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  1. Sikh Regiment, Indian Army: Head: Star Wars Legacy Bail Organa Torso/Waist/Upper arms: 25th Duke Lower Arms: Indiana Jones Ugha Warrior Legs: 25th Roadblock Sash: inkjet cotton There have been Sikhs servng with the British Army since 1846. The modern Sikh Regiment traces its lineage back to the 11th REgiment. This version is the modern Indian Army uniform. The first head I considered was the Legacy Bail Organa. The skin already had the perfect skin tone. I sculpted the beard, moustache and turban. I could have used the head from the IJ Thuggee, but I wanted it accurate. I knew I had a 25th Duke minus the lower arms, and I dug out a pair of 25th Roadblock legs. I had to create the pattern for the sash as I could not find it online.
  2. King's African Rifles: Head: RoC Heavy Duty Torso: Indiana Jones Russian Soldier Upper Legs: Indiana Jones Cemetary Warrior Lower Legs: Indiana Jones Ugha Warrior Rifle: BBi The King's African Rifles was a multi-batttalion regiment gathered from colonies in East Africa that served with distinction with the British Army in Africa from its inception in 1902 through to independence in the 1960s. The Heavy Duty head was the obvious choice for this custom. The fez was quite an easy sculpt. I was originally going to go with a 25th Wild Bill for the torso, and the jacket bottom from the IJ Russian Soldier, But I eventually decided to use the whole Russian torsoas it has exactly the look I was going for.
  3. The 17th/21st Lancers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army from 1922 to 1993. It was formed in 1922 in England by the amalgamation of the 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) and the 21st Lancers (Empress of India's). From 1930 to 1939 it was deployed overseas; first in Egypt for two years, and then in India for seven. In 1938 the regiment was mechanised. This is one of the more interesting and elaborate Action Man Ceremonials sets and has been on my list of customs since the start of this project. I considered several different figures, but the Bail Organa had the right type of boots and was the right height without having to swap parts. The helmet was a nightmare to scult and the top part took four attempts to get right. I considered various ideas for the plume, but eventually settled on the top kmot/ponytail from the Indiana Jones Ugha Warrior. THat may make a reappearence on a couple more figures I have planned. I originally used a wooden barbecue skewer for the lance with the head made from the Indiana JOnes spear of destiny, but it proved far too unwieldy: http://www.joecustoms.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=40337&start=15 I was looking through my box of Star Wars accessories for some other parts and found a pike from the Rebel Honour Guard. I reduced the size on the pennants and redid the lance. I was going to leave it the dull silver colour it came as, but I thought I should make the same effort on that as I had on the figure. Head: GI Joe Spy Troops Cross Hairs Helmet: Sculpted PlumL Indiana Jones Ugha Warrior Figure: Star Wars Legacy Bail Organa Lance: Star Wars Rebel Honour Guard Pennants: Inkjet Cotton Braid: Embroidery Thread Front of Jacket/Trouser Trum/Belt/Helmet Trim: Inkjet Vinyl White Piping: Vinyl Coachline Trim Buttons: Pin Heads
  4. I never had the Action Man set, but this is one of the British Army Ceremonials outfits that made the Action Man line so unique: ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDER Head: Indiana Jones KotCS Russian Soldier Torso/Arms/Hands: 25th Wild Bill Legs: Indiana Jones KotCS Ugha Warrior Feet: Indiana Jones KotCS Mutt Williams Kilt: Inkjet cotton FN FAL: Marauder Sporran: sculpted
  5. Figures: 25th Snow Job Huskies: Schleich Penguin: Schleich Tents: Marauder Dog sled: Playmobil Camping equipment: Playmobil Film camera: Chap Mei Equipment cases: Playmobil
  6. This is the first custom I have worked on in over a year. I would like to dedicate it to my father. When I started working on 1:18 'Action Man' customs, we started talking about which ones I was going to make. The first thing he said was: "Are you going to make the dog sled?" The first words out of my mouth were "Hell, yes!" When I saw the Wippin' It Challenge on JOeCustoms, I though: Why not at least post the parts and see where it goes. Nearly two weeks later, I have a great feeling of achievement in finishing the set: Original: Action Man Trans-Polar Expedition:
  7. Thanks. It started out as a simple custom and just got more complicated as I thought of ways to make it better as I went along.
  8. In the end, I decided to make the full set of Star mail-ins: I already had the sentry box. Unfortunately, I could not find a bull mastiff that was anywhere near close to 1:18, so I settled for a German Shepherd; the dog used by the K-9 units of the RCMP. I found an image of an actual RCMP shabrack (saddle blanket) online and just sized it and printed it straight onto inkjet cotton. I painted the horse dark brown as they are in every picture of the RCMP on horseback that I could find. To make the gun, I just put a link from a fine chain into the butt of the pistol and tied a piece of white cord around it.
  9. When I was a teenager, I sold off my entire Action Man collection. 15 figures plus a box full of outfits and accessories. I really regret getting rid of all of them now. I had several permanently dressed up in my favourite sets. One of these was the Mountie outfit from the exclusive mail-in Star scheme. When I decided to make the Grenadier Guard, I started on a Mountie at the same time, part based on the Action Man outfit, part on the character of Sgt. Dave King from the Republic serials in the early 1940s. This is probably the most Franken-Joed figure I have ever made. Hat: ARAH Sgt Slaughter (modified and cast) Head: GI Joe Spy Troops Cross Hairs Torso/Arms: SW Legacy Bail Organa Belt/Top Pockets: Trimline Hands: Indiana Jones (Arab Horse Figure) Strap: Indiana Jones satchel Holster: Indiana Jones Cairo Marketplace Belt Buckle/Pouches: 25th Quick Kick Waist/Groin: 25th Snowjob Bottom pockets: IJ KotCS Colonel Dovchenko Legs: RoC Destro Pistol: Indiana Jones Horse: Indiana Jones Arab Stallion Shabrack (Saddle Blanket): Printed inkjet cotton German Shepherd: Papo Sentry Box: Inkjet vinyl/card
  10. I made the sentry box as a papercraft project after making the German Sentry Box from the Colditz set as an experiment: I layered the roof to get the same effect as the actual sentry box. This one was never produced for the Action Man range. There was the Colditz box and a red and white box offered through the mail-away 'Star' scheme: But I wanted a more accurate representation of the Grenadier Guards' box that is used in London, so I took the template from the first two I made and modified it. All three were printed onto inkjet sticky-backed vinyl, sprayed with matt varnish and stuck down onto 180 gsm art card.
  11. When I was making my Legionnaire, I used a couple of Action Man books for reference. AS I looked through them, I started wondering if there were any sets I had as a kid that I could turn into 1:18 scale customs. Preferably figures that would be Action Man rather than GI Joe. One that struck me straight away was the Grenadier Guard from the 'Ceremonials' range: Head: Spy Troops Cross Hairs Bearskin Hat: Sculpted Chin Strap: gold ribbon Arms/Torso: SW Legacy Bail Organa Hands: Microlady Waist: Valor vs Venom Duke Groin/Legs: RoC Cobra Commander SA80: Marauder Belt/Cuffs/Trouser Stripes: Trimline Cuff/Jacket ornamentation: printed inkjet vinyl Buttons: pins Sentry Box: papercraft I know the buttons are off on the front of the tunic, but it would have caused some major damage to the torso to remove and redo them. The holes looked fine when they were drilled. I used the Cross Hairs head as that is one that looks remarkably similar to an original GI Joe/Action Man head. It is the one I will generally be using for subsequent figures I have planned, unless something different is called for.
  12. Bollux and Blue Max: Han Solo Trilogy by Brian Daley 28 years ago I made my first full-sculpted custom using a Kenner Han Solo carbonite figure. It was a Captain Scarlet custom. British members will know who I mean. I then made a Captain Black to go with him. I was so happy with the way they turned out, and I still have them, that I sat down with a pen and paper and started making a list of action figures that I would like to make. Came to about 200 figures. Most of these I have made over the years, but one that was near the top of the list That has caused me headaches trying to work out how to make it is Bollux and Blue Max from the Han Solo adventures by Brian Daley. I have always had a fondness for those books, and for Bollux and Max in particular. I wanted them as figures to go with my Kenner Han and Chewie figures, then POTF, then Saga and now VC. I started planning a custom many times, but I could never find a droid or other figure that I was happy with. Then several weeks ago I was trawling Rebelscum photo archives and started going through the Legacy Droid Factory section. I clicked on the Darth Maul/I-5YQ listing, stared at the screen and had a facepalm moment. Straight to Legacy BAD to look for parts and then over to Ebay. Made him a metallic green to match the description in 'Han Solo's Revenge' The little cube that came with the I-5YQ was perfect for Blue Max. Head: Cast from Vader's 2-1B Surgical Droid Torso/Upper Arms/Lower Legs: Legacy Droid Factory I-5YQ Lower Arms: BAD HK-50 Upper Legs: YVH-1
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