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Offline Spectre

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FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« on: July 16, 2006, 11:01 PM »
I have been trying to find some kind of use for those stupid little mini "holo" figures that are packed in with the current Star Wars figures as they really served no purpose to me as-is since most of the characters depicted are dead by the time of my "Universe" (approx. 9 years post "Return Of The Jedi").

It finally hit me during the design phase of my "Super Secret Customs Project" (which will debut the first week of August!) when I had to come up with several different forms of weathered metal patinas.

Now the useless mini "holo" figures are metallic statues for use in dioramas!

Bronze:









"Ancient Egyptian Gold Artifact":


Tarnished Silver:


Pewter:





Here's a comparison shot with all 4 "alloys":


I made a ton of these guys today. Any that I do not decide to keep will be offered up in my Swap Shop next week :)
« Last Edit: July 22, 2006, 02:29 AM by Spectre »
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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2006, 11:33 PM »
Wow, I can really see that those things require some major work. Great job! :)
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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2006, 11:37 PM »
That's a really great idea, especially the Jedi for a Jedi Temple diorama. 
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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2006, 02:08 AM »
Hahahah, I did the same thing to one of my boba holos! Put it on a table for a dio, too. looks incredible, eh?

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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2006, 12:36 PM »
Wow, I can really see that those things require some major work. Great job! :)

Thanks :)

But they don't really require major work, just tedious, repetitive work. You really need to hit them with the base color (the darker colors in the nooks and crannies) 3 or 4 times to get them completely opaque so light no longer passes through them. You also have to prime them well or else the paint will have difficulty sticking to the slightly oily feeling transparent plastic they are molded in (especially the red ones as they are particularly hard to get the paint to stick to). Then let them dry completely so as to not remove any of the base color when drybrushing on the metallic accent colors. That's it, nothing fancy or advanced, just repetitive and tedious :)
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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2006, 02:30 AM »
Fixed my photobucket upload problem (kept reducing my pics to teeny tiny versions for no reason :( ) so the pics are now full-sized and you can get a better look at the metal patinas :)
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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2006, 02:37 AM »
These look amazing!

I always thought it would be great to try to paint the Amidala one for use in a post-ROTS Theed/Naboo diorama and that the Jedi would look great in a jedi temple set-up.

Please give as much detail as you can about the making of these, i.e. what paints did you use?

For some reason, though, my Yoda was already silver, so at least I have a leg up on that one.
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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2006, 03:05 AM »
These look amazing!

I always thought it would be great to try to paint the Amidala one for use in a post-ROTS Theed/Naboo diorama and that the Jedi would look great in a jedi temple set-up.

Please give as much detail as you can about the making of these, i.e. what paints did you use?

For some reason, though, my Yoda was already silver, so at least I have a leg up on that one.

Your Yoda was one of the "Ultimate Galactic Hunt" variants.

I just used Appel Barrel Craft paints, nothing special. They make some great metallics and are dirt cheap :)
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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2006, 03:30 AM »
bTW, where do you announce your swap shop??
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Re: FINALLY Found A Use For The Mini "Holos"...
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2006, 03:35 AM »
bTW, where do you announce your swap shop??

In the Modern Trading section of the board.

I have 2 different Swap Shops, one toys and one statues and busts ("Spectre's High End Swap Shop"). I haven't listed the metallic "holos" yet as I'm still deciding which ones I'm going to keep. I'll have any extras up tomorrow night or Sunday afternoon.
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