Sunday, February 11, 2018

Vintage Style Cardback Kit by thewriteguy

Last week we received an email from Star Wars customizer Howard Wen aka thewriteguy informing us of a Vintage Style Cardback Kit that he recently created. Some of you may remember the epic plans for his cardboard 1:18 scale U-Wing that he  shared with all of our readers so they could make a better scaled version of the Rogue One vehicle at home. We thought it was great how he released his plans to the public so everyone could download them for free. 

His latest kit includes pre-made layer stacks that work on Paint-NET (a free image editor for Windows) that gives you the ability to make cardbacks of your own. Basically, all you need to do is add a photo or artwork, turn "on" or "off" layer categories for figure frame and nameplate sizes, bar frame effects, etc., and you can generate a Vintage-style cardback design with ease in no time at all. The result will be a cardback in 6" x 9" size, 300 dpi. He even included instructions for how to glue your printed cardback design onto card stock.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this awesome offer just click the links below!

If you use another image editor, like Photoshop, then you can download just the templates.

You can check out examples of cards created with his layer stack kit here:

Star Wars: A Custom 1:12 Galaxy

So our little break is still in effect, but that doesn't mean that we are going to leave our readers high and dry. We may not be showcasing any finished projects at the moment, but that doesn't mean we can't share some of the things that our friends are up to in the meantime.

One exciting new development we'd love to tell you all about is a project some of our fellow customizers just launched over at Facebook. Star Wars: A Custom 1:12 Galaxy was founded by a community of like-minded customizers that provides an educational resource for 1:12 Star Wars custom figures and dioramas. They built a customizer's archive that is a full-blown “cookbook” chock-full of figure recipes, diorama blueprints, tutorial guides as well as a databank of materials that will allow you to search out and find the unique custom cast parts you need to complete any project. They encourage their members to share before, during and after photos of their work and discuss techniques that were used to make their Star Wars custom creations. The group provides support for all skill levels, including those eager to start their very first custom. 

They also encourage members to promote and sell their 1:12 custom work if they so choose. There it is okay to commission your work, sell completed custom figures, casts, parts and accessories. It's also okay to sell your excess fodder. Although it is important to note that this is not the group to scalp your collection under the pretense that a customizer may want it. 

Their customizer's archive is maintained and updated by their admin team and is easily accessible to fellow customizers. If you have a recipe, product or tutorial that you would like added to the archive, please contact an admin. They strive to include everything they find, because Star Wars customizing is neverending galaxy of possibilities! 

Customizer’s Archive: Recipes -
Customizer's Archive: Resources -

We hope you all enjoy the Star Wars: A Custom 1:12 Galaxy and, as always, may the force be with you!