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Old 08-31-2014, 06:17 PM   #61
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Love the blimp docking bay. Excellent prop useage.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:45 AM   #62
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Mikey holding up the Millennium Falcon is probably my fave pic, but they all look great.
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Love the blimp docking bay. Excellent prop useage.
Thank you. Much appreciated.

I gathered all the skate ramps and such for a single photo to get a better sense of what I have:



Also, my buddy heymilt sent me photos of the Classics Bebop and Rocksteady he's weathering for me:





For context, here's what Rocksteady looks like as-is:


(Photo appears courtesy of Infinite Hollywood)


They look amazing! I can't wait to photograph them under the bridge!


Here's a new portrait of The Heap, aka Muckman:



And a new shot of Monkeyman, aka Sgt. Bananas:



More later, I gotta get to work.
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:53 PM   #63
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If nothing else, the Turtles could have a sweet skate park.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:30 PM   #64
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If nothing else, the Turtles could have a sweet skate park.
Indeed! I have ambitious plans for my custom sewer, but my ambitions outpace my talent by such a staggering distance that I'm afraid to start!


Meanwhile, I wanna finish the post I started this morning...

Raphael gets a tough new ride:











Up next, an admittedly unlikely cameo:



Unlikely, yet such a good match that my friend Kit thought I'd repainted Slythe to match Don:



More in the next post...
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:33 PM   #65
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I recently put together a trade with a friend on Facebook, and he was kind enough to toss in a Foot Soldier figure from the new movie.



Alas, he didn't receive a very warm welcome in my toy collection...



Two more shots of The Heap, aka Muckman:



And another photo of Monkeyman-as-Sgt.-Bananas:



More in the next post...
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:35 PM   #66
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Can you guess who the Turtles are preparing to fight in this next photo?



Here's the answer:







And for another take on Krang:



I used my novelty severed hand from London Dungeon to represent the hand of Krang's android body. You might recall that in the pilot to the original cartoon Krang used some nonsensical computer chip thingy to make the body grow to Godzilla size. I reckon the Turtles knocked it down some bigass bottomless pit and now he's climbing back up.





That didn't turn out well for Krang, apparently...

I have three more Donatello portraits I've yet to upload to my Flickr photostream, and of course a buttload of ideas for Bebop and Rocksteady portraits, plus I have not one but two Nickelodeon Secret Sewer Lair playsets on the way thanks to a trade with another buddy on Facebook, and a set of Lego Turtles on the way courtesy of the gray market lifesavers on eBay...

Maybe eventually I'll stop spamming this poor forum, but it won't be anytime soon!
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:46 PM   #67
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When I was cleaning up after this shot:


...I noticed that the taller accessory had stuck to the large chunk of metal on which everything was resting, at which point I remembered that said taller accessory is a piece from the lightsaber that came with an 18-inch Darth Maul figure I bought five or six years ago; its pieces are detachable via hidden magnets.

I had to take advantage somehow, so:



And this is another goodie I received in my recent trade with Dom:



It's from some McFarlane Toys Youngblood figure from the mid-'90s.

Finally, apropos of nothing, a nonsensical pairing:



I say "finally", but I'm thinking maybe tomorrow I'll go on another shoot, and for want of more exciting options I'll probably bring my Turtles...
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Old 09-07-2014, 02:42 AM   #68
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I love the shots with the severed hand! And the Macfarlane figures look great, if I end up buying Heap it's your fault!
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:03 AM   #69
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I love the shots with the severed hand! And the Macfarlane figures look great, if I end up buying Heap it's your fault!
Thanks, man! Do get Heap; he's awesome, and quite affordable. Nerditis did a review a while back:

http://nerditis.com/2013/10/02/life-...cfarlane-toys/


Meanwhile, tonight I put together one of the two sewer playsets I acquired in a trade with a friend of mine:



I was thinking of just using the second sewer for parts, but now instead I'm thinking I might put 'em both together, take down the red brick bits and use them as extra walls down below to fill in the gaps (the openness is the one thing I don't like; that's partly why I like the 2003 set so much), and build a simple, flat wall out of thin wood to place behind it on all three sides to close it all in, then fill it to bursting with props and such...

For the record, my friend didn't get to take advantage of the $15 sewer sale, although he did manage to find a Buy One, Get One Half-Off deal. Still, it was the biggest trade I've ever put together, I think; he paid $50 just to ship everything to me!
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:30 AM   #70
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Your photos are great and i am incredibly jealous of your local thrift shops
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:24 AM   #71
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Your photos are great and i am incredibly jealous of your local thrift shops
Thanks! Oddly enough, this thrift shop had always been a bust for me until recently. I should go back and see if there's anything new!
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:26 AM   #72
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I hastily added some props to the sewer for a quick sense of how it might eventually look.



As you can see I also removed the street-level brick storefront and placed it down on the level of the subterranean bits. Of course it doesn't make sense thanks to the pizzeria sticker; maybe I'll pretend the Turtles stole a pizzeria sign. I mean, sure, they're heroes, but they're also teenagers.

Incidentally, the sidewalk on my sewer seems to be warped:



Not sure whether I did something to it or it's just messed up.

Meanwhile, I have two sewers, one still sealed... I remain half-convinced I can somehow combine them into one massive scene, but I'm hesitant to open the second sewer, lest I discover that I am mistaken.

I also really want to add some weathering detail to the bricks and whatnot, but setting aside my nervousness (I've never painted), it'd be such a major undertaking that I'm not sure I want to commit to it!

I'm also not sure yet how I'll incorporate the skate ramps and such. Maybe I'll have to put together two (or more?) different sets for different purposes?

I'd like to create a sunken area to accommodate the big skate pool, so that the surface of the pool would be level with the floor/ground, the way a pool should be. Beyond that, I have almost nothing in the way of specific ideas.

But I do have more tiresome portraits! Specifically, I thought I'd give some spotlight time to Raphael, since Don has dominated so far.







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Old 09-13-2014, 02:28 PM   #73
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You'll never get the paint skills until you dive in head first. I'd start just doing some basic paint on some of your props, because, that'll not hurt the overall appearance, figurerealm has some great beginners tutorials. It's really not as hard as you'd think, especially on big pieces. Figures can be a bit more complicated though.
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Old 09-13-2014, 02:51 PM   #74
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You'll never get the paint skills until you dive in head first. I'd start just doing some basic paint on some of your props...
Wise counsel. Of course, I need to set aside money for paint and such first!
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:23 PM   #75
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Definitely, the good paints cost pert near 4 dollars a jar. Though you can probably use the cheaper acryls for larger areas
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:26 PM   #76
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So if I do get Heap you and Nerditis get to share the blame!

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You'll never get the paint skills until you dive in head first. I'd start just doing some basic paint on some of your props, because, that'll not hurt the overall appearance, figurerealm has some great beginners tutorials. It's really not as hard as you'd think, especially on big pieces. Figures can be a bit more complicated though.
I agree with this, just dive in! I tend to do so and assume I can fix any problems later. I do a lot of drybrushing, which is pretty simple. Also, I try to go for a grungy, dirty look because I'm not much of an artist so if it looks terrible, hey, it's supposed to look terrible! I tend to think the animated style stuff people do is more difficult because of all the clean, bold colours and the tidy borders.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:30 PM   #77
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I love the effects a simple dry brush can give. Adds alot of depth to a piece. I also prefer painting buildings, walls and such, not near as much precision needed.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:08 PM   #78
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I suspect I'll be painting by Halloween. Someone just linked me to a custom-painted Nick sewer that is absolutely haunting.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:41 PM   #79
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Monte, I would be interested in seeing that. Do you have a link? Thanks
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:23 PM   #80
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Is that a Warrior of Virtue conversing with Leo?
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