ILS, your works inspired me and encouraged me to bring my stuff online!
Your customs are brilliant - I never get bored to watch them again and again!
Looooooooooooooooooooooove the Mission! She's one of my favorite characters from the series. I can tell that the body and swords are frome the dark side enforcer, but where did the head come from?
I thought I would get this up as a Christmas present to everyone. Hope you like it.
Making customs can sometimes be interesting in the way that they come together and these three are proof of that. Each one had a different route in the way they were created. I thought I would share that process with all of you.
First up we have the "Unintended Custom"--
This "Leia Revealed" custom is an example of something that almost made itself.
I had the Boushh fig for a while and had just cut off the helmet for a different fig I'm still working on and set the it aside. Then while looking through the extra heads to use on one of the below customs I came across the Jedi Padawan head from CotF. I held it up to the body of Boush and it looked perfect for Leia's head.
It took a minute to figure out the best way to pose it, a couple of seconds to glue it in place and then I set it aside. Later when I was painting other customs I took a couple of minutes to just repaint the hair to make it look even more like Leia. That was it.
Second, we have the "It Was More Involved Than Expected"--
The "Royal Guards at Attention" is an example of a custom that took longer to create than I had imagine it would. When I first saw the Emperor's Shadow Guard from FU I knew that I wanted to do a repaint. I had made a pair before using the RS Royal Guards but hated the outcome so much that I never bothered to even post them here.
It took awhile to acquire the two extra figs and then I got too busy to work on customs over the summer so they sat in my custom box. I wanted to have their helmets be shiny and it took longer to get an clear acrylic gloss paint. Finally I started to do the repaint and because of the black color of the original it took several coats to get the right color of the blood red and then the washings to get the fold detail was tricky as well. Getting the staffs to look straight proved difficult as well but the end result was well worth it.
So even though it was a simple repaint it was anything but simple. I'm still getting used to this new camera so the shiny helmet compared to the matte cloak doesn't stand out as well as in real life but I think you get the idea. I think these two will look great if the next set has the EMperor on the throne like the box art is suggesting.
And lastly we have a "Custom That Became More"--
This "Gamorrean Headhunter" is an example of a custom that the end product was nothing like I had in mind when I started. I had an extra Gamorrean Guard from A&E in my custom box and started off just doing a repose--moved the head, the arms, removed the axe and then added a blaster. I threw it back in my customs box and then I got busy with all the house fixes so it just sat in there with the rest of my stuff.
When I started to customize again I pulled him out and wondered what to do with him. I put him on a circle base and using greenstuff decided to give him a fur cloak that would enhance the dynamic of his pose. Liking what the cloak had done I thought it would be better if he was swinging something but I didn't want to put the axe back in his hand. I found this mace on a D&D fig and it looked great.
I realized that all the attention drew the eye completely to the right so I wanted to balance the look again. After awhile the idea of having a skull from a large animal in place of the shoulder armor occurred to me. Using some more greenstuff I sculpted a quick skull and it helped to balance the look and pose once again.
I gave him a paint touch up where needed along with some washes. When I was done I looked him over and thought he looked pretty good but wanted to really push the idea. While looking in my spare parts I realized that I have a lot of cut off heads and decided to add them to his back. I painted some kite string black and super glued it so it looked like they were strapped to his back. The simple repose I had in mind when I started instead snowballed into something completely unexpected.
I hope that you enjoyed that look into the the process and that everyone has a great holiday and an awesome new year!!!
Nice! The Leia turned out real well, and the Gamorrean's just plain spectacular.
ILS .. your touch on the customs is evergreen ... love the Boush Leia ... But I can't wait to see the suprise from Boush head ... the VSA Sith Lord ..... am I right? Please say so coz I'm dying to see that minis
You are right but it will be a while until it is complete because of the level of complexity.
Hey Ironlightsaber, I was wondering, what type of paint do you use?
GamesWorkshop acrylic paints that you can find in any hobby store as well as basic acrylic hobby paints of good quality.
For more info, check out my second customizing article for all the details about paints (link to it can be found in my sig).
I can't believe that I actually need to this thread.
The Thread of Ironlightsaber is unbumpable... It is an indelible monolith of awesome that will never sink into the depths of the Forgotten Archives.
Wow. Things never seem to slow down. Still I have tried to get in some customizing.
With the release of IE I can finally display my Royal Guards the way they were meant to be.....
That's from the corner of my desk at my day job. The tips of the staffs got a little bent on the way in to my office but they should look perfect in a couple of hours.
Enough old stuff, onto the new stuff.....
The little free time that I have had lately I have been spending working on and running a Star Wars Saga RPG game and it has been a blast. I have a great group of players and I have really been putting a lot into it from the story to the villains to locations to ships and everything involved. Some of the customs I have made lately I haven't posted incase the players were to view this thread before a game and I didn't want the surprises ruined.
This was a Hoth Transport that I modified for their first adventure. They had to escape a city on Taanab and this was the only thing they could find. I repainted the whole thing black and went with a blue and gold color scheme. I added some weapons from an Uggernaught and some transfer decals that I had left over from the Space Hulk set I painted last year at this time. I weathered it up and it worked great during the big chase scene that took place.
In their fourth adventure they had to do a dirty job for a Hutt and retrieve some Gamoreans who were suppose to show up to work for the crime lord but had been kidnapped by another tribe before they could be transported. It was a great excuse to use the Headhunter but I had to have a big baddie at the end and created this lovely lady for that purpose.
I have some more but they will have to wait until after a couple future games. In the meantime here is the progress on VSA Sith Lord.....
The prep work is almost finished. Just need to add a few more details like the design at the top of the lightsaber handle and that cyborg-thing that pops out of his right forearm. After that I can paint it.
In other news, I just finished the 13th article for the customizing series on the official homepage and it should be up soon. I'm not sure if this will lead to another part in the series but keep your eyes open for it.
Wow, those look great. I especially like the converted transport. When do you think that VSA custom will be finished, it already looks pretty awesome! If you don't mind my asking, what did you use for the helmet, I haven't been able to find anything to use for the "breather" piece. Keep up the good work.
ILS you Adliv, Myname, and a couple others i forgot are basically gods when it comes to modding minis, the only mods i've done are some repaints, the best of which is a battle droid commander(minor repaint from a ROTS battle droid) it looks pretty accurate, if only i had a camera though.........
You are very talented. Have you ever done any Mandos?
Great repaint of the 181st, ILS. Love it! Keep up the good work.
I finished the Dark Sith Apprentice and will get him and some more customs I made for my rpg game up as soon as I have the chance to take the photos.
In the meantime please check out the new on-going thread I have made in rpg section, The Praxem, about the game I am currently running. There is a lot of cross over stuff I designed that can be used in both the mini and rpg games.
Let me know what you think of it. Thanks
I wanted to get these up sooner but I had taken a family trip to Chicago and when I arrived I accidently left my carryon bag with my camera on the subway. In my defense, I was carrying two full suitcases, a second carryon bag and a car seat while trying to make sure my other eight family members got off the subway safely. Oh well, I have a replacement now and finally had a chance to catch up on taking pics of my customs.
First up is a pair of smaller customs. The first is a repaint of an R4 droid that I made for the RPG game I run. He was the mechanic on the first ship that the party flew on together as a group.
The second is a little baddie I made to be the nemesis of one of the players who made his own species for the game. I wanted something that tied into his character and at the same time was something new but would fit into the the Star Wars universe. I had a pair of wings from a D&D imp and attached them and gave him a repaint. It was quite the surprise for the whole party when what they though was a Chadra-fan with a pair of sticks on his back spread his wings and flew off with the data card he helped steal. I still haven't thought up a name for this character yet.
I made this one a awhile back but didn't take a pic. This is the Clone Commander who is hunting the entire group and will be a thorn in their sides for many adventures to come. It is a regular clone commander with elements from the Odd-Ball fig. His name is Clone Commander Dust but because of his history of sending his troops to die he has earned the nickname of "Clone Commander Death".
This next one is going to be in an upcoming adventure and my players haven't even seen her yet. I wanted a noble/administrator character and wanted her to standout on the playing field. I didn't really have a color scheme in mind when I started but I was really happy with the outcome.
And finally is the Vader Sith Apprentice from the Force Unleashed that I have been showing images of his development in his finished form. Enjoy!
Always enjoyable to see your fantastic work, the Commander stands out though, as an incredible figure.
The sheer amount of weaponry loaded onto that guy... whew, I know my group would think a bit before facing off with him!
All great customs, keep 'em coming!
The commander was pretty simple to make. It is just elements of the Odd-Ball fig combined with the standard clone commander.
I just finished up some more customs. These were done for The_Don. I hope he enjoys them.
This was made for the RPG game I run. It was the big baddie in the sixth game and when I get to the update on that thread I will show how it was made and how it was used in the game.
Wow, two updates to this thread in a month!
This thread is getting close to 40000 views. Unreal. Thank you all for your comments and taking the time to view my work over the past several years.
Ironlightsaber. I love your customs and I have copied some of your ideas
(I hope you don't mind)
Simply amazing :D I always take a look at your customs they are stunning thanks s much for the inspiration the moth looks sweet and I hope to make a replica of yours
You truely are a modding god, thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us.
Umh, I hope you won't mind this but...
Your name is Jack Irons!!?!? My GOD, That's sweet!! It sounds like some bad-ass marvel character!! You...You would'nt if I used the name Jack Irons at a local marvel game, would you?!?
Hey, Ironlightsaber, im making an E-Web turret (Nothing fancy, I just cut off the Snowtrooper.) Any chance you could post the stat card you made for yours?
Any chance I cold get the recipe for your VSA Sith Lord?
The VSA Sith Lord as a lot of little parts from a lot of different pieces.
The main parts include the legs and lower torso of RS Han, the right arm of a CS Dark Side Acolyte, the left arm of a RS Twi'lek Scoundrel, the upper torso of U Dark Side Marauder, the head of a BH Mandalorian Soldier and the front breath mask of a BH Boushh.
Add in some green stuff, some red saber blades and bits and pieces from the scrap box.
Paint to correct color. Bake at 400 for several hours of labor and serve to the public.
thanks =] I have been wanting to make my own since I saw yours and I made one in a different outfit, from the new dc coming out soon, but now I will have to try replicating yours to the best of my ability.
and I'll be sure not to bake him haha
Once things get more normal on the the threads I have an update for this and my rpg game.
What a busy time it has been. Between my first GenCon and getting things set up with this new site, writing the previews for the next set, and everything else going on I have been working non-stop. Still, I have managed to get a couple of customs started and a few others done.
First up is a simple repaint that I made for a new baddie in my RPG game. I had an extra Moff Calixte and wanted to have a bad guy that wasn't a bruiser and was more of a tactical thinker. I redid the hair and face and added some subtle changes to the outfit color. The heroes in the game have seen her but have not met face to face with this dangerous foe.
The other custom I have recently finished was for one of the players, Ad. Palleaon, of his character Nix Felleaon (I wonder if they are related? ). Jim's character is a mix of Han Solo, Boba Fett, a pirate, gun slinger and pilot. He had a really good idea of what he wanted his character to look like and even figured out what pieces to use from different figs.
After discussing certain details that he wanted and what elements he had to have (dual blasters, the coat and the armor on parts of his body) I got to work. I wanted to change it up from the original pose and make an exciting piece that would be easy to identify on the table and convey the action associated with the character.
I hope to make customs of all the characters in my game but that also brings up the issue of players really getting disappointed if their character dies (which has almost happen three times). Nimzomitch has created a fig of his unusual character and I hope to get that posted up here soon. I'm currently working on a custom for one of the players of his character on a swoop bike that he earned in battle. When I get that and some others done I'll get them up here.
nice looking gunslinger! Makes me wish you were my GM.
Bumping this for the world to see. Sent you a mini to work on when you get time...
Thanks for the bump. As soon as I get done working on props for Halloween costumes I hope to get some more customs done.
Yep, that was the fig used for the body with a Fel head. I'm currently working on a couple more customs for my players.
Dang dude,that is graphics my friend graphics.I must bow down to you,JEDIMASTER!
Ironlightsaber, the legend that is. I have finally created an account on the Wizard forums, after seeing your devArt account and after watching your custom thread for so long. It is quite an inspirational thread-- indeed it has served as my muse for customising many a time.
In particular i would have to say that your General Grievous custom (the one in which you cut up a GGJH!) is my favourite after all this time! His pose is dynamic, and the colours used for him are true to the feel of the clone wars series. I just wish WotC took a leaf from your book just this once and copied his pose for GaW so we could all own him! alas, it wasnt to be... maybe next time though huh? I also enjoyed the slow reveal you did for VSA, which turned out so well.
I hope you continue to make custom miniatures long into the future. They are thought-provoking works that help our game to change and survive.
Thanks for the kinds words and I get as much inspiration looking at the other custom threads on these boards. That Grievous is still one of my all time favorites as well.
I haven't posted new material in a while but that will soon change. I just finished kit-bashing a dozens of pocketmodel SW ships into other ships for my RPG game and plan on painting them and posting up pics to this thread. In addition to that, I have several other items I need to photograph and post here like the TIE Prototype factory ship, affectionally named "The Abyss", that was in our last game. And if that wasn't enough I am currently finishing up several custom figs for our game and will post up images soon. I ask my players not to view this thread after this post until after these are revealed in our game in the coming months.
In the meantime I thought I would share pics of the latest commission that I finished for Lady Hothie and Hothie. The sent me a fig and had specific directions on the effect they wanted but left the creation up to me. After brainstorming ideas and passing those back and forth with them I settled on the scheme. Unfortunately some of the ideas I had didn't pan out due to the difference of scale of a fig I wanted to incorporate so the piece became a repaint instead of a reposing/repaint custom.
So without further ado I present...........
I was able to give it to Hothie in person when we surprised him at his local FLGS for a surprise tournament arranged by Lady Hothie. They really liked it and that is what matters when creating customs for someone else. Hothie kept it by his map during the tournament for luck and it must have worked since he went undefeated the whole day!!
Best Boba ever!! Thanks for painting it for us Jack, it's awesome :D
Yes, the Hello Kitty theme is amazing (and I might add, I think it looks better than the original). Every time I look at it I smile. Thanks so much for painting him up, and we hope to see you again soon!
It wasn't as expensive as you'd think. But, it was worth every penny :D
I'd actually think that your opponents would probably underestimate this Boba.... until they come to realize it unleashes the "Hello Kitty Barriage"
Nice one but personally I like the one of you proposing better.
With the Christmas Blizzard of '09 hitting I was able to catch up on finishing some minis and to take pictures of the ones I have finished over the past two months. All of the stuff I have been working on lately has been for the Star Wars RPG campaign that I have been running for the last year.
I have always liked having a custom of my characters in RPG games and wanted to make customs for all my players. It helps players identify their character and fellow players on the battle field quicker, avoids confusion when you have multiples of the same fig on the table and it helps everyone connect to the characters better, at least in my opinion. I had to wait a couple of games to get an idea of what the characters were suppose to be like before I started and then it took a while to find the right pieces.
This first one is of the medic of the group, Cluade. The player had been using the base fig for his character but in the process of playing he had picked up a bigger gun and tended to carry a lot of gear. I had him pointing to show the fact that the player tends to act first and then if needed use his gun.
The Jedi of the group, O'dian, is a Pau'an and there isn't very many figs to chose from. The second challenge is that species is not known to be very dynamic in their actions and I wanted the hero figs to be in very intense action poses as possible. After careful consideration I went for as movement as possible for the species but still keeping it in character. Added to the fact that I wanted it to look like he was leading somewhat with his right side because the character lost his left eye in a lightsaber battle.
I can't take credit for this custom but included it because it is one of the characters in the game. This custom of the character Grem was made by my good friend nimzomitch from a couple of D&D figs that I picked up that I felt fit the description of the type of creature he wanted to play. It is a force sensitive species that can't talk. It has made for some great role-playing and the fig really does the character justice.
Klecser plays a Bothan Nobel named Ar'Ryn who is not afraid to let his blaster tip his arguments. I enjoyed making this one because of the detail to the hair color, the armor and creating a more dynamic pose to the original fig. When I was finished I thought about cutting it from the base and centering it more but I decided to wait. After thinking about it, his character and Grem spend a lot of time together so I took the left over pieces that nimzomitch didn't use and made a rough proxy of Grem that could be removed or added as needed. It balances out the look of the piece when it is there and it is not missing when it is gone.
I checked and the proxy piece fits on the other hero figs as well so it makes it easier to track that character in the game. Sometime it hangs from O'dian's arm, sits on Cluade's shoulders or hooks onto the other heroes.
The hero in the game is a Gand named Xextuss and since there is only one Gand fig so far I was limited on what I could use. With the sculpt of the fig it is really hard to make any major changes besides rotating it's head and maybe giving it a repaint. So I took the route of making additives to it that fit with the character. The player uses a heavy blaster rifle and has a hidden knife that folds out and can be used as a bayonet. The character also got ahold of a jetpack and has used it in many interesting and useful ways. With those changes it really made the fig come to life.
In the second game the players faced off with a raider gang on speeders and Xextuss got ahold of the leaders. It has been getting repaired this whole time but the next time they reach home it will be ready and so will the custom of it. I added some special modifications including an exhaust vent that can have fuel dumped into it so that it shoots flames, a targeting gun under the front and a harpoon and tow cable on the back. It should be interesting to see how these get played out in the game.
When placed together they look like the rough and ready team that they are.
Add in the major friendly NPCs that they work with all the time and it is quite the group of resistance fighters that has formed up already in the first year.
Besides the figs I wanted to make customs of the ships that the players own because space battle is an important part of the game as it is in the Star Wars movies.
The above is their main ship, The Horizon's Edge, and is the focal point of the story. They had to do some dirty deeds with some Hutts and jump through several hoops but I'm sure that they think it has been worth it. I took some of the Poketmodels I picked up cheap and kit bashed it together. After they made some changes to the ship I made further changes to the custom to reflect it.
The second ship that came into their grasps, the Trask-1, they encountered during a rescue in a nebula. It's based on a ship in the Starships of the Galaxy RPG book. This made it a challenge because I wanted it to look as close as possible to it and only had so many pieces to work from.
The last ship they gained was a TIE Prototype that they battled a Dark Jedi to gain and had engineers reverse engineer to find out it's secrets and then reconfigure to hid it's origins and renamed the Nexu's Fang. I took a TIE fighter Pocketmodel and cut it up into a shape that I felt made sense as a fighter still and then added some elements to change the profile slightly more.
So the crew already has the start of a small fleet of ships with different purposes. The Horizon's Edge acts the main ship, a mobile base that the other ships hook onto as well as their main heavy gun. The Trask-1 acts as a main shuttle and large fighter while the Nexu's Fang is a true fighter with a hyperdrive.
To truly make the game come to life with customs it is important that not all the customs are of just the heroes. I have been pulling in tons of my old customs to act as friendly and not so friendly NPCs, villains and creatures. Still sometimes I'll want to make a custom to make a NPC or villain really stand out if I don't have a fig or older custom that works.
One of the recent NPCs that played a major role was the Nelvannian leader Tozvos. He basically told the heroes that they were expected and were to help fight off a great evil. There wasn't much I could do to the pose due to the sculpt but I wanted the repose to show his leadership role and make him stand apart from the rest of his pack of hunters. I also change some of the color elements to denote his place in the tribe and it really worked well on the battle field to make him stand apart.
In between the group games I ran a solo adventure for the Jedi of the group so that he could have his Jedi trials and not take the focus of the entire group's time. I had him go to Dagobah, run into Yoda and fight a pair of "Near Sith" at the Dark Side Cave. If you are going to have Yoda appear and fight baddies then those baddies should stand out. Again there wasn't much I could do in the repose department so I went with adding some bushy flock to the the character to help represent the fact that he had been on Dagobah for too long.
While Yoda face off against the Swampy Dark Side Master, O'dian was facing off against his apprentice. I had created a different version but didn't like it. In the meantime my cat took off with it and I never found it again. So I had to make another one and it turned out better than the first. The body was from a D&D fig I had taken parts off before and I created the Scythe Saber to make her stand out. In the battle she took out O'dian's eye so I'm sure the player will remember the encounter for a long time.
I wanted her to have a nasty pet to help her fight the Jedi and using greenstuff I added to a Mastiff to give it more weapons such as added spike and a barbed tail. I gave it a simple paint and wash and it was finished. It didn't survive the encounter but the apprentice did which in game terms means that she will be back to fight another day.
Together they made a nasty combo. Even though the Sith mutated Mastiff was killed I'm sure she can make another so the custom will come in handy again in the near future.
Sometimes the idea for a villain will come from creating the stats, sometimes for the role I want it to fill and sometime from the extra fig I have on hand. Dr. Sladder is a case of all three.
I had an extra Lobot and I wanted to have a villian that the heroes would first encounter in his base while seeking shelter. I wanted the doctor to be a mad scientist type that was xenophobic and had most of his brain replace with a machine that allowed him to control other droids. I did a digital picture of the character an based on that design I created the fig.
To add to his character I wanted him to have a lackey like Igor is to Dr. Frankenstien so I repainted an R4 droid and named him R4-H8. When the evil Doctor would leave the room the his droid would stay behind to spy on them and it really help hinder what the heroes could say to the other NPCs. I expect some great droid vs. droid action in the near future between this guy and Ar'Ryn side kick droid.
These two will be the bane in the heroes side many times in the future and it will be interesting to see how the heroes deal with them.
Along with having villain and NPC customs, something I wanted to do with my campaign was to have custom villain ships. The first major story arc ended with the heroes tracking down a TIE Prototype factory only to realize that it wasn't a building but in fact a factory ship. Since this was the climax of the story and it had played a key role in the string of adventures I wanted to be sure that the ship really stood out.
I took some plastic containers, cut them to fit and taped them together. Then using spare parts from a Falcon model and other spare parts I kit bashed it together. I wanted the design to look like it was from the Empire but industrial as well. It had to have lots of guns, a massive ion gun, a bridge, engine section and a factory section with a hanger. This was the end result.
It was a great battle and everyone had a blast.
Pictures of the actual battle can be seen on the wiki of the campaign here-
The main page of the wiki is here-
There is detailed notes on the characters, npcs, ships (with stats) and much more there. It is a work in progress but it is coming along nicely.
The final custom is one for a character I made for a D&D game that I hope starts soon. The player who runs Cluade in our game is going to run a 4E D&D set in Greyhawk. I'm looking forward to it and wanted to make my custom as I developed my character. I picked up a Heroclicks fig of Shaman (I think that's what it was) hovering with lighting around him, cut off all the lighting and then worked on the actual fig. The base is a Zayne Carric fig that I added a greenstuff backpack, beltbags, longerhair and a super weathered cloak to after I had reposed the whole thing. Then I gave it a paint job from top to bottom and when it was dry I added the lighting.
I took the extra bolts left over and fit them to a an empty base to make it look like strikes of lighting. I can't wait until the first game when I cast a lighting bolt and throw it on the table.
Hope you liked the update. I'll be working on more stuff as well as my RPG game for the seeable future, so if you don't see any new customs soon don't worry I'll have another major update sooner than later. Until then I hope everyone has a great new year in 2010.
Thanks for the update Irons!
It was truly amazing! Very inspiring stuff; especially the sith villain with the Saber-Scythe! Great work on all the figs and i hope that you continue to make new stuff well into 2010!
You have the luckiest players. (My favorite of the minis is Cluade. Finally a good use for the Human Scout.)
EDIT: Did you add anything to the front end of the speeder? I've been wanting to get one for a custom but can't tell from the picture how the parts in front of the handlebars really look.
your work is really inspiring. After seeing the customs for your RPG you run I went and convinced some of my friends at school to play and I made them some as well. So thank you for the inspiration.
i saw your obi wan and durge and found this on the internet hope it is of
Thank you all for the kind words.
As everyone knows, the announcement was made that the Star Wars Miniature and RPG game will be ending in April. This is sad news but not unexpected. It will be nice to have been here since the beginning and to see the end of the line. I'll be able to review and rearrange my collection based on the total number of pieces produced and figure in room for all my customs. That said, I would like to take a minute to reflect on what this game has meant to me.
I have enjoyed these games on many different levels and have some outstanding memories and I'm sure I'll have many more. This includes running the first Nexus event with Scruffynerfherder, running the second Nexus event & the 3D Battle of Hoth, the local tournaments including the release events, the Ironman Tournament & the 2009 GenCon Regionals, Doug's Surprise Tournament, and the first New Year's Eve Tournament, which was the first tournament I ever attended.
Getting to go to Celebration 4 as a finalist for the Epic Battles contest was a major highlight for me. Being a Star Wars fan since I was four, the Celebration was like my version of Woodstock. I met many new people and got to hang out with old friends and had an amazing time. Going to GenCon this past year to judge the customs contest and tournaments was another major highlight for me. I had always wanted to go to the biggest gaming convention and it was everything I expected it to be and more.
Getting the chance to write several different articles for the official site was also a fantastic memory. I am still really proud of my series on making customs and have been floored by the number of people who have written to tell how I helped open that door to this side of the hobby when they never considered even trying to make customs before they read the articles. Getting the chance to work with Klecser on both the unofficial and official S3 puzzles was an opportunity that I never even considered until it all happened. Having the chance to write up the last official previews (so far, unless there are previews for the last set) and making sure that the did justice to the fans of the games was a real privilege. The previews wouldn't have been as complete without the help from good friends and for that I thank them.
Still the most important aspect that I have gained from playing these games, without a doubt, has to be the friends that I have made that I would have never otherwise have even met. First of these is Mike Fryda, who I now consider to be one of my closest friends. There are so many other local players that became my friends over the years that it is hard to remember them all. This includes Jon, Jim, Matt Hansen, Scott K., Chris, Jason, Mike (Scruffy) and many others in the Nebraska area. I have to give a special shout out to Doug and Dajuan; between the great times at C4 and the parties, there is no way we are not going to know each other as we all grow old.
Then there is all the people I have met and became friends with on these boards and at events. Adliv and Myname were a constant source of inspiration when it came to customs. Jim Fraiser is one of the classiest people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. Dean and Bill have always had a passion for this game that I have always respected. Then there are those who have assisted me in my VCL duties as Forum Guides or volunteers who ran contests including Jason Tanner, Fool, Pink Jedi Ranger, RavingDork and many others. And proving that you can't judge people by just what you perceive them to be online is Dennis (Boris); and getting to know him at GenCon was easily one of the top highlights from that trip. There is a ton of people that I haven't mentioned that have had a positive impact on my SWM experience that I can't even begin to list them all; but to them, and all those mentioned, I would like to say thank you.
This customs thread was the first major piece of work that I put together for these boards and over the weekend it reached a milestone of having 50,000 views. That works out to an average of 33 views per day since it was started. At this point there has been over 400 posts. I'm not sure at this point what will happen to this thread and the other major threads (and wiki) that I created but one way or another they will be carried on and I will continue to update them as long as people keep looking.
I would like to finish this post by saying thank you to everyone for taking the time to view this thread and for comments that you provided. May the Force be with you!!!!!!!
I too wonder if WOTC will have to drop the SW forums when they drop the license. I frequent the D20radio forum on Order 66 and I use the same ID there. I look forward to seeing the fan generated content that will be produced. I guess if we want new minis we will have either modify old minis or make made from scratch customs.
It been a great ride and I have made a few friends I plan to continue with the SW RPG and minis for years to come. I truly enjoy the hobby and seeing others work weather its 3D terrain of custom/mod Mini's. Thank you Ironlightsaber for taking the time to share your work. You have so many pieces I would love to replicate or use as reference for a mini in my chosen pose or likeness. You wouldn't by chance be attending ReaperCon?
No I'm not. Currently I'm looking into see if I am going to GenCon.
that post really gives people insight into just how 'connected' behind the scenes you and others were, Ironlightsaber! Thanks for all that work! You did all that AND managed to make awesome customs? That boggles the mind!
I watch your devart account from time to time... they seem pretty stable, and you get a lot of traffic from the adsense stuff that goes around. Maybe you could use it more? I dunno...
In any event, i hope you continue making customs long past the end of this game.
Maybe some more of those helpful "how to's" you used to make?
And definitely more custom competitions! Ask WotC if you can stockpile now for future competitions. Im sure they would do it if it meant keeping SOME of the customers they are losing with the end of the game.
For O'dian I used the upper torso from Tion Medon from RotS and the lower half from a Sith Apprentice from Jedi Academy. The arms had to be carefully cut and pinned to achieve the pose and then it was a matter of mixing the right color to match the garments from top to bottom.
Do you do ever make customs for people (who would pay you of course )?
If you do, please PM me...
none of your pictures are working any more Ironlightsaber.
Is anyone know if his custom mini blog is up anywhere else? I've never looked past the first 6 pages or so and someone recently informed me that this entire thread is full of his work.
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