Easier to work smaller...or bigger?
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Easier to work smaller...or bigger?

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Hi! I came here back in like, February to ask questions about customizing, and well, I tried my hand at it. I tried using the NECA line of Street Fighter IV Ken's to try and reproduce action figure versions of my characters, and it did not turn out so well.

I started sculpting the first one, and it just came out really messy, mistakes everywhere, and the sculpting just came out really bumpy and terrible looking. I brought it back out a few days ago, and started trying to fix it up. I started painting it, and didn't really pay attention to what I was doing. It looks really globby/shiny (I don't really know if that's supposed to happen or not), but I think my sculpting job was just terrible. I also tried using felt for the hoodie part, and that turned out bad too.

So now I bring out my small collection of these guys, not all the same character mind you, but I have like 5 or so of them. I really really like the poseability, and every part of them seems like it could easily match up with my characters.

So, my question to all of you is, especially for a beginning customizer (I have the tools necessary too, by the way), would it be easier to just work on the smaller ones?

Thank you so much for any tips anyone is willing to give me.

Posted by ryuskrew
on Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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ryuskrew -
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Thanks everybody for your suggestions!

Like I said, I was working with the 7" figures, and I think I'll have an easier time with the smaller ones, to be honest. Plus the face shapes and everything else moreso resemble my characters (with some cutting, sculpting, of course) so it's really cool.

And I would have kept working at that size, had I been a collector. Although the thing is, I'm really only doing this because it's been a dream of sorts of mine. To see my characters as action figures, ever since I started this project (and ones before this, too). And as for the collecting thing, I don't any other figures laying about that I would want to stand them up by, so these guys would be on their own.
bobtheodd -
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Keep at it, your first work will never be a masterpiece. All the great customizers on here(and other sites) would more then likely be embarrassed to claim their first works. Even the best run into problems here and there.
As for size, I like to work in the 6in. size....cause that's what I collect.
leafman343 -
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I would say it might be harder to work with smaller figures if you are going to try to but the same amount of detail in them. However it would be less noticeable if you omit details and might be easier to hide mistakes. Its 6 of one half a dozen of the other.
A few tips for sculpting, try giving the sculpt a light sanding after it dries, most types of clay and epoxies can be sanded. Also, keep your tools wet while sculpting, it will help prevent the sculpt material from sticking to them and makes smoothing it easier.
As for paint. multiple thin coats turn out better than one or two thick coats of paint.
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