Roxy Bisquaint (roxybisquaint) wrote,
Roxy Bisquaint

TSCC: Custom Action Figures PART 6

When last we met, there was news of Cameron having been damaged—melted in a pot of boiling water as I was hardening her freshly sculpted hair. A series of events led to this catastrophe. The plastic of her torso (which was a late 90s re-issue Baroness) was of a cheaper plastic than other Joe parts and apparently had less tolerance for heat. But I can't blame it all on the plastic. I had the flame up too high and left her in the water too long, causing her upper thighs to get a bit misshapen too. And making matters worse, the torso buckled outward, effectively attaching itself to the back of her hair. I tried, unsuccessfully, to save her head, the hair ended up breaking off in the process. So that left me basically starting from scratch on Cameron. Augh.

Fortunately, I had duplicate parts for her head, legs and abdomen. The arms had survived without incident, so all I needed was a new torso to get her reassembled. Instead of a Baroness torso, I had to go with a Scarlet one. It works better really and the only reason I didn't use it originally is because, well, it's a 1982 Scarlet piece! But Cameron was in need, so Scarlet went to the parts pile. After getting rid of the grenade on the chest, smoothing out some texture on the shoulder and filling in a seam across the chest, the new torso was ready. I also got rid of the watch on her wrist (cyborgs don't wear watches - Cameron's got an accurate internal clock).

For some reason, sculpting the hair this time was a lot harder. I just couldn't seem to get it on there right and I think I started over about a dozen times. But I eventually got it the way I wanted it and it was time to get her back into the water. I was much more careful, keeping the heat down lower and gently removing her head from the body before cooking (I wasn't taking any chances—this was the last good female torso I had for her). It went fine and Cameron's hair hardened without incident.

I'd forgotten that I still had to remove pouches off the sides of the legs again (just like last time), so I took care of that and then went to work on the final shaping of her hair. Just like with Sarah, Cameron's hair was somewhat big on top. With my trusty Dremel in hand, I reduced it down and did some shaping, smoothing and detailing. Aside from it being a little longer than I wanted (I was afraid I'd break it if I tried to shorten it), I'm pleased with the results.

Now because I'm going to make a second head for John (one with short hair, one with long hair), I'm still not ready to start painting. I'd also like to do a little more work on Derek's jacket and possibly his hair. But I'll be done with sculpting today regardless. Unfortunately, I've got a busy week coming up so I don't know how much time I'll actually have to devote to this for the next several days. I'll be so sad if I can't start painting, though. Something tells me I'll work it in somehow. It think these figures are going to turn out really good. I'm excited.

Oh yeah - I started thinking about accessories! Maybe an AR15 and a handgun for Sarah, a block of C4 and a handgun for Derek, medical bag for Charley, handgun for Ellison. I guess Cameron and Cromartie don't need accessories do they? And what about John? Maybe a laptop and a texbook (or backpack)? Suggestions welcome.

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Tags: gi joe, hair, sarah connor chronicles, tscc custom action figures

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