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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Update 1/11/07, Finished WIP mando
« Reply #225 on: January 12, 2007, 03:22 PM »
Here is my mandalorian army going through time. What got me to start customizing mandalorians the most? I've always loved Boba and Jango and reading things about the mandalorians. I saw RS user Darth_Soundwave's custom mando army and decided to start my own. So, do yall like it so far?

March 2006: The beginning
Group pic:
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/5565/mandogroup6fn.jpg


April 2006: New figures join the ranks
Left:
http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/8345/img11152kk.jpg
Right:
http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/6531/img11169lm.jpg


June 2006: A dropship joins the army
Far left:
http://img450.imageshack.us/img450/8142/img02731oo.jpg
Middle:
http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/1920/img02717ys.jpg
Far right:
http://img415.imageshack.us/img415/7803/img02706yp.jpg


Jan 2007: Gaining a recruit or more each week
Group pic:

Far left:

Middle:

Far right:

Fodder:
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - 1/22 Female Mando based on costume
« Reply #226 on: January 22, 2007, 03:54 PM »
This is my newest custom. Before I say anything else, I'm apologizing about the pictures. I'm possible the worst on the boards when it comes to finding a good place to take pics where it actually has good light. Anyways I really liked making this custom. It is based on the picture shown. I tried to stay as accurate as possible, make it as articulated as possible, and have fun doing it. I used almost all my skill with this custom, casting, dremeling, painting, boiling and popping, and so on. I even had a couple of big mess-ups or a half finished figure I wasn’t happy with so I scrapped that part and started over. Anyways, enjoy and please, please comment, I really love comments and constructive criticism on my customs. Also, to the lady in the costume - great costume and thanks for all the inspiration!








Recipe:
Helmet - Casted Jango
Head - Bespin Leia
Hair - FIXIT Sculpt
Neck - FIXIT Sculpt
Torso - Casted sculpt, same as other female mandalorians
Belt - FIXIT Sculpt
Holster - TSC Garidan modified
Waist and Upper Legs - ROTS Padme
Lower legs and boots - VTSC Han
Guns - Jango, duh lol
Shoulders - TSC Hem Dazon
Middle part of arms including joints - G.I.Joe Bombstrike
Gauntlets - TSC Boba Fett
Hands - ROTS Padme

Wow long recipe o_O

Also, my new Mandalorian set-up


Oh, and yes she is a little tall. Who says there can't be a bit of variety in height? Thanks for looking, LMKWYT :grin:
« Last Edit: January 22, 2007, 05:32 PM by CommanderKorbra »
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - 1/22 Female Mando based on costume
« Reply #227 on: January 24, 2007, 10:26 AM »
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!

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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.

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Alpha ARC 91
« Reply #228 on: January 28, 2007, 01:50 PM »
This is my latest custom. It's the first one I've used my new FIXIT Sclupt on. This used to a be a Commander Cody figure that got it's head and belt copped off. So I decided to make Alpha ARC-91. I think it looks pretty cool if I say so myself.  I also tried a new weathering technique posted by Jeditaz earlier this month. Oh and a few final things, this ARC is based on all the different ARC's seen - Hasbro's figure, the Alpha ARC in the coming soon comic 2 pack, the ARCs in the Republic Comics, and so on. He's got some Jaig Eyes (a mandalorian honor) because he displayed outstanding courage at the Battle of Hypori. Hope you like it, here's some pics.
Full view





Brothers in Arms



This one is darker but didn't wash out as much detail as all the others.


Thanks for looking, LMKWYT :)
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Jan 28 - Alpha ARC 91
« Reply #229 on: January 28, 2007, 02:18 PM »
Ok, I really have to get some of that Fixit sculpt. I've seen nothing but great work with that, and this ARC is just such an example! Great boot straps and pouches on his armor. And what's that extra on his pauldron? Some sort of target tracking device?

The bright blue looks great on him. Nice detail on those Jaig eyes and on the '91' on his pauldron and helmet! I only have mixed feelings about the blue on the pauldron. A bit too much, imho  :)

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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Jan 28 - Alpha ARC 91
« Reply #230 on: January 28, 2007, 05:32 PM »
Nice constructive crit mixed in with compliments, Incom. That means a lot to me. I put all the blue on the pauldren because of the way it looks in the Republic Comics on the ARCs. They are a bit bulkier looking than normal pauldrens and seem to have more blue than black. However now that you said sometihng, It might look better with less blue. :P
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Jan 28 - Alpha ARC 91
« Reply #231 on: January 29, 2007, 11:17 AM »
wow...i agree...im gonna have to get hold of some fixit...that is excelent well done there
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Jan 28 - Alpha ARC 91
« Reply #232 on: February 1, 2007, 04:05 PM »
Thank you master brisk arpor. I was totally not expecting this amount of compliments on all the sites. I mean, first time using FIXIT and trying out that weathering technique and some new paints. Pretty cool. I'm currently FIXITing an Episode 2 Commemorative Tin AOTC Trooper into another ARC. Ruprecht's recent tutorials and a little practice will have this one turning out at least as good if not better than the Alpha 91. Hope I can satisfy you all again with the new one!

Stay tuned...
« Last Edit: February 1, 2007, 04:06 PM by CommanderKorbra »
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Jan 28 - Alpha ARC 91
« Reply #233 on: February 2, 2007, 08:02 PM »
CK, i really like the female mandalore in black. From the recipe it looks  like you put alot of work into her and she turned out really well.

$5-8 will get you a decent beginners set of sculpting tools at Micheales arts and krafts. (just following up Ruprechet's sound advice)

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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Jan 28 - Alpha ARC 91
« Reply #234 on: February 5, 2007, 10:24 AM »
It put a smile on my face seeing all those Mandelorian customs together on one shelf. The group shots have a lot of impact as to the scope of your work. Very nice.
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Feb 5 - Rodian Jedi, Geonosis Casualty
« Reply #235 on: February 5, 2007, 03:55 PM »
Thank you very much Glassman and Anton. It puts a smile on my face knowing that people enjoy my work. Here's my latest custom, finished a few days ago:

This Rodian jedi fought alongside many other jedi in the Battle of Geonosis. He 'killed' many opposing battledroids. Sadly, he didn't last until clone troopers arrived to pick up the survivors of the battle.





He was going to be an SA Mace Windu from Geonosis until I discovered the 30AC first wave would have an SA Mace in it. So I used a VOTC Greedo's head and hands and made a rodian SA Jedi with soft goods skirt. LMKWYT please. Thanks
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Feb 5 - Rodian Jedi, Geonosis Casualty
« Reply #236 on: February 5, 2007, 08:02 PM »
neat, great work!
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Feb 14 - RC:Communications Specialist
« Reply #237 on: February 14, 2007, 05:08 PM »
Heya! This is my most recent custom. I took a Scorch figure I had and sculpted some stuff on him. Then I painted him white, and finally did a series of washes, drybrushes, and sandpapering. This is the Communications Specialist in my squad I'm working on. 2 more commandos are being painted white right now, and the 4th member of the squad is still MIA at some retail store ;) Look for finished other members of this squad later. When they are all completed I'll give the squad and members names and possible backgrounds. Oh and sorry about how the pictures turned out, not all of the weathering detail is visible. LMKWYT









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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Feb 14 - RC:Communications Specialist
« Reply #238 on: February 14, 2007, 05:51 PM »
 ;) NICE!!! I like the Jedi too! ;D
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Re: CommanderKorbra' Customs - Feb 14 - RC:Communications Specialist
« Reply #239 on: February 15, 2007, 06:59 PM »
Thanks :) I just added a new slightly bigger better detailed pic of the commando.
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