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Again, not the end-all of tutorials, but hopefully it'll help a beginner or two.  :D

As always, feel free to append and add advice, etc.


Customizing Tips and Tricks / Sculpting with Fixit - Straight Lines
« on: January 30, 2007, 04:24 AM »
I've been asked by some about how I sculpt with Fixit, and while I'm not even close skill-wise to so many sculptors, I put together something that should help someone that'd like to get started.

Feel free to append to this, as my way isn't the only way.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Milan's customs updated 2007-01-29
« on: January 28, 2007, 08:14 PM »
Nice job Star Wars-ifying the Joe parts, both from a structural and painting perspective they look good. 

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Smartypants update saturday 1/27
« on: January 28, 2007, 08:12 PM »
I like his shoulder armor especially, and the paint scheme is well-done.  The face I'm not sure about yet...are those tattoos?  Maybe sand the black down a bit so it's not so pronounced, but that's just my opinion.

Thanks Noodle.

I'm not sure about the paintjob.  I can't decide between the Hasbro, Darkhorse Comics, or Wizards of the Coast scheme.  I may make one of them red, or both blue......I just don't know yet. 

I've always loved the AOTC ARC Troopers, except for the fact that they have little in the way of articulation.  My attempts here are to correct that, sculpting the same (as best I can) doo-dads onto SA Clone bodies.

I finally got around to putting one of Ryan's amazing Neyo heads on a body, beginning Fixer's unique helmet attachment, and attempting a "conjectural" Phase 2 ARC (to borrow a bit of AE77's phrasing).

The Phase 2 ARC is really a result of me having mixed up a bit too much Fixit Sculpt and deciding not to throw it out.

Just a couple of dark Airborne troops with jetpacks at this point.  The helmets are ones that I cast in black resin myself. 

I plan on painting them with some sort of gray camo scheme, and some insignia here and there.  I was messing with my camera's settings (color, black & white, etc.), and it's obvious I have much to learn about photography and dusting.  :D

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Fodder Alert!
« on: January 26, 2007, 10:03 PM »
Hehe, are you talking about Melkor, or Sauron?

Hey Korbra, you posted this at Yakface, but I can't reply there, as my account hasn't been activated.  So I'll reply here!

I'm thinking it's gotta have something to do with tools I use. Come to think of it, I really only use a toothpick and my exacto, lol. Anyone have sugestions for a small inexpensive toolkit to start sculpting a little more seriously?

I use a combination of traditional sculpting tools, dental tools, and my exacto knife to sculpt with, and I bought dental tools like these on ebay, for fairly cheap. 

JMB once sent me a pic of the tools he uses, and though I use a lot of the same tools, my results are no where near:

A lot of those implements can be bought for cheap at a craft store.  The calipers I haven't seen anywhere but ebay, but you could get most of these for under 30 dollars.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Newbie!
« on: January 24, 2007, 12:40 AM »
1.  You need to upload your pictures to your photobucket account. 

2.  You need to copy the URL (http://photobucket.blahblahblah.jpg) of a photo you want to post here.  Normally when you view one of your pics at photobucket, the photo's URL is displayed somewhere on the page.

3.  Either reply to this topic or start a new one for your pictures.  When you reply to or start a new topic, there are a series of buttons, above the message box, that allow for formatting text, alignment, etc.  There is one that looks kind of like a picture frame.  When you press that button, the following shows in the message box:  [EyeEmGee][/EyeEmGee]  ---substitute the letters i for Eye, m for Em, and g for Gee---

4.  Paste the URL of your photobucket picture between the two img brackets, so now it looks like this:  [EyeEmGee]http://photobucket.blahblahblah.jpg[/EyeEmGee]

Click the Preview button to make sure all is well, and if indeed all is well, click Post.  To put additional pictures in one post, repeat steps 1 through 4.

By the pic I'd say you're right, PenDragon, but remember that Captain Fordo "...preferred heavy weaponry to fancy tactics, and subtlety was never his strong point." 

I just thought that since ARCs and RCs, especially Null ARCs, would go on more stealthy missions therefore they'd use something that doesn't scream REPUBLIC IS HERE.  God I'm such a geek, debating sci-fi.  Excuse me while I change my pocket protector and slather on the clearasil...

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Newbie!
« on: January 22, 2007, 04:40 PM »
Uh, those aren't Milan's customs that I linked to...but they are amazing.   :)

I praised this over at RS, but I have only one suggestion if you do another:  paint it a gray/dark gray color with no republic markings.  The nerd in me says that an ARC or RC ship would look a bit more inconspicuous. 

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Incom's customs: Dark Jedi Varan E'ron
« on: January 22, 2007, 02:12 AM »
His head looks great - nice and grizzled, like a hardened vet.  The paintjob reminds me of Chewie's work, very well done.  Using the static Maul legs would've never occurred to me, and they go really nicely with the rest of the body.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Newbie!
« on: January 22, 2007, 02:09 AM »
Sithfire_30 has done some amazing Legacy and KOTOR customs, but he doesn't post them here. 

I know he puts them up at Rebelscum and Yakface.  Here's the RS link.  Sithfire 30's customs

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Paul's Attempts at Customs
« on: January 6, 2007, 11:06 PM »
Though I thought I'd never see the day, death star gunners are warming the pegs at my local Target and Walmart. 

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