[Ryu's Krew] --customs v2--
[Ryu's Krew] --customs v2--
Posted in Custom Workstation
There isn't a v1 of this topic just so everyone is clear
However. Before I even created Ryu's Krew (my graphic novel series that I'm creating) I had wanted action figures of my characters. I honestly thought it was the coolest thing in the world, and I had NO idea that this wonderful world of custom action figures existed.
That is, until I found Jin Saotome and such a few years back. Two years ago I stumbled upon Figurerealm, and searched around. I asked questions about how to make customs and the such, but at first I wanted to use SFIV Neca figures. I have had essentially NO experience sculpting, nor painting. So the first result would inevitably be a disaster. ...and a disaster it was. I had good tools (Aves Apoxy Sculpt, Testors Model Master Acryl paints) just...not the skill. I only managed to sculpt the hoodie (which is essentially their armor) on one before I decided I hated it. I tried painting it, and laid the paint on WAYY too thick to where it was glossy, and ugly. Then I gave up.
Only a few months later I decided I'd try again, this time with different base figures. I used 5 inch Dragonball Z Super Poseball figures, and over the course of a year slowly worked my way at making them by hand (no dremel, so all the sanding and cutting was done by hand). But by the time it was done, the characters didn't have what is now their current outfit, nor their current faces. Everything seemed a bit off, and they can't even hold weapons (partially because of the hands, and partially because I just suck and the weapons were too heavy). Also the way I made them made the figures lose a LOT of articulation, so they're essentially stuck in one pose. So they're more or less PVCs in a sense.
Then a few months after THAT, I decided I wanted Mission 2 (or current) versions of them. Because I was collecting so many figures in the 3 3/4's inch scale, I wanted to do it in that. So using my new dremel that I bought, and a few of my not-wanted Marvel Universe figures, I set out on making such things. The hair sculpt on Ryu was good, except it made it so I literally could NOT work on his face. Draycho's hair was so long (and I used a Black suit spidey...with no back of his head basically) that it rendered the neck joint useless. And Archound was just a big mess, trying to smooth out Colossus' arms and such. Not to mention when I went to go work on sculpting the pants around their feet (which is baggy and essentially goes around their feet) it made the leg joints incredibly wobbly, to the point where not even super glue would fix it because it was so unproportionate. That's where I gave up.
Now, fast forward ANOOOOTHER few months, and I decided I wanted someone to try and make customs for me. I only messaged a handful of people, a few of which whom respectfully were too busy or just couldn't declined, and the rest...just didn't respond. So, I took matters into my own hands (which is probably for the better, seeing as I'm the one who created the characters :P) and have set out to make incredibly poseable, straight out of the comic action figure customs of my characters. I found the perfect base figures, albeit a little big. GI Joe Sigma 6 figures look PERFECT for the bases, as they have really cartoony proportions, and they're really poseable. So, using those, I shall embark on this epic quest of making an entire line of my characters (from the good, to the evil) starting with the three main protagonists, the Soldiers of the Gods: Ryu, Draycho, and Archound.
At the moment, I don't have much to show, as I'm awaiting my base figures being mailed to me, and I need to get more sculpt as well. I also plan on making their hoverbikes in the future too. But I have all their weapons done (as of today) and a few little "extras" that are just kinda neat accessories.
[[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST RYU'S KREW CUSTOMS]]
Overshot of all what's completed thus far. Weapons, three cans of Kreature (energy drink made by the Gods to heal them mid-Mission)
Closer look at the cans.
Top view of the cans.
The 'lazer' weapons they use. Ryu's got the sword. Archound's got the axe, and Draycho has the twin short swords.
And last but not least, each of their 'custom' guns. These won't actually appear in the comic until Book TWO, but essentially each gun is named and based off of a dinosaur to a certain extent. Tyranno, Stego, and Ptero. See if you can guess which one is which ;P
All of what you see is sculpted, but I sculpted over stuff. So the sword was originally a Bionicle Tahu Nuva's sword, but I completely sculpted over that. And it goes like that for all of them. None of what you see is a repaint or anything. So lots of work done. Tell me what you think so far!
Posted by ryuskrew
on Friday, December 9, 2011
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