Try-To-Finish-Tuesday Challenge!!!

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Thanks, Utinniii!

Here is an early version of the figure I did as well as something I already completed but finally got around to posting (and with half-an-hour to spare, too):
It is nice to have older customs so you can see how much you have improved.
I particularly like his "Saddle stance" in this picture.
 

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I liked Hoss as well. Great job. The Ewok looks pretty fierce as well!
 

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Here is this weeks and next weeks. I didn’t have time to upload the pics (partly untrue: I just don’t enjoy doing it). I think from now on, unless it is something I’m excited to show, I will probably post every two weeks.

The first week’s submission is a bunch of castings I’ve been making. They are mostly bottles. I suppose I shouldn’t have taken an aerial shot (which is why I don’t like doing it). There are some other things in there as well. One is a drink dispenser for my cantina. I’ve wanted to make it for years now.



The second photo is Brainiac, which I started before the figure came out. Now he is a generic backgrounder. There is also a repainted cheapo figure that I always wanted but never bought because it was a garish purple. I got this in a thrift shop bag. There are also a bunch of corpse heads. I'm not sure what to do with them. They were miscasts that I didn't want to throw out.



I’m pretty busy working on a cool project for Yakfinities. Expect to see a lot of diorama related submissions for the next 3 months.
 

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Tuesday was really just a guideline. In my first post I suggested to find a day that worked best for you. At the time, Tuesday was good for me. Also, you don't have to post on Tuesday. The only rule is that if you post, you also have to comment on other people's work. I prefer to upload photos all at once since Photobucket has a weird script that sometimes crashes Firefox when I use it.

I started this because I have dozens of unfinished figures (and hundreds not even started yet) and I found discussion really inspired me to finish something else, or I would see someone else's work and want to finish something similar. I felt people might be in the same boat and would benefit from the fun challenge. I also realized that if I didn't push myself to finish at least something once a week, it was possible to let life take over and it might be weeks or even months between projects.

Not all of my submissions are stellar, but I don't mind. Backgrounders don't need to be polished and I have "current projects" I'm working on.
 

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Lookin' good! Even the horses have their own personality. I've had the theme song stuck in my head for a week now thanks to you!:p

Han also looks good, but there is something funny about his waist. It looks small.

For my weeks submission I have Darth BB-H8 and some of his killer droids. I've had some of those parts since 1997 and wanted to do something with them. I never could find a good idea. I bought Darth Vader just for his BAW and felt bad about that (I even paid FULL PRICE!!!). I cast molds of the parts to justify my purchase. I cast a bunch of heads but didn't have legs to go with them. I put 2 and 3 together and am quite pleased with the results. I have several more to make and more TFA NO inspired droids I want to finish, but I'll do them later.




1 & 3 have Korean toy legs. 2 has Transformer legs and a UFO won in an arcade. 4 has GIJoe Scorpion legs.

 
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Lookin' good! Even the horses have their own personality. I've had the theme song stuck in my head for a week now thanks to you!:p

Han also looks good, but there is something funny about his waist. It looks small.

For my weeks submission I have Darth BB-H8 and some of his killer droids. I've had some of those parts since 1997 and wanted to do something with them. I never could find a good idea. I bought Darth Vader just for his BAW and felt bad about that (I even paid FULL PRICE!!!). I cast molds of the parts to justify my purchase. I cast a bunch of heads but didn't have legs to go with them. I put 2 and 3 together and am quite pleased with the results. I have several more to make and more TFA NO inspired droids I want to finish, but I'll do them later.




1 & 3 have Korean toy legs. 2 has Transformer legs and a UFO won in an arcade. 4 has GIJoe Scorpion legs.


Thanks, pal.

Judging by the Han figure, maybe he could do with a few pies...XD Mind you, the benefit of how the figure turned out is pretty good. The reason? So he could sit with his legs bent as if he was at the cantina and also at that swivel chair by a control panel in the Jedi training scene. Also, a Luke figure is in the works, so expect that real soon before Tuesday!

And yes, the horses are matched closely to the originals as best as I could from memory. I guess I had to include it in the photo description. It was an 8-bit rendition, too. I might touch up a bit on the horses, maybe get them as accurate to the originals or something (and if I've got spare time on my hands, possibly make the saddle bags like the Kenner Butch & Sundance horses). Hoss' horse is actually a dark-brown chestnut stallion, but the black horse I used is rather best, but that's probably because of the age of color film. Still, I'm satisfied with the black horse I chose because Hoss' horse sometimes appeared black on film and that dark brown horses sometimes appear black (those horses in the right scale are hard to find). Little Joe's horse was no problem. It was a spare Lone Ranger black horse I obtained and had to paint the white markings on him (I bet you didn't know this, but more than on black-and-white Paint horses were used for Michael Landon's character - good luck if you can tell the difference).

Also, nice customs. Darth BB-H8 is a hilarious concept. Maybe as a Robot Chicken/Action League NOW!-esque parody or something. And those crab robots, I wonder where they would fit in.
 

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They look pretty good. I like Ponda the most.

This week has more droids and droid parts. Most are kitbashed Korean model parts. I have 2 more spider droids from the BAW, a loading droid and 2 assault droids. There is also a modified mouse droid (Kinder toy train part). The baskets are painted Shopkins and the Cantina Distillery jug was molded from a POTC Jack Sparrow Bottle. I shrunk it down a bit with a Silicone caulking mold.


 

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Here is last week’s figures. I waited until I finished 2 of the probe droids before taking pictures.

I also got plastered last week. It is easier to work on multiple models at once. I also only make the mess once.


This week, I (mostly) finished a DIORAMA! I don’t know how long it’s been sitting unfinished. I still have the bar windows to make as well as put the straw/puddle on the cell floor. I also have to permanently put in the lights. The ones I have are orange and I don’t know if I want clear lights instead.




 

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Thanks! It has at least 4 different washes of paint on it.
My grout got a little lumpy so the walls have even more texture than I'd intended but I'm happy with the results.
 

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No worries!
As much as I'd love to see at least one new custom from someone else once every week or two, I know that everyone is busy with real life. It is always a delight for me to see new posts and photos.

This week I managed to (mostly) finish another Diorama!!




There are textured walls around the doors I have to force myself to make. I'm not looking forward to the 2 hours of precision cutting and gluing required.

I need some advice though and would appreciate any input.
There is a piece of broken ship in this scene.
I wasn't intending on making it (I'd rather put the bubble ship in it's place) but I started a mock up of it. My question is, should I actually put the detritus in (I think it really makes the scene) and if so, should I remake it using a bigger take-away bowl (since it actually is much larger)?


 
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First time I posted anything in a while, but, here are some things I've been working on or maybe did months back, but one I did recently. Some of these were simple and fun to do. Remember, I'm steadily returning here and I still have some more to share with everybody. Expect more from me soon.

 
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I need some advice though and would appreciate any input.
There is a piece of broken ship in this scene.
I wasn't intending on making it (I'd rather put the bubble ship in it's place) but I started a mock up of it. My question is, should I actually put the detritus in (I think it really makes the scene) and if so, should I remake it using a bigger take-away bowl (since it actually is much larger)?
You can get both the bubble ship and the round miniature stadium here:http://www.holeinthegroundpro.com/dioramas.html
 

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First time I posted anything in a while, but, here are some things I've been working on or maybe did months back, but one I did recently. Some of these were simple and fun to do. Remember, I'm steadily returning here and I still have some more to share with everybody. Expect more from me soon.

Simple customs are always rewarding. I like Leia the most. It would be neat to read what you did exactly, and a recipe when needed.

You can get both the bubble ship and the round miniature stadium here:http://www.holeinthegroundpro.com/dioramas.html

But what would be the fun in that?

Thanks for pointing them out though. I've seen booth before and while the Bubbleship is mostly accurate, the debris (I always thought it was the exhaust of a ship) is too small. So, should I remake mine bigger?

I've been saving parts for the bubbleship and mentally building it for a decade now.

I misplaced my camera so I haven't been posting the last 2 weeks. I did get stuff finished though. It is mostly bits to fit in various dioramas and mostly finished denizens for my dioramas.

I also started my Dagobah Dio but I'm not thrilled with what I've done so far. I'm painting the backdrop. I also haven't committed to either 1] scale or 2] if I will include the vintage playset in it.
With regards to scale, all my dios so far are 1:18 scale. However, my main interest is making all the creatures of Dagobah and some of them are quite huge.
 
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Simple customs are always rewarding. I like Leia the most. It would be neat to read what you did exactly, and a recipe when needed.




But what would be the fun in that?

Thanks for pointing them out though. I've seen booth before and while the Bubbleship is mostly accurate, the debris (I always thought it was the exhaust of a ship) is too small. So, should I remake mine bigger?

I've been saving parts for the bubbleship and mentally building it for a decade now.

I misplaced my camera so I haven't been posting the last 2 weeks. I did get stuff finished though. It is mostly bits to fit in various dioramas and mostly finished denizens for my dioramas.

I also started my Dagobah Dio but I'm not thrilled with what I've done so far. I'm painting the backdrop. I also haven't committed to either 1] scale or 2] if I will include the vintage playset in it.
With regards to scale, all my dios so far are 1:18 scale. However, my main interest is making all the creatures of Dagobah and some of them are quite huge.
You want instructions, you've got them.

  • Take a Vintage Bespin Leia without the cape as well as that turtleneck
  • Take a cloth doily cape from the Kenner '98 PL Collection Bepsin Leia
  • Stick it on the Vintage Bespin Leia figure
  • 'Nuff said

If you can't fit the creatures into the diorama, you can always Photoshop them in instead.
 
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You want instructions, you've got them.

  • Take a Vintage Bespin Leia without the cape as well as that turtleneck
  • Take a cloth doily cape from the Kenner '98 PL Collection Bepsin Leia
  • Stick it on the Vintage Bespin Leia figure
  • 'Nuff said

If you can't fit the creatures into the diorama, you can always Photoshop them in instead.
I did the exact same thing. :)
 

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I found my camera!
My 3 weeks of submissions are these:
1] Wol Ca***** (seriously porn-bot???)
I was surprised that the main body was still pliable when I got back to it since it had been several months since I worked on it. I kept it in an air tight container. I never bought the toy because it was way overpriced when I saw it. I've kind of regretted it until now.



Model magic (playmaiz core) with a glossy coat for the eyes and tongue.



In the above pic, I have the Kenner dais. Should I
1] leave it as is
2] paint it and add the side Abyssian heads
or 3] recreate the dais from scratch?
On one hand, I don't want to "ruin" the Kenner toy while on the other, a scratch built dais would fit in the dio better. On the gripping hand, I'm making the dios to display my toys so a scratch built dais will mean the Kenner one goes back into storage.

Jabba's Dungeon Dwellers
These will go into my dungeon scene. I just need to finish the door lock (and possibly the cones for the hall lights) and then that diorama will be finished!

The best looking window grate is cut foam. The ones with the hand and tentacle are styrofoam with the holes burnt into them. Since they won't be seen, I didn't spend as much time on them.
3 of the rats are from a D&D game (one has the transparent base), one is from a HeroQuest game and the brown one is a cast from one of the rats inside the Kenner Dais.
I may just have the only diorama with the rats and other prisoners in them.

This weeks submission is the wall girders for Jabba's droid room. It was a lot of work making them and getting the dimensions correct. I'm pleased with how accurate they turned out, especially since it was hard to find good pictures of them.


The room looks pretty empty without them and the pipes will sag.


Here's where the pipes from the first pic went (I have to extend one of them since it is easy to see it goes nowhere)


Here they are roughly in place. Fitting them in with all the pipes is really going to suck. It will be difficult.


Here's some unfinished pipes. They will go through the girders and not rest on top of them when I install them.



From above.

 
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Last weeks challenge was to finish Jabba’s Dungeon. I finished the door controls, installed the other denizens, added straw, and finished off Hoover.




Oh, ROTJ, how do you like my modification of the Gamorrean Guard now? Does that look better?



This week’s submission was to finish off my Cantina Exterior. I made the jugs, finished the door trims and finally (after working on it for 4-6 months) finally finished my Jerba! I’m not thrilled with how it turned out, but it is good enough for now.



 

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It has been a busy 3 weeks for me but I managed to finish something each week. The pipes are taking me forevah!



Sorry for the blurry pic, but you will see them in place soon enough.
The first is a random transformer part that I think makes a great head. I will take a better pic later. The next 3 are machines for the droid torture room.

Next are a bunch of painted droids and junk. The wall console really should be on the next wall over, but I wanted to make it. I'm pretty happy with it.


I'm still not done all the pipes yet, but here is how one side looks. I also have the pipes with chains in them. I never noticed them until I started making this diorama. The droid head was actually a canister in the movie, but I like the idea of droid bits strewn around more than canisters. It is actually a custom drink dispenser from my cantina, but not the IG-88 head.

 

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October submissions

October has been a busy month with a lot going on. I shifted my focus to work on Halloween stuff but I did do some SW related stuff.

After Halloween, I usually buy fake pumpkins for 90% off. I made 6 JOLs this month.




Here's the rest of the crew.


I know it is blurry, but I love this shot!



And Just in time for LAST Halloween, I made some trees. I punched out each leaf with a hole-punch. I spent 15 minutes on one, gluing each leaf on. The others I just globbed glue on and pressed a bunch of leaves on. They look the same.



Here's a mish mash of things I finished. Some I have a plan for, and others were just for fun.



The pink dragon is from the What's New strip in Dragon Magazine. I always wanted one (and a Chaotic evil Dixie).

Most of the robots are from Korean $500won models. There is some sea food amongst the items.

Finally, some droids for my diorama. I cut off and glued his right arm so it is bent. It was to thin to add POA.

EV-9D9 has glued bent legs and elbow joints. The right arm is attached at the stump with a pin. It can move side-to-side.
The left was more work and can move up-down. Here's a WIP to see how I did it.


And in place.

Her desk still needs a tar wash.

Here's a WIP of the table and chair. She's playing PONG!
 
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Sorry for the awful pic, my wife took all our cameras with her on a trip. BUT, I finally had time to work on something.

Kylo Ren...without the awful soft goods.

 

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Soft goods done right look fantastic. Done badly, it looks the the figure is wearing a tent. Yours looks fantastic.

The cowboy looks good so far. I'd like to see it finished and riding the horse. Your second head is much better.
 
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I can handle soft goods on Jedi skirts with the plastic skirt to kinda hide it. SA Kylo Ren was just too poofy for my tastes. Upper body SA Kylo, lower body RO Kylo, Head RO Kylo. I love how the RO head fits the SA neck post without any modifications. I dremeled the RO body right at the belt, drilled a hole in the remaining pelvis and then hot glued it all in place. So he still actually has waist articulation.
 
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