After the most recent Paul Kaiju show at FOE, I got a chance to stand outside in the cold of frosty Northampton and talk shop with Sanjeev Teh Jerk, master of all things 3D design. While I have been going headlong into home-grown ABS printing, Sanjeev has been working on some face-meltingly cool multimedia affairs for production through Shapeways. Production method aside, we are both always looking to existing toys for inspiration. Sanjeev mentioned to me how he had recently cracked open a vintage Gokin and found a joint design that we both were pretty sure would work in 3D printed ABS. We talked, froze our asses off, and then I went home, and the gears were in motion.
Archive for the ‘1/6 Figures’ Category
I made some pretty heavy progress on the Allaround this week, including getting weapons modeled and a second, just about final geometry print built. There are two minor fit tweaks left, but from the outside, these are the prints as theory case going to be. Next step for these two is some sanding and painting. The next step for the Allaround project is to order more joints and more plastic filament for a small production run…
I recent posted a review of 3A’s Nefarious 10 Finger Gang figure over at CollectionDX, and I ended up with some extra shots of the other figures I used in that review, so I figured I’d toss them up here for fun. The Adventure Kartel line makes for some of my favorite 1/6 character figures, and once I got to taking pics I couldn’t help but go a little overboard.
I made this image using photos from my own collection and my 3A NW NOM Commander and Heavy Bramble, which I have really been enjoying lately. After the fold are hi-res versions for 1920 and 1680-width monitors for your wallpaper use, if you are interested.
The first wave of Killer Culture E.killers is still available, so you should go check those out in the Store, but I wanted to share some photos of what new toys have been occupying my time lately: Henshin Cyborg! The dizzying array of different figures and accessories available, both modern and vintage, makes for some great characters and fun combinations!
Phil Reed (battlegrip.com)’s latest 1/6 figure push inspired me to pull this figure out, which I bought back in 2004 or 2005 and have basically been sitting on since. Before Ashley Wood was pushing the 1/6 envelope with his little Hong Kong firm 3A Toys (expect lots more 3A toy pics forthcoming), Da Joint released small range of really unique sci-fi 1/6 scale figures. Da Joint is a small graphic design-type firm from Hong Kong that has done many interesting TV commercials and such now-a-days. The side of the box reads:
“2037 a.d. An Iron meteor shower rained down from the sky brought the known human civilization to an end. Years later, inside the enormous crater of Hongkong island. Some surviving scientists discovered a large meteorite floating in the air. The phenomenon was caused by the extreme force and temperature generated during the meteor impact, resulting a realignment of matter’s atomic structure. The scientists named the anti-gravity meteorite as “ZERO METAL”. 2067 a.d. The new Hongkong declared independence, named itself “Gang Dao”. A highly mobilized armour unit armed with Zero Metal technology is introduced as a force to police the region’s security. Anger and fearful Kowloon civilians united to fight these troops for their own sovereignty.”
Engrish aside, Da Joint’s little world sounds pretty slick, and it’s too bad more did not come out of it. Regardless of the setting, this Jiu Gang Zero Metal Defense Capsule figure is awesome, but was not perfect. Back in 2004, the base 1/6 person body used in this figure was loose and crappy, so the fantastic armored trooper never really stood up well or could his gun arm out, even though the actual armor was really well detailed and designed. After seeing the new Hot Toys True Type bodies for sale, the inspiration hit me to finally fix my ZMDC trooper, as the first step in expanding a 1/6 sci-fi collection. The new body fit perfectly, and is tight and articulated enough to finally breath some life into this impressive design. I also added a second belt with a pistol holster, and new hands.
Da Joint even went so far as to include decals with the figures for buyers to apply, which were really well printed, and happily, still went down great after sitting in the box for 5 years. Once all the decals were laid down (I used about 2/3 of the sheet, and the rest is just different numbers and artsy stuff to apply to individualize the figures), I did some weathering to beat up this guy a touch. I drybrushed the armor in just about the same color as the factory used to fade the decals in, and then did some sponge chipping with a few spots enhanced with some brush-applied marks. An oil wash brought out the details and added some grime, and then the boots (as well as the guy in the suit underneath) received some dirt and mud splatters using layers of both acrylic paints and weathering pigments. I added some grease leakage to the moving joints of the armor (mostly on the articulated feet) and some grease to the shiny metal pistons on the feet. Without going too over the top, I’m really happy with how this guy looks, and he’s just a blast to mess around with now that he can actually hold his gun arm up!