Henchmen4Hire

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Saturday, June 23, 2018
I made a prototype peg by carefully dremeling a slit in the LEGO rod (so it's 2 prongs instead of 4).

That was scary for my fingers but it was a success. After some test fitting, I discovered there's an optimal length for the prongs. I snipped them so now they'll flex enough to fit in a smaller hole but still spring back to normal when removed. A little sanding cleaned everything up.

And it works! Almost all the "tight" fits listed above became comfortably "snug." The only one that still wouldn't take the peg is the Snowtrooper, and that's because the holes are much smaller than the other figs'. That requires a thinner peg to begin with. ...
Initial results suggest around 3.2mm is a good starting size for the peg's diameter, letting the ribbing and squeezing tip to take care of the rest. I don't have any more NECA figures other than the TMNT, so I definitely need a larger pool to sample.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Customs: Wolverine by jia 3197 -
Friday, June 22, 2018
Did you sculpt it?
Topics: My idea for action figure stands by Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, June 22, 2018
Updated post, added a new type of base that's better for action poses
Topics: My idea for action figure stands by Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, June 22, 2018
A Great Design to cut out all the different bases! We've got a lot of varying bases of size and shapes in our collection; anything from the bases coming with the figures to store bought and even metal washers with small magnets pushed into the figures heel holes. A universal base would definitely cut out all of that!
 Yep, that's the plan.

I'm going to test all the heel holes in my figs and see if there's a pattern. I'll be using a LEGO rod, which is exactly 3.18mm.

I saw a vid with the magnets and metal washers, looks neat though I think you would have to spray the washers with specialty sealer to prevent rust. Plastic stands should be cheaper and have the added benefit of being available in clear plastic.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Topics: Creating a Figure Realm Hall of Fame Section by VicVeinz -
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
I'm not a fan of the idea, but...

Even if I was, I'd rather have the site converted to a more modular, modern platform to give it an overhaul. Right now it's a pain in the ass to get any new features added because Captain Coder has to write the code for all of it manually. He can't just "drop in" features like you could with a Wordpress site or something.

You peeps are welcome to try and convince Cap to update the site though, I'm just a grease monkey here
 As far as I know Cap built it all himself from the beginning.

Would be nice if we could transfer the Showcase, comments, etc., to a new platform/site, but Cap would have to write the scripts himself to convert all the data on this site to the new one. I'm sure the forum would need to start over, but it's not a big deal.

I don't think it would be impossible to transfer the site, but I don't know how much time he has, or how much the new upkeep costs of the site would be. ...
Topics: Creating a Figure Realm Hall of Fame Section by VicVeinz -
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
I'm not a fan of the idea, but...

Even if I was, I'd rather have the site converted to a more modular, modern platform to give it an overhaul. Right now it's a pain in the ass to get any new features added because Captain Coder has to write the code for all of it manually. He can't just "drop in" features like you could with a Wordpress site or something.

You peeps are welcome to try and convince Cap to update the site though, I'm just a grease monkey here
Customs: Snake eyes - gi joe resolute - by panji88 -
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Thanks for posting this, always wanted to see how this SE would look on that body. The skinny legs on that figure give so much room for sculpting pants.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Customs: Magneto by BlackVortex75 -
Monday, June 18, 2018
Sculpt the shoulderpads and just attach them with a piece of tape or string
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Looks like they go for about $10 to $20, with a little more for shipping.

I say put them all up in a lot, I don't think they're worth enough to keep that much "stock" in your home lol
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Topics: Corpse bride by hubb -
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Do you mean this one http://www.figurerealm.com/actionfigure ... re&id=5420

I have it and the wrists are swivels.

However, I just tried to move one and it tore off like a brittle twig. The plastic these are made of obviously quickly deteriorates with age and the peg is so skinny and weak, I'm not surprised the hand on yours fell off.
Topics: Custom angel by Vic -
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Boil some water and dunk the figure in there, making sure the water gets inside the body to soften up the glue, so you can pry it apart easier. It works for wrestling figures and it has worked for the few MLs I tried it on too.
Topics: Bases by Dollyd81 -
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
MGR has some clear basic stands that can interlock (you can also build with them). They have two different size pegs so maybe they could work, email them.

https://www.marauderinc.com/category-s/1836.htm
Friday, June 8, 2018
Customs: Mr. Freeze (Cartoon Accurate Colors) by M'gann -
Friday, June 8, 2018
Just a heads up, I created "The Batman" toy series for you so you can submit figures to it.
Topics: Unknown Head by IC Customs International -
Friday, June 8, 2018
Might be the old unmasked Daredevil
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Customs: Laura Matsuda by libertybelle -
Thursday, June 7, 2018
E muito bonitaaaa lol

I'm still looking for those bombshell figs for cheap to customize, I like their proportions
Topics: WANTED: Custom Gwenpool headsculpt. by Jaida -
Thursday, June 7, 2018
For anyone wanting heads who has access to a 3D printer, you could try this software https://www.3dflow.net/3df-zephyr-pro-3 ... om-photos/

It has a free version. Basically, you take a bunch of pictures of the object at different angles, feed the pictures into the program, and it will automatically create a 3D model of it. It does take a little fiddling to get the model perfect (like masking off unwanted areas of the pictures beforehand), but it looks like a great solution.
Customs: Mara Jade by OfficeCreations -
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Good use of leftover parts

The eyes could use a line of black along the top edge so they don't look so wide open.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Custom Tutorials: Creating Flexible Armor by Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Great tutorial! How long do you bake sculpey and at what temperature?
 Remove the sculpey from the part/figure before baking.
Customs: Domino (Deadpool 2) by Redmist -
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
How did you make that texture on the hair? Looks just right
Monday, June 4, 2018
Whats up man. Looked on eBay and didn't c this head. Whats the listing its under, or could u just send the url to me so I can purchase this item
 Click the EBAY link under the description...
Customs: Nova by TheAllience -
Monday, June 4, 2018
Good use of parts

Now that I see this, wish I had thought to use a Hellcat body instead of a Wasp for my Starshine custom lol
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Topics: Mystery WIPs by Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, June 3, 2018
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Saturday, June 2, 2018
Custom Tutorials: Creating Flexible Armor by Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Great tutorial! How long do you bake sculpey and at what temperature?
 Do whatever it says on the package, specifics don't really matter just as long as it's hard.
Customs: Aurra Sing by Edgy 3 -
Saturday, June 2, 2018
rofl it's nice to see the Boba Feet are still alive and kicking.

Why did you use that buff body for Aurra? She's a really lanky character.

That doll hair was definitely the way to go.
Friday, June 1, 2018
The hair from the old marvel legends Ms Marvel is flexible

https://www.actionfigurebarbecue.com/20 ... -from.html

It actually looks like the right shape for a Canary too
Thursday, May 31, 2018
think it depends on the person you ask to do it or what kind of base figure type and specials you want (toy line,points of articulation,removeable/spare parts,etc...). the character doesn't look toooo hard to make,think the problem is more to find someone who is able and willing to do it.I'm not sure,but it seems like people who are doing comissions are getting more and more rare.hm...it's no "spandex-hero",so maybe henchmen4hire would make it.but you can IM every cutomizer here to ask about.good luck!
 If finding people to make figures is getting rarer it's probably because they have a steady bunch of returning customers that keep them busy. In which case it's a great opportunity for new customizers take some gigs!

I talk a lot of smack about spandex characters, but it's my own fault I get requests for them since I don't have a lot of variety in my gallery. I should make stuff I like working on, like aliens, robots, sci-fi, etc. if I want attract those kind of gigs.
Any reference pics?

I should really stop taking commissions until I finish this stack of WIPs, but maybe I can squeeze one more in lol
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Topics: Marvel Legends Planet Hulk Repaint by Vader1 -
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
•The paint's durability is going to be the biggest factor. If you use something like VHT spray paint, heat doesn't affect it. But if you use some cheap craft paints, the heat may make them gummy or something. As always, test on a scrap piece.

•I like painting before assembling, makes it easier to paint every area and protect the usual places with super glue. However, I have to be careful reassembling the figure so I don't accidentally scrape something.

•If reassembling swivels or ball-sockets (arms, legs, neck, etc), try using a pipette to squirt boiling water into the hole area. Squirt and replace the water every few seconds to keep it heating up until it's soft. Then just pop the peg in there. This lets you soften up the hole without needing to get the paint wet (if you're neat a ...
Topics: Toybiz LOTR Figures and Accessories by Battle Hardened -
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The shields are easy to duplicate since you only need to recreate the face. Use Sculpey to make a simple push mold, or liquid latex for a flexible mold. Check the tutorials section for something similar and modify the process you see there.

Works fine for simple armor pieces too, you can just glue them on like Edgy said.

Swords/knives would be similar, but you would have to make a push mold of each half, then glue the cast halves together and clean up as needed.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Topics: Action Figure POC by Talysman -
Monday, May 21, 2018
If the customizing community were larger, I think it would be cool to have a blog where anyone can post things like this. This site isn't set up for anything like that, otherwise I'd say we could host it here.

•Injection molding
The closest thing I've seen to letting us do this at home is using a high temperature glue gun to inject the glue into molds.
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Friday, May 18, 2018
Topics: Covered in Spiders, Man by antithetical -
Friday, May 18, 2018
If I still had any passion left, I would contact that guy and ask for a goofy interview. I think at the very least we might get some insight to how he made such good looking custom packages.

Considering there are 7 billion people on this planet, I'm not surprised that at least a handful of them would want to buy this kind of stuff.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Looks like you got it covered bro! Im just gonna use thisa page as a reference on How-To use paints.lol. I don't really use Tamiya paints but are they really that different than testors or model masters??? And I didn't know they were alcohol based. Are testors or valejo also alcohol based?
 Tamiya and Testors have a similar consistency, they're both obviously thinner when you compare them to craft paint, Citadel or Formula P3. (I should stop talking about Citadel, it isn't fair since I haven't used their recent Layers/Base series).

Testors has a strong smell because it has something in it that improves the durability, the flow, or something. Far as I know they're water-based though. They don't react badly on any plastics I've tried. They dry about as fast as my water-based Formula P3. Their gloss/semi-gloss paints are always more durable than any of my Formula P3/Citadel results. I rarely have to seal Testors for everyday handling.

Tamiya punches you in the face with alcohol fumes lol. Use a fan to suck air out the window when using them. These Tamiyas dry fast so you have ...
I use Tamiya acrylics BUT only with Mr.Color Thinner. I don't prime so I put on thin coats normaly 2 coats min or more more until the color is what it should be. Normally I have to put the paints onto a tray then wait for 5-10 mins add thinner then only can start painting else the paint won't stick proper due to no priming. YEP .. I hate paintin the white and yellow ... takes too many coats.. haha. I do only brush painting don't have airbrush and the Tamiya thinners never seem to work well for customizing purposes.
 Thanks for the insight, I'm glad I didn't buy the Tamiya thinner then. I kept reading that all it was is just more alcohol with a little bit of drying time re tarder and flow aid. The 70% alcohol has been working for me as thinner.

The paint has been sticking well to the bare apoxie, but I would def use primer for those lighter colors. I'd rather use my usual Formula P3 paints because they have better coverage even when thinned.
Quick follow up, the Flat Black covers well, only took 2 coats to completely cover the apoxie. White however needs multiple thinned coats to avoid visible brushstrokes. I'm on the 4th right now and it looks like one more should do it.
 For anyone wondering, it took about 6 coats to get a solid white, I def suggest you use primer under it. This White is thin enough that it tries to self-level, and dries to a hard semi-gloss shell, I like it.
Sorry, I've only used a Tamiya flesh tone, which ended up mixed with mainly Model Masters paints to get the color I wanted. I'd say if you're worried about it, just immediately wash your brushes using soap (gently massage it into wet bristles) and warm water after any Tamiya application.
 Coincidentally, I found an old half full bottle of Tamiya Flat Flesh, all I did was stir it well to recombine the pigment goop and clear stuff and it works fine. Must be almost 10 years old by now, surprised it was okay.

As for cleaning the brushes, what I'm doing is swishing the brush in a little alcohol cup to dissolve/thin most of the paint on the bristles, then I pass it over a soap bar a few times and rise it with water. The bristles are white on my brushes, some dark spots formed after using the black, but I don't feel a difference in the stroke so I'm fine with it.

http://www.figurerealm.com/topic?topicid=10062 ...
Monday, May 14, 2018
Quick follow up, the Flat Black covers well, only took 2 coats to completely cover the apoxie. White however needs multiple thinned coats to avoid visible brushstrokes. I'm on the 4th right now and it looks like one more should do it.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Customs: Draco by Mike Customz -
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Wow, it's like you used a picture of me as reference! That gut is spot on!
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Topics: how to customize a figure by Jcarnage -
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Welcome to the hobby, we have a ton of tutorials you can check out http://www.figurerealm.com/customtutorial

Also check out the comments on them, there tend to be questions that get answered there too.
What's up, no one uses Tamiya?
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Topics: Come join the Figure Realm Discord by Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Forgot to mention, it's a free service and you don't have to download anything
Customs: Wonder Woman by jpkasunic -
Thursday, May 10, 2018
That is one juicy Wonder Woman

The hair makes it look like a realistic version of the Justice League Action cartoon
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Customs: Airborne Trooper by Mandalore25 -
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Awesome custom! You did such a great job! I am wondering, did you get the helmet to scale by enlarging a cast of the helmet?
 There's a guy on ebay that sells enlarged cast heads, they're like 12 bucks. Try asking if he can make some or has some in stock. You could buy just one and make more casts yourself if you want to make a team, because 12 bucks a pop is pricey.

ebay username: gi_joe_eben
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Topics: who are they? by Darth-cat2 -
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
lord of the rings figure, ash from evil dead, I want to say Mummies Alive for the third one
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Topics: Looking for random stuff by Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Added some bases I found
Topics: Looking for random stuff by Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Added the hands and feet I have left
Is that a John Cena head? Finding it funny that we recently got Hitler and BJ here using the same head haha
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Customs: Adolf Hitler by Felipe Luna -
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Great job. John Cena does kind of look like Hitler lol.
 You can't...Na-see me
Customs: Adolf Hitler by Felipe Luna -
Saturday, May 5, 2018
[Regulator Note]
Please don't insult each other. Thanks.
The only big figure I have left is a Dark Phoenix from the old Marvel Legends Icons line

Also, is that the right ebay name? I can't find it using ebay's member search

EDIT: I found it, there's no "I" in there
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