Droids Custom FX-7: Color blocking

by Bill Cable
on 2024-02-28, 07:44:24

With my inks completed it was time to scan my art and block out the colors.

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FX-7 was pretty easy, even with all the mechanical arms. The hologram of the baby was a bit more challenging. I tried to just use a texture filter to get the stripiness you usually see, but it didn't quite work. So I copied a stripe pattern off Google and manually erased lines from the art. It worked out pretty well.

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Mungo and Auren were also easy. So all that left me with was the background. As I said in a previous article, the background comes straight from a scene in the Droids cartoon.

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The episode was titled The Roon Games. In it, Mungo gets injured by Gaff and wakes up in a medical tent. And that's our inspiration here!

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I think the bold colors are gonna work well for our gray and white action figure. Now that the colors are blocked out, next we get to the real art - painting in Photoshop.



Droids Custom FX-7: Finished Inks!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-02-21, 08:17:14

My next custom keeps progressing nicely. On Saturday I inked my FX-7 art in two sessions.

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These late winter weekends where I have nothing to do are perfect to get a lot done, apparently. With the characters inked, I moved on to backgrounds.

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And that's it. Inks done! And I inked this one quite quickly. The background is based off a scene from the Droids cartoon, which was pretty basic, so I didn't have a lot of stuff to draw. But I like how it's all composed so I'm glad I went this way. Next week hopefully I'll have some colors to share!

Another thing I accomplished over the past several weeks was casting all the coins I need for my current supply of bubbles. In addition to FX-7, that supply includes 8D8, Dengar, Klaatu Skiff, Nein Nunb, Weequay, Death Star Droid, and General Madine. Take away the metal coins I was gifted by Mark Huber, and that was close to 140 coins I needed to cast, by hand, a batch of 4 or 6 at a time. And each batch takes close to 15 minutes to harden. It's quite tedious. But now it's done! I won't need to cast another coin for like 2 and a half years at my current custom production clip.

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So all good news this past week. We'll see how far I get in coloring by next Wednesday.



A small but significant addition to my 3PO collection

by Bill Cable
on 2024-02-21, 08:15:32

Believe it or not, I sometimes do successfully find new items for my C-3PO focus collection on eBay. Last week was one of those times, when I happened upon a piece that's so rare I've been looking for one for nearly two decades!

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What you see here is a Japanese Zetca "Space Alloy" C-3PO figure. It's one from a line of five that were produced in the late ‘70s. The three silver ones, R2-D2, X-Wing, and TIE Fighter, are all relatively common. But the two gold ones, 3PO and Landspeeder, are exceptionally rare.

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It's a solid metal figure that's a bit over 2" tall. It's solid diecast metal. Here's the figure next to a Kenner 3PO for scale:

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I've had an eye out for one for a very long time, and I don't recall ever seeing a loose one for sale. The finish is a bit worn, but I'm fine with that on such a tough piece. It'll pair nicely with the carded one I scored way back in 2005 from Tom Derby at Celebration III!!

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Over eighteen years from discovering this piece exists to actually tracking one down! How crazy is that??



Cable art - Now in 3D!!!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-02-21, 08:11:12

I can add a new role to my (non-existent) artist resume: 501st Legion and Rebel Legion coin designer! I drew, shaded, and colored the most recent joint Starkiller Garrison / Ghost Base coin for those Western Pennsylvania groups!

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The project began in the middle of July. ...

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Droids Custom FX-7: In-progress and FINAL pencils!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-02-14, 08:14:01

I made awesome progress on my next custom despite some significant setbacks. I sat down last Thursday and worked on the characters, and I thought I'd nearly finished them! But...

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... then I discovered Mungo Baobab has the proportions of a dwarf! (Not the offensive term for a human little person, but the Tolkienian type) Sometimes that just happens, especially when not drawing an entire body. I had roughed out his figure, but then as I drew his upper body I made it wider and wider due to his broad chest and puffy pirate sleeves. Then I made his head larger to be proportionate. It wasn't until I took a photo that I realized just how bad it was. I also realized Auren Yomm's head was slightly too large for her body. The only way to fix these problems was taking drastic measures...

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I kept his foot. I really liked that foot. To make sure I didn't mess up again, I re-rendered his figure in proper proportions.

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The rest went as planned. So here we have Mr. and Mrs. Baobab at their prenatal screening!

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How warm and fuzzy is that scene??! What a perfect piece of artwork to share this Valentine's Day.

Next week we move on to inks!



BrrrrrrrrREGAL ROBOT!

by Darth Danno
on 2024-02-14, 07:28:43

FIRST LOOK at the Regal Robot Wampa Puppet Prop Replica!

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Regal Robot has just announced the WAMPA as the newest creation in their Star Wars Archive Collection of authentic replicas with impeccable lineage.

During the making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back some shots of the ...

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Action Figures & Their Beers -- Romp in the Swamp

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2024-02-13, 09:54:27

ABITA’S ANDYGATOR

It’s Mardi Gras, so laissez les bon temps rouler, mes amis, and let’s tuck in to a Cajun-themed AF&TB!

Abita Brewing of Abita Springs, Louisiana, really caught my eye with the label of their Andygator Helles Doppelbock when I was browsing one of our local booze emporia, back when we ...

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Droids Custom FX-7: Ready, set, go!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-02-07, 08:16:51

With a good idea in my head, it's time to begin working on my next Droids Custom!

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Having already produced one Star Wars medical droid I struggled a bit with how to differentiate this other one. FX-7 is most closely associated with bacta tanks, which was an option. And while I'm sure I'd have a guaranteed sale to Tommy Garvey if I drew up Kea Moll in her underwear... I worry some might find that cringy. And nobody wants to see Sise Fromm or Jord Dusat naked. So how do I differentiate my FX-7 from my 2-1B?

Then inspiration struck. How about a positive medical event instead of a negative one? So here's my beginning pencils. Bonus points to anyone who can identify the characters in the art!



Peruvian "Basa" Vader on sale now FOR CHARITY!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-01-31, 09:04:16

I was a featured guest on Monday's 125th Episode of the 'Chive Cast hosted by Skye Paine and Steve Danley. Matt George and I talked about a lot of Basa figure he, Skye, and I purchased from Peru in the summer of 2022, and all the controversy that followed. It's a fun episode for the newly-resurrected podcast! And it was revived to promote this charity auction:

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/181594085922172/posts/1591643834917183

That link is to a private Facebook group, so should you wish to bid on this historic piece, LMK and I'll get you invited (assuming you're cool).

I hate to spoil the 'Chive Cast, so go listen to it. But it mostly retells the investigations I and others conducted over the course of a year into Edgar Jaramillo. And with your winning bid YOU could become a part of that story! All proceeds will benefit World Bicycle Relief (https://worldbicyclerelief.org/). Bid high and bid often!



Droids Customs: Slowing stocking up

by Bill Cable
on 2024-01-31, 08:49:46

Over the weekend I made my first visit to the Butler Area Toy Show. I hadn't been before because it's nearly 2 hours north of me, but my original Saturday plans fell through so I met up with some PSWCS members and made the trip. It was quite productive! I ended up scoring 7 figures for upcoming customs, which prompted me to reorganize my stockpile.

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FX-7 is slated to be my next custom, and I'm fully stocked on that figure. With all the rest I have around 7-12 figures, except DSD for which I only have 2. I plan to strip and repaint those, so I'm looking for beaters. I know I could pick up 10+ at any show I go to for less than $5 each, so no urgency there. Not sure which figure I'll do next... probably the one I can do a bulk purchase from someplace to complete the run.

As far as FX-7 goes, I'm about ready to begin. A couple days ago I was brainstorming ideas, and I came up with one I really like. And it's also something supported in the Droids cartoon lore, so bonus! Hopefully I have some pencils to share next week.



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