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05 May 2012 @ 09:52 am
Customizing: Carole & John Barrowman actionfigures  
This entry explains why Carole wanted me to make a figure and also has a link to the TV show Carole and John talked about me

It all started with the action figures reading the book "Hollow Earth". Unfortunately back then I did not have a Carole Barrowman figure for the Cardiff book signing. Something had to be done about that.

So I had a look around and settled for a Willow figure (from the "Buffy" line) which in my eyes would make a great Carole with a bit of change.

Carole

While I was at it, I also made her matching brother:

John

First I had to cut off a bit of the hair. Thankfully the face underneat was painted, otherwise it would've looked odd:

Carole02


Carole03


Then I used Milliput to add her fringe and also reformed the backside of the head:

Carole04


Carole05




Forgot to take a picture before painting, but because the original Willow figure had so awful thin arms I also added a bit of meat there with Milliput. Also filled up the waist a bit to make it look more realistic. Sorry Carole! Plus I formed the collar of the pullover:

Carole06



Painting those thin strains of hair without getting brown paint onto the face wasn't quite easy but I managed. And then I realized something else: Willow has brown eyes while Carole's are blue like her brother's. Luckily I had bought myself the tiniest brush I could find. So I made a tiny blue dot for the eye, an even tinier black dot for the pupil and the tiniest white dot for a bit of reflexion. One eye was perfect on the first try but with the other the white dot wasn't in the right place, so I had to put black over it again to start anew, and then the black became too big, so I had to start with blue again... went through this three times. Here's the result:

Carole07

Finally the last step, which let me wonder why I didn't go for the simple green shirt instead from that other funny photoshoot (Carole upside down). Wonder if my figures are that flexible? Might try it out one day!

Anyway, too late now, so here I was painting a lot of thin red stripes for the pullover:

Carole08


For John, first I had to remove Captain Jack's coat:

John02



Then I rounded off the shoulders and cut off the holster and the braces/suspenders.

John03



I also did cut off the shirt collar. This is so hard it cannot be done with a knife, I use a mini saw for it. So I was sawing close to his neck. Sorry Jack ;) Here is a picture of my workplace:

Arbeitstisch

I filled him up with Milliput to form the pullover:

John04




Then it was a simple painting job, with a bit of white underneat for the t-shirt.

John05



If you like to compare, here is the link to the original pictures at from a book signing which inspired me because the colors matched so nicely:

pictures of Carole and John

And here is my version again:

Carole_John

Tweeted at 05.05.2012 https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/198721900896206849

https://twitter.com/dieastra/status/198720442746404865
 
 
 
~*Nicky*~nola4ever on May 5th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
Wow, der Wahnsinn. Und was das für eine Arbeit ist.... ;) Echt super gemacht! ;)
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Danke!
Ich freu mich, dass sie John auch gefallen haben, aber warum zum Geier hab ich bloß kein Foto oder Video davon gemacht? Dann hätte ich jetzt was zum Zeigen.
(no subject) - nola4ever on May 15th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nola4ever on May 15th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sachiejo_chan_san on May 5th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Carole figure really looks like Carole. Super work!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I showed them to John and he loved it as well!
georgesalbin on May 5th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
One word = awesome !
Hope you link the photo's to Carole, she'll be well impressed :D
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 5th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

Yes, I posted on her Facebook and also sent it by Twitter. She actually knew I was doing it and waited for it.

And when she got up today she found it and tweeted it around. And if you scroll down a bit, she even did leave a comment here in the LJ post! The anonymous one. So she definitely likes it ;) I'm always happy to make people happy.
(no subject) - georgesalbin on May 7th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
Love it!
Please don't start sticking pins into it. I already have abad back.
Cheers,
Carole (the real one, that is)
missthingsplacemissthingsplace on May 5th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
Amazing!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Showed them to John at the weekend and he loved it too!
banlubanlu on May 5th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)

::thumbs up:: Great job!

Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Showed them to John and he loved it too ;)
aresnzaresnz on May 5th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Positively brilliant!!! :-)
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
John loved it too when I showed them to him ;)
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Good job. Nice detail.
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
momo_ulimomo_uli on May 5th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, Astra. Was für eine tolle Arbeit. Wie jede deiner Arbeiten!!
Was für eine Arbeit - jedes Detail passt haargenau. Das ist so super gemacht. Verbeuge mich vor deiner Kunst :)
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
Dankeschön ;)
Und John haben sie auch gefallen!
owensheartowensheart on May 5th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
WOw these are awesomely done.
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Showed them to John at the weekend and he loved them too! I will write a detailed report about it yet.
Laura: TW - Clappingcookielaura on May 5th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
They look amazing! Can't believe the transformation on Carole! x
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Showed it to John at the weekend and he said "Amazing" as well ;)

Love your icon, where is this from?
(no subject) - cookielaura on May 15th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - dieastra on May 15th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Hi, ich bins angiangus.

Das ist ja mal wieder ein Meisterwerk. Ich bewundere immerwieder deine Ausdauer bei dieser Friemelarbeit.
Antjedieastra on May 5th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Hi! Nett, dass Du es dazu sagst, ich hatte heute einige anonyme Kommentare, die ich nicht zuordnen konnte.

Diesmal war es wirklich eine Friemelarbeit, aber ich mach das auch nur an Tagen, wo ich Lust dazu habe.
beth888beth888 on May 5th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
these are amazing hun!
So realistic and very artistic :)
hoping for a Scott figure now.. :D
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 5th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Carole likes it too, she has tweeted about it. I'm happy to make her happy. Now John isn't the only one in the family with an action figure ;)

In fact, I would like to do a Scott as well. What do you think of this guy, is he up for the job?

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q227/DieAstra/PPP%20Doctor%20Who/Hamlet/22Wischmoppbehindthescenes.jpg

Haven't decided yet whether I just leave the blue shirt. While I think I have seen a picture of Scott in such a shirt, I would like to do something different, like his brown leather jacket. I do need lots of Scott pictures in casual clothes first for reference (no suits, I'd like casual). If you have any to share that would be nice!
lbfmusic: Jantolbfmusic on May 6th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I love it! You did a wonderful job of changing Willow into Carole!

Glad to hear that Carole liked it, too!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
And John liked it too - I showed them to him at the weekend. He said "Amazing" and "Brilliant". He was really impressed! I also gave him a photoalbum with the "Hollow Earth" stories.

I think I should make another one and give it to Carole. But I really would like to keep this one as so much work was put into it. Couldn't bear to part with it, you know?
sharp2799: Jack Harkness - Torchwoodsharp2799 on May 6th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
You have such vision!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Carole loved it, and I showed it to John at the weekend who loved it too! He said "Amazing".