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#1 General Magma

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:15 PM

Hello everybody!

I don't know if any of you remember my topic for custom SW figures,
but since that one has long been dead and because I have started making customized LOTR figures ever since,
I decided to create this topic to display them. Note that most of them (if not all) will be generic soldiers from factions.

10 months ago (at the moment of writing), I started creating an army of orcs. There have been 11 batches of orc figures in my Flickr photostream since then,
with most of them having been updated and improved over time. Currently, the army consists of more than 40 orcs. Since non-purist customizing on those has started recently, I will post pictures of those along with some of the purist orcs over time.

But, for today, I will show you a quarter of my current army of Rohirrim soldiers.
As you can see, one of them is a hooded Rohan soldier - the rest of them are equipped with proper helmets. The one to the far left was the first custom soldier I made back in May. The rest of 'em are more recent.
The paint I used for this is Revell, which I haven't used before until a few months ago.
(Note that the slight messy looks that may appear so to you on some of these were kept on purpose, it helps to give it the rough look of the Rohan soldiers from the films in my opinion)

Soldiers of Rohan #1

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For those who do not know or remember the hooded Rohan soldier, this is what it's based on:

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See more views of these (including stand-alone pics of each) under the picture in my Flickr photostream.
You can also start browsing from there to see the orc batches I have posted on Flickr so far.

Enjoy these for now, C&C is welcome. :classic:
Let me know which one(s) you like best!

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#2 Spider-Man

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 02:26 AM

They look pretty good!  :classic: I like the one with the chain mail on his head the best because he is so much different then anything you made or that TLG gave us! Keep it up I look forward to seeing more  :sweet:
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#3 DarthPotato

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:40 AM

I think I've seen your orcs on Flickr before. They were really nice and these are too, so good job.  :thumbup:

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:53 AM

I really like the shield, the fact that's it's painted on makes it more realistic. I also love your helmets, and that chainmail fellow is great!  :thumbup:
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#5 purpleparadox

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:40 AM

Great customs! :sweet: My favourite has to be the hooded Rohan soldier. The chain mail on his head just looks so cool.

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#6 General Magma

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:44 PM

Thanks all!
Planning to start on a few more Rohan soldiers sometime soon, as well as a few orcs.

#7 Gandalf the Purple

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:42 AM

Really good, though if possible I would give the 3 troops with helmets TLG's Rohan Soldier helmet. Overall great :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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#8 General Magma

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:52 PM

View PostGandalf the Purple, on 17 August 2012 - 01:42 AM, said:

Really good, though if possible I would give the 3 troops with helmets TLG's Rohan Soldier helmet. Overall great :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Thanks - I wanted to have lots of variety within the Rohirrim army, since many soldiers wore differently shaped helmets, etc.
Currently, I only possess one of the official soldiers, but I'm planning to get some more of those helmets of theirs later on.
I've been thinking of painting them all, but I feel like I should keep the one I have now untouched.

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#9 General Magma

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:24 PM

Good day!

Wanted to share with you all the first batch of orcs in this topic.
My Flickr photostream has a total of 13 batches of orcs, 4 or 5 of them coming with each picture.
Many of them have been improved and upgraded over time, and there's a total of 45 orcs right now. These are among the first customized ones (#3 is purist):

Orcs - Batch 13

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For a better look at these, click the first picture.
To see the other 12 batches besides this one, check the description beneath the picture on Flickr. Followed by that there are solo pics of all four.

C&C is welcome as always - if you could rate the orcs from left to right along with suggestions on how to improve them, I would appreciate that as well.
Thanks in advance, and enjoy! :classic:

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

No comments for those? Oh well, here again with another batch of orcs...

Orcs - Batch 14

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As you can see, this time there are three painted faces (two fully painted heads, one just received some add-ons like an "orcish" nose and orange eyes,
with some dirt on the bare chest - along with a painted shield to resemble the Eye of Mordor emblem). As usual,
more pics if you click on the above picture to go to Flickr (underneath the batch #14 pic), and other orc batches are linked to in the description.

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C&C is welcome as always.
Thanks, and hope you enjoy. More orcs should be coming in the next few weeks, along with Rohirrim.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:08 PM

This latest batch of Orcs looks really cool. :thumbup: I can see them chaotically sweeping across the plains, destroying everything in sight.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:49 PM

View Postpurpleparadox, on 26 August 2012 - 07:08 PM, said:

This latest batch of Orcs looks really cool. :thumbup: I can see them chaotically sweeping across the plains, destroying everything in sight.

Thanks! They sure would.

I might make some named characters or non-generic characters like the bow master in Helm's Deep if they don't appear in their corresponding sets. (The bow master doesn't, so that's one...)
I hope we'll eventually get to see the rest of the possible figures in sets too, though, but the creation of named characters is still an idea in the back of my head for now.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:42 PM

These Orcs are looking really good. Will you be making Elves?
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#14 General Magma

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:46 PM

View PostGandalf the Purple, on 05 September 2012 - 04:42 PM, said:

These Orcs are looking really good. Will you be making Elves?

Thanks. Hmmm... elves.. I don't know. Pretty much depends on what Elves.
I'm kinda waiting for TLG to do Lothlorien Elves themselves, and since I've got a Helm's Deep MOC project planned for the future,
those will be needed.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:56 AM

Do you paint warhammer? These are ridiculously good paint jobs.

#16 General Magma

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:02 PM

View PostSantaduckz, on 06 September 2012 - 11:56 AM, said:

Do you paint warhammer? These are ridiculously good paint jobs.

Thank you! :classic:
Nope, I don't paint any Warhammer figurines, though several of my Rohan soldiers were inspired by some Warhammer versions.
Most of the figures from the first batches of this topic were marked as my comeback to customizing, and were the first attempts at it using Revell paint.

Thanks again - so as for now... allow me to present to you the very next batch of Rohan soldiers, including a new shield design!

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I thought the shield turned out great! I think you might've seen the design it's based on before.
All the helmets are painted, the first three completely, and the one to the far right just has additional silver lines. Tried a new design for a helmet as well,
since I wanted to have more variation. And if you have a very keen eye, you may be able to spot a bit of rustiness on the helmet painted with a lighter brown.

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For individual pics of the figures, have a look at the bonus pictures under the pic in my Flickr photostream.

C&C is welcome as always.
Thanks, and enjoy! Any suggestions as for the next Rohan shield design, or perhaps things regarding certain figures?
A source of inspiration for a new orc based on an actual (preferably unnamed) orc? Go ahead and toss in your suggestions! :classic:

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:29 PM

These are really nice customs, the later orc designs and most of all, your Rohan ones I could totally see cutting eachother down at the Black Gate.  :laugh:

My favorite's definitely the chainmail hooded guy in the first picture - since you'd consider doing specific figures, might I suggest Hama or Gamling? Also, perhaps you'd think about making a banner for the Rohan soldiers, like in orc batch 10?  :thumbup:
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#18 General Magma

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:00 PM

View PostCallMePie, on 06 September 2012 - 06:29 PM, said:

These are really nice customs, the later orc designs and most of all, your Rohan ones I could totally see cutting eachother down at the Black Gate.  :laugh:

My favorite's definitely the chainmail hooded guy in the first picture - since you'd consider doing specific figures, might I suggest Hama or Gamling? Also, perhaps you'd think about making a banner for the Rohan soldiers, like in orc batch 10?  :thumbup:

Thanks! Well hey, that might be something for me to do in the farther future. By then the armies will have grown to huge proportions...

I think I could make Háma, yes. Dunno about Gamling since they had a figure of him in the video game,
and there's a chance of him appearing in a set later on, but I doubt we'll see Háma otherwise.

Named AND/OR non-generic characters I'm currently planning to make:
- Háma
- Old soldier in Helm's Deep (upsetter of the Uruks)
- Guritz (orc with skull on his head, if there won't be an official one)

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#19 General Magma

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:19 PM

Hello all! No new posts since my last one, so excuse me for the double post.
I'd like to present to you something new - something I've been planning to do for quite a long time. Finally got to it...
Which is, 'digital designs' of possible future LOTR figures. I'm making them in a way TLG probably would, and here's the first one...

    Denethor, Steward of Gondor

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That's just a first for now.
Next I might have some orc designs up besides real figures in the future, so stay tuned!

Edited by General Magma, 13 September 2012 - 02:05 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:42 PM

View PostGeneral Magma, on 12 September 2012 - 05:19 PM, said:

Hello all! No new posts since my last one, so excuse me for the double post.
I'd like to present to you something new - something I've been planning to do for quite a long time. Finally got to it...
Which is, 'digital designs' of possible future LOTR figures. I'm making them in a way TLG probably would, and here's the first one...

    Denethor, Steward of Gondor

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That's just a first for now.
Next I might have some orc designs up besides real figures in the future, so stay tuned!

That looks awesome General Magma. :)

Can't wait to see more.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:26 PM

Your digital design looks fantastic! :sweet:

Do you have a blank template for minifig designs? I'd love to try my hand at making some myself. :classic:

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 11:44 PM

View PostRoyalBrickCustoms, on 14 September 2012 - 02:42 PM, said:

That looks awesome General Magma. :)

Can't wait to see more.

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Thanks! Gothmog will be up next.

View Postpurpleparadox, on 14 September 2012 - 11:26 PM, said:

Your digital design looks fantastic! :sweet:

Do you have a blank template for minifig designs? I'd love to try my hand at making some myself. :classic:

Thanks. :classic:
And yes, I do have a template - it's the same size as the Denethor figure:

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:55 AM

Perfect! Thanks a billion. :thumbup:

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:33 PM

And here's digital design number two... any suggestions for the next one?

Gothmog, Lieutenant of Morgul

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His head would be a regular minifig head, alongside a headpiece like the ones from the most recent
Frankenstein's monster figures, the elves and the new orcs.
The darker shade of grey on the torso and legs is pearl dark grey, only used it on prints, helmets, shields, swords and other pieces,
but no arms, so that's why the other arm is the usual dark bluish grey.

C&C welcome as always - stay tuned for more!

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:11 PM

Lovely. How about a Mount Doom Frodo or a Galadrial or Saruman!
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