Monday, February 25, 2013

Joe Customs Awards 2012!

The results for this years JCAs (Joe Customs Awards) are up over at! I somehow managed to place in the final running for a lot of the categories and actually won "Best Overall Customizer for Figures"! is an incredibly community, and I'm incredibly proud to be part of it and honored to be recognized by my fellow artists over there. If you've never checked it out before, the awards page is certainly a great place to start looking at some of the "best of the best" work the site has to offer, but that's just the tip of the iceberg of the tremendous amount of talent that's cranking out amazing work.

Thanks again to everyone over there!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Shadow Weaver - Arashikage Illustionist

When the Red Ninjas from GI Joe Retaliation hit the shelves last year, I found myself interested in the Ninja side of the GI Joe mythos for the first time. So I'm slowly adding a few custom ninjas to my collection, like Slice. I loved the Nightsister figure from the Clone Wars, and it didn't take too much work to adapt it to 'Joe style articulation.

I'm not sure yet if Shadow Weaver is an individual or the name of a branch of the Arashikage clan, but either way I see their role as an illusionist. They rely on sleight of hand and deception to build a false aura of super natural mystique around the Ninja Clan, using these tricks to instill fear and confusion in their enemies. I borrowed the name from the Masters of the Universe character when I realized there was strong visual similarity, and of course "Shadow" is a component of the translated name of the clan.

Parts Recipe:
Nightsister - Base Figure
X-23 - Hips and Upper Legs
Rabe - Head (sculpted mask)

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Dregrnaut Lands

I've been helping my friend Martin Spitznagel finish the Star Wars fanfilm he's been working on for about a decade. We've been shooting some starship models I whipped up for him over the past year or so, and we're in the final stretch with one more weekend of shooting left, but here's some of the first "effects footage" for Hunt for the Holocron!