Henchmen4Hire

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Customs: Chris Benoit by SymbioteSeeker -
Friday, April 19, 2019
Just not in the creative mindset for these wwe figures. I like comic book characters there just more interesting 😊. I tried avoiding the person's negative backstory and focus on the action figure.
 I'm the other way around, superhero stuff bores me to tears but the wrestlers open up a whole new world of crazy attires to paint.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Topics: Spider-Ma''am by TomatoisJP -
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Check SOTA Chun Li for an example of how to do it. It's basically a rubbery sleeve that covers the shoulders.

Cover the shoulders in a little plastic wrap.
Sculpt the puffy covers with ProCreate (stays flexible when cured), but leave an opening along the bottom so you can pop it off.
Pop the shoulders off and do any clean up work you need to, like maybe hollowing them out more so the arms can still raise outward.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Customs: Lady Death by Keldor Krypton -
Sunday, March 24, 2019
You got the most important part of it right; the gravity defying boobs! haha
Customs: Electro by Mugg Men -
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Get a small brush (they're often called "spotters" ) so you'll have an easier time adding details like the lightning bolts.

Also get used to going back over the lines to clean them up, for example, use the green color to clean up/straighten the yellow sections with quick straight swipes.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Topics: NECA ARTICULATION by MrMonocle -
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Mattel's WWE figures have the same problem, they tend to use stiff plastics for things like jackets and skirts which drop the articulation to zero. And they make them thick for some reason so they give off a playskool/homemade vibe. :/

The recent NXT series of figures (came out last month) have done a better job though. Thin flexible jackets that don't limit movement and are easier to remove and put on without a ton of stress on the joints.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
I haven't been able to find anyone willing to go through with this project to completion, so I'm going to make a bunch for myself. Here are the dimensions of the plate if you want to make your own.

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•2mm thick sheet styrene also works, I'm just going to glue the pegs.
•Plastic rods are cheap from China, I ordered 3mm and 4mm sticks.
Monday, February 18, 2019
Topics: New WIP''s by TheRubicon -
Monday, February 18, 2019
On Imgur, you can just right click the picture and Copy Image Location. Paste that, it's the direct link. It's the same as the BBC/Forum link just without the IMG tags around it.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Topics: Boil and Pop Help by isdbear -
Saturday, February 16, 2019
•I don't recommend Tamiya for beginners. It's an alcohol based acrylic so it dries fast, making it tough to handpaint and get coverage unless you thin it just right. It's better for airbrushing. I recommend Formula P3 or Testors instead (water based acrylics).

•Why can't you just sand or scrape away old paint before sculpting on an area?

•I usually sculpt, then paint, then assemble a figure, but there are always exceptions, this isn't an exact science. Boil water and use a pipette to flood holes with hot water to soften up the plastic. Drain the water and pop the arm/leg/head/whatever back on as usual. The more you do this stuff the more techniques you come up with, how to hold things so they don't get damaged, keep your hands clean, keep dust out of your paint, etc. ...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Topics: How does one follow another customizer? by Irn12 -
Monday, February 11, 2019
When viewing a custom, click the white helmet next to their name, that takes you to the Overview page of their Profile. There's a "Become a Fan" link on that page.

You get sent there if you click a name on the forum too.

The Custom link on the person's Profile shows text links to their customs. ...
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Topics: Quick Look at StarWarsGeek Head Casts by Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Thanks for the honest review of my products. To be honest - the P2 Clonetrooper helmets shouldn't have had any of those defects... they might have been from an older mold that was past it's useful life. I don't think I've made any in a while but I'll take a better look at the mold, it might be time to replace it.

As for the size issue - while I can understand your request for including a picture of what types of figures it might fit on.... in my experience that's a bad idea. Here's why: 99.9% of eBay buyers have a combined IQ of 8 and see a picture of a figure and a head cast or a painted head cast and think that's what they are getting. No matter how many times I post in the listing description - even going so far as to put text ON THE PICTURES - it doesn't matter. Buyer sees a painted head cast, that's what they think they are getting. People see the head cast on a figure? That's what they expect to get. And when they don't get what they expect? You can guess the rest. So, all the painted pictures and the pictures of the items on figure bodies were removed from ALL of my listings.

That being said - at the end of the day there really is no such thing as a "standard" figure to use as an example, as pretty much every figure differs from the others.

In the case of Plo Koon - it's a pretty perfectly sized head cast for the PT Obi-Wan Kenobi figure if you have one of those that you can test it on. Star Wars Black Series bodies are definitely more "realistic" compared to Marvel Legends bodies which tend to be overly exaggerated and muscular.

(and just for the record - it's "he" lol)
 @Rubi
Check SWG's instagram, etc, many examples of his stuff as well as a note about the new way orders will be handled.
Topics: Quick Look at StarWarsGeek Head Casts by Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, February 7, 2019
•Updated post with more of SWG's social media links.

•I placed another order for clone trooper helmets, the respirator areas on this batch are much better, ready to go. There's still some clean up work to do on the back of the helmet, presumably where the mold is split to remove the cast, but that's expected.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Topics: Quick Look at StarWarsGeek Head Casts by Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Thanks for the honest review of my products. To be honest - the P2 Clonetrooper helmets shouldn't have had any of those defects... they might have been from an older mold that was past it's useful life. I don't think I've made any in a while but I'll take a better look at the mold, it might be time to replace it.

As for the size issue - while I can understand your request for including a picture of what types of figures it might fit on.... in my experience that's a bad idea. Here's why: 99.9% of eBay buyers have a combined IQ of 8 and see a picture of a figure and a head cast or a painted head cast and think that's what they are getting. No matter how many times I post in the listing description - even going so far as to put text ON THE PICTURES - it doesn't matter. Buyer sees a painted head cast, that's what they think they are getting. People see the head cast on a figure? That's what they expect to get. And when they don't get what they expect? You can guess the rest. So, all the painted pictures and the pictures of the items on figure bodies were removed from ALL of my listings.

That being said - at the end of the day there really is no such thing as a "standard" figure to use as an example, as pretty much every figure differs from the others.

In the case of Plo Koon - it's a pretty perfectly sized head cast for the PT Obi-Wan Kenobi figure if you have one of those that you can test it on. Star Wars Black Series bodies are definitely more "realistic" compared to Marvel Legends bodies which tend to be overly exaggerated and muscular.

(and just for the record - it's "he" lol)
 I understand about buyers not reading, removing the pics was probably the best move to save you the headache of returns because of ebay's cruddy habit of allowing buyers to get away with murder.

However, there are definitely cases where it would be appreciated to add a line in the description for items that may be too small/big, according to a customizer's "reasonable expectations".

While there's no "standard" figure size, there are definitely commonly owned and commonly used figures in the customizing community (which I assume is the majority of your buyers). ...
Topics: Creating Custom Weapons by ACoalman -
Sunday, February 3, 2019
What are you having trouble with, sounds like a straitforward job.

I recently bought a jeweler's saw specifically to cut styrene to make weapons and stuff, works great.
Friday, February 1, 2019
Topics: The Truth. by MrMonocle -
Friday, February 1, 2019
(For anyone who doesn't know, I'm one of the few Regulators, which can deal with abuse reports. Yes, they're checked by real people, actions aren't automated.)

I saw one "abuse report" submitted for the original comment on the spiderman fig, and the report was clearly nonsense. Critique isn't abuse. I let the comment stay.

I don't know if other comments got deleted, you'll have to ask Captain Coder because I didn't see any reports after that. Sometimes I make decisions, like rejecting sub-par submissions to the Custom Showcase, and I'll see that a few days later the submission will be up anyway. I can't do anything about that. ...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Customs: Kit Fits by Scottacus Customs -
Thursday, January 24, 2019
@Scottatcus
I've been sending wrestling figure collectors to your site, to ask for custom clothes. They're always looking for t-shirts and jackets, especially prints on t-shirts if you can do that. I hope they've been checking you out.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Topics: Purchasing? by Assmonger -
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Browse the custom showcase, when you see work you like message the customizer and see if you can hire them.
Topics: Sanding Apoxie Sculpt by Picchio -
Sunday, January 13, 2019
I sand with 400 to remove material semi-quickly, then wetsand with 800 I think to smooth it out a little. Paint usually hides any scratches.

(I don't have a formula, this is just what works for me)
Customs: Xena Warrior Princess by AlecGwyn -
Sunday, January 13, 2019
I'd be all over this if it wasn't on that WWE body

Any chance we can get a quick rundown of the process for making this? Is the head a hollow doll head or can you root anything?
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Customs: Lara Croft by zelu1984 -
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
What's your process for creating that hair? Is it sculpted all at once? Layers? Etc.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Custom Tutorials: Attaching Cast Heads to Neck Balls with Tissue and Glue by Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Thank you so much! Can't wait to try this method, as heads hate me.
 You can also try using plastic wrap instead of the glue/paper to stuff the hole, for a less messy solution.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
If you need to put a peg into a hole that's too big, try stuffing the hole or wrapping the peg with some plastic wrap. Quick cheap way to make stuff fit.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Customs: Big Barda (Earth 2) by Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Looooooooooove Barda. This is an awesome figure.
 Thanks bub
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Customs: Spiderman Unlimited by CRobTheCreator -
Thursday, December 20, 2018
I've been wanting to make this dude to display with my Batman Beyond, you really made it POP
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Topics: Cape Swap and Glue by brewcrewfan77 -
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Try using (Cyanoacrylate) Superglue and Baking Soda.
 Baking Soda causes the glue to solidify instantly, and the material can be sanded, painted, etc. It's a good gap filler.

You can speed up the glue cure time by spraying a mist of water too, no baking soda needed, Gorilla Glue has some glues that even require a water spray.

Some plastics refuse to bond with superglue, for example, the bottle that contains the glue itself. If youre trying to glue platic of that kind, youre gonna have problems. ...
Sunday, December 2, 2018
I remember buying building block toys a long time ago, they also had the individual figures bagged like that. I wonder if the modern "generic brand GI Joe" type sets also do that
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Customs: Stalker by Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Awesome! Really enjoyed that character and you’ve done a great job!
 Thanks bub. Hoping it sells so I can buy a small computer case
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Topics: Looking for random stuff by Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
I listed the stands bases I have - https://www.ebay.com/itm/292837980737
Saturday, November 17, 2018
You need fabric with threads that are the right size for whatever scale you're working with, that's why it's better to check fabric in person and take the figure with you.

For example, you wouldn't use a wool sweater or yarn to make a shirt for a 4 inch figure, it's way too thick. Something fine, like a pillowcase, would work better.

Find out what thread count or weight (4oz fabric, 6oz fabric, etc.) your t-shirt is. Now put that on the figure and decide if it's too thick, or too thin. Now you have a baseline, now you know whether you need a high/lower thread count than the tshirt, and you can continue the search from there. ...
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Topics: Trade Feedback by Kyle Robinson -
Thursday, November 8, 2018
+ starwarsgeek

Good looking headcasts, I have to do a quick write up on them
https://www.ebay.com/str/StarWarsGeek-C ... s-and-Toys
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Topics: Looking for random stuff by Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Finally got some of the Mantis BAF series parts, I still need the Nebula leg and Starlord arm.

Please let me know if you have a Five Below store near you that you can check, they carry cheap Marvel Legends, Star Wars, and wrestling figs.
Topics: VHT paint sticky on figure by Thunderstrike14 -
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Some plastics react badly to the chemicals in spray paint, usually softer plastics.

VHT makes different types of spray paint, they also make spray dye (that's what I use), so you'll have to do some trial and error to see what the problem is.
Topics: Trade Feedback by Kyle Robinson -
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
+ The New Guy 33

Several figures I needed, thanks bub
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Topics: General search by Bamf67 -
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
How do I find customizers on this website? and become a fan?
 Check where it says "Or Browse by Toy Series, Creator or Contest.", under the search fields.
http://www.figurerealm.com/customfigure?action=search

When you visit a Customizer's Profile, there's a "Become a Fan" link there
Example: http://www.figurerealm.com/publicprofile?uid=55 ...
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Custom Tutorials: Making A Latex Head Mold by Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, October 28, 2018
What does everybody recommend for the actual cast? Is there a preferred brand of plastic or resin?
 From what I remember:

General purpose casting resin, 3 minute work time, maybe you can find it locally in art stores
https://www.alumilite.com/products/cast ... lite-white
...
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Customs: Death Trooper (Carnage Motif) by Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Ok, that pic is hilarious and I LOVE these figures. As a Borderlands junkie, these are close to my heart. Great job!! You've gtot me wanting to comeout of retirement to make more BOrderlands figures. I've been thinking these heads would be good for Lance Troopers or Bandits
 I think the Shore Troopers (I think theyre called) would make better bases because they even have the pants legs already.

And yeah, make more Borderlands characters, bandits would be awesome, those guys always look nuts, would love to see some of them invade the Realm lol
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Topics: Removing Testors Acrylic from figures. by RadicalJesterXL -
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Edit: I'm tired of typing

Anyone have pics or first hand experience with Simple Green?
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Topics: Gluing cloth by bjpalm1994 -
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Hot glue would be a good solution, assuming you can do it neatly.

You can keep using superglue until the area you're gluing becomes so saturated/stiff that it finally sticks to the plastic. I've been doing that (ModPodge/superglue) with the cloth skirts on Clonetroopers, but I'm definitely looking for a better solution.
Customs: Ghost rider/Wolverine by Ace1 -
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
That's...actually pretty sick, great way to combine the elements
Customs: Death Trooper (Carnage Motif) by Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
real cool !! That last picture though...............
 It's not my fault Snow Troopers secretly want to be ballerinas lol
Topics: Head suggestions by heatherly84 -
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Maybe the old Toy Biz Kitty Pride, the head was somewhere between 6 and 5 inch scale, should look fine on the smaller female ML body
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Customs: Death Trooper (Flakker Motif) by Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Thanks peeps, it's on ebilbay now if you want a shot at it. I'll be happy if it sells, but I'll be just as happy keeping it haha
Monday, October 1, 2018
Topics: Star Wars Black Series by The New Guy 33 -
Monday, October 1, 2018
Yep, you could also buy from their website, but sadly they're never in stock online
Customs: Big Barda (Justice League Beyond) [NSFW] by Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, October 1, 2018
why did you choose to have a removable bra?
 The bottoms are also removable

It was at the request of the customer. It also makes painting easier so I'm a fan of it.
Customs: Big Barda (Justice League Beyond) [NSFW] by Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, October 1, 2018
She looks amazing!
I can see why they call her Big Barda LOL
But really, she looks spectacular, and I had no idea there was so much work in making armor like that. WOW
 Yeah, it's a bunch of work. You can either buy expensive equipment to make the process go quick, or use cheap materials and have it take forever
Monday, September 24, 2018
Topics: SuperPowers Batmobile 84 restoration-windows by Froggie19Dude -
Monday, September 24, 2018
Maybe clear plastic easter eggs
Friday, September 21, 2018
This reminds me of KayBee n how cheap they would sell figs 4. I blame greed . Hasbro addressed their lameass 1st attempts n gave us a superior product- they know that their clientele are adults who tend 2 be hardcore collectors. I get stoked when I se a ML for $10! I agree w/u that they should increase their volume...but it must conflict w/their evil plans smh :{
 I definitely don't see figures as "valuable" since I started customizing, at least not when they're straight from the factory. I'm not comfortable spending over $10 for a figure because I'm just gonna hack it apart and repaint it. Would you pay retail price for a bike or a shirt if you were just gonna "wreck" it?

I'm sure complaining about the cost of things is something artists have always done, the problem comes when there's no cheaper alternative and they move on to other artforms, killing the previous artform. Although, in true artistic vision, having something die to give birth to something else isn't a "problem", it's just part of the artistic process.

The only reason I can customize now is because I take commissions, so the customers pay for parts. If I didn't have any customers p ...
Customs: Chris Jericho (Purple Barbed Wire Attire) by Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, September 21, 2018
Love the purple !!!!!
 Thanks bub, wish I could keep these but they were commissions
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Customs: Death Trooper Specialist by Stronox -
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Great mix of colors and subtle weathering.

I was hoping to make variants of these figs too, but damn I can't swing $20 a pop just to repaint them lol
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Figure Inques: Rock Golem by powerful_ally -
Saturday, September 15, 2018
this inspired my son and I to round up all the extra bruisers we have!! marvel legends and marvel universe hulks, things and anyone else is getting what we call rocktified
 Lol awesome, looking forward to that army
Customs: Masked Wrestlers (Heads) by Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, September 15, 2018
dude I want to do Lucha Underground ones now!!!
 Do them! We're sorely lacking masked wrestlers in the action figure world
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