Archive for February, 2011

Firkrann ~ Iron Knight Shard Jedi

Posted in Custom Figures on February 26, 2011 by botwt

So I Googled Droid Jedi and found out there were actually some…well sort of. They were force-sensitive crystal lifeforms placed into robotic bodies.

Per the Star Wars authority Wookieepedia:

Shards were a silicon-based species native to the planet Orax, who took the form of irregularly faceted cylindrical crystals thirty to forty centimeters in length. Faint pulses of light—thought signals propagating through their “brains”—could be seen inside their bodies. Shards were immobile in their natural state, but could be installed in specially modified droids.

The Iron Knights were Force-sensitive Shard that trained under the Sunesi Jedi Master Aqinos. Like all Shard, the Iron Knights required droid bodies to interact with the world, hence their name. They used Juggernaut war droids, FLTCH series droids, and Uulshos Justice droids as their hosts. Many Iron Knights took as their name that of lightsaber crystals, reflecting both their connection to the Force and their crystalline bodies.

So, while checking out the different type of droids that the Shards used I decided to go with the FLTCH series droid and one of the known Shard Jedi to use this body was Firkrann.

Firkrann was an Iron Knight, a Force-sensitive Shard Jedi who utilized an FLTCH series droid body as a host. He was trained by Jedi Master Aqinos without the approval of the Jedi Council. Like many other Iron Knights, Firkrann took a lightsaber crystal name as his own, reflecting both his connection to the Force and his crystalline body. He was destroyed in a duel with General Grievous in the fungi forests of Xagobah.

The FLTCH resembles a Super Battle Droid with a Commando Droid’s head…so I simply used those two to create my Firkrann. While having an extra purple lightsaber leftover I decided to color his eyes, as well as a spot on his chest where his crystal body was placed, purple giving this model a cohesive look.

Firkrann ~ Iron Knight Shard Jedi


Bolla Ropal ~ Rodian Jedi Master

Posted in Custom Figures on February 22, 2011 by botwt

Having my leftover CW40 Kenobi body and a Pax Bonkik figure that was willing to donate his hands and head to become a Jedi Master…such a selfless act…I put together Bolla Ropal. Only real painting I had to do was to his eyes. Now I just need to keep him away from my Cad Bane figure.

Bolla Ropal

Newly Exiled Obi-Wan Kenobi

Posted in Custom Figures on February 20, 2011 by botwt

Nothing too terribly difficult about this one…just simply a head swap with CW40 Kenobi onto the the body of Legacy Collection 34 Kenobi. I painted his beard a bit grey to match the picture above and now he is hanging out on Tatooine hiding Vader’s boy from the Empire.

Exiled Obi-Wan Kenobi

Kirlocca ~ Wookiee Jedi Master

Posted in Custom Figures on February 19, 2011 by botwt

I saw a wonderful conversion of a Wookiee Jedi over on the Yakface forums by Mungo Baobab. So having both of the models that Mungo used I decided to create my Wookiee Jedi, but went with an actual canonical character…Kirlocca. I repainted the Chewbacca model head to toe trying to not have him look like Chewie in a Jedi outfit but did leave the clothing the same; I was tempted to paint it in a sandy tone but instead opted to keep him all brown and dark colored. His eyes I painted a slate color…wanted go with a little color on this model, but not a blue like Chewbacca. The fur is darker than Chewie’s and has blonde highlights on his chin and above his eyebrows (his hands and legs look weird in the photograph..they aren’t that light in real life). As for his lightsaber color…there really doesn’t seem to be an inordinate amount of information on him except that he lived during the Clone Wars, died during the Clone Wars, was mild tempered for a Wookiee and that he was brown in color…so how bout a nice safe hilt hanging from his belt…cannot go wrong there can ya? His robe came from the Jedi Evolutions Qui-Gon Jinn as it is a huge robe. He no longer has waist or head articulation, but he isn’t to be played with so that doesn’t really matter and the static pose plays nicely into this character’s back story.

Kirlocca ~ Wookiee Jedi Master

R2-MK Commission Piece

Posted in Custom Figures on February 13, 2011 by botwt

To create this piece I will be starting from the Comic Pack R2-D2 and painting him in the same vein as one of the concepts for the R2-MK Disney figure. I will be updating this post with daily progress photos so that direction can be offered by the client. I am really looking forward to starting this piece!!

Update 2/16/11

Today the model arrived and I dove right in! Primed his dome and the went for a silver layer…the plan was to apply Tamiya Clear Red over the freshly chromed dome, however I think I am going to go a different path. I have to make a trip to the hobby store this weekend for more foundation paints anyway so while I am there I will pick up a metallic red that matches the dome of the official R2-MK. This will leave me with the body work to do and that will begin tomorrow night.

Update 2/17/11

Worked on the legs tonight. Thinking the colors came out very close to the concept model and the official model, just less pinky which ultimate will end up matching the color of the droid’s dome when complete. Few spots need tidying up, but now that I can see them with the closeup I can tackle them better.

Update 2/18/11

Tonight I was going to work on the other leg, but decided that I need something to hold onto while working on this project so his right leg will be the last bit I do. So I cleaned up the spots on the left leg that needed to be corrected and the painted the black areas of the droid’s chest and started on the red bits on his vents. Still some bits that need tidying up, hands were a bit achy tonight due to the weather changing from cold to warm back to cold…gotta love getting old! LOL

Update 2/19/11

Today I picked up the red paint needed for his dome (enamel…I hate enamel paint, the effect is nice…I just don’t like the cleanup). So now I have to wait to see how this stuff dries…it won’t be the red chrome of the official droid, but the richness of the color is fantastic. I’ll know more in the morning when this stuff is dry and I can work on the black areas of his dome…right now it looks silly partially painted. Photographic updates coming tomorrow.

Update 2/20/11

Dried and I applied a bit of black to some of the areas…looking pretty good, much happier than I was last night.

Update 2/21/11

Tonight worked on more dome detail and cleaned up rough spots as I noticed them. Not much to show so tomorrow night’s update will have some photos of how he is coming along.

Update 2/22/11

Kept hard at him today and got more detail to his chest done. Still needs highlights to the red (as this is the base coat) and the spots that went outside the lines need to be removed, but that will be near the end of the job.

Update 2/23/11

Worked on the back of the droid today to finish up the red primed areas and added another coat of white paint to the inside of his left foot. Also applied another coat of yellow to the wires on that foot as well. Again looks rough, but that will all be sorted by the time the final protective coat goes on.

Update 2/24/11

Wife’s birthday so only cleaned up some rough spots today…more photographic updates tomorrow evening!

Update 2/25/11

Updated the red areas of his chest with more highlights giving the reds a more rich color like the concept photo, but he still needs a few layers before I’ll be happy with it.

Update 2/26/11

Few more layers to his chest and back today and began some detail work on his dome.

Update 2/27/11

More layers and and highlights today, more pics tomorrow night when there is more to show.

Update 2/28/11

More and more and more layers…hehe, cleaned up some rough spots…wish there was more to write or show, but there will be detailed photos tomorrow.

Update 3/1/11

So far the brightness of the reds is coming out nicely on his chest and back (still need to clean up the edges, but that is an easy step).Got a little creative with the yellow makings in the back of the droid…I want to add a nice bright blue light to the yellow one furthest to the right.

Update 3/2/11

Added more highlights to his dome tonight (and corrected some). By no means cleaned up, but the colors are in place.

Update 3/7/11

A concussion has had me held up the last few days, but I think that my head is getting to a point where I can focus on the task as hand…updates very soon!

Update 3/8/11

Did a little bit of work today, but my head started pounding badly so I packed it in after about an hour. So what’s different? Well, I cleaned up some of the rough edges and did a little bit of touch ups here, there and on the dome, also got the second leg nearly completed.

Update 3/9/11

Finished up the coloring on the leg (still need to go over the yellow bits with another layer or two), and cleaned up some detail on his dome. Waiting for a nice day where I can get outside and get a matte varnish on him to protect the colors, then I can get the dome finished off.

Update 3/10/11

Few more touch ups here and there, but now I’m in a holding pattern till probably Saturday as the weather looks much too moist to go outside and get the protective coat applied. Once I get the protective coat on, then it is just a matter of finishing off the dome and he is complete! I have a spare R2 of my own that I plan to run a test on when applying the protective coat to make sure all goes well.

The weather. 😦

Update 3/13/11

Weather looks good for tomorrow and I should be able to apply the protective coat and then hit the dome for the final details. More pictures tomorrow night!

Update 3/14/11

Weather was perfect today to get the protective coat onto the model, now I just need to clean up the detail of the dome and we are getting close to completion.

Update 3/15/11

Another perfect weather day to finally cap off this piece. Cleaned up some of the sketchy areas on his dome, repainted the red, touched the blacks and then added the final protective coat. Let me know what you think Spencer.





Retooled VC13 Darth Vader

Posted in Custom Figures, Vintage Collection on February 11, 2011 by botwt

The Vintage Collection VC13 Darth Vader (also Anakin Skywalker) is a really nice model, however his hair is terrible. Anakin’s rug needed some attention as you can clearly see in the photo’s below.

What I did to repair him was to add a small amount of green stuff and sculpted the hair to fill in the gigantic gaps between his head and the stuck on hair piece. Here is my finished and repainted Anakin Vader (looks shiny but that is just the proximity of the model to the lamp).

Jedi Master Ima-Gun Di

Posted in Custom Figures, The Clone Wars on February 10, 2011 by botwt

Inspiration struck while shopping for my nephew’s birthday present and stumbled upon the Toys “R” Us Exclusive Nikto Guard action figure. Now all you need to complete this conversion is a Mace Windu from the Clone Wars line then remove his head and hands and swap them with the Nikto’s.

I chose to paint the eyes the correct color and also his horns (as the figure doesn’t have them already painted). I had considered painting his tunic a darker color, but opted to leave it as is. Only thing left was a blue lightsaber which I had left over and hanging around in my parts drawer.

Ima-Gun Di