I'll admit it...I was unsure about how to approach Chewie. I've never been wild about McQuarrie's bug-eyed monster, and so I went for a decidedly more traditional, final film version of the character. But, I decided to try and imagine what Chewbacca would look like had the first Star Wars coupled the Death Star battle with the ground battle on Kashyyk, and this is what I came up with.
The base figure is a ML Sasquatch. Basically, all I did was resculpt the head, using the mouth and eyes from the original figure, and add longer fur to the neck, shoulders and chest with epoxy putty. The shin joint has been sculpted over as well. The usual fabric and leather elements are present as well. The tabbard and shoulder covering has been threaded with rough twine, and the bandolier strap has small pieces of copper tubing for Chewie's energy quarrels. The bowcaster is a ML hawkeye bow attached to a rifle, and the sidearm is a cast off from a Stealth Wolverine.
I know he's not my best, but I was a little lost as to what to do with him. I'm sure I'll have a better idea down the road, but be too lazy to revisit the character
. I tried to create the illusion of the fur on the neck and shoulders flowing down from the head...not sure if it looks okay or not. Also, the open mouth concerns me...not sure if I made the right choice.Han Solo
Again, like Chewie, this was a relatively
quick custom to put together. The base body is a Stealth Wolverine (my favorte base...even moreso than Bullseye), and a Helms Deep Aragorn head. I sculpted the sleeves, filled in the holes in the legs, gave him a leather vest and flak vest, removed some detailing on the boots, and sculpted the hair and beard.
The design is derived from the film costume and the early conceptual design...I decided to give him the Flash Gordon-style head piece just...because! I wanted him to still be very much a scoundrel and a smuggler, but to have that more literal serial-type feel to his design. The flak vest was sort of a way to reflect the early designs, and to suggest an element of practicality...I liked the idea of him being prepared for anything at any time, which includes wearing all of his piloting gear on the ship and when he's stopping off to switch shipments. It is also for this reason that I avoided adding to many pouches, back packs, and omitting the cloak...those things would just get in the way of being able to comfortably pilot the Falcon or make fast getaways. Just the essentials.
And while I would have preferred to use one of the paintings from the first film as a background, I figured this Empire painting could do the trick (the Star Wars portfolio is packed away somewhere):
Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.