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18 February 2017 @ 05:49 pm
Customizing: Jim Gordon in wifebeater shirt and with naked chest  
I've never watched "Buffy" or "Angel" (aside of that famous musical episode) but I have bought quite a few of their figures over the years, as fodder for customs, or as stand-ins.

- Wesley became Jack O'Neill in blue Air Force uniform

- Willow became Carole Barrowman

- Hawaiian Spike and Angel became Jack and Daniel from "Stargate"

- Wesley and Tara were used as stand-ins for Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen
(I actually have three Wesley-Malcolms - in suit, in tux and in leather jacket with stubble)

Today I used Angel from "The Ring" to make a Jim Gordon in wifebeater shirt, which he quite often sports in the "Gotham" TV series. Easiest custom ever, just a simple headswap.

The size is not exactly the same so Jim will shrink a little:


You can also see the difference in their hands:


To swap heads or hands, heat some water and put the figure into it for a minute or two. The paint will not suffer but the joints will become more flexible and it is easier to pull the head off. I learnt that ten years ago in the Stargate fandom.


At least with both these figures the thing inside the head is the same. Getting a Stargate head onto an Angel body was more difficult, as they did not match:


And voilá - I think the result is stunning! You don't even see in the picture (what you see in real life) that Jim's face is a little darker and of course Angel being a vampire his skin is very light. But then again it is usual to have a sunburnt face while the rest is not as dark, right? I probably could repaint the skin but I think I'll leave it like that.


In the same way I also can make Jim shirtless, give him a bullet wound and a tattoo even ;) I've had this "Graduation Day" Angel for a while already.


And this is a little teaser picture of what I actually had planned to do this weekend. But I ordered something yesterday and so have to wait for it to arrive while my fingers itch to go on with the scene I have started building on my kitchen table. Stay tuned, I promise it will be awesome ;)


嵐の狼: Vassalordarashinoookami on February 19th, 2017 01:53 am (UTC)
Somewhere your picture of the two of them in jar is making a fangirl/ boy's dreams come true! XD

Edited at 2017-02-19 01:53 am (UTC)
owensheartowensheart on February 19th, 2017 03:32 pm (UTC)
Nice Job.
sharp2799: cat 'n bookssharp2799 on February 21st, 2017 04:18 am (UTC)
I love seeing how you do this stuff! Btw, there's an argument online to change the phrase "wifebeater shirt" to "a-shirt."
Antjedieastra on February 21st, 2017 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have lots more coming up - five ideas at once, no idea where to start!

Btw, there's an argument online to change the phrase "wifebeater shirt" to "a-shirt."

That is good. It is quite an odd word. And also probably not entirely true. Not all wifebeaters wear such shirts, and not everyone who wears such a shirt is a wifebeater!

I don't remember where I learnt it from but it is the only I know. Would you understand "undershirt"? This is what it is called in German, as you wear it under the real shirt.

There is a special kind of collar on a shirt that is called "Vatermörder" in German. Father murderer. Not really better!
sharp2799: Jack potterysharp2799 on February 21st, 2017 11:00 pm (UTC)
"Undershirt" is the word I grew up with! :)
Antjedieastra on February 21st, 2017 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, good! Why not just use this one and let the other go out of fashion? Why trying to invent a new word instead?

Another friend just told me about "dago tee". And apparently in Russia it is a drunker's shirt. Poor shirt is not faring well all over the world!
sharp2799: Jack loungingsharp2799 on February 21st, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
Nivieneniviene on February 24th, 2017 10:35 pm (UTC)
Despite your detailed explanation, I still marvel at how the heck you do this? It continues to amaze me!