bling pieces down the road). I also did a little bit of grooming and some touch ups on the paint job with acrylics and color pencils to improve the likeness a little more. I think it turned out ok.

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original set (left); modified set (right)

What do you think?

Other head conversions:
https://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t2006-converting-jason-momoa-ht-aquaman-head

https://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t2126-converting-arnold-schwarzenegger-kp-conan-head

https://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t2335-converting-sebastian-stan-ht-bucky-barnes-head

https://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t2471-converting-bernard-hill-asmus-king-theoden-head

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For Part II (NSF?), see Post 12 below.

The experimentation continues...

For the custom figure itself, see here:
https://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t2773-star-wars-darth-maul-custom-updated-with-part-iii-photo-heavy

For the painting part, see here, post 205:
https://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t260p164-painting-seamless-bodies-updated-april-2020#36579

Part I

In recent news from Hollywood, a small set of previously unknown Star Wars scenes and corresponding portions of scripts have been leaked. The first of these appears to take place on an unidentified desert planet where Obi-Wan Kenobi has retired for a life of peaceful contemplation, until his serenity was rudely interrupted by the appearance of Darth Maul...

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Part II (NSF?) in Post 12 below -- actually a "prequel" to this scene Smile

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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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Asmus' Lord of the Rings license has resulted in a long sequence of figures, some of which have been masterpieces (like Gimli), while others have fallen pretty flat. King Theoden is not one of the fallen (see Michael Crawford's review HERE), but it is kept from being a masterpiece by the remarkably poor choice of giving him sculpted/molded hair; even worse, they made it removable so that his head can fit into a properly-sized helmet, resulting in an obvious, unrealistic, and unsightly cut in the hairline. I suppose they were afraid of helmet hair, which is an issue, but certainly less serious than the one that resulted from their attempt to avoid it. And it is not just about realism and the unsightly cut, the sculpted hair and one-piece head and neck get in the way of articulation a bit.

I modified my Theoden (Bernard Hill) head sculpt by removing the neck (which was just a little on the short side, but not a very necessary modification in this instance) and giving him real hair from Morezmore. For the most part I will let the photos tell the story. For more detailed step-by-step walk-through of the process, see my Conan head conversion HERE (a couple of others HERE and HERE).

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The outer layers of the sculpted hair were designed to be removable, which greatly simplifies the work. I thinned down the sculpted hair on the head sculpt proper a bit, and rebuilt a low cranium over the back of the skull so that the hair would look right once in place.

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I painted the cranium a flesh color just in case something shows through and began to apply the hair in the usual manner, in tiers starting from the back of the head relatively low. I picked Morezmore's "Brown Sugar" hair, because it seemed like a close match. And it does look almost the same as the painted hair in hand (though not in the photo).

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After removing loose strands, a gentle wash, and a bit of a haircut, I snapped a few photos while the hair was drying.

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I think it looks pretty good, but I didn't feel like futzing with it to give it a more ample appearance. Besides, it had to fit in the helmet. (Yes, this particular neck is a tad too long, but my neck box is packed away at the moment.)

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And fit in the helmet it does, although it is a tight fit and results in helmet hair (of sorts). Which makes the hair appear ample again (but perhaps a bit too much).

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Overall, I think I've improved the realism, appearance, and articulation.

What do you think?

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Having converted a Jason Momoa Aquaman head (HERE) and an Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan head (HERE), it seemed like a natural choice to do the same to the new Bucky Barnes head sculpt by HT. The face is excellent but the hair, while very impressively sculpted, is just soft molded plastic. I object to this on principle anyway, so here we go again. For more details on the process, please consult the other threads linked above.

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The original head:
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I gently pried off the two-part hair sculpt and perched it on his shoulders for this photo:
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You don't need a very ample scalp if you are going to give your head sculpt an ample hair, but I decided I should fill-in the various indents with Kneadatite Blue and Yellow. I painted it very lightly with a flesh color (not even trying to match the face, since it wouldn't be visible), then began to glue on the hair in rows, starting with a line parallel to the bottom of the head sculpt at the back.
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No matter how disheveled, I left the hair in place for a while, giving the glue a chance to cure.
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Then I gently removed any loose strands, rinsed the hair with water, and gave him a haircut.
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Finally, to make the hair less puffy, I applied a solution of water and shampoo+conditioner. I may have overdone it, giving him a more compact, wet hair look, but I will worry about styling it later (or not -- I wasn't completely crazy about the original/movie look of the hair).
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Hope this is helpful or informative. What do you think?

More photos in post 6 below

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Here we go again.

There was something a little off with the recent Conan head that was designed to go with Kaustic Plastik's Masterclass Warrior set (reviewed HERE). Apart from some possibly questionable choices in the paint, the most obvious problem was the sculpted hair. While it was decently (not super finely) sculpted, it looked like molded plastic (which is admittedly what it was). Mr Toys had just released their own Conan set (reviewed HERE) which, while largely based on earlier work by Kaustic Plastik, broke new ground by offering us a Conan with "real" hair. Between this and my earlier attempts to create an Arnold Schwarzenegger-as-Conan head sculpt (using one of the Hot Toys Terminator heads), and my recent modification to the Hot Toys Jason Momoa Aquaman head sculpt (replacing the sculpted hair with "real" hair -- see HERE), the next step was obvious. But this was going to be a slightly more ambitious project, because it involved not only removing the plastic hair and replacing it with "real" hair, but also filling in and repainting likely or potentially visible grooves in the head sculpt, detaching, modifying, and repainting the headgear (so it would be both screen accurate and removable, not to mention so that I could put in the hair properly), and also partly modifying, repainting, and remounting the necklace ornaments on a more sensible string that would allow the necklace to hang about right.

This time I took more photos to illustrate more of the steps, in case someone finds this helpful for modifying this or a different sculpt.

Just in case I did something horribly wrong, I managed to get myself an extra Kaustic Plastik Conan head (1). As I had noticed before, the hair was made of soft plastic, and divided into sections (two side locks and a larger back piece, separated by the headband from the crown of the head hairpiece, which last was actually part of the head sculpt), just like Hot Toys' Aquaman head. So, I heated up the head sculpt a little with a hair dryer (not much was actually needed), and gently pried off the large hair piece covering the back of the head (2).

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Then I proceeded to dislodge the headband, which was (if I recall) divided at the back of the head on one end of the sculpted strings holding the two parts together. I heated and gently pried off the headband from the head, into which it was ensconced by virtue of several sections fitting into indented grooves that were parts of the head sculpt (3a-5). One of them was right in the middle of the forehead (4-5).

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With the headband off, I gently pried off and removed the two side locks of hair (4-5).

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With the headband and all detachable hairpieces removed, it was necessary to remove almost all of the molded hair that was an integral part of the head sculpt at the crown of the head (4a-4d). I left in place a little hair over the forehead, since that can be a challenging transition between sculpted face and "real" hair.

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After a failed experiment with Vallejo acrylic putty, I filled the visible grooves in the forehead and temples with Kneadatite Blue/Yellow Epoxy Putty (the kind that comes in a tape and you mash and knead it together into a malleable green substance for sculpting and filling -- a skill I learned from members of OneSixthFigures) (5). It was my first experience with this material, but I think it worked reasonably well. Someone with greater skill and patience, would have done more in the way of sculpting bone and flesh structure and gotten the filling to sit completely flush and seamless (with filing down). Since this was going to be obscured most of the time by the headband (for the classic look), I didn't worry about it too much, though I wanted it to look ok even when exposed. Once the Kneadatite had cured overnight, I painted it with Vallejo Acrylics, trying to get as close as possible to the head's skin tone (which is perhaps not ideal itself, but I didn't want to repaint the whole thing -- which might actually have been the way to do it); I also took the opportunity to fix the hairline and darken the eyebrows. As far as painting the head, that was it (6).

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Then came my "favorite" part (I'm being sarcastic), the application of the hair. I picked a warmish milk chocolate brown, because that is pretty close to Arnold's appearance on the screen during the film. Using as a basic guide the technique outlined by Morezmore (HERE), but also taking some shortcuts and utilizing superglue, I basically went in rings around the back and sides of the head, starting with a level above the edge of the head sculpt's neck and making my way upwards (7-9b).

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Having gently removed as many loose strands of hair as I could, I gently rinsed it with water, gathered it backwards, and let it dry (10a-10c).

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After this I cut the hair to approximate Conan's appearance in Conan the Destroyer (since that is where we see the matching outfit and accessories) -- I didn't cut as short as I should, just in case I made a mistake -- and filled up any visible "holes" (there were surprisingly few) with either more hair or acrylic marker (11). Then it was time to add the headband and the necklace and complete the modification (12).

I had shaved down the inside of the headband (especially the parts that were designed to protrude so that they could fit into the grooves in the head sculpt) to make it thinner, so that it would fit more easily around the modified head; I glued it shut at the back, and when the glue had cured, it fit the head like a charm. I had also repainted the pyramidal ornaments on the head band in brass, to match the film appearance. The ornaments on the necklace were all correct (except for the color of the "sun" or "wheel" pendant), but the necklace did not work at all. I had to remove each ornament and glue it onto a thin leather string which could hang a little more naturally (it is also malleable, if needed). I made sure to place the fangs correctly (both for appearance and so that they no longer attempted to bite into the body), and glued their now purely decorative fastenings in place. Similarly, I made sure the pendant sat ("hung") correctly, glued on a couple of pieces of string to match the screen appearance, and repainted it in brass, for the same reason (12).

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Here are a couple of comparisons: with the unaltered KP head and necklace, and...

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with the Mr Toys head (the necklace for that set has the wrong pendant).

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I don't know if I would call it perfect, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. There are some additional things that can be done, for example a shampoo+conditioner treatment to create more waviness in the hair. For this shot I put the modified head, headband, and necklace on the rest of the KP set, but that would require some additional minor modifications to be completely movie accurate. I suppose it is a work in progress.

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What do you think?

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Hey Friends,
someone had this HS ? Or pictures of it next to other 1:6 figures ?. I really need new Heads for my projects, but to spend much money that for and at last they are not in the scale i need is bad. I need big heads, not small ones. The Question is, will this one be a big one ?

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Converting Jason Momoa HT Aquaman Head - Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:17 pm

Like so many of us, I wasn't completely satisfied with Hot Toys' Aquaman head sculpt in terms of both likeness and molded hair sculpt (which is very nice in and of itself, but hair this long should not be sculpted for various reasons). So I decided to modify it with a re-hairing and partial repaint. Here is a little summary of the progression of the project.

Although Hot Toys made the questionable decision to go with sculpted hair, it tried to improve its appearance by installing it in layers, which helps customization by easing removal and allowing for a more or less complete fully-realized head beneath. I began by carefully tugging on the soft plastic hair of the original head sculpt (1). In this instance it is composed of four different pieces glued to the head proper and to each other. Luckily, they weren't glued very strongly, and with just a little bit of persistence and repetition, I was able to begin pulling off the largest, enveloping exterior hair piece (2).

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This left the pieces hanging over the sides and back of the neck (3a-3b). They were removed the same way.

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Removing the pieces hanging over the side (4) and the back leave us with a bald head (except for a bit of the hairline over the forehead, which I decided to keep) which features some useful goorves carved into it (5a-5b). The reason these are useful is that without them you would end up with an even fuller, puffier hair after you glue it onto the head, and they help diminish this problem a little bit.

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Next I used three different colors of hair to glue onto the bald head in tiers -- starting with a line just above the neckline running around the back of the head and moving upwards. When this step was completed, the look was a dramatic mess (6). After the glue had cured, I weeded off loose strands and rinsed the hair to make it fall a little more naturally, and painted some highlights and color variations (to match the hair) onto the molded beard, mustache, and forelock, as well as over those parts of the hair where the glue was visible; I also tried to lighten some of the painted stubble on the head (where the mustache and beard part going upwards along the jawline) to increase the likeness to Jason Momoa (7).

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Finally, I cut down the hair to the correct length (with locks reaching as far down as about the armpit) and treated it with a mixture of water and shampoo+conditioner that I did not rinse off, to give it a more natural fit (8a-8b). And with that my modifications are complete.

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Here are three views of the resulting appearance.

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And here are some more close-up ones.

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Here is a comparison between the HT set (Aquaman from Justice League) and the same with the modified head. I should point out that I was modifying the head on principle, not specifically for this figure set or look. I am also aware that the screen look has much more emphatically bleached locks towards the lower reaches of the hair, but I wanted a slightly more organic and subdued look.

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I think it turned out ok, and I hope you liked it or found it interesting. What do you think?

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Part I
For Part II (updated and modified figure), please see Post 18 below.

I'm very late to the sandtrooper party. For one thing, I prefer my stormtroopers clean and ship shape for the parade ground (who was it that said wars just mess up armies?). For another, I've always had a suspicion that sandtroopers were a combination of accident and post-fact rationalization: they were the first stormtroopers used and filmed for Star Wars (Episode IV/A New Hope), and the minor differences in their armor (not just equipment) may have been the result of changing design rather than pre-thought-out purpose (to wit, spacetroopers in the same film don't differ from regular troopers except when it comes to their equipment to breathe in space).

It didn't help that Marmit, Medicom, and Sideshow messed up the helmet in different ways (Marmit and Sideshow got the facial proportions wrong, Medicom used a regular stormtrooper's helmet of the hero variety). And all this was (mostly) before I was collecting high-end sixth-scale figures anyway. When Hot Toys released their sandtrooper, I was very tempted (apart from the most convincing weathering, they had finally gotten the helmet pretty much right -- improving on their standard ANH stormtrooper design which had perpetuated the same error as Marmit and Sideshow). But I was put off by their choice to depict what was definitely a costuming error, the upward arched brow band of one sandtrooper ("these are not the droids we are looking for"). Since then, I have come across photos of the various sandtroopers in all their glory, and have also come to realize that at least the finished HT product's helmet looked acceptable for my delicate sensibilities after all. Of course, by then these collectibles, which had been pricey (for their time) to begin with, were becoming rarer and grossly overpriced. So I kept putting it off or talking myself out of it.

But one by one I picked up pieces from broken down sets (still eschewing the HT helmet until it was too late) until I was gradually able to put together a makeshift complete sandtrooper with the purchase of the last few rare and overpriced pieces. You can see it below, both by itself and also compared with the Rogue One version of essentially the same thing (though less elaborately equipped), the "heavily weathered Jeddha Patrol."  My ANH sandtrooper kitbash/custom consists mostly of different parts from Hot Toys (sandtrooper lower body armor, stormtrooper long blaster rifle, Jeddha patrol upper body armor and helmet) and Marmit (undersuit, pouches, pauldron); I did some custom fitting, greeblies, and repainting.

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Hope you liked it.

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OSK exclusive:

https://onesixthkit.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1885

As title it's made with metal. Please handle it with care, especially when you put it on head sculpt, don't scratch your head!

**This is brown lens version only limited to 100 units**

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Part I: A New Superhero Revealed? Leaked memo from IAFOOSHA.
Fort Part II see post 47 below.

Stryker started it. Blackpool encouraged it. This is dedicated to them. Smile I can resist the potential for things that strike me as silly/funny only so much. It was actually a surprisingly difficult custom, and then there was research and too many potential things to recreate. Photo heavy, but I kept the images light.

NSFW (?) This contains somewhat adult humor so it may or may not fit your definition of "not safe for work"; there is certainly nothing truly explicit and the intent is humor, but you've been cautioned. For other disclaimers, please see at end.

SUPERHERO FIRE-MAN

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Hope you found it at least moderately amusing -- I realize that different things resonate with different people and there are plenty of different angles to things and issues, some of them serious, some not.
Any favorite book covers so far? Just don't expect me to write the books...

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Star Wars Sideshow Dengar weapon upgrade - Sun May 12, 2019 4:09 pm

Sideshow has produced a full pack of Empire Strikes Back bounty hunters, including Dengar. These are all generally excellent figures, but in Dengar's case they overlooked one fairly signature detail when it came to his long blaster rifle. In the film (though not in some of the released pre-production photos), Dengar sported a modified MG 42 with the bipod and buttstock removed. Sideshow's weapon is beautifully sculpted and painted (even if a bit too evenly for my taste), and has the bipod removed; but the buttstock is still there. While I would agree that the weapon looks silly without the buttstock, we are supposed to strive for movie accuracy, are we not?

So instead of modifying the Sideshow piece, I purchased an inexpensive 1/6 MG 42 kit on eBay, put it together without the bipod and buttstock, and finally got around to painting/weathering it. I wanted to give it a used, worn appearance, and to reduce the plastic-looking effect of, well, black plastic. I think it turned out reasonably well, even if the less accurate Sideshow weapon has finer detail.

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What do you think?

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Here is my custom/kitbash attempt at Aurra Sing, a bounty hunter who had a cameo in The Phantom Menace during the pod-race scene. I wasn't able to do everything I would have liked with her (like the elongated fingers), but I still think she turned out sort of cool. I had originally wanted to use a much skinnier body (The TBLeague S18A - Pale), but all my attempts to white the body were a massive failure. Ended up scavenging a body from one of my two Lady Death figures (I was a bit bummed about that, but it is what it is). The Lady Death body is, as many know, a much bustier and muscular body than is appropriate for this character -- particularly considering that the lovely lady who played the role in the film was a tall, lanky runway model. I used a combination of parts to make this figure, and ended up making several. I had originally purchased a blank, bald female head sculpt off eBay to use for the head, but honestly, it just didn't seem right for this character. Aurra has a rather elongated skull, and I just couldn't make it look right -- even after adding modeling clay to her noggin. (I might revisit that at some point). I ended up sticking with the Hasbro head sculpt, even though the head sculpt is slightly more grey than the body used, I think it actually works fairly well. Ultimately, this figure is going in my Jabba the Hutt display.

Anyway...

Parts breakdown:

Head - Hasbro Aurra Sing (had to modify it to get it to fit on the TBLeague)
Body - Lady Death Version 1
Vest - Hasbro Aurra Sing
Hands - Lady Death Version 2
Laser Pistols - Hasbro Aurra Sing (not removable at this point thanks to the restraining straps on the holsters)
Rifle - modified Luke Skywalker Episode IV (Hot Toys)
rifle scope -- HT Last Jedi Luke Skywalker "lightning rod"
rifle scope mount -- piece of the Hasbro Aurra Sing rifle
rifle sling -- Hasbro Aurra Sing rifle sling
holsters and belts -- custom made using ultra-thin, double layered Kangaroo skin
Boots - brown "Black Widow" knock-offs from eBay
Orange body Suit -- modified from a full body suit. Big shout out to Blackpool for helping me acquire this. Went a little crazy with the scissors trying to cut off the sleeves, and caught a bit around the torso -- I call it "battle damage"
Belt pouches on the rifle sling and on the belts -- HT Deadpool 2 belt pouches
Lightsaber -- I honestly can't remember who's it's supposed to be, but it is an HT item gotten off eBay.
wrist wraps and bicep wrap -- cut from the Hasbro Aurra Sing bodysuit

As always, comments and criticism welcome.

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Early Imperial Roman Infantry Kitbash - Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:21 pm

The newly released Roman military figures from Kaustic Plastik and Haoyu Toys (all of which I intend to review) inspired and made possible a little kitbash attempting to recreate some of the most typical appearance of the early imperial legionary and auxiliary infantry -- about the time of Claudius I (41-54).

The most obvious differences in the look of these early imperial forces from the "classic" look of late-1st-/early 2nd-century Roman troops are: the use of simpler bronze or bronze-colored helmets; the use of chain mail for both legionaries and auxiliaries; the absence of long (braccae) or knee-length (feminalia) pants; rectangular shield (scutum) with curved side edges for legionaries and oval shield for auxiliaries. Obviously, there was plenty of variation (for example, as to which side to place the sword and the dagger, tunic color and shield devices); moreover, this is still a work in progress, and I am planning some upgrades and changes (e.g., repainting the auxiliary shield with a different decoration).

Most of the pieces were from the new KP sets, with some others from Ignite and other sources. I used KP bodies because you could easily remove and replace the upper arms, something very useful when dealing with these tight rubber chain mail tunics, but these KP bodies have some weak joints and stiff hands, and this was a pain to pose and photograph. I hope it is still presentable.

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This last photo (below) shows a couple of Roman infantrymen about to attend to camp tasks, having taken off their armor. The pants indicate they belong in a slightly later period.

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Hope you liked them.

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Ancient Greek Clothing in Sixth Scale - Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:09 pm

Since yesterday's post about kitbashing Greek hoplites with pre-existing elements (e.g., ACI armor and weapons, TBLeague bodies), it occurred to me search out some of the basic garments that would go with these. I did find them, and since anyone can make this with a modicum of skill and end up with garments that are more representative, accurate, and less expensive than what is commercially available, I decided to post a few photos here.

Keep in mind that these represent the simplest versions of these garments, and although ancient Greek clothing generally consisted of rectangular pieces of cloth and did not resort to (permanent) stitching, more elaborate versions eventually did develop with additional clasps or stitches creating more permanent closures of the open sides and something like real (as opposed to merely apparent) sleeves.

The long tunic (worn by charioteers, elite or mature males, and women)

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The short tunic (worn by young or mature men, some sporty women; children wore it without a belt)

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The exomis version of the short tunic (worn by working or fighting men)

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The long cloak worn by men and women alike, an ancestor of the larger Roman toga (if you are using a standard sheet to improvise a toga for a costume party, you are actually wearing a Greek himation!)

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The short cloak, a favorite for military, hunting, or traveling men

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Hope this is helpful for anyone kitbashing ancient or fantasy characters.

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Audrey 2 (Custom) - Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:14 pm

Just sharing this custom made Audrey 2 "prop" that I bought from Ebay last year. I've always loved Little Shop of Horrors but there aren't really many toys of Audrey 2. There seems to be a bunch of "props" available on Ebay though. This is one of the smaller ones that seems to fit nicely in the 6 inch scale domain as a grown Audrey 2. Smile

Summary:

Pros: Nice looking Audrey 2, posable vines and leaves, decent scale for 5 to 6 inch toys.

Cons: Some paint problems, "skinning".


Full Review Here

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I finally got around to doing the underwater scenes. The first four images below are brand new, the rest are an updated presentation of the background and vignette that first introduced the character on the old site.

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Hope you enjoyed it.

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Update 1: for additional figures, see post 20.

Update 2: for additional figures, see post 33.

Update 3: for additional figures, see post 42.

Update 4: for additional figures, see posts 59-60.

Update 5: for additional figures, see posts 73, 79, 83, 94.

Someone asked elsewhere whether the Coomodel Vikings gear would fit on Phicen's M34 or M35. Although I suspected I knew the answer, I gave it a try with some of the extra parted-out parts I had picked up (I was not about to mess with the fully-kitted-out boxed set figures). In the end, with the help of my extra customized Conan head and a couple of pieces from the Barbarian Fantasy Warrior sets by Kaustic Plastik, it became a spontaneous kitbash. I also repainted and "furred" the helmet. It is loosely inspired by a couple of different Conan looks; consider it Conan's Alter Ego... or long-lost twin... or just something Conanesque. So here he is, in the last photo also sizing up the real Conan...

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Considering it was basically an accidental kitbash, I think it turned out ok. What do you think?

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Star Wars Darth Vader Customs - Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:27 pm

Update: some additional (mostly old) photos in Post 6 below.

The only sixth-scale Darth Vader boxed set that I've ever purchased as such was Sideshow's Return of the Jedi Vader from 2014 (and not the deluxe version you can see HERE). That was a great set, and at the time seemed quite perfect. Sure, there were some minor areas where it could have been improved, and some of these have been addressed by Hot Toys' relentless string of Vader releases (two A New Hope versions, a Rogue One version, and now an Empire Strikes Back version). I wasn't about to spend the increasingly excessive sums to purchase more Vader boxed sets, but I put together a kitbash ANH Vader from Sideshow and HT elements and did some modifications to the body and the helmet/mask, including lining the inside of the translucent lenses with bare metal foil so that you can see the amber color when you focus strong light directly on them.

Now that they have released their ESB Vader, I picked up some of the parted out parts to kitbash one on the basis of a damaged ANH Vader figure I had stumbled upon for a remarkably low price some time ago, plus some more Sideshow pieces. By far the most important parts to achieve the different look were the helmet/mask and the chest box, although I did get another couple of pieces too, and several gloved hands (the patterns on the ANH and ESB/ROTJ gloves are different). Once again I modified the inside of the lenses so that you could get a reddish glint with the right light (although for some reason it is less obvious -- which is not a big problem, but somewhat disappointing). Most of this was done weeks ago, but I only got the illuminated chest box yesterday, so snapped a couple more photos before boxing things up. So here they are, side by side. Except for an additional part or two (unless I use the Sideshow ones), I feel that my ESB kitbash would work for ROTJ, too. (And please forgive the quality of the images -- black does not photograph very well, besides every speck of dust showing up.)

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As you can see, the ESB Vader's armor is darker and shinier, as it should be based on the onscreen appearance. The helmet is redesigned not only to be removed from the mask so that you can see the damaged scalp underneath (sorry, I forgot to take photos of that), but also to sit a little differently, slightly tilted back. I noticed they altered the sculpt on the mask, making the "nose" shorter. I could have sworn they made a mistake, but I did manage to see what looks the same in at least one ESB scene, so I am guessing they got it right. (Of course, they could very well have used different helmets and masks in different shots in the film.)

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The transparency and/or tint of the lenses appears to be different, and it is much harder for me to detect and photograph the reddish glint on the ESB Vader than the ANH one, even though I used the same process and materials. I am particularly proud of getting the figure to kneel -- sorta (keep in mind that is an older ANH 2 Vader body and outfit in there, not the one that comes with the ESB boxed set). I will be looking at ways of enhancing the articulation at some point in the future.

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Unlike the ANH Vader, the ESB Vader's chest box is illuminated, and alternatively lights up different combinations of the little horizontal red lights. In both cases, this is film-accurate. The little container for the batteries is probably supposed to be attached to the chest box strap around the back of the figure, but I found it more convenient to let it hang loose in the back, so that I don't need to undo the belt to turn it on or off every time.

The last two photos show the mask before the modification, with backlighting to show the translucent amber lenses, and also the patterned inside of the mask (although it is not designed for you to see it). Speaking of which, removing and especially replacing the scalp was incredibly difficult. And yes, that is a Swiss Army Knife corkscrew drilled deep into Vader's scalp to assist in the process (no harm done, as that part is not visible when you put the top cap of the mask in place).

Hope you liked them.

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From the depths of space fantasy and science fiction silliness, here comes a chapter in the saga of...
SPACE PRINCESS... (names changed -- slightly -- to protect the not so innocent)

For Episode 2, see post 17 below.

EPISODE 1

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Bonus points (in 1/6 heaven) if you can identify what items arrived today to result in the spontaneous kitbash that became this photo story. Smile

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Super Gym - Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:33 am

I just finished (provisionally) a simple kitbash, and she immediately accepted an invitation from her boyfriend and coworkers to go train at the Super Gym (where, as the name suggests, superheroes go to hang out and exercise)...

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But what is romance without some bumps... or kicks...?

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Faora (slightly customized Lady Commander) - Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:06 am

A long time ago I picked up the Lady Commander figure from Xensation, inspired by the Faora character in Man of Steel. The figure had plenty of potential: despite (or because of?) the more basic materials (e.g., regular stretchy cloth body suit), it has excellent articulation, and the head bears a reasonably decent resemblance to the actress, even if it sits a little oddly on the thinner soft rubbery neck; and the look worked well enough alongside Hot Toys' General Zod. I thought the head could be helped with some shaving off of materials (I did some, with little effect, might do more), when I noticed that the costume was not quite accurate. More specifically, it was missing several armor pieces (one on the upper right arm, two on the upper left). After doing some research and analysis, I determined that they could probably be supplied or adapted from an additional costume, so I picked one up when I found it parted out. Months passed, until I stumbled across it while packing things up, and I gave the long-planned modification a try. It worked out quite well and very easily. So I took some photos while waiting for the laundry this morning, and here they are...

The first three photos, with the pseudo-Kryptonian background and the red monogram, are from months ago, long before the customization. The last six, with the spaceship background and the yellow monogram, are from after the customization (one of them also features the underlying body suit stripped of most armor elements, displayed on a random body).

What do you think?

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In case you're wondering, I haven't decided whether they are dancing to THIS or THAT.

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At the instance of ReverendSpooky, I am sharing this rather incomplete project. After looking into the few options for a head of Famke Janssen to customize, I settled on Sideshow's rendition of her as Xenia Onatopp from that James Bond film with Pierce Brosnan. Here is what I had to work with:

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The head was a bit on the large side, with somewhat elongated features and possibly larger jaws -- there was little I was going to be able to do about that. It also featured rather dark/contrasting makeup and lipstick, and an atypical for the actress hairstyle. I repainted the lips, eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows to match what we see in the X-Men movies more closely, and cut off the hair (like a wig), built a smaller cranium out of air-drying clay, painted that a dark red color, then covered that in Tibetan lamb hair from Morezmore. So I ended up with what you see in the following photos. Not sure I am done yet, although it is difficult to see what more I can do to improve it, besides finish the figure with more of the outfit (which I have currently misplaced). If she had black hair, she would remind me more of an entirely different actress, but I will not name her so as not to influence your viewing of the head.

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The Odinssons (updated) - Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:26 am

Thor Odinsson, God of Thunder and all-around awesome dude, and his radiant wife Sif run into domestic issues just like the rest of us... This is the first glimpse into their private lives, out of several to come. Hope you enjoy.

(I have recycled some items, made new accessories and backgrounds, and reshot and elaborated some earlier scenes, as well as added new ones. The story is all new.)

Odinssons, Episode 1 ("Pets")

* Odinssons, Episode 2 can be found in Post 17 below.

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#thor #sif #chrishemsworth #hottoys #tbleague #custom #kitbash #humor #myth
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Jeb Lee - Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:09 am

Inspired from a comic book character I found quite interesting.
His name is Jeb Lee and he is one of Apocalypse's final horsemen called Famine.
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Here's my take on the two page panel above from 2011.
(Originally he was a confederate spy disguised as a union drummer but I had to do a swap of sides as I could only find the confederate uniform at the time.)
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DRUM
Scratch built a drum for Jeb.
Used what I had so it's not the best looking drum  Crying or Very sad
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DIORAMA
Used jute as long grass similar to the comic panels and I wanted to show the grass around Jeb rotting as he walked by hence the two toned colour.
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Gif just for fun Neutral
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That's all folks and thanks for dropping !

#kitbash #custom #jeblee #comic #male
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Jurassic Pratt - Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:29 pm

In celebration of the new film, which I am hoping to see on Friday (so please no spoilers), and inspired by Michael Crawford and Bad Wolf, I picked up a couple of items for a Jurassic Park scene -- of sorts, since it also brings in other Chris Pratt material (I borrowed the title "Jurassic Pratt" from my friend Chris L). I used partly repainted Mattel Tyrannosaurus Rex figures (both the 23-inch and 43-inch ones) which are pretty nice, although they have various issues (I could go on) and the scale means they are playing the parts of growing dinos.

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I hope you like them, goofy as they are.

#jurassicpark #jurassicworld #chrispratt #tyrannosaurus #hottoys #tbleague #mattel #custom #kitbash
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Sculpting My Childhood - Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:33 am

It's been a long while since I've posted anything...anywhere. But I've been messing around and finally, fully completed something. Laughing I've been on a kick of putting together characters from my childhood that I loved so here's Billy and Stacy from Shining Time Station. Billy's head sculpt was originally the Soldier Story Daniel Wu and Stacy's was Magic Cube Toys' SOCF CST Female Soldier.

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#kitbash #custom #shiningtimestation #tv
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Elven Archer - Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:50 pm

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Welcome to the Mighty Nein! - Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:57 pm

Ok, so I'm a massive nerd and absolutely love the incomparable D&D show, Critical Role. I fell in love with the new campaign's characters and decided to recreate them in 1/6th scale. So far I've only done two, but fully intend to get the whole gang together eventually.

I made a big post showing in detail how I put everything together, with lots and lots of photos - seriously, check it out as I'm only going to put sneak peeks in this thread or I'll be pasting in code all day!  Laughing

http://lastalliancestudios.blogspot.com/2018/06/welcome-to-mighty-nein.html

Sooo, here's Nott, the Brave, the kleptomaniac, borderline alcoholic goblin and her new friend, Kiri the Kenku. :3

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#custom #kitbash #fantasy #nein #kiri
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Wurka Tsunjo - Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:53 pm

A custom space pirate I did a few years back.
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His name is Wurka Tsunjo
- Earth Born
- Prefers to be called an 'independent businessman and galactic adventurer' more than being referred to as a Mercenary
- A fan of Antique Earth weapons and ultra classic western films from Earth
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Turnaround view :
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Base :
Wanted to build a base on an angled slant instead of a flat base (something different at least) which allows for more dynamic poses !

The main base :
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Support structure underneath the main base :
Nothing complicated - pieces of wood, used sprues some plastic tubes and anything else I can think of to add a bit of 'busy' below the main base.
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et voilà !
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Mechanical hand :
Simple build with wires, plastic tube and beads
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That's all folks and thanks for dropping by !
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#custom #kitbash #male #scifi
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Bette Davis sculpt. - Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:34 am

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Thanks for looking.

Cheers,

Peter.

#custom #female #bettedavis #head
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As there is a thread about the potential Threezero version of major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, I thought it could be useful to share some pics of the CAT TOYS take at the same character.

The outfit is nicely tailored even if it doesnt have a lot of detailings, the shoes are made of leather with wool gaiters, and the jumpsuite is tight but not restrictive for posing.

The headsculpt is the positive surprise of that offer, Cat toys went the rooted way for the hair, and the result is beyond my expectations, I didn't have to work it as much as some hot toys to get an accurate look. The eyes have the HT gloss which adds some realism, and the headsculpt itself has a great likeness, my guess is it's a clone from the HT civil war one.

The big let down of the figure are her accessories, an automatic rifle looking good from far but cheaply molded in one single piece, not what we usually expect at that size. You can't take of the mag or anything, which is surprizing as the side pistol has these features... it is still cheap execution too.
In the same way there two lower leg armor pieces that have a nice shape but a very cheap finishing for the strap and the color (I discarded them 10mn after unboxing lol)

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#ghostintheshell #custom #film #cattoys
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Kitbash UFC Champion Forrest Griffin - Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:28 pm

The Head Conversion Tutorial inspired me to embark upon another little kitbash project I have been intending for awhile now. There are these cool little 6 inch (15 cm) UFC Ultimate Collector figures, with cartoonish proportions but pretty realistic head sculpts, which seemed to me almost suitable for using with sixth-scale bodies. I wondered about it and eventually bought a couple. I intended to do Michael Bisping (and still will), but the one that really grabbed my attention was Forrest Griffin (perhaps because his mug reminds me of a friend from undergrad). Although in some ways it is a very simple kitbash, I really wasn't sure whether it would work out. I was pleasantly surprised by the result.

That said, this is still a Work in Progress (among other things, I might repaint the head, although my lights do exaggerate the mismatch a little). I matched the shorts to one type worn by Forrest Griffin and replicated the logo (although it is not really very visible), and based the photos on actual photos of the real guy.

The original figure:
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Can we/should we try this?
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Considering the difference in figures, this does seem to work surprisingly well...
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Hope you liked it.

#custom #kitbash #ufc #jiaoudoll #jiaou #male #sport
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Part I: "slides" 0-19
For Part II see post 16 below; for Part III see post 31 below

Until fairly recently I skipped out on heads that were sculpted with a permanently attached neck for my customs, as I tended to use bodies like DAM, World Box, HT muscle, Phicen/TBLeague, which generally already had a non-removable neck. With some encouragement from OSW forum members, I eventually tried it out, and haven't stopped de-necking heads since. Apart from greater compatibility with action figure bodies of all kinds, a neck-less head has an additional point of articulation at its base, so I do this on principle with very few exceptions. (Thus there would be two points of articulation in the neck -- one at its top and one at its base; that said, the design of bodies, inside neck connectors, etc, makes this a matter of theory more than practice in many cases.) I cannot claim superior skills and expertise, and my results have varied over time (though given enough patience and persistence, they could have been pretty flawless). But at the urging of some of you, here is my procedure in cases like this.

I had a second Sullivan Stapleton Galac-Tac head lying around (the first one, which I had used in the Spartan Goddess of War review was not one of my best conversions), and it made do for the little tutorial that follows. Stopping to stage and take photos made it less than ideal, I nearly made some mistakes, and did a somewhat hurried job of it, but it should make do as an illustration. It is pretty simple and there are some alternatives to choose between.

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Hope this was useful.

Update: addendum in post 16 below.

#head #headsculpt #custom #modification #tutorial #body
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I recently tried making a simple leather purse for one of my girls. At first I wasn't going post it, but with some encouragement/assurance (thanks DFC  Smile), I decided to go ahead and finish it. I'm attempting to make it look like a fashion photo shoot or a fashion magazine.

Here's Katie advertising her new purse (I've also made the logo/emblem to make the purse look more authentic).
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My attempt for a mock magazine cover with some bogus articles.

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Full body shot showing how it would match the outfit.

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A closer more detailed shot.



WIP:
The purse consists of four pieces of leather, it is painted and very lightly weathered to get the texture to show a bit. Then I've added magnets under the latch so it can close. Then everything is stitched together, the emblem was added later.
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#female #bash #custom #casual #accessories

Beast Hunters - Tue May 15, 2018 1:31 pm

Hey Friends,
sorry for the long time without Threads. Have Fun

Eph

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The Cigar Girl’s history began in the Roaring Twenties, an Era during which America enjoyed considerable prosperity, particularly in urban centers. Fueled by this newfound wealth, entrepreneurial restaurateurs began to expand their establishments from pure eateries to “supper clubs,” a destination where patrons could spend an entire evening eating, drinking (despite Prohibition), socializing, and listening to live music.
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The Cigar Girl was a common fixture at such clubs. She was always a pretty, young girl who wore a bright (often red trimmed in black), short saloon-style dress and sported a pillbox hat. Around her neck, she holstered a tray with a considerable selection of cigars, cigarettes, and various other tobacco products and sundries. Depending on the venue or the wishes of the restaurant’s owner, she might also carry candy, snacks, drinks, chewing gum, flowers, or novelty items.
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The job of a Cigar Girl was more than just selling tobacco products; she was part of the ambiance, mixing among the patrons while adding a touch of class and full-service. The Cigar Girl relied on her charm, quick wit, and a flirtatious manner to catch the attentions of businessmen, who would tip graciously for the pleasure of speaking with such a beautiful young woman. She was often described as being the “life of the party,” and thus while refrains of “cigars, cigarettes?” certainly enticed tobacco buyers, most customers were paying as much for her company as they were for her wares (and no, not as prostitutes).
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Within a few short years the Cigar Girl archetype had been well-established by Hollywood, which had depicted her in many films of the time, and when the Eighteenth Amendment was finally repealed in 1933, she had caught on as a cultural icon: Cigar Girls could be found in restaurants, social clubs, bars, casinos, and even airports. Her popularity continued to soar through the postwar era into the 1950s, when she could be seen at sporting events and in the lobbies of theaters and music halls during intermissions.

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Audrey Hepburn as Frieda the Cigarette Girl in Laughter In Paradise (1951)

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Model/actress Josie Maran in the Aviator (2004)

But eventually, the Cigar Girl fell victim, as so many things do, to modernity. The mid-1950s brought automated vending machines which worked for free, and could earn the venue-owner a tidy profit besides. Changing attitudes about smoking aside, the Cigar Girl was increasingly seen as a bygone relic.
These days, you are more likely to see a Cigar Girl at a Halloween or Costume Party than you are inside a big city night club or hotel. But even though she has been largely relegated to a romantic yesteryear curiosity, there is still a demand for her services. There are still companies today (like Mrs. Bella’s Dolls) that specialize in hiring out models for private parties and corporate events whose organizers are looking to add a touch of old-school sophistication to their event. And though cigars and cigarettes can still be seen on their trays, their are Vape alternatives also in evidence.
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My Cigar Girl was a long-time in the making. I knew the first time I saw the basic saloon-style dress and stockings from Super Duck a few years back what I was going to do with it. It’s taken me a very long time to gather all the things I wanted her to carry. I gave her as big a variety of items as I could reasonably fit on the handmade tray, wanting to make sure she could cover the gamut of possible items her patrons might desire.
This little project reminded me of when I turned 18 (just before going overseas while serving in the Air Force) when my Dad took me to the Playboy Club he belonged to (not sure they still have Playboy Clubs today). While there weren't Cigar Girls dressed like this one or the lovely ladies in the photos, there were Bunnies acting in the same role. It was a fun and nostalgic trip down memory lane for me.
Hope you enjoy.

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     The tray is made from balsa wood and wrapped with ribbon. Although I don’t show it, the cash box (all in black w/ a red ribbon pull) does actually contain different denominations of US currency.

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#custom #kitbash #female #historic?
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Thor custom and other Marvel heroes - Sat May 12, 2018 7:51 am

I found this board this week and happy to be here.  This is my first post on this board.

I just finished my Thor custom and like AFM, I feel the M35 body is a great way to start.

Using the M35 I added Sideshow Monty Python Knight pants (thanks to an idea by Betic1 on SSF) which was quite difficult.  I eventually had to cut out the lining of the pants to get it fit and resew the top of the pants which I had to cut.  I added height extenders which made the figure wobbly but added tape to give a little stability.  I also needed to add tape to the foot pegs to get it fit in the SS boots.

Anyway enough writing and here is a pic:
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Here is Thor with some allies:
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Update: I have posted the review and smaller selection of images in post 14 below.

Disclaimer: very photo heavy (over 70 photos).

Despite the long period of time that elapsed since their last base male body was released, TBLeague's M35 appeared so quickly after being announced, that I was a bit late to the party. And shooting photos and writing a detailed review took quite a while. You can find the review itself in post 14 below, but I took a ton of additional photos. You can see many of them below (some of them being larger and clearer versions of what was already included in the review).

Remember that M35 comes without any head sculpt, clothing, or accessories (besides the removable set of feet, three sets of hands, and two sets of genitals); everything else you see here has been added on for the photos; the body itself has been modified by painting the nipples for added realism.

SET 1: COMPARISON PHOTOS (4)

Here is the M35 body compared to its immediate predecessor, M34, and also to the previous three Phicen/TBLeague releases (M32-M34).

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SET 2: JOHN CENA AT THE GYM (4)

I had repainted this John Cena head and it matched the M35 body, so I figured this would make some sense. If the head is too shiny, that's the fault of Vallejo's matte varnish, which is not matte enough -- I've since repainted it again, this time without the varnish.

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SET 3: ARNIE ON THE BEACH (14)

Recreating a number of actual photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger exhibiting the results of his bodybuilding on the beach. Sand (or at least the kinetic sand I used) loves the silicone TBLeague bodies; I can't say the feeling is mutual.

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Then there are the series of photos of Arnie showing off on the beach in the company of at least three different ladies...

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SET 4: ARNIE AT THE GYM (6)

Recreating actual photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger exervising at the gym.

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SET 5: CONAN AND TERMINATOR (5)

Recreating a few frames from the movies. I have upgraded my custom Conan the Destroyer with the M35. Not sure how well my ambitious attempt to recreate the Terminator's arrival worked out, but the point is, the body can make the right pose. Now if it only had an additional pair of feet with bent toes... (this time I didn't substitute any from ACI).

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SET 6: THOR (6)

Reconstituting my custom non-superhero Thor (still played by Chris Hemsworth) with M35.

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Chris Pratt decided he had to bulk up, too... M35 works quite well with the HT Star Lord 2 head sculpt.

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SET 7: THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR (6)

The non-movie-based Theseus (still played by Henry Cavill) uses an M33, while my custom Minotaur (uncredited) has been upgraded to M35. The scenes are based on ancient Greek art.

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SET 8: IVAN DRAGO (3)

I repainted the Hot Toys Ivan Drago head (and I have repainted it yet again since taking these photos), but it is still a little off. Perhaps it is that Hot Toys had still not perfected realistic head sculpts at the time it made it (Blitzway/DAM's Universal Soldier Andrew Scott was a much better rendition of Dolph Lundgen). It works reasonably well on M35, although in truth the head is a bit large and was designed to be used with a taller body. And yes, I don't have the right boxing outfit (the HT booted feet were too small anyway), so just imagine him as a MMA or UFC fighter.

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SET 9: DUTCH from PREDATOR (26)

Sometime ago I noticed that my Hot Toys Dutch figure had mysteriously broken at one knee. I tentatively repaired the damage, but have been thinking of finding a better permanent solution. Although M34 would probably be better both for appearance and articulation (as it will not fill up the tight clothing quite as much and therefore remain more poseable), I tried out the Arnie head, outfit and gear on M35. It worked remarkably well, although the fit is very tight, as might be expected. I suppose it helped that the camo shirt was sleeveless, although it still barely fit. The long pantlegs and sleeves of the overshirt/jacket show that it is possible to cram M35's muscles into such clothing, although it was admittedly designed for a type of muscular body to begin with. If I were going to use a TBLeague body as a permanent solution here, I will probably go with M34.

The first five photos convey an appearance only really seen in the "making of" footage, but would show off the body better.

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The remaining photos are all based on actual frames from the film, in chronological order. Why did I take so many? I got carried away with research and trying to replicate what we see on the screen. Why did I post so many of them? Not quite sure; it was hard to choose between them, especially as many came out pretty well.

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I hope this has been a good overview of the potential and possibilities with the new M35 body. Let me know what you think.

For more, you can also check out Adeno's review HERE and MarkEl's photos HERE.

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