Post your customs, be they figures, dioramas, plushies, mini figures or simple touch ups. Works in progress and simple fixes also welcome.
To start off, I weathered the helmet of my soldier. It was originally painted with lacquer metalizers and then coated with a black acrylic coat which I sanded off with fine grit sandpaper to achieve the chipped paint effect.
I made this a few years back but only recently go around to taking a decent picture of it.
Ok. Here he is, he got shortened at the shins since. I wanted him to look less imposing, I also used a figuarts body over the 3A one. Also, here he is next to his 1:18 predecessor.
I'd probably use rope. That was the original idea for me before I used a canister. Rope is loose enough to not restrict neck articulation, and probably can be dyed easily. You'd just have to drill into the filter and external canister.
To further elaborate, I'd recommend clothesline rope in particular: it's made out of a series of smaller intertwined pieces that have decent give and won't interfere with Noir's neck articulation in the way a soft PVC hose would. WW 1 had some gas masks that had hoses not very different to those on a firefighter's hose made out of thick cloth. You'd have to cut and quickly seal off the loose fibers with an adhesive but that should give you a good base to work with. Also, you can probably dye the hose with fabric pens as it would be more cost effective that way.
I didn't end up using it since the role was too large for an AP.
Seems like the elbow swivel broke. Here's a tutorial using a screw as a replacement .
When are we going to get the custom we all truly crave?
All of the bodies with like the green turtleneck shirts are from the Dollar General Gi Joe Shipwreck, as is the backpack with the hoses.
The gas masks are from Alley Vipers and the green harnesses with all the pockets are from Dollar General Snake Eyes.
The more soldier-y guys with the full face masks are Steel Brigade Delta figures.
The vehicles are both Power Team Elite things.
And then I painted them and added some cloth parts.
Feel like doing some dioramas. Can anyone hit me up with a few good ones for some inspiration?
Also What do you think looks better a 3 sided diorama or one with only a back wall and a more open feeling?
Seems like your looking for a hose that can be pre fixed in a dynamic position for posing, I wish you all the best in your endeavors.
Steampunk Iron Man by PackRatStudios. It's 24 inches tall and scratch built.
Really nice work! Paint looks cleanly applied and the fabric isn't too obtrusive. Are you the same guy I see with those great shots of Acid Rain figures?
>Seems like your looking for a hose that can be pre fixed in a dynamic position for posing, I wish you all the best in your endeavors.
I think I've come up with a solution. I'm going to need a smooth shoelace of a 10mm( i think) thickness. I'm going to need to use two small bits of wire into the lace, so it maintains the drooping characteristic of the original hose. That way it can hook inside of the holes on either side, and give an improved ROM.
But I'd have no idea where to find laces like that.
Yep, your the guy alright. Never got to say it but I quite like your photos and the clarity of them. Definitely using>>4730928 in the next General page if I'm the maker of the thread again.
Figurerealm has a page for dioramas here (Not all are good but some a pretty well made)
Alternatively, here's a beautiful Dune tabletop from scratch (Full view at 12:01)
Thank you! I appreciate that. :)
I've been working on some harnesses and vests this evening.
That's awesome actually! If you have a blog on your materials or tutorials, I think many people (myself included) would be most grateful. These look decently made and with some modification could even work on larger figures.
I'll probably be making more tomorrow. I can see about taking some progress shots? And I have a super old, inactive blog for my tf customs, but it's not worth posting. I've been considering starting it back up and posting some of my more recent things.
And just to keep adding to the thread, here's Black Arachnia.
Hey I don't know if any of you guys care about this or not but I know customizers use a lot of Rit dye and I've been to three Krogers today for various reasons and they all have Rit dye put in the clearance section by the bathroom for 80 cents per package. I don't know much about customizing but I know some guys use the stuff so I thought I'd let you all know.
I'm looking for base figures to make Voyager-Class Transformers Headmasters (to scale with Generations Brainstorm). Any suggestions? Only one I can think of is maybe Roadbuster into Chromedome.
I need to weather the knee and elbow pads, the body and head are, but it doesn't pick up well on my camera.
My first custom. It was a lot of fun. I know I have a lot of room to grow, but I learned a lot too. Like the importance of wet sanding and thinning paints.
I think I'm going to find a cleaner way of attaching the holy hand grenades to the chest at some point in the future though...
Very early shot of the hair sculpt for the Figma Shulk I'm working on. Does anyone have any advice for methods of Dremel-ing soft rubbery plastic without leaving it a fuzzy mess?
I bought some glow in the dark paint to make a custom of pic related. I've got green, yellow, and blue and I need suggestions for other characters to use it on.
Neat! Sounds like a good deal after looking at it.
What are you trying to do exactly? if it's punching holes in it, I'm guessing the friction of the drill combined with the pliable nature of the PVC causes it to warp so it's preferable to get something like a belt puncher for it.
Don't recognize the head, but it does a good job.
How about glow in the dark flora for a display?
I'd like to bring up something that was put up on the Fwoosh recently, it's an interview with a diorama maker who specializes in 1:12 displays. A large number of his parts are derived from salvaged refuse (picture related) and his deviantart and youtube link can be found in the link included.
He has a pretty slurry voice and some of his videos are a little cringe inducing, but he offers fairly detailed explanations at how he sets up his dioramas and the materials and processes involved in its construction. Of note is his considerable attention to detail, something I'm certain all of you will appreciate.
Just finished my latest project, a Mimic from Dark Souls. My painting could use some improvement but I'm finished with it for now. I have a shit ton of WIP photos if anyone's interested.
Neat, I didn't know anyone here collected Disney Infinity. Paint looks cleanly applied so good job!
Top book is an Italian Book of hours whilst the bottom one is an old biology journal both from the Middle Ages.
That's actually really incredible, please do post your WIP shots!
You, fucking post your process, I was gonna do either a Lautrec or an Elite knight. Was doing Artorias, but his armor is really fucking detailed and I wasn't experienced with epoxie going in.
Closer up of my 1:18 soldier. He was made nearly four years ago.
Can anyone help me remember the sculpting material that's kind of pliable/flexible after it's cured? I thought it was a version of Green Stuff, but now I'm not sure. I'm looking to mod a scalloped rubbery cape into a flat - edged one, if that helps anyone make some suggestions.
A couple of things that the photos don't show is that I remade the tongue to be thinner and more tongue-like instead of a huge [spoiler] hotglue [notoyspoilers] blob. Also got a tiny chain from a dollar store necklace and that I molded veins onto the arms and legs.
This seems like the best place for this-
I'm trying to dig out my old Megazords from storage after two moves and fix any damage to them.
What's the best way to clean rust off of screws? I've been scrubbing them off with a piece of oily steel wool.
Is there anything I can coat them in to prevent rust? I'm thinking clear fingernail polish.
What's the best way to clean a battery compartment of corroded batteries? Baking Soda and water on a q-tip?
Thinking about making a custom 1/12 scale Papi from 'Monster Musume' or at least just a genetic harpy. Based on Monster Musume, her wingspan is about 13ft, so scaled down and excluding her biceps and shoulder-width each wing needs to be about 5in long. Are there any good bird toys that will fit that size requirement? If so, any with articulation, or is that asking too much?
Oh, and I'd be using modded castings of Miku Append for her human parts (gonna need to sculpt her ass from scratch in place of Miku's tow-winch ass).
Lol. I'm actually a Centorea-fag, I only like Papi for her lulzy moments. My original plan was to make Centorea, but I'm not about to shell out for the Figma horse AND a Figma/Revoltech woman to combine. So since I already have Miku for the base plus a few JP and LW dinosaurs I can use for the bird-heels and talons it seemed like an easier route.
As for the bird-men figures that are out right now, just how long are each of the wings?
So I got one of these from Lootcrate. any ideas what I should turn it into?
I'd be ecstatic if Neca released a Cydaea.
I'm surprised anyone remembers. Why's it a shame about the height if being short is canon to the character? Just curious.
That's some nice, imaginative work! Great use of parts, though I'd probably do a dark brown flesh wash on the limbs to make it more accurate to the game.
In the meantime, here's a tutorial on bases for any of your customs.
Planning to make a Bigby Wolf custom at some point. The head's easy enough (I'll just nab a maskless Wolverine) but the body's giving me some trouble. Bigby's broad and stocky, but most tie and/or trenchcoat figures are more tall and slender (New 52/DCUC Constantine, Movie Masters/Capullo Gordon, Question...) so wouldn't really fit. Hush Gordon and DC Direct Constantine look like they might could work but the articulation is a little limited on them.
A number of the wrestling figures had suited individuals, though the only ones I could find were a little pricey, do these look about the right frame?
The unmasked Wolverine's head doesn't pop off like the others. Not sure what keeps it on but I've tried to pop it off tp5 no avail. Maybe heating him up a bit would prove succesful.
>Why's it a shame about the height if being short is canon to the character? Just curious.
He seemed short enough already. He seems a bit out of scale if he's much shorter than you had him.
sorry, I dont lurk here as much.
Whats the best kind of paint to use if I want to repaint a figure?
I have access to some citadel paint since a friend of mine use to play warhammer. will those suffice?
I dont really play on doing full on custom figures and stuff. I just want to reapaint some old figures that have been scratched up and shit.
Acrylics like those from Citadel are usually fine on toys, I'd just recommend washing the figure you intend to paint with some dish soap prior to painting. Also, thin your paints with either an appropriate thinner, or if it permits it, water. Thinner coats done in layers tend to be more durable and are more aesthetically pleasing.
Here's a list of simple and basic guides for first time customs.
Left is the test version, painted up. Left is the original shade. It's subtle, but the difference is there.
As for what I've got coming up:
Making a custom 2.5"-scale Hunter from Destiny. Even making a custom Last Word.
*Right is the original shade. Fuck.
i was gonna do a hunter figure myself too using the helghast sniper as its base.
decided against it though because i actually like that figure and didnt want to take it apart.
maybe if i find another one, ill probably do it.
Question on silicone sealants and hand-mix epoxy.
Does mixing model pain into either affect their curing or physical properties? I want to make some bendy-wire parts (tails, wings, etc) with dyed silicone sealant and dye molded epoxy parts.
Can anyone recommend a decent base body, something with decent articulation, but in a relatively small scale? I'm working on something with some strange proportions, aka shorter legs and longer arms. Something that will be around 4in when it's all said and done.
Hobby Base and Yellow Sub make non-ratcheting copies of Figma and Revoltech joints, as well as ordinary ball and socket joints. Search "ball joint slim" on HLJ. The plastic used is a pain in the ass to dye or paint, though.