So, I bought this with the intent to repaint it, so this wasn't that much of a trek for me. I really love the sculpt, but some aspects of the articulation could've been better. Really, the hips -- they're extremely limited not only because of the armor, but the poorly built system of two ABS pieces wrapping around a single PVC socket, which is a slightly elongated oval for up and down movement. Really, it doesn't work out that well, and isn't anywhere near as poseable as the ML Bucky Cap hips.
I replaced those, allowing him to kneel by curving the top more into the actual hip piece at the thigh, and do the splits. I also raised the neck a hair to compensate for the fact that the knees and elbows were extended because of the poor plastic choice in those areas.
For the paintjob, I repainted everything aside from his backpack. I went over with a very shoddy brown wash so the indents would have some depth (though subtle), then I did a light coat of Tamiya spray dark yellow, following up with a similarly light, but more so, Tamiya spray matte white. I finished it off by spraying some more dark yellow, focussing more around the lower legs. I then drybrushed on testors flat white, and added on those brown scuffs/etc. I didn't repaint the little blue vent things on the helmet, just taped over them when I sprayed. I repainted the pauldron with a similar orange, and did some very subtle midtones near the buttons (I also repainted those on the little pouches by the pauldron). I painted the button for the strap, and repainted all of the black/painted the head completely. I then finished it all off with a single testors spray dullcoat.
Thanks Tontus314That's really good, especially for being a virgin.
Thanks Ackbar254 I had about an hour doing 3 base coats then around 5 to 5 1/2 hours doing detail work then another 20 mins on the gloss coat but all the time counts getting aggravated and walking off to smoke a cig But all in all I'm happy with the end results and ready to do another astromech in a week or twoLooks sweet, Sparkey. How long did that take?
Thanks took me 3 or 4 weeks of debating and looking at pics befor I just went for it. It ended up being 28.54 in paint and a few good brushes + 21.46 for R2 and I had around an hour on 3 coats of base coat around 5 and a half hrs in paint detailing and about 20 mins on 2 coats of gloss. I'm geting ready to do another astromech in a week or two just trying to figure out witch one Ill be doing nextWow that's sharp! Nice work! Maybe I'll get brave and try something similar.
I could see Hasbro releasing R2-KT as an online exclusive or SDCC and if it doe's come down the pike I'd get one; after reading the story about that little girl I wanted to go buy the 3 3/4 one to help support the cause and then hold my daughter a little tighter!That's going to cause quite a bit of grief. It's going to take 2 or more coats of pink to cover the blue, and that's an awful lot of detailing to do 2 or 3 times. Also, for some reason I'm thinking we might get an official version.
Sorry, just now saw this, but it looks like your question has pretty much been answered by others. Haven't really experienced it being smudged away, but then that was kind of the point in the first place. I went over the lines of the panels with the pencil, then shaded him a bit all over and then purposefully smudged away as much as I could. What's in the crevices stays put and you get a sort of weathering that matched up pretty well with what Hasbro already did on his feet.Yo Billy_Ray, a question about the lead pencil line weathering method; How do you prevent the detailing from being smudged away from future handling? Just wondering how durable it is?
That's going to cause quite a bit of grief. It's going to take 2 or more coats of pink to cover the blue, and that's an awful lot of detailing to do 2 or 3 times. Also, for some reason I'm thinking we might get an official version.
I'm impressed!The look of the terrible paint job on the upcoming Slave Leia and Luke Bespin got me to thinking....COULD I customize and paint a face at this scale? If I couldn't, I'd give up on buying the human figures. Anyway, I tried my luck on an extra Luke I bought, in case I'd do a Snowspeeder or Dagobah Landing 6" custom. Anyway, I removed the paint and tried. It's not perfect, but a bit better than the terrible factory jobs it looks like are coming our way.
I'm thinking of chopping off about a third of the length of the stock on Boba Fett's carbine just so he can actually shoulder it like so:
Of course, this would mean that the stock would be missing a third of the sculpted greeblies on the sides. Any thoughts?