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Imperial Creative Engineering => Custom Figures => Topic started by: PadawanPainter on April 26, 2015, 02:45:38 AM

Title: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on April 26, 2015, 02:45:38 AM
This is the first of 32 pieces that I will be making for a custom 'Imperial vs Rebel' chess set.  This is the first finished piece.

Imperial Pawn #1: Jungle planet.

The figure is repainted, mainly due to my concern that the soft plastic would age differently (yellowing) than the hard plastic.  Each Imperial Pawn will portray a different planet with different terrain.  This will contrast and tie in to the Rebel Pawns, who will all have the same terrain groundwork.

The story behind the Rebel and Imperial Pawns:  The Imperial pawn all have different terrain that is to represent the missions/planets that the 8-man special forces Rebel unit operates on (the Rebel pawns represent a squad of elite commandos).  So, as the Rebel pawns go on missions (face up against Imperial pawns), the team is slowly getting killed off on these highly dangerous hit-and-run operations on planets controlled by the Empire.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: PadawanPainter on April 26, 2015, 02:59:12 AM
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Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: Tamer on April 26, 2015, 04:52:38 AM
Neat idea. Off to share to the front page.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: hemble on April 27, 2015, 02:50:39 AM
I for one think this is an Excellent start and I can't wait to see more.

Ron
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Post by: My kind of scum on April 27, 2015, 07:09:28 AM
That looks great!  Looking forward to more.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: PadawanPainter on April 27, 2015, 07:26:26 PM
Here's a piece I did over a year ago.  I'm just getting around to taking pictures of it now that I'm dedicating more time to producing work.

It's supposed to be a battle-hardened veteran of Geonosis near the end of the battle.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: PadawanPainter on April 27, 2015, 07:32:44 PM
Begun the clones wars have...
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Post by: PadawanPainter on April 27, 2015, 07:36:01 PM
Here's a little production sneak peak...
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Post by: AjuntaPall on April 27, 2015, 11:09:29 PM
I like where your work is heading already. Keep posting I for one would like to see more.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: Tamer on April 28, 2015, 03:15:27 AM
Very cool. I await the next finished version! I can't wait to see what you do with the chess board too.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 10, 2015, 07:37:43 PM
Haven't updated this thread in a while!!

Here is my WWI inspired trooper I made during summer.  This is one of the Imperial Pawns for the chess board.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 10, 2015, 07:43:47 PM
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Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: Jedi Minstrel on November 10, 2015, 07:58:44 PM
Very cool.  I've been wanting to do a chess set, as well.  Can't wait to see what you do.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 10, 2015, 09:07:23 PM
Thanks!  I'm all done with my Stormtrooper pawns.  I'm ALMOST done with the 8 Rebel commando pawns, and the back row of the Imperial pieces (Vader, Palpatine, Royal Guards, and Imperial military flag and junior officers).
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 10, 2015, 09:09:16 PM
Propaganda stormtrooper.

"If our propaganda does not work, Fear will keep the local population in line!"
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: Starchaser on November 10, 2015, 11:54:51 PM
This is a really creative project. The troopers are looking great and the detail on them and on their bases is amazing.
Title: Re: GunsEmpty's Custom Pieces
Post by: Tamer on November 11, 2015, 08:25:30 AM
Just a cool idea, off to share the latest.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 12, 2015, 03:25:28 PM
Mountain winter Stormtrooper. 

"Why didn't they issue me any snow gear?!?"
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 12, 2015, 05:30:07 PM
Farmland patrol Stormtrooper.

This is oppressive occupation.  The stormtrooper doesn't feel like walking around the field, so he goes right through it, trampling the farmer's crops and livelihood.

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 12, 2015, 05:38:58 PM
Forest Stormtrooper.

"I shouldn't have eaten that mushroom!"
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 12, 2015, 06:18:34 PM
Texas Spring-time Bluebonnets.

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 12, 2015, 06:26:15 PM
Texas "hill country" Summer.

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on November 13, 2015, 03:53:50 AM
Love that winter scene. Off to share the latest. I cannot wait to see this on the full chess board.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: JDeck on November 13, 2015, 06:55:46 PM
I like the chess idea. The ground work is awesome. What scale are they?
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on November 15, 2015, 09:37:23 PM
They are 1:18! 

It would be too big at 1:12.  Each square on the board will already be 5 inches due to Vader and Palpatine's bases being 3.5 inch diameter. 

Eventually I'm going to do a Republic and Separatist chess board as well.  And Greivous, Droidekas, Senate Guards, and Magna Guards have 3.5 inch bases as well.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Jedi Minstrel on November 23, 2015, 10:27:33 PM
that will be one HUGE board.  Looking forward to seeing it. 
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on December 22, 2015, 09:44:21 PM
Rebel Alliance pawns complete!

Rebel pawns have the same groundwork since they are a single commando team.  They will face Imperial pawns, each with different groundwork representing different missions/planets.

EDIT:  Tried uploading pics, but it kept giving me an error.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on December 23, 2015, 02:15:19 AM
Rebel Pawn - Human Marksman
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on December 23, 2015, 02:19:36 AM
continued.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on December 23, 2015, 02:20:04 AM
continued.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on December 23, 2015, 02:20:32 AM
continued.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on December 23, 2015, 02:49:27 AM
Outstanding work on all the pieces so far and I for one can't wait to see all the pieces together on the board.

Ron
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on December 23, 2015, 03:39:31 AM
Outstanding work on all the pieces so far and I for one can't wait to see all the pieces together on the board.

Ron

You said it Ron. I want to see all these together on the Chess Board! Off to share the latest. This is one great project.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: FialaFernbrugg on December 23, 2015, 07:30:48 AM
Fantastic work.
I'm looking forward to see the completed board.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on December 23, 2015, 11:24:07 PM
Thanks gentlemen!   ()rr
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on December 23, 2015, 11:33:41 PM
Rebel pawn.  Iktotchi commando.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on December 23, 2015, 11:34:26 PM
continued.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on December 23, 2015, 11:39:06 PM
continued.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on December 24, 2015, 05:13:05 AM
Back on the front pages with you.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on December 24, 2015, 05:26:37 AM
Another awesome looking piece well done mate.

Ron
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Sjefke on December 24, 2015, 08:33:25 AM
I really like this idea.  I can't wait to see the completed set.
Are these 3.75 customs?
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on December 24, 2015, 04:01:12 PM
I really like this idea.  I can't wait to see the completed set.
Are these 3.75 customs?


Yeah.  3.75 or else the board would be too big. 
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on January 13, 2016, 09:17:10 PM
Rebel pawn - Defected Stormtrooper.

He ditched "the white" and picked up more comfortable cloth fatigues.  He also kept his standard-issue Imperial blaster, just in case the team needs heavier suppressing fire.

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on January 14, 2016, 03:27:49 AM
Cool deal, I just put a Facebook Page update on the front page. Which one is the Imperial Queen? Vader? Just an awesome project.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on January 14, 2016, 06:53:46 PM
Cool deal, I just put a Facebook Page update on the front page. Which one is the Imperial Queen? Vader? Just an awesome project.


Yes!  Vader is the Queen because he is always running around doing the Emperor's work while the Emperor is just sitting and chilling and brainstorming all day.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on January 14, 2016, 06:55:53 PM
Rebel pawn - Bothan commando team leader

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on January 14, 2016, 09:00:54 PM
Awesome work yet again mate and I can't wait to see these all on the board.

Ron
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on January 15, 2016, 06:07:03 AM
Very nice. I can't wait to see this all together on the chess board.

Who is gonna be your first oppenent?
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Starchaser on January 15, 2016, 05:36:59 PM
Wow, these just continue to be stunning pieces! The mini-dioramas that form the base of each piece is really amazing.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on January 16, 2016, 05:56:29 AM
Got that Bothan on the front page.

Bring this one home!
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: JDeck on January 16, 2016, 03:28:14 PM
Coming along greatly. I really like the individuality of the pawns.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on January 18, 2016, 08:18:58 PM
Thanks guys!

I've finally beaten my eternal enemy, Procrastination, who pinned me down over the holidays, and started on the home stretch with the last 8 Rebel pieces.  I'm going to try to work on them every day without excuse.  Hopefully done with pieces by month end.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on January 18, 2016, 08:21:11 PM
Rebel Pawn - Human communications specialist.

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on January 19, 2016, 05:44:56 AM
He sure looks good on the front page! So stoked you are almost there. Any word on who gets to play you first on this?
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on January 21, 2016, 02:29:34 PM
He sure looks good on the front page! So stoked you are almost there. Any word on who gets to play you first on this?

I don't know!  If anyone is in Houston, we can play a round somewhere!  Then my next problem to solve is finding a safe way to transport them all!  Maybe I can get sheets of magnets that are used for refrigerator magnets, cut them to circles, attach them to the bottoms of each base, then build a traveling case with internal magnetic surface.  What do you think? Is there a better way for transportation?
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on January 22, 2016, 06:10:13 AM
That sounds like great thinking to me.
Title: Galactic Marine - USMC
Post by: PadawanPainter on May 06, 2016, 08:52:34 AM
Still looking for someone to make the chessboard (maybe I'll just have to try making it myself).

But, in the mean time, I'm going to start finishing some individual figurines and dioramas.

Here is a USMC-themed trooper.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on May 08, 2016, 05:12:37 AM
Cool deal, I got that one on our pages the other day. I like the rugged look of this.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on May 08, 2016, 08:18:17 PM
This color scheme is from Games Workshop, Space Marine Faction, Ultramarine chapter of the space marines.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on May 31, 2016, 10:31:17 PM
Forest trooper.

Flecktarn camouflage.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on June 01, 2016, 02:53:26 AM
Wow that is one of the best camo paint jobs I have seen! Off to share.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on June 01, 2016, 04:23:20 PM
Thanks!

I'll have another piece done in a few days.

Still figuring out where to source my chessboard... >:(
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on June 02, 2016, 05:18:09 AM
Man the chess piece figures are looking awesome and love the troopers especially the Ultramarines Scheme. But I have to say being an old WW2 German modeller from way back your pea dot pattern is just spectacular and fits right in with the SW Universe.

Ron
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on June 05, 2016, 02:36:42 AM
Man the chess piece figures are looking awesome and love the troopers especially the Ultramarines Scheme. But I have to say being an old WW2 German modeller from way back your pea dot pattern is just spectacular and fits right in with the SW Universe.

Ron

Thanks Ron!!

As a big fan of your dioramas, that's quite a compliment.  I'm a student of World War II history.  It's always fascinated and horrified me, kept my interest.

This trooper idea was first inspired by the mod called "Awakening of the Rebellion" for the game Star Wars:Empire At War on PC.  The modder put in special camouflaged troopers for one of the hero ATAT units.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on June 05, 2016, 02:50:11 AM
Here is a Work in Progress.

Boba Fett. Western theme, so I switched his rifle to Cad Bane's Winchester. I patched the dents in helmet and cod piece with putty in order to more accurately paint an earlier Boba, with less battle-worn armor. Groundwork needs more more work.

I was taking a break from Star Wars Battlefront PC.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on June 05, 2016, 05:32:03 AM
Wow, that looks great. Off to share.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on June 06, 2016, 12:57:43 AM
That looks excellent.

Ron
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Starchaser on June 07, 2016, 08:05:24 PM
Love the "Rifleman" Boba Fett! He looks great. I look forward to seeing the final dio.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on June 17, 2016, 09:44:57 AM
Still working on Boba Fett diorama.  To be honest, I haven't touched it since last update.

But here's my Houston, TX Astros baseball clonetrooper.

Next up, I'll finish up the Boba Fett diorama, and a stormtrooper officer that I'm pretty excited about since I think he looks really cool.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on June 17, 2016, 09:46:20 AM
Continued...

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on June 17, 2016, 09:54:25 AM
I also finally went and found some wood for the chess board.

Birdseye Maple and Peruvian Walnut!

Found a simple technique to build it.  Now I just need to find something to used as a jig for a circular saw I'll have to use.

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on June 18, 2016, 03:42:12 AM
Looks good. I Just put this on the front pages.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Rezikai on June 21, 2016, 04:20:25 PM
Continued...

This is 8 kinds of awesome. As a huge Red's fan may custom paint a few stormies in their colors.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Starchaser on June 21, 2016, 11:49:00 PM
Pretty nice way to honor a favorite sports team! The woods are really nice, the board is going to be great.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on June 23, 2016, 03:21:22 PM
Thanks!

But unfortunately I'm now outsourcing the board to a master furniture maker down the road.  My more logical side won out over my idealist side that wanted to build the entire thing.  I just don't have the tools necessary to make a high-quality board.  It would require planer, table saw, router, random pattern sander, etc.  Way too much investment into a skillset and art form that I'm not ready to get into.  Some day though, I'm going to get into wood-working, but not now.

But I'm really excited about this craftsmen I found.  Looked at his portfolio, and he finds really awesome rustic wood to use, even cooler looking than the wood I found.

I might have him also make me some cool custom wood bases for figurines and dioramas.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on June 23, 2016, 03:31:06 PM
The clone dio and figure look excellent and can't wait to see how the chess set is coming along.

Ron
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on June 23, 2016, 03:43:40 PM
I started a few more projects.

This one is inspired by pictures I've seen from Afghanistan, with US and NATO units, on patrol, walking through and around the poppy fields of Kandahar Province.

I'm going to try replicate the poppy plants, with the poppy pods ready to be picked.  I won't be able to produce exact replications of the plant, as that would take an inordinate amount of time.  But I do believe I've come up with a decent substitute that will look similar enough.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on June 24, 2016, 04:22:14 AM
This one is gonna be good. I can't wait to see it completed.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on July 06, 2016, 01:41:10 PM
Ok!

Got my kitbashed Afghan farmer parts!   I'll probably put this project on the back burner until I complete these 9 figures I have WIP.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on July 07, 2016, 06:23:34 AM
Looks like a lot of fun headed your way.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on July 07, 2016, 04:35:55 PM
I'll have a couple stormtroopers finished in a couple days!!

Then I'll have a couple clones done sometime next week!
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on July 07, 2016, 04:58:21 PM
Sounds good.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on July 08, 2016, 12:09:44 AM
Can't wait to see this when it completed.

Ron
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on July 27, 2016, 10:02:18 PM
Alright!  Finally got my slow butt to get some pictures done.

Here's a new piece:  ARC clone commander, operating in a blue forest.

Color theme is actually inspired by a toy I still have from childhood; German Luftwaffe BF-109 in early-war camouflage

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on July 28, 2016, 01:34:40 AM
Excellent work mate and the blue armour blends in well with the plants.

Ron
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Post by: PadawanPainter on July 28, 2016, 09:24:27 AM
Thanks!



Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on July 28, 2016, 11:19:22 AM
Looks great to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on July 28, 2016, 02:39:38 PM
Thanks!

I got two more guys ready to share.  And I'm starting another 4 today.  Hope to get 1 done by week's end, then the other 3 next week.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on July 29, 2016, 02:19:42 PM
Last pictures.
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Post by: Tamer on July 30, 2016, 05:00:59 AM
Nice, this last Trooper Mini-Dio turned out fantastic.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on August 04, 2016, 07:42:45 PM
Chess board update:

Only need a base board, side trim, then finish painting the Rebel figures!

I was too ambitious with the maple and walnut I first picked, as I didn't have any real way of preparing the boards for working into a board.  And, since I didn't want anyone else's hand in the creation of the board, I though of using hardwoods.  This way I could work within the parameters of the woodworking tools I have, in this case a simple table saw.  I picked out a cool rustic used-looking mesquite and hickory.  They seemed like light wood, which is good because I think this board is going to be moderately heavy!

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Jedi Minstrel on August 05, 2016, 06:42:56 AM
Looking Great!  Been wanting to do the same.  What is the dimension you're using or the squares?  4"x4"?
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on August 05, 2016, 07:15:47 AM
Way to bring it home. That chessboard is perfect. Off to share.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on August 05, 2016, 08:00:14 AM
Bloody sensational mate.

Ron
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on August 05, 2016, 04:21:40 PM
Thanks!  I'll be working on it this weekend and deciding on some construction-related plans.  Hopefully, I'll have the whole project finished in a couple weeks.

The squares are 5"x5".  I built the board around the figures.  In other words, thanks to Darth Vader and Palpatine being wider than their bases, the entire board needed squares wide enough to accommodate their poses (lightsaber and lightning)!
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on August 06, 2016, 05:01:20 AM
You are gonna have a one of a kind item. Just a really cool centerpiece for your collection room or main living room, etc.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on August 06, 2016, 01:37:46 PM
Yeah!

I need to figure out how to display it!  I don't want it to get dusty and what not.  I might need to buy or build a clear plastic casing to put over it, like professional dioramas have in museums!  I probably won't even use it.  It was just an idea I wanted to bring to life!
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on August 07, 2016, 07:06:37 AM
Getting an acrylic case to put over it would be a great idea. I really like this a lot.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on August 08, 2016, 04:44:36 PM
Here's my Stormtrooper commander.

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on August 08, 2016, 04:45:54 PM
Stormtrooper commander continued...

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on August 09, 2016, 08:36:43 AM
Looks pretty tough to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Starchaser on August 09, 2016, 03:53:32 PM
Your chessboard turned out great! The whole ensemble is really quite amazing. Excellent work.

I like the helmet choice for your Stormtrooper commander as well, is makes him stand out. Really nice job!
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on August 10, 2016, 09:17:19 AM
Thanks!  I'm still working on it.  Need to do more sanding, sawing, staining, varnishing, etc.

Next year, I'm going to do the Republic vs Separatist chess set.

After this, I have to finish Boba Fett dio, Clone patrol dio, Kuat weapons expo dio, Endor guerrilla war dio.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: hemble on August 11, 2016, 01:28:01 AM
Awesome Scout and dio mate.

Ron
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Post by: PadawanPainter on August 16, 2016, 04:09:04 PM
Here's my Scout Commander.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on August 16, 2016, 04:10:21 PM
continued...

Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Tamer on August 17, 2016, 03:39:01 AM
Looks great to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: Art deWhill on August 17, 2016, 04:25:09 AM
Here's my Scout Commander.
super awesome work!! congratz!
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on August 17, 2016, 05:24:23 PM
very nicely done !
Title: Re: PadawanPainter's Custom Pieces & Chessboard Project
Post by: PadawanPainter on August 29, 2016, 04:03:11 PM
Update:  Chessboard should be done by week's end.
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Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on August 29, 2016, 08:39:10 PM
I am really looking forward to seeing it completed !
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Post by: PadawanPainter on September 29, 2016, 04:04:44 AM
Chessboard was finished a couple days ago.  Just got started taking pictures of the last 8 pieces.  I had to rebuild my old photo setup with the marble chess board and black backdrop (been using bright white backdrop for my non-chess pieces).

I'll start posting pictures this evening.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on September 29, 2016, 08:49:37 PM
Rebel Rook.

Rebel Alliance High Command Security Trooper.

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Post by: PadawanPainter on September 29, 2016, 09:09:16 PM
Close up.

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Post by: Tamer on October 01, 2016, 05:06:44 AM
He looks great. You are really getting close to finishing this off ain't you? Off to share the latest.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 01, 2016, 02:45:02 PM
It's pretty much done!  Just time to roll out pictures of the last pieces.

I'm still trying to figure out how to take decent pictures of the board with the pieces on it.  40" is difficult to take professional-looking pictures without an actual photo studio!

Probably going to get some black drapes and hang them up as a backdrop.
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Post by: hemble on October 01, 2016, 03:04:20 PM
Both the Rebel Alliance High Command Security Trooper and the Scout Commander are awesome mate.

Ron
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Post by: Tamer on October 02, 2016, 04:54:20 AM
Well I can sure see why you would want the final reveal to look professional with all that work. Each piece is just an astounding work of art.

I would think this would look great in a panoramic shot too.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 03, 2016, 06:15:55 AM
Here's the Rebel Fleet Trooper.  It's the other chess rook!!

For the High Command Security Trooper, the idea was the base was stone from one of the Rebel hidden bases, pulling security for Rebel High Command.

For this guy, I wanted to pull from the movies, so I designed the base to be as though he's on a rebel cruiser, stepping out from a side room with dirty unpolished flooring onto the polished white panels.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 03, 2016, 06:16:47 AM
Continued...
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Post by: hemble on October 03, 2016, 06:23:32 PM
Awesome work mate.

Ron
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 03, 2016, 10:31:26 PM
Thanks, mate!
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Post by: Tamer on October 04, 2016, 03:22:37 AM
Wow, very nice. Time to share the second Rook!
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Post by: Starchaser on October 05, 2016, 05:34:51 PM
These Rebel rooks are really wonderful. Excellent paint work.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 11, 2016, 09:03:43 PM
Back in town.  Time to figure out how to take decent looking photos of the whole board.  In the mean time, let me finish off the pieces....
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 11, 2016, 09:14:51 PM
Rebel bishop 1:  General Crix Madine

"I formed the storm commandos and led them in their early missions. It was those successes that put us in a position to unleash a biological weapon, the Candorian plague, on Dentaal. We were just following orders. That was the last order I took from the Empire. I defected to the Alliance, but I'll be paying my debt to Dentaal until the day I die."
--Crix Madine, Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 11, 2016, 09:17:02 PM
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 11, 2016, 09:22:11 PM
Rebel bishop 2:  Admiral Gial Ackbar

Gial Ackbar was a veteran male Mon Calamari soldier and revolutionary leader during the Clone Wars, the Galactic Civil War, and the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. Throughout his sixty years of service, Ackbar was regarded as a brilliant tactician.

Ackbar was captain of the Mon Calamari Guard during the Clone Wars and fought in the Battle of Mon Cala, in which he helped to secure Prince Lee-Char's ascent as King of Mon Cala and repel the Confederacy of Independent Systems. After the rise of the Galactic Empire, Ackbar became the foremost military commander in the Alliance to Restore the Republic, emerging as a symbol of defiance against the Empire's subjugation of non-humans. His presence attracted Mon Calamari support for the Alliance, thus supplying the Mon Calamari star cruisers that made up a bulk of the Alliance Fleet.
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Post by: hemble on October 11, 2016, 09:31:05 PM
Outstanding both are perfect choices for the bishops.

Ron
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 11, 2016, 09:33:06 PM
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 11, 2016, 09:36:52 PM
Discussing strategy and tactics...
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 11, 2016, 09:40:44 PM
Thanks!

As always, I've glued, puttied over articulation points, and repainted the entire figure.

I decided to change Ackbar's pants to pure white, instead of having the stripes down each leg.  I didn't feel like free-handing stripes, or getting decals printed.  And, I also wanted to slightly changed his uniform from the striped-pants that appear in Return of the Jedi.  It's sort of like, those were his "about to destroy the Death Star or die trying" striped victory-or-death pants.
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Post by: Tamer on October 12, 2016, 02:19:46 AM
Needless to say, I think these look great. I figured one of the characters right for the Rebel Bishops. This is in the home stretches. You will be playing Star Wars Chess soon. Who gets to play you first on it?

Off to share the latest.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 12, 2016, 02:41:19 PM
Haha!  Yeah!  Probably a friend and his wife and buddies.  We play Battlefield 4 and Star Wars Battlefront together.

In two weekends, I think I'm going to go bring the board, and my PC, over to his house and have a pizza/bbq/Battlefront night over there.
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Post by: Tamer on October 13, 2016, 02:02:39 AM
In two weekends, I think I'm going to go bring the board, and my PC, over to his house and have a pizza/bbq/Battlefront night over there.

Sounds like my kind of party. If anyone wants to video a small portion of that (especially some footage of the Chess Set), I would love to share it.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 13, 2016, 03:31:51 PM
That's probably a good idea.  People like videos.  I'm probably going to whip out my 1990s Micromachines Star Wars Action Fleet, as well....
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 13, 2016, 03:35:36 PM
Here are the King and Queen:  Senators Mon Mothma and Bail Organa.

Mon Mothma was a human female politician and revolutionary leader who served in the Galactic Senate and Imperial Senate as the representative of Chandrila, the leader of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and the first chancellor of the New Republic. She came to political prominence during the Separatist Crisis and the Clone Wars as a member of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's Loyalist Committee. Along with such allies as Bail Organa of Alderaan and Padmé Amidala of Naboo, Mothma became an outspoken proponent of pursuing peace between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. She also spoke out against the increase in executive wartime power given to Chancellor Palpatine. At the end of the war, as Palpatine continued to amass power and ultimately transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire, Mothma worked with Senator Organa to begin planting the seeds of rebellion against the Imperial regime. Though she remained in the Imperial Senate as a proponent of democracy, these seeds ultimately led to the formation of the Rebel Alliance to militarily combat the might of the Empire.

Bail Prestor Organa (formally styled as His Serene Highness, Prince Bail Organa, First Chairman and Viceroy of Alderaan) was a Human male who served as the First Chairman and Viceroy of Alderaan, and served in the Galactic Senate as the Senator of the Alderaan sector from 32 BBY to 19 BBY. Subsequently, he was Senator of the Alderaan sector of the Imperial Senate from 19 BBY to 1 BBY. He was Princess Leia Organa's adoptive father and a friend of Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Rahm Kota. He was married to Queen Breha Organa of Alderaan and was, as Prince Consort, head of the royal house and ruler of Alderaan. One of the main founders of the Rebel Alliance, he was killed when the Death Star obliterated Alderaan. In the Alliance and its successor states, the New Republic and Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, he was respected as a martyr who died for his cause.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 13, 2016, 04:13:25 PM
Mon Mothma

"We are not Separatists trying to leave the Republic, we are Loyalists trying to preserve democracy in the Republic." - Mon Mothma
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 13, 2016, 04:13:58 PM
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 13, 2016, 04:15:25 PM
Bail Organa.

"We will never betray the legacy of the Jedi. I will never surrender the Republic to the Sith." - Bail Organa
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 13, 2016, 04:15:50 PM
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 13, 2016, 04:17:52 PM
Star Wars Death of Liberty
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Post by: hemble on October 13, 2016, 08:15:46 PM
Mate you are really knocking these out of the park and your choices for the pieces is awesome.

Ron
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Post by: Tamer on October 14, 2016, 03:12:58 AM
Such a cool project. Nice choices for the king and queen. Off to share the latest!
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Post by: Starchaser on October 16, 2016, 08:19:15 PM
Really nice job on the figures/chess pieces, they look really good. I think that your character choices for bishop and king and queen were really excellent. Keep it up!
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 17, 2016, 03:16:17 AM
Really nice job on the figures/chess pieces, they look really good. I think that your character choices for bishop and king and queen were really excellent. Keep it up!

Thanks!!
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 17, 2016, 03:24:55 AM
Chess board knight:  Jedi master, survivor of Executive Order 66.

This is the Rahm Kota figure, but I don't know if he's canon anymore.  I've seen talk that Kanan from Star Wars Rebels is modeled off of Rahm Kota, but I don't know.  So, he's either Rahm, or and elderly Kanan with some bionic eyes since at thie point in the show he appears to be blind (I haven't watched the show fully).  Or that'll be my story I give him.
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Post by: hemble on October 17, 2016, 04:03:00 AM
Honestly who cares if he's canon or not he looks awesome. You are really kicking goals on all the chess pieces mate.

Ron
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 17, 2016, 11:45:09 AM
Thanks!

Also, I should have been posting reference photos to the original figures.  I've enjoyed comparing the differences.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 17, 2016, 11:48:32 AM
Here's Mothma and Organa originals.

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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 17, 2016, 04:02:58 PM
Last Jedi master pic....

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Post by: Tamer on October 18, 2016, 03:12:30 AM
You can find my comments on the front pages.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 18, 2016, 07:59:31 PM
Oops.  Two more that got lost in my picture gallery!

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Post by: Tamer on October 19, 2016, 02:55:19 AM
Nice. Nice. Nice.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 22, 2016, 07:33:03 AM
Chess board Rebel rook.  Jedi Knight.

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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 22, 2016, 07:33:58 AM
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 22, 2016, 07:37:30 AM
The idea behind these two was duality.

White and light colours  VS  Black and darker colours.

Stonework designed like a sun, with growing sprouting vegetation in the spring  VS  grey rocks like the moon, with dying vegetation in fall/winter.

Young Jedi knight  VS  old  Jedi master.

Like with other pieces, I also specifically wanted to avoid the main characters in the movies as much as possible.  Obviously, this wasn't possible, or desired, when it came to Palpatine or Vader, since they are at the pinnacle of the Imperial power structure.  But, it was possible with the Rebel queen and king, since they are minor characters in the movie, but major players in terms of political power and influence for the Rebellion.

That being said, for the Jedi master (Rahm Kota and/or Kanan), the duality aspect also gave me the added feeling and connection to how Luke Skywalker began dressing once reaching Knighthood after Yoda dies and his lightsaber construction in the Tatooine cave (ie - black/dark clothes).

Also, another connection I forgot to mention was the Imperial rooks and knights to the Rebel rooks.  My decisions for those pieces' characters stemmed from choosing first the Rebel Fleet Trooper as the basis for the Rebel Rook.  I then took artistic license in creating a Rebel High Command Trooper with the green/khaki colour.  Then, I decided to use ROTJ's Death Star Trooper for Junior-grade Imperial Officer uniforms in Navy-black and Army-brown, just so I could match the Rebel rook helmets with an Imperial helmet that was visually similar (ie big and goofy).  After that, it was easy to decide to have Field-grade Imperial Officers with Army-green and Navy-grey uniforms as Knights, replacing the Jedi Order, while the Rebel side still has Jedi Knights as chess knights.
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Post by: Tamer on October 22, 2016, 07:39:31 AM
Wow, this new rook looks fantastic. I also love the contrast with Rahm. Look to see this get to the front page tomorrow. I have used up my Sat. internet time, but wanted to post real quick before I got back to real life. So cool!
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 25, 2016, 01:47:12 PM
Group shots.
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Post by: PadawanPainter on October 25, 2016, 01:48:20 PM
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Post by: Tamer on October 26, 2016, 02:56:05 AM
So awesome. I did finally get your Rebel Rook Update on the front pages. I really enjoy this!
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Post by: hemble on October 26, 2016, 05:33:37 AM
Another awesome looking piece and great choice.

Ron
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Post by: PadawanPainter on November 13, 2016, 06:24:34 AM
Haven't been on here in a bit.

Here's an update for my Boba Fett western diorama.

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Post by: Tamer on November 13, 2016, 08:14:45 AM
Looks good to me. Off to share.
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Post by: hemble on November 14, 2016, 02:43:54 AM
The dio looks awesome mate well done indeed.

Ron
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Post by: PadawanPainter on November 14, 2016, 11:41:12 AM
Thanks!

I also got a little progress done on my post-Order 66 Imperial Forest Trooper.  Still deciding on how I want to develop the groundwork though.
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Post by: Tamer on November 15, 2016, 03:53:27 AM
More comments on the front pages!
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Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on November 15, 2016, 07:37:10 AM
nice paint apps ,  I like it !
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Post by: PadawanPainter on March 18, 2017, 10:24:51 AM
Haven't posted in awhile!  Life gets complicated some times....

Here's one of my new ones!

212th Attack Battalion veteran.  Idea for the base was that this was the unit's first battle, and it occurred on a planet with substantial amounts of orange bushes which became the inspiration for the unit's color markings.

I'll post more pictures later!
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Post by: hemble on March 18, 2017, 03:53:58 PM
Awesome work on the Imperial Forest Trooper mate, the pea dot pattern looks awesome. The 212th Attack Battalion veteran also looks awesome well done mate.

Ron

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Post by: PadawanPainter on March 18, 2017, 04:43:05 PM
Thanks!  I did a little more weathering on that forest trooper.  So, I'll get some HD pictures taken of him soon.

Awesome work on the Imperial Forest Trooper mate, the pea dot pattern looks awesome. The 212th Attack Battalion veteran also looks awesome well done mate.

Ron
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Post by: Tamer on March 19, 2017, 04:47:34 AM
Looks good to me. Nice to see you back around. Off to share.
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Post by: FialaFernbrugg on March 19, 2017, 07:56:24 AM
I like your background story for the 212th AB.
The base for the figure and the weathering is very well made.
excellent work