Friday, December 30, 2011

Razor - Dreadnok

As a young woman, Razor was kicked out of almost every boarding school, prep school, and finishing school in and around London until she came of age and the money stopped flowing. Her well-to-do family cut her off and severed all ties with her, downright afraid of the wild-eyed trouble maker their daughter had grown up to be.

Razor probably would have spent the rest of her life as a petty criminal, if it weren't for a Cold Slither Reunion Tour. She caught Zartan's eye when he saw her beating up the local thug security hired for the show and knew she was Dreadnok material immediately.

The figure started out as a spruced up version of the 80's style Storm figure, but I decided I had more use for a new Dreadnok.

Parts Recipe:
RoC Baroness - Base Figure
Storm - Head, Upper Arms, Jacket
X-23 - Boots

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Momma 'Geddon - Dreadnok Den Mother

Someone has to keep the Grape Soda flowing and the donut boxes full for the rest of the Dreadnoks, and that someone is known as Momma 'Geddon. She's the matriarch of the mercenary biker gang and makes sure all of her hellions are well cared for, attending to everything from keeping bar to brokering arms deals.

Though she never accompanies the Dreadnoks out in the field, her word is law on any compound she's managing. Zartan trusts her to keep the gang occupied enough to stay out of any real trouble between missions.

Parts Recipe:
Yarna D'Al'Gargan - Torso, Arms, Legs
Malakili - Head
Baroness - Boots
Another Baroness - Hair
Takeel - Skirt
Mystique - Bodice Skull

Monday, November 21, 2011

COBRA Witch


More COBRA Infected! These are, for those of you who didn't see the first batch, mashups of COBRA soldiers from GI Joe with the Zombies from Left4Dead. It's a fun project to keep me busy while I plan out more complicated figures, and a nice way to use up fodder that might not otherwise be utilized. I gave myself a rough "no buying new parts for zombies" rule for my first two batches, but after 10 or so I might need to replenish some parts. I don't think this batch is dynamic as the first, mainly because I think the L4D1 designs were more visually interesting than the L4D2 designs (and this batch is mostly L4D2 infected).

Ah, The Witch! One of the few truly terrifying moments in gaming, for me a least, was about the first fifty times I encountered her in L4D. Wonderfully scary character and sound design on her, and I think I captured a lot of that here. She doesn't have anything to mark her as associated with COBRA, but I went with the wrapped bandages with the thought that perhaps she's gotten some medical aid before her mutations fully took effect. Really happy with the final results on this one!

Parts Recipe:
Weapon X - Head
Sabretooth - Claws
Scarlett - Base Figure
Emperor Palpatine Clone - Arm and Leg wraps
Yarna d'al' Gargan - Feet

COBRA Spitter


More COBRA Infected! These are, for those of you who didn't see the first batch, mashups of COBRA soldiers from GI Joe with the Zombies from Left4Dead. It's a fun project to keep me busy while I plan out more complicated figures, and a nice way to use up fodder that might not otherwise be utilized. I gave myself a rough "no buying new parts for zombies" rule for my first two batches, but after 10 or so I might need to replenish some parts. I don't think this batch is dynamic as the first, mainly because I think the L4D1 designs were more visually interesting than the L4D2 designs (and this batch is mostly L4D2 infected).

The Spitter started as a filler custom, just a way to round out this "wave" (or strain) of figures, but really grew on me as I started to piece her together. Figures like this can be a fun challenged as I try to use up older fodder, match elements of an existing design, work in recognizable details from another concept, and try put my own unique spin on it while coming up with something that looks good. I think her spit accessory works great, though I might need to add some gloss to it make it look more slimey. Oh, and for those of you unfamiliar with the L4D Infected she's grotesquely bloated, not pregnant.

Parts Recipe:
Pilot Scarlett - Head
Lady Jaye - Upper Torso, Arms, Boots
COBRA Bazooka Trooper - Torso, Hands, Lower Legs
Cover Girl - Upper Legs
Concept Boba Fett - Spit Attack

COBRA Jockey


More COBRA Infected! These are, for those of you who didn't see the first batch, mashups of COBRA soldiers from GI Joe with the Zombies from Left4Dead. It's a fun project to keep me busy while I plan out more complicated figures, and a nice way to use up fodder that might not otherwise be utilized. I gave myself a rough "no buying new parts for zombies" rule for my first two batches, but after 10 or so I might need to replenish some parts. I don't think this batch is dynamic as the first, mainly because I think the L4D1 designs were more visually interesting than the L4D2 designs (and this batch is mostly L4D2 infected).

The Jockey isn't super articulated, as I felt it was more important to get his hunch-backed appearance and make him in a pose where he could cling to another figure. Another one I really struggled with in the planning stages, but after the first few pieces were figured out he really came together. I couldn't decide how to make him look like a COBRA, so I went the other way and just made him buck nekkid! I figured a zombie who tries to climb up your back and ride you like a bull machine could only be scarier if he wasn't wearing pants.

Parts Recipe:
Emperor Palpatine Clone - Head
Bacta Tank Luke Skywalker - Front of Torso, Arms, Lower Legs
Funskool Road Pig - Back of Torso
Black Costume Spider-Man - Waist/Hips
Mystique - Upper Legs

Sunday, November 20, 2011

COBRA Crawler


More COBRA Infected! These are, for those of you who didn't see the first batch, mashups of COBRA soldiers from GI Joe with the Zombies from Left4Dead. It's a fun project to keep me busy while I plan out more complicated figures, and a nice way to use up fodder that might not otherwise be utilized. I gave myself a rough "no buying new parts for zombies" rule for my first two batches, but after 10 or so I might need to replenish some parts. I don't think this batch is dynamic as the first, mainly because I think the L4D1 designs were more visually interesting than the L4D2 designs (and this batch is mostly L4D2 infected).

The Crawler isn't a specific L4D Infected, more of an "true zombie" in that he appears to be pretty far gone. But the Crawler is a staple of the Zombie Genre, so I was happy to make one for this "wave" of figures. I think Compound Z is probably a little bit Rage Virus, Green Flu, and the T-Virus (among others) mixed together. There's room for classic zombies and modern infected in my world.

Parts Recipe:
Army Of Darkness - Head
COBRA Bazooka Trooper - Upper Torso, Upper Arms
Duke - Lower Torso
Geonosian Warrior - Forearms, Thighs
Nikto Gunner - Hands


COBRA Charger


More COBRA Infected! These are, for those of you who didn't see the first batch, mashups of COBRA soldiers from GI Joe with the Zombies from Left4Dead. It's a fun project to keep me busy while I plan out more complicated figures, and a nice way to use up fodder that might not otherwise be utilized. I gave myself a rough "no buying new parts for zombies" rule for my first two batches, but after 10 or so I might need to replenish some parts. I don't think this batch is dynamic as the first, mainly because I think the L4D1 designs were more visually interesting than the L4D2 designs (and this batch is mostly L4D2 infected).

The Charger was a bit of a challenge. He needed to be BIG, but only about half the size of the tank. I tried a lot of different part combos before I settled on this design, deciding the torn COBRA blue jumpsuit was a good analog for the torn over-alls of the L4D2 Charger. I intentionally chose an extremely undersized arm for his left limb, to exaggerate the look of a severely atrophied appendage.

Parts List:
Dark Horse Cast - Head
The Thing - Torso, Right Arm (with sculpted 5th finger!)
Roadblock - Lower Torso, Thighs
Ivan "Whiplash" Vanko - Lower Legs
Gamorrean Guard - Feet
Croc-Master - Small Upper Arm
Avatar Jake Sully - Small Lower Arm

Friday, November 4, 2011

Solid Snake - Metal Gear series

Not a perfect representation, but recognizable I think. He's based on the earlier, bulkier versions of Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series.

Parts Recipe:
POC Duke - Head
POC Firefly - Arms and Legs
Shock Trooper - Torso, hands
ROC Charbroil - Vest, modified
Sgt. Airborne - Harness

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

COBRA Smoker

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

While I wanted these zombies to be recognizable as infected COBRA troopers, I also decided to omit the COBRA symbol so they could be used as more generic zombies with a headswap if I ever had the need. The Hunter's uniform has blood over his symbols, while the Smoker's uniform has been torn in the spots the Cobra emblem usually appears.

Parts Recipe:
Cobra Bazooka Trooper - Base Figure
ROC Storm Shadow - Untucked Pants Leg
Shipwreck - Bare Arm
Anakin Skywalker - Grabby Hand
Ten Numb - Smoker Tongue
Build N Brawl-based custom zombie head by DarkHorse


COBRA Boomer

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

I had fun modifying the legs and feet to make it look like his toes were bursting out of his boots. This was one of those customs where I wasn't sure he was coming out like I wanted, but when I got him painted up I was quite happy with him. I think he could use a little more bile dribbling down his shirt, perhaps.

Parts Recipe:
Shipwreck - Hands
Sgt. Bazooka - Boots
Cairo Henchman - Toes
Gamorrean Guard - Lower Arms, Hips, Legs
Dexter Jettster - Torso, Upper Arms
Orn Free Taa - Head

COBRA Hunter

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

I had fun trying to make the COBRA uniform recognizable but disheveled. I also discovered brown makes a far more convincing gore than dark reds and dirtied up the hunter quite nicely. Also in researching the head (using the helmet to evoke the hooded look of the L4D hunter)I leanred that hunters have no eyes!

Parts Recipe:
Cobra Bazooka Trooper - Base Figure
ROC Storm Shadow - Lower Legs
Cpl. Breaker - Elbows
Mace Windu (Unsure which version) - Head
Hrcheck Kal Fas - Hands



COBRA Roamer

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

The roamer here is just a background filler zombie, done in Cobra colors so he can work as both a civilian zombie or a Cobra-themed zombie. Just your standard shambler!

Parts Recipe:
Avatar Jake Sully - Body
ROC The Doctor - Head

COBRA Tank

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

Not a perfect Tank, as he really does still look a lot like just a Grey Hulk, but it works for the parts I had, and I felt the texture of the Maestro Hulk was especially fitting. I was worried the 6" scale upper torso would look out of place, but it seems to be pretty close to the proportions of the L4D tank.

Parts Recipe:
Marvel Legends Maestro Hulk - Torso and Arms
Marvel Universe Grey Hulk - Head, Neck, Lower Torso, and Legs

Frank West - Dead Rising

"I've covered wars, ya know!?"

Frank West is, of course, the protagonist of Dead Rising which is still just about the most fun I've ever had playing a zombie game. Nothing against Chuck from the sequel, but Frank was a great character and despite the DLC and rerelease of Dead Rising 2 with Frank in the starring role, we haven't seen nearly enough of the guy. He'll always have a home in my zombie-verse though!

Parts Recipe:
Shipwreck - Torso
Cpl. Breaker - Head
ROC Cobra Commander - Legs
Dr. Henry Jones - Coat, Arms, Feet
LEGO Camera

Thursday, October 13, 2011

COBRA Missile Silo - Video Display

Here's the video from the display of my recently posted COBRA Missile Silo project. I plan on extending it as I build out the project, but here's how it looks for now.

The video was entirely created in After Effects, with the first audio section taken from the spoken portion of the old GI Joe cartoon intro, garbled and stretched. The rest of the audio is an old number station recording found here!

The Dictator - ARES Luxury Command/Parade Car

I can't believe I hadn't uploaded this yet! It's one of my favorite custom projects ever! Another "years in the making!" concept that lingered in the planning phase for a long time!

"Built by Automotive Research and Engineering of Scotland, the 2011 Ares Dictator is the final word in class and comfort for today's VIP. The classic curves and retro elegance hide a formidable armored chassis for supreme protection, while an incredible engine based on high speed sentry tank technology powers this beautiful beast of a machine. The roomy interior can hold four comfortable, or six with the rear canopy retracted for crowd pleasing "parade seating." Each vehicle is custom tailored to the style, personality, and demands of our clients and the organizations they represent, which makes owning an Ares Dictator a truly unique experience.

The Ares Dictator:
Rule the Road,
Rule the World."
-ARES marketing material

This particular model was presented to Cobra Commander as tribute from Destro upon MARS's reintegration into COBRA."


Parts Recipe:
The Shadow Mirage SX-100 - Base Vehicle
Cobra Stinger - Wheels and Dashboard
Maisto '69 Barracuda - Interior
25th Serpentor Staff - Cobra hood detail
Overkill v2 knife hilt - Cobra gearshift
Alley Viper v5 shield - wheel covers





COBRA Missile Silo - Phase 1

Wow. I've been planning this thing for... probably a decade? And it wasn't until we had a "found object" assignment in my first level sculpture class that I decided it was time to finally tackle it. It was an ambitious timeline, as we had about one and a half weeks for the assignment. A lot of features got dropped along the way, and the day before it was due was a mad rush of stress, but I ended up with a presentable display piece and solid first step in the world of serious diorama building.

When I started up, all I had done was collected my main, larger components and done a base spray coat in blue. A lot of the work went into the detailing and bits of weathering... I think each little "section" on the side wings took at least 2 hours each. Surprisingly, the MDF frame only took a few hours... but that's more a testament to my father-in-law's woodworking skills and amazing shop than anything else.

The mounted monitor (which will be flush with the back wall in v 2.0) plays a 3 minute clip I made, which I'll upload soon. I want to flesh out the video feature extensively, but am pretty happy with how well it works.

Plenty of details to add, spots to clean up, weathering effects to paint, and other ideas I want to incorporate. I'd like to add some walkways so COBRA troops can be inspecting or working on the sections of the large rockets that open, as well as give the missiles a fresh coat of paint and some water slide decals.

For now however, it's a solid first step into a display I've wanted to make for a long, long time!

Parts Recipe:
MDF Frame, sprayed gray and buffed with steel wool
Small DVD/Monitor Combo
"Granny Grating" or Plastic Canvas
Rolling Thunder - Missiles and support structure
Defiant - Backdrop and side elements
Satin ribbons with iron-on design - Banners
Lego elements and halbreds - Banner rod

Monday, September 12, 2011

SAW Vipers


More fun tweaking new releases to better suit my taste. The new heavy-weapons Iron Grenadier really doesn't fit my collection (I just use a couple IG as Destro's body guards) but saw the potential in the design and gear. This is where the rest of my "Rock Viper Red" paint I mixed up came in handy, as I used it to repaint the pinkish armor parts and some of the pads here.

I'd wanted to do this since I saw "big gun" Destro, but never saw one on shelves. I think the gray of the IG probably works better than Destro's red body would have, but would still like to track a couple down so they can have his gun as well. Decided I liked them more without the shoulder armor, so I filled in those holes on the vest and painted over them. Helmet is movie Hydras with the visor modified. Very happy with how these came out! Oh, and that ammobelt fits much better in the backpack if your trim down the first two bullets (the ones furthest from the gun) just a little. Also cut the backpack peg off the gun mounted ammo boxes.

Parts Recipe:
Iron Grenadier - Base Figure and gear
Hydra Soldier - Helmet

Rock Viper


Nothing too fancy, I'm really enjoying a lot of the contemporary GI Joe releases. A lot of "almost perfect" figures, and I'm having some fun trying to do minor tweaks to make them a little more to my liking. ARAH head modified to fit on the new body. I also mixed some paint, and while it's not a perfect match for the helmet its just darker enough to make the armor look a little more in line. Also detailed the unpainted shoulders, and gave him the giant gun from his old release.

Parts Recipe:
ARAH Rock Viper - Head
ARAH Cobra Infantry Trooper - Gun
POC Rock Viper - Base Figure

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Featured in the current Customizer Mega Spotlight at Yakface.com!

It's always such a great feeling to have your work recognized by the customizing community, and with this customizer spotlight over at the excellent Yakface.com, I'm featured among some really talented artists! Thanks for highlight!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sith Trainee


Created for a custom contest over at imperialshipyards.net, this was a fun, pretty quick custom. Nothing too fancy going on, other than the magnetized saber gauntlets, though they didn't go on as cleanly as I'd like and didn't feel necessary when I was done as the blade themselves are also removable.

Working with white plastic is almost as bad as trying to paint white, as the plastic likes to leech up paint as it's handled and painted.

She's a little skimpily clothed, but I was actually going off of women boxers as a rough visual basis...

Parts Recipe:
Padme Amidala (Ilum Outfit) - Base figure
Aurra Sing - Boots
Jes Gistang - Head
Clone Trooper Hevy - Gauntlets
Mercenary Wraith - Beam Emitters
Prince of Persia Armbands - Leg Wraps

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Aurra Sing - Stolen Armor

Aurra Sing has been a favorite of mine since she first appeared for a half second in The Phantom Menace. I was very disappointed she got demoted to EU status instead of playing a larger part on the big screen, and hadn't really kept up with what it had established about her.

Her appearance in the Clone Wars animated series is one of the things I like best about the show, and I was impressed that her character design translated so well to the stylistic look of the CG-toon.

Even better, her toon-based figure wasn't so stylized that it couldn't fit in with the more "realistic" styled parts. I knew I wanted to tackle a new look for Aurra, but it wasn't until recently that I started to have a solid idea.

In The Clone Wars, she's shown as a sometimes mentor, sometimes accomplice to young Boba Fett, and I liked the idea of of using that partnership as an excuse to see Aurra suited up like a fellow Mandalorian...

Her antenna is actually removable, and her pony tail is magnetized so both can be worn outside her helmet, as if there were openings in the armor for them.

Parts Recipe:
Aurra Sing - Head, Arms, Hands, Thighs, Hair, and Guns
Rav Bralor - Torso, Gauntlets, Belt, Waist, Boots
Concept Boba Fett - Helmet
Boba Fett - Range Finder

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Volussk - Gand Salvager

This is another figure inspired by Mass Effect, this time by the rotund Volus species. I immediately thought of them when I saw the base figure, and spent a while trying to figure out how to go about translating the idea into the Star Wars universe.

I turned to my friends over at the forums at Yakface.com and got some really good suggestions for what Star Wars aliens might match the look I was going for. But when forum member Tonphanan suggested the Gand, I knew he was on to something.

Since the original base figure lacked any real articulation other than the neck and arms, I used some magnets to make the head and hands interchangeable. This way, he gets a little more range of motion in the wrists and we get to sneak a peek at who's under that mask.

I imagine Volussk to be a Gand in his twilight years, spending his days alone in space doing salvage operations on derelict and abandon space craft.


Parts Recipe:
Planet 51 Chuck - Base Figure
Hulkbuster Iron Man - Helmet
Chap Mei Green Alien - Head
Captain Typho's Helmet - Helmet apparatus
Nrin Vakil - Alternate hands
Airtight - Backpack

Star Wars Self Portrait - "Dandalorian"

"Portrait Figures," customs based on friends and family as they might appear in tiny plastic form, are a favorite of mine. It's always fun to find a head sculpt that reminds you of someone you know, or even yourself. As soon as I saw this one I thought it'd be perfect for a Star Wars based self portrait!

I wasn't sure what my Star Wars persona should look like... a Jedi, or perhaps a smuggler? Having made a few Mandalorian figures lately, I decided to tack a crack at making a "Dandalorian."

Of course, that and my desert themed "Sandalorian" have me thinking about all sorts of horrible pun based Mandos... a foppish Dandylorian or Solo and Calrissian disguised as a Handalorian and Landolorian. Maybe I should just stop now and list the parts? Fair enough.

Parts Recipe:
Dengar - Base Figure
Jango Fett - Additional armor, feet, and jetpack
Pre Visla - Helmet
Grand Moff Trachta - Hands
Borsk Fey'Lya - Lower legs
Boba Fett - Neck wrap
Pirates of the Caribbean (OST) Gibbs - Head

Friday, August 12, 2011

Doctor Salarus - Nikto Surgeon

This is another Mass Effect inspired custom figure, based on the Salarian Mordin Solus from Mass Effect 2

I see him as a prominent surgeon and scientist conscripted by the Separatists during the Clone Wars to act as personal physician and medic for the non-droid contingent of their military.

The Cloud Car Pilot base has a fun, classic sci-fi feel to it. With the red shoulder area and black lining, his uniform looks like it almost belongs in Star Trek or Voltron, but still ties in some of the visual elements from the character design he's based on.

Parts Recipe:
(Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot: Base Figure
Wooof - Head and Hands
Star Trek TNG Data's Phaser - Medical Device

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mr. Glass - Villain from "Unbreakable"

Can't believe I missed uploading this, it's one of my favorite customs!

Mr. Glass from Unbreakable, which is probably still my favorite super-hero movie. Rumors were that it was the start of a trilogy when it came out, and as much as I love the characters I think it's probably for the best we never got those sequels. I just can't see them living up to the power of the original.

Parts Recipe:
Mace Windu - Head with sculpted hair
ROC Destro - Arms
ROC The Doctor - Coat
ROC Cobra Commander - Legs
ROC MARs Trooper - Torso
Star Wars Lightsaber - Glass cane

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bulk Loader Droid

Based on the LB droid series, and T1-LB from Knights of the Old Republic in particular, this was a quick and simple repaint. Just another background droid for moving heavy loads.
Parts Recipe:
Crimson Dynamo (Animated Iron-Man) - Repaint

Desert Mandalorian - The Sandalorian

Nothing fancy, just a Mandalorian in desert colors and garb. I wasn't very pleased with him, but he's just meant to be a background character to fill out some Mando ranks.

Parts Recipe:
Boba Fett (Animated Debute) - Base Figure
Concept Boba Fett - Helmet
Storm Shadow - Neck Wrap

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stay on Target!

Whew! My summer semester is almost over, and I'm exhausted! I also spent the afternoon setting up my custom figures at the West Oaks Alamo Drafthouse for the their super-hero art exhibit running through the month of July. There were some seriously wonderful works of art going up while I was setting up my figures, it looks like they've had a great turn out for the exhibit. Hopefully this will give them some good through-put and lead to some attention for my fellow artists and I. Big THANK YOU to Mike and the rest of the gang over there, they're really working hard to put together an awesome show!

If you're showing up here and wondering where are all the damn custom action figures I'm rambling about, don't worry... not a lot new in the works but I'm going to take the break from school as a chance to finally, for real, photograph a lot of my Star Wars themed worked, so there should be regular updates starting soon! Even if you're not a huge Star Wars fan, I think there are a lot of fun figure designs that incorporate some other stories and characters into that universe far, far away.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Kessel Run Review covers some of my Mandalorians!

WookieLover1138 featured two of my custom figures on her Kessel Run Review video blog this week! Thanks for the coverage Jenn, and keep up the great work on those videos!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Martin Spitznagel - A Handful of Keys

I had the pleasure of meeting Martin a few years back and we became fast friends, thanks in no small part to our mutual love of Star Wars. Martin is a true Renaissance man, master of many crafts, and is a well recognized rag-time piano player. If you have never heard him play, you need to check him out covering popular video game music and movie scores with an amazing rag-time flair.

Some samples:


Rag-Time Star Wars Cantina Band with fellow rag-timer Bryan Wright

His first CD Tricky Fingers and a high quality version of his Cantina Band rendition can be found at sites like Amazon.com, iTunes, and other venues!

His new release, A Handful of Keys, have even more pop-culture inspired tracks and is available on his site, with more places to purchase to come.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Next Show - West Oaks Alamo Drafthouse in Houston!

Exciting news! I dropped off around 25 figures at the West Oaks Alamo Drafthouse in Houston yesterday for their super-hero themed art show running July 1st  - August 1st. There's no opening or anything, but if you're in the area or there to catch Captain America, be sure to look for the display case with my figures in the theater lobby.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This isn't good-bye, just good night!

Well, after two years of surgery, recovery, and a few plans that didn't come through, I finally started back to school last week. I'm working on a BFA in Photography which seems like a natural fit for my interests and skill set, and I'm enjoying classes a lot. We're shooting 100+ images a day since it's the compressed summer schedule, so it's wearing me out, but I feel like I've already learned so much. But it doesn't leave much time for my art and hobby projects, for now at least.

I'm also working on getting my figures exhibited at another art show, so hopefully that will come through as well. I'm certain I won't be able to resist cranking out some new characters once the old peg warmers have dried up and we start seeing some new product on the shelves!

Tintagel - The Queen

Aura inherited the throne of Tintagel at a very young age, but proved quite the capable Queen. Her rule saw years of peace, tranquility, and prosperity for the small castle-state... a trend that could have continued indefinitely if not for the arrival of the Horde from distant lands.

The travelers Ash and Nicademus brought word of the approaching forces, and were quickly welcomed into Tintagel's small but formidable military force when the Queen was captured and a rescue was enacted.

She happily shared Tintagel's dominion with the wyverns that occupied the caves beneath the castle and enjoyed a powerful alliance with the shrewd dragonians.

Her apparent death at the hands of an assassin coinciding with the Horde's arrival on Tintagel's coast would usher in a dark, sad period for the coastal keep...

Parts Recipe:
Breha Organna - Base figure
Padme Amidala - Hands
Evolutions Padme Amidala - Head
Lockheed - Wyvern
Polly - Wyvern's tallons

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tintagel - The Ronin

Nicademus, the Ronin, joined Ash on his petition of the far Kingdoms for aide against the invasion of the Horde. Like Ash, he soon found himself caught up in Tintagel's own struggles against the forefront of the Horde's forces.

It was a powerful teleportation spell gone wrong that fused the once human Nicademus with his mount, a large black dragon. It would always be unclear just how much of each being survived the accident... as Nicademus became increasingly more draconic in spirit as time passed.

He would eventually move into the Wyvern catacombs beneath the castle and act as their caretaker and ambassador.

Sadly, the longevity inherited from his dragon-half would ensure Nicademus would outlive the kingdom itself.

Parts Recipe:
Nemesis Immortal - Wings
Montezuma's Skeleton - Loin cloth
Sebulba - Head
Frost Giant - Base Figure

Monday, May 30, 2011

Knightwatch Handler - Moff Rathos

Commissioned after the end of the Clone Wars by the Emperor, "Knightwatch" was the codename given to a select group of Clone veterans assembled for the purpose of hunting down rogue Jedi, Clone deserters, and their supporters. Despite serving a similar purpose, the group operated independently of Vader's 501st.

Knightwatch exists and operates somewhere amongst the cracks between the infrastructure of the ISB, Imperial Intelligence, and the Imperial Military. The group enjoys a good deal of free reign in their operations, operating on and answering to the Emperor's interests.

Moff Rathos spent the Clone Wars embedded in the Separatist forces as a spy, with his main mission being the observation of the planning of the Separatist super-weapon that would become the Death Star.

Rathos bought credibility for his cover role by providing Republic intel on the position of Clone forces. These leaks were calculate by the Chancellor and Senate to result in somewhat significant Clone causalities but not disrupt overall Republic operations.

Now promoted to Moff and assigned to Knightwatch, Rathos oversees the group and acts as a direct liaison for the Emperor and his interests. Though ruthless and self-serving, he retains the Emperor's favor so long as those interests remain inline with the Empire's.

Parts Recipe:
Specialist Trakker - Head
Grand Moff Trachta - Torso, Belt
Captain Needa - Legs
Cade Skywalker - Coat
Baron Papanoida - Arms

Friday, May 27, 2011

Knightwatch Demolitions - Charge

Commissioned after the end of the Clone Wars by the Emperor, "Knightwatch" was the codename given to a select group of Clone veterans assembled for the purpose of hunting down rogue Jedi, Clone deserters, and their supporters. Despite serving a similar purpose, the group operated independently of Vader's 501st.

The Imperial Commandos of Knightwatch are made up solely of former Clone Troopers and Clone Commanders who performed exceptionally during the Clone Wars. Due to the unacceptable rate of rejection of Order 66 by altered Clone castes, like the ARCs, Null-ARCs, and Republic Commandos, it was decided only Troopers and Commanders would be used in the operation to ensure the highest levels of loyalty and adherence to all orders.

CT-5470, or "Charge", is responsible for explosives in Knightwatch operations. Charge does not view himself, or other clones, in high regard and refers to them as "Meat-Droids." He identifies the worst possible outcome of any situation, and while some view this as pessimism or fatalism, Charge believes it's a pragmatic point of view that's kept him alive throughout the Clone Wars.

Normally his personality would be considered too high of a variance from the accepted Clone template for Knightwatch, but Charge proved himself exceptionally loyal to his orders when he detonated a small explosive pack at close range to the Jedi he was serving with when Order 66 was issued. Somehow Charge survived the explosion  whole, but not without extensive injuries. Upon waking up from an extended healing treatment he was recruited in Knightwatch.

"Charge"  wears modified stealth variant Katarn-class armor with reinforced armor, soft-points, and helmet. He carries a DC-17m with explosive attachment and an ammunition pack, as well as a remote explosive kit.

Parts Recipe:
Omega Squad - Base Figure, Blaster, Pack, Ammunition
ARC Troopers - Lower Legs

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tintagel - The Wanderer

A wanderer from the Outlands, Ash comes to Tintagel to warn the small kingdom of the approaching Horde and seek assistance for the small, scattered villages of his home.

When the Queen is captured, Ash accompanies the royal guard in her rescue and proves himself a champion of Tintagel.

In the unhappy days after the kingdom's fall, Ash finds himself bound in service to the Horde.

Parts Recipe:
Odin - Head
POC Storm Shadow - Torso, bare arm
ROC Flash - Waist
Viper Commando - Gauntlet, Legs
ROC Snake Eyes - Strap
Lando Calrissian Skiff Guard - Pauldron
Royal Guard - Tunic/Kilt
Price of Persia - Belt
Magik - Sword

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Knightwatch Support - Clip

Commissioned after the end of the Clone Wars by the Emperor, "Knightwatch" was the codename given to a select group of Clone veterans assembled for the purpose of hunting down rogue Jedi, Clone deserters, and their supporters. Despite serving a similar purpose, the group operated independently of Vader's 501st.

The Imperial Commandos of Knightwatch are made up solely of former Clone Troopers and Clone Commanders who performed exceptionally during the Clone Wars. Due to the unacceptable rate of rejection of Order 66 by altered Clone castes, like the ARCs, Null-ARCs, and Republic Commandos, it was decided only Troopers and Commanders would be used in the operation to ensure the highest levels of loyalty and adherence to all orders.

"Clip," officially designated as CT-6076, is as tough as a durasteel wall and has about half the personality. Despite this, he's a favorite among members of the Knightwatch for his abilities in combat. Aggressive almost to the point of recklessness, Clip is always on the front line, providing a steady stream of cover for his fellow commandos. He also hauls the groups extra ammo in combat, ensuring that despite his lack of charm he's everyone's best friend in a firefight. 

"Clip" wears modified stealth variant Katarn-class armor with an enhanced targeting helmet and carries a DC-17m with custom light repeating blaster attachment. He also carried a portable combination recharge pack and ammo dispenser for quick resupply.

Parts Recipe: