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Title: Glorbes Customs (New Vader and Stormtrooper 1:12 scale-9)
Post by: glorbes on May 15, 2006, 04:36 PM
Hello everyone.

I posted in the newbie forum, but I just wanted to send out a general greeting to everyone here.  Hemble (who has gone on sabbatical now) introduced me to this site, and posted a few of my customs at this link: http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12180.msg222170#msg222170

First off, I want to thank everyone for the feedback.  While I was not officially a member, I did find the comments very helpful and insightful. 

Secondly, I will use this post as a sort of de facto index for whatever pieces I post...I see that the threads are relatively self-contained for customizers here, so I will follow that model.

And thirdly, I would like to say the perusing these threads has been very inspiring...much of the Expanded Universe work as well as the custom work derived from the trilogies is very impressive.

Well, I guess I'll quit being a windbag and post a few customs!

INDEX

AT-ST:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg346214#msg346214
Chewbacca and Han Solo:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg227562#msg227562
Darth Vader:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg226502#msg226502
General Grievous (modified):  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg292684#msg292684
General Grievous (before modifications):  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg226535#msg226535
Anakin Skywalker: http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg296191#msg296191
Luke Skywalker:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg230085#msg230085
Mandalorian Warrior:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg293641#msg293641
Obi Wan Kenobi:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg292686#msg292686
Plo Koon: http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg296192#msg296192
R2-D2 and C-3P0:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg228626#msg228626
Snowspeeder:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg349250#msg349250
Stormtrooper:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg230085#msg230085
Stormtrooper Mk II:  http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg292687#msg292687
TIE Fighter: http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=12368.msg330907#msg330907
Title: Re: Glorbes Custom Thread
Post by: glorbes on May 15, 2006, 04:44 PM
Darth Vader (revised)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001050.jpg)

Among the customs that Hemble posted on my behalf was my Darth Vader...I have since made numerous changes to him.  This is the original:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000786.jpg)

I work primarily with Marvel Legends and similarly scaled figures.  The recipe is as follows:
Head: Original Sculpt (Epoxy putty for helmet and face plate, vinyl for "skirt" and grate)
Neck, chest, arms (Marvel Legends War Machine)
Stomach, pelvis, hip joints (Spider-Man Classics Mysterio)
Legs (Combination of Mysterio, Marvel Legends Modern Iron Man, and a LOT of Epoxy Putty).
Hands (Mandarin Spawn)

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001046.jpg)
 
The armour is from a McFarlane Toys Jackal Assassin...I used it to give the armour a literal Samurai style, since much of Vader's conceptual design was derived from Samurai armour.  I wanted to fuse McQuarrie's early concepts with some of my own ideas.  The inner and outer capes are fabric, and the lightsaber is made from clear plastic dowel that I found at a hobby shop.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001048.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Darth Vader)
Post by: CHEWIE on May 15, 2006, 05:35 PM
I think you are extremely talented.  Hemble spoke very highly of your.

These would make for a much better 6" line than what Hasbro has offered... simply amazing!

 :)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Darth Vader)
Post by: glorbes on May 15, 2006, 06:46 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Chewie.  I really do wish that Hasbro would branch into this scale...the Unleashed figures are interesting, but I really believe that they'd clean up with articulated 6" products.  Who knows...with them taking over Marvel Legends from Toy Biz, they may see the potential and have the means to create something of the sort.

Here's another custom of mine...a real headache.

General Grievous
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001052.jpg)

Here's the work-in-progress:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000913.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000935.jpg)

This custom uses numerous figures (as you can see from the WIP).  This was a very sculpt-heavy custom, and the sculpting was done with epoxy putty.  The armour design deviates quite a bit from the film, but I was basically trying to get the basic appearance of the character and work around the fodder.  I would have preferred to have the sets of arms attached to a single joint on each side, but could not concieve of a way to do so.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000943.jpg)

Lots of work went into this thing...there are still many rough spots and things that bug me about him, but for the most part I'm happy with how he turned out.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001051.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: speedermike on May 15, 2006, 09:55 PM
That Vader is insanely cool.  When I was a kid, before I knew Vader was Luke's father, that's how I imagined him looking during the Clone Wars, way, way before the PT came out.  Excellent work.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: Gregorbian on May 15, 2006, 10:21 PM
WOW!  These 6" Scale customs are amazing!  I love the WIP shot of the Grievous, the parts combination and the sculpting are phenominal. 

I love the samurai look to Darth Vader, very effective!  Excellent work all around, I can't wait to see what else you coming up!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: darth_ripley on May 15, 2006, 11:54 PM
the vader is my fave of your work that i have seen. i wish that vader would've looked that way at the end of ROTS, more of a McQuarrie/samurai conceptual feel, rather than just straight to what we saw throughout the original trilogy.

the grievous is amazing! i think with the amount of work it took, you should be very pleased.

i look forward to seeing more of your work in the future :)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: Outrider on May 16, 2006, 08:35 AM
Somebody mentioned that your work is insanely cool and I'd like to echo that remark.  Your stuff is simply excellent.  You should be very proud.  COngrats on 2 of the most awesome customs that I've ever seen. 
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: PenDragon on May 16, 2006, 09:08 AM
Truely friggin' amazing!!! I loved Vader when Hemble posted him before, and I love new the detailed pics even more! That origional concept samurai look just leaves me in awe!

Grievious is spectacular too, just soooooo coool! But I gotsta ask: why were the lower hands were left as human hands? The different armor, the two-per-side joints, nothing else bothers me at all - he's just so well done that he looks like he's supposed to be built that way!

Thanks for sharing your awesome works with us!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: Kit Fisto on May 16, 2006, 09:40 AM
2 Superb pieces of art my friend! I like the Grievous the most. With those WIPs you really show how much work and parts went into that bad boy. Neat!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: glorbes on May 16, 2006, 09:44 AM
speedermike

Thanks for the kind response.  Much of the ideas that I pilfered were from the early paintings and (to a lesser degree) the early drafts of the Star Wars script, which was drastically different from the finished film.  Vader very much seemed as though he could be a relic of the Clone Wars (which seemed in the far distant past to the film before the prequels came along).  There's a lot of great stuff and unused ideas from this Star Wars prehistory...thanks again, man.

Gregorbian

Thanks for the feedback.  Grievous was certainly a challenge...I must say I enjoyed piecing together the base...though I may have balked at the attempt had I known how bloody long it would take me to sculpt.  I'll be posting more stuff soon...thus far I have made ten Star Wars customs in this scale.

darth_ripley  

Thanks for commenting.  It would have been nice to see at least *some* variation in the armour design...I'm sure that improvements in technology would have been made between Episode III and IV to warrant upgrades for Vader's life support system.  I guess, perhaps, this design could be seen as a crude prototype for the more streamlines version seen in the films...an interesting take...I like it  :).  Thanks again.

Outrider

Thanks for the very kind feedback, man.  I hope you enjoy some of my other work...not all of my takes on these designs are to everyone's tastes, but I certainly appreciate any feedback.

PenDragon

Thanks for the comments.  I'll be perfectly honest...the lower set of hands are left that way out of sheer laziness.  I had modded the top set (which were sculpted in a closed grip), and left modding the bottom set until later, since I wasn't sure how to modify the articulated fingers to match the top set.  When it came time to prime the sculpt, I had forgotten to go back...when I noticed my oversite, I was so sick of working on this custom that I simply let it slide.  Terrible, I know...one of these days I'll fix it up...and maybe give him a cloak.  Thanks again, man.

Kit Fisto

Thanks for the feedback, man.  One of the reasons why I made sure to snap some pics of Grievous in the early stages is that in order for the custom to work, I knew he'd have to be completely unrecognizable from the original base.  I also wanted to keep track of my process more thoroughly.  I'm glad I did.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: Glassman6 on May 16, 2006, 10:42 AM
Hey Glorbes, I am glad to see your fantastic star wars customs over here.
You gotta post the rest of them. Especially that Group shot.

If you arent famaillar with Glorbes work, You are in for a definate treat. He is without a doubt one of the best customizers out there in any subject matter. Most will say he rules the world!  ;D

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: Darth_Ennis on May 16, 2006, 04:43 PM
HOLY SKUNKSWEAT!!!! That grevious is phenominal. I didnt quite get the scale until I saw the WIP. Excellent job. The sculpting alone wouldve sent me into a coma. Welcome aboard. I look forward to seeing more of this.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: glorbes on May 18, 2006, 01:08 PM
Glassman6

Glassman!!  Great to see you, man.  I think you may be overstating my abilities...don't stop  ;).  Thanks for the way too kind words...I'll have to search out your thread...I've always really enjoyed your work.

Darth_Ennis

Thanks for the kind words, man.  Grievous has his problems, but I'm glad you like him...the scale was important to me for this, especially since the Hasbro figure is so short and wonky.

Thanks again, fellas.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Vader and Grievous)
Post by: glorbes on May 18, 2006, 01:11 PM
Chewbacca
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000983.jpg)

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.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000984.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000985.jpg)

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.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000986.jpg)

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
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000998.jpg)

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. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000999.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000994.jpg)

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):
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001003.jpg)

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001001.jpg)


Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Chewie and Han Solo)
Post by: Smartypants1635 on May 18, 2006, 06:07 PM
MY GOD, that last pic of han and Chewie is amazing, that chewie looks like he could and will rip your arms off.
I like the open mouth so don't worry about it, it gives him that wookie badass feel
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Chewie and Han Solo)
Post by: Fritzkrieg on May 18, 2006, 09:32 PM
WOW!

I am in Awe of your Sculpting abilities. I really need to star Practicing My Sculpting again. It Must be Great to have the ability to Create What You Need Rather Than Relly on Existing Fodder Pieces.

I can't Wait to See More of Your Amazing Work.

Fritzkroeg
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Chewie and Han Solo)
Post by: Gregorbian on May 18, 2006, 10:01 PM
Wow, words fail me.  You did an incredible job with both Chewbacca and Han Solo!  I absolutely love the ML style Chewie.  He looks absolutely incredible.  I'm also surprised how good the Aragorn head works as Han Solo.  Keep up the superb work man, I am completely blown away.   :o
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Chewie and Han Solo)
Post by: findswoman on May 19, 2006, 12:30 AM
Welcome, Glorbes!  Wow, these two are exquisite.  Fantastic sculpting work on both.  I like that you've achieved a sort of "concepty" look that nevertheless is very much in the spirit of SW. 

Making SW customs at this scale is so ambitious because there's so little actual SW fodder at this scale -- which makes your work all the more impressive.  Looking forward to seeing more!  :)

... the Findswoman
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Chewie and Han Solo)
Post by: CHEWIE on May 19, 2006, 01:24 AM
These are some of the most amazing and creative customs that I have EVER seen.  Care to add your Fett/Stormtrooper/Yoda to this thread?

 :)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Chewie and Han Solo)
Post by: BrentS on May 19, 2006, 09:55 AM
Um, WOW!  Those are all amazing.  I love Grievous and Chewbacca - outstanding!  Thanks especially for showing the WIP photos of Greivous, it really shows off how hard you work on these figures.  I'm very very impressed with all your work. 

Thanks for joining us here at JD.

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Chewie and Han Solo)
Post by: glorbes on May 22, 2006, 07:13 PM
Smartypants1635

Thanks for the feedback...glad you think the growling mouth looks okay.

Fritzkrieg

Thanks for commenting...these Star Wars customs were (and are) my most ambitious pieces with regard to sculpting...I had kind of decided to really push myself and learn during the process.  While I see many issues with the final pieces, I'm happy with them to a certain degree.  Thanks again.

Gregorbian

Thanks for the kind words.  I actually used the Aragorn head for an Indiana Jones custom as well...I know its not much of a likeness to Harrison Ford, but in a pinch, at least they have the same sort of appearance and attitude.

Findswoman

Thanks for the great feedback.  The funnest part of these customs are exactly what you touched upon...generating the parts to make something at this scale that fits into the SW universe, and using the conceptual designs as a basis for the figures.  I have to say that this set was a lot of fun for those two reasons.

CHEWIE

Wow, man...thanks for the far too generous feedback  :).  I'll add the other four soon...I figured I should at the very least take some new images of them (especially since I made a few minor adjustments to Yoda). 

BrentS

Thank you for commenting...and also for the kind welcome.  In some cases, when I can remember, I like to take a few shots of the progress of a custom.  With Grievous, I felt it was particularly important to document the process.

Thanks again for commenting everyone!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Chewie and Han Solo)
Post by: glorbes on May 22, 2006, 07:25 PM
R2-D2
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000961.jpg)

Artoo was very much a fusion of the final design and the early McQuarrie concepts.  I wanted the basic color and compostional elements of the movie Artoo, but I loved the very rough, almost primitive industrial element of the arms jutting out of the dome.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000964.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000963.jpg)

Here's the WIP:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000957.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000953.jpg)

The dome is from a trinket machine, the body is from a Loctite Super Glue container, the bottom "egg" shape is from another trinket machine container, and the legs are from an Alien Racers figure.  The foot pads are door hinges from a McFarlane Toys X-Files figure accessory.  The arm is from a ML Elektra, and the attachments are from a McFarlane Ichabod Cran figure.  The various panels are vinyl that has been cut and glued to the body's surface, and the jet engines on the back are the innards of a pen.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000962.jpg)

C-3P0
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001054.jpg)

This one's a little more out to lunch.  I went more to the McQuarrie illustrations for this, but went back even further to the initial inspiration for Threepio...the Ultima Futura Automaton from the classic film Metropolis.  I also threw in some of my own ideas. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM001053.jpg)

The base figure is a Vampire Hunter D female character.  I removes the breasts, the head detail and hair, and the jacket from the figure.  The hands and feet are from a McFarlane Ultima Online figure.  The head has been resculpted with epoxy putty, as has the sides of the torso, back, and chest.  The head detailing has been achieved with strips of vinyl.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000965.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000967.jpg)

I liked the idea of Threepio being androgynous and vaguely humanoid, but more streamlined than what a man in suit would allow.  I do love the film version, but I thought for this project I'd try something a little different.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000959.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: Smartypants1635 on May 22, 2006, 07:31 PM
Wow, thats great, I love the R-2 He looks great, The greeblies and the construction go very well together. 3PO looks very slender, which is something we don't see in The SW unniverse making this custom very unique.

2 thumbs up for 3PO and 2 screw drivers or other tools up for R2 ;)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: jedistyle on May 22, 2006, 07:54 PM
wow, your custom's are awsome they are so creative!

it took real talent to turn that wip r2 pic in to the final product, very cool.

i really liked the 3po. he actually looks like he would be usful in a fight now!

the weathering and design of each of these figures is very well done, you did some excellent work, thanks for sharing it.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: BrentS on May 23, 2006, 07:38 PM
I'm blown away by the creativity of your customs.  Thanks so much for posting the WIP photos of R2.  I was sitting here wondering what you used to create that figure.  How imaginative!!  As cool as R2 looks, I just love 3P0.  He looks great.  What is the overall scale of both of these guys?
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: Fritzkrieg on May 23, 2006, 10:51 PM
Simply Stunning :o

I love the way these turned Out. They are Very True to the Styling of the
McQuarrie concepts they are Based on. What scale are they In. I'd love to see a pic of the Base Figure you used to make C-3PO.

Keep Up the Great Work
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: speedermike on May 23, 2006, 10:58 PM
Again, wow!!  These are by far of the coolest customs I've ever seen.  R2 is flat out awesome.  What's  next?  I'd love to see your take on the McQuarrie paintings that had Luke as a young woman! Or a Stromtrooper! Go, man go! Also, it woudl be great to see a group shot of all of these, posed like those early promo posters--Speedermike
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: Glassman6 on May 24, 2006, 10:12 AM
Stunning, Just Stunning! 
Beautiful interpretation of these guys.
I love seeing the co9nstruction of R2.
Your painting really brings the droid to life.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: RollaJedi on May 24, 2006, 02:15 PM
cool!!!  I started sculpting and customizing in 6" about a year ago, but only did 2 thus far.  I've since went back to 3 3/4" scale.  But MAN, those are danged awesome!  You may want to look into WWE wrestling figures too as bases.  Thats mainly where I did mine from.  You can get lots of good fodder cheap from older figures.  Weapons, now thats another issue.  Not much out there.  I used those cheapo paintbrushes as a lightsaber (the kind that come like 10 to a pack with different colors for handles) and it works very good.
Have a look (its the Naga sadow and Gorc).  of course, I'm not really sure if gorc is 3 3/4" scale or 6"! 
http://rjedi-pics.tripod.com/cus-naga.html
http://rjedi-pics.tripod.com/cus-gorc.html

I also found a TON of less articulated 6" army soldiers at big lots as well, for 2 bucks each.  Hope this helps a little.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: Gregorbian on May 25, 2006, 10:06 PM
Jeez Glorbes, you're a friggin' arteest!  I love this entire "series" that you've been putting out.  I really like the concept R2.  The fact that you made him from what is essentially "garbage" is just awesome! 
As usual, the paint apps and sculpting are top notch.  I'm so glad you joined here and decided to share these excellent customs with us!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: glorbes on May 27, 2006, 11:26 AM
Smartypants1635

Thanks for the kind feedback!  The slender look seems to be more a quality of the prequel designs...I guess this version of Threepio sort of combines those design elements that I like with the more weathered and battered look of the older films.  I prefer the used universe, but I must say the elegant touches of Ian McCaig and Doug Chiang are not without their charm.

jedistyle

Thanks for the feedback, man.  Yeah, Threepio's blade was a bit whimsical and unintended...originally it was much longer, but then I figured that would be too much.

BrentS

Thanks for commenting.  I'll be sure to post a group shot of  these customs together when they're all up...that should give you a sense of scale.  Heck, I'll throw in a shot with a Star Wars figure too  ;).  Thanks again.

Fritzkrieg

Thanks for the feedback, man.  These customs are in 1/12 scale (roughly 6").  I've provided a link of the base figure I used for Threepio:

http://www.youbuynow.com/img/items/110963359993326100.jpg

Hopefully it gives a sense of the changes I made and the things I kept.

speedermike

Thanks for posting in here, and for the kind words.  The Luke design that you mentioned is indeed the one that I used for inspiration...I'll be posting my Lady Luke next.  Thanks again.

glassman6

Thanks for the kind feedback, glassman.  Artoo was a fun challenge...I couldn't think of any Artoos in 6" scale, so I guess a bit of parts harvesting really was required.

RollaJedi

Thanks for the tips and for the feedback, man.  Pretty cool stuff there too.  For lightsabers, I found this clear, very small doweling at a model/hobby/railroad shop...they had green, blue, and red colors...perfect for sabers at this scale.  Check it out...it was with the railroad models.

Gregorbian

Thanks for the feedback, man.  It's a very nice thing to hear that you feel this stuff contributes to the boards in some way...thanks again for the kind welcome.

Thanks for checking out my customs, everyone!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" R2 and 3P0, p.2)
Post by: glorbes on May 27, 2006, 11:37 AM
"Luke"
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000093.jpg)

McQuarrie had designs numerous outfits and looks for the central characters.  One that always caught my imagination was a drawing of a female Luke Skywalker (or whatever the character's name was at that stage of development).  This is my take on that sketch.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000094.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000095.jpg)

The head, torso, and arms are a ML Elektra.  The hands are from the Leila figure I used as a base for my Threepio, and the pelvis and legs are from an X-Men Classics Gambit figure.  The musculature is a little too defined on the legs for my tastes, but I have yet to fix it.  The cap is epoxy putty with leather and vinyl goggles, and the tunic is leather with Darth Maul macrobinoculars.  The lightsaber is my favorite hobby doweling and some pieces of metal tubing and leather for the hilt.  The gun is made from bits and pieces, and the holster is leather.  The back pack is just a piece of junk fodder that I thought looked cool.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000901.jpg)

Stormtrooper
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000099.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000102.jpg)
Just the same custom that Hemble posted before on my behalf.  The head is an original sculpt (and is a bit rough...it was one of my earliest customs from this series and I was still refining my sculpting skills on this one).  The body is a modifed X-Men Ruby Quartz armour cyclops figure, and the gun is a modified Matrix Twin machine gun.  The back pack is a Cyclops accessory with Plan B WWII German accessories added.

 (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000100.jpg)

WIP
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000793.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000794.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Slave 1 repaint
Post by: glorbes on May 27, 2006, 01:20 PM
This was done well over a year ago, and is pretty much the only customizing I've done on the 3/34 " scale.  Its a repaint of the Episode II Slave 1 to look like the ESB color scheme:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000103.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000104.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000105.jpg)

I used images of the actual model for reference.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000106.jpg)

I did have a neutrally posed/modified Boba Fett, but he took a nose dive off the shelf a long time ago.  SO, here's the 300th figure Boba instead:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/Yet%20even%20more%20pictures/IM000107.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Luke and Stormtrooper, 3)
Post by: PenDragon on May 27, 2006, 02:08 PM
I don't say "OMG" very often. But I believe now might be the right time...

The Slave one looks nice, like you said, the StormTrooper is a little rough, but I really do love the head sculpt anyway, (any thoughts on giving him a shield & light saber?), And  that concept 'Starkiller' is truly amazing (I was always facinated by that one)!

These are all amazing, man! The soft/lether/vinal goods are astoundingly awesome. Any chance we could get some group pics with Han, Chwie, Luke/Liea, & the droids? Or even just "Luke" & Vader?
(http://homepage.mac.com/dtrull/pix/aotc/mcquarrie.jpg) (http://static.flickr.com/6/5804028_860e1557ac.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Luke and Stormtrooper, 3)
Post by: Darth_Ennis on May 27, 2006, 03:56 PM
What more can I say other than I am not worthy. :o :o
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Luke and Stormtrooper, 3)
Post by: kirk_dougall on May 27, 2006, 07:08 PM
WOW!
I bought the 3 vintage folders of ralphs concept art last year and always thought they'd be cool customized, you've done a great job here, I especially like Vader and Luke.
I too would like to see the stormtrooper with a shield and saber.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Luke and Stormtrooper, 3)
Post by: CHEWIE on May 27, 2006, 07:13 PM
Your concept figures are so damn awesome... I would buy them in a heartbeat... imagine if that was the direction the Unleashed went... wow.  I would also love to see all of these figures made by Hasbro that you've done in a 3-3/4" scale. 

The Slave I repaint is stunning.  It looks like a true film prop.

And I've never seen Luke look sexier.   ;D

 :)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Luke and Stormtrooper, 3)
Post by: PenDragon on May 27, 2006, 11:08 PM
Your concept figures are so damn awesome... I would buy them in a heartbeat... imagine if that was the direction the Unleashed went... wow.  I would also love to see all of these figures made by Hasbro that you've done in a 3-3/4" scale. 

I would like to second. Hasbro, if you're listening, hire glorbes. Damn it.

That is all.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Luke and Stormtrooper, 3)
Post by: glorbes on April 1, 2007, 09:47 PM
Thanks for the feedback, everyone.  Its been a VERY long while since I've posted anything...mostly due to the fact that I haven't made any Star Wars customs in well over half a year.  But, I've picked up a few ideas along the way, and figured I'd jump back in the SW saddle.

First up is a revamp/redux of a previous custom:

General Grievous
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0033.jpg)

After acquiring some inspiration and some sheets of styrene, I set about updating and completing my custom Grievous. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0019.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0020.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0021.jpg)

The chest, upper arm, forearm, and shin armor is made from styrene. That was the major structural alteration to what I had previously. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0036.jpg)

I also did an extensive repaint, trying to bring the look of the character that much closer to the final design in the film (but still not quite 100%).

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0022.jpg) (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0026.jpg)

For his cloak, I just used some scrap material, lined the seams with wire to give it some poseability, and made sure I could easily slip it on and off from around the neck.  The scale of the fabric is a bit too heavy for a figure this size, but I think it looks alright.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0014.jpg)

Now, I'm aware that my version of the character is still off-model from the character in the film, but that has to do with working around action figure articulation and a much bulkier base.  I actually have plans to revisit the character using armature wire in order to create a more accurate model, but this figure fits the bill for now.  Among the issues that I'm eager to solve in any subsequent versions is creating the four arms attached to two axis (as opposed to this version that has a separate joint for all four arms). 

This was a challenging figure, and while not perfect, I'm finally happy with how he looks on the shelf. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0318GrievousFinal0041.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Luke and Stormtrooper, 3)
Post by: glorbes on April 1, 2007, 09:53 PM
General Obi Wan Kenobi
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0328obiwan0009.jpg)

When I was a kid, my imagination ran wild with the whole Clone Wars thing. A throwaway line from my favorite movie, and it pretty much grew to a massive epic, featuring thousands of Jedi fighting a bunch of guys in Boba Fett armor, while also fighting badass Dark Jedi, all in a desperate attempt to save the Republic from destruction. The creation of Darth Vader, the origins of the Mandalorian armor that Fett wore (was he a former Stormtrooper, and if not, what was his story?), and a whole lot of Jedi getting slaughtered against the backdrop of epic battles and destruction. I guess we kind of got this stuff in the prequels, but it just didn't seem as cool as what I imagined. It was all just so "meh"...which I guess could be attributed to the fact that I was, like, seven years old when I first worked myself up into a tizzy, and now I'm in my mid-twenties.

But I digress. For a while now, I've been toying with the idea of creating figures of characters from the Clone Wars that completely ignores the prequels and attempts to explore stuff that I would have liked to see. Obviously, I can't completely divorce my mind from the films, and the fact is I like Grievous and I like a lot of the Jedi character designs...but for this figure, I was looking more for a badass, armored and ready for battle Obi Wan.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0328obiwan0003.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0328obiwan0005.jpg)

The base figure is Theoden. I initially tried to rework the armor he had, but it was too bulky and too recognizable as Theoden's armor, so after wasting some time and epoxy putty, I simply removed the pieces of armor and built my own using styrene. Its actually very similar to Theoden's torso armor, but I made the design more angular and a little more industrial looking. I wanted to evoke a medieval knight, but I also wanted it to look like it could be some sort of retro-futuristic suit.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0328obiwan0004.jpg)

The Bernard Hill likeness is pretty good, which works against me separating the face from the character. But, I also saw a bit of Alec Guinness in the sculpt, so I tried to paint the face and eyes to look like Obi Wan from the first trilogy, but perhaps a bit younger (not too young though).

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0328obiwan0008.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0328obiwan0002.jpg)

The idea that I had for this figure was that Jedi, while powerful, are not superheroes either, and would benefit from wearing protective gear in battle. I thought about making the armor white, but I want to save that for an idea I'm cooking up for a Clone Trooper. In this case, I decided that the black, tarnished armor was simple and functional, and that Kenobi had seen plenty of action throughout the war. He is, after all, a general.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0328obiwan0011.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (6" Luke and Stormtrooper, 3)
Post by: glorbes on April 1, 2007, 09:57 PM
Stormtrooper Mk II
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0331trooper0011.jpg)

Initially, I was going to do some whacked-out Clone design, but I got an idea of how to make a slightly tighter Stormtrooper helmet that I hoped would improve upon my previous version, and went with it. I can always make a Clone later on

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0331trooper0003.jpg)

The base figure is 100% movie Green Goblin. The shin armor is...from the fodder pile. The chest and stomach armor is styrene with a few fodder bits here and there, and the helmet is epoxy putty with vinyl panels.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0331trooper0007.jpg)

The panels were placed on a rough shape for the helmet to create the details and signature profile of the helmet. The nozzles at the bottom-front of the helmet are crooked, which is bugging the hell out of me but I'm probably not going to fix it.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0331trooper0004.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0331trooper0010.jpg)

The thighs and arms are covered in leather. This is based on some of McQuarrie's designs, where parts of the armor on his initial stormtrooper illustrations were made up of leather. The cape is fabric, and the right shoulder armor is from a ML8 Iron Man.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0331trooper0008.jpg)

The rifle is a combination of a few different guns from the fodder pile with a leather strap thrown in. I'm happier with parts of this custom than with my previous trooper...but I still plan to make a Clone Trooper.

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Grievous Redux, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper, P. 3)
Post by: Deanna Rash on April 1, 2007, 10:39 PM
 :o :o :o :o I'm very much speechless and wordless.They're very Awesome and cool!!! Especialy the Vader and Obi!,but I like them all
Great job!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Grievous Redux, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper, P. 3)
Post by: hemble on April 2, 2007, 05:02 AM
Hi glorbes

It's good to see your own section over here, I've commented on the older figures over at Fwoosh but again you are the king when it comes to combining different parts and materials together.

The Stormtrooper Mk 2 -  is awesome it's something that you would expect to see doing patrols in and around Mos Eisley, The helmet is very well done I did'nt even notice the pipe until you said it was crooked but it's only minor.

Obi Wan - What a great take on Obi in clone armour very old republic but still holding the true essence of the SW universe I like the fact that you went with a darker metallic look with the armour instead of the white armour look, as always the combination of plastics and cloth work is awesome keep up the fantastic work.

Ron

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Grievous Redux, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper, P. 3)
Post by: speedermike on April 2, 2007, 11:39 PM
Again, these things are friggin' great!  I also want to see a group shot of all the main characters.

Your General Kenobi looks a lot like how I imagined the Clone Wars when I was young too.  I think that in E3 Obi and Ani should have worn some armour to show how desperate things had gotten.

Have you done a 6 inch Boba Fett?  Would love to see that...

Keep up the very creative work!----Mike
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Grievous Redux, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper, P. 3)
Post by: Darth Depressis on April 2, 2007, 11:45 PM
these are figgin awesome, what a creative vision! keep it up...these are all extremely well done and i cannot wait for  more....koto eat your heart out!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Grievous Redux, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper, P. 3)
Post by: Glassman6 on April 3, 2007, 03:27 PM
As usual, extremely inovative work G.
You always amaze me with your creations. I wish i had half your imagination!!! ( any more and i fear my head would explode from all the ideas)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Grievous Redux, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper, P. 3)
Post by: glorbes on April 5, 2007, 09:14 AM
Deanna Rash

Thanks for the feedback.  Darth is one of my personal favorite customs as well...glad you like how he turned out. 

hemble

Well Ron, I gotta tell you that your feedback means a whole heck of a lot.  Hope to see some more 6" stuff from you soon...that Indiana Jones was unbelievable.

speedermike

I have indeed made a Boba Fett...he's an older custom but I'll have to post him here soon.  One thing I loved about the Tartakovsky cartoons was the image of Obi Wan wearing Clone armour...that's actually one thing that spawned this whole idea of customizng alternate versions of these characters for me.  Thanks for the feedback.

Darth Depressis

Thanks for the feedback, Darth...its greatly appreciated, I assure you.

Glassman6

Thanks as always for taking the time to comment, Glassman...you're a tremendous talent yourself, and I appreciate your feedback.

Thanks again everyone!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Grievous Redux, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper, P. 3)
Post by: glorbes on April 5, 2007, 09:16 AM
Mandalorian Warrior
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0012.jpg)

Ah yeah. Nothing in the galaxy is sexier than Mandalorian Armour...these guys have style. Anyway, I wanted to keep the basic elements intact, but play around with a few things to make this guy look clunkier and more "old-fashioned."

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0002.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0006.jpg)

The base figure is the X3 Magneto. The helmet is an original sculpt, with vinyl panels added to give the design sharper edges. I'm actually much happier with how this helmet turned out compared to my Boba Fett.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0008.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0010.jpg)

The back pack is made from a bunch of crap from the fodder bucket. The spear/vibro-blade is made from an early McToys Gene Simmons figure accessory and a styrene sheet. The uniform is fabric, as is the skirting. The armor plates are styrene as well, and the shoulder pads are from a Legolas figure.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0020.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0011.jpg)

I wanted to give the armour more of a "personalized" look for the figure, almost like some sort of tribal insignia. The pattern is meaningless, but did end up sort of resembling the Mandalorian symbol that is on Fett's shoulder armour in the films.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0017.jpg)

I had a tough time deciding how much to add to this guy. Boba and Jango have all kinds of doo-dads on their armour, but I ended up pulling back on that a bit...all of the bits and pieces I considered adding just didn't look right.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0404mandalorian0024.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Mandalorian Warrior, p. 4)
Post by: David on April 5, 2007, 11:48 AM
That Manalorian is excellent, looks like you put a lot of hard work into it and it sure paid off! Keep up the great work!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Mandalorian Warrior, p. 4)
Post by: Deanna Rash on April 5, 2007, 03:46 PM
 :o :o :o :o OMG! tha mandelorian is just too cool! 8)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Mandalorian Warrior, p. 4)
Post by: hemble on April 6, 2007, 08:14 PM
Hi Ya Glorbes

Mate this is a great addition to your other SW figures, I really like the way the uniform and armour turned out and I like the vibro blade turned out. The armour is very rustic looking which I like very much and the tunic is very different but gives him his own personality well done mate.

Ron
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Mandalorian Warrior, p. 4)
Post by: glorbes on April 17, 2007, 11:37 PM
Robo-Quack

Thanks for commenting on this one...he was relatively time consuming, but fun to put together nonetheless.

Deanna Rash

Thanks for the feedback!

Hemble

Thanks as always for the great feedback, Ron.  Seeing your variations on the basic SW armors provided quite a bit of inspiration for this guy...I can't thank you enough.

Thanks again for those who took a peek.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Mandalorian Warrior, p. 4)
Post by: glorbes on April 17, 2007, 11:41 PM
Anakin Skywalker
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0022.jpg)

How does one make Anakin? Well...since I hated him in the prequels, I wanted to try and make a more solemn and reserved Anakin...a tortured, yet less whiny and stupid Anakin. What I would have liked to see was a man who held tremendous power, was reserved and quiet in his interactions with others, but absolutely fierce and self-absorbed on the battlefield. I imagined something akin to Peter O'Toole's performance of Lawrence of Arabia...a man of practiced civility until he unleashed his ugly nature when given the opportunity to engage an enemy. Handsome enough to attract the attention of women, but something of a social misfit...inward and silently aware of his growing power...assured of his point of view on the surface, but deeply troubled and confused by his complex relationships with Obi Wan and Palpatine. That was way too many words...uh...here's my custom:

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0013.jpg)

He's a very simple figure. I decided to dress him in black, make his skin pale to contrast with the dark robes, and reflect a few elements from my Darth Vader custom's armor. I went back and forth between the blue or the red lightsaber, then figured I would stick with blue since this is Anakin during the Clone Wars. I made Orli's face more weathered to suggest a subtle ravaging of Anakin's features from flirting with the Dark Side of the Force. Oh, the base figure is a LOTR Legolas figure with Gandalf Boots and Theoden hands.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0015.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0016.jpg)

While the custom itself was simple, the conception behind what I went with in the end was a little more involved. I restrained myself with the color of the robes, and wanted a more simplified look to the custom overall. I guess I was going for a certain "mood"...which, now that I think about it, is perhaps a little pretentious :P

Here he is with himself:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0021.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0018.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Mandalorian Warrior, p. 4)
Post by: glorbes on April 17, 2007, 11:45 PM
Plo Koon
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0001.jpg)

I wanted to fill out the ranks of my Jedi, and I loved Plo Koon's design, so I went with him for my next Knight of the Old Republic.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0002.jpg)

He's kinda got a pin head thing going on, but I justify it by saying he's an alien (do you buy it?). The head is an original sculpt in epoxy putty. The body is a Deathlok, the hands are from a Blackheart, and the feet are from the fodder bucket. Armor is styrene, robes are fabric, and the straps are leather. The Saber is the usual mystery dowelling from the railroading section of the hobby store, with a metal handle.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0012.jpg)

A few technical points: I should have sunk the ball joints on the base figure, because now they jut out way too far. Also, while the head looked right before I added the cloth, the layers of fabric made the shoulders look even broader, which ended up accentuating the pin head look...but he's an alien, and aliens can have small heads (see above).

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0004.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0008.jpg)

The facial sculpt was fun...especially the breathing mask. The details are a little clunkier than I would like, but in the end it looked enough like Plo Koon to satsify me.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0011.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0007.jpg)

Here he is with his buddies:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0417plokoonanakin0023.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Anakin, Plo Koon p. 4)
Post by: Darth Depressis on April 18, 2007, 02:25 PM
starting to get a little bit of a seven samurai feel, can't wait for your take on windu and yoda.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Anakin, Plo Koon p. 4)
Post by: Deanna Rash on April 18, 2007, 03:52 PM
 :o :o :o TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I LOVE IT!! Could you do a Qui-gon? For the heck of it! Plo is one of my faves next to Qui.But Great Job!
on them all.I was totally floored. ;D 8)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Anakin, Plo Koon p. 4)
Post by: IncomT65 on May 13, 2007, 02:56 PM
I don't know how I've missed these stellar pieces of art! Apologies, sir, because I am in utter and absolute awe of your skills. Your usage of different materials like epoxy putty, vinyl and soft goods works downright excellent! Your fanfic customs are even more breathtaking, the Mandalorian warrior being my favourite.

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Anakin, Plo Koon p. 4)
Post by: David on May 15, 2007, 06:52 PM
Those are some pretty neat customs!!!  8)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Anakin, Plo Koon p. 4)
Post by: glorbes on June 20, 2007, 08:30 PM
Darth Depressis

Thanks for the feedback, man...it would be cool to make enough to get a nice Seven Samurai-style group shot.

Deanna Rash

True, Qui Gon is one of the best parts of Episode 1, but I'll probably stick with the more fetching character designs (like aliens and the like).  Thanks for commenting.

IncomT65

Thanks for the kind words, man.  Fabric saves me from having to sculpt clothing while also maintaining the articulation of the figure...in many ways, I've used it out of purely practical and lazy motives  :)

Robo-Quack

Thanks for commenting!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Anakin, Plo Koon p. 4)
Post by: glorbes on June 20, 2007, 08:33 PM
FLASH GORDON!
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0034.jpg)

First, here's a treat for everyone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQVLFn2PTzY

This project has been percolating for a while. I know that its not Star Wars, but I figured that Flash Gordon was a major inspiration to George Lucas when he was developing the original script.  Many people have made some great Flash Gordon customs (Johsua Izzo, grinman, retroprops and a few other customizers to be sure), so I'm simply adding my own take to a long line of great interpretations.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0020.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0019.jpg)

The base figure is a Bullseye with a heavily reworked Gambit head. I sculpted the hair and the the top part of the head gear. The shirt is fabric, leather, and plastic tubing (for the decorative circles).

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0023.jpg)
 
The ray gun is a combination of a Jango Fett accessory and a Nick Fury pistol. The sword is one of those drink garnish decoartion thingies that's bee repainted...I bought a box of them from the dollar store, and I was dying to use one.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0021.jpg)

I was trying to combine the original comic version and also reflect some of the Buster Crabbe attitude as well...I also loved how Gambit's smirk echoed the Electric Tiki statue's sculpt so closely. He's pretty simple, but I'm happy with how he turned out.

MING THE MERCILESS
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0032.jpg)

Ah, the cruel dictator of the planet Mongo, seeking to command the entire universe under his iron rule. For my Ming, I decided to base it more on Max Von Sydow's appearance in the cheesefest movie from 1980 than the more classic version portrayed by Robert Middleton in the serials.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0025.jpg) (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0029.jpg)

The base figure is a movie Green Goblin. The head is a Plan B German soldier...I dremelled him bald and I also sculpted the beard from epoxy putty. The costume is layers of fabric and leather, and the large collar is styrene. The staff is a metal rod with the sword hilt from a Samurai Spawn figure.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0026.jpg)

While the 1980 movie is not considered to be a great work of art, I do like the idea of Max Von Sydow playing the cruel Ming, and so I decided to borrow elements of that design for my custom.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0028.jpg)

ROCKET SHIP
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0002.jpg)

How's Flash supposed to get around? Why, his rocket ship of course! Thanks to a coworker's suggestion of large juice bottles, I finally had a starting point to develop this project.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0004.jpg) (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0005.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0010.jpg)

The basic fuselage/body is made of two large format juice containers. I removed the bottoms and attached them end to end. The nose is a funnel. The fins are styrene. The secondary engine thingies running along the side are made from some miscellaneos plumbing parts. I primed it, sprayed it with metallic silver paint, and voila! A really big rocket ship.

A scale shot:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0007.jpg)

The window is blister card plastic. I built up the sides of the window with styrene so that the window would rest on a flush surface.

 
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0008.jpg)
 (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0009.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0011.jpg)

I really wanted this to feel like an old fashioned toy, and decided to build up the inside with a %@#! and various controls.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0013.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0012.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0014.jpg)

I used parts from a Weapon X Wolverine accessory, some Omega Red tentacles, and some printed decals for the guages and dials. I may expand the detailing in the back of the ship, especially if I make Dr. Zarkoz and Dale Arden.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0016.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0018.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0619flashgordon0041.jpg)

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Flash Gordon Bonanza...p.5)
Post by: Darth_Ennis on June 20, 2007, 09:24 PM
Simply amazing work on all of them. As a fan of the 80's cheeze fest, teh ming is by far my favorite.

The rocket is a work of art, i salute you my freind.

Your attention to detail is downright amazing. :o

I cant wait to see the rest of the cast.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Flash Gordon Bonanza...p.5)
Post by: Deanna Rash on June 20, 2007, 10:22 PM
 :o :o :o :o Astounding!! I love it! :'( I wish you would d oa Qui-Gon.I was looking forward to the way you would design him. :'(Oh well!
Great job on Flash and Ming!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Flash Gordon Bonanza...p.5)
Post by: glorbes on October 14, 2007, 05:56 PM
Darth Ennis and Deanna Rash

Thanks for commenting on my Flash and Star Wars stuff...much appreciated.

Now, in the spirit of the discussion regarding styrene, I figured I'd post my latest insane project:

X-Wing

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1012xwingconan0025.jpg)

The X-Wing is, for me, an iconic toy from my childhood.  The version that I had when I was really young was from a yard sale or a flea market, and as such was missing the plastic canopy.  But that really didn’t matter…I still loved it.  I did manage to get a complete X-Wing when I was ten (thanks Brad), but it still sort of stands as a very significant toy in my childhood memories. 

Which leads me to this project.

I found a place called Industrial Plastics that sells large sheets of styrene for the same price that I was paying for a tiny piece at the model shop...which of course drove me absolutely insane.  As is the first order of business when a new avenue opens to me, I started to think how this discovery could be used for customizing purposes.  Now, I've been kind of burnt out on figure customizing, so I thought it might be cool to branch out from my juice bottle rocket ship experiment and tackle something more...involved.  My first thought was to make a Batmobile (which I still intend to do, by the way), but then I realized that Star Wars provided an equally compelling wellspring of inspiration.  Thusly, I decided to make a "toy" X-Wing in the same vane as the original (but perhaps a bit more detailed and grittier).

I'd like to state that the finished product is very inaccurate to the source material, and that I, in many respects, cut corners with regard to recreating the models as they actually appeared in the film.  I'm also mimicking the proportions of the original Kenner X-Wing toy, but scaled up to 1/12 scale.  In the former case, I'm claiming "artistic license"...in the latter case I'm claiming homage to that beloved toy of my childhood.  Do you buy it?  ;)

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0928xwip0008.jpg)

The basic structure is large pieces of styrene with some support struts used in back half.  I basically worked out the size I wanted, drew the pattern on the styrene, cut the first shape, and traced it to create the opposite side. Lots of cutting and fitting followed, since I had no set plan for what I was doing.

I used ordinary Testor’s model cement, since its designed to fuse model kits which are made from styrene that has been molded...the thickness of the sheet is 1/16", which is a great size for both stability and for cutting purposes.  I've worked with thicker pieces, and its just way too difficult and dangerous to use.  The basic structure that you see above turned out a lot sturdier than I could have ever hoped for.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0928xwip0011.jpg)

The engine nacelles are some PVC plumbers parts that I eyed at a hardware store...the plumbing aisle is a treasure trove for this sort of thing (I also picked up the parts I'm using for the laser cannons there too).  I built support struts to attach the nacelles to the wings and the side of the fuselage.  I'd like to mention that I wasted several nights trying to engineer a functional "s-foil" mechanism that would allow the wings to open and close.  After a lot of frustration, I gave up and decided to just have the wings permanently "open."

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0928xwip0014.jpg)

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0928xwip0015.jpg)

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0928xwip0016.jpg)

The wings are hinged, but as I just wrote, are permanently set in the attack position.  The placement of the wings and nacelles are a little too delicate for my liking, but have stood up pretty well to handling.

For the surface detail, I"etched" the panels into the styrene with an exacto knife, and sanded down the surface.  These lines did get lost during the priming stage in some cases, but they provided at least some guidance for my final paint job.

"Etched" panels:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0928xwip0017.jpg)

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_0928xwip0018.jpg)

Artoo had to be removable (since it always annoyed me that he wasn’t in the original toy), and I may still do some interior detailing to the back section. When I was a kid, I used the battery compartment of the Kenner toy as a place for Luke to store his accessories, so I may try to make some sort of hatch along those lines later on. 

Here's some further progress on the X-Wing...this kind of project is a helluva lot more time consuming than a custom figure!

Basic structure complete:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1004xwip20001.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1004xwip20002.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1004xwip20004.jpg)

C-o-c-kpit details:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1004xwip20003.jpg)

The seat is a professor X wheelchair, and the surrounding structure is a wierd X-Files figure accessory.  I was sweating about doing the c-o-c-kpit, but I think is provides a decent looking base for further details.

Primed:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1004xwip20005.jpg)

And a patchwork of panels:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1004xwip20006.jpg)

Whether its too extreme a variance of color or not, I'm not sure, but I kind of like the way the varying shades look for the panels.

The finished product:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1012xwingconan0021.jpg)

This was by far the most time-consuming and expensive project I’ve ever attempted.  It took over two and a half weeks to complete, and I spent about $50 in supplies for this monstrosity.  Its 27 ˝” long and 24 ˝” wide, and is actually surprisingly light considering its size.  While the wings are a bit wobbly, they are relatively sturdy, and the main body/structure seems to be pretty solid. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1012xwingconan0013.jpg)

Sorry for the crappy pictures, but the size of this thing is sort of beyond the proportions of my photo set-up. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1012xwingconan0016.jpg)

The section on the top of the fuselage behind Artoo was decorated with odds and ends.  The back panel remains unfinished, simply because I wanted this thing to be able to rest on the back and the engine nacelles.

The C0ckpit:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1012xwingconan0017.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1012xwingconan0019.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1012xwingconan0018.jpg)

The targeting computer is an articulated arm from an Animated Avengers figure accessory and the doodad that was attached to the X3 Magneto figure.  This section went together much more easily than I initially anticipated.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1012xwingconan0020.jpg)

And here’s a couple of shots that fellow customizer Magnuz doctored for me…he did an awesome job.  Thanks man!
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/xwing2.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/xwing1.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (X-Wing Fighter p.5)
Post by: Darth_Ennis on October 14, 2007, 07:59 PM
 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

That is just simply amazing!!

There are no words to describe just how awsome that really is.

Glorbes, you are truly a master of your craft.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (X-Wing Fighter p.5)
Post by: patreektherodian on October 14, 2007, 09:38 PM
I hear QUEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (X-Wing Fighter p.5)
Post by: Darth_Anton on October 15, 2007, 09:29 AM
Your work is truely amazing! You should seriously consider trying to create your own line of action figures, or at the very least try to get a licence to revisit one like the Flash Gordon line you've done.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (X-Wing Fighter p.5)
Post by: Glassman6 on October 15, 2007, 01:54 PM
G,

I dont think you know how much i love it when you do star wars customs.
I love this ship! And i love your pilot even more. Every detail is great, even down to
the navi screen in the cockpit.
Is that your 6" concept R2 that you made a while back?  I like the scale of him here.
He's a big bulky rusty Trusty robot.  Fantastic stuff.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (X-Wing Fighter p.5)
Post by: CHEWIE on October 15, 2007, 02:27 PM
You truly do make some of the best work that I've seen anyone make Glorbes... that X-Wing is just breathtaking... if you ever start doing commission work, please drop me a PM...
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (X-Wing Fighter p.5)
Post by: stormtripper on October 17, 2007, 12:14 AM
wow, I would love to see your vision of a Darth Maul! You have some of the best customs I have ever seen. You are very talented!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (X-Wing Fighter p.5)
Post by: glorbes on October 29, 2007, 12:26 PM
Darth Ennis

Thanks for the very kind words, man.

patreektherodian

Heh, indeed.

Darth_Anton

If someone would like to pay me to do it, I'm all for it!  ;D Thanks for the kind words, man.

Glassman6

Always a treat to hear from you...thanks for the kind words.  And yes, that is indeed the Artoo I made previously.

CHEWIE

Commissions?  I'm intrigued.  I'll shoot you a PM.  Thanks for the very kind feedback, man.

stormtripper

Thank you for the way too generous feedback...I actually have some long-dormant ideas for a Darth Maul (as part of my clone wars/alternate prequel series of figs). 

Thanks again everyone!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (X-Wing Fighter p.5)
Post by: glorbes on October 29, 2007, 12:29 PM
TIE Fighter and Pilot
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0027.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0008.jpg)

Well...I made an X-Wing, so I HAD to make a TIE Fighter...one without the other just makes no sense.  I got some suggestions and ideas for the c0ckpit section from some fellow customizers (and my lady as well)…the most feasible option being a Hamster Ball.  Once that was locked down, I started constructing the supports and the wings.  After the major sections were constructed, I did a dry fit of the pieces:

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1019batstie0002.jpg)

The window supports were very time consuming, and something of a logistical challenge.  They’re basically strips of styrene attached to an octagonal centerpiece, but it took a while to get it to look right in my mind’s eye.

Next was the texture of the wings.  I used  strips of duct tape to mimic the texturing of the solar panels, and while the texture could be more pronounced, I figured this was the most affordable and practical solution:

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1021tiewip0004.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1021tiewip0006.jpg)

Now the problem is that a TIE Fighter needs a pilot, so I made one:

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0005.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0007.jpg)
 
The parts list for him is kind of irrelevant, since I basically assembled him from bits and pieces.  There's some Hush Catwoman, SMC Daredevil, Deadpool, and a few other odds and ends in there as well.  The helmet is an original sculpt in epoxy putty, with hosiery from a Mr. Freeze figure.  Cloth and Fabric make up the flight suit and flak vest.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0006.jpg)

Like my stormtrooper, I used vinyl to make the sharper edges of the helmet details by layering panels.  I decided to add silver trim to the edges of the panels to make them stand out a little more.

Here he is with his bud:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0011.jpg)

And now the TIE Fighter itself:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0013.jpg)

This ended up being even more time consuming than the X-Wing, and I'm not sure why.  The wings took a very long time to assemble, since there were so many individual steps to get a clean look to the whole thing.  Its about twenty inches tall.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0015.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0018.jpg)

There is much less detail on my version than the one in the movies, partially because I'm lazy, and partially because I kind of liked the simplified look without all of the "greeblies" sticking out every which way on the wings.  Who knows...I may decide to devote more time to detailing, but I'm happy with how it looks for now...this thing was enough work as it is. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0020.jpg)

The c0ckpit was really annoying, since I had to fit a bunch of very imprecise pieces into a round structure...lots of trial and error to make the limited detailing fit.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0021.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0022.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0023.jpg)

I'm really happy with the proportions of the wings to the ball...the Hasbro/Kenner toy's wings always looked to small, and I wanted to make sure that my version seemed a bit more accurate in that regard.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0030.jpg)

Here are the X-Wing and TIE Fighter together:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2007_1028TIEcomplete0033-1.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (TIE Fighter w/ pilot p.5)
Post by: glorbes on January 28, 2008, 12:27 PM
All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0005.jpg)

Inspired in part by Hemble's modified POTF2 AT-ST (that's a lot of acronyms!), I decided that I wanted to construct a 'chicken walker' as my next large-scale Star Wars vehicle.  I started with some hasty sketches done while on lunch break, and began basic construction using my favorite medium...styrene!

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/atstsketch1.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/atstsketch2.jpg)

I started with the head and legs, and also constructed a 'box' to serve as the main body/support:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0119mishmash0005.jpg)

Basic components:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0120rosieatst0003.jpg)

Adding detail to the legs (a deceptively time-consuming process):
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0123atstprog0006.jpg)

Basic shape starting to come together (6" Judge Dredd figure for scale reference):
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0123atstprog0012.jpg)

The Final Product
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0004.jpg)

The green was a 'happy accident' as the color on the spray can looked more like a light grey/green/beige.  The camoflage color ended up really working for me, so I stuck with it.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0007.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0009.jpg)

You may not notice, but I actually reduced the width and depth of the head from the initial construction...the shape of the back of the head was off in my crappy sketch and in the first build, so I took it apart and recut the pieces to look a little more (bot not much more) accurate to the actual design of the original model.  The forward laser canons are mechanical pencils mounted on some cheap craft containers, and the side canon and concussion grenade launcher are from the fodder bucket.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0011.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0013.jpg)

Pilot
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0023.jpg)

Obviously more AT-AT driver than AT-ST driver, I wanted to make him a little more interesting than a grumpy guy with a helmet and goggles.  He's made from some Marvel Legends parts, leather and fabric, and epoxy putty and vinyl detailing for the helmet sculpt.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0024.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0025.jpg)

C0ckpit
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0026.jpg)

Detailed with scratch built control panel, Star Wars accesory pack junk, and some grating courtesy of a plastic dollar store basket.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0017.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0018.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0016.jpg)

More details:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0028.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0127atstfinal0029.jpg)

Thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: Glassman6 on February 1, 2008, 10:21 PM
This is my comment from fwoosh c&p

Reminds me of my child hood. My parents couldnt afford to get me a AT AT walker, so i built one out of cardboard boxes. Thats the first thing that popped in my head when i saw the construction.
Of course it was nothing as elaborate or professional looking like this.
I love the color, intentional or not. The fisrt color picture, i said nice choice.
Then the detail pics where you can see the rust. Beautiful AT ST!

Always impressive!

Every time i look at this i get taken back to the early 80's . Makes me smile every time.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: patreektherodian on February 2, 2008, 10:09 AM
Wow the guys actually SCARE me!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 4, 2008, 09:03 AM
More amazing work! I'm in awe.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: MetalJedi on February 4, 2008, 03:09 PM
Very impressive. I really love the Tie Fighter.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: Deanna Rash on February 4, 2008, 05:01 PM
 :o :o :o :o :o HOLY MOLLY! That is Awesomely Sweet!!!!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: Commander_Miseria on February 10, 2008, 06:08 PM
I haven't posted here in a while, but coming across this thread I can not begin to tell you how amazed I am! They all have such great concepts and its simply amazing how well they work in the 6" scale. Again great work, and i'll be following this thread closely from now on!  :o
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: glorbes on February 11, 2008, 08:41 PM
Glassman6, patreektherodian, Darth Anton, MetalJedi, Deanna Rash, and Commander Miseria

Thanks for all of the feedback everyone.  I really appreciate your comments.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: jeditaz on February 11, 2008, 11:26 PM
Man, I was browsing the pictures, and it is almost looking at concept art figures. These are all excellent reimaginings of the characters, and represent them all faithfully, while still being something totally your own! Congratulations, I just peed myself!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: manglord on February 11, 2008, 11:36 PM
Phenomenal work! I still can't get over the helmets, and the clothing... It's like you bought them off  a shelf  in Walmart and tried them on first. Best fitting clothes I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST and TIE Fighter p.5)
Post by: glorbes on February 12, 2008, 10:46 AM
Jeditaz and Manglord-

Thanks for commenting.  I guess I derive the most pleasure from translating my favorite elements from the films into something slightly askew.

Next up...Snowspeeder!

This was a complex project, primarily because the Snowspeeder is a much more complex design than the previous vehicles that I've made.  I started with a rectangular box for the c0ckpit, and then built the rest of structure from there.

Work in Progress

Basic construction (assembled, puttied, and sanded):
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0203snowspeeder0007.jpg)

Panels and detailing (thin styrene and odds and ends):
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0204speederwip0001.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0204speederwip0003.jpg)

Primed!:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0204speederwip0006.jpg)

Now, I had my concept Luke figure, but I needed another pilot.  So, I took this as an opportunity to make another alien...in this case, a Mon Calamari!

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0019.jpg)

The head is sculpted from Apoxie Sculpt, with some wire whiskers added for effect.  The base figure is a Gondorian soldier from Lord of the Rings, and the hands are from a Stan Winston Studios monster figure.  The outfit is fabric and leather, and the flak vest bric-a-brac is from the fodder bin.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0018.jpg)

The Final Snowspeeder
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0005.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0004.jpg)

The snowspeeder was hand painted with acrylics, and the weathering and battle damage was achieved with both washes and drybrushing. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0006.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0010.jpg)

Open c0ckpit:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0011.jpg)

Panel detail:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0012.jpg)

Top:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0016.jpg)

Bottom:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0013.jpg)

The crew:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0003.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0211snowspeederfin0020.jpg)

Thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Snowspeeder, Page 6)
Post by: BrentS on February 12, 2008, 02:30 PM
Great stuff Glorbes.  I love your fresh take on these concepts.  I also absolutely love your photography style.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Snowspeeder, Page 6)
Post by: Master_Phruby on February 12, 2008, 04:30 PM
I like it! ;D

The Mon Calamari is very different from what I'm use to seeing. I like the use of the big webbed hands for him and the cloth on the body. That snowspeeder is wonderful. Are you going to add landing gear? The underside seems incomplete without it.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Snowspeeder, Page 6)
Post by: patreektherodian on February 12, 2008, 05:39 PM
What would you call this kind of Flash Gordonesk style. It's not accurate to the toys but the movies never matched Mcquary's work either. Hints of bronze mixed with a nostalgic style.  Kind of like VanHelsing/Wild Wild West (the movies) mixed with Star Wars. Am i making any sense??
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Snowspeeder, Page 6)
Post by: ruiner on February 12, 2008, 05:47 PM
Great stuff Glorbes. 

I like your take on the SW universe - kind of like a dark, industrial view.

Very cool stuff - especially R2 and the stormie.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Snowspeeder, Page 6)
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 13, 2008, 09:05 AM
More great stuff! Truly works of art.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Snowspeeder, Page 6)
Post by: stuart on March 9, 2008, 10:59 PM
Dude all of your customs are awesome! great job!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Snowspeeder, Page 6)
Post by: Darth Tedious on May 21, 2008, 09:12 PM
These are just incredible! You have really completely re-imagined all these characters and vehicles and made them your own. Everything has a "what if Star Wars was done in the 1940's" feel to it.

Just beautiful work.

I have to say that I became a member here a while ago, but I stopped coming back because I thought that the customs here were just being repeated on the RS boards. I am so glad that I decided to check in.

Thanks for sharing this brilliant work.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Snowspeeder, Page 6)
Post by: glorbes on June 16, 2008, 01:08 PM
Thanks for the kind words everyone.  They're much appreciated.

Something a little different, but Lucasfilm related.  While I know that the Indy line from Hasbro may continue long enough to produce one of these, I wanted to go ahead and make one anyway.  Raiders is my favorite movie, but I love Last Crusade too...and I especially love the tank sequence.  Once the figures hit the shelves I knew I wanted to build one.

The basic structure, treads and additional armour plates are made from varying thicknesses of styrene sheet.  Cannons are some plumbing parts, rivets are sliced up action figure accessories (such as tubing and weapons with shaft-like handles), and the added detailes are fabric and odds and ends from the fodder bucket.  The scale is a tad big to allow for figures to stand inside the main body.  Determining proper scale was tricky, so I went with what I thought would look right and provide a certain amount of functionality.

Work-In-Progress:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0613tankwip0001.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0613tankwip0005.jpg)

The final product:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0035.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0032.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0031.jpg)

Details:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0033.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0040.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0041.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0042.jpg)

The top section is removable to allow figures to go inside:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0039.jpg)

Scale shot:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0046.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0047.jpg)

Action shot:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0049.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: Deanna Rash on June 16, 2008, 01:53 PM
 8) Words could not express what coolness this is :o
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: jedipurge on June 16, 2008, 06:51 PM
I'd say holy crap just 'bout covers it.  But if it doesn't maybe hot damn I want one, or you talented SOB.
Jeez thats some fantastic work.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 17, 2008, 09:25 AM
Spot on! That thing is truly amazing.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: patreektherodian on June 18, 2008, 08:11 AM
how did you make all those rivets?
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: patreektherodian on June 18, 2008, 08:13 AM
Let me guess styreene tube (sliced)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: jedi_master_sal on June 18, 2008, 10:30 AM
Awesome job!

Looks to be in scale to me. Even if it isn't, it certainly works.

Big time Kudos!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: manglord on June 20, 2008, 10:47 PM
Solid! That thing looks heavy as !@*%. Outstanding!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 20, 2008, 11:28 PM
That tank is very cool.  Another fine piece of work!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: glorbes on June 21, 2008, 10:12 AM
Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Its actually quite light to lift...most of the interior is hollow.  The rivets are indeed sliced plastic...I used various types of tubing from action figure accessories, as well as weapon handles...basically anything that was a round shaft that could be sliced into tiny discs.

I'm actually in the process of adding further details to the tank...TheRaider.net has amazing screenshots that I discovered after I had posted this vehicle, realizing that I had missed tonnes of detail.  I'll be posting some new images of it very soon.

Thanks again everyone!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: David on June 21, 2008, 12:32 PM
:o

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0616tankjoed0046.jpg)

Gorgeous!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: manglord on June 24, 2008, 12:44 AM
I'm sure it's not as heavy as a hasbro vehicle would be, it just looks to be indestructible! Awesome!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: stormtripper on July 2, 2008, 02:35 AM
wow, thats a pretty incredible custom to say the least. I am always blown away by your customs. Excellent job as always!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Last Crusade Tank, p.7)
Post by: glorbes on July 10, 2008, 02:47 PM
David, Manglord, and Stormtripper-

Thanks for the kind words, guys.

Now, Back with another Indiana Jones Vehicle...this time...

Raiders of the Lost Ark Flying Wing
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0008.jpg)

Process:
Since the shape of the Flying Wing is curved in a common tear drop shape that is universal among aircraft, I needed to approach construction in a different way from my usual box-like, modular fashion.  The most obvious (but daunting) solution was to build it the way an actual aircraft is built...by creating a skeletal 'airframe' as a base:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0627flyingwingwip10002.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0627flyingwingwip10004.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0627flyingwingwip10005.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/2008_0627flyingwingwip20008.jpg)

This airframe is made from 060 styrense sheet, to give it rigidity.  The wings were constructed in sections and screwed and glued together to make sure that the base was sturdy and strong.

Next, I made the c0ckpit section:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0630flyingwingcockpit0001.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0630flyingwingcockpit0004.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0630flyingwingcockpit0003.jpg)

I designed the c0ckpit to be a separate module, so that I could work out the minimal details and proportions without having to handle the massive frame of the plane itself.

Using 020 thickness styrene sheet (a much thinner, therefore more flexible guage), I began surfacing the Flying Wing by gluing the properly sized and cut sheets to the underframe.  This was mostly done by cursing, and by trial and error  :)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0703flyingwingsurfaced0001.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0703flyingwingsurfaced0004.jpg)

Added the wing tips:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0707yarmouthaptpics0009.jpg)

Puttied, sanded, and primed:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0001.jpg)


This was an insanely involved project.  I really used a lot of bad language while trying to make certain elements work, and I have to say its by far my most complex custom piece to date.  There are a million little things that I'm unsatisfied with, but on the whole I'd have to say I'm pretty happy with the end result...especially since I was pretty much making it up as I was going along.

The finished product:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0007.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0005.jpg)

The wingspan, from tip to tip, is 38" and from stem to stern is about 16."  Its really, really big.  The engines are from an Episode 1 Naboo N1 Fighter, and the propellers are styrene...they can spin freely too!

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0010.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0015.jpg)

The landing gear are made from the smallest casters I could find at the hardwar store.  The front wheel has a swivel joint in it, which I thought was a fun addition.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0014.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0013.jpg)

The cockpit has space for a figure, and the gun turret has a removable dome to allow for a gunner to sit back there.  Unfortunately, the figure needs to rest on its knees in order for this to work, but it looks okay when its closed up.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0017.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0018.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0020.jpg)

Scale shots:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0028.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0004.jpg)

And some fun ones:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0021.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0023.jpg)

Side comparison with the Last Crusade Tank:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0029.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0710flyingwingfinal0030.jpg)

Let mw know what you think, and thanks for looking.

Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Raiders Flying Wing, p.7)
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 10, 2008, 06:06 PM
Wow!  Impressive work!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Raiders Flying Wing, p.7)
Post by: Quazar on July 11, 2008, 12:38 AM
Okay, this is just absolutely ridiculous.  HOLY FREAKING COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

OH MY GOD!!

I am absolutely stunned by the awesomeness.  I need someone to re-start my heart!

CLEAR!

Beeeeeeeeeeeeep


Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Raiders Flying Wing, p.7)
Post by: manglord on July 12, 2008, 02:25 AM
I'm sure you might have questioned your sanity during this build, but Thanks for persevering through this phenomenal scratchbuilt custom. Great job!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Raiders Flying Wing, p.7)
Post by: glorbes on August 4, 2008, 11:23 AM
Thanks for the kind feedback guys.  Glad to say that I've returned to the Star Wars galaxy:

Darth Vader
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0017.jpg)

Well, since I've been wandering through a desert of inspiration lately, I've continued doing more technical projects, creating figures that I'd like to own.  The first of these is sort of a continuation of my droids that I made, attempting to create screen accurate, 6" scale Star Wars figures.  Naturally, I tackled Darth Vader.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0010.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0007.jpg)

He's made from a wide array of parts for the body.  There are Marvel Legends Cyclops, Namor, Iron Man, Spawn, and Skullsplitter parts in the mix, making up the body.  The figure's height is 7 1/2" tall.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0008.jpg)

The head is a 100% original sculpt.  The skirt/flange is styrene.  This really is a tough design to capture accurately, and I'm still not completely satisfied with this...but its the closest I've come thus far.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0012.jpg)

The body suit is made from the smallest corduroy I could find...I wanted to accurately portray the costume as much as I could without it looking too bulky.  That being said, I wish I would have dremelled away more of the bulk from the body, since the fabric is thicker than what I usually use. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0016.jpg)

The capes are black t-shirt material.  The shoulder armour, chest regulator thingy, belt buckle and details, crotch and shin guards are all styrene.  The lightsaber is the usual acrylic dowelling with metal tubing. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0014.jpg)

My army of Vaders.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0019.jpg)

Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Darth Vader 8)
Post by: Happy Noodle Boy on August 5, 2008, 08:29 PM
Man, Glorbes, anytime I think you can't top youself, you do!

This Vader is amazing. I always love your wide array of parts you use to get this end result.

Do you have any WIP photos? I know you've shown some in the past.

Great work as always.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Darth Vader 8)
Post by: Darth_Anton on August 6, 2008, 09:54 AM
Wow, just wow. That German plane is amazing.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Darth Vader 8)
Post by: darth_ripley on August 8, 2008, 09:55 PM
that samurai vader is amazing! i haven't seen something that original & well executed in awhile.
great work on all the larger scale vaders!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Darth Vader 8)
Post by: glorbes on August 11, 2008, 09:25 AM
Happy Noodle Boy, Darth ANton, and darth_ripley-

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

I'm beginning to realize that I'm never done a custom...and these I feel could possibly use a little more work and critcism.

First off, some modifications to existing customs.

Vader Mod
Here are a few shots of the helmet removed from the body:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0809tankpicsforebay0001.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0809tankpicsforebay0004.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0809tankpicsforebay0002.jpg)

The more I live with this sculpt, the more I see the nagging inaccuracies, such as the head skirt being to tight to the head (it needs to have a more dramatic angle in relation to the top part of the helmet).  That would require massive reconstruction, and I'm not quite ready to do that, so I opted to just adjust the positioning of the head on the body.  Someone suggested that Vader needed to have the helmet repositioned so that he's not looking up all the time, and I agreed.

Original:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0804kellysfolksyarmouth0007.jpg)

Adjusted:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0022.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0025.jpg)

Basically, I just added some epoxy putty to the neck joint to build it up and have the head sit higher on the neck post.

Next up...

The Droids

These are ones I hadn't posted here at JediDefender, but I thought I'd share my first pass now to show what I've done.

The original versions:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0301rd3p00022.jpg)

There were many problems with these guys first time around.  Artoo's dome was way too tall and entirely the wrong shape.  Also, his foot pads were totally inaccurate simply because I was too lazy the first time around. 

Artoo:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0005.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0004.jpg)

I reused all of the details I made the first time, but carefully removed them, cut a centimeter from the bottom edge of the dome, and reglued the detailing to the resized dome.  I then spray painted the dome with a nifty chrome silver, and repainted the detailing. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0003.jpg)

For Threepio, I reworked the torso so that its longer and incorporates more accurate details (such as the sculpted chest).  This I did by extending the torso with styrene sheet, sculpting, and sanding.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0006.jpg)

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0001.jpg)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Darth Vader 8)
Post by: glorbes on August 11, 2008, 09:26 AM
Luke and Leia

These are two new customs.  Again, I'm trying my hand at making more screen accurate versions of the characters (sans the likenesses of course, since I can't really afford to buy the epic force stuff).  In a way, not having the right heads is a challenge in itself, since I'm trying to get the character right by working with what I have.

[size=18]Leia[/size]
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0008.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0009.jpg)

This was  avery quick custom.  I was mainly inspired by the Sideshow Premium Format figure.  The base is a Movie Sue Storm with sculpted hair (the boots were perfect for Leia too!).  The outfit is white cloth, and the Stormtrooper rifle is scratchbuilt (I'll probably make her slender blaster one of these days...but I wanted to make the rifle now).

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0809tankpicsforebay0009.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0809tankpicsforebay0010.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0014.jpg)

The blaster is made from styrene tubes and rods, with some sheeting for details like the cooling fins and the magazine.  This was the funnest part of the custom.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0010.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0011.jpg)

[size=18]Luke[/size]
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0015.jpg)

Bullseye body, Peter Parker head, Legolas hands, and Pyro feet.  The outfit is a few different types of cloth, and the belt is leather with pouches from the fodder bucket. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0016.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0017.jpg)

The likeness is miles away from ol' Mark, but I think its accurate to the character.  I'm really happy with how the outfit turned out. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0018.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0019.jpg)

Group shot!
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0811anewhopecustoms0021.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Luke, Leia, Vader & Droids mods 8)
Post by: Happy Noodle Boy on August 11, 2008, 10:13 PM
WOW!  :o

These are probably some of the best one's I've seen here.

I think the facial likenes is more close to the characters than you think. Now if we could get stuff this good in that size figures.

Love the Leia and the droids have their unique look without straying too much from the "accuracy" you're looking for here.

Luke is by far my favorite. I've always like the "farmboy" Luke the most and you've done justice to it.

Keep this up. You're a unique talent with these!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (Luke, Leia, Vader & Droids mods 8)
Post by: glorbes on September 12, 2008, 07:28 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Happy Noodle Boy.  Much appreciated!

Here's a project I started working on this week: a more properly scaled AT-ST for 3 3/4" figures!  So far all I have is the basic head shape and the interior detailing for the command console.


(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0912atstcockpit0001.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0912atstcockpit0002.jpg)

Lots of fun, time consuming detail work.  I'm teaching myself to revel in the details, since I'm naturally extremely impatient.  Slowing down the process is hard, but I'm starting to get into it.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0912atstcockpit0007.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0912atstcockpit0010.jpg)

This thing will probably be about 15" tall when all is said and done.  The controls and doodads and greeblies are mostly styrene rod and sheeting, with a few miscellaneous bits thrown in for good measure.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0912atstcockpit0005.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0912atstcockpit0006.jpg)

I still have to create the back wall for behind the seats and detail that as well, but I thought I'd share what I have so far.

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (3 3/4" Scale AT-ST w-i-p, 8)
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 12, 2008, 01:51 PM
Interesting.  I look forward to seeing the finished product.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (3 3/4" Scale AT-ST w-i-p, 8)
Post by: patreektherodian on September 12, 2008, 09:36 PM
Target, maximum fire power.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (3 3/4" Scale AT-ST w-i-p, 8)
Post by: glorbes on September 15, 2008, 10:03 AM
Thanks Guys.  I know that the final product will be miles away from on model, but I plan on doing something fun with the paint scheme, as well as add a dew extra features possibly.

More progress...

Back wall of c0ckpit:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20035.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20036.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20037.jpg)

Exterior:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20040.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20043.jpg)

Back detailing:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20044.jpg)

Top:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20045.jpg)

Chin Mounted Laser Cannons (a mini project all its own):
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20041.jpg)

And a scale shot:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0914atstwip20049.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (3 3/4" Scale AT-ST w-i-p, 8)
Post by: jedi_master_sal on September 16, 2008, 12:40 PM
That's looking GREAT so far. Excellent work!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (3 3/4" Scale AT-ST w-i-p, 8)
Post by: manglord on September 18, 2008, 09:51 PM
Damn Glorbes, That's awesome! Can't wait to see some figs inside. Just out of curiosity, what brand/color of paint are you gonna use on this? Do you use rattle cans or airbrush? Thanks in advance!   
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (3 3/4" Scale AT-ST w-i-p, 8)
Post by: glorbes on September 22, 2008, 10:46 AM
AT-ST
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0023.jpg)

Fini!  This was lots of fun.  I went with the same khaki color that I used for the Indy Tank, simply because I thought it would look cool, and give the final product a unique look and feel. 

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0005.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0007.jpg)

A few details that I added were the bedrolls/supply tarps, as well as a hinged storage container for things like weapons and supplies.  This was born from elements that I always enjoyed about toys when I was a kid...battery compartments were converted to storage spaces  :)

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0006.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0008.jpg)

Detailing the back was fun.  The cooling fans were particularly tricky:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0009.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0012.jpg)

The storage containter:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0011.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0010.jpg)

Its difficult to see the detail that I added to the c0ckpit, but I love the fact that its there...I feel it adds a certain richness to the final product.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0015.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0016.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0020.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0018.jpg)

The AT-AT driver is the most appropriate figure I had to display with this thing...and he sure is a goofy looking figure:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0021.jpg)

One thing that I'm really proud of is that I managed to engineer two points of articulation beyond the ball jointed head.  The legs have mobility at the top where they connect with the body, allowing some extremely limited posing:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0025.jpg)

Leg and bottom detailing:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0026.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0022.jpg)

And an outside shot:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2008_0922334ATST0001.jpg)

Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST Complete! 8)
Post by: Deanna Rash on September 22, 2008, 11:58 AM
 :o :o 8) OMG! THAT is REALLY SWEET! Great work.You can't go work for hasbro,or something to raise their quality up to standard ;)
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST Complete! 8)
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 22, 2008, 04:38 PM
The detail is amazing.  I wasn't sure of the color until I saw the outside shot...there it looks great, otherwise it looks sort of like a Tatooine camouflage design.

Very nice work!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST Complete! 8)
Post by: patreektherodian on September 23, 2008, 06:49 PM
very nice!  would this be considered steam punk like your other stuff?
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST Complete! 8)
Post by: jedi_master_sal on September 24, 2008, 10:17 AM
out...friggin'...standing!

I want THIS AT-ST!

Now THAT is the type of detail we need from Hasbro. If they can do it with the BMF, then they should take a page from your book here of the AT-ST and do that too. I'd GLADLY pay  $$'s for Hasbro toy of this at this level of quality.

BTW, if you were to make one of these for someone, how much would you ask? I'm serious about that.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST Complete! 8)
Post by: Darth_Anton on September 28, 2008, 10:15 AM
Anyway you slice it, it's just incredible.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (AT-ST Complete! 8)
Post by: glorbes on January 25, 2009, 08:57 AM
Thanks so much for your feedback, everyone.  As always, it's much appreciated.  I've taken a break from the vehicle projects for a little while, concentrating lately on figures...both as a restoration of my sanity, and a as a way to improve my skills.

Darth Vader and Stormtrooper

I'm trying to update/redo some of my 1:12 scale (6") Star Wars customs, making them tighter and more accurate.  Here are the first two.

Darth Vader
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0124vaderrevamp0013.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0124vaderrevamp0010.jpg)

This is heavily reworked from my previous Vader Custom.  The fabric has been replaced, and I added wire to the new cape. I shaved down the legs and arms, and (of course) sculpted the hell out of the new helmet.  Sculpey, Epoxy Putty, Apoxie Sculpt, styrene, and vinyl were all used on the this helmet sculpt...paint in the arse I tells ya.  The awesome (though extremely hard to photograph) gloss finish is from Krylon Fusion gloss black...it looks great in person.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0124vaderrevamp0021.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0124vaderrevamp0022.jpg)

Here's a comparison between my original headsculpt (on the left) and the new headsculpt (the work in progress on the right):
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0124vaderhelmwip0005.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0124vaderhelmwip0006.jpg)

And now for the lackey:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0120stormtrooperfixed0008.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0120stormtrooperfixed0002.jpg)

This is a totally new custom.  The main challenges for this one were the accuracy of the helmet sculpt, maintaining articulation movement as much as possible, and creating armour without really heavy and ugly seams.

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0120stormtrooperfixed0001.jpg)

The armour is made from styrene with Apoxie Sculpt used to fill in the armour seams.  The helmet is made from epoxy putty, Apoxie Sculpt, and vinyl.  The blaster is styrene rod, tube, and sheet.

WIP:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0118stormtrooper0002.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0118stormtrooper0005.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0118stormtrooper0006.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0118stormtrooper0007.jpg)

Here they are together:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y175/Hutchi/custom%20images/2009_0124vaderrevamp0016.jpg)

Comments and critiques are welcome and encouarged!
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (New Vader and Stormtrooper 1:12 scale-9)
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 26, 2009, 01:36 AM
Very nice work!  I like the WIP pictures as well as the 3.75" Sandtrooper as a comparison.  That gives a nice example of the scale.
Title: Re: Glorbes Customs (New Vader and Stormtrooper 1:12 scale-9)
Post by: knashdx on February 11, 2009, 11:25 AM
Have you ever worked with HYDROSPAN (http://www.sculpt.com/catalog_98/CastingMaterials/HydroSpan.htm) or HYDROSHRINK (http://www.sculpt.com/catalog_98/CastingMaterials/HydroShrink.htm)?

Hydrospan would be able to make a larger cast of the head you are trying to make. It might help speed the process.