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Well, most imoprtantly, i save $ in fodder.  How many figures have you cut up only to get the hands or head or left foot?  I used to have sooo many left over parts. Unless you're chewie, i dont think most of us will ever use all the fodder pieces we pile up.
By casting the pieces i need, i dont have to buy a figure just to get a limb or glove...etc.
Now when i buy figures i dont buy 2 or 3 for customs i may make later. Now if i need a part, i just go to my cabinet, select a figure, boil and pop, cast and go!

Smartypants, you're so right. I've gotten so many casted parts i've made from the bottles of plastic i have...Still using the same ones for 3 years.  Buying 10 figures for fodder would cover the price of the plastic and i've casted over 30 complete figures easily, not to mention all the heads, body parts, guns, helmets, weapons...etc that i've casted.



I can see how that makes a lot of sense.  As you know from our PM exchanges, I'm going to try to get more involved in casting parts.  Obviously, once you are good at it, I think it makes a lot of sense and a good way to save some cents (Ha!). 

However, it seems like you have to really plan your customs a bit more than I'm used to (call me impatient if you want  :D) .  With two (relatively) young kids at home and a wife that is moderately supportive of this new hobby of mine, my disposable free time is pretty small.   So far, its easier for me to pick up a few figures and slice and dice to create a custom. 

I've just recently started the "frankenstein" approach of adding pieces together, so we'll see if my attitude changes in the future.  Check back in a few months after I've started giving casting a try ;)

So far my favorite part about this hobby is the experimentation.  So, I reserve the right to change my above opinions at any time :)

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JediJayBird - that looks great!  How much more is there to actually finish?!?!  BTW, I love the effects of the Testors spray paint in the background  ;D

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Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Genosis
« on: February 20, 2006, 10:58 AM »
I saw a good Genosis WIP over at Galactic Hunter.  I'll try to see if I can dig out a link.

Edited:  Here is a link

He used spray on insulation to form the spires.

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Glassman..... WOW.  Those look amazing so far.  Can't wait to see the finished product.  Do you do all your work on cast parts now?  It doesn't seem like you ever paint over a hasbro part.  What (if any) benefit does this bring?

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I love the droids.  Keep it up.  I like that fact that you don't just make one custom, you make an army all at once ;)

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Brent's Customs - Update 2/17
« on: February 17, 2006, 10:59 AM »
Thanks for the comments everyone.  I agree about the chest bandoliers.  I need to find some way to connect them together.  I'll looks through my bits and pieces and see what I can come up with.  I may have to resort to some sort of rubber bands.

Chewie, yes this is one of the Saga Tuskens I got from you (for the base).  I cut the bandoliers from a POTF figure that I got from another trade.  The silver "crown" was made from pieces of an Obi-Wan Pilot headpiece.

For the Jawa, I think he's funny.  I'm envisioning that the breather may actually be a "translater" so that we does just say "Uttini!"   

I'm off for a few days.  I hope that I can provide another update sometime next week.  Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: 501st SA Clone
« on: February 17, 2006, 10:23 AM »
I agree, those lines look great!  The blue looks good too.  Did you mix it yourself?

Actually, I just used Citadel's Ultramarine Blue.



Interesting I used the Enchanted Blue on my 501st. 

Your trooper looks very good - I think the masking was outstanding!!

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Chewie,
I can't keep up with all your updates!  I like the ewok ambush.  Its a good use of ewoks and deadites :)

I think the Seppies bunker looks great.  I wish I had more vehicles/playset pieces so that I could do stuff like that.  I'm really worried that if I dive into a photonovel I won't have enough "background" pieces.

Freelo looks good.  I haven't been able to go back and read all the Rykrof stories yet so I'm still trying to figure what this guy is all about.  It looks like a good blend of parts.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Brent's Customs - Update 2/4-More KISS
« on: February 17, 2006, 02:08 AM »
Well, I've got a vacation day tomorrow so I stayed up late tonight to finish up one custom and start another.

I finished up the Sith Jawa.  I took some advice for the WIP and added some "technology" to the face mask.  I also added a small custom soft goods cape.  I repainted the face and added some silver drybrushing.




As some of you are aware, I've been trading for a number of Tusken raiders recently.  These are planned for an upcoming project.  Here is a preview character - a Tusken War Chief (yet to be named).  I'm very pleased with how he turned out.  Let me know what you think.






I'm planning on trying my hand at a Photonovel (or at least a "photonovelette") with both of these characters making some sort of appearance.

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Phruby,
I give you props on this figure.  Although I'm still not a fan of all the exposed joints I think this figure looks great.  I agree with others that the hands are probably too big.  However, it sounds like that can be rectified.  I'm looking forward to your Aayla and Quinlan!

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Modern Classifieds / Re: Huge lot of customizing fodder for sale
« on: February 16, 2006, 04:25 PM »
Another PM sent.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Customs by Fritzkrieg Update 02-15-2006
« on: February 16, 2006, 09:46 AM »
Very cool. I especially like the second picture. She is the best one of the sqad. Its a good change from the dead soldiers you've been making. I like them alot. What parts did you use?
Wow, she is smokin'!!  What figure did you use for the base of that one.  I'd expect to see her in Ryan's strip club not in a TIE fighter.  Well done!!

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Feedback / Re: CHEWIE's feedback
« on: February 15, 2006, 07:25 PM »
Just completed a trade with Chewie - as expected NO PROBLEMS.  Trade with confidence with our wookie-customizing machine!

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Magna Droid - IG-100
« on: February 14, 2006, 05:08 PM »
I'd be afraid to give one of my customs to my 7 year old son.  I've seen the way he plays with these toys :)

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That braid comes on the version of Obi-Wan that Chewie used.


Let me re-phrase then.... which Obi-Wan is that head from?

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