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just thought i'd share with yall some of my works. they're all playmobil bases, re-imagined into my own slightly twisted characters. Entitled "a curious panorama of corporate utopia", a bunch of these were done up for a local arts show back in jan.
sculpted with epoxy putty and painted with acrylics, crits are welcome. more pics are on my site, so do check'em out.
The Corporate Champ
The Corporate Chimp
The Corporate Chic
The Corporate Chump
Rebel 'R' Us
Heartland Ah Lan
Salvation Ma Li
this 1 was based on Ashley Wood's World War Robot, Nom de Plume. really liked the post-apocalyptic vibe so i decided to do him up playmobil style
Playmo de Plume
Last edited by chinese_chicken; June 18th, 2012 at 02:52 PM.
I love these. I wish the paint was just a little less shiny, or maybe its just the lighting when you take the photo. Tis a minor thing, because I think these are just great...
If you don't mind, I would like to share the link to this thread on a toy collecting forum I frequent... www.toymania.com. There are some Playmobil fans over there that will get a real kick out of this.
i frequent toymania every now and again although i wasn't aware there was a playmobil fan base. i don't mind at all; feel free to post my stuff there!
Oh yeah, Mr. Stinkhead (of MillionDollarPlayboy.com, I think) is a huge fan and posts tons of reviews for Playmobil on toymania.com which always go over really well.
Are you famillar with Xevoz? Short-lived Hasbro building action figure line from 2004 that released about 30 figures before it was cancelled. Loosely based on Stikfas, but larger and better made. Stylization generic in a sort of Playmobil way with the same plastic quality, but better articulated and fully interchangable ball and socket joints. If you don't have any, I think you'd really love them both for play factor and customizablity. Xevoz was sort of like the best of Playmobil combined with the best of Legos in a real action figure line that was better than Bionicle (IMHO). So sad that the line died, but the marketing was horrible. Really deserved to be a multi-decade, transgenerational toy line like Playmobil and Lego too.
But thanks for posting these really great figures.
I am so tired of seeing people scribble on a MUNNY and call it a custom figure.
Thanks for sharing.
beautiful stuff sir!!
i've heard abt Xevoz but i nvr really got around to collecting the line. i did appreciate the stylized look they had and i liked the fact that each 1 was uniquely sculpted but remained generic in its form. i collected Stikfas tho. the mecha robot is 1 of my favourites!
just a quick throw up here
was looking through my playmo fodder and came across this fella.
a bit of epoxy and acrylics and this is what i came up with.
a little rough on the edges (man its hard to paint at this size!) although i think it blends in well with the rest of my work
this of course, was inspired by frank kozik.
something a little different, from a concept i've had in ze head for a while. vintage star wars as an art canvas. loved the lines kitschy look
epoxy putty and arcylics
Rebel-Scum: The Imperial Commander
Yes, the gritty grainy surface texture. Yeah - it looks alright and I'm as glad as Kilh that you didn't go for flat colours gloss ("toy soldier" a-la original playmobil).
If you thinned your airbrush paint, or went in a tad heavier/closer with the spray can, then a slightly wetter 'dry'-brush you could get a much smoother finish.
It's a tough one, because these have a consistent "look" that is pretty good - and the fact it is consistent makes the set, but I can't help but think that a smoother paintjob (Layered rather than dry-brushed - maybe try a bit of wet-blending on the model) could really take these to the next level. But... like I say, it's a tough one. Could be interesting though
personally i do prefer the slightly rough and textured finish as i like the gritty appearence that it gives. i currently don't own an airbrush so all the paints go on the medium using regular bristle brushes. i am very keen though to experiment on an airbrush as i am curious about the versitility of the tool. i will definitely try a lil more wet-blending for my next piece and see how that turns out. thanks again for the constructive comments, will be sure to take them into consideration!
up next is a custom piece i did for Tenacious Toy's Who's Da Bomb?! custom art show.
Base materials are a Toy2R mini bomb and a playmobil farm animal. The mini bomb was sanded down (the ridiculous looking cigarette was ripped off), rivets and other details like cracks and dings were sculpted on. A saddle to house the mini bomb was sculpted onto the playmobil. and the tiny guns and such were random parts found in my parts box.
Toy2R mini bomb
bits of fodder
Work In Progress
my lastest work features 2 sets of 3 Playmo de Plumes, commissioned by a very paintent client. based off the works of Ashley Wood's World War Robot series - Nom, Noir and Blanc de Plumes.
these guys stand 3 inches short.
materials used include:
stock playmobil figures
random parts fodder
went a bit overboard with the pics, more can be found in my flickr account & blog. feedback certainly welcome.
this next piece was a contribution artwork to a local arts festival in Singapore entitled "Content: navigating a point". Each head was sculpted and painted and the final piece was exhibited as digital prints of each individual head.
medium used: epoxy sculpt, acrylic paints, digital prints
each head sculpt is just under an inch tall
more flicks can be found at my blog @ http://www.doryphunk.blogspot.com/
and on my flickr @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/33148548@N08/
These are all just great. You really do some cool, fun stuff.
Look forward to seeing more!
"It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what's cool." - Calvin, Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
You're style is way cool. Don't change anything. Don't airbrush. The dry brush effect is great. Love your color choices, execution, and attitude. Can't wait to see more.
Fantastically done!!! Very creative. I Love the Steampunks!!!
Hey, I really like these! Your metal work looks totally real. It looks like the hammered copper mirrors that I posted. I love the rivits and screw heads.
Mah ' Crub
wow thank you so much for the positive feedback guys! coming from such an immensely talented pool such as y'all really means alot to me.
this next piece is kind of a deviation from what i'm used to. a pair of commissioned canvas shoes for a local arts exhibition in Singapore.
Form Over Function
canvas shoes x epoxy putty x acrylic paints
my first forray into the canvas shoe medium, comments are welcome!
Absolutely love the customised play people (playmobil) - great ideas, these were some of my favourite early toys before Action Man came along of course. But I have to say (in my poshest, most self righteous, british accent) Sir - are you mad!!!??? Did I just see you customise an orginal classic Star Wars figure????? Blasphemy!!! Total blasphemy!! You'd be burnt at the stake if Star Wars was the state religion. Just don't let me catch you eyeing up any classic action man dolls or there will be hell to pay!!!!!
Joking aside, great custom jobs, but I think someone else already said it, the paint jobs are a little too glossy looking. Fits in with the nature of the toy i guess but, a matt finish would look nicer. Keep em coming.