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14 December 2008 @ 09:09 pm
Customizing the desert camo uniforms / selbstgemalte Wüstenuniformen  
I was not happy with the pattern of the desert camo uniforms and so I repainted them. The hat of Jack has the exact same pattern like the one RDA wears in the show.

pixiequeen10thk: action2pixiequeen10thk on February 6th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
You've done a really great job there!
Antjedieastra on February 8th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! *blushes*
chevron17chevron17 on March 13th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
You did a very fine job of repainting! The figures look much more realistic now, and less like they are wearing the skins of strange green giraffes! :-)

Was there a particular type of paint that you used (oil, latex, special model paint)? I have a mind to do a little repainting on my SGA figures, but I am not sure what to use (I have only train set model paint). It is good to know that with a little love and care that such an excellent result can be achieved.

Thank you for all your SG-1/SGA Action Figure pictures and stories . . . I always look forward to them! Best regards, chevron17
Antjedieastra on March 13th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! Green giraffes *snigger* I like that! I always have compared them to cows, but I like giraffes better.

As for the paint, I think your train set model paint should work. I bought mine in a model shop, where they also sell ship and plane models which you build yourself. So this should be the same paint. You know, those little cans. It says "Enamel paint" on them, whatever that means. I would use matte ones, though, not glossy ones. You also can mix a bit of glossy with a lot of matte to get a different color.

As for my paintings, I still am not happy with the green,it should be even lighter. I had to mix this up as well, they did not have the one I wanted. But yeah, overall it is a big improvement!

What do you want to repaint, if I may ask?

chevron17chevron17 on March 16th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Thank you for the information - you have given me the motivation to try it out!

And since you asked . . . :-)

My first project is the gray "field uniform" Rodney McKay. As it comes from the manufacturer, the color triangle panels in the front of his jacket are black - like Sheppard's - signifying he is military (not! :-) ). McKay's gray uniform field jacket actually has blue "science" color panels, so I plan to repaint the panels to blue.

My second project is the "at Atlantis" McKay in the tan Season 1 science uniform. The torso of his shirt is painted blue, but the sleeves are painted tan, so that they can also form the sleeves of the tan jacket. I am thinking of painting one of these such that the sleeves and torso are both blue and he does not wear the tan "jacket", which is, of course, really a vest as made by the manufacturer. That way I could have a "doing science stuff at Atlantis" version of McKay from Season 1, where he is frequently seen only in his shirt, not his jacket. If they ever make a Dr. Zelenka, I would do this for him as well. Then my blue-shirted scientists could geek out together :-).

I don't need to do anything special to get an "at Atlantis" McKay Season 2-3, because the "field" McKay will do just fine, once his jacket panels are painted blue, as long as he takes off his tac vest, which is removable. (I don't feel the need to go as far as sanding off his thigh holster and repainting his pants, although that would be necessary to be really authentic (and obsessive :-) ).

I hope they eventually make a S4-S5 uniform McKay to go with the third "Garrison Uniform" S4-S5 Sheppard they just released. My other dreams would be a Teyla in clothes she wears more typically, a Zelenka, a Lorne, a Woolsey, even a Heightmeyer (RIP) to keep them all sane, lol! Oh - and Fran, the Friendly Replicator Android - can't forget her!

I loved the new Ronon - he was perfect - right down to the knife you can stick in his lovely flexible dreads.

Action figures can be so addictive to the detail-oriented fan! :-)

Oh, and I also should have asked - what did you use to apply the paint to get such a smooth finish? I have some little model-painting sponge-sticks I was thinking of using, but I'm not sure. Did you paint and sand mulitple times or just one layer of paint and blending of color? Thanks again! Hope I didn't talk your ear (eye?) off! :-)
sharp2799: Jack - biceps b&wsharp2799 on March 16th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
It looks MUCH better since you painted them!
Antjedieastra on March 16th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am also very happy with the outcome. Thanks!
zats_clearzats_clear on April 9th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
your repainting is perfect! far better than the original and much more true to real desert fatigues!

your attention to detail in the action figure scenes is a lot of fun!
Antjedieastra on April 10th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, I'm happy you like the repainting. I definitely also think they look more "real" now.

I guess next paint job will be the Daniel and Jack in blue BDU. That original blue color is way too bright and nothing like the ones they had in the show.
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Antje: in actiondieastra on March 20th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
A very late thank you... well, I think it's true you don't know what you can do before you try it. I never would have gotten the idea to customize any figures if I hadn't seen the results of others - one had done a Jack O'Neill (Stargate) in the nice blue Air Force uniform, which we never got as a figure, so it is either do it yourself or don't have it. With his help (he told me which figure he used etc.) I managed to pull it off.

Of course there are always things I am not happy with afterwards, as it is never perfect.

As for the desrt uniforms, it just bothered me so much how awful they looked, especially since their prototype looked fine. NO idea what happpened then.

Am I babbling? I think I am.

Well, you are good at customizing cookies, I think that's also something! (which I couldn't do)