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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Outrider's Customs
« on: May 11, 2006, 10:37 PM »
To all,

Guys, (and gals if applicable) I'm totally blown away by your kind comments.  Thanks so much for the worm reception and positive feedback.  I'm thrilled to be here.  I've heard so many great things about this site and I can honestly say that they're all true. 

I'll try to answer all of your questions so here it goes,

Jesse James -

you asked about the harnesses and belts that I make for the figures.   Basically I cut thin ribbons of my sons old Power Rangers costume into 3/16 inch strips.  The material is similar to vinyl -basically Halloween custume sheet plastic.  Its very rugged, cuts very well, and paints flawlessly. 

The y harness is nothing more than a staple bent into a triangle with strips of that vinyl material carefully folded and secured to the staple surface.  Its a bit tricky and ya can't rush this.  I paint all of the straps brown first, both sides.  Then I sharpie both sides black, then paint them black with HOBBY SCALE brand acrylic paint.  Its available at most hobby stores like RC truck and model making shops etc.  That paint lays down better than any other brand that I've ever used. 

The holster and belt system ar that vinyl material as well with another staple bent into a "D" or "O" shape with a small notch left open to allow the 2 ends to connect.  I have posted a tutorial about this process at my own site and also at  I invite all of you to visit the sites and try it out.  PLEASE try to improve, elaborate, and basically put my patterns to shame.  I'd love to somebody to create a superior version and share it with us all. 

 I pretty much make the harness systems permanent and the holsters and belts removable.  I like the idea of making 1 custom figure but giving him several play values.  Hats, helmets, belts, etc,  you can display 1 figure about 5 different ways.  I like to be able to make some of my imps lefties and some righties, therefore the holster can swing around to either side of the belt.  Its makes for some variation in the troops.

The Solo torso was a POTJ imperial officer torso (but just about any torso can be used) 'cuz the black bib is custom fitted vinyl (just like the straps) and painted and glued etc.  Its not too hard to do, just another time consuming ordeal.  The trick is to make either side of the piece the same size. 

Han's head is a redone VOTC Solo head, retooled and refitted slightly.  I obviously gave han a haircut and I had to modify the head to be accepted onto the post. 

I really like the military look of the WWII era soldiers, especially the uniforms of the Germans and Japanese.  Many poeple slammed me in private emails thinking that I was some sort of nazi because I made that Ozzel fig.  Let me state that I HATE NAZIS, but I liked some of their uniform styles and I thought that the SW imperials were begging for some of that influence.   Thanks for commentng on the Ozzel figure.  I like it because its so different looking to many other custom figures out there.  Its probably not ever going to be popular with the masses but I was trying to push the limit and connect SW imperials to earthly evil. 

That era is a big source for my customs,  Thanks so much for looking and letting me know what you think

hyourittaai- you can call me anything that you like, except late for dinner!

Darth Ennis, thanks so much for looking its the POTJ Imp Officer torso

p.s. if you'd like to view my tutorial on how to make those holsters please visit this link:

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Magnetic Articulation
« on: May 11, 2006, 10:07 PM »
I did a custom years ago with a megnet, very strong magnets similar to the Saga OATC kind and it worked great.  Actually they were a bit too strong.  It was for a Dagobah Vader-back in the early 90's

I'm new to this site and I checked out your home pages and I really like your work and your creative ideas.  Visiting your site has given me some cool ideas for new customs.  Keep up the great work. 

This is an awesome set!  As I stated over at the other site, this looks great.  I can't wait to see pics of the completed vehicle.  THat fighter is one ofthe coolest looking rigs in any color scheme. 

GReat job on all and especially that ARC.  Nice work.  I'm impressed with thise gauntlets.  I never though that either of those figures wouldever prove useful- I stand corrected.  Looking forward to the finished pics

Thats one COOL Batman.  I really like the straps around the gauntlets and boots.  The cape is very realistic looking as well.  Great Job

Your stuff is absolutely awesome!

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Outrider's Customs
« on: May 7, 2006, 10:25 AM »
NO but thanks for that tip.  I've never thought of that as a material so thanks.  I use my sons old roloe play power ranger uniform, same type of material.  Dont tell them though :P

Star Wars Action Figures / Outrider's Customs
« on: May 7, 2006, 12:27 AM »
Here's some figures from my Rise of the Empire series that I'm working on.  This first one is called :

Detention Block Officer-Rise of the Empire

This next one is called Han Solo Imperial Cadet- Rise of the Empire

Here is yet another figure from my Rise of the Empire series.  Here we have Lt. Jan Dodonna an Imperial Officer in his desert Camo fatigues.  Yes before Dodonna led the brave Rebels in the Battle of Yavin he was a line Officer army of the Empire.  I really love doing these camo Imperial troops hope that you like it and please let me know if you like it hate it or something in the middle.....Thanks

HEre's some pics of an aged Baccara clone commander post ROTS.  As you can see he's in camo armor and the Empire kept him arounf to mop up the remaining Jedi and separatists  Hope you like it

Ozzel was the type of Officer who excelled academically but when in the field never lived up to his academic prowess. Known for his brutal treatment of new recruit officer candidates, Ozzel was known to carry a sidearm at all times out of fear. Carida was the planet where all new Imperial recruits were sent to master the art of war. Ozzel loved the posh lifestyle that came from being an Imperial training officer. However the Navy of the galactic Empire had other plans for him. The rebellion against the Empire was growing more powerful every year. The Navy needed all available personnel to combat the growing threat. Ozzel was assigned to the Fleet and brought his bullying tactics to the harsh real world where he proved to be an everage line Officer but attained the rank of admiral due to time in service promoting

Here's the first figure in a custom series that I call:  Rise of the Empire.  Major Veers.  THis figure was inspired by events that take place 0-3 years after ROTS.  Major Veers is in urban Camo for combat on the Twi'lek home world of Ryloth. 

Please let me know what you think good, bad or indifferent.  Thanks for looking.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: New to this site
« on: May 6, 2006, 08:37 PM »
Thanks, I'll go for that too.  I'll try to get some pics on later tonight

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: New to this site
« on: May 6, 2006, 08:30 PM »
I'd like to post more pics of other custom figures.  Is it better to make a single thread for all of my customs or to post individual threads for each custom figure?  I'd like to conform to policy so any help is greatly appreciated, Thanks

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: New to this site
« on: May 6, 2006, 06:46 PM »
Thanks so much for the welcome.  Its great to be here.  I can't help myself...I prefer the rebel blaster to the imperial verison.  Its true- it should be the E11 but I tried to sneak my preferred blaster in there.  When his new helmet arrives I'll take pics with the correct blaster! ;D

Thanks again for the warm welcome everybody

I use a fujifilm FinePIx s5000.  I like it 'cuz the zoom feature can get nice tight shots and close ups etc. 

Star Wars Action Figures / Rise of the Empire carries on!
« on: May 6, 2006, 06:26 PM »
I'm NOT through with my Rise of the Empire series by a long shot but I thought I'd mixthings up a little bit with some WIP clone commandos that I'm working on.  NONE of these dudes are finished yet but they're getting close.  They all need decals, and finish detail painting and weathering.  I hope that you enjoy this update of commandos.  I'm having lots of fun making htem.   

This first series of pics details the weapon and pack of commando #2.  This figure is named Domi (after my middle name Dominic)  He's really into rockets and he carries a barrage of interchangeable rockets for his modified weapon.  These rockets are all tot ally interchangeale between the rifle and the pack storage area.  I hope that you like this but let me know what you think. 

The second set of pics details a grappling hook fitting for Clone #3's rifle.  His name is Tambo...those of you who know me may understand this reference.  This grappling hook attatchment was very difficult.  I wa able to make it so that the line actually rolls off of the spool and throught the hollowed out barrell.  It can wind back up onto the spool by simply rolling the spool in reverse.  Please let me know your thoughts and feedback about this as well. 

Here is the #4 commando of the group.  Obviously he's not painted yet but he's at least under way.  His name's LLEO.  I'm not sure what his specialty gear will be just yet but I'll come up with something.  Anyway here's the very early WIP pic of him

O.K. here's the special ops commando within the special ops team.  This dude has a plasma torch to cut through any obstacles in their way.  Also I armed him with a Fett style rocket pack.  What the heck right?  Tell me what you think about the crew so far.  Thanks...

O.K. here's the second member ofthe Republic team nearly complete.  They will all get custom unit decals at the end and so forth but you'll get overall idea of what this crew will look like.  This is #2 of 4.  Please not that the stripes while similar are not exactly the same.  I figure that this is a way that others can identify them.  Let me know what you think

Here's a proposed Republic Commando design basically finished except for detailing the clone head and some more weathering.  This is sort of a break away from many other commando's that I've seen so hopefully it will be a hit with DA.  By the way Steve, if you don't like it I'm totally cool with it.  Let me know and we'll do something else nor prob...Let me know what y'all think of it. 


Here's 'n update with a sort of radical paint scheme I was thinking about.  Tell me what you guys think.  Obviously there's a whole load of strap, holsters, gear etc to add but this is the base paint figure minus gear.  Accessories will be either black or grey-to be determined

Here's a few pics of a Republic Commando side project that I'm working on.  These are NOT part of the ROTE line but I'm sure that they were busy at the time of order 66.  I'd like to do some customized gear and here's some pics of the early weapons and gear.

Hello all,
I'm new to this customs forum but I've been around customizing for a while.  I'd like to thank all of you from various other sites for inviting me here to share my custom figures with all of you.   I'm known as slave1jango at rebelscum, legolas77 at, and outrider at my home site

Here's a figure that I recently made for a series of figures that I've been working on for a few months.  The figure series is known as Rise of the Empire and its set a between ROTS and ANH.

First up is Imperial trooper. 

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