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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.

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

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

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

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:

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:

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:

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

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

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:

I filled him up with Milliput to form the pullover:

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

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:

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

~*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)
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.
Carole (the real one, that is)
missthingsplacemissthingsplace on May 5th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
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?


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".
(Anonymous) on May 6th, 2012 08:09 am (UTC)
you make the craziest things..now I am looking forward to their first adventure!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
julejule17 on May 6th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
Wieder einmal saubere Arbeit! Und dann noch das Lob von "ganz oben". Spitze!
Aber Du hast Recht, das kann man nur machen, wenn man dazu aufgelegt ist. Mein Benedick wartet ...
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Dankeschön! Übrigens hab ich John die Figuren am Wochenende gezeigt. Seine Worte waren "Amazing" und "Brilliant".

Ich werde jetzt sicher auch einmal eine Pause einlegen. Es soll ja Spaß machen und nicht in Arbeit ausarten. Aber ich hab schon wieder so viele neue Ideen...
Zenayoonzena on May 7th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You attention to detail is amazing, do you think John would like a figure to Carole to play with when she's not around? :-)
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
I am not sure ;) I showed the figures to him at the weekend and he loved it! But I got them back so he did not keep them LOL
He said they were amazing. I also gave him a photoalbum with the "Hollow Earth" stories. He was really excited. Too bad I did not take a picture or video of this special time :(
(Anonymous) on May 8th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
Book club Barrowmans
Absolutely brilliant, I use to paint fantasy figures out of white dwarf magazine, you have to have a lot of patience, your eyes can go spasm after trying to paint the eyes,brilliant but heart wrenching destroying captain jack, casual barrowman bunch are imaginative x
Sue Whiteley
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 9th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Book club Barrowmans
Thank you very much, Sue! I think when doing it yourself you can even more appreciate all the hard work. The eyes were
really the worst, they are just so tiny!

Next week I am going to show it to John at the convention, wonder what he'll say. His sister probably already told him about it!

Don't worry, I bought this Jack cheap and used, I have another one, in fact I do have all variations of him. Not sure if you know my action figure stories? Here are all the lists:

list of all previous Doctor Who action figure stories

list of all previous Torchwood action figure stories

list of JB action figure theatre

list of customized figures

Thank you very much again for the comment! I'm going to post this to your FB as well, otherwise you won't see it.
Japonica Sue Fluffernutter's Stuff-ernuttertardistenantsue on May 8th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Is it funny that I think your Carole looks more like her than the pre-made John looks like John?

You have major talent.
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 8th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

In fact, I think this Captain Jack looks quite good. At least if I compare this DW version with the TW figure. You can see (not very good) pictures of this one here:


I admit though that I would have needed to change the hairstyle to make it look more like John. But I didn't dare to touch that.
If you are interested, in the upper right corner you'll find a link to more of my custom figures (mostly David Tennant).

Speaking of David Tennant, so far I only heard the name Japonica in the radio play "Double Income No Kids Yet". Do you know that? If not, I highly recommend checking it out. It's just too funny!

Greetings from Germany,
(no subject) - tardistenantsue on May 8th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - dieastra on May 9th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
jbsnowjbsnow on May 9th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Excellent :-)
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 9th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you ;)
dil_dealdil_deal on May 9th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Wow! This looks really amazing!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 9th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! Next week I am at the convention in Peterborough and will show them to John. Wonder what he'll say.

If you want to see my figures in action, there are links to all my stories in the upper right corner!

Greetings from Germany,
bluelilacs on May 10th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
These are awesome!

It really does look just like Carole. I bet she never in a million years thought she'd get to see her own action figure. So take that little brother!

The one of John is great, too. I love the step by step pictures you've posted. It's very interesting to see how you do it. I can't wait to see it if you do one for Scott.
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! BTW, I showed them (in real) to John at the weekend and he loved it as well and asked if Carole knows them. And he wanted one of the photoalbums with the "Hollow Earth" stories. I was so happy ;)

I will post a more detailed report and pictures in my LJ soon.

I already have a figure which I think would fit for Scott but I have to think about it further. Need to look through pictures to find one which I like. I don't want to make him in a suit but casual. Here is the figure I have in mind:


What do you think?
(no subject) - bluelilacs on May 16th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
hai_di holloway: SPN awesomehai_di on May 10th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Wie genial! Haste toll hingekriegt!! Sehen wirklich super aus!!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 15th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC)
Dankeschön! Hab sie am Sonntag auch John gezeigt und er war begeistert. "Amazing" hat er gesagt und dass ich sie online verkaufen soll ;) Muss noch einen ausführlichen Bericht schreiben.
badly_knitted: Film Star Smilebadly_knitted on May 20th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Wow! You did a fabulous job! I'm not surprised John was impressed - it must have been so great to be able to show them to him!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on May 20th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh yes it was! It was my main reason for going to this convention. Carole had seen and replied to the pictures on Twitter, but John gets so many tweets each day, I figured my chances are better in person. Would have loved to talk more with him, as he really loves his action figures, but it is great he took at least the time I got.

I did write a detailed report and posted some pictures here, if you are interested: http://dieastra.livejournal.com/42788.html

Too bad I don't have a picture or video of it. Only my memories.
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