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Dearth/Alex's Customs and Dioramas v2

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by Dearth, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Here's the second version, where they alternate a bit.

  2. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

  3. Muppetaz

    Muppetaz Well-Known Member

    That sounded awesome!
    Dearth and Mo Frackle like this.
  4. Muppetaz

    Muppetaz Well-Known Member

    Hey Dearth, are you still working on the bossmen?
  5. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    These are Great, Thanks for sharing. :)
  6. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    The Bossmen are in a box in pieces somewhere, I need to haul them out and do their final assembly.

  7. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    So what kind of tools and materials do you use to make these custom figures? Do you use any molds and liquid plastic sort of material to make custom parts or is it some kind of clay? I've somewhat had interest in how figures are made and how to make custom figures. It sure looks like a lot of fun making them. I like the mini instruments. When I used to live in a different state, there was a small hobby shop that had stuff like that. I think I've seen doll house like furniture and props at material stores. It's amazing how much detail goes into those miniature props. Especially grass and trees. Seeing all this kind of makes me want to learn more about stop motion animation and experiment a little bit, Robot Chicken style animation. lol Which reminds me, there was this website that I went to years ago where someone collected the old playmates Simpsons action figures and animated them. One was really cool with Disco Stu dancing to Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. :)
  8. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

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  9. thomasultimate

    thomasultimate New Member

    hi im new here i am is the process of making a Sal from scratch does any thing have any tips ps dearth your customs are amazing.
  10. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    i cant wait to see your sal
  11. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    Heya, Dearth! Did you ever finish Sal?
  12. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    So I'm not good at "scale sizing" but what scare are the action figures in? I was looking for a miniature upright piano to go along with the Rowlf figure
  13. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    I never began sculpting a Sal. He's on my dream list if I ever get off my lazy butt and start finishing all those half-begun Muppet projects.

    Thomasultimate said back in July he was thinking of making one. I wonder if he ever did?

    The scale of the Muppet figures by Palisades is really tricky to judge. They don't actually correspond to the proportions of the real puppets or the backstage set. They did a fantastic job translating them into toys, but the times that I've tried to put a 'guest star' in the dioramas, whether it's a George Burns doll or a smaller Sylvester Stallone action figure, you discover what an odd size everything is with a normal human in the shot.

    For my upright piano, I just found an antique dollhouse piano that looked good. When it arrived, it was a great height for Dr. Teeth but too low for Rowlf. I had a friend cut a wooden base to stand it on so I can adjust it for whichever one is playing it. If it's Teeth, it's okay by itself. If it's Rowlf, I add the spacer to raise the keys to the height of his hands.

  14. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    Dearth, I'm sorry! I thought you started a Sal! My bad! Thanks for the info with the piano though!!! I'm starting to get the bug to set up all my figures again. I had to put them away due to lack of space, but I'm will to live in a cramped bedroom area cuz I miss the lil' guys! Thanks again! Oh! By the way, hit me up if you're into doing a commission for a Link and Strangepork! Thank you!
  15. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Hey LamangoNumber2, remember when you suggested this YEARS ago? Way back in June of 2011?

    Well, I liked that suggestion so much that I've been keeping an eye out for these ever since.

    And I finally found a Tom Servo for a low Buy It Now price and snagged him off eBay a couple of weeks back. Got him for under $10 shipped, which was surprising.

    Wish I could find Gypsy or Crow for that kind of price, too.

  16. I LOVE your customs Dearth(Nadir). Keep up the good work. I love the extra frog scouts.
  17. How do you make these customs. I know boiling water makes the plastic softer.:confused:
  18. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Well, the techniques really vary. I've given this sort of answer several times in the past, but to save you a search...

    Some figures are simply repainted. I might paint only a small area, or I might repaint practically the entire figure. The paint might be applied by hand with a tiny brush, or it might be sprayed from a rattlecan, in which case there's usually lots of masking tape involved.

    Other customizers use airbrushes for their paint applications. I have no experience with that.

    Some figures are also re-sculpted. My usual material for that is Super Sculpey. If you put Sculpey onto a figure, that's a process called additive sculpting.

    Sometimes I use a rotary tool called a dremel to take detail away from a figure. In real-life sculpture, this technique is known as subtractive sculpting, like when an artist sees a block of marble and 'frees' the statue he sees inside it. But when dealing with action figures, the subtractive only does so much. It's usually just an in-between step before also additive-sculpting new details over top of the subtracted areas.

    Some figures, like the "Simon Smith" Scooter, are a combination of parts from multiple donor figures: head of Scooter, body of Lew Zealand, top hat from tux Kermit.

    And some figures have totally new materials added to them, like the feathers I've added to some of my commission Piggy figures, etc.

    And, some figures are entirely sculpted from scratch, like what Christian does. His have no action figure inside them, as mine do.

    Yes, boiling makes some plastic softer. It also can warp and melt other plastic, so that technique has limited uses. Sometimes BOTH kinds of plastic are present on one figure, so the boiling technique can't be used.

    In short, there are as many ways of doing the custom figures as there are ways of making puppets. Each artist brings their own skills and medium of choice to their projects. I encourage you to experiment and see where the journey of discovery leads you.

    You may be the very first person to ever think of the BEST way of doing something, and then we'll all be asking you, "how did you do that?"

  19. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    Oh sweet! My Servo figurine is sitting in the Swinetrek playset, taking over for Strangepork.

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