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WOW, those version 2 Micromen look awesome.  Really really great.  I love the posability that they get.  I always felt like the first bike scout looked a little "thin"  these guys are filled out nicely!  Keep up the great work.

So, what's your "secret special superglue"?  I haven't settled on a good brand yet.  I recall having the most sucess with something made by Koss (I think?)  but I can't find it anywhere anymore.

I appreciate all the dremel advice in this thread.  I've only dremelled a little bit this year and each time I think I'm going to grind my fingers to a pulp  :)

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: ATTE harness
« on: January 5, 2006, 10:48 AM »
I seem to recall popping the harness off without boiling it...  I think I may have popped one arm off, but it wasn't too hard really.  I know I was just careful in doing so, and didn't damage the figure at all.  I wanted it for just seeing how it would maybe look on a Stormtrooper for something.  Looked good.
I've gotten them off by popping off one arm and the sliding it over the neck post.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Darth_Ennis' Monster Garage
« on: January 4, 2006, 09:21 PM »
I love the SA Qui-Gon.  I'm definitely going to try one of those.  I bought 5 Obi Pilots today on clearance - sweet.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Fodder Alert!
« on: January 3, 2006, 08:31 PM »
I saw one of these at a Target today.  It was marked for $1.75.  I almost bought it but the lines were long and it wasn't one with a decent size figure (smaller body good guy)

This is the first in a series of newbie-like questions that I'm going to post. I've already introduced myself and some of my customs in another thread.  I'm very impressed by activity on this custom community.  So, I'd like to pick your brains in order to improve my skills.

So my question, how do you keep the paint from chipping around articulation joints (especially sholders, elbows, and knees)?  I've thought about trying to cut away the offending scraping pieces (sounds dangerous) and I've also tried (somewhat unsucessfully) using a Dull Coat varnish (Gamesworkshop Brand).  However, the varnish doesn't seem to protect those joints too well (especially if they are already very prone to scraping).

Any help is much appreciated!

As a post script.  For Newbie Question #2, would you prefer I add to this thread or start a new topic?

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: New Community Member - a few customs
« on: January 2, 2006, 07:50 PM »
I'm a fan of all your customs, save for the attempt at Vos. He looks bad to me, is all. I think you would have better results if you got a different head, and tried somthing that way. Maybe also sculpting the bands he has on his hands and hair as well. :)


I actually sold this Vos on eBay a while ago.  But I think you are right.  Thyere is something off about the head/hair.  I still like the choice of Agen Kolar but I needed to add some more hair to the front - like bangs or something.  I'm going to try this guy again sometime.  I was happy with the choice of the clone wars Anakin body but I should also add some "weathering" to him too so that he really looks like he was through the Wars.  Thanks for the honest criticism.

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Viewing new posts?
« on: January 2, 2006, 02:01 AM »
Thanks guys.  Works like a charm now. 

Since I'm new to this site.  I've just started looking around.  How long do these monthly customizing challenges run.  I've never made a diorama but this may inspire me to start one.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Fodder Alert - 11/15
« on: January 1, 2006, 05:38 PM »
I really want these. Badly want these. I'm almost finished with the book, and it's great, like most of Clive Cussler's novels. Was the movie any good?
I picked these up over the holidays too - I agree with the original post, I thought they would make good senators or background characters.  Their arm joints are a little funny and they may be a bit short. 

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Viewing new posts?
« on: January 1, 2006, 04:04 PM »
Hi, I just joined JD.  I've also posted frequently on Galactic Hunter.  One the features I like over there is the ablilty  to open a thread directly to new posts (whenever its new to you).  I hope this question makes sense.  Does JD have this feature?  If so, I can't figure out how to make it work.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: New Community Member - a few customs
« on: December 31, 2005, 06:30 PM »
Thanks for all the compliments.  To answer Mr. Phruby's question, all of those clones started out at #41s and were made before the Jedi Assault, Tactical Ops, or Shocktroopers were officially released.

I used to paint a lot in high school but I really got away from it. I went to Celebration III this year (my first SW fan convention) and was really really intrigued by the customization and diorama exhibits.  I knew I wanted to take a crack at it when I had the time. 

My biggest personal limitation is that I'm color blind  :o   So I'm constantly asking others for help with colors, etc.  Thats one of the reasons I haven't veered much away from the simple colored clones.  The Game Wizard paints help because their colors are pretty self explanatory (for the most part).  If you ever see one of my customs and the color seems off - make sure you let me know  ;)

I've also done some playing around with Sculpy (Cody's Visor, various packs and pouches) and even casting resin parts (Fox's helmet).  I've got a lot of ideas but not a lot of time to work on them.

Thanks again for the compliments.  The skills I see on this forum are amazing.

I've been posting over at Galactic Hunter for a while but I just saw a link to this web community.  It looks like you have a very active Customs group.  I thought I'd share some of my custom creations.  I just started customizing figures this year (about 6 months ago).  I've been having a blast with my new hobby.  I've been getting a lot of advice from Gregorbian and others at the GH site.

I started this year with the standard clone repaints:

These were made before the actual figures became available.

I've also made a few clone commanders:

I've recently started working away from the clones too.  Here's my first shot at Quinlan Vos:

and General Kenobi

I've got more in the works.

I've actually sold and traded away several of my original customs.  Its been a good way to break into the hobby as it helps cover some of the bills when starting out.

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