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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Brent's Customs - Update 2/4-More KISS
« on: February 5, 2006, 01:24 AM »
I finished up the KISS band tonight.  I just couldn't leave Gene Simmeddas hanging by himself.

Introducing the hottest KISS cover band in all of Coruscant:

I love the image of the dead guy holding his helmet!

I wonder if there is any way to make the Kama look a little more ragged?  It seems to be too much in one piece for a guy that only has a skull under his helmet.  Obviously, thats a minor thing and these figures look breath taking.

So New Question of the week.  Explain the difference between dry brushing and washing as painting techniques.  Can you provide examples of when you would use one or the other.  I think I know the answers to these but I'd be interested in seeing responses from the veterans.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Adding Body Parts
« on: February 3, 2006, 04:10 PM »
The Splitting torso thread made me think of a question, but I didn't want to hijack that thread with my question so I started a new one.......

When you are adding body parts (such as legs or arms) that were previously removed (boil and pop).  How do you replace the new ones.  Do you use the same boil and pop routine?   I've tried that a little with limited success.  The torso splitting question made me wonder if its easier (preferred?) to split the torso and then attach the new limbs that way.  Thanks in advance.

Photonovels and Movies / Re: Photonovel Preview
« on: February 3, 2006, 03:52 PM »
Look for Photoshop Elements (now at version 4.0 I believe).  If you shop around I bet you can find it for $50-75.  Its great software.  It has all the primary functions that an amateur digital artist would need w/o the expensive "full functionality"   Its really great.  I've stopped using photoshop in favor of this.

Collector's Tips / Re: Storing Loose Figs
« on: February 3, 2006, 11:12 AM »
I'm thinking about getting some of these plano boxes.  How many loose figures can you fit in each one (assuming standard figures and now squishing them too much).  I've got most of my figures big rubbermaid tubs and I'm worried about the long term squish factor.

Photonovels and Movies / Re: RE#19 - TRIBULATION
« on: February 3, 2006, 11:09 AM »
Chewie, I really liked this photonovel.  You really can tell a story with a few figures.  This is the first photonovel chapters I've read through.  I'll have to go back and get caught up now.  What a cool way to keep your customs "alive". 

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Mygeeto Diorama
« on: February 3, 2006, 10:14 AM »
There are a couple of pictures on the official star wars Databank.  However, I don't know if they help all that much.

Thanks for sharing the Scorch photos.  I'm still not sure on this guy.  I haven't played Republic Commandos yet so I guess I'm not hooked on him.  He looks like a pretty good figure though.

Love the dead clones. Keep them coming.  Forgive my ignorance, but what part of these are the bust ups?  I know its the helmet but is the body too?

Wowsa.  I like that.  I've been thinking about making some female twileks.

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot since I posted my response last night and I wanted to clarify a few things.  First, although I’ve said that I have sold customs on eBay as a source of “funding the hobby” I don’t customize just to make money.  If you break down the time it takes to make a custom figure and the resources that goes into it, you are making on the order of something like $5/hour for your efforts.  There are much easier ways I could  earn $5/hour.  So I agree that customizing is not going to pay for all the bills.  However, I agree with Fritz’s last point in that you can earn enough to pay for supplies for 2 or 3 more figures. 

I don’t know everyone’s personal situation but I have a wife and two kids.  My wife thinks my Star Wars “thing” is crazy and couldn’t possible understand why I would want to buy so many toys.  “You need how many of those white colored toys?”  So if I can sell a couple of custom figures to help me buy more toys, it keeps her off my back (at least for the time being).  So in that essence, I’ve used customs to help “fund the hobby.”

Another point that was raised was does selling customs hurt the hobby in general?  Until I saw custom figures on eBay, I didn’t even know there was this phenomenon of customizing toys.  I was floored by the high quality of work that I saw there.  As I did more research on some SW fan sites, I found out more information about this customization hobby.  I attended C3 (my first fan convention) last year and one of the booths I wanted to see the most was the FFURG customs booth and NiubNiubs diorama area.  I was only able to go to C3 for 1 day and I brought my 6 old son with me to soak it all in.  He was a real trooper (no pun intended, he actually dressed like a Jedi) but he didn’t have the patience to allow me to sit down and create my little piece of the death star.  I did however stand at the FFURG booth and do my first ever custom figure (head swap on an Endor Rebel Soldier), nothing fancy but I was hooked.

So far for me, the fun part has been in actually creating the customs.  As I’ve said before, I don’t have an ideal place to display the customs, so many of my best figures are just sitting in my basement.  So for know, the fun I have is in the creation of a toy that isn’t already available or improving on one that is.

Like I said before, I’m new to this community, I’ve only been posting here for about a month.  I used to only get my custom “fixes” on another SW website and quite frankly, that site wasn’t very active on the customs front.  I love all the work that I see here and I really enjoy the group that I’ve started to interact.  I hope to continue to be regular.  Even if I’m “one of those guys”, I’d like to think that I contribute the hobby as a whole even if I ask more questions than provide answers.  I certainly hope that people are not shunned for selling customs on eBay.  Don’t get me wrong; in reading through the responses to this thread, I don’t get that feeling.  I would certainly agree with the majority that if people just started posting their customs in attempt to attract business on eBay, then that is likely detrimental to the community overall. 

I've been on both sides of this issue.  I've sold a lot of customs (mostly all clones) on eBay.  I did this so that I could help pay for my Star Wars habits.  It was also a good way to get into the hobby, make a few mistakes and recoup some of my costs.  I'm finding out that customizing as a hobby is as expensive (if not more than) my previous collecting habits.  So anything I can do to defer the costs are good. 

Unfortunately, most of my collections exist in rubermaid tubs in my basement, so I don't really get to enjoy my customs as much as I'd like.  Therefore, in some aspects, customs that I've made a sold are probably being enjoyed by others more than myself.  For me the fun part has been making them and not necessarily digging them out of the basement to look at them.

However, now that I'm more a part of this community (albeit a very new member) and as I've been branching out more with my customs (e.g. group projects) I find myself with mixed feelings.  Some of the my newer customs I do for me and do not think I would sell.  However, to be honest, I do think that I could make some again (in duplicate) and sell.

Customs Community and Group Projects / Re: Customs Giveaways
« on: January 31, 2006, 10:36 AM »
Congratulations to Ryan!!

Collections / Re: BrentS's Collection
« on: January 30, 2006, 06:16 PM »
Unfortunately (or is that fortunately) I only have the one sand crawler.  I got that cheap too at a Hot Topics store last fall (~$25 as I recall).  I guess you could say, I collect Jawas on the cheap.

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