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Old 01-24-2017, 10:24 AM   #161
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Oh, right... Heymilt also painted my Out of the Shadows Bebop and Rocksteady!

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Badass Heymilt versions:



What masterful painting!

And this isn't even everything! I've also got a vintage Krang and an Out of the Shadows Krang's Android Body that have been similarly transformed, plus a bunch of accessories and things I haven't photographed yet.

Thank you so much, sir! You are the man!
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:55 PM   #162
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Cross-posted from the NECA Donatello thread...

It's been too cold and icy around here to take Donatello out to the alley for another proper shoot, so I've been playing around with more silly props and accessories for him. (I abandoned my ambitious plans for a giant custom sewer for my Playmates Turtles, and now I'm tempted to create one for this figure that dwarfs all the Playmates figures. I'm a genius).

Today's devastating triumph of creativity and the human spirit:



I bought this Lone Ranger lunchbox ornament a couple years ago for some gag portraits of NECA's quarter-scale Lone Ranger figure:



It's just been sitting here ever since, and so I grabbed it recently and placed it on a shelf next to that kitbashed Turtle Comm I recently shared, figuring Donatello might keep an old lunchbox around; why not?



Then I decided to put some goodies in it.



The brown paper that's all beat to hell is gnomish text from the Artemis Fowl novel. I printed it out and aged it and gave it to NECA's Epic Scale (quarter-scale) Gandalf to use as a scroll:



Here's a better look at the cassette. Or "tape", as it would have been called back in the day.



The cover is the business card of a Boise artist, toy creator and tattoo artist named Jay O'Leary. The tape itself is actually a microcassette on which I recorded my interview with Warren Ellis during his October Revolution Tour in 2000.



I'm not going to lie; I think I've changed some lives today, and we've all learned a lot about ourselves.
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:16 PM   #163
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I was mostly kidding about making a sewer for NECA's quarter-scale Donatello. But now I honestly think I'm going to do it.

Here's a quick photo I slapped together a week or so ago, just to give a sense of what I have in mind:



Today, I bought some props and things. We'll see what happens.

In the meantime, I'm kitbashing a movie-aesthetic Cheapskate for Donatello.

Here's the original vintage Cheapskate, followed by some tentative first steps:









...and today I hit the jackpot! I was thinking of buying a mini-fan and trying to find some sort of small engine, when what should I find at the thrift shop for two bucks?



An engine and fan in one! I am far more excited about this silliness than I should be.
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:38 PM   #164
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Old 02-06-2017, 08:33 PM   #165
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Tonight at the thrift shop I spent $10 I really didn't want to spend, but I like to think it's worth it:

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It's called the Totes Tabletop Pool Table. There's one available for $26 shipped on eBay right now.

The light bulb is from a very old vanity I bought at the same thrift shop a few days ago for $3; I took it apart to get to its four miniature lightbulbs. I will either use them for lighting my sewer lair that I am increasingly certain I am going to make, or attach them to some wacky device that'll serve as one of Don's inventions.

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Old 02-09-2017, 07:41 PM   #166
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Tonight I scored something simple but also, for someone with my nonexistent tools and skills, very valuable: a bunch of wooden flats with grid patterns precut into them.



Each 3X3 flat was a dollar at ye old Mormon thrift shop. Twelve bucks total was a no-brainer.

Should I use them as the floor, to help distinguish it from the plain walls, or use it as a lower portion of the walls to suggest a subway?

Also, I'm thinking light gray for the walls (so that the Turtles pop against its drab, light backdrop) and dark gray for the floor. Thoughts on that?
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Old 02-12-2017, 02:14 PM   #167
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Bought an inner tube meant for a doll, just so's I can kitbash a quarter-scale version of the Sewer Party Tube:



I also recently bought this book light for a buck, thinking it can be part of some wacky invention of Donatello's. (Ignore the fact that I stupidly called it a bookmark).

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Old 02-12-2017, 03:07 PM   #168
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Admittedly, they have the wrong number of fingers for a ninja turtle, but if nothing else they should look cool as additional props on a shelf in the lair.
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:34 PM   #169
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:31 PM   #170
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Things have slowed down in this old thread in recent months. I'm tempted to start a new thread for just my NECA quarter-scale photos and custom accessory ideas and whatnot, but A. hardly anyone responded to the NECA quarter-scale thread I already started, and that one is designed to invite everyone to participate, which leads me to assume that B. maybe this thread is dying 'cause people are just sick of my ****, ha ha ha.
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:58 PM   #171
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Things have slowed down in this old thread in recent months. I'm tempted to start a new thread for just my NECA quarter-scale photos and custom accessory ideas and whatnot, but A. hardly anyone responded to the NECA quarter-scale thread I already started, and that one is designed to invite everyone to participate, which leads me to assume that B. maybe this thread is dying 'cause people are just sick of my ****, ha ha ha.
It's this whole subforum that has slowed down for some reason. I posted my first thread showing off my customs with alot of views but only 3 comments and the sad part is I had to fish for those .
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:08 PM   #172
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It's this whole subforum that has slowed down for some reason. I posted my first thread showing off my customs with alot of views but only 3 comments and the sad part is I had to fish for those .
I'm definitely part of the problem; I've admired your thread at least twice this week, and yet I'm pretty sure I haven't commented. (I'll fix that once I'm done here).

This thread and my similar but even more self-indulgent thread at the HISS Tank forum have both slowed down, which I suppose is natural once a thread gets this big; it probably doesn't help that I use the same handful of locales and backdrops over and over... and I photographed Heymilt's repaint of Nick Donatello billions of times. Still, it was humbling to look back through the past few pages and realize that only one person had commented since the start of September and I'd just continued posting, oblivious, ha ha ha.

The reason I don't just let it die? I still love forums; I prefer them to Facebook and the like by a wide margin. Not sure why, there's just something about the dialogue in format form that satisfies me. There's also at least an illusion of permanence, whereas it's a pain to find something I shared on Facebook last week, let alone three years ago.
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:21 PM   #173
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I'm definitely part of the problem; I've admired your thread at least twice this week, and yet I'm pretty sure I haven't commented. (I'll fix that once I'm done here).

This thread and my similar but even more self-indulgent thread at the HISS Tank forum have both slowed down, which I suppose is natural once a thread gets this big; it probably doesn't help that I use the same handful of locales and backdrops over and over... and I photographed Heymilt's repaint of Nick Donatello billions of times. Still, it was humbling to look back through the past few pages and realize that only one person had commented since the start of September and I'd just continued posting, oblivious, ha ha ha.

The reason I don't just let it die? I still love forums; I prefer them to Facebook and the like by a wide margin. Not sure why, there's just something about the dialogue in format form that satisfies me. There's also at least an illusion of permanence, whereas it's a pain to find something I shared on Facebook last week, let alone three years ago.

Well with Facebook you have all these different groups and such for things like this and I guess more people prefer that. Myself however I prefer forums so I'm with you on that.
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:35 PM   #174
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Well with Facebook you have all these different groups and such for things like this and I guess more people prefer that. Myself however I prefer forums so I'm with you on that.
The diversity of choices on Facebook is great in theory, but it just means there are several TMNT groups (for example) all competing, and people are posting their same stuff in every group; I dig the more centralized approach of the 'Drome.

I also like being able to share photos in this format, like a blog post or magazine article, with text in-between the images rather than descriptions you can only read by clicking on a given image.
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I'm don't even think I update things anymore, especially since I'm the only one posting under my threads. Haha. It's all kosher though, I mostly do stuff for myself not others.
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The After-Hours Research and the shots of Donnie tightening his bandana are my current fave images. Kudos.

I also liked the pool table shot too.
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The After-Hours Research and the shots of Donnie tightening his bandana are my current fave images. Kudos.

I also liked the pool table shot too.

Thanks, folks! I was just thinking aloud; I hadn't intended to grade-grub for comments, ha ha ha!


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I'm don't even think I update things anymore, especially since I'm the only one posting under my threads. Haha. It's all kosher though, I mostly do stuff for myself not others.
I love your stuff, but since I get to see it on Flickr, I probably haven't paid as much attention to the thread.

I increasingly do this for myself as well. Finding a balance between doing it for myself and wanting recognition can be tricky.
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:30 PM   #180
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I'm don't even think I update things anymore, especially since I'm the only one posting under my threads. Haha.
I just went back through your customs thread, and actually, there have been many times people commented and you didn't respond!


Some more randomness:



I'm in way over my head here, but I'm hoping I can get something decent going.

Also, I have $100 a month to spend on the hobby, and I spent the entirety of this month's allotment on a damn ice cream truck for dolls.



I am far, far more excited about this thing than I should be.

And now, a huge, huge thank you to Coro and Space Monkey Toys for my SH Figuarts Turtles!



They shipped with the quickness, and Coro was patient and generous even when I unwittingly became something of a pain to deal with. Thanks again, man!

I have barely touched the new figures, but I snapped a hasty cell phone photo in my toy room and hit it with a Prisma filter:



And I got to thinking... if I'm clever about it, perhaps I can paint my giant sewer lair in such a fashion that it can be to scale with NECA quarter-scale figures, as planned... but also with Figuarts Turtles.



I've got many other ridiculous and impractical ideas brewing, too. We'll see how many of them are viable enough to make it into this absurd thread.
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