I created this figure as a gift for my brother, Chris. However, I was bothered by the limited articulation in the hips, and freakishly long thighs that effect most FF Play Arts figures.
-Final Fantasy 'Play Arts' Crisis Core Cloud Stryfe
(modified thighs, repainted, sealed)
-Final Fantasy: Advent Children (Head/hair)
-HML Ares BAF Sword
(repainted and sealed this + kneepads and shoulder pads with Krazy Glue & Vallejo matte varnish for a harsh metallic effect)
-NECA Pirates of the Caribbean Skeleton belt/shash
(heavily cut down/repositioned/painted)
Most of the work associated with this project was changing the figures height by giving Cloud the leg length of a normal human being. I cut almost a 1/2 inch out of each leg, but maintained both the leg swivel and knee articulation.
Afterward giving Cloud surgery, I sculpted over and filled in each with Aves sculpt, and let it cure for a day. I knew the Aves wouldn't be strong enough to hold on it's own, so I forcibly 'broke' the section of Aves out (which took the shape of the surrounding plastic on both sides), then using Gel-type superglued, glued it back in.
Later (while wearing a vapor mask) I drilled into each side of each leg. To reinforce each the leg, I super glued lengths of paperclip and finishing nails to act as rebar.
Once everything was set and assembled, I sculpted over each transitional area, and dremmeled it down to match the rest of the figure. The rest of the work involved painting, dry brushing, and using a sepia toned wash/dry brush on Clouds hair.
:: Added note: I had a display at the Fan Expo 2009 Comic/Anime/Horror/etc. convention in Toronto, Canada between August 28-30th. As part of the gift to my brother, Chris, I had an artist from the booth next door (Rob Tari from "Nexus Studios") draw a picture of my custom Cloud Stryfe using the figure as a reference. I've attached the image below (with permission granted from Rob).
Hope you enjoy the figure as much as I did customizing it. :)