Sunday, February 16, 2020

"HURID-327" painted by Darth Daddy

HURID-327 was the groundskeeper of Maz Kanata's castle, which was located on the planet Takodana, and was responsible for carrying her guests' luggage. Shortly before its destruction by the First Order, he was passing through the castle's front gate when he crossing paths with a group consisting of the astromech droid BB-8, the smuggler Han Solo, the scavenger Rey and the former stormtrooper Finn, who were entering the castle.

This figure was created from another 3-D print file by Isotelus. He has articulation at the shoulders, wrists, hips and waist. We have been wanting to add this droid from The Force Awakens to our shelves since we saw the film. It is really exciting to have him as part of the collection now!

painted by Darth Daddy


Sunday, February 9, 2020

"ZIRO THE HUTT" (@DarthZiro Sculpt) paintwork & accesories by Elias

Dad has made two Ziro the Hutt toys so far. One he made for me and another he made for Jimmy Mac, the host of RebelForce Radio. Around the same time Dad made his first version, Instagram user @DarthZiro made a version also. Dad was always a big fan of his sculpt. Early last year during a conversation they were having, he offered to send us a cast of his original sculpt. All we needed to do was fill some holes made from air bubbles that got trapped in his mold during the casting process with some Aves Fixit and then paint him once he dried. Since Dad made Ziro twice already, I asked if I could make him this time around. I finished the few little repairs and all the paint applications at the beginning of the summer last year and even started his accessories, but due to a large commission project, I had to set Ziro aside. While recently waiting for some of the sculpts on my commissions to dry, I used some leftover sculpting material to finish fabricating his headdress and removable jewelry. Thankfully, he is now finally complete! He looks so cool and is such a great addition to the collection!

We highly recommend using the hyperlinks to check out the work of the other two artists in this post. They do not disappoint!

(@DarthZiro Sculpt)
Paintwork & Accessories by Elias

Ziro's tattoos glow under a black light like in the movie.

"Sy Snootles" created by Peak-OB1 Custom Creations


Saturday, February 1, 2020

"C26-T SIFTER DROID" painted by Darth Daddy

C26-T was a sifter droid that was forced to work in the criminal Pyke Syndicate's spice mines on the planet Kessel during the reign of the Galactic Empire.[1] In 10 BBY,[3] C26-T was freed from slavery when its restraining bolt was removed during a slave revolt in the mines started by the droid L3-37.

This figure was created by another 3-D print file from Isotelus. We have been having a blast adding these droids to our collection, because what fun is a droid revolution with no droids!

created by Darth Daddy

These are the droids we made so far in 2020 and there's plenty more on the way!



Saturday, January 25, 2020

"DD-BD" modified and painted by Darth Daddy

DD-BD was a masculine-programmed WDD adminmech droid[4] that operated within the control hub of mining operations on Kessel. Before being sold into slavery, DD-BD served on a Morseerian pirate ship. However, when the ship was impounded by the Empire, he was found there and sold at auction to the Pyke Syndicate for just a fraction of his worth. From there, he was put to work as a slave in the mining operation center on the planet Kessel. In 10 BBY, DD-BD was freed from slavery when his restraining bolt was removed during a slave revolt in the mines started by the droid L3-37. As the first of many droids freed, DD-BD helped spark a rebellion on Kessel.

The base of this figure was printed from a 3-D design by Isotelus. Dad then modified the sculpt of the print with Aves and some ProCreate to increase the screen accuracy.

DD-BD was encased in a white plastoid shell with heavy weighted feet for enhanced stability. He was equipped with a hybrid radar eye and photoreceptor and an electroprobe with variable voltage settings. During his time working on Kessel he was fitted with a powerful restraining bolt that was welded to his body and capable of shutting him down or shocking him for failing to obey commands.

created by Darth Daddy


Sunday, January 5, 2020

"JV-P12" modified and painted by Darth Daddy

Back in February of 2019, we shared some really cool 3-D print files from Isotelus featuring unreleased 3.75" droids that appeared throughout the Star Wars saga. We loved his offerings and as a result, we heavily modified one of his prints to create our Professor Huyang action figure back in July.  For that action figure we had to use a third-party to produce the print and ship it to us so Dad could get to work on adding articulation and sculpt in some details missing from the design. It was just one of many figures that we wanted to add to our collection from the ones that were available. The major roadblock that we faced when adding more of these droids to our collection was the high cost of using third-party printing companies to achieve our goals. Huyang alone ran us almost $30+ dollars to print and ship. Much too expensive for us to keep making more! 

Well this holiday, we saw our biggest impediment to reaching our goal of making these droids removed when my grandmother bought me and Dad a 3-D LONGER Orange 30 SLA Printer for Christmas. Originally, when asked what we wanted, Dad just said a tube of Green Stuff, 90 grams of ProCreate putty, and a 1/4 lb. of Aves Fixit to replenish all of our sculpting mediums. Getting the printer as a gift was way beyond anything we could have ever imagined.

While we had absolutely no experience with 3-D printing, Dad got to work on learning various software like Meshmixer, Meshroom, and CHITUBOX  in preparation for making our dreams a reality. For our first print, Dad picked Isotelus' JV-P12 droid that appeared at the Kessel mines in the film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Dad is a huge fan of the movie and we both thought the HVAC droid was just adorable. The first print that we attempted had some imperfections, but at just 35 cents a print compared to more than $30, we were fine with a little trial and error. We are still trying to nail down what went wrong the first go round, but have since had a successful run on our second try. Once the print was cured under a UV light, Dad set to painting the droid and used the metal handle from a Chinese food container and two strips of gift wrapping tape to manufacture the bar that protrudes from the front of the droid that was absent in the original design. By the time Dad was finished we were able to add JV-P12 to our Kessel Mine Escape Playset display in my room!

We are blown away by the possibilities this new machine will offer to our craft. We hope you were all stick around in 2020 to see what the New Year brings to our blog.

modified and painted by Darth Daddy

Quay Tolsite action figure by Hasbro