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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1005 on: January 16, 2014, 03:47:47 pm »
Congratulations on the Sewing  Machine, Evie! Now the littles will have even MORE amazing wardrobes.  But Santa was good to you, this year.

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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1006 on: January 16, 2014, 04:45:55 pm »
They could well be "amazing" if I am using a machine to sew them, though not necessarily in a good way!  But hopefully I'll get the hang of it...eventually....   :D
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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1007 on: January 16, 2014, 09:04:32 pm »
There should be a Deryni spell for straight seams and proper curves.  Oh, and some kind of last rites for all the pins I run over.    ::)
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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1008 on: January 18, 2014, 10:21:46 am »
Heh, my sewing machine needs a spell to protect it from me! Machines, like vacuum cleaners and sewing machines, seem to commit hari kari when I use them.  >:( At least the computer and I have come to terms, though I do find that Macs are far more reasonable contraptions.

Hang in there, Evie, you'll get the hang of it! You're a most talented lady.
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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1009 on: January 31, 2014, 04:52:00 pm »

Replacement Araxie? by evian_delacourt, on Flickr

I spotted this little lady in the thrift store a couple of weeks ago, before going to Chattacon, and bought her for that dress.  I thought I might be able to modify it to look a little more Elizabethan if not medieval.  After a closer look at the skirt design, I realized that it would be more trouble to modify than it's worth.  But then I realized that the new blonde lady could easily be transformed into a more suitable Queen Araxie than the one I've currently got.  I have never managed to get Araxie's eye repaint to look right, but this doll's eye color could easily be painted over with a light gray, and unlike the original Araxie head, there aren't thick layers of modern-looking "glam" makeup that have to be wiped away (along with the original eye paint), so it would be a much easier makeover.  The burgundy lips won't be a problem to change.  I can either paint over them with a paler pink color like I did for Helena (who also started out with lips this dark), or even wipe the original paint off and paint the lips back on with a softer shade of rose. Lips are much easier to recreate from scratch than eyes.  So I may try a makeover on her this weekend and see if she comes closer to my vision of Araxie.  Hopefully Kelson will be pleased with his wife's new look.


Replacement Araxie? by evian_delacourt, on Flickr

Here's a closer view of her face.  She originally came on a Barbie body, but I went ahead and rebodied her on an articulated Liv body, and conditioned and detangled her hair.  She has the same face sculpt as Helena, I think, but her different coloring should keep her from looking too much like a close relative.  Once I've done a repaint, I'll photograph them side by side to make sure they look different enough to pass as completely unrelated characters.  She tells me she's keeping the dress.  It may not look very medieval, but it's warm and looks quite regal despite that, so she'll smuggle it into her wardrobe if she has to. 
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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1010 on: February 01, 2014, 12:48:30 am »
Hope he won't scream "Impostor! Off with her head!" instead.  8) Being queen is a risky job.
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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1011 on: February 01, 2014, 03:58:16 pm »
Nice find, Evie!  Although she might keep her head, when the other ladies of the court spy that fur trim, her dress may go "conveniently missing."   ;)
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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1012 on: February 01, 2014, 10:15:38 pm »
Hope he won't scream "Impostor! Off with her head!" instead.  8) Being queen is a risky job.

This is Kelson of Gwynned; not Henry VIII of England.

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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1013 on: February 02, 2014, 01:50:49 am »
Yes.... however, a king can be forgiven a few suspicions if his wife suddenly turns up with a whole new head, right?  ;)

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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1014 on: February 02, 2014, 07:16:58 am »
In one of the Oz books there was a princess with a whole room full of heads--she'd choose a new one each day.    She decided she wanted Dorothy's---but promised to trade it for one of the heads she didn't wear very often.  Unsurprisingly, Dorothy didn't want to go along with the idea.

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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1015 on: February 05, 2014, 01:55:02 pm »
While "shopping" for Shiral's birthday cake, I found this:



Made me think of this thread.  ;D
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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1016 on: February 05, 2014, 02:41:11 pm »
While "shopping" for Shiral's birthday cake, I found this:



Made me think of this thread.  ;D

LOL!! It's too perfect. Evie is the Henry VIII of the Little's World.  (Although I must say, none of them seem to mind, much.)
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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1017 on: February 05, 2014, 06:16:28 pm »
LOL!! It's too perfect. Evie is the Henry VIII of the Little's World.  (Although I must say, none of them seem to mind, much.)
Melissa

I was thinking more along the lines of Frankenstein, myself. She's not trying to kill them off, after all, just bringing new life to her projects. 

Hmmm...

**Wonders who gets to be Igor..**

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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1018 on: February 05, 2014, 10:19:57 pm »
Mistress Bolyn: "Annie dear, don't go loosing your head over some man."

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Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
« Reply #1019 on: February 08, 2014, 08:23:29 pm »
Aerlys, that's some cake!   ;D

Tonight, Richenda and Araxie had makeovers.  Warning:  Doll nudity follows.   ;)


The Before photo by evian_delacourt, on Flickr

Richenda's original action figure body was too pale for her golden tan skin,  giving her a marked color difference at the join between head and neck.  Araxie had a darker body,  but it was not nearly dark enough for her super tanned face,  and I have never been happy with how her repainted eyes looked even after two attempts to fix them.  The new blonde head has nearly identical facial structure to the old Araxie (hard to tell in this photo due to how much bigger the repainted eyes look, but the facial sculpt is the same underneath the different paint jobs), and she already has the Haldane Gray eyes.  All she needs is more natural lip color,  but that's a much easier fix than an eye repaint.  So I decided to try a body swap.


The makeover results by evian_delacourt, on Flickr

The new Araxie head looks superb on Richenda's former body,  which is a much better color match for the new Araxie.  Richenda's head is a much closer match to Araxie's former body, and the color difference is even more negligible when viewed in person.  The overly tan head Araxie used to have can go back to being a practice head,  and the Liv doll body can go back into the spares bin.  It's more suited for a teen figure anyway.  Any gripes Alaric might have about Richenda's new, less busty body should be allayed once he discovers that her new body is more flexible due to her new torso joint, allowing her to be more active.  I'm sure he'll think of some interesting activities to test his wife's improved articulation.  He's a clever man.   ;D  And Araxie's more solid torso will give her the dignified bearing befitting a Queen who must spend long hours sitting on a throne or at High Table displaying the best of postures.


Dressed for court by evian_delacourt, on Flickr

Despite the body swap,  they can still fit into their old clothes.  Here are the Queen and the Duchess of Corwyn looking even better than before.


Kelson gives his approval by evian_delacourt, on Flickr

Kelson checks out his new improved queen. He seems quite pleased with the results of the makeover.   :)


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