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    Try-To-Finish-Tuesday Challenge!!!

    This is open to everyone!!
    I've been talking to a few of us and we all have the same problem of starting a figure and never finishing it (I have dozens!) Just talking, inspired me to finish a few. I also decided to dedicate Tuesdays just for finishing something.

    My challenge is this: Take a day of the week (doesn't have to be Tuesday) and if you have time to craft, use the time to first finish something you have been working on (the older, the better). If you finished, post it here (any day, not just Tues).

    Only rule is if you post a figure here you also have to comment individually on other poster's work. Anyone can comment though.

    Who's in?

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    i'm in.... great idea too! it's hard to remember which one is the oldest? i may slip the odd closest in there though.
    continuing the vintage dream......one custom at a time!

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    Hey we're almost neighbours!

    I'm not to worried about things being the absolute oldest. I was thinking more along the lines of something that was abandoned rather than finishing a current project (unless the new project is mocking you from the shelf, in which case, take it down and finish it off!).

    This week I didn't really finish anything old, but I did revisit a few and they are all now closer to being finished.
    I got side tracked by a couple of unstarted V figures. I'm currently making the Alien baby and realized I needed a character to hold it.

    Here is what I did finish last week though. The security droid was finished but the rest needed tweaks.

    Last edited by Utinniii; 02-20-2016 at 11:51 PM.

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    There are a good few projects I really should finish; so, yes, I'm in too.

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    Looking good Utinniii! I particularly like the one second from the left.
    Last edited by Khabarakh; 02-21-2016 at 02:21 PM.

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    I'm in, too!


    For those who don't know me, I'm a vintage customizer who uses exclusively vintage parts. I don't use any modern pieces in my customs. I sculpt with paint, but no clay, which limits me to building up volume on top of vintage pieces rather than creating pieces from scratch.


    One of my first customs was Dr. Evazan, who I made about three years ago. He was pretty rough - my paint skills were pretty limited at the time, and I had simply taken a large head Han and tried to reshape it with an exacto knife and a hot poker up the nose. Since then I've developed my paint sculpting technique, and have been meaning to revisit the figure for ages. In the spirit of this thread, I’ve finally gone back and finished it off!




    The original is simply a Large Head Han repainted, as I mentioned. For the upgrade, I replaced the old boots with boots from a Luke Jedi. I used paint sculpting to cover up some of the chisel marks on the head and build up the hair, nose, and damaged eye. I also covered up the detail on the vest to make it more like the actual Dr. Evazan, whose vest is a lot plainer than Han's. I also added some volume to his stomach. You can compare the changes from the old figure below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khabarakh View Post
    Looking good Utinniii! I particularly like the one second from the left.

    If you like the stovetop now, wait until you see the more accurate one I'm (procrastinating) working on. I made the first one off of VHS pauses.
    It's my ambition to have every at least one of every kind of ANH droid (don't need EVERY R2 color pattern).

    It is nice to see before and after photos. The differences are remarkable.

    I really admire your strict set of rules for making customs although it baffles me that you don't use modeling gel since it is added to the paint and is technically paint. I still respect your decision though!

    While I often decide on a figure I want to make first and then find a body to customize, I often see a toy and realize it really wants to be a different one and so customize it. It may not have been the best body for the resulting custom, but it is a great way to use up fodder and the extra figures one gets in thrift shop bags.

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    Its called "try to" for a reason! I just learned how hard it is (for me) to actually finish projects in one day. I think it will be very likely that I'll have nothing for weeks at a time and then suddenly have a bunch of finished projects.
    I'm hoping to have at least 30 "old projects" finished by the end of the year but am aiming for more. Let's see if life will let me!

    I actually did manage to finish something that I've wanted since I was a kid. When the CCG cards came out I bought a single of it since that was the only image I had.
    I've spent years looking for parts and trying to figure out how to build it. I tried my best to make it screen accurate. It's actually a very detailed droid.

    Finally, I'm one step closer to my droid domination.

    Jawa Bantha droid!




    1POA!!! The head turns. Don't touch the arms. Don't even look at them! Seriously, stop it!!



    Here are some of my unfinished Star Wars customs. I hope to finish most of them this year. Now that I've posted them, I'm more likely to finish them. Self shaming works!


    Dang! I need to add the silver dots in the bottom grill. I guess he's not finished after all.

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    Excellent! You have a really unique style with your droids that fits the grittiness associated with the original trilogy perfectly.
    Last edited by Khabarakh; 02-24-2016 at 09:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utinniii View Post
    I really admire your strict set of rules for making customs although it baffles me that you don't use modeling gel since it is added to the paint and is technically paint. I still respect your decision though!
    I guess at this point it's mostly just stubbornness. When I started out, my goal was to try to adhere to the vintage line as much as possible and kitbash everything with no modern parts, as they just seemed like the easy way out. Putting a modern head on a vintage figure and calling it vintage, for example, felt wrong and un-vintage to me (no disrespect to the vintage customizers who do that though - this is a personal choice, not a crusade against others, and I've seen some phenomenal customs made by people who have taken modern parts and made them look vintage). I wanted to limit myself to materials that were truly vintage. As far as foreign materials go (paint, glue, clay, green stuff, cloth, etc) I figured just stick to the bare necessities. You can't customize without paint and glue, so those were in, but everything else was out.

    I think when it comes down to it, that's always been kind of the appeal of vintage - the limitations. If you want accuracy, you go with something else. If you want articulation, you go with something else. But vintage appeals to people who like the simplicity. Keeping my materials list as basic as possible is my way of adhering to the vintage line. This allows me to stray from the vintage look in other ways - if I want to make super detailed X-Wing pilot helmets, for example, then I go for it. It may not look truly vintage, but that doesn't bother me because I know I did it within my own personal set of limitations and I'm still staying true to vintage in my own way. So in a weird way, by limiting myself I'm actually giving myself permission to do more.

    That said, I've never heard of this modeling gel before and I'm intrigued by it. I'll have to give it a try and see how I feel about it.
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