Monday, September 6, 2021

"THE CLONE WARS" KALANI created by BX 3D Prints & "Customs for the Kid"

This 3D print model of Kalani was designed by @bx3dprints. We personally commissioned him to do this design because Kalani was a character we wanted to add to our shelf for many years now. When we saw he had produced a life-size design for the character, we asked if he could scale it down to 1:18th scale. He obliged our request and built us a printable model.

To make the print durable like a Hasbro figure, here at home we used Siraya Tech Tenascious resin mixed with some ANYCUBIC 3D Printer Resin, 405nm SLA UV-Curing Resin with High Precision and Quick Curing & Excellent Fluidity for LCD 3D Printing - 500ML/Grey in a 70:30 ratio to decrease brittleness in the print. Magnets were used at all points of articulation for maximum fluidity except for at the elbows where a Chinese food container wire was inserted through drilled holes at the center to facilitate the hinge joint.

Then after I laid down the base coats, I did the painstaking application of the paintwork adding all the filigree to the figure. Nerve wracking would be an understatement. In the end, I feel I achieved the symmetry I strived for. Seeing him on the shelf now is one of the coolest feelings I have experienced in quite some time. Just reminds me how rewarding this hobby truly is. 

Having chosen a name over an identification code, Kalani was an ST-series military strategic analysis and tactics droid of masculine programming who served as a general in the Confederacy of Independent Systems' Droid Army during the Clone Wars. In 20 BBY, Kalani was sent to the planet Onderon by Separatist leader Count Dooku to aid the appointed King, Sanjay Rash, in a civil war against a resistance movement, which threatened the Confederacy's control over the planet. However, after prolonged fighting and heavy loss of Separatist forces, Kalani assessed that to conquer the planet would take time, which did not interest Dooku, who ordered the immediate withdrawal of the Droid Army from the planet to the world of Agamar.

Standing 1.94 meters tall, the super tactical droid that would take on the name "Kalani" developed a personality, which enabled the droid, as happened with other units in his series, to choose not to answer to a number. Kalani was a cold and logical super tactical droid who was programmed by the Separatists to be a military commander. He was a competent battle tactician who had single-minded obsession in securing victory and producing results.

Kalani believed in using overwhelming force to defeat his opponents. Kalani was willing to torture the Onderonian rebel leader Saw Gerrera for information and was programmed to lack empathy. Kalani recognized that General Tandin was the leader of the Onderonian resistance and was willing to kill him. After the Onderonians rose up in revolt against the Separatists, Kalani accepted Dooku's reasoning that it was not worth holding on to the planet. When King Rash protested, Kalani executed him without hesitance.

As a super tactical droid, Kalani was familiar with Separatist military strategies, tactics, and protocol. When the shutdown order was issued, Kalani suspected that it was Republic trick and countermanded the order. During the Age of the Empire, Kalani led a Separatist holdout on the planet Agamar. He was ignorant of the fact that the Clone Wars had ended and became obsessed with ending the conflict as a Separatist victory; not knowing that the former Separatist Alliance had ceased to exist.

created by BX 3D Prints & "Customs for the Kid"