Droids Custom 2-1B: Additional pencils

by Bill Cable
on 2022-12-07, 09:23:39

Despite my hectic December schedule, I was able to make some excellent progress on my next Droids custom! My first task was to improve Kino.

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You can compare the changes to my story from last week. There I said I wasn't happy because the foreshortening made him look too much like a hobbit compared to 2-1B. After bulking him up, I think he's much more convincingly adult. And I'm glad I was able to do that without having to redraw the entire thing. Though I did redraw a lot of it.

Content, I moved on to the rest of the foreground.

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Now we have a proper medical exam table, 2-1B has legs, and I mapped out the position of his left arm. I figure I'll look at the delivery table from Revenge of the Sith to make the table a bit more Star-Warsy, but the basics are in good order. And after that and his healing stick, I'll be ready to move on to backgrounds. We'll see if I can get any of that done for next week.

Action Figures & Their Beers - More like ALL gone!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-12-07, 09:12:44

Last weekend I had the chance to grab some food at Spoonwood Brewing Company, which was featuring a new brew that fit this site perfectly.

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Three Quarters Gone (Gingerbread ale - 5.3%) is, according to their menu, a "Brown ale spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ...

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Something else to miss come next Christmas

by Darth Danno
on 2022-12-07, 08:38:26

Saw a post on social media Tues night that really saddened me. Park Ridge's Pickwick Theatre plans to close in January. Now if you're not familiar with the Pickwick Theatre, or Park Ridge, Il. In general, then this means absolutely nothing to you, but there's a lot of history there ...

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Droids Custom 2-1B: Pencils taking shape

by Bill Cable
on 2022-11-30, 08:04:42

On this last day of November I'm happy to share my progress on my next Droids Custom.

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I sat down for a session of sketching Monday night ahead of the Steelers game. A come-from-behind victory! And I'm happy with how things are going (both with Kenny Pickett's development and the art). There's a lot of foreshortening going on with Kino Loy here, which makes him look a bit more hobbitish than I'm looking for, but I hope I can fix that. Not that Andy Serkis is a big guy or anything. Still I'm feeling I'll be able to work it out.

I got lots of things coming up over the next 3 weeks, so I can't promise I'll get things done as quickly as I normally do. But keep checking here for updates.

Star Wars cuisine & a bounty of beverages, coming soon

by Darth Danno
on 2022-11-30, 07:49:23

With the ongoing popularity of Star Wars, and the ability to get themed food and drink from a galaxy far, far away when you visit Galaxy's Edge at Disney World or Disneyland, you can now share in that same drinking & dining experience, without needing to book a flight, hotel, theme park tickets, etc...

Disney and Lucasfilm have come up with a program where you can have food, like Ronto wraps, Smoked Kaadu Ribs, Fried Endorian Tip-yip, and drinks like the Outer Rim, Jedi Mind Trick, Yub Nub, and the Tarkenian Night Flower, brought right to you in your own home! Of course, it all depends on where you live as to how much the delivery charge will be. But now you won't have to be out buying all the ingredients and whatnot, just place an order on the app and before you know it, you'll be drinking & dining in Batuu from the comfort of your own homestead.

Now the... First Order of business was to come up with a suitable name for this procedure, and many monikers were brought up and summarily shot down: "Greedo's Grub Grab", "Jar Jar Binks Food & Drinks", "Dagobah Delivery", "Grand Moff Parkin'", "The Menu of Boba Fat", "The Menudalorian", and "Obi-Wan Kanorder" were all choices that didn't make the cut...

So, what did they name it, you ask?


Are you sure you want to know?


Are you REALLY sure???


Ok... here it is...


Remember... you asked for it...


The name they went with was...



I'll see myself out now.

Regal Robot’s biggest sale ever!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-11-25, 06:29:29

Use code HOLIDAY30 to get 30% off in-stock décor (excludes new items, sale items) like their sculptural magnets, desk accessories and wall décor.

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You can also save big with no-coupon-needed flash sales on select popular Boba Fett-inspired Mythosaur and Mandalorian-inspired Mudhorn items and even get free shipping on select in-stock maquette replicas. (restrictions apply, see site for details)

The deals start Thursday at 9am EST. Act fast, offers are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST and end Monday night, November 28th at 11:59pm Pacific!

Learn more here: https://regalrobot.com/news/black-friday-2022/

Droids Custom 2-1B: The doctor is in!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-11-23, 08:19:07

They say the toughest part of a journey is taking the first step. Yeah - that's BS. I'd say the prep work ahead of time is way more difficult, as are the pitfalls you come across along the way. The first step is actually probably one of the easiest. I mean... the second and third are a lot easier than the first, cuz you're already moving and that's how momentum works. But the first step is clearly among the easiest 20% of steps.

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Here's the sketch I did to plot my next Droids Custom. Just general layout and architecture. Camera angle. Putting what's in my head on paper. A first step. And it was pretty quick. Came out like I liked. No struggle at all.

Happy, I began working on the actual pencils.

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Unsurprisingly, the not first step was a lot more challenging. I had to set up a horizon line with vanishing points off the sides of the paper. I repositioned the table like 3 times before I was content. Drew, erased, and redrew 3 of the 4 limbs on the patient. Lots of work. But I'm becoming happy. Still a long way to go, but it's going a direction I like.

But woooo... thank goodness I conquered that first step! I was worried there for a minute. He said sarcastically.

Get your Black Friday shopping done by buying my stuff!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-11-23, 08:00:11

About a month ago I did some repair work in my basement, repointing some damaged mortar in the walls and repainting them with DryLok to keep the moisture out.  Great project.  Messy.  Really happy with the results.  As part of that project, I got rid of some old bookshelves. Like ...

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Regal Robot releases two new Hoth-themed designs!

by Darth Danno
on 2022-11-23, 07:55:56

First up is a new addition to their Beast Collection... the Wampa! Like all of their magnetic mini sculptures, they're solid resin and hand painted. This new magnet is available now and shipping immediately! Order your Wampa magnet here: https://regalrobot.com/starwars-art-sculpture-decor/

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Next - the company's latest Archive Collection edition is a set of four maquette busts featuring Phil Tippett's wild and creative early concepts for the Tauntauns from The Empire Strikes Back. Scanned from the original artifacts, this extremely limited run is just 100 sets. They come with a plaque signed by Tippett and are even expected to ship in time for the holidays.

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Reserve your set and see Regal Robot's other limited edition collectibles here: https://regalrobot.com/custom-star-wars-busts-statues/

Here are some questions I've posed to the head of "RR", hoping to have a reply soon...

How many Wampa arm magnets does it take to build an arm-y?

Are the Wampa magnets selling like HOThCAKES, or is interest just Luke warm?

How many Wampa magnets would it take to FUR-nish an apartment?

Does the Wampa magnet come in both armed and unarmed editions?

Why do all of Darth Danno's puns have everyone feeling left out in the cold?

From all of us here at CC.com, to all our faithful readers out there, we wish you a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving weekend. If you're going to be driving, be sure to let that food coma pass before venturing out, lest you run a-fowl of local law enforcement and ruffle their feathers.

Droids Custom 2-1B: I have my army

by Bill Cable
on 2022-11-16, 08:33:14

The first thing I need to do with one of my customs is pretty much done...

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That there is 20 loose, complete 2-1B figures with original accessories. I'm not entirely happy with the condition on 2 of the figures, so I'll probably upgrade them (though it's possible one of them might clean up ok). But given that I'll be attending Steel City Con in just a few weeks, I don't think I'll have a problem with that. I might even score one with no rod for a bargain! So I'm giving myself the green light to proceed.

I have an idea for a design. I kinda worry it might be too contemporary. I mean, I used The Mandalorian in a previous piece so it wouldn't be unprecedented. So maybe I'll just go for it. I might even have some pencils to share next week...

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