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  1. This model is another model from deep in the stash. I remember buying the model from the Buy and Sell section of a forum. The sculptor was Chris Lynch, and looking at Boba's size, I'm guessing it's around 1/10th scale. I have no further info on it. Even doing a web search, that title gets exactly 1 hit from a guy on a Star Wars Models website who had it listed on his "wants" page. It's not from one of the movies, but maybe a comic or some book? The kit came in about 10 parts. Boba's body and the bird; Boba's head, his two arms and rifle, the two sand people heads, a gun in a holster, some bag that had no apparent place to go, and the two parts of the birds restraint. It also came with a length of cord, and a length of "pleather". The resin was mostly in good shape, but it did need a little work. I didn't think to take a pic before starting, but here we are with most of the parts attached - The bird was tackled first. With it supposedly from Tatooine, I figured it was to blend into a sandy, rocky background. So the bird was made up of browns and other neutral colors. I figured the model needed a splash of color, so blue was added to the bird's crest and around his eyes. This color choice will come in handy later. The ground work is just a dark sand and and an orange ocher Next turning my attention to Boba, I started filling in the colors that I remembered. There was a few times where I had to look up exactly what color went where. At this point I also painted in the Sand People heads with Iraqi Sand and White Aluminum for the metal parts. Around their mouth was a brown leather color and the bottom of the mouth looked really dark. I ended up painting it a German Gray. The blaster was painted with VMC Gunmetal, and then highlighted lightly in silver. The silver was also used to create the scratches around his armor. It was here I thought the bird needed a little more color, so I took the Cavalry Red I used for his gauntlets, and highlighted the birds feathers. This is where I left it for the day. A few days later I was back and it was time to finish up Boba. The first thing to do was paint the backpack. Here's where a little indecision came in. He seems to have changed his uniform between ESB and ROTJ. In ESB his back pack was mostly green (also green gauntlets), but in ROTJ the backpack was more colorful including an ocher color, a red, and even blue! So to harmonize the model; the red is the same color as the gauntlets, and I reduced the saturation of the blue by adding black, and then I lightened it by adding the gray from his jumpsuit. While this was drying, I glued in the restraints to the birds collar. When the CA on that dried, I wrapped the pleather around the collar, and then according to the line diagram that came with the kit, around the saddle horn and back to the other part of the collar. I dipped the cord in Citadel's Agrax Earthshade, glued it in loops and then just hung it around the Sand People heads. This was another model I could fiddle with forever, so instead I called this one done. Thanks for looking.
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    Miss Pumpkin Witch: WIP

    Thanks! Being this one was a pretty simplistic design, there was a few touch ups and then glue the arm and hat on. Then I created a simple base from foam, static grass, Aves shaped into a pumpkin, and some lead wire for the vine. Calling this one done. Thanks for looking.
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    Miss Pumpkin Witch: WIP

    After every build I usually clean up around the desk, and I notice this little mini which had fallen on the floor and got covered by a box. She's Miss Pumpkin Witch, from The Predastore. Since Halloween is right around the corner I decided to move this model to the front of the line. The 1/35 mini is part of the pin-up limited edition series. Mine was number 18 of 200. The model comes in 3 parts - the body/pumpkin, the arm with the knife, and the hat. As usual it's starts with a two tone priming - And then a base coat. What you're seeing here are the stocks before trying a smoky color. That ended up not working and decided to just take it easy and make a very pale purple stockings - Here we have a few highlights on the pumpkin, skin and dress. I also started detailing her face. WOW it's tiny! Thanks for looking.
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    Visceral Visions Medusa (rated PG-17)

    Thanks! I started following the style of You Tuber Ian E. He uses lots of glazes which he calls basically colored water. Doing minis you can make a larger jump in color values. Medusa is 1:6th, so the jumps are a lot smaller.
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    Spiderman Wall Hanger

    Thanks. Designed to be a wall hanger, the guy who casted it, inserted a big staple in the back just below where his "belt" is. With the top of him leaning fwd, it makes it look like all his weight is on his hands and feet.
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    Visceral Visions Medusa (rated PG-17)

    The stencil for the scales hasn't arrived yet, but I'm finished with her besides that I couldn't resist a few pics. Now, I'm reconsidering even needing the scales ... Thanks for looking.
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    Adam Savage is cool!

    Anybody can do whatever they want. If you have a kit that came with very well done ammo boxes. There's one one to stop you, and IMHO nothing wrong with making a mold and casting copies for future models for yourself. But if you casted up a few thousand and offer them as "Tamiya Ammo Boxes" then you may get a letter from a Tamiya lawyer. The movie production Co's sort of look the other way as they realize the amount of kits the sculptor sells comes no where close to the cost of an attorney going after a sculptor. They also take it as a fan "thing" and a few sculpts or kits sold actually promotes their character. Where they lose patience is when the sculptor/producer makes a lot of noise about the kit, or if it interferes with another Co who may have purchased a license for "X." Then you are sure to get a C&D letter from the lawyers. The Star Trek people (Paramount?) are very protective of their designs as are the Universal Monster Co's. Sculptors/producers never accept recasting since it involves someone stealing their livelihood. Whether or not a subject is licensed, the "artwork" belongs to the artist. Sometimes they can stop the recaster, sometimes they cannot. Being "into" the garage kit genre since the early 90s, I've seen quite a few sculptors/producers quit b/c they can't compete with someone else copying their work and selling it for a fraction of what a legit kit costs. Very few Sculptors can afford a lawyer to go after these thieves. Most times they do what they can - eBay's VERO program, nasty letters, etc... to try and get the guy to stop. But in the end it's less expensive to try and teach modelers that despite being able to get a $200 model for $25, which is usually vastly inferior, it's just not the right thing to do.
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    Visceral Visions Medusa (rated PG-17)

    Thanks. I had thought about it, but with Vallejo paints, yellow is a weak color and unless I painted that first, it would need coat after coat. Wasn't in the mood for that, so I just used them for splashes of color. For part 5, I finally heard from the scale stencil guy, and I should have it Tuesday (I'm writing this on Monday). Hopefully my next post will show the finale. But for today, I did some more work on the snakes on her head - changed some colors etc... and basically cleaned up the paint job. I added some layers to her hair which was really short of detail, and touched up any oops' with the paint. I also wanted to detail her eyes but every time I complete a part, I would clear coat it. The next step would be the eyes, but something else drew my attention, and forgetting the eyes, I tackled that. 🙃 Thanks for looking.
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    Spiderman Wall Hanger

    Very cool kit from Pat Moorea. It was easy to assemble and the parts blended with almost no effort. The only thing was that 2 of the fingers broke in transit, and without noticing, and like a dope, I threw the box out. No worries, I drilled wires into the stubs and with some Aves, created new fingers. Not too shabby results if I do say so myself. Highly recommended! It's in a fairly empty part of my studio wall, so I may get some pin striping and create a little web behind him. Thanks for looking.
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    One More Thing...

    LOL Thanks. With Magnum being recycled, It's only a matter of time before we see a bust of that, and I have to paint a Hawaiian shirt. 😉
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    Visceral Visions Medusa (rated PG-17)

    If there's anyone still reading... The scales haven't arrived yet, so I continue to work on the base. Turining my attention to the little pinholes, I was lead to this stuff my a model railroad guy - it's Chinchilla Dust. Evidently they like to take dust baths and the particles of this stuff is *tiny*! It's in a mayonnaise sized jar, and it looks like I'll have it the rest of my life. Becasue the particles are so small that just a little bit of PVA glue, and then a sprinkle of this stuff, and it covers the pinholes without creating little mounds on the model. The white areas are the Dust. From there, I let the PVA set up for a few minutes and then took some watered down paint, and was shocked how the dust absorbed in the paint and instantly changed colors, unlike regular sand. The down side, if it really is one, is that some of the particles are "glittery", so if you just want a dull base, you need to over coat it with a Matte Clear spray. Next, I went back to painting a few more of my snakes. I took a look at a few different species and tried to match their patterns. Before ending this session I also added a few dead leaves (from the vine) to the base. I had added some Realistic water to help the wet look, and just stuck the leaves to the Water. Thanks for looking.
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    'A WAR IN MINIATURE'

    Nice article and WOW what a collection. Sorta vindicates me on being a scale slave... 😉
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    Adam Savage is cool!

    I saw the video and say ABOUT TIME that the word is finally getting out. I also hang out at The Clubhouse forums. I've been there since the early 2000s having gotten into garage kits in the mid 90s, and it's sad how many producers/sculptors have quit, because they can't compete with their own kits copied and sold by recasters for a fraction of what it costs them to make. To answer the question - It's generally accepted that if you are making a copy or two for yourself, that's ok. But if you start selling them, then you've stepped onto the dark side. And especially so if you pass it off as your own work.
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    Visceral Visions Medusa (rated PG-17)

    (The model is at a point now where she'll be clothed from now on...) 😉 It was a one step back and one step forward type of day. The stepping back came trying to add some sort of reptilian look to her. My idea was to shade part of her skin a green color and then create a scale pattern over the green. I went looking for different kinds of perforated ribbon or even a stencil, but I had no luck. In the end I added green dots and then stippled gold dots over the green dots. Nope, didn't look good - So I got out my tan V primer and covered it over. I then doubled my efforts and managed to find a scales stencil on a miniatures website (will talk more about it when it arrives). Good news is that it's ordered, bad news is that the order will be fulfilled in 5 to 10 days. I don't if that means I'll get it in 5 to 10 days, which isn't that bad, or they will send it out in 5 to 10 days... So while I was waiting I worked some more on her hair, and the snakes. Finally turning my attention to the base. I already did the B&W primer, so then since green is the default color, I took some of V's Gray Green and added that for the stone work. The vine was also done in an ocher green and highlights to parts of the sculpted stone was done with a toned down turquoise- For the column (not shown) I was thinking about a lighter, almost white gray with some green marble looking stripes. We'll see how that goes. Thanks for looking.
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    One More Thing...

    Here's a little bust I was doing while l waiting for the paint and/or glue of Medusa to dry. I took this sculpt of Det. Columbo as a sort of sketch, as it's a bit rough, so I just left it that way. The bust didn't come with a name, so remembering his famous line to solve the case - "Oh, one more thing..." So that's what I'll do when I create a proper base for it. I agonized over the 5 o'clock shadow - too much too little - and back again. It was the first time I did it with paint. (vs. pastels). The other hard part was, after all the time spent trying to make eyes centered, was to have his one eye accurate and a little off. The inspiration - All done . Thanks for looking. CCs welcome. (On the shelf with the other lil busts)
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