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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jabba's Palace Wave
« on: January 19, 2004, 06:53 PM »
I'm loving the Lando...  That's shaping up to be a simply amazing figure.  I love that he finally got the holster/blaster as well.  

Looks to be well articulated also...  From what I can tell anyway.  It's pretty well hidden, whatever is there.

Rappertunie is interesting...  I'm  not sure I really care one way or another about this figure, but only because I don't really care about the character.  It's an SE character I just didn't really give a hoot about.  It'll help flesh out the other band members we got in the 2-packs though, and I would be interested in seeing the drummers then too.

Holo Luke is filling a Holo Luke Void...  Nothing more, nothing less.  The sculpt's a fine reuse of the Jedi Luke mold...  I'm sure they could've somehow improved it to look as nice as the Holo Sidious figure did.  THAT was a great Holo figure.  The Luke doesn't stack up, but it also is so insignificant to me that I'm content with this version and hopefully never seeing another one.  

To me, Lando's making the wave...  I noticed the pinched head in the photos too, but I think it's maybe a bit of an illusion.  I have a feeling it's gonna be a nice figure in person...  Probably even ranking up there as "great" in my book, for an effort from Hasbro anyway.  

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars CMG
« on: January 18, 2004, 08:42 PM »
Hey Thomas, thanks for the kind words...  I'm not nearly that impressive though, haha...  But it's nice someone thinks so anyway.   ;D

For the toothpick thing, I actually learned to improvise tools like that when I built model military figures as a child...  Tamiya and some other companies put out some really REALLY amazing World War II model kits that my brothers got into, and then I started grabbing an odd kit here and there to make figures.  They had everything from BMW German motorcycle couriers to Artillery crews you could put on a German 88 model or Flak gun or whatnot.  Really neat stuff.  

Since I couldn't afford the expensive brushes at the time, and was spending $ on various things as a kid, I improvised the tools sometimes.  Pins, toothpicks, etc...  Even cobbled good brushes from cheap testors model brushes by cutting the hairs to a point and such.

The casting that you do sounds great and I am very intrigued that you are so adept at it. I have probably missed a thread of where you post your customs and miniatures and I apologize for not being a more well-rounded forum reader.

I wouldn't say I'm adept at it, but thanks. :)  I'm just self-taught because I wanted to get to know how to make my own pieces and cast entire customs instead of relying on Hasbro to make a decent figure themselves or only having one of a figure I made incase I wanted more than one.

You've missed no threads though, don't worry. :)  The few customs I have done I'm not really wanting to show right now...  Most I've scrapped and want to improve upon.  I have a lot of projects that are partly finished...  Those are mostly vehicles though.  My casting's been dead in the water for a while since I can't afford supplies at the moment and am out of most everything I need.  I have worked on scratch built vehicles and some modified vehicles but only have them partly finished...  One project's even been years in the making, and is nowhere near done, haha.  Sad...

To get the detail on the miniatures must be a total pain, especially if you have to apply sprues for pieces that extend out too far. The other thing is that the sanding and cleaning up must be a royal pain on something so small. I have tried my hand at jewelry and wanted to start using my tiny files and sanding tools and just flush them along with my work. I just do not have the patience.

Yeah, nailing detail right is a pain, and takes practice, but good minis painters really can do amazing work because a lot of minis are VERY intricately detailed.  The old West End Games ones were amazing, really.  If you ever get the chance to see some of them, they're worth a look.  The Lord ofo the Rings ones are superior even if you ask me.  Those are a diverse line...  There's even a vintage line, and the modern tabletop minis line that's out now.  I think they're the same scale too.  The vintage line my brother had all of, and he's a true master at minis painting.  He even was able to paint tattoos on figures in that tiny scale....  That just boggles my mind.  He has a vast array of speciality tools he uses to do his work too.  Lots of magnifying equipment, clamps, etc...  And the things look like real mini people when he's done too.  

It really does take a lot of patience and a steady hand...  It can result in some great items when you're done though.  The old SW minis are a neat side collecting thing too.

When you customize the 3 3/4" figure, I imagine it must be in many different pieces that you join when they are set. My obstacle has always been the engineering aspect of the action figure. The joints always come out mangled or oversized or not at all. I prefer a bit of a larger scale and I don't fear the small, I just abhor the maintenance of getting them to the finished product./quote]

A good way to work it is to build off an existing base, if you're casting a figure.  That way you get the correct joints and things.  not possible for a 100% handmade figure, but it's good for improving figures that Hasbro's given you a start to (or any other company).  Proper casting should yield a perfect copy more or less though, so it should work out...  I've done that just practicing, simply to see if I could do working joints...  I casted a Dr. Evazan upper body perfectly...  Was pretty neat. :)  There's other problems I'll run into then later, more advanced things I guess, but for a basic run it worked and I was pretty proud at the time.  It's just so darn expensive to get into though.

You'll have to post some images of your items you've casted, I'm pretty curious to see them.  At some point maybe I'll be able to post images of something I've done, but at the moment I'm dead in the water on the issue of customizing.  Eventually though.  :)  

If the minis line pans out to be a true minis battles game I'm probably not going to bother casting any minis anymore.  May as well just buy em I figure.  I just hope the game's as good as the old WEG one was.  That thing rocked...  I hope the minis are that nice (prepainted or not) and as diverse as WEG had.  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What have you stopped collecting?
« on: January 18, 2004, 02:35 AM »
A thing I quit collecting recently was Star Wars lego...  Just too much $ to sink into a line when I'm sinking so much time into 3.75" Star Wars...

When I was a kid, I was big into MASK, Joe (ARAH), Sectaurs, Ninja Turtles, and Starcom.

Collected some Starcom as an adult but gave up then when Star Wars was really taking off again...

Gave up 12" vintage G.I. Joe which I started collecting years and years ago when I started going to flea markets with my family.

I was into lots of things...  Just Star Wars collecting now though, and the odd LOTR figure.  I want to go back into RC Cars as a hobby though (As my separate thread says), but that's more a different kind of hobby than "collecting".  :)  Though if you have the $ I guess you can have lots of cars...  I'll be lucky to have one.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone Into R/C Cars, Trucks, or Buggies?
« on: January 18, 2004, 01:18 AM »
BTW, here's a cool site I found for that track near me...  This thing kicks ass, it's a nice BIG outdoor track.

Wide lanes too, pretty sweet.

Love this arial shot of the thing.  :)  

It's less than 20 minutes I'd say from my place.  Gotta love that.  Sadly it's the ONLY track here.

In Texas I guess these tracks are semi-common...  Or so I'm finding.  :(

Anyway, I just hope the people at the racing track are nice guys...  I hate getting into hobbies where there's a distinct dislike for the outsiders.  I was in this hobby long ago, but am sure I don't know anyone in it now.  

Nobody likes that feeling of being the new guy of course, but it's doubly worse when the hobby's full of people who are arrogant and stuck up.  Unfortunately I think the Star Wars hobby is getting that way too.

Check out some of the "Elitists" in it anymore...  Sheesh!  I was tearing through scum tonight, and there's so many guys there now that just look down on anyone...  It's to the point there's even names that are intended to be semi-condescending to the new guys, or to Star Wars fans in general.  

Hiearchey of geek-dome should never exist, but somehow some of the guys involved are making it that way anymore.  That's pathetic in and of itself.

I know from experience that a lot of the vets of RCing aren't privy to helping new people.  It's a competitive hobby too, so maybe that has something to do with it...  Star Wars doesn't have any reason to be that way, yet it still does.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone Into R/C Cars, Trucks, or Buggies?
« on: January 18, 2004, 12:42 AM »
I have a handful within an hour, and in all directions, but they're not that great either.  Most of the "Good" shops are down in the city...  It's an hour or so to get to them, but like I said I always have to plan that right.  Not fun trips sometimes.

The Hobbytown store is great, I mean it's just huge and has 1/4 of it devoted to RC everything I would say.  I love it...  Hell, they even had Tamiya paints there!  It's been ages since I found any Tamiya racks at a local hobby shop.

I did luck into having that one shop dedicated to RC's open nearby.  Gives me some experts to converse with if I need them, and a mere 5 or 10 minutes away too.  Doubt I buy much off of them but fuel though.  Prices are surely too high.

I think I may run up with my Ultima and see what I can do to get a better run time out of it.  I love that truck but the damn thing's electric so it's run-times are short, and to me that's not acceptable since I'm not into racing.  It's fast, it's fun, it takes a beating like you wouldn't believe, but it just doesn't last.  :(

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars CMG
« on: January 17, 2004, 05:40 PM »
Eh, it's still on topic I suppose.  It's related to minis I guess right? :)

Well, I don't really use a specific brush brand myself...  I use anything from needles and toothpicks on up to expensive brushes I pick up at Hobby shops.  There's a couple shops dedicated to RPG and minis gaming in Pittsburgh that you can get supplies specifically for minis at.

I tend to use a variety of paint for minis though, as their composition lends them to using most any brand of model or hobby paint.  Testors works fine since the plastics used are generally rigid.  The other minis are cast metal, so it's real easy to find paints that work well.  Keeping them from chipping is more a problem really.  Clear coats work fine though, but in that small a detail, if you want something like a single piece to shine with the rest of the figure being flat, then even clear coating can be a chore.

As for casting, I use poly-eurithane resins, which I also employ in customizing Star Wars figures as well, but casting miniatures is a side thing.  The intricate detail makes it difficult so some complex methods are  needed to do proper casts but it's cheaper than looking for metal minis from a line that was canned back in the early 90's.  West End Games had some of the best minis out though.  There's like a dozen different stormtroopers, and a dozen different Rebel Troopers...  It's great really.  

Anyway, on the brushes again, yeah I don't use anything particular...  Whatever looks really good to me for what I need it for is more what I look at.  Often times for the details though, like I said, I go with any tool I can rig at the time like needle points and things...  No brush seems good enough for me then, not when painting eyes in that scale, haha.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone Into R/C Cars, Trucks, or Buggies?
« on: January 17, 2004, 04:13 PM »
I live up around Pittsburgh...  RC Cars aren't a HUGE hobby here, but I did find a track not more than 20 minutes from my place though, so that was a plus.

A shop opened in Vandergrift, a town up the river from me, and it's dedicated to RC...  Hobbytown USA opened this past year as well, but is over near the Airport which is on the other side of Pittsburgh entirely.  It'd be about an hour away on a weekend day or evening.  I love that store though.

Another shop is about 20 minutes away and now specialize in RC, but used to not have any RC stuff...  There's other shops around then within the city, but they aren't simple to get to, nor close.  About 45 minutes each at least, but they are RC specific.

There used to be a great shop here when I was into RC when I was young, called TC's RCs, but it burnt down and the owner packed up and left for Florida...  It was real close, like 20 minutes, and had a track in the basement that was great.  

At least I have found a neat place nearby with a track though, and I have options for where to go for help if I need it 1-on-1.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone Into R/C Cars, Trucks, or Buggies?
« on: January 17, 2004, 12:02 AM »
Yeah, that's one I've been looking at, and it's one of the few Nitro cars to have reverse too, which I really want since racing isn't my main thing...  4-wheel drive's a plus too.

I'm hoping to get out there and find some new things out about other trucks...  Run time is a key for me also, tied with the ability to pop into R, so I gotta make sure I check all my options first.  

I am really psyched to get a new truck and drive some...  Maybe make some new friends in the hobby in my area, though I know of absolutely no established tracks around here.  Blah :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Anyone Into R/C Cars, Trucks, or Buggies?
« on: January 16, 2004, 05:23 PM »
Just a general call to anyone who is into the hobby of Remote Controlled vehicles...  Whether you race them, horse around in your back yard, belong to a club, or whatever...  I'm just curious who maybe has an interest in this hobby.

I used to be into them, starting out with Tyco vehicles when I was a little kid then moving onto the big hobby trucks when I turned into my teen years.

I got a Kyosho Outlaw Ultima Stadium Truck when I was around 14/15 years of age and built the kit myself.  I had a blast with that, but now I'm wanting to move onto bigger and better things.

I'm looking to get into Nitro trucks (gas powered) and even do a little star wars customizing crossover, but mostly I want the truck just to play around with when I'm bored out here in the sticks.

If anyone's into the hobby, please feel free to jump into the conversation...  Share what you have, what you do (race or play), etc...  I'm curious how many here are into it besides myself.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront at Star
« on: January 16, 2004, 01:00 AM »
Couple articles for this game got linked to at Scum today...

It DOES have a SinglePlayer format, thank god, but I'm having doubts still about the quality.  Sounds like you mindlessly run around shooting people, and there's no structured goals for the game except to simply defeat all of your enemies...

No goals to attain beyond that, no puzzles to solve, little (or no) real strategy really...  

Graphics rock, and I reaplaced my desktop with a nifty shot of an AT-ST and Imp. Officer below it, but beyond that this game sounds like a BF1942 clone with a Single Player "game domination" mode that isn't a structured/storylined singleplayer game in the traditional sense.   >:(

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars CMG
« on: January 16, 2004, 12:57 AM »
Being a semi-Minis aficianado (If I do say so), I'd have to say the idea of pre-painted is a major turn-off, as is a collectible version of minis gaming.  

I've heard rumors of them being similar to the D&D style but I've also heard rumors of them being a re-production of the famous West End Games Miniatures Battles game from days of yore.

Pre-painted, I can safely say, is a bad thing though...  Painting them yourself is part of the fun of the minis hobby partly, but the other part that's bad is the paintjobs are never of the quality that you can acheive on your own.  You get mass-produced paintjobs more or less.  They rarely look up to the standards of the miniatures hobby overall.  Lots of touch-up work to do if you want them to truly shine generally.

A real minis game is the Lord of the Rings Tabletop Miniatures Battles game.  THAT thing is amazing.  It's everything you could want in Lord of the Rings, and honestly I'd say forget sinking your $ into those crappy Armies of Middle Earth figures, and start buying/painting those minis instead.  TONS of great figures from all 3 films, and in a scale small enough that you could make a true-scale Helm's Deep and it would look great and not take up that much room.

And top it off with you being able to actually PLAY with it too. :)  Kick ass!

I was/am still hoping the Star Wars minis game is similar...  The old West End Games minis batttles were that way, and that's a game with a still solid following to it.  Those minis generally fly off of Ebay for good prices...  At least the army builders do.

I've got a nice army, but need to cast more of them, especially if this upcoming game isn't a true miniatures battles game, but instead is one of the D&D style games that is out.  :(  I'll be bummed if that's the case though.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: January 14, 2004, 03:42 PM »
I don't think he's alive when the Hobbit takes place.

There's a new Ranger character, a dragon called Smog, spiders similar to Shelob...  Lots of stuff there.

And if I'm not mistaken, the River Folk are involved?  And Warg riders as well...

There's a town with humans in it, and I'm unsure of whether or not they're Gondorians or not...  I seem to recall my brother saying it's a distant Gondorian province similar to the town with the Prancing Pony in it.

I read the book when I was 12 so it's been ages ago.  There's a cartoon that goes with The Hobbit (There's some for LOTR too, but they're not as good as the Hobbit), which is quite nice and interesting.

The LOTR toons are not great.  Fellowship is a good one, really good actually, but the 2nd and 3rd toons are pretty weird.  A good watch, and you'll be left scratching your head after seeing all of them, but not exactly "accurate" when you get to the 2nd and 3rd ones.  Or at least not accurate in my eyes anyway.

The Wookiee Arcade / Battlefront at Star
« on: January 14, 2004, 02:32 AM »
Star Wars: Battlefront, a new Multiplayer Shooter game has made its initial official appearance around the web at (of all places)

The game, to me, appears to be a Star Wars version of the immensely popular game, Battlefield 1942, which pits various Allies and Axis troops, tanks, planes, and other items against each other in multi-player gaming format.

Be sure to read the whole shebang right here at:

I personally am not fond of this type of game so I can safely say this is NOT tickling this gamer's fancy at the moment.  To me nothing can replace a single-player story driven game, and MP wears pretty thin after a while.

With that said, the title (for PC, X-Box, and PS2) shouldn't see its share of gamers who've been hell bent on playing a Star Wars version of BF1942 (Which has a conversion project for Star Wars actually in the works, and which is an all but useless effort now).

Here's some screenshots for you:

Nice AT-ST, and good graphics...  Shaping up to look decent at the least.

Nice lineup of Rebel troop types running around there too.

Still, I think a great Squad-based First Person shooter with a multi-player feature, but single-player based game would've been more welcome.  While Republic Commando's well in the works with what seems like something similar, I think fans are craving a classic trilogy Squad based FPS game to come out from somewhere.  

Since I've played Call of Duty (A WW2 FPS shooter), I've been itching to do some gaming in Star Wars, and in a similar fashion.  Levels that follow the war and have a purpose.  MP isn't gonna cut it for me though.  :(

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Wow, NEW Star Wars FPS: Republic Commando
« on: January 14, 2004, 02:19 AM »

Screen 1:

(Bah, image one won't post, so just go there and you'll see it)

Not looking shabby there I guess there...  Though, take notice that the muzzle flash of the Republic troop rifles is near the trigger guard???  Secondary weapon in an over-under scheme (Set underneath the main/long upper barrel)?  

Also notice the confined "view" in the display...  Simulates wearing a helmet.  That could be irritating and I almost hope it's a feature you can remove by pressing a button, as I like to see the entire screen so I don't miss any pretty colors!

Screen 2:

Freaky...  A separatist alien of some sort?  Merc?  Just an ugly guy caught on a bad day?  

Not the most interesting screen but a good image.  I just hope we get more info on this soon.  

It's due out for PC, and X-Box so far...  So there ya have it.  

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Wow, NEW Star Wars FPS: Republic Commando
« on: January 14, 2004, 02:14 AM »
Well, the first screens of the game are up and running over at: and I'd say for now that they look pretty decent, though a bit gimmicky.

The game, as described in the site's brief review HERE is, "dramatic military-style action experience featuring brutally realistic Star Wars combat", which sounds just dandy to me!  I'd love a little brutally realistic combat in Star Wars since there's been very little of it aside from the X-Wing games and possibly the RTS's.

Shaping up to be a dandy idea at least, and using the Unreal engine it should prove to be decent in graphics and gameplay if tweaked right.

The story goes that you're a Republic Commando, but it makes no mention of clones...  Though the armor looks possibly similar, is it possible that you'll be playing as a sentient human within the Republic?  An individual soldier from their own military?  I hope so...  The thought of playing as a clone seems dull to me.  :(

It will keep the ARC trooper idea separate as well, as if the clones have thier own spec. ops units and such.

Anyway, cool stuff, no?


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