10/28/98- I finally found the SOTW Tommygun figure, so I'm playing around
with the concept Greg Brown (Eklyps
Custom Figures & Collectibles came up with in his "Trick Out Your SOTW
Uniform" customization projects.
Here's one of the pieces of equipment that I needed to make...
10/25/98- The ammo pouches, made out of rigid resin. This is the third version,
and the casting still isn't quite right. Also note the cool pack of cigarettes!!!
I got the graphic from Jun Matsui's M's
Deck web site & printed it on an Alps MD1300 printer. Thank you, Jun!
I'm considering making a uniform too-- Since finding the right color at a fabric store is so iffy, I went to an army surplus store and got a used laundry bag which isn't olive drab or khaki-- it's got more green in it. It's thick, but hopefully sew-able.
10/23/98- Some Mitchell Paige modifications in progress. This is a very
nice set, and has a lot of potential for "customizing"-- which in this case
means making it look less toy-like. It's funny because you start out thinking
"Oh, I'll just fix that one thing...", and then before you know it your
standards start ratcheting upwards. What started out as a minor diversion
could become a major project!
The most obvious thing to fix was the helmet. To make it look less perfect and toy-like, I applied a sandy paint texture to it and added the liner strap with a brass buckle. I seriously considered detailing the inside lining, but fortunately, sanity returned. (10/24/98) The straps were replaced. Selecting a suitable material was difficult, because of the scale thickness of a folded strap, and the problem of material fraying. The straps took a couple of hours to make, but much of the time was spent experimenting with different materials-- I made two sets of sewn straps, but they just didn't look right. Making the tiny buckle was no picnic either!
The boots also looked pretty bland, so I painted them with several shades of a more reddish brown paint. Surprisingly, the paint stays on pretty well. I tried to add scuff marks, but they're pretty subtle. I simulated a little bit of wear on the lace eyelets, but the lacing still makes it look pretty flat.
Like I said, once you get started, it's difficult to stop. Other things that look bad are the ammo pouches and the leggings. I'm tempted to turn this guy into an ETO Army guy too; no disrespect meant to Mitchell Paige, but he's got a really nice generic look.
|10/18/98- I showed an early version of this to my wife and she joked that it looked sort of like a uh... penis (???). Funny stuff, this art is... Ahem. It's a Super Sculpey version of Godora Seijin's head, sort of. "Sort of" because I changed some things around. I really just wanted to sculpt something without a lot of commitment. I don't think I'll bake this since I don't want to waste the clay, but I will try to mold it and maybe produce a soft casting of it. It would be cool to put some kind of articulation inside of it, so it could bend front to back and maybe turn from side to side, but the casting's rigidity determines whether that's feasible or not. On the other hand, I might be able to fit some batteries in there & light it or put some kind of vibratory mechanism in it...|
|I've been experimenting with reproducing Captain Action hands, since they're the best I've seen. I may later try to sculpt my own, since they're slightly bigger than I'd like. The hand holding the hand is a "trash" casting from a two part-mold. It's really hard to evacuate all the air without a pressure pot, so that's why there's a major pinhole showing. The first castings were terrible-- missing fingertips & thumbs, but eventually the technique gets refined and you start getting decent casts. At this point, I'm testing a general purpose hard resin casting of the pin to see if it's durable enough-- seems okay, but I'm considering getting a harder resin. Of course, a method of fastening it all together is sort of important, too. I found a bunch of rivets that were close to the right size at the only old-timey mom & pop electronics parts store in town that had these things. They'd probably been sitting on the shelf for about ten years. What about the crimping tool? Bwahahaha... I had to make my own by grinding a punch. (Of course, you can have one made if you're willing to spend some big bucks!)|