Henchmen4Hire

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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
Topics: Mystery WIPs by Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, September 15, 2018
August is nearly done... what's going on on my fave thread?
 Honestly I'm starting not to GAF about this stuff again

I've been making wrestlers and clonetroopers though, which has been a much needed change of pace

I'm not posting here anymore because apparently comments disappear if you post past a certain amount. Any WIPs and stuff are all going on my Art Station gallery from now on https://henchmen4hire.artstation.com/
Topics: Need Clonetroopers (6 inch) by Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Hey, I don't have any extra troops, but have you considered casting your own from resin with silicone molds? I've taken apart a ML Prof. X and cast each part, which was a serious undertaking and a pain in the arse....
http://www.figurerealm.com/customfigure ... w&id=76095

I'd guess that a trooper would be fewer parts to cast.....

"Give a man a clone trooper and he'll troop for a day. Teach a man to clone his own troopers and he'll clone for a lifetime!"
 Thanks, though I've been getting them from ebay for $12 to $15. It's way more convenient than having to cast stuff and buy all the equipment (and suffer all the errors) associated with that.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Topics: First time work/Maggie Weston WIP by TheRubicon -
Sunday, August 12, 2018
@jumpinjeff, thanks for doing hat. What did you do? What format? I'm getting ready to post the finished pictures and I'd like to do it right the first time, lol!
 Just paste the direct link to the image.

[Picture]

If you don't want to copy paste every link, just post a link to the gallery where all the pics are.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Topics: Glued on helmet by MidgetSpiderman -
Friday, August 10, 2018
Well, paint thinner or mineral spirts, but I have found that enamel thinner works for removing or weaking glues and various adhesives, but be careful simply because it can eat away some of the plastic or paint.
 Have you ever used that stuff to weaken the glue used inside the figure, on the pegs? Torso cracking is one of the most frustrating things we do, but if we can dunk the figure in mineral spirits or something to dissolve the glue, we could crack open torsos easily.
You can upscale/downsize existing figures thru "traditional" casting and molding techniques as well. Just saying. I've done it for a bunch of items in my eBay store. Upscaling 3.75" heads to work with Marvel Legends and SW Black Series, as well as downsizing Hot Toys heads to work with the 6" scale figures. It can be an expensive and time consuming process, sure, but it's totally doable. I hope to get a bunch more stuff done.... someday.... lol
 For sure, there was a guy who was enlarging/shrinking for like $30 a head, but it looks like he's either sick or scamming people because he's not fulfilling orders or answering emails.

Also, I don't think this 3D service would put normal casters out of business, because once you get past the initial expense of learning to make good casts/molds, it can be a faster/more convenient way to duplicate heads than waiting for a 3D printer and dealing with all that resin clean up every time. Plus, if the machine breaks...we're screwed.

Honestly, the biggest hurdle I've faced trying to get heads enlarged/shrunken is just trying to get in contact with the people who do it. Maybe my emails go straight to junk mail, or there are a bunch of flakes in this hobby lol. ...
Customs: Lava Rock Golem by powerful_ally -
Friday, August 10, 2018
Hell yeah the golems are back

Also, let me know if thats your accidental account so I can....delete it
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Customs: Johnny Quick by Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
SWEET!!! How much for this figure?
 It sold a while ago, sorry
Customs: Baron Blitzkrieg by Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
SWEET!!! How much for this figure?
 It sold a while ago, sorry bub
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Topics: Need help identifying these Marvel figures by Neo Tokyo -
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Looks like a bootleg Vengeance from Ghost Rider
Thanks for the interest, please remember to ask this on all the places you visit. We're looking at maybe $1500 to $2500 for a scanner, and resin for the printer is expensive, so we need to be sure he can at least sell enough product to break even.

Photogrammetry seems nice, but all my attempts at it have yielded a crappy mesh quality.
I have someone who does casts for me, BUT quite often it takes a long time to get things done and I might not hear anything for a few months. It can be frustrating when I need something cast to finish a figure and end up not being able to finish for several months. I'd definitely be interested, have some small things now I've been wanting to have duplicated. I'm not demanding on turnaround, if it takes 2, 3 weeks or a month, no big deal.
 Depending on workload and complications, I think he could scan a head in an hour or two, then some time to clean up the mesh to make it suitable for printing. In total, it might take maybe a few days between getting an item scanned and shipping out the print.
Great idea and I'm sure we all have a wish list of items and heads. as long as the pricing does't get out of control . I'm also sure we woud all use the service from time to time.
 There will have to be a charge to scan stuff because it takes time to scan and do post-process work. He would have to manually clean up the scan to get a printable model because nothing magically works right away, but I think he can charge something much more reasonable than the $125+ per item I was quoted by local 3D scanning shops.
This would be a fantastic resource for our needs! It would be so much easier than making individual molds and casts. Would definitely use the service, and 5-10 bucks a head is more than reasonable. Just think, you might also be able to scan in clothes, and scale as needed!
 I think scanning real life shoes or hats wouldn't be a problem, also maybe scanning figure torsos to downscale NECA figures or something. Maybe scan armor pieces or even Sideshow statue torsos to downscale them.

More practically, I think people will want to scale down key parts, like Furiosa's head/arm/Immortan Joe symbol, large scale weapons/accessories, etc.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Topics: Looking for (5) belts.. for my custom figures... by jumpinjeff -
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Try electrical tape. Fold the strip in thirds so there aren't any sticky edges exposed.
It helps to look up free patterns for clothes, then resize them as needed. Recently I had to make a big cloak and did it this way.

Sometimes you can even simplify the process since you can glue instead of sew, you don't have to hem everything, etc.

For example, trenchcoats are usually two halves stitched together, with the lower halves stitched on too, but I'm sure you can make the trenchcoat with one piece of fabric. You'll just have to measure for the arm holes, cut it out and slip it on. ...
Monday, July 30, 2018
Here are some Measurements for your "Loaded Bases":

NECA V for Vendetta - Length/31.9mm, Width/11.6mm, Peg Diameter/3.5mm
DC Collectibles The Atom - Length/28.3mm, Width/9.6mm, Peg Diameter/3.6mm
DC Direct Arkham City Robin - Length/25.5mm, Width/10.6mm, Peg Diameter/3.3mm
ToyBiz King Theoden Two Towers - Length/27.3mm, Width/10.6mm, Peg Diameter/3.1mm
Hasbro Mace Windu - Length/17mm, Width/7.1mm, Peg Diameter/2.8mm
McFarlane Series 6 Rick Grimes - Length/22mm, Width/7.9mm, Peg Diameter/2.6mm
Hasbro Sabine Wren - Length/12.3mm, Width/4.9mm, Peg Diameter/2.5mm
 Length and width refers to their foot size? If so, I'm happy to say all those feet fit neatly on the plate.

Thanks, that's crazy how the peg hole diameters are so inconsistent. The peg I designed works with hole sizes between roughly 2.9mm and 4mm, I think another, thinner peg needs to be made for the 2mm to 3mm holes. I think slotted pegs might be too brittle at that diameter though, only testing will tell for sure.
To contradict what anti said lol-

Put a bead of superglue on the hand's peg or shaft, let it harden completely. Test the fit, add another bead if needed, repeat until happy with the fit. Usually only takes a few minutes for the superglue to harden, but you can speed it up with accelerant.

I don't like hot glue, but it works as long as you use a little vaseline to reduce friction/stickiness once it's cool.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Updated the first post. I made a prototype and tested it with some figures.

TLDR;
I'm a genius, give me lots of money. Please? lol
Friday, July 27, 2018
[EDIT: This is assuming they're injection molded, shipped in from China]
Looked at some other stands currently out there, I want to aim for a cost of around 20 cents per single-foot stand, with one peg included. Most people will buy 2 per figure, so roughly 40 to 50 cents per pair. Is that fair?
 If they were injection molded, maybe those prices could work. But since they're all being 3D printed, the cost of one plate and peg is roughly $1. (and the guy printing them still has to make a profit somehow...)

Customer pays the shipping so I'm not worried about that, although I guess it would cut down on the cost of packaging.
By the way, anyone have suggestions for what to name this plate/peg system?
 Yeah, I was considering that, but I think simply making the plates wide enough would provide enough stability for carrying things with outstretched arms, etc. These aren't really meant to be used as flight stands, have to work on a separate plate for that.

If I make the plates interlock somehow, that would be a neat way of letting people make as big a plate as they need...

There could also be some molded tabs in the hollow underside though, where people can wedge in some round magnets or something. I think hot glue would work just as well though lol
By the way, anyone have suggestions for what to name this plate/peg system?
 Lol, it sounds like a Robocop villain or something, cool.
I've always made my stands out of rubberized wire.

Bend it in half, twist all but the last 2 inches on the loose ends.
Dip it, add base.

It even works for flying figures, and can be hidden with creative bending.
 This system appeals to collectors who don't have the time to (or don't want to) jury-rig solutions.

But that gives me an idea. If I leave the underside of the plate hollow, there should be enough space so people can use that wire idea and loop it through the holes, possibly creating flight stands. In certain configurations, at least it gives the figures a stiff spine to rest against.
I did some research and found that within the last year resin printers (SLA/DLP) have finally become affordable. I think this resin printer is probably the best you can get right now, the prints are mostly flawless and it's only about $500.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YrUQOYLoK0

It's a good review of the Photon printer, many different prints and shows exactly what expect from a resin printer.

This explains some of the problems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gar2jcRlGTo

I would get one, but first I need someone with a laser scanner to scan heads because I don't want to print a bunch of random trinkets.
 I would disassemble the figure first, then scan the parts individually, it might save you a lot of time by not having to reconstruct joint areas

This vid shows the limitations of consumer-level 3d scanning (they use that scanner, skip ahead to like 12min since they're long-winded) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZXlwxAe9co
Topics: Looking for a good face by TomatoisJP -
Friday, July 27, 2018
Radioactive Man could work, though it's a larger figure so the head is bigger than a 6 inch fig's http://that-figures.blogspot.com/2015/0 ... e-man.html
By the way, anyone have suggestions for what to name this plate/peg system?
I talked to someone on Etsy who 3D prints stuff, he said it might be around $1 for a plate with some pegs, so maybe $2 for a pair of plates and pegs. That's actually really reasonable considering the prep and tinkering that goes into getting optimal prints.

Please, please post measurements of your figures' feet, we gotta figure out the dimensions for the plates.
I overhauled this post so it's much easier to read.
 The prototypes could be 3D printed in resin for testing, but I think they would be too expensive to sell if they were all 3D printed. Printing with filament may be cheaper, but they would look ugly and the pegs wouldn't be uniform.

I'm going to make some prototype plates with styrene to get an idea of what shape and size they need to be to provide the most stability in the most situations. I REALLY need people to measure their figures' feet and foot holes and post the data so I can add it up there. That will help me get a ballpark for the dimensions of these things.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
I overhauled this post so it's much easier to read.
I did some research and found that within the last year resin printers (SLA/DLP) have finally become affordable. I think this resin printer is probably the best you can get right now, the prints are mostly flawless and it's only about $500.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YrUQOYLoK0

It's a good review of the Photon printer, many different prints and shows exactly what expect from a resin printer.

This explains some of the problems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gar2jcRlGTo

I would get one, but first I need someone with a laser scanner to scan heads because I don't want to print a bunch of random trinkets.
 Apparently there are different resins with different properties, so you'll have to investigate which one works. It has to be "405nm photosensitive resin" though to work with this Photon printer.

Looks like there's a big Facebook community around 3D printing where you can get help with specifics.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
I did some research and found that within the last year resin printers (SLA/DLP) have finally become affordable. I think this resin printer is probably the best you can get right now, the prints are mostly flawless and it's only about $500.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YrUQOYLoK0

It's a good review of the Photon printer, many different prints and shows exactly what expect from a resin printer. ...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
I've been asking around about how much it costs to scan a head, and the best quote I've gotten so far is almost $800 to scan 10 heads. You might as well just buy the scanner!
Customs: Jean Grey by christinacxxx -
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Any chance of us getting an eye painting tutorial? That alone would help step up everyone's game significantly
Monday, July 23, 2018
Topics: Mystery WIPs by Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, July 23, 2018
[Picture] [Picture]
 Yeah, I left some of the masking tape exposed for the pic to remind everyone that I'm only a man...only a man...only a man....rofl
Sunday, July 22, 2018
According to my wife who is familiar with digital modeling bu way of geologic mapping, there a plethora of base 3d wire frames out there that can be downloaded and file converted, then messed with until your happy. Lol she's the one tutoring me in using the software tools, so I'll get back to you on that. The resin point is well taken. I'll keep that in mind.
 Absolutely, there are free models out there you can download and modify in Maya, 3DSMax, Blender, ZBrush etc., then export to a program that makes them suitable for printing. The problem is that you won't be able to make any unique stuff unless you know how to use those programs, and have the skill to make things look good. For example, there's no free Red Sonja head sculpt out there, you'll have to use a generic head and resculpt the head and hair to make it look right.

On a more positive note, there are programs that let you take multiple photographs of an object and it will automatically create a 3D model of the object (you just have to do minor cleanup if needed). 3DF Zephyr is one of them: https://www.3dflow.net/3df-zephyr-free/

I'm glad you have someone to teach you this stuff firs ...
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Topics: First custom attempt--looking for advice by Simon Williams -
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Henchmen4Hire I was thinking about this version of Simon. [Picture]
 Yeah, all elbow and knee pads are removable separate pieces. The tassles, skirt, necklace, and arm bands on Tatanka are also removable. Glasses on Macho Man are removable.
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