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post Jan 19 2011, 07:15 PM
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I'm very new to customising, having only started in October, 2010, so would be very appreciative of receiving comments, suggestions and general feedback. I hope that I am getting better, but I think that I've got a long way to go to be in the same ballpark (or even sport) as some other customisers around here and "teh interwebs" in general.

The links below will take you to pages on mousedroid.com where you will find additional photos and the recipes for each figure. Apologies in advance for how bad both some of the customs and the pictures of said customs are.

Diva Shaliqua, singer in Jabba's private pod race box
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5881



Jynne Celwick, Outlander Club waitress
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5877
Hayde Gofai, Outlander Club patron
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5751
Nyrat Agira, Outlander Club patron
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5764



Duke Teta, Coruscant Opera House guest
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5860
Koyi Mateil, Coruscant Opera House guest
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5793




'Squid Lake' Ballerina, Mon Calamari dancer
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5859



Shi'ido, shapeshifting aide to Senator Po Nudo
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5828



Delva Racine, Coruscant Opera House patron
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5826



Z-X3, security officer on Droid World
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5830



Wald, Rodian slave from Tatooine
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5792



Tendau Bendon, Ithorian Senator of Ottega sector
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5791



Lolo Purs, aide to Senator Onaconda Farr
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5784



BD-3000 'Bettybot', luxury droid
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5779



Veedaaz Awmetth, Senator for the Vensensor sector
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5767
Bana Breemu, Senator of the Humbarine sector
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5749



'Lucky Lekku', Twi'lek pin-up
http://www.mousedroid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5738



Thanks for looking!
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post Jan 19 2011, 07:44 PM
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Welcome to the world of customizing young padawan. I see you like the soft goods in your work. These are some really good attempts you have here. Joints are always a pain especially if you move them after painting. All in all not too shabby. What parts did you use for Koyi Mateil? That one has to be one of my favorites in the bunch. I also like Diva Shaliqua with the soft goods pants, I think they might be better if they were a little slimmer, but still like them.


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post Jan 19 2011, 07:59 PM
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Thanks for the response, tonphanan. I'm still learning how to get around paint rub which is a huge part of the reason why I am using progressively more soft goods - to cover up the joints! Now I just need to get better with my stitching at such small scales.

For Koyi Mateil, the body is a Hasbro Marvel Universe Black Widow (which I seem to have army built just lately) with the head being a TLC snow Padme. I've thus far used Crayola Model Magic for sculpting (lekku in this particular case) given that a) it is geared towards kids (and although I am well past that age, I still feel 8 years old when it comes to most things SW) and 2) is very easy to use, dries quickly and is both reasonably hard yet very light. I'm sure that as I get more experienced I will shift to more common mediums.

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post Jan 19 2011, 10:20 PM
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Damn I got excited I thought you had made the Hoojibs, oh well nice customs, not my cup of tea seeing these 3 movies I could easily forget exsisted.
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post Jan 20 2011, 03:20 AM
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You're off to a great start! I especially like the Outlander Club characters. Heck, I like all female customs. They are far more challenging (at least for me), so I can really appreciate when one is done well. Welcome and Happy Customizing!


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post Jan 20 2011, 03:15 PM
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Awesome job for a new guy! Great parts selection on a lot of these and good work on the mostly very slick paint jobs. Keep it up!
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post Jan 26 2011, 01:01 AM
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Here's Opula Deget from ROTS, utilising a GI Joe ROC Baroness and a lot of material. This is the most complex soft goods outfit I've yet attempted, and while I am happy with how it came out, it isn't quite correct compared to the reference image - the corset hangs a bit lower than it should; the dress sits a little high; the "flair" is the wrong side of her knee; and perhaps there isn't quite enough cleavage exposed. Oh well.

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post Jan 30 2011, 03:27 AM
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Here's Mort from SW Galaxies, a real "bitsa" of a figure that I hope I've done justice to:

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post Jan 31 2011, 10:28 PM
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The older non-articulated parts for Mort look good for the character. Not knocking them..they work. The fabric boot covers is a nice touch.


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post Feb 6 2011, 02:50 AM
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Here is Olana Chion, one of the victims of Order 66 in ROTS.

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post Feb 6 2011, 11:27 AM
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Nice work! I'm a fan of soft goods and female characters.
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post Feb 12 2011, 11:21 PM
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Thanks for the comments everyone. It's most appreciated.

Next up, here is another bitsa figure - Sheltay Retrac from ROTS:



The cloak is a little bit too long and maybe a little bulky (particularly around the shoulders), and perhaps her waist makes her look like she is still pregnant with Winter, but I think that it came out pretty well all things considered.
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post Feb 13 2011, 09:23 AM
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I suck at customizing (that is why I have nothing to show (yet). I love soft goods on the figures and I am trying to incorporate them but I have big, gawky fingers AND my sewing skills blow chuncks. I like how you find a way to use soft goods. How do you deal with fraying on the materials?
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post Feb 13 2011, 04:29 PM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Feb 14 2011, 01:23 AM) *
How do you deal with fraying on the materials?

I'm sure that other people have got their own tricks, but I tend to favour clear nail polish along the edges of the material, Andy. I just have to learn to be a little bit more careful when applying it as not only does it make the material hard, it can also stain lighter fabrics. One other useful trick that nail polish provides is the ability to stick material to plastic which can also reduce the need to stitch as much.
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post Feb 13 2011, 09:37 PM
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Very solid figure here, the soft goods are excellent. You are a rare class of customizers who can pull of top-notch soft goods on a regular basis. The head looks a bit too much like Padme IMO. I know there's a huge shortage of female heads in Star Wars scale, but I thought this was a Padme figure first until I looked at the picture of your cardback. Otherwise, good job.
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post Feb 14 2011, 12:00 AM
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Thanks for the comment, Yodaman. I know I've still got a long way to go with my customs, and hopefully improving on my painting and/or sculpting skills might go a long way to turning old Padme heads into something less immediately recognisable.

In case you didn't already know, this particular outfit of Sheltay Retrac's was originally planned to be one of Padme's:
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post Feb 14 2011, 09:51 AM
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QUOTE (Mousedroid-Hoojib @ Feb 13 2011, 05:29 PM) *
I'm sure that other people have got their own tricks, but I tend to favour clear nail polish along the edges of the material, Andy. I just have to learn to be a little bit more careful when applying it as not only does it make the material hard, it can also stain lighter fabrics. One other useful trick that nail polish provides is the ability to stick material to plastic which can also reduce the need to stitch as much.


I have tried the nail polish but it made the material darker where it was applied. I was probably going too fast and using too much. I have tried fabric glue, also. Did the same thing as the polish. I considered trying to apply fabric directly to figures but worried mistakes could ruin the figure. Thanks for the advice. You have a high skill with the fabric work and I'm envious!
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post Feb 20 2011, 01:34 AM
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For something a little different, here is Vergere as she appears in the Expanded Universe:



Considering that there are almost no SW parts in the figure, I think that it works quite well and fits in nicely with the figures in this thread thus far.
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post Feb 20 2011, 04:16 PM
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Your soft goods work seems to get better with each figure. I am liking your figures greatly. What head did you use for Vergere?


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post Feb 20 2011, 04:34 PM
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Thanks, tonphanan. I'm still learning all aspects of customisation so I guess that it is a good thing that generally each figure is a little better than the last. With the soft goods, I think that I'm getting a little bit more confident - particularly with stitching and creative cutting - and that is where the improvement is coming from. Hopefully I can get better still.

With the head for Vergere, it came from a cheap Chinese import shop werewolf figure here in Australia that likely is packaged under different names in different regions of the world - locally, it was called AW Toys "Destroyer Series" Demon. I glued the mane from the werewolf onto the back of the head and added some modelling clay for the beak, "horns" and the back of the head to fill it out. Prior to painting and adding the soft goods, she looked rather different, with the torso coming from a DC Infinite Heroes Qwardian Weaponer:

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