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Post by Commander Clint Mon Jan 02, 2023 11:44 pm

Testing the head and hands from last weeks casting on some spare parts.  As well as figuring out the paint apps.

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Post by grinchy Tue Jan 03, 2023 5:25 pm

that looks great mate, very cool, i'd love to have a go at sculpting a full size bith head, need to do a star wars project this year, not sure what i will tackle, good luck with your project
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Post by chris.75 Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:19 pm

Looks great Clint, those head and hand castings turned out brilliantly. And I really like the colour scheme. It could just be me, but Perhaps his neck looks slightly too long? Would it be possible to dremel out the collar, so that the Bith's neck sits inside it?

something like this?
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Post by Commander Clint Wed Jan 04, 2023 3:06 pm

Thanks Ian.  If you have a go at sculpting the Bith head.  Keep us updated.

Thanks Chris, I totally agree.  I'm looking at possibly using the Bespin Guard as the base figure.  So I will take one apart and see what I have to modify or add to create the collar.
If I stick with the Luke Jedi figure as the base, I might be easier to cut the neck down and make a new mold.

I already want to cast a few sets of arms, in order to "bend" the elbows to hold the instruments properly. Then recast the arms in the new positions.
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Post by chris.75 Wed Jan 04, 2023 11:41 pm

Yeah that's a great idea, using the Bespin security guard torso. That could work really well.
Would it be possible to boil the arms until really soft and then bend them into the required position, before plunging into iced water? Or would they not bend far enough? I suppose they may also revert back to their original moulded positions over time. Just thought it would be quicker and easier to boil and bend the arms, rather than casting new ones. Or you could slice the arms off using a diagonal cut along the elbow. (A bit like on the early articulated modern figures, like the ones pictured below)

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Then rotate the arm into the required position and glue into place.
You could do that once, then use the arm to make a mould to take further castings from.
Thinking about it, it's probably cheaper to create one kit bashed figure, then cast all the parts from it. In order to make multiple figures. As even beater vintage figures are pricey these days. That's probably the best way to produce multiple torsos, heads, hands and legs. But I suppose you're going to need several different arm poses, as the band play different instruments. One of them is even sitting down too, I think. Wow the more you start thinking about it, the more complicated it becomes to custom build a full cantina band

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Post by Commander Clint Thu Jan 05, 2023 12:11 am

chris.75 wrote:Yeah that's a great idea, using the Bespin security guard torso. That could work really well.
Or you could slice the arms off using a diagonal cut along the elbow.
Then rotate the arm into the required position and glue into place.
You could do that once, then use the arm to make a mould to take further castings from.
Thinking about it, it's probably cheaper to create one kit bashed figure, then cast all the parts from it. In order to make multiple figures. As even beater vintage figures are pricey these days. That's probably the best way to produce multiple torsos, heads, hands and legs. But I suppose you're going to need several different arm poses, as the band play different instruments. One of them is even sitting down too, I think. Wow the more you start thinking about it, the more complicated it becomes to custom build a full cantina band

That's exactly what I was thinking about doing. cheers Making one good cast of the original arms. Then cut and bend the arms for each, before recasting.
That way I still have the originals.
I'm hoping to make a couple of sets.

Plus now, they have figured out there are 7 band members.
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Jan 14, 2023 1:00 am

Getting closer.

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Post by Cardnut Sat Jan 14, 2023 2:29 am

Nice custom Clint, those rubber band sashes are a nice touch!
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Post by chris.75 Sat Jan 14, 2023 5:35 am

Those are looking really good Clint. Definitely a much better idea using Bespin Security Guard bodies instead of Luke Jedi.
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Post by grinchy Sat Jan 14, 2023 7:05 am

looking good Clint, can't wait to see more Very Happy
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Jan 14, 2023 2:15 pm

Thanks guys. It's been fun reworking the Bespin Guard torso and neck area.
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Post by Commander Clint Tue Feb 07, 2023 6:04 pm

The Tarkin & Band Member molds are nearly ready to start casting.
I'm just waiting on a delivery of more silicone, in order to finish the last 2 molds.
Possibly a first test cast later this week.

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Post by chris.75 Tue Feb 07, 2023 9:25 pm

Awesome stuff Clint, I'm looking forward to seeing how your castings turn out bounce
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Post by Cardnut Tue Feb 07, 2023 10:43 pm

Clint is getting the band back together! Aka Blues Brothers!
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Post by Nico Wed Feb 08, 2023 9:40 pm

Awesome Clint, really like that Tarkin cheers clapping
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Post by Commander Clint Wed Feb 08, 2023 11:51 pm

Thanks guys. cheers

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I'm not sure if I'm going to go with the dark green for the uniform. Possibly a dark grey.
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Post by grinchy Thu Feb 09, 2023 7:34 pm

Nice tidy moulds there Clint, good luck with your casting
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Post by Commander Clint Thu Feb 09, 2023 8:22 pm

grinchy wrote:Nice tidy moulds there Clint, good luck with your casting

Thanks Ian. I have high hopes. cheers
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Post by Commander Clint Fri Feb 10, 2023 4:14 pm

The first test pours look good.
For some reason the dark grey colour that I mixed, started to separate.

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Post by Cardnut Sat Feb 11, 2023 3:53 am

Looks like a Cantina Band mosh pit! Excited to see your latest figures!
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Post by arohk Sat Feb 11, 2023 5:18 am

Very cool indeed, just curious did you buy or make the molds? As I am thinking that may be a better way to go then trying to find beaters.
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Feb 11, 2023 2:37 pm

arohk wrote:Very cool indeed, just curious did you buy or make the molds? As I am thinking that may be a better way to go then trying to find beaters.

Larry, I made my own molds.  That way I only have to sacrifice a couple of beaters to make many copies.

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Post by chris.75 Sat Feb 11, 2023 7:07 pm

Commander Clint wrote:The first test pours look good.
For some reason the dark grey colour that I mixed, started to separate.

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That's a shame mate, that the colours separated. But you can always just spray the parts with a dark grey primer instead.
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Post by Commander Clint Sat Feb 11, 2023 7:58 pm

chris.75 wrote:That's a shame mate, that the colours separated. But you can always just spray the parts with a dark grey primer instead.

Or use them up and make a couple of Tarkin's to give away. What a Face
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Post by Commander Clint Thu Feb 16, 2023 2:33 pm

They turned out pretty well.
I still need to cast the the squeeze box thing, and order some 3D printed percussion instruments.
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