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Friday, April 19, 2019
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
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
You got the most important part of it right; the gravity defying boobs! haha
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
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.
•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
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
•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
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
Check SWG's instagram, etc, many examples of his stuff as well as a note about the new way orders will be handled.
•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
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). ...
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
(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
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
Browse the custom showcase, when you see work you like message the customizer and see if you can hire them.
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)
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
What's your process for creating that hair? Is it sculpted all at once? Layers? Etc.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
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
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
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
Thanks bub. Hoping it sells so I can buy a small computer case
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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
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.
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.
+ The New Guy 33
Several figures I needed, thanks bub
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
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
Edit: I'm tired of typing
Anyone have pics or first hand experience with Simple Green?
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.
That's...actually pretty sick, great way to combine the elements
It's not my fault Snow Troopers secretly want to be ballerinas lol
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
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
Yep, you could also buy from their website, but sadly they're never in stock online
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.
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
Maybe clear plastic easter eggs
Friday, September 21, 2018
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 ...
Thanks bub, wish I could keep these but they were commissions
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
Lol awesome, looking forward to that army
Do them! We're sorely lacking masked wrestlers in the action figure world
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