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Jodi Moisan
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Posted: 21 July 2008 at 9:28am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Steve you made the plaster iceberg first, did you use it to make a mold or just as a test shape? Was the vacuumed cape hard to do?

Love your work.

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Posted: 21 July 2008 at 1:02pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Thanks, Jodi.  I'm really impressed by your figures, too.

The plaster iceberg was a negative mold in the cup.  It turned a conical section into a rougher, more natural shape.  It had the added benefit of making "snow" on the cast iceberg.

Vacuumforming is really quite simple.  It's just a matter of finding the proper thickness and rigidity of material for the application.  Kinda fun, too.  It has the benefit of giving you the ability to make additional, identical parts should something go horribly wrong.

I'm still experimenting with different materials and techniques to reproduce fabrics of various densities and textures.  Must be the mad scientist in me.  I'll let you know if I have any breakthroughs.

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Posted: 22 July 2008 at 9:19am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

No reason to be disappointed with the Superman figure, Steve -- it's a REMARKABLE likeness, IMO!

Quick question, though -- what type/brand of clear polyester resin did you use for the iceberg, and where did you find it (online source, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc.)?

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Posted: 22 July 2008 at 5:48pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Thanks, John.  It's really hard to capture a likeness in a head that small!

I'm not sure exactly what resin I used.  It's available in about every hobby store I've ever seen.  Cast-n-craft, maybe?  I made this so long ago the store I bought it from is no longer in business.

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Posted: 22 July 2008 at 7:22pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Steve thanks for the kind words and tips. I think we should do challenges, no winners or losers, just something to motivate,  what does everyone else think?

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Posted: 22 July 2008 at 9:14pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I'm prepping a figure for the next CustomCon, but I don't really have enough time to even get the figures done that I WANT to do, let alone finding time to rise to any challenges!  Having two dogs, two cats, a wife, a full-time job, a 5-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old daughter gives me ENOUGH challenges for one lifetime!

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Posted: 22 July 2008 at 10:12pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Hah!  I was just thinking about how little time I have to work on my current projects, as well as working, home maintenance, etc.  I don't know how I could fit time in for a challenge.

I'm a member of another board where there's a monthly challenge.  Turns out there's been shenanigans in the voting (even though there's really nothing to win but bragging rights), and it really soured the whole thing.  If we do the challenge thing, I recommend keeping it light and fun.  Probably ought to run it by JB and the mods for their input, too.

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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:24pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Thanks for the enthusiasm Jodi, and while I can't speak for the others, I myself am a slacker. I have several figures that still need to be finished. (going on years now) Sorry.
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Ubu, Ras Al Ghul(with or without eyebrows: you decide)Talia.
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Lars Sandmark
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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:31pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Count Vertigo from the episode 'Off Balance'


Maxie Zeus from 'Fire From Olympus'
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Lars Sandmark
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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:39pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Clock King.


From the episode 'His Silicon Soul'
The robot replacement Batman created by H.A.R.D.A.C.
You can't really see it too clearly but I put all kinds of
machine-looking bits inside the chest cavity.
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Lars Sandmark
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Tigris from 'Tyger, Tyger'.
Lots of clay sculpting on this one.


Just a crummy repaint of a Penguin but I made a macine gun umbrella.
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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:45pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Someone familiar to JBF members:

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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:47pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

With Guardian for scale:
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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:48pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Nice work, Lars.  You can tell you put a lot of effort into those guys.
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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:50pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

A repose because I disliked having a static posed figure
strapped into a jetpack. I NEEDED to make Robin look like
he was flying. You can see by the tiny smile he's having fun.


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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 5:53pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Hey Steve, Yeah lotsa love for the animated Batman here! Thanks.

Great work on that Puck.
I customized a Guardian figure as well but I'll have to find it. (did a Shaman and Marrina too!)

I took another look at your custom, andMan oh man,
the face on Puck is amazing! Great likeness.

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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 7:02pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Great figures, guys!  I'm looking forward to seeing Shaman, since he was left out of that run that had JB's art on the packaging.  My collection is woefully lacking :^)
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Posted: 23 July 2008 at 8:35pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Thanks, Lars.  It's amazing what you can do with latex rubber and a little urethan resin.

Sadly, Ryan, Shaman is still on my To-Do list.  However, I'm working on a project right now that may yield a suitable Michael head.

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Posted: 24 July 2008 at 7:14am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

REALLY like the flying Batman and Robin mods, Lars -- the Superman conversion for the Maxie Zeus character is VERY well-done, too.

Also, nice job on the Puck and Guardian figs, Steve!

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Posted: 25 July 2008 at 7:17pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Thanks John!

age 50 Bruce Wayne from Batman Beyond.


old Bruce and Terry

I had to cut off the fingers and glue them on again to get the correct angle on the cane-holding hand.
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Max... and a battle-damaged Batman Beyond.

Curare.

Her sword is SO mangled! (I had these in a box)

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Anthony Frail
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Posted: 26 July 2008 at 7:39am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Nice Bruce Batman Beyond!

I really, really liked the costume design for Batman Beyond.
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Speaking of which, can anyone help me with this broken "ear"?


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Posted: 26 July 2008 at 5:53pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Thanks Anthony, I like the design too, it's very sleek and simple but maybe that's what makes it appealing. I bought a maquette from the Warner Brothers Store back in the day, It's one of my favourites.


To fix the bent ear on that figure, I would run the head under hot water then bend it into the proper shape by hand and hold it there for a while. Maybe use something you can wedge in there between the ears to keep it like that overnight.
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