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Imperial Creative Engineering => Custom Figures => Topic started by: JDeck on July 05, 2016, 07:17:11 PM

Title: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on July 05, 2016, 07:17:11 PM
Hello folks been a while since I've done some figures, or anything for that matter. Been busy with work. I've had supply problems of every kind. I've had labor difficulties. You know. But I'm building some figures that are mostly a mashup of 5poa and SA sculpts, it cuts cost, and makes a unique figure. The POTJ, and the more recent saga legends figure head sculpts are actually pretty good. I'm doing a series called "Major Panno's Raiders", an all non human group of Rebel Alliance commandos, and saboteurs, who's key mission is to reap havoc on the Empire.
    First is captain Salcom. The Quarren leader of the main squad. He a strict no nonsense leader who expects the very best from his men. Capt. Salcom knows as well as the rest of the group, " alien" species must work hard to accel in the human dominated alliance.
    This one is a 15-15, $15, done in 15 minuets. it still retains the 14poa of the SA figure. Simple, but I like it. I may darken the skin later, meybe.
Title: Re: Major panno's raiders.
Post by: Blizzard Force on July 06, 2016, 12:32:32 AM
I'd rather say it's a 10-10...10 points (out of 10) for the cool idea and 10 points again for the simple yet elegant execution. ;)
Title: Re: Major panno's raiders.
Post by: Tamer on July 06, 2016, 05:47:17 AM
Great stuff. Good to see you back. Off to share.
Title: Re: Major panno's raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 06, 2016, 06:31:03 AM
Great stuff. Good to see you back. Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! I've just been unbelievably busy. One thing after another, this is the 4th week I've had to work on my day off. But its fun to build these quick figures, I have many more in the works, along with a vehicle.
I'd rather say it's a 10-10...10 points (out of 10) for the cool idea and 10 points again for the simple yet elegant execution. ;)
Thank you blizzard force! Personally I like simple no paint customs.
Title: Re: Major panno's raiders.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on July 06, 2016, 04:32:20 PM
Simple but effective . I like it , and good to see you are posting again !
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders
Post by: JDeck on July 11, 2016, 05:24:35 PM
Simple but effective . I like it , and good to see you are posting again !
  Thank you Mr.Jedi! Is good to be back.

  I made the Rebel AT-RT rider. Her name is Vero Nikta, at a young age she was involved with the Free Ryloth movement. She had become a proficient systems hacker and saboteur. She was also quite well at stealing Imperial vehicles. Her vehicle of choice is an AT-RT she had stolen from Ryloth's Imperial Patrol Unit. Eventually she was sought out by Major Panno himself  to join the Raiders. She plays a vital role in the squad as a hacker, when the team needs access codes, or intelligence for covert operations.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Tamer on July 12, 2016, 05:41:36 AM
She looks perfect for this if you ask me. Love the helmet. Off to share.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 12, 2016, 12:58:36 PM
She looks perfect for this if you ask me. Love the helmet. Off to share.
  Thanks Tamer, I'd have to agree, if I had to do it over I wouldn't really change anything. The TVC Leia hips work great for the AT-RT. TBS Rey forearms are perfect because of the ball swivel wrists and I didn't have to repaint and match that particular green. The Cesi Eirriss figure is neat, and the helmet is real cool. I was going to make a reimagined Hera with it, but original characters never go out of style.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Sjefke on July 12, 2016, 05:13:59 PM
Oh that's a hot custom.  Great imagination and execution.  She looks like this ain't her first rodeo.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 12, 2016, 06:40:52 PM
Oh that's a hot custom.  Great imagination and execution.  She looks like this ain't her first rodeo.
  Lol. Thanks Sjefke. I thought hell, with all that articulation why not show it off.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: jon_k on July 12, 2016, 07:42:07 PM
Love the helmet with the whole overall look. Great job!
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 12, 2016, 08:16:38 PM
Love the helmet with the whole overall look. Great job!
Thank you  Jon_k! I was saving Eirriss for a special figure, I'm glad you like her. I really think this is one of my favorites. So far, more is to come. I will complete the rest of the squad, but Vero is the Crown Jewel.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 13, 2016, 04:05:22 PM
 Corporal Gorf Timrek, was an Ishi Tib explosives expert. To say he was a pyromaniac would be an understatement. He very rarely used a blaster due to loss of dexterity in his shooting hand during an explosives incident. His boisterous personality would lend comic relief to stressful situations, but it could get annoying at times.
  Pretty simple figure POTF2 Ishi Tib+ TLC Major Panno. He reminds me of a cross between Kermit the frog and Clint Eastwood. I added a poncho, bandolier with proximity mines, and a soft goods bag that holds three explosive charges. I soaked the poncho in a water/PVA glue mixture so it clings better, for a realistic look.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Tamer on July 14, 2016, 05:45:30 AM
I so wish we had had characters like this in ROTJ. If they ever go back to redo some of the OT again (lets face it its inevitable) I would love to see more Alien Rebels just like you are doing. Off to share.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on July 14, 2016, 08:41:06 AM
Another great figure I especially like the soft goods on the character it fits nicely  !
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 14, 2016, 01:11:47 PM
I so wish we had had characters like this in ROTJ. If they ever go back to redo some of the OT again (lets face it its inevitable) I would love to see more Alien Rebels just like you are doing. Off to share.
Thanks again Tamer. Yeah they'll remake ROTJ probably in the form of episode 9. I like the new aliens as well as the old. It would be nice to get some OT alien rebels/resistors in the upcoming movies.  Some of TFA's aliens were very close to some of the cantina patrons, like Wolfman, Hammerhead the one that looked like a blown up Bossk, but for some reason the made them different enough to be completely different species.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 14, 2016, 01:15:03 PM
Another great figure I especially like the soft goods on the character it fits nicely  !
Thanks Mr.Jedi! Yeah I have a love hate relationship with soft goods. I like the fabric, but it sometimes looks too big, ie TVC Leia. I found using a water white glue mixture sort of starches the fabric making it easier to work with. And the bag was a 1/12 WWRP  pouch. It works, but I'll make some finishing touches on him and the quarren.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 16, 2016, 07:55:46 PM
  Sergeant  Elven Vazali. Like many Duro's, Vazali was a pacifist, he did not belive in war. He soon realized if no one fought for freedom, it can be easily taken away. Vazali grew up in an Aristocratic home, his Grandfather took him on many big game hunting expeditions, there he learned the skills and discipline needed to become the best marksman in the Alliance.
 
 No frills or thrills here folks just a  POTJ Ellors Maddak + TVC commando. The inspiration for this character was a cross between Vasily Zaytsev (Enemy at the Gates), and  Alvin York (Sergeant York), with a slight hint of Manfred Von Richthofen (Red Baron).  I chose this figure/species for the squinty eyes, or irises, and stone face. Very reminiscent of many Spaghetti Western characters, and Kurosawa's Yojimbo.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Tamer on July 17, 2016, 03:14:21 AM
Really enjoying that added to group shot. He looks right at home. Nice job.

Off to share.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 17, 2016, 10:54:52 AM
Really enjoying that added to group shot. He looks right at home. Nice job.

Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! The squad it almost complete. I figure every Star Wars team has six members including at least one droid. I got a cool idea for a droid. We'll see how it works.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 21, 2016, 04:47:41 PM
    TX-1138 aka, "Tex", was an experimental reconnaissance droid developed by the Alliance Intelligence Command. The basic design was a resurrection of the Separatist B2 battle droid, however the central processor had been completely upgraded. TEX was programmed with a library of information, including Star and Planetary maps. As well as blueprints, schematics and readouts for every known Imperial; ship, fighter and ground vehicle. He was also programmed to know all Imperial protocol and decipher Imperial codes. He didn't have much of a personality, he was built to obey orders and relay information he did not feel emotions, or understand figurative language. This was problematic, as he had the tendency to carry out orders to its most literal extent.

    I wasn't sure how it would turn out, well I'm still not sure about it. I imagine his voice being similar to a 2-1B surgical droid, deep, no accent, monotone. I just have one more figure to build to complete the squad. He'll be pretty cool, I may take my time, I'd like to get it right.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Foxtrot Delta on July 21, 2016, 06:00:14 PM
JDeck, that walker is AWESOME, good idea of mashing up the 5POA heads with the SA bodies
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Tamer on July 22, 2016, 07:25:44 AM
I think it is a great idea to add a droid to the mix. Kinda reminds me of the new Rogue One Droid. Off to share.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Jedi Minstrel on July 22, 2016, 08:50:18 AM
Cool droid.  I may have to steal this idea.  I've got droid parts everywhere.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 22, 2016, 10:58:02 AM
JDeck, that walker is AWESOME, good idea of mashing up the 5POA heads with the SA bodies
    Thanks Foxtrot! The walker is a Revell model kit, it happened to be 3.75" scale, so that was cool. With the heads, well, when life gives you 5poa lemons....

I think it is a great idea to add a droid to the mix. Kinda reminds me of the new Rogue One Droid. Off to share.
  Thanks again Tamer! Yeah I sort of had this idea brewing before I saw the R1 trailer. Thats why I initially thought he was a Clone Wars era battle droid, but he's an Imperial droid of some kind.

Cool droid.  I may have to steal this idea.  I've got droid parts everywhere.

   Thanks Jedi Minstrel! Yeah! I made the neck piece using plastic tube, with conduit around it. The head, I have no idea, just a resin piece from eBay.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: jon_k on July 23, 2016, 12:29:02 PM
I think it is a great idea to add a droid to the mix. Kinda reminds me of the new Rogue One Droid. Off to share.

I was thinking the same thing, looks great!
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: bdc41866 on July 23, 2016, 05:58:51 PM
Digging this whole squad. Could easily see them in Battlefront or in the Rogue One era. Sweeeeet....
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 23, 2016, 08:04:36 PM
I think it is a great idea to add a droid to the mix. Kinda reminds me of the new Rogue One Droid. Off to share.

I was thinking the same thing, looks great!
 
Thanks  Jon_k ! I don't know why Disney created an Imperial droid for that purpose, when they could have used a CW battle droid, that would have connected the Trillogies.

Digging this whole squad. Could easily see them in Battlefront or in the Rogue One era. Sweeeeet....
Thanks BC!  I've been a Battlefront fan for  many years. That's the look I was going for. Sort of the unsung heroes of the Alliance.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Starchaser on July 23, 2016, 10:33:21 PM
Hey JDeck, I haven't commented much lately, but I really have enjoyed Panno's Raiders. The figures looks great (I especially like the Duro) and the backstories are really fun. Keep up the good work! Its great to see you doing some figures after all those models :)
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 25, 2016, 05:32:42 PM
Hey JDeck, I haven't commented much lately, but I really have enjoyed Panno's Raiders. The figures looks great (I especially like the Duro) and the backstories are really fun. Keep up the good work! Its great to see you doing some figures after all those models :)
  Thanks Starchaser! You know me, I'm all over the map, models, dios, figures. It has been quite a while since I've built some figures. Initially I was just going to make one for the AT-RT model, but I kept getting ideas. I like the duro too. Great head sculpt.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 27, 2016, 06:32:53 AM
  Otaktay was a Weekway warrior, who formed a resitance against the Imperial occupation.  For this the Empire destroyed his entire village. His life was spared, so he could live alone in shame, for standing up to the Empire. He was then captured by Pirates, to be sold as a slave to the Hutts. However he was able to convince the captain to hire him on the crew. The only compensation he wanted was revenge. Otaktay and the crew were on a routine mission to steal an imperial cargo ship, but it was a trap. Their ship was surrounded by Star Destroyers, and fatally struck. However they were able to crash land on a nearby planet. Again Otaktay was the only survivor. He was rescued by a rebel scout and nursed back to health. Later he was debriefed by Major Panno, and became one of the Raiders.

 That's it for Panno's Raiders. He's a POTF2 Weekway+ Orrimarrko + col. Cracken hands.
I added a scarf made of an old work shirt. His hair is my own. It may sound gross, but I think it looks good. And I gave him some warrior face paint.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Tamer on July 27, 2016, 08:30:44 AM
Nice. Way to bring it home. I liked this project. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on July 28, 2016, 01:31:57 PM
Nice. Way to bring it home. I liked this project. Off to share the latest.
   Thanks Tamer! I had fun building these guys. I have another idea, similar to Panno's Raiders, but not Rebels, or Imperials either. An in between group set between episodes 6&7. Should be fun.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: OC47150 on July 31, 2016, 05:37:30 PM
Great customs, JDeck. Really like the Ishi Tib figure.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: Tamer on August 01, 2016, 07:23:36 AM

   Thanks Tamer! I had fun building these guys. I have another idea, similar to Panno's Raiders, but not Rebels, or Imperials either. An in between group set between episodes 6&7. Should be fun.

Sounds like a good group to me.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders.
Post by: JDeck on August 01, 2016, 08:38:45 AM
Great customs, JDeck. Really like the Ishi Tib figure.
   Thanks bud! I always thought the Ishi tibb was a cool looking alien.

   Thanks Tamer! I had fun building these guys. I have another idea, similar to Panno's Raiders, but not Rebels, or Imperials either. An in between group set between episodes 6&7. Should be fun.

Sounds like a good group to me.
  Indeed. I should have parts for my main guy today. I don't have a huge inventory of fodder, so I just buy as I go.
Title: Captain Ithano's motley crew. WIP
Post by: JDeck on August 01, 2016, 03:32:13 PM
     After the Battle of Endor the war torn Galaxy was in chaos. With the dwindling Imperial remnants, and the Republic in its infancy, the galaxy was in virtual anarchy. This void in power created a breeding ground for pirates like Captain Sidon Ithano. Ithano had no loyalties, he negotiated contracts with both the Republic and the Imperial remnants, as well as local municipalities, mercenaries and gangsters.  Along with his first mate Quiggold, was a motly crew of dreaded pirates searching  fortune and glory throughout the galaxy.

  Pretty simple figure. 5poa Ithano+ 3.75" exclusive Kylo Ren. I despise painting figures, but I had no choice. I made the gauntlets out of Milliput, and trimmed his skirt. I want to give Quiggold the same treatment, but first off, I really like the sculpting they did on him. I could swap arms with Zuckuss and give him rancor keepers lower body, but that might mess up his overall height.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: Tamer on August 02, 2016, 07:13:11 AM
Nice. Off to share.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on August 02, 2016, 08:39:50 AM
I think you did a great job on this one and with the painting ! Its funny how some colors work well on figures and some colors are horrible . Which requires a lot of patience lol . Overall you pulled it off nicely
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: JDeck on August 02, 2016, 08:01:00 PM
Nice. Off to share.
  Thanks again Tamer! I have a few ideas brewing for Ithano's crew. It'll be a little slow going. They're a little more involved than the Raiders. I just wanted  an SA Ithano figure, as he's one of TFA's coolest  characters
I think you did a great job on this one and with the painting ! Its funny how some colors work well on figures and some colors are horrible . Which requires a lot of patience lol . Overall you pulled it off nicely
   
Many thanks Mr.Jedi! Painting dark on dark is simple enough but, light colors like white, yellow or grey, forget about it. I don't bother. People who can have my respect. I go by K.I.S.S. Keep it simple stupid, I paint little as possible.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: Starchaser on August 09, 2016, 03:59:11 PM
Panno's whole crew looks good. The Weequay was a nice final addition:) Great job on Ithano (I would really like to see more from this character). The Kylo Ren body works really well for this - and nice job with the paint apps.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: JDeck on August 09, 2016, 09:54:57 PM
Panno's whole crew looks good. The Weequay was a nice final addition:) Great job on Ithano (I would really like to see more from this character). The Kylo Ren body works really well for this - and nice job with the paint apps.
   Thanks Starchaser! Making Major Panno's Raiders was fun.  Weekway was a neat character, a little close to earth, but he is unique.  With Captain Ithano, they have a short story about him in the new  EU, but I like my own EU better. That's what I really love about Star Wars, it excites my imagination. I have some of his crew in the works.  I'm waiting for parts right now, but I'm thinking I may build a small dio. Its been a while since I've done a 3.75" dio. We will see.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: Starchaser on August 09, 2016, 10:25:09 PM
That's what I love about Star Wars too - the opportunity to be creative and tell my own stories, create my own characters, species and worlds. I'm familiar with the short story about Ithano, but he's kind of my new Boba Fett (a lot of mystery full of potential stories for me to tell). A couple of my customs (Roca Nave and Jarkanneth Obinoa, page 12 of my thread) have associations with Ithano. When creating them I pictured them joining his crew after the destruction of Maz Kanata's castle.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing how you develop the Crimson Corsair's crew:)
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: JDeck on August 09, 2016, 11:53:46 PM
 Ahh yes, I remember them. Great customs and stories. I always appreciate the imagination in your work.
    I like to combine my personal experiences with historical stories to make "my EU'. When I was younger, I was sort of a drifter, man I'll tell you I got some stories. I also get inspiration from my favorite movies and TV shows.
  Yeah, Ithano is the new Boba Fett, not Phasma. Phasma is kind of incompetent. Ithano has a cool swagger, and mysteriousness. I think the less we know the better.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: Starchaser on August 12, 2016, 09:55:36 PM
I totally agree - the less the better.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: JDeck on August 15, 2016, 07:31:18 PM
    Kazure was Captain Ithano's Quartermaster. His duties included hiring hands, distributing pay amongst the men, and most importantly preventing mutiny. During the Galactic Civil War, Kazure was a weapons dealer in the seedy spaceports of Ord Mantell. He was a fair businessman, however he was known to pull the arms out the sockets of those who were foolish enough to cross him. Kazure knew all the scoundrels across the galaxy, as Ord Mantell was a safe haven for those looking to avoid any Imperial entanglements.

     He is a combination concept Chewbacca body, + I-am-Boba-Fett's Arleil Shous head. Its a great sculpt, my painting didn't do it justice, but I like it much better than the Lak Sivrak/ Volif mon head. Its real sinister looking.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: Starchaser on August 15, 2016, 09:33:59 PM
I like it; I like it a lot:)
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: Tamer on August 16, 2016, 02:53:20 AM
Looks tough to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on August 17, 2016, 05:34:33 PM
I like this update to  ! Once i finish which seems to be my never ending project for the OTC carded collection i would like to start experimenting with Eu characters such as yours ! Great work my friend!
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: JDeck on August 19, 2016, 05:23:35 PM
Looks tough to me. Off to share.
I like it; I like it a lot:)
I like this update to  ! Once i finish which seems to be my never ending project for the OTC carded collection i would like to start experimenting with Eu characters such as yours ! Great work my friend!

  Thanks guys! Kazure is sort of a caricature of a guy I used to work for, many years ago. If you saw him you'd see the similarities. Lol. He was an unlicensed contractor, pirate, scoundrel, but a good guy to work for, as long as you did what you were supposed to do.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: I-am-Boba-Fett on August 20, 2016, 08:27:42 AM
Really liking your Kazure figure. Thank you very much for the shout out as to where you got that custom cast head that you used on Kazure. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Major Panno's Raiders (1-3). Captain Ithano's motley crew. (3-...)
Post by: JDeck on September 11, 2016, 10:06:43 AM
Really liking your Kazure figure. Thank you very much for the shout out as to where you got that custom cast head that you used on Kazure. Keep up the good work.
  Thanks fett! I gotta gove credit where credit is due, you did the hard part.
Title: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 11, 2016, 10:15:13 AM
   I bought a lot of stormtrooper  figures the other day,  however some of them were severely yellowed. Most de-yellowing techniques dont work great, so i just made them shadow stormtroopers. I simply spray painted them with Tamiya matte black., and added a few details. Ill customize them further, when i find a specific  purpose for them. Actually I have a few ideas already.
    Also i kitbashed a few SA stormtroopers with the sl11 heads. The SL11 heads  look much better to me. Also I like using the POTF2 blasters, they are more accurate as far as size than the newer ones, but i do like the TBS E-11 blaster with the folding stock, those are pretty cool.  The sl11s are becoming rare, so ill have to wait until the  new R1 stormtrooper  comes out to finish the rest. Bottom  picture shows 5poa SL11 (left), TAC Stormtrooper  (right), kitbash (center).
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on September 12, 2016, 02:31:04 AM
I agree with you on the saga legends head. Best stormy helmet made imo. Great fixes. Off to share.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Alliance nerd on September 12, 2016, 04:42:28 AM
I love Panno's Raiders.  The concept of them is right in my wheelhouse and the results are excellent, what a phenomenal group of characters.  These warriors would fit perfectly with both the old EU and in the new canon, I love them. 
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Alliance nerd on September 12, 2016, 04:53:06 AM
also, two thumbs way up for expanding on Sidon Ithano's crew.  He's a new character that seems SO COOL he could potentially be the same level of epic as Cad Ban and Hondo Ohnaka. 


Yeah, Ithano is the new Boba Fett, not Phasma. Phasma is kind of incompetent. Ithano has a cool swagger, and mysteriousness.
I TOTALLY AGREE!  Phasma's nothing, even if she had actually been significant in the movie instead of all pre-release hype via merchandise, I still wouldn't care.  Clonetroopers were PEOPLE but stormtroopers are just minions, she just had chrome armor so she was a nifty shiny minion.  (Finn's defection made me care about him, it showed he was better than a minion.)
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 12, 2016, 08:49:28 AM
I agree with you on the saga legends head. Best stormy helmet made imo. Great fixes. Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! Hopefully  Hasbro is smart enough to make a stormtrooper army builder exclusive even if it is 5poa. That'll save me time and money  if they did that. I've been working on the shadow  stormtrooper squad, i guess ill wait until all 5 are done before i reveal them, but so far they're pretty cool.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 12, 2016, 08:52:42 AM
I love Panno's Raiders.  The concept of them is right in my wheelhouse and the results are excellent, what a phenomenal group of characters.  These warriors would fit perfectly with both the old EU and in the new canon, I love them.
Thanks bud! Panno's Raiders was fun, i may expand on that series. I will have more pirates soon, just some of my  ideas didn't  work out. And yeah Phasma was way over hyped, hopefully she'll be  cooler in 8. She did survive ep.7, i read it in a book.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on September 12, 2016, 02:14:42 PM
Great job and update ! I agree the  sl 11 heads are the best and i have upgraded all my stormtroopers using that version !
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 12, 2016, 04:39:16 PM
Great job and update ! I agree the  sl 11 heads are the best and i have upgraded all my stormtroopers using that version !
   Thanks! Yeah those sl11 heads are in short supply now. I was able to get a legacy Stormtrooper MIB for $8.00, and I cant find a 5poa one for less than $15. I really  hope Hasbro turns out a ton of the r1 stormies, becase you can never have  too many stormtroopers. If you think you have enough, double it.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Alliance nerd on September 12, 2016, 04:56:38 PM
Thanks bud! Panno's Raiders was fun, i may expand on that series. I will have more pirates soon, just some of my  ideas didn't  work out. And yeah Phasma was way over hyped, hopefully she'll be  cooler in 8. She did survive ep.7, i read it in a book.
We're artists, we all have plenty of ideas that work out.  :)   I'd certainly enjoy seeing more folks in Panno's group.  A prequel alien would be interesting. 

I can't ever see enough custom expansions to the Rebellion forces but I'm guessing that's obvious.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on September 12, 2016, 07:12:28 PM
Great job and update ! I agree the  sl 11 heads are the best and i have upgraded all my stormtroopers using that version !
   Thanks! Yeah those sl11 heads are in short supply now. I was able to get a legacy Stormtrooper MIB for $8.00, and I cant find a 5poa one for less than $15. I really  hope Hasbro turns out a ton of the r1 stormies, becase you can never have  too many stormtroopers. If you think you have enough, double it.
If i am not mistaken i think that same stormtrooper will be released in the rogue one line up , which makes sense to do since theres alot of stormtroopers in this movie ! Keep your eyes peeled for them!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 13, 2016, 04:46:10 AM
Thanks bud! Panno's Raiders was fun, i may expand on that series. I will have more pirates soon, just some of my  ideas didn't  work out. And yeah Phasma was way over hyped, hopefully she'll be  cooler in 8. She did survive ep.7, i read it in a book.
We're artists, we all have plenty of ideas that work out.  :)   I'd certainly enjoy seeing more folks in Panno's group.  A prequel alien would be interesting. 

I can't ever see enough custom expansions to the Rebellion forces but I'm guessing that's obvious.
  Oh yeah, more ideas work than not, but sometimes it looks cooler in my mind than in actuality,  thats the way it is sometimes. Yeah, thats the best thing about rebel customs, the possibilities are endless. Different  uniforms, species, etc. I had some ideas for pirates using prequel species, rebels would be awesome too.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 13, 2016, 04:49:48 AM
Great job and update ! I agree the  sl 11 heads are the best and i have upgraded all my stormtroopers using that version !
   Thanks! Yeah those sl11 heads are in short supply now. I was able to get a legacy Stormtrooper MIB for $8.00, and I cant find a 5poa one for less than $15. I really  hope Hasbro turns out a ton of the r1 stormies, becase you can never have  too many stormtroopers. If you think you have enough, double it.
If i am not mistaken i think that same stormtrooper will be released in the rogue one line up , which makes sense to do since theres alot of stormtroopers in this movie ! Keep your eyes peeled for them!
  Yeah,  they are making this stormtrooper,  with changable armor, normal, battle damaged and with pauldron. They are on pre order on ebay  for $11.50 +$4.50 s+h, that sucks. And there's a  2-pack with that guy that looks like Chumley.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Alliance nerd on September 14, 2016, 05:08:13 AM
And there's a  2-pack with that guy that looks like Chumley.
hahahahaha!

the old man would approve
Title: Blood Shadow Troopers. Jump trooper and commander.
Post by: JDeck on September 14, 2016, 02:18:26 PM
  The Emperor had foreseen Vader killing him during a large battle. So the Emperor formed an elite group within the Crimson Guard known as the Blood Shadows. They were formed to destroy Vader's elite Stormtrooper corps in the event of a coup to overthrow the Empire. They were also the Emperor's enforcers, punishing villages who harbor rebel operatives. They not only murdered the inhabitants,  but destroyed the entire village, without leaving a trace of who was responsible . They were kept secret from Vader and the Imperial Senate. If the Imperial Senate knew the atrocities the blood shadows commited, there would be a unanimous removal of Palpatine.


  The inspiration for  these guys was the Dark Troopers from Battlefront Renegade Squadron,  i was pretty beast with those guys. I gave one a jump pack. Another is just a commander.
Title: Blood Shadow flame trooper and commando
Post by: JDeck on September 14, 2016, 02:25:33 PM
  Another i gave a flamethrower. The other a shadow commando with rocket launcher backpack.
Title: Blood Shadow rocket trooper
Post by: JDeck on September 14, 2016, 02:27:58 PM
Another with a wrist rocket and cluster rocket launcher backpack.   I think they're  pretty cool, better than a bunch of yellow Stormtroopers.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on September 15, 2016, 03:04:50 AM
Good looking squad. Off to share.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: hemble on September 15, 2016, 03:50:05 AM
Great work.

Ron
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 15, 2016, 05:05:44 PM
Good looking squad. Off to share.

Great work.

Ron
  Thanks guys. Yeah they were just made of parts i had lying around, originally i wanted the flame trooper  to have a DS gunner helmet, but didnt work. Meh. It still looks cool.
Title: An Imperial Probe Droid. Its a good bet the Empire knows we're here.
Post by: JDeck on September 15, 2016, 05:15:11 PM
Last night i started working on the probe droid. The more work I did, the more things i realized really  needed to be changed. I started off by taking out the pop up gun, because it didnt allow the head to set right on the body. Then i covered over the missile stem hole and missile trigger, and made eyes with milliput. Then i replaced the antenna with brass wire and made the tops out of milliput. Its just a matter of sanding all the cast marks down and painting her up. I might add more eyes too, i like my probe droid to have lots of eyes looking in all directions. This wont be screen acurate anyway, some of the parts are dis proportionate. The bottom picture is the "before"
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Forceflow on September 15, 2016, 06:24:47 PM
Love the accent colors and backpacks on the stormies. Been meaning to fix up my old probe droid for a while... this seems to be just the trick.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on September 15, 2016, 11:48:23 PM
Your dark troopers turned out well. Nice paint job, I really like the addition of the paint stripes. Look forward to the final product on the probe droid.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 16, 2016, 03:53:39 PM
Love the accent colors and backpacks on the stormies. Been meaning to fix up my old probe droid for a while... this seems to be just the trick.
   Thanks Forceflow! The reason i put the stripes on the shoulders was i wanted to disguise the shoulder joints. Sometimes  in order to disguise something, you have to make it stand out. I think it worked.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 16, 2016, 03:56:28 PM
Your dark troopers turned out well. Nice paint job, I really like the addition of the paint stripes. Look forward to the final product on the probe droid.
Thanks Starchaser! The red i think is better than black on black on black. The probe droid im waiting for paint but im working on it.
Title: An Imperial Probe Droid. Its a good bet the Empire knows we're here. Pt.2
Post by: JDeck on September 16, 2016, 05:30:47 PM
   I did a few things more to my probot. First i added some more eyes. Then i added some greebles, not too many just a few. Finally I re drilled some of those rivet holes, and made some extra ones with a tiny finger drill. I think thats all im going to do to it, other than sand it down and of course paint. 
   
 Fun factoid. An Imperial  Probe droid was in ROTJ, during the Emperor's  arrival.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on September 17, 2016, 03:53:01 AM
I meant to get this on the front page yesterday, but plum ran out of time getting ready for the Q and A Session with Hasbro.

It looks great. And off to share. I didn't know the PD was in ROTJ. You learn something new about SW every day!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 17, 2016, 05:59:24 AM


It looks great. And off to share. I didn't know the PD was in ROTJ. You learn something new about SW every day!
Thanks Tamer! Yeah i had no idea the PD was in ROTJ either. Wookieepedia and star wars.com had it sighted in ROTJ. At first i thought lucas added a cgi probe droid drummer to the max rebo band or something like that. Lol. But no, it was there all along.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on September 17, 2016, 10:32:32 AM
great work on the Probe droid love the extra detail you added  ! That is on my to do list and get it on a  card as well !
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on September 18, 2016, 12:10:15 AM
Looking good so far. I really like the additional "eyes" -especially the variety that you included. Great work!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: hemble on September 18, 2016, 03:10:19 AM
Excellent work.

Ron
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Sjefke on September 18, 2016, 09:13:11 AM
He looks great!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 18, 2016, 03:57:08 PM
great work on the Probe droid love the extra detail you added  ! That is on my to do list and get it on a  card as well !
  Thanks jedi! Yeah a vintage cardback would be awesome. Big but awesome.
Looking good so far. I really like the additional "eyes" -especially the variety that you included. Great work!
Thanks Starchaser! I like my probot with many eyes. Its kind of like those mythological  creatures with hundreds of eyes that see everything.
Excellent work.

Ron
  Thanks Ron! Its coming along.
He looks great!
  Thanks Sjefke! Im just waiting for paint. Ups used to be really  fast now they leave the package at the hub for days.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Alliance nerd on September 19, 2016, 05:45:14 AM
probe droid is going to be excellent.   it's funny but I don't think I even realized (before this) how inaccurate the POTF2 version of it was.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 19, 2016, 09:04:44 AM
probe droid is going to be excellent.   it's funny but I don't think I even realized (before this) how inaccurate the POTF2 version of it was.
  Thanks! Yeah man i know exactly  what you  mean. Before i started i thought i would just get rid of the missile, sand it, and repaint. As  I was working i found out just how bad it was. If i were to do it again id make the antenna  retractable and add an LED light, for his spotlight. Its still a solid figure, just needs some adjustments.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Alliance nerd on September 20, 2016, 05:59:29 AM
how would accomplish a retractable antenna?  :o
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 20, 2016, 06:46:52 AM
how would accomplish a retractable antenna?  :o
   The head is hollow, so you could drill a hole all the way through. If you get brass wire that just fits in the hole the friction from the .08" (or more) thick plastic should be enough to keep the antenna  up but would allow you to push them down too. Theoretically. Of course you might have the issue of  paint rub, the wire is light enough the hole wouldn't have to be real tight either. I dont know so thats why i left it alone. K.I.S.S keep it simple stupid, is my usual approach.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Alliance nerd on September 20, 2016, 11:50:07 AM
that's a lot of extra trouble IMO.  the custom looks great as-is, the antenna is good fixed in place.
Title: An Imperial Probe Droid. Its a good bet the Empire knows we're here.
Post by: JDeck on September 20, 2016, 03:16:43 PM
   I'd say my Imperial Probe Droid is done. I painted it with  Tamiya Black Rubber. I was going to paint it the same as the toy, but i like my probots dark almost black. I gave it some red accent marks, I couldnt find the orange right off, but i like the red. Then i gave the eyes a gloss black finish, and silver dry brush on the armor. Thats it. It was worth the extra time to make it a little better.  Didn't  cost much just a few pennies worth of materials and paint.
Title: An Imperial Probe Droid. Its a good bet the Empire knows we're here.
Post by: JDeck on September 20, 2016, 05:53:59 PM
    I made a crude stand out of a wooden medallion, acrylic rod, and a tie fighter windshield that happened to be the right shape to hold the bottom of the droid. With a little TLC i can make the stand look a little better. For now it works. It keeps the droid from falling over, and it gives the illusion its hovering.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Goldleaderone on September 20, 2016, 07:27:26 PM
That probe droid looks fantastic, definitely a big improvement! The red highlights look great too.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on September 21, 2016, 02:30:17 AM
Wow, that looks nice. So wish we could get a new probe droid. Off to share.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Sjefke on September 21, 2016, 08:22:13 AM
So much better than the POTJ original.
The red eyes, greebles and paint job make it look fantastic.
Did you also do something with the antennae?

Thanks for that reference pic from ROTJ.  I never saw him in the crowd.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 21, 2016, 09:29:56 AM
That probe droid looks fantastic, definitely a big improvement! The red highlights look great too.
Thanks GL1!  With just a few tweaks the  POTF2 version still isn't  bad.
Wow, that looks nice. So wish we could get a new probe droid. Off to share.
  Thanks Tamer! If today's  Hasbro  made another one im afraid it still wouldn't be good. It would have a Nerf gun on somewhere. Now if Bandai made one, that would be awesome.
   
So much better than the POTJ original.
The red eyes, greebles and paint job make it look fantastic.
Did you also do something with the antennae?

Thanks for that reference pic from ROTJ.  I never saw him in the crowd.
   Thanks bud! Yeah i made the antenna  from thin brass rod, a little more accurate than the original. Changing the  antenna and making the head fit on the body right makes a huge difference. Outside of that the 20 year old figure is still pretty good.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on September 21, 2016, 10:04:50 AM
Yeah, you are probably right about a nerf dart.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on September 21, 2016, 03:05:24 PM
Wow That is some fantastic work ! I agree that the darker look is much better i may have to update mine real soon ! Great job!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on September 22, 2016, 09:10:11 AM
Wow That is some fantastic work ! I agree that the darker look is much better i may have to update mine real soon ! Great job!
  Thanks Mr.Jedi! Yeah the black rubber or NATO black I think looks the best, ive seen all colors. Its hard to tell from the movie exactly what color it is.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on October 05, 2016, 05:13:51 PM
Wow JDeck - the final product turned really well. I love the paint job and your make-shift stand really works!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 07, 2016, 03:06:22 PM
Wow JDeck - the final product turned really well. I love the paint job and your make-shift stand really works!
  Many thanks Starchaser! Yeah the makeshift  stand still holds well. Its nice to have a bunch of junk laying around sometimes.
Title: The Emperor's new clothes.
Post by: JDeck on October 07, 2016, 03:17:25 PM
   I was able to get a couple Royal Guards, they are pretty cool. Id say 9.5/10, only because of a few minor problems.  The helmet is dull and orange peeled. Also the pike itself is made of very soft plastic. When I took it out of the package it was warped into an S shape. On a positive note the sculpt is great the accessories are awesome. I just realized the right finger is flexible allowing it to hold the pike in its iconic  position.
     To tackle the helmet problem i just gave it a couple coats of Tamiya Clear Red. I think it looks better. I happened to have a couple of POTF2 pikes,  I like them better because they are made of a harder, more durable plastic, so theyre straight.
   I realized Hasbro hasnt made an ROTJ Emperor I'm happy with, so  I kitbashed one.  Im not sure why Hasbro hasnt done this already, but i took a TAC emperor and added the TVC TPM sidious robe and hood. Thats it.  looks great.  Ive got a few more alterations  and accessories to make this an ultimate ROTJ Emperor.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on October 08, 2016, 07:08:52 AM
Man, sign me up for these. Nice! Off to share.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on October 08, 2016, 04:44:25 PM
Great update ! i did almost the same thing for the emperor Except i used the face from the first saga collection and i used the hair from another Emperor.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 08, 2016, 05:33:17 PM
Man, sign me up for these. Nice! Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! The red clear coat made a huge difference with the helmet. If i had the foresight i would have done a comparison.
Great update ! i did almost the same thing for the emperor Except i used the face from the first saga collection and i used the hair from another Emperor.
Thanks MR.JEDI! Im thinking of using the saga papls head as an alternate, non angryface. Its strange he's missing the back of his head.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on October 09, 2016, 08:27:21 AM
Man, sign me up for these. Nice! Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! The red clear coat made a huge difference with the helmet. If i had the foresight i would have done a comparison.
Great update ! i did almost the same thing for the emperor Except i used the face from the first saga collection and i used the hair from another Emperor.
Thanks MR.JEDI! Im thinking of using the saga papls head as an alternate, non angryface. Its strange he's missing the back of his head.

Yes i found it weird that he was missing the back of his head and the face was a great sculpt , imo one of the best sculpts  so thats when i decided to put hair on him  .
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Blizzard Force on October 10, 2016, 01:11:26 AM
Great work on that group of Imperials! I was planning to repaint the helmets as well (would have gone for another red plus a coat of gloss varnish), but I'll now try to get my hands on the Tamiya colour you used - it looks perfect!  ;D

Wonderful work on the Emperor as well, I only have one recommendation - try to get your fingers on a ROTS Sidious hood - I think it's an even better match.

(http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS/rots0512palpatinehood.jpg)

Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 10, 2016, 03:39:01 AM
Man, sign me up for these. Nice! Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! The red clear coat made a huge difference with the helmet. If i had the foresight i would have done a comparison.
Great update ! i did almost the same thing for the emperor Except i used the face from the first saga collection and i used the hair from another Emperor.
Thanks MR.JEDI! Im thinking of using the saga papls head as an alternate, non angryface. Its strange he's missing the back of his head.

Yes i found it weird that he was missing the back of his head and the face was a great sculpt , imo one of the best sculpts  so thats when i decided to put hair on him  .
  The trick is making it a ball socket, that'll take some engineering. I kinda like the angry face palp coupled with the sid hood. All you see is his mouth and nose. Looks like he's  about to shock the mess outa someone.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 10, 2016, 03:43:33 AM
Great work on that group of Imperials! I was planning to repaint the helmets as well (would have gone for another red plus a coat of gloss varnish), but I'll now try to get my hands on the Tamiya colour you used - it looks perfect!  ;D

Wonderful work on the Emperor as well, I only have one recommendation - try to get your fingers on a ROTS Sidious hood - I think it's an even better match.

(http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS/rots0512palpatinehood.jpg)
  Thanks, Blizz. Yeah the Tamiya clear is great because the helmet is already a red like color, so you dont need to repaint exactly. The red tint helps get the desired color and gloss. The more coats you use the more gloss, and deeper the red. However, you dont want too many coats, 2 meybe 3. Ill keep in mind the rots sid hood, that might be a cheaper option.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on October 16, 2016, 08:08:41 PM
Hey JDeck, nice job on the paint improvements. The helmets look great. Your combo version of Sidious is better than any single Hasbro version so kudos!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Foxtrot Delta on October 19, 2016, 06:03:17 AM
Hey JDeck, nice job on the paint improvements. The helmets look great. Your combo version of Sidious is better than any single Hasbro version so kudos!

Yes Absolutely much better look on the helmets for the Royal Guards, and the parts swap for Sidious, better versions on both
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 19, 2016, 10:52:41 AM
Hey JDeck, nice job on the paint improvements. The helmets look great. Your combo version of Sidious is better than any single Hasbro version so kudos!

Yes Absolutely much better look on the helmets for the Royal Guards, and the parts swap for Sidious, better versions on both
    Thanks Starchaser and Foxtrot! I was a tad nervous painting such a hard to find figure as the Royal Guard, but yeah it worked nicely. I still dont know why Hasbro couldn't use the sidious figure with different head and hands with added cane.
Title: Kitbashed Stormtrooper squad.
Post by: JDeck on October 24, 2016, 03:46:09 PM
    Now, I have a whole squad of custom stormtroopers, that's 12 troops plus a commander. The only problem with the new Stormtrooper helmets is they are too nice. They make the body look dull or yellow. The SL11 blended better with the SA figure. I adjusted the helmets to try and make some look tall or short.  I like em they have that imperfect ANH look.
  I made a custom helmet for the commander, I tried to mask it, but it was so smooth it wouldn't stick, so painting wasn't any easier. However it made cleaning up excess paint easy. I think the new head on the commander looks much much better.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on October 24, 2016, 09:51:51 PM
I agree JDeck, the stormie commander looks really good. I do like the height difference, it adds realism to the bunch. Nice job on these!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on October 25, 2016, 02:39:00 AM
Interesting thoughts on the buckets too. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on October 25, 2016, 01:09:21 PM
Great job on the stormtroopers , i too agree the way you pulled off the differences in height makes it much more realistic ! Well done .
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 25, 2016, 03:57:39 PM
I agree JDeck, the stormie commander looks really good. I do like the height difference, it adds realism to the bunch. Nice job on these!
   Thanks Starchaser! Yeah I always wanted to army build since I was a kid, but I didn't want them all to be exact carbon copies. So having subtle diffrences gives them personality yet still be uniformed like stormtroopers should be. They aren't clones, at least in my SW universe.
Interesting thoughts on the buckets too. Off to share the latest.
Thanks Tamer! Yeah its like that toothpaste comercial were that woman holds the tissue to her teeth to see how white they are. The pearly white r1 helmet makes the bodies look bad. But I'll take it until Hasbro makes something better.
Great job on the stormtroopers , i too agree the way you pulled off the differences in height makes it much more realistic ! Well done .
   Thanks Mr.Jedi! Another variable is the different series stormtrooper figures I used TAC, TLC and TBS, they all have different  stances and looks that gives them more subtle variations.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: hemble on October 25, 2016, 09:27:05 PM
Great squad JD and your right the new 3-3/4" helmet looks heaps better and they would look great for your squad.

Ron
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 28, 2016, 04:58:20 PM
Great squad JD and your right the new 3-3/4" helmet looks heaps better and they would look great for your squad.

Ron
   Thanks Ron! Yup i have all my stormtroopers modified exept 4, with either the sl11 or R1 heads. Much better than the skinny soft helmets prior.
Title: Imperial ground crewman kitbash pt.1
Post by: JDeck on October 28, 2016, 05:05:24 PM
I started experimenting on how to convert a TIE pilot into a ground crewman. For this I used a spare saga TIE pilot. Its only a couple of extra poa, but I  don't want to waste a good vc Pilot on a fly by night experiment.  I just sliced up the r1 ground crewman. First his neck then his front and back armor plates. Then I cut down the Tie pilots chest and back plates to accept the new, and blended the seams with miliput. Looks like hell now, but you get the idea. I may give him some knee pads and other details once this is all cured. We'll see how it works out  once its all painted up. Meybe my next one will be better articulated.
Title: Imperial navy flight deck crewman.
Post by: JDeck on October 29, 2016, 03:12:21 PM
   The putty cured and I painted the armor black then I gave the armor and helmet a coat of Tamiya Smoke clear. Its a black tinted clearcoat, much like the Tamiya clear red. It works great for black armor like Vader, Tie Pilots, ect. but I use it mostly for tinting glass, or eye pieces for stormtroopers.  The uniform isn't exactly like the R1 ground crewman, so mine is more like a naval deck crewman. This guy is in charge of storing TIE fighters on their hangars. I like mine better, not only for the added articulation,  but the figure is larger, and has a better stance. It's mostly finished just a few details to add. I may of may not make a super duper articulated version, its not really necessary.  smtie
Title: General Veers. Upgrade.
Post by: JDeck on October 29, 2016, 08:03:17 PM
    General Veers is one of my favorite Imperials, and I wasn't satisfied with the saga figure. I used the TVC AT-AT  Commander figure as a base, if i were to do it again id use the needa figure, but I like the lighter uniform personally, it matches the rest of the armored uniforms. I used the Chancellor vallorum head, as it's a better likeness of Veers. I made a custom rank plaque out of miliput, that was a real pain. Ive tried making plaques using decals, styrene, nothing seemed to work, but this is good enough. After that i just gave his goggles a smoke clear coat, and thats it really. [at1]
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on October 30, 2016, 07:12:05 AM
Great work ! You did a really good job matching the face sometimes its a lot of viewing of other figures to get it right , lol i know  . Im not sure  if there was a sculpt/ figure of Julian Glover for his character of Walter Donovan from Indiana Jones and the last crusade but that could be a nice upgrade too.  Any way great job !
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 30, 2016, 09:02:34 AM
Great work ! You did a really good job matching the face sometimes its a lot of viewing of other figures to get it right , lol i know  . Im not sure  if there was a sculpt/ figure of Julian Glover for his character of Walter Donovan from Indiana Jones and the last crusade but that could be a nice upgrade too.  Any way great job !
  Thanks Mr.Jedi! I've been planning to do this for quite a while, I just didn't want to use my one and only AT commander, they're hard to come by.  I tried looking for a Donovan figure, but I'm sertain it doesn't exist.  The vallorum face is a little old, but not too bad. Painting the hair helps, but he's obviously using just for men. But the Vallorum head would work great for a custom Donovan figure.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on October 31, 2016, 02:59:28 AM
That Veers looks great. I am behind two days on internet stuff as it went down all weekend, but I had to get this one on the front page today.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Jaeger45 on October 31, 2016, 03:54:28 AM
I concur, Valorum is a nice choice!  A Donovan figure would have been cool to get in the Indiana Jones line.  Too bad.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on October 31, 2016, 03:42:44 PM
That Veers looks great. I am behind two days on internet stuff as it went down all weekend, but I had to get this one on the front page today.
Thanks Tamer! Yup gotta love technology.
I concur, Valorum is a nice choice!  A Donovan figure would have been cool to get in the Indiana Jones line.  Too bad.
   Thanks Jaeger! Yeah it just seems strange they didn't make a Donovan figure, they made all the other main characters, well exept for Marcus Brody,  they should have made him too.
Title: Admiral Ozzel upgrade.
Post by: JDeck on October 31, 2016, 03:47:14 PM
 Now who doesn't love Admiral Ozzel,  well besides Vader. The Saga Ozzel had a great headsculpt, but the body wasn't quite up to snuff. So I decided to make a super articulated Admiral Ozzel. I used the TVC Capt. Needa as a base. I reused the Ozzel rank plaque as well as the code cylinders. Thats the one reason to like the soft plastic Hasbro uses, it cuts very easily. The head isn't a direct swap, so I used the hot glue Vaseline trick. Thats it! An SA Ozzel. It would be cool if Hasbro did some simple kitbashes to upgrade POTF2-SAGA lines. sn1
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on October 31, 2016, 09:16:37 PM
Great job on Veers and Ozzel! The use of Valorum's head was a fantastic idea. Needa's body makes a great officer's body - I just wish they weren't so expensive on the secondary market.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on November 01, 2016, 03:01:17 AM
Ozzel looks great too. Off to share. I sure wish they would put that body back out in the WM Black Series Line. Just when Hasbro gets a body type right and you hope they put other heads and accessories on it they go decide 5poa is the way to go!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on November 01, 2016, 03:45:31 AM
Great job on Veers and Ozzel! The use of Valorum's head was a fantastic idea. Needa's body makes a great officer's body - I just wish they weren't so expensive on the secondary market.
  Thanks Starchaser! I was able to find a cheap Capt. Needa on ebay. It was listed as a Jerjerrod. The reason for the confusion was needa uses the TAC DS trooper legs, so it has a 2006 stamp. And Jerjerrod isnt a very desirable figure. Sometimes its great that sellers don't know what they have.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on November 01, 2016, 03:49:39 AM
Ozzel looks great too. Off to share. I sure wish they would put that body back out in the WM Black Series Line. Just when Hasbro gets a body type right and you hope they put other heads and accessories on it they go decide 5poa is the way to go!
   Im hoping Hasbro makes a Krennic figure using the Needa sculpt. We dont have many SA officers with white uniforms besides the Admiral Thrawn, and he's getting hard to find.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Foxtrot Delta on November 02, 2016, 08:10:17 AM
JDeck, nice job on the two imperial officers, totally agree on if Hasbro did some simple kitbashes to upgrade POTF2-SAGA lines
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on November 02, 2016, 01:29:50 PM
JDeck, nice job on the two imperial officers, totally agree on if Hasbro did some simple kitbashes to upgrade POTF2-SAGA lines
    Thanks Foxtrot! We are in desperate need of a Captain/Admiral Piett. He's the only officer that was in more than one movie. Potf2 version looks like a cartoon by today's standards. Also I'd like Hasbro to remake the generic POTJ-TAC "Imperial officer". They could use the Legacy "Scanning crew" figure, just paint it black , put some silver imperial decals on it. And a Death Star Gunner, or a low ranking navy trooper would be just one step away.  So Hasbro could virtually make 3 different figures by changing hats/helmets.
Title: G.I.JOE Outback.
Post by: JDeck on February 13, 2017, 06:33:47 PM
   I started getting back into GI JOE, after 25 years or so. I am amazed at the quality of the 50th anniversary figures, however some of them need customizing.
   I made this Outback figure because the 50th was way too big and his shirt was blue instead of white. I always vision him as average sized, not like Leatherneck or Bazooka.
    I remedied these issues simply by using the 50th Shipwreck figure. First I swapped arms with a Dusty figure becase of Shipwreck's tattoo. Then I painted over the "NAVY" lettering on the shirt, I ended up painting the whole shirt light tan for a more modern military look. Then I applied the "Survival" decal I got from Bad Mother customs. Of course I used the 50th Outback head, and gave his hair and beard a black wash, because the original orange was too bright and unrealistic, (see botom promo picture). Im going to add accessories once the paint cures fully. I might even build a little forest dio.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Stan on February 13, 2017, 09:41:28 PM
Looking good on the officer, the pain is get all the it uniforms to match, what a dream
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: krztfr on February 13, 2017, 11:06:17 PM
Great job on Chuck Norris...i mean Outback lol
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on February 14, 2017, 03:07:52 AM
Looks good to me. I was wondering what you were up too. Off to share.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on February 14, 2017, 04:41:46 AM
Looking good on the officer, the pain is get all the it uniforms to match, what a dream
 
Thank you Stan. Yeah paint matching officers is crazy. Hard to tell if they are green or grey sometimes.

Great job on Chuck Norris...i mean Outback lol
  Thanks Krztfr! Outback wishes he was Chuck Norris. Of course they will never make a Chuck Norris figure, because Chuck Norris can't be played with.

Looks good to me. I was wondering what you were up too. Off to share.
 
Thanks Tamer! I still have unfinished business with the Hoth dio. Im going to wait until the Bandai AT-AT releases, then the 1/144 snowspeeder AT-ST will release soon after. Then the Shipyard I just need to mount it on either painted wood or black acrylic.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on February 15, 2017, 12:39:57 PM
  Here's a small update on the Outback figure. I used the 50th Outback backpack, but painted it from black to two tone green, then I added a green U.S. flag patch and a small Ranger patch. I used the web gear from a cobra trooper, and painted that two tone green. The rest of the accessories are from the 50th Outback.  Cool thing about the backpack is it opens up and you can put his accessories in it.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: hemble on February 15, 2017, 03:11:21 PM
Veers and the Imp officer look excellent and I like how Survival is looking.

Ron
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on February 16, 2017, 03:02:18 AM
Looks good, off to share.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Foxtrot Delta on February 16, 2017, 01:53:20 PM
JDeck, funny you posted a custom on Outback AKA Chuck Norris, which is an AWESOME job by the way, because last week I was working on this, note he also has a brown shirt:
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on February 16, 2017, 04:59:35 PM
Veers and the Imp officer look excellent and I like how Survival is looking.

Ron
   Thank you Ron! I think I can do a better job on Veers, especially with the rank board. It's a learning process. I'm not vastly experienced with figures as I'd like.
Looks good, off to share.
    Thanks Tamer. G.I.JOEs come with great accessories, they have since the beginning. The 50th anniversary figures come with more weapons than any one person could carry. If only Star Wars figures had half the accessories that would be awesome.

JDeck, funny you posted a custom on Outback AKA Chuck Norris, which is an AWESOME job by the way, because last week I was working on this, note he also has a brown shirt:
   Thanks Foxtrot! The brown shirt is cool, Im a traditionalist. The Tiger force Outback is Rad, hes inverted, with a white beard and orange shirt. That is an awesome card. I might need to get something like that.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on February 23, 2017, 11:44:52 PM
Outback looks really, really good. The backpack was a great choice. I always enjoy your work.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on March 16, 2017, 06:03:56 PM
Outback looks really, really good. The backpack was a great choice. I always enjoy your work.

Thank you Starchaser!
Title: Custom Recondo
Post by: JDeck on March 16, 2017, 06:08:53 PM
   Continuing my GI JOE kick, I made a custom Recondo. I wanted an updated version from the original, but I didn't really like the Pursuit of cobra  version. I just put the POC Recondo head arms, on a repainted 50th Spirit Iron-Knife. I tried doing a modernized golden zig zag tiger stripe pattern on the pants. He's posing in front of my WIP project "Snake-eater" V.A.M.P MK.2.

   For my GI JOE customs, I like to imagine them in the near future, 2025-2030. I think tiger stripes will make a comeback. Universal camouflage pattern and digital will be a thing of the past. I'm thinking for the truck to do a Kryptek Snake skin camo. I'll get into that later in my custom vehicle section.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on March 17, 2017, 03:11:07 AM
Looks great to me. Off to share. I like this Joe kick you are on.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on March 17, 2017, 07:23:56 PM
Looks great to me. Off to share. I like this Joe kick you are on.
   Thanks Tamer! I'm thinking of making a Star Wars GI JOE mashup. Like, Duke Skywalker, or something like that. I think the 25th anniversary joes aren't as out of scale with SW. They would make cool rebel soldiers.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on March 18, 2017, 06:20:59 AM
I like mash ups too.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Foxtrot Delta on March 27, 2017, 02:40:26 PM
That updated custom on Recondo looks really good JDeck
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on March 27, 2017, 05:37:35 PM
That updated custom on Recondo looks really good JDeck
  Thanks Foxtrot! I like the old school Joes, but  I'm warming up to the new updated ones too.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on March 27, 2017, 05:47:16 PM
      I made my final member of the Snake eater team. Nightfox, he's a character Hasbro created for the Pursuit of cobra line, he came with a couple of different vehicles. His filecard is really vague, he's a navy seal, and it seems he was a desert specialist.  My version is a Seal, driver and demolitions expert, including underwater demolitions in jungle Tigers tripe fatigues.
  He's just a Firefly repaint with painted BeachHead head, LowLight hands, Steel Brigade helmet and Flint web gear.
Most of these Gi Joe figures are repaints. There's like 4 different sculpts they kitbash and repaint. 
   Which brings me to Stalker, my team leader, interpreter, communications. He's a minor repaint of BeachHead, that I repainted slightly more. I also drilled a hole in the webgear to accept the backpack.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on March 28, 2017, 02:49:27 AM
Looks great to me. Off to share. I am liking this JOE kick.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on March 28, 2017, 07:22:10 PM
Looks great to me. Off to share. I am liking this JOE kick.
Thank you Tamer! Joes are pretty fun. A lot of  individuality and character in the figures. It's good to do something different every once in a while.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on March 29, 2017, 05:27:46 AM
I just like the full articulation too. JOEs have always been to go to figs to add arty to whatever genre you are working on. Glad we have one line like that. About the only thing that is better imo is the new  HACKS or Maurader figures maybe.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on March 29, 2017, 04:34:58 PM
I just like the full articulation too. JOEs have always been to go to figs to add arty to whatever genre you are working on. Glad we have one line like that. About the only thing that is better imo is the new  HACKS or Maurader figures maybe.

  Yeah the articulation is great. Double jointed knees are nice. Only problem is arm swapping, you have crack the figure open. The hands, feet, forearms and heads are interchangeable with Star Wars.  I need to get at least one marauder figure, man they arent cheap.
  Hasbro is talking about rebooting GI JOE again. You know how cryptic they are, don't know if they're talking about movies, tv or figures. Ill take any sa 3.75" at this point.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on April 09, 2017, 11:13:15 PM
JDeck, I'm really appreciating your Joe customs. Recondo looks excellent. The whole team looks really good and their vehicle is excellent. Bang up paint job.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on April 11, 2017, 02:49:39 PM
JDeck, I'm really appreciating your Joe customs. Recondo looks excellent. The whole team looks really good and their vehicle is excellent. Bang up paint job.
  Thanks Starchaser! Joes are really fun, and I was able to practice painting figures with them. I learned a lot.
Title: Ultimate Imperial officer.
Post by: JDeck on April 11, 2017, 02:59:29 PM
    I've been wanting to make this figure for a while now. It's an ultimate Imperial Jack of all trades. He can be a Technician (ROTJ), Imperial Navy Trooper  (ROTJ), Imperial Gunner (ANH), or a TIE pilot. I think if Hasbro made this, with all the accessories it would sell like crazy, because you can choose whatever figure you want to make. It's like the old school GI JOEs, with tons of options and accessories. Personally, I would buy these up like crazy, if they were available. We haven't gotten an updated DS Gunner, or a black uniform technician since the Saga collection . They have never made a Navy Trooper with the black coveralls. Having the TIE pilot option is a bonus.

   He's just a repainted scan crewman with TIE pilot forearms, and an imperial officer head. I made the Gunner bib out of a Sandtrooper pauldron that I  boiled and shaped, then painted.  The rest is self explanatory. 
Title: Ultimate Imperial officer.
Post by: JDeck on April 11, 2017, 03:11:56 PM
And Jack, being a Navy Trooper.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: legion078 on April 12, 2017, 12:11:09 AM
4 figures in 1 - AWESOME!! What an excellent idea! I agree with you. It would be very smart if Hasbro created something like you did!
As far as I know they had some "Armor Up" Action Figures in their TFA line, but that was nothing compared to yours!

Indeed, your reference proves that the film crew of George Lucas seems to have used the Sandtroopers' pauldron for the  Death Star Gunner, too! I didn't know that!

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Tamer on April 12, 2017, 02:14:07 AM
Nice work. Off to share!
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: JDeck on April 12, 2017, 09:24:08 AM
4 figures in 1 - AWESOME!! What an excellent idea! I agree with you. It would be very smart if Hasbro created something like you did!
As far as I know they had some "Armor Up" Action Figures in their TFA line, but that was nothing compared to yours!

Indeed, your reference proves that the film crew of George Lucas seems to have used the Sandtroopers' pauldron for the  Death Star Gunner, too! I didn't know that!

Thanks for sharing!
   Thank you Legion. I didn't know gunners wore pauldrons either until i saw pictures of cosplayers. I did some research and sure enough, they re purposed the Sandtrooper pauldron. Actually Sideshow and Hot toys figures make pretty good resources too, they excel in accuracy. Especially for characters like the DS gunner, that have very few refrences

   
Nice work. Off to share!
 
Thanks Tamer. I made another one, but it's a little impractical to make any more. Seeing I have to cannibalize at least two figures.

If I can find someone who can resin cast a few  gunner helmets, and ds trooper helmets, id be in business. Actually I can use the POTF2 gunner heads, as swappable heads instead of a removable helmet.  Yeah that's what ill do. Im back in business. Glad we had this talk Tamer. Lol.
Title: Re: Rebels, pirates and imperials
Post by: Starchaser on April 22, 2017, 10:06:19 PM
JDeck - I really like this "multi-figure." I agree with you about the sales potential of a figure such as this. You did a really nice job putting all the parts together.