I'm about to customize this bitch. Any last words before I stick her under the knife? (Literally.)
Also Customs thread I guess because I didn't see one and I can't think of another relevant topic.
A certain video game character I have a boner for. It's a surprise for now. I'll post progress pics as I go. Since this is a slow board I'm not worried about this disappearing while the paint dries and things like that.
I collect Nendoroids more than other figures and I've already made a horrible custom figma of the same character. So this is take two now that I have a bit more experience under my belt.
Alright. First off, I separated the pieces I wanted from the ones I didn't. Pictured are
>the faces I'll be rapainting,
>the body which I've already started to remove pieces from that aren't needed,
>the front headpiece which I've already shaved off the headband
>an arm which I've shaved down to make rounder. Don't want that weird buldge at the top.
Next comes more shaving and sanding!
Taking a break from cutting to do some things that need time to dry. After removing the bow on her body, there was a pretty big hole left from where the peg once was, so I filled it with some quick drying putty. I'll have to sand over it a bit later to smooth it out but it filled it in nicely.
This part might suck. I have to make a small extension to the body because of its weir angular cuts and shape. I made the extension out of sculpey, and the idea is that once I bake it it will slip over and cover the bottom 0.3cm.
Baking small and thin pieces is always tricky. Wish me luck
Alright, baking finished!
Remember that weird circley sculpey lump from before? now it's attached and glued on, shaved down into a rough shape, and ready for sanding and smoothing.
some putty to cover the seams.
I'm not entirely sure how many of these "steps" I should show. I don't feel like they're all too different from eachother..
Oh yeah. Meanwhile I started spraying the hair pieces a while ago. This is the 4th coat going on. The second coat was pretty solid but I noticed there was a few small bubbles in the creases, so I had to wipe them off, smooth them down and start over.
Getting frustrated with painting. I fucked up and didn't realize the blue I bought was green-based, which makes it literally impossible to make any kind of shade of purple, which i need for the skirt. I just spent the past hour trying to mix colors.
For now here's the semi-completed shoes, back hair piece, extra hair ends for the sitting pose,
one face, and the skirt with the primer and base coat on.
alright, so most of you have figured this out from the get-go, but for those of you who haven't, here's a hint.
I used my glossy paints for the blood so it will stay super shiny after it dries.
I also let some paint well up at the bottom of the face to look like a droplet. worked out nicely.
and you can see the figma face I made a few years ago. I tried to keep the design similar in the event I ever posed them together.
waiting for paint to dry. I'm losing steam.
Also the lighting from my work lamp is making these colors look a bit more yellowish than they actually are
If this is customs general. What kind of silver marker can I use for touching up action figures? I tried using a silver permanent marker, but the stuff just rubs off on my fingers really easily even after a day.
Aika's hair is orange, not brown. And it's Skies of Arcadia.
I think this is Matsudoki from Yume Nikki and if so if OP doesn't make pic related for one of the faces color me disappointed.
Its just really dark in the attic. I made a holster for the gun though...
Alright, I'm finished for today. just in time for my desk lamp to burn out. Hope you guys enjoyed this, I'll take some better pictures in the morning, and make some of the effects from the game.
thaaaaat's- actually pretty cool! I kind of despised you at the begining for butchering a Homu nendo, but you really did a good looking job, cheers!
I have no idea. Probably cost of materials and a few bucks extra I'd imagine. You'd have to find this specific Homerun. and the sleeping face is from a Shinku Nendo I have, so it wouldn't come with that one necessarily. I don't know I've never thought about it.
I've wanted to do some customs for a while but I haven't really been able to find any affordable blank heads or bodies. I'd rather do from scratch instead of dismantling another figure honestly.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Awesome job, OP! I especially like how the hair came out. I've been painting by hand, but I think I might try your way of using a spray can for the base color when I work on my next project.
I can't think of anything off the top of my head that would be close to a blank body, but there is a very cool club on MFC where we all split nendoroids. http://myfigurecollection.net/club/576 You can leave a comment on that page asking for parts you'd like or click the forum link above the Saber doodle to check out all the splits people are currently hosting.
Here are all the customs I've made. I started with petit nendos to try and get the hang of things.
>So many years without sight of Yume Nikki march..
What are you talking about? We have shitloads of keychains, CD, manga, and other stupdi shit like pens and pencils. There's nof igures though which sucks.
I'm back. here's the complete "set" for Madotsuki. If they ever make an official one it had better have all of this shit or I'm going to be super disappointed.
Nah, I'd never do that to her just for a weird maid thing. The joints in her braids were broken and the hair was scratched up quite a bit. The ribbons in her hair are the only thing I altered, which I did because the only joints I had that fit were pink.
It looks great! Plan on making anyone else in the future?
I am basic skill in 3D Modelling. Would it be feasible to make this and then use Shapeways to print it out and then sand it?
I want to turn this statueshit into a different character, but I can't think of any other girls with a similar hairstyle
I would think so, but I don't really know much about this kind of thing. GSC showed off some nendoroids they made with a 3D printer and there were some really intricate and thin pieces. I don't see how something like this wouldn't work just as well.
I have a question for you though...I have never touched a 3D modeling program, but I'm pretty good when it comes to drawing. Do you think modeling is easier than drawing? I'm wondering if I should learn so perhaps I'll be able to get a figure made myself.
Theoretically, yes, but when you compare how much it would cost to how fragile and mediocre-looking the final product would turn out, it's not really worth the effort. 3D printing is still a very young technology, and it'll be quite a while before consumers will be able to access half-decent 3D prints that don't cost a fortune.
Your sculpting's still sloppy, but a bit more time invested into sanding should clean that right up.
Look into wet sanding with very fine grit (1000+) sandpaper, that usually gets you a nice, smooth finish.
Remember, these are pure kawaii 2D schoolgirls, not marvel legends. The smallest blemish WILL show up, especially next to the default parts you just spraypaint over.
Speaking of paint, invest in an airbrush. It'll save you loads. The cost of buying cans and cans of that Tamiya spraypaint adds up very quickly. That and the finish is near perfect, on a whole other level compared to a cansprayed coat.
Flatcoat everything. Clothes, skin, and hair look fabulous matt. A damn good flatcoat is what separates a true figma from some shoddy knockoff. But if it's meant to be gloss, then by all means keep it gloss.
And finally, for both ours and your sake, take better photos. I feel a lot of your custom's flaws are hidden up by the subpar lighting and photography.
Your current cam/phone will be fine, don't worry about getting a new camera, just put some effort into a lamp + solid color background setup. A large piece of white construction paper leaning against where the wall and floor meet does wonders.
Other than that though, damn good job m8. This is a lot of effort, and your demonstrating a good grasp of basics. A lot of people wouldn't even bother priming, thanks to this one shitty tutorial floating around. Seeing good work like this gets my craftan juices goin.
Keep it up!
yeah, tamiya flat red/white/black/blue are the colors I used. Gloss red for the blood.
be careful with the blue though because as I said before it's a green-based blue, so trying to get purple-ish colors with it is next to impossible. If you mix it with the red you'll get brown and grays. every time. Just experiment with it until you get colors you like
ALSO. Here's a pic of the figma hair I painted. I resculpted her hair at the end bits (sculpey), but I didn't prime or anything, and the paint turned out pretty sticky, even though it's been about 2 years. Take note of that.
and for reference, here she is in all her shitty glossy glory. Babby's first custom.
If this is a custom thread I need help with making a kyubey head for a Killer Queen SAS. I haven't removed the SAS' head yet in fear of it being impossible so I wanted some tips first.
Anyone have any tips/experiences with repainting dolls? I really want to try to make an Elsa and Anna for my niece since the Disney store dolls are all gone and the Mattel ones look like shit. I'm pretty artsy/can handle paint well so what should I know for my first time repainting?
Anyone here have success in replicating pic related?
Want to make one for Raiden..
Have any of you heard of a product called Instamorph? It's a moldable plastic. I hate the idea of using a clay or putty on a plastic figure, so I was wondering if anyone has tried Instamorph or something similar and what you thought of it.
Only thing I can think of is Stocking
I made this easy Nendoroid Petit custom. does anyone even know who it is?
I was thinking about painting the hair but the original is close and I like the gradient
Since we're on the topic of nendo customizing, I made this over a year ago, and never got back the drive to finish it.
Vanessa from KoF?
I've never done a custom before. I really want to make a Quote from Cave Story, and I think the Kirito figma would be a good base to work off of. I would just need to replace the arms and the torso if the jacket doesn't come off, which I imagine it doesn't. Do you guys think this would be a good way of going about doing it?