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Off Topic => Fan Projects => Topic started by: Evie on March 11, 2012, 08:52:30 pm

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 11, 2012, 08:52:30 pm
[Note to newcomers to this thread:  When I first started it, I was hosting photos on a website that I no longer have access to, and those picture links are now broken. However, photos from a few posts into Page 2 of this thread onwards should be visible, since they are posted on my Flickr site. I'm sorry for the missing photos at the beginning of the discussion. -- Evie]

OK, so I've wanted to make a Duncan action figure for quite a while, but hadn't found the ideal doll or action figure to base it on.  There was a decent looking Anakin Skywalker 12" action figure that looked like it could be modified to look Duncan-like, and it had nice articulated joints suitable for action poses. It was, alas, $65 at the very cheapest, and I wasn't quite that obsessed with having a dress-up Duncan McLain! 

So this weekend, I found a Ken doll on clearance at Walmart.  At only $10, I figured if I messed it up, I wouldn't be too heartbroken.  The hair color was all wrong, but hopefully it can be dyed darker, and the eye color is right.

(http://img813.imageshack.us/img813/3267/myidealboyfriendken.jpg)
Long view

(http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/8238/closeupo.jpg)
Close up

Yes, it's an "Ultimate Boyfriend Ken."  Yeah, go ahead and laugh.  I certainly did!   :D

There was a brown-haired male doll on clearance as well, but it from the Bratz Doll series, I think, with an oversized head that put me more in mind of a Bobblehead, and dark eyes that might have been vaguely blueish, but certainly not the "striking blue" mentioned in KK's books.  So Ultimate Boyfriend Ken it was, especially once I realized that he talks!  Yes, he's got this heart-shaped button in his chest that you can push to record a 5-second phrase, and then if you push one of three buttons on his back, he will parrot it back in either your own voice, a deeper "male-sounding" voice, or a high-pitched child's voice.  Yeah, guess who spent the morning recording Latin phrases and playing them back at all three pitches?   ;D

OK, so once he was home and out of the box, it was time for the makeover to begin, because really, who wants a cheesy looking Ken doll on their Deryni shelf?  I found my sewing kit and some leftover fabric from my Servants of Saint Camber costume, and began work on a tiny T-tunic that could serve as either an undertunic or an alb.  And while rummaging through my supplies, I also found some ivory ribbon, so that and a small metal ring became a belt.

(http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/6129/tinyttunicoralbandbelt.jpg)
Tunic/alb and belt

(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/8421/wearingnewtunicandbelt.jpg)
Wearing tunic and belt

(http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/5412/closeupwithtunic.jpg)
Closer view

The tunic goes to just below the knee, which makes it a perfect length to wear either under a shorter dress tunic (probably paired with some hose or trews once I get a chance to make any) or else under some gray Camberian robes.  If I make two white tunics, I will probably use some narrow ribbon to make sleeve trim on one of them, as I found several lovely shades of ribbon that are too narrow to do much of anything else with but which would work admirably as trim for a miniature tunic.  Or if/when I get around to making full bishop's kit for Duncan, a plain white tunic could double as an alb worn over the cassock and under the chasuble and other regalia.  I don't currently have any fabric suitable for trews or chausses, so for now he's stuck with the "indigo-dyed trews" he came with.  I suppose I could cross-garter them with ribbon for a more period look, though he really needs a pair of boots instead of plastic loafers.  If I can find some scraps of thin leather and/or leather-look fabric, that might be the next accessory on the list.

Once he had some decent starter clothing, it was time to work on the hair a bit.  When he came out of the box, his hair had been shaped and was coated with something that made it rather helmet-like and...um...crunchy?  It was like he'd had it heavily hair-sprayed.  Since I plan on trying to dye it brown, I wanted to see if I could wash out whatever it was that was holding the hair in place, and hopefully fluff it out a bit so that the dye could get between the individual strands better.   Once I did, he looked like this:

(http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/6527/afterwashinghair.jpg)

OK, that was a little bit of an improvement, but still, the haircut looks too modern.  Should I try cutting the bangs (aka "fringe," for those of you across the ocean) before I dye it?  Of course, if I mess up the haircut, it won't grow back out again!  Decisions, decisions....  But upon careful inspection, it does look like that modern fringe could be clipped back just a tad to resemble a more medieval-looking bowl haircut.  But I don't want to overdo it, because I'm really not a fan of that over-shorn Norman look, never mind how apropos it is for the 12th Century!

Will post more pictures once I've tried modding the hair.   In the meantime, not pictured are a spiffy new leather belt made from a piece of leather bootlace and a brass jewelry finding, and also some twine I'm soaking in red and blue food coloring in hopes that I can make a Servants of Saint Camber cincture for his Schola robes.  I'll take a picture of both and upload them here once I get a chance, but as the subject line says, this is an ongoing project. 


10/11/2017--ETA: notice at beginning of post.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 11, 2012, 09:31:17 pm
Would Duncan have done the bowl cut, or the "Roman" cut that has been mentioned in the books that I believe Morgan would have worn?  With the little tonsure in the back?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 11, 2012, 09:41:41 pm
It's going to be closer to the Roman cut, now that I've had a closer look at it.  There is actually more hair rooted on one side than the other to give it that modern cut's shaping, and when I started to trim the bangs (very carefully, only a millimeter or so at a time), I discovered that there is no way to cut directly across from the shortest section of one side to the shortest section of the other without making it far too short over the forehead.  It would be so thick on one side  that it would stick straight out at an unnatural angle.  So instead I simply shortened the bangs just a little bit.

As for the tonsure, we discussed that in chat tonight.  He's got rooted hair, so if I tried to actually shave or otherwise remove hair from a spot, he'd have ugly holes in his scalp.  So instead I'll be making him little skullcap style hats to match his wardrobe, and you can pretend he's got a tonsure underneath.  Either that, or I could paint a thumb tack in a matching flesh tone (or cover it with flesh-colored Sculpey) and stick it into that little spot at the back of his head where his hair naturally forms a tiny "cowlick"....  :-D  Unless someone has a better suggestion?  I'll take pictures of the back of his head once it's dyed and dried.  (Assuming, of course, that the dye actually takes.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on March 11, 2012, 09:55:06 pm
Remember a few years ago when they said that Barbie & Ken wouldn't be marketed as a couple any more?

There was a joke going around that Ken and GI Joe had bought an old Victorian farmhouse in the mountains that they were going to fix up and run as a bed & breakfast.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 11, 2012, 11:31:28 pm
Believe me, if I could have found a GI Joe with the right coloring to mod, I'd have gone that route.   :D  My daughter used to have some sort of skateboarder action figure who would have been perfect, only she accidentally left him outside one day and he became a dog toy.  :(

Speaking of daughters, mine is making Action Figure Duncan meow right now....

So, on to the hair.  The bad news is, plastic hair doesn't take hair dye very well.  In a way, plastic not taking dye well is also the good news, since that also means that any dye that got on his "skin" wiped off right away with a wet cotton swab and a bit of soap, so there's no chance of Duncan ending up looking like Rasoul.  But this means that the dye effect is hardly noticeable in his hair, even though I was using "Darkest Brown" hair coloring (this being my own shade--yes, we dyed our hair together tonight!).  Even with the coloring mousse left in his hair after I had already showered mine out (I'm estimating it was left on him at least 30-45 minutes?), it looked like it was starting to darken nicely, but once I rinsed out the brown mousse his actual hair was only slightly darker than it was originally.  I can tell a slight difference, but it's not as brown as I'd hoped it would turn out.  Fortunately I've always envisioned Duncan as having hair on the lighter end of the brown spectrum, since I think it's about as dark as I'm going to be able to get it with hair dye.

I'll post pictures, but due to the flash, they actually came out looking slightly blonder than he looks if you saw him in person.  As my daughter put it, "So he's gone from being a golden blond to being dirty dishwater blond?"  The back of the hair also ended up getting some paler streaks in with the darker bits, so it looks like he's got some natural highlights.  Maybe it's summertime and he's been out riding a lot.  :D

(http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/5540/frontview2.jpg)
Front view.  You might be able to tell from this shot that it's a slight bit darker than the bright golden blonde it used to be.  Or you might not.  Le sigh.

(http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/6341/rightsideofhair.jpg)
Right side of hair.  The original hairstyle was very short on this side and then suddenly turned into "floppy fringe."  I just trimmed the front part a bit so that the angle would be a bit less drastic and his hair wouldn't flop over his eyes.

(http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/9554/leftsideofhair.jpg)
Left side of hair.  This was originally a little longer than the right side, although fairly short in the section in front of the sideburn before it suddenly swept down into a sort of "V" shaped fringe.  I basically just clipped off the base of the "V" and tried to blend it in with the shorter side hair a bit more, but I couldn't go too short with it because of how it curves out from the scalp and because the hair is actually thicker on the left (Duncan's left, that is...the viewer's right).  If I cut it too much shorter, what was left would have stuck out from his head like a diving board, so I tried to avoid doing anything too drastic.

(http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/894/rearview.jpg)
Top rear view.  See the little 'cowlick' that would make a great spot for a tonsure if only it were a little bigger?

And yes, I was very careful not to have any water flowing over his torso, so his recording mechanism still works.  Now I just need to convince my daughter she needs to get him to meow in Latin.

Oh, as for the Servants of Saint Camber cincture cords I tried to dye with food coloring, I ended up having to try two dye baths, the second with more concentrated dye, but I still ended up with medium blue and pink rather than sapphire blue and crimson.  Oh well...maybe I can find some suitable cords at the crafts store.  I went ahead and tried twisting the newly dyed twine into a cincture cord anyway, just to see if I could get it to look right.  It's not too bad, aside from looking a bit more washed-out than I'd like.  More pictures later.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 12, 2012, 01:49:42 am
Coming along nicely  :)

You might have to leave the dye in a lot longer than 40 mins, or perhaps just do repeat efforts every time you do yours, and let it go darker gradually.  I can't think of anything else apart from hair dye that would be easy to use and practical.  Maybe some dark henna powder mixed into a paste and left in for a few hours?

But now he's a bishop, a series of nice little skullcaps would be very appropriate.  Then you can start work on helmets or caps for when he is out hunting or travelling - or riding to the rescue of his lady love  :D 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 12, 2012, 09:01:09 am
I'm a bit afraid to redye his hair, because after examining him closely in better light (natural sunlight), it seems he does have a slight bit of dark staining on portions of his skin now that I wasn't able to see last night, and I don't want to risk him getting a very unnatural looking "suntan"...especially since that tan would look more like a black walnut stain than a lot of sun exposure!   :D  The thing is, I can't quite tell if the faint stain is due to not wiping the dye off part of his face and neck quickly or carefully enough, or if it's actually coming from the inside of his head.  My theory is that some of the dye got wicked up through the scalp holes and ended up inside his hollow little noggin, and that the faint bit of stain is showing through from the inside.  (This is not a problem I've ever had with dyeing my own hair!  ;D )   And I haven't worked out yet if his head is the sort that I can safely pop off for a quick swabbing inside and then put back on again without any permanent damage to him, or if it's a bit more complicated than that and I ought to just leave well enough alone.

Oh well.  Since you've got to be in fairly bright light to notice the stain, I'll just leave it alone for now and concentrate on other stuff like getting that Schola robe sewn.  I think that will be my lunch hour project today.

I do have another idea for darkening Action Figure Duncan's hair, but it will have to wait until I've got the materials on hand and can test some less visible strands of hair to see if it would look at all decent or would just end up looking like a major mess.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 12, 2012, 09:23:06 am
But now he's a bishop, a series of nice little skullcaps would be very appropriate.  Then you can start work on helmets or caps for when he is out hunting or travelling - or riding to the rescue of his lady love  :D 

I wish you hadn't mentioned helmets, because now I'm wondering if half a plastic Easter Egg would be the right size to affix a nasal to and decorate like a Sutton Hoo or Coppergate style helm, and what sort of primer I'd need to get a metallic colored paint to stick.  I'm sure with a bit of Sculpey I could come up with some suitable ornamentation to glue onto it....

(http://www.wulflund.com/images_items/norman-helmet-with-chain-mail_2.jpg)

Or with something fairly simple like this, the added bands could be thin cardstock and "rivets" made of spray-painted googly eyes.  (Why yes, I've been hanging around with my steampunk prop building husband far too much, why do you ask? :D )  If you're wondering what googly eyes are, they're these:

(http://factorydirectcraft.com/pimages/20051126090424-403734_med/3mm_googly_eyes_pkg_of_720_medium.jpg)

I could just leave them unpainted and call it a Magical Helmet of Argus....  OK, or maybe not.   ;D

It's the bit of mail that would be a pain in the butt to make, though I suppose I could just settle for crocheted silver cord.  I know I'm not dedicated enough to make my own mini-mail from silver jewelry findings, although I know it's possible because I've seen it.  Someone out there's got better eyes, more steady hands, and a lot more patience than I've got!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 12, 2012, 12:21:58 pm
OK, I got a little bit more done this morning.  Duncan now has a Servant of Saint Camber robe:

(http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/5279/unhemmedandwithwashedou.jpg)

It's still unhemmed, and I will eventually need to make a new cincture for it in a truer red and deep blue, with enough length to tie it properly, but you can get the general idea.

(http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/4431/saintcamberrobecloseup.jpg)

Closer image

The robes are a bit on the bulky side, but I had to make the overtunic large enough to fit over the undertunic properly (even so, the sleeves were almost too narrow), and the undertunic was sized large enough to fit over his head without requiring a back opening.  The way more fitted Ken and Barbie clothing is made requires a large back opening (or completely open back if it's a shirt or blouse without a front closure) that has a narrow Velcro strip to close it up once you put it on the doll.  I wanted to avoid using Velcro if possible, not just because it's not medieval, but also because it's a major pain in the butt to hand sew, and I don't want to have to drag out my sewing machine.  That accursed contraption hates me.

Also, Ken tends to run just a little bit smaller than other male action figures like GI Joe, the 12" Star Wars figures, and the like.  So if I happen to find one who is better suited as a Duncan action figure, hopefully the same clothes will still fit, but if I tailor them down too much to fit Ken's slim, muscle-less physique, I can forget ever squeezing a GI Joe or some other more "actiony" looking action figure into them!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 12, 2012, 01:41:58 pm
And because my co-worker is a genius, Duncan now has darker hair:

(http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/8/darkerhairduncan.jpg)

(http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/8363/duncandarkhairsideview.jpg)

Brown Sharpie marker, applied to the underlayers of hair first, rubbed carefully with a tissue to remove any excess ink, then continuing upwards to the top layer, where it was carefully applied in streaks (sort of like highlighting, only adding shadows instead) following the natural hair contours.  I didn't want to risk getting too close to the face and risk giving him permanent brown splotches on his forehead and temples, so he'll likely have to keep some blond roots, but fortunately the rest of his hair curves over the hairline and hides those well enough that they're not easily spotted unless you are looking for them.  After marker-dyeing his hair completely, it got a final "burnishing" with a clean tissue to rub off any excess ink so hopefully it won't stain his clothing when I pull it off or on.

This was actually the idea I mentioned earlier that I had in mind once I got my hands on the right materials, but my colleague just happened to have a package of colored Sharpies on hand, so she saved me a trip to the store for a brown one.   :D

And since I was going to take a new photo anyway, I decided to show off the new leather belt.  As I mentioned before, the leather shoelace is a little too thick for the knot to lie flat properly as an actual leather belt does, but I might try another one later using a shoelace cut in half lengthwise to make it half as thick.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 13, 2012, 01:14:29 pm
Today's update--a hood to go with the Schola robe!

(http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/8441/hoodedduncan.jpg)
Front view

(http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/616/hoodedduncansideview.jpg)
Side view

The capelet or patte (the over-the-shoulders bit) could stand to be a bit longer on the front and sides, but I was guesstimating dimensions when I cut it out, and was more worried about getting the neck opening right.  As it was, the hood just barely fits over his head.  Maybe I'll do another version later, now that I've got the basic pattern worked out.  Also, I found a transparent amber-colored seed bead last night (those tiny kind that are only about 2mm or so across), so I strung it on some brown thread to make Maryse's shiral-on-a-leather-thong necklace.  Granted, by this time Dhugal would have that necklace, but Duncan needs one to give to his son, right?  :)

In doing a bit of research yesterday, I've discovered that the white alb worn with priestly vestments needs to go down to Duncan's ankles, since it's meant to cover his whole body, so that means I'll need to make him a longer white garment that can serve as an alb.  That's fine...it means the white undertunic I've already made can be decorated with trim, and I have just the perfect wine-colored ribbon that will look quite nice with it.  Granted, sewing trim onto sleeves that small is going to be a pain--if I'd known ahead of time, I'd have sewn the trim on first before closing up the underarm seams, but it can be done.  So it looks like that will be my next project, as well as a shorter overtunic for those occasions when Duncan wants to wear secular clothing rather than Schola robes or priestly vestments.

I'm glad I had lots of leftover linen scraps from my own Schola robe.  Maybe next Dragon*Con I can upload pictures of the two Schola magistri visiting Downtown Hotlanta together.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 13, 2012, 04:35:48 pm
And of course, you need to make him some armour!  Or at least a brigandine, some sturdy trews and some boots ... :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 13, 2012, 04:44:31 pm
All of that might be forthcoming once I get my hands on some faux leather fabric.  Though I might make him some little braies first, or those trews are going to be awfully chafing....   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 13, 2012, 04:47:31 pm
Oh of course.  We would hate for poor Action Duncan to be chafed in such tender places ... ;)    Though I am sure Healer Helena would be happy to minister to him.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 13, 2012, 04:59:57 pm
She and Sister Therese could roll dice for the privilege. It could be the newest Schola gambling game.

Or not.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 13, 2012, 05:36:35 pm
My money's on Helena.  For the opportunity to , er, "minister to" Duncan, she would definitely cheat Deryni-fashion!!  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 13, 2012, 05:54:45 pm
Duncan says he's going to go hide now....   :-[

 :D

BTW, you do realize this action figure isn't anatomically correct, right?  I might be willing to try making a Sculpey tonsure, but I draw the line at having to explain to my kids why Mama is baking miniature "boy bits" in the oven.  Action Figure Duncan isn't looking for that sort of action!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 14, 2012, 09:38:57 am
OK, this will probably be the only update for today, since I still need to do more research and fabric shopping for his other outfits.  But I finished the trimmed undertunic and overtunic last night, so here is Duncan dressed as befitting a Duke's son:

(http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/115/ssonduncanfull.jpg)
Lord Duncan McLain

(http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/7752/ssonduncancloseup.jpg)
Close up view of tunics and "shiral" necklace

I figure this might be how Duncan looked around the time of his courtship of Maryse or just after their marriage, before he became a priest.  He's dressed in clothing that is suitable for a Ducal or even Royal Court (note the gold trim) yet not necessarily his fanciest Twelfth Night garb.  The single brown thread I originally strung Maryse's shiral bead on was too thin, so I braided three strands of thread to create a "leather" cord that would be thick enough to look right, yet still thin enough to fit through the bead.  The simple coronet on his head is just a bit of leftover trim, but I figured the narrow band of gold would be suitable for a young lord wearing his Court finery.  Unfortunately I don't have the materials on hand yet to cobble together a Ducal coronet--the tiny gold "strawberry leaves" motif normally found on Ducal coronets might be a problem to reproduce in miniature.  Gold paint on posterboard, maybe?  Ah well, I figure Duncan didn't wear the Ducal coronet for very long anyway, and since he was already a priest before he became a Duke, he might not have bothered with it all that often except for when the occasion absolutely demanded Ducal regalia.   :D

I cross-gartered those "indigo-dyed trews" with bits of ivory ribbon, and he's still wearing his black plastic loafers, but it turns out those loafers are pretty much the ideal style of shoe for what's worn beneath liturgical vestments, so I'm keeping them (though they might get "dressed up" a little bit with metallic paint markers or tiny rhinestones).  I picked up some scraps of leather and suede at Michael's last night, so hopefully I'll be able to get to work on things like turnshoes, boots, and suede chausses soon, but I need to do a bit more research first and also work out pattern dimensions on something less pricey like a sheet of felt.  And I've still got to locate some suitable black and/or purple fabric for a cassock or two, but I've found some purple satin ribbon that will make a nice stole for when he's hearing Confession.  

I've really got to find some white brocade or damask.  Easter is coming up all too soon, and Duncan wants to be appropriately dressed for Mass.  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: DesertRose on March 14, 2012, 01:16:31 pm
As to white brocade or damask, check the scrap bins at your local fabric shop, and try an upholstery fabric shop for scrap bins too; sometimes decor fabric makes great garb.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 14, 2012, 01:45:25 pm
Part of the problem is that I no longer have a "local fabric shop."  The closest ones to my house (not counting one or two quilt supply stores that only offer printed cottons suitable for quilt-making) are all the way across town from me, about 25-30 miles away.  Even the Walmart stores that used to stock fabric no longer carry it, at least not the ones in my area.  So if I can't find some other source (such as damask napkins or a tablecloth at a yard sale or on clearance somewhere), I might end up having to shop online, which is how I got my linen.  There's a Michael's craft store in my town that carries felt and possibly some other types of fabric, but only in small swatches, not by the yard, and most of their tiny selection doesn't look very period.

My local antiques mall recently opened up an upholstery fabric section, but most upholstery fabric is so thick it wouldn't hang properly on something as small as a 12" action figure.  It might work for something that's meant to be very stiff, but otherwise I'll probably be looking for something a bit more lightweight but with similar sorts of designs printed on rather than woven in.  Even with the leather and suede scraps I picked up last night, I'm going to have to use the thinnest bits, because the really thick ones wouldn't work for much besides boot soles or armor.  (Though I suppose my laddie does need some armor....  :D )  And I might also go through my closet for old clothing I was planning on getting rid of anyway, to see if something useful might be cut from a piece of skirt or a blouse back.  Not that I have any white brocade or damask clothing or anything particularly fancy in the back of my closet (aside from my wedding dress, but I am NOT cutting that up for an action figure!), but there might be a ratty old black skirt or something that could see new life as a cassock. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 18, 2012, 02:01:42 pm
Just a quick update...Duncan has a new cassock, cincture and stole just in time for Sunday!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/6847598346_e33e01a88e.jpg)

I still plan on embellishing the stole with gold trim, but haven't got around to buying it yet.  Maybe this afternoon I'll be able to pick some up.

The swatch of mini-tartan next to him is one that I ordered because it looked to have the McLain colors of green, black, and white in it, and it was much less expensive than any other mini-tartans I found online.  Now that I've seen the fabric up close rather than just onscreen, it appears that the "black" (or some of it) is actually a dark blue, but given that the more authentic mini-tartans I've found go for $280 per bolt and are NOT available per yard, and I can pick up a quarter yard of this fabric for something like $3, I think I can live with it being not an entirely perfect match.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: derynifanatic64 on March 18, 2012, 02:27:29 pm
Looking good so far!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 18, 2012, 04:09:19 pm
Given the vagaries of medieval dyeing processes, a dark bluish-black could be quite in period, even though Duncan as a nobleman could have afforded expensive cloths.  Producing a true dense black was often time-consuming, so the process of dying the individual hanks of thread used to weave the plaid cloth may not always have been quite as rigorous.  You could just say that this is Duncan's less-expensive 'everyday' plaid, that has been washed and worn and thus faded a little!  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 19, 2012, 09:01:37 am
Here is Duncan's stole with the gold embellishments added:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7056/6996608403_f8220a44a4.jpg)

I have found a plastic Easter Egg and the pointed half of it makes a perfect fit for the top of a Norman style helmet!   :D  My DH says he has the perfect primer and paint for it, so hopefully that project will be underway soon.  Since Duncan is a bishop, I might be adding a bishop's miter crest to the helmet; that seems to be an easy enough adaptation.  And I think I'll save my dwindling sanity by looking for some nice slubbed silk for the liturgical garments, as KK suggested during chat last night (squee, I have authorial approval on my action figure!!!  :D ), rather than trying to find a yard of liturgical brocade on clearance somewhere and hoping the pattern isn't too large for the cope and chasuble designs.  A yard of ivory silk dupioni or the like ought to do nicely.

My daughter is getting into the act with an offer to create a tiny chain mail coif and hauberk for Duncan once I settle on a final body and head for him.  She's made chain mail jewelry before and already has the jewelry pliers for the job, and I found a bag of tiny 4 mm jewelry jump rings for her to work with for less than $5 for 1200 rings, so this ought to be lots of fun to watch.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 21, 2012, 12:52:17 pm
Last night I added the hooded capelet part of Duncan's priestly gear, and also a pectoral cross:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6228/7002958065_4ddfcb90e5.jpg)
Front view with hood lowered

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7242/7002957991_77b3ef6f37.jpg)
Rear view with hood lowered

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/6856843194_366dfbe29e.jpg)
Side view with hood raised

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7082/6856843128_f60cdddd05.jpg)
Front view with hood raised

Sorry for the slightly out of focus shots; I was about to head out the door for work and didn't have time to do more than one rushed snapshot of each view.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 22, 2012, 02:23:54 pm
The mini-tartan fabric I ordered arrived last night, and figuring that I wasn't the only crazy person in the world who has ever tried to make a kilt at 1:6 scale, I did a Google search for mini-kilt patterns online and found this website:

http://vikki.ethernauts.net/highlander.html (http://vikki.ethernauts.net/highlander.html)

After experiencing a brief bout of covetousness for that green/black/white kilt fabric (which actually comes closer to meeting the book's description for the Cassan "colors" than the fabric I found does), I set to work in trying to figure out how to modify this mini-great-kilt pattern to fit the fabric I've got.  I only ordered a quarter yard of fabric, but it's 60" wide, so that's a 9" x 60" rectangle.  To make the kilt, ideally it looks like I'd need a 13.5" x 19" rectangle, but I ought to be able to get that by cutting 9" x 19" off one end of the fabric I've got and then sewing an additional 4.5" x 19" piece to it along the long end.  (I will lose a little bit in seam allowance, so the resulting joined piece will be just a tad smaller than 13.5" x 19", but that's OK because some of that was meant to be seam allowance for hemming, and I plan to leave the edges unfinished to give it that more period "slightly frayed wool" look.)  If I've calculated correctly, the place where the fabric is joined ought to line up perfectly with where the waist of the garment should be, and so that seam will be hidden under Duncan's belt when he's wearing the great kilt.  And if this experiment doesn't work out quite as planned, I'll still have a 9" x 41" rectangle of fabric to work with, although I'd rather save that for making trews and maybe a tunic with for those occasions when Duncan wants to show his Cassani pride without going full-out Border Lord on the Rhemuth Lowlanders.   :D

And before you even ask the question, since I've not got around to making braies yet, the Bishop will be wearing his Cassani kilt "regimental."  Note to self: get Duncan some non-shiny shoes!   ;D

So that appears to be my project for the upcoming weekend, if I have time to get around to it.  But since my Visionaries characters are actually talking to me again, that project takes top priority, since I'm hopelessly behind on getting Chapter 22 sorted and am now feeling the pinch of my "reserve chapters" dwindling at an alarming rate.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 22, 2012, 03:33:39 pm
I definitely agree with Visionaries being the proper priority (and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's posting already), but now I find I'm starting to crave an entire line of Deryni action figures with appropriate clothing and accessories.

The Duke of Corwyn would be an excellent addition.  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 22, 2012, 03:40:36 pm
Yes, he would be.  So, when do you plan to start on that project?   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 22, 2012, 04:15:59 pm
Well, if if Action Alaric is in his darkling phase, at least we won't have to worry about various liturgical colours for his garb.   "Basic black" will do very nicely in all sorts of fabrics  :D



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on March 22, 2012, 04:18:54 pm
I am SO behind on building my Hagios Iob..... ;D
Nice work on Duncan so far, Evie. I especially like his black hooded robe.  It's nice to know  I'm not the only person who's fascinated with the Tiny....

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 22, 2012, 05:10:49 pm
If it's Alaric, she wouldn't need to worry about liturgical colors at all, even after his darkling phase.  Not unless something tragic happened to Richenda and Alaric felt a sudden calling to the priesthood, which somehow I just can't imagine!   :D

And at least all my clothing for Action Figure Duncan folds and stuffs neatly into a gallon sized Ziploc bag for storage.  Which is more than I could say if I started to work on a 1:6, 1:12, or even 1:24 size Rhemuth Castle!   :D  I'm glad you like the cassock and hood.  A brand new pillowcase was sacrificed to make that.  ;D  (At $2.50 per pillowcase at Walmart, buying their cheapie two-pillowcase set, it cost me less to buy that then it would have for me to drive across town to the fabric store to buy half a yard of fabric, and the remaining pillowcase in the set matches my black microfiber body pillow.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 22, 2012, 07:19:31 pm
Yes, he would be.  So, when do you plan to start on that project?   ;)

Um, maybe after my "do all the heraldry of the Eleven Kingdoms in needlepoint" project?

It might be awhile.  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 22, 2012, 08:17:59 pm
If I mail you the hardanger fabric, could you do those needlework banners in 1:6 scale?  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 22, 2012, 09:07:14 pm
If you also send a replacement set of eyes and some very nimble elves, we'll talk.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 22, 2012, 10:35:51 pm
If you also send a replacement set of eyes and some very nimble elves, we'll talk.   ;D

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Googly.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2b/Legolas600ppx.jpg)

(http://www.pollsb.com/photos/o/39177-keebler_elves.jpg)

(http://catholicismpure.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/90796_male_elf.jpg)

I'm all ears.  So to speak.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 23, 2012, 01:08:38 am
Send me your design for the McLain banner and I'll see what I can do when I find where I have put all my needlepoint stuff.  Though even on a 1:6 scale, and worked on very fine linen, it will probably end up the equivalent size to a wall-hanging. 

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 23, 2012, 07:05:26 am
ROFL @ Evie!  I yield!  :D

I've never tried my hand at petitpoint, but I think that would work out to be close to the right scale.  Unfortunately, I don't have a charted design.  I have the drawing of the McLean shield on Volume 1 of the Deryni Archives, and there is a clear description of the shield colours during the funeral in DC, but I have not actually produced the picture to work from.  I had software that would convert a picture to a workable graph, but I never used it much and alas, it was for my old Windows 95 machine and on a floppy disc as well!

I'm sure there is more modern software out there, and I should probably start looking for it!  There were companies that would produce a graph if you sent them the picture, but I wouldn't do that without KK's permission, as it is her intellectual property.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 08:49:10 am
Send me your design for the McLain banner and I'll see what I can do when I find where I have put all my needlepoint stuff.  Though even on a 1:6 scale, and worked on very fine linen, it will probably end up the equivalent size to a wall-hanging. 

A wall-hanging?  Um, you did see that's a 1:6 scale and not a 6:1 scale, right?   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 09:09:54 am
 I have the drawing of the McLean shield on Volume 1 of the Deryni Archives, and there is a clear description of the shield colours during the funeral in DC, but I have not actually produced the picture to work from.  

There's a drawing?!   :D

Actually, if I just had the heraldic blazon to work with, I could figure out what it ought to look like, but I can't recall where (if anywhere) the actual blazonry is written out in the books.  I know that the McLain arms are blue and white, with a sleeping lion on it (color either not specified or not coming to mind right now) and some red roses, but I don't know in what particular configuration they all fit on the escutcheon (shield).  What would help would be some sort of description like "On a shield azure, a lion dormant proper, and in chief argent, three roses gules."  Or whatever the heraldic specifics are, obviously.  I keep thinking I've seen something of that sort in one of the novels, but heck if I can find it!  

Then again, if there's an actual drawing somewhere, then assuming it's emblazoned correctly, a picture is worth a thousand words....   ;D

There's a description somewhere of the Cassani standard too, which if I remember correctly would be (in laymen's terms) like a long swallow-tailed (i.e. forked) banner that is divided lengthwise into blue and silver (or white, since heraldically they're interchangeable), with red roses sprinkled over that, and the Haldane gold rampant lion on a crimson field added on at the pole end, though whether it takes up that entire end of the standard or just the top corner of it (like the blue starry canton does on the US flag) is less clear.  Or at least it is in the second-hand description of this standard that I found online.  It might be perfectly clear in the novel's description, but again, although I think that was taken from TBH or TKJ, I don't have either book handy to look up the actual phrasing.  I did a rough sketch of it using MS Paint once, but given my MS Paint skills, it looks pretty dire.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 23, 2012, 09:17:16 am
Yes, I did see that it's a 1:6 scale :D     But if you are talking of a 'banner' equivalent to 2ft x 4 ft, then we are only talking about a 2"x 4" design.  That does not allow for very much fine detail in the design, even in petit point.   Hence my comment about a wall hanging  :p    But it should be possible to get a reasonable McLain lion and roses even at that scale, as they would not require very detailed shading.  I second Jerusha's comments about the design - will check DC and Deryni Archives when I get home.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 10:10:43 am
Yes, I did see that it's a 1:6 scale :D     But if you are talking of a 'banner' equivalent to 2ft x 4 ft, then we are only talking about a 2"x 4" design.  

Nope.  Look at it this way...a 12" male action figure represents a man 6 feet tall.  (OK, there's actually a 11.5" to 12" range in male figures, but for the sake of simplicity we'll assume the standard 12" figure and round up to six feet, or 72 inches.)  Using the ratio, if "1" is equal to 72", then dividing that by 6 yields 12" for the action figure height, yes?  OK, now that we've double-checked our scale, then let's apply the same scale to an object.  If we have a banner that's 2' x 4', then the short side will be 24 inches (2 feet = 24 inches) divided by 6, or 4".  And the long side will be 48 inches (4 feet = 48") divided by 6, which is equal to 8".  So that means the miniature banner would need to be 4" x 8", which is an easier size to work with in needlepoint, I should think.

What you were thinking of is 1:12 scale, in which there's an exact equivalence of "1 foot of real scale = 1 inch of miniature scale."  I suspect 1:12 scale dollhouses are popular not just because they're space saving compared to 1:6, but also because that's a much easier scale to work with for people who don't want to bother with working out the maths in their head, or who get turned around as I tend to do and forget to convert those pesky feet into inches first before doing the division, and then end up with wildly skewed results.   :D

And this, by the way, is why all of Duncan's clothes so far have been "measured by eyeball" rather than with a measuring tape or a ruler!  I hate maths!   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 23, 2012, 10:28:43 am
OK, but what size do you actually WANT the banner to be?    Are you thinking of a 2'x 4'equivalent, i.e. 4"x 8"?   Or did you want something smaller?

There are some good heraldic designs online for "lions couchant" that could be used, like these:-

(http://sites.google.com/site/culduie/Lion.jpg)


(http://www.heraldicclipart.com/catalog/Lion%20couchant.GIF)

Although none of them look particularly like a 'sleeping' lion!  Is the description in DC "couchant" or "dormant" ?  (Haven't got my books with me).   There are some designs for "dormant, like this:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/22/Lion_Dormant.svg/480px-Lion_Dormant.svg.png)


But I do think that a nice Corwyn gryhon in rich green silks would be fun to do  :D
(http://img3.etsystatic.com/il_570xN.89716799.jpg)



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 02:06:10 pm
KK usually just says "sleeping lion," given that not all of her readers can be counted upon to know heraldic terms, but the proper heraldic term for that posture would be "dormant."  And your second lion in that post looks extremely familiar to me; that's the one my DH uses on his SCA fighting shield and his painted banner!   :D  IIRC it's line art from The Art of Heraldry by Fox-Davies, though I could be mistaken on DH's source.  He had his SCA device long before we met.  DH's lion is "couchant" rather than "dormant," so that third lion in your post would be more accurate for Duncan's device.

One problem is that I don't know what color that lion is.  Is it gold?  Red like the roses?  Is it "proper" (i.e. colored like a real line, with some leeway for the artist because real lines come in various shades of color, but one can assume a large tawny cat with either some similar colored or black mane)?  Unless KK has hidden that detail somewhere in the novels and I'm not remembering where it is, it's going to be hard to create a banner for Duncan.  Maybe she'll be at Sunday chat and can answer that question for us.  

My guess is that Duncan's escutcheon is similar to your top one, only with the shield being blue at the bottom and white or silver at the top, the roses being red as in your sample, and the lion being some unknown color at this point.  But since I don't know if those field divisions are accurate, that's just a wild guess.  It could be that the lion is in a blue field within a white border that is sprinkled with roses.  Or that the shield is divided vertically or diagonally, etc.  We know from HD that the Cassani livery is sky blue and silver (and given how expensive, not to mention impractical, genuine cloth of silver would have been to purchase for an entire army, not to mention keep untarnished in battle conditions, I'll assume KK means "pale light grey"), so it's possible that Jared's shield device reflected those colors as well, although that would have been due to artistic preference, since there wasn't a heraldic differentiation between "blue" and "sky blue" in the Middle Ages yet (unless of course "bleu-celeste" as a heraldic color came into vogue centuries earlier in the Eleven Kingdoms, but that would be up to the Author), and "argent", while literally translating to "silver," is quite often painted in as white when the heraldry is emblazoned on something like a shield or banner.

So as for size....  Gee, I dunno.  4" x 6", maybe?  That's about the same ratio as my baronial banner, but scaled down to a reasonable size for an action figure.  And if an extra bit of fabric is left at the top (the flat edge), it could be folded over to create a casing for a wooden dowel that would allow for something like this:

(http://www.tudorshoppe.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/ke-608.jpg)

That's a versatile "hanger" for a banner that allows it to be hung up on a wall, or suspended from a pole with a hook, or any number of other means of display.  My SCA banner used to hang with DH's from cup hooks in the wooden beams of our Great Hall/living room, on either side of the fireplace.  DH also uses them to mark which pavilion is ours when we're at an SCA camping event.  Lots of handy uses for a good banner!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 02:27:35 pm
And here's that very crude MS Paint sketch of the McLain battle standard that I worked up from a description I found online:

(http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/9195/mclainstandard.jpg)

I ought to be banned from working in MS Paint to protect the vision and mental health of innocent bystanders.  There is probably some far more artful way of depicting this standard working from the same description, though graphics design is most definitely not my strong suit!  :D  And again, depending on the actual description in the novel rather than the paraphrase I found online, that red portion at the left of the battle might not go all the way down to the bottom edge, but might be a canton instead, covering only the upper left corner of the standard like the starry blue field on the US flag.

Here's how a heraldic rose would traditionally be depicted.  Not that it's not the fancy, many-petaled sort of rose that we've got in gardens today, since those were cultivated to look that way over many centuries:

(http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=7200636)

And here is one that is specifically "gules" (i.e. red):

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6JBW0Yf6tv4/R0ecMAU4hNI/AAAAAAAACtY/gzv5us4rd-o/s1600/red_rose.gif)

The medieval five-petaled heraldic rose looks like this one:

(http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1034/667683221_656795bb1c_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 23, 2012, 03:10:53 pm
Duncan's is similar to the top one, but on the drawing of the shield on the Deryni Archives cover, the roses are on the bottom half and the lion on the top.  And you're right, I don't think I've found a desciption of the colour of the lion anywhere.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 03:16:25 pm
Does the picture show a scattering of roses, or are there a specific number (well, I suppose in either case there'd be a specific number! LOL!) and how are they arranged?

In other words, is it more like this:

(https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTdWU20TIx1ZV3tT4AZFEwNXHhbQE0JiTho9pnP6g7yggus3_KMlg)

Or closer to something like this:
(https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR69is8iEn6v256LbYPwEmTdeS-7Vumg0Vh2uCVwISGz_ERRRbz)

Or are they lined up and going in a certain direction?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 23, 2012, 03:26:55 pm
There are three roses, aligned like the second picture.

If I can take a decent picture of the DA cover, I'll send it to you via email.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 03:36:27 pm
There are three roses, aligned like the second picture.

If I can take a decent picture of the DA cover, I'll send it to you via email.

Would it look something like this, only (assuming Cassan's artists are worth whatever Jared pays them) much better?   :D

(http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/8037/mclainbanner.jpg)

Oh wait, seeing it uploaded here, I just realized...it CAN'T look like that, unless KK is breaking heraldic rules again with the McLain arms.  (I say again because Morgan's "green on black" gryphon would break those rules as well, but I imagine the heralds weren't eager to argue that point with the darkling Deryni Duke!  :D And there is some historical precedent for a few, very powerful, individuals breaking the tincture rules that way, though it's normally royals using gold on silver or vice versa.)  So my guess is that the roses are on a white field and that it's the chief--the top part--that's meant to be blue, with the lion sleeping peacefully on that blue background.  I take it, since you mentioned not knowing the lion's color, that what you've got is a black and white line drawing?  Or is there any shading?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 03:59:18 pm
OK, in light of that last realization, let's try this again:  

(http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/4394/mclainbannercorrected.jpg)

I think the blazon for this, if it exists anywhere in the books, would be "Per fess azure and argent, in chief a lion dormant or, and in base three roses gules."  If there is a "herald-speak" description of these arms somewhere in the novels and it says something radically different, then it's back to the drawing board for me.   :D

And now I'm obsessing over that darn lion!  Gold or silver would work, as well as a natural-colored lion.  Or, I suppose, one of the heraldic "furs," though I don't think the resulting device would look as pretty.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 23, 2012, 04:30:59 pm
What was the desription in DC at the funeral for Kevin and Bronwyn?  We get a description of the Morgan arms for Bronwyn, which IIRC, was written in heraldic terms, and I thought there was also one for Kevin?

Depending on the size of the banner, it should be possible to get a reasonable attempt at the roses.   I was wondering if a very fine cross stitchmight be easier than petit point, as you can then outline the details of the lion and the rose petals in black or just a darker shade of the colour.  The second of your rose designs, the one specifically gules, would not need outlining of course, but the lion certaibly will, or he becomes a fairly indistinct shape, unless it was possible to leave some of the lines as background colour (as with the roses).   

Another excellent question for Chat when KK next appears! 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 23, 2012, 04:59:33 pm
All I have is a line drawing (which I will email to you shortly).

The passage in DC that describes the shield is:  McLain:  argent, three roses gules; on a chief azure, a lion dormant argent...

So we do have the colour of the lion afterall! :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 05:01:18 pm
All I have is a line drawing (which I will email to you shortly).

The passage in DC that describes the shield is:  McLain:  argent, three roses gules; on a chief azure, a lion dormant argent...

So we do have the colour of the lion afterall! :)

Yes, not to mention a simpler way to blazoning the fool thing!   :D  Looks like that last rough sketch will work out; I just need to transform that lion from gold to silver.

(http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/8656/mclainbannerfinal.jpg)

And here we are!  Only problem is, that's only Duncan's arms for a short while.  There's probably some mark of cadency once he abdicates (see my Duncan's Heraldry thread), but I'll need to ask KK if she's conveniently following the "What the heck do we do with the Duke of Windsor's arms?" rule for blazoning an abdicated ruler/nobleman or if she has some better idea.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 23, 2012, 05:50:34 pm
Duncan's personal arms by 1136, after his abdication, might look like this if KK decides to use what I'm calling the "Duke of Windsor rule":

(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/351/mclainbannerfinalwithca.jpg)

That's meant to be a tiny bishop's mitre in the central point of the mark of cadency, but I only had time to do so much fiddling with the clip art.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 24, 2012, 12:48:19 am
You don't half want to make life complicated, do you!   Never mind getting the lion and roses, now you want a bishop's mitre and cadency mark!  :P

If the banner has been made after his abdication as Duke, would he still wish to retain any mark of cadency, even along the 'Duke of Windsor' rule?   The other option would be a distinct one-off personal variation, acknowledging both his McLain heritage and his ecclesiastical status.  On the blue chief, have the McLain sleeping lion beside a cross or a mitre.  (Or the lion centred, with a small cross either side).  The three red roses on a silver ground would remain below.  I will leave it to you to do the photoshopping, Evie  :D

ETA:  This was the sort of basic design I was thinking of, except that the chief would be all blue and not divided, and of course, the roses would be red on a silver ground.  (Appropriate enough as a precedent for rector Duncan, as this particular shield is that of Kings College, Cambridge!)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Kingscollegearms.svg/175px-Kingscollegearms.svg.png)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 24, 2012, 12:59:12 am
I could have the sleeping lion wearing the mitre, but then it might look as though the heralds think Duncan spends all his time sleeping on the job!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 24, 2012, 01:17:29 am
Quote
This was the sort of basic design I was thinking of, except that the chief would be all blue and not divided, and of course, the roses would be red on a silver ground.  (Appropriate enough as a precedent for rector Duncan, as this particular shield is that of Kings College, Cambridge!)

For this sort of device to work, I think the chief would either have to be divided like in your example, or else you'd have to have three charges up at the top (the cross-sleeping lion-cross idea you mentioned earlier, or else something of that sort), because otherwise you would be violating medieval rules of heraldic symmetry, I think.  At least I don't recall ever seeing two unlike charges side by side like that on a single field, though I'm happy to be corrected if you can find me a period example of that being done.  Two items combined in a single charge, such as a sleeping lion wearing a mitre, yes, but the blazon would reflect this as one charge (something like "a lion dormant wearing a mitre"), not as two separate ones (as in "on a chief azure, a lion dormant and a mitre").  It might be possible to do something like "on a chief azure, a lion dormant flanked by two crosses" without violating the rules of heraldry, but I'm not certain. I'd need to research that.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 24, 2012, 01:50:16 am
There are various examples of two or three designs on a chief - see below.  

This first one with the lion and a book either side would be good for Duncan as rector, LOL, but you could just change the books to crosses.
(http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/show.php?imgid=238)

Another one with a rose and two rings on the chief:-
(http://www.civicheraldry.co.uk/oldham_cbc.JPG)

And this is one for the university of Pennsylvania -
(http://www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/features/vis_obj/heraldry/arms1.gif)

There are some modern examples on this site:  http://www.civicheraldry.co.uk/lancs_pre74.html (http://www.civicheraldry.co.uk/lancs_pre74.html)

Whether or not this sor of things was possible in medieval times, I don't know, but there are certainly many examples where three of the same symbol were shown in chief (roses, fleur de lys, etc).  Clearly it has been possible to vary this at some stage to have a central symbol flanked by two others.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 24, 2012, 02:00:33 am
Yes, those work because they meet the medieval concepts of symmetry (which is slightly different from our modern "mirror image" view of it) and balance.  In the first example, the lion is flanked by identical books; therefore, it is "balanced."  It is not a single book set beside a single lion on the same chief.  Also, you'll notice the books face the same way rather than looking like mirror images of each other, and that's because that's what was considered more "symmetrical" to the medieval viewer.  And in the base, the three roses can stand on that white field completely on their own as in the McLain arms, or they can be separated like in this one by a chevron, which is a second sort of charge but one which acts as a field divider that helps maintain the symmetry and balance.

In your second example you've got exactly the same situation, just swap out the types of charges.

What wouldn't look medieval is if, for instance, you had a single book and a single lion in that red chief, or if you had that white base but filled it with a lion, a griffin, and a unicorn, and there wasn't any sort of field division between those charges.  You can get by with having a major charge surrounded with smaller minor charges on that base--for instance, you could have a big cat in the middle with a smaller star at the top two corners and the same size star centered below the cat at the bottom of the shield.  But again, that works because it goes along with the medieval concept of balance and symmetry in a way that two unlike side-by-side or stacked objects would not.  

Is that any clearer?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 24, 2012, 03:11:58 am
Oh yes, I understand the symmetry.   So - what do you want for a special Duncan McLain shield and banner?  Books or crosses ?  Or do we just try for a single terrified lion cowering with his paws over his eyes, growling something rude about people with a fascination for Action Duncan :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 24, 2012, 09:54:02 pm
ROFL @ "Lion cowerant"!   :D

Actually, given that Duncan is KK's character and that tomorrow is Sunday, I'm rather hoping she'll be in chat tomorrow evening so I can ask her if she's got a preference.  She is, after all, the Final Authority on the subject.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 24, 2012, 10:38:02 pm
Duncan is extremely adamant that I reassure all of you that this is not what it looks like!   :o

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7086/6866649366_424c9256b2.jpg)

I went to the Thrift Store today in hopes of finding a new body for Duncan that would not only look more like he's lifted a sword and shield on occasion in his lifetime, but also would be better articulated (i.e. jointed limbs and preferably waist as well) so that he could be put into poses.  A lot of the 12" male action figures have these features, and I was hoping I might get lucky and find a decent one at the Thrift Store, and if I didn't like his head, there are safe ways to swap out heads and bodies.

So off I went, but alas, there were no male bodies there.  Well, none in Duncan's size at any rate, and none in mine either that I'd have any interest in dragging home.  But I digress.  Instead, in the toy section, I found a terrible sight.  I rescued this fair damsel from a horrific situation--a shelf that looked like the aftermath of an apparent Barbie Doll massacre--and Fr Duncan wishes you all to know that he is merely standing in front of her in an attempt to preserve her modesty.  And I believe that.  I really do.  

<Malcolm Reynolds voice>  "But she was naked and all...articulate!" </Malcolm Reynolds voice>

/me solemnly wipes growing smirk off her face

She had the lovely articulation I was hoping to find, and it wasn't her fault it was on the wrong gender body!  Oh, sure, some of the other girls had prettier bodies, but could they move them as well?  Would they look as graceful on a dance floor at Twelfth Night or pose as beautifully in Schola robes?  I think not!  She even had feet that aren't permanently on tiptoe as if she's wearing invisible high heels.  There was only one problem with her.   She would have been perfect for Helena, except that she was golden blonde.  And while the Sharpie trick did wonders for Duncan's hair, I don't happen to have an auburn marker.  

Now, granted, as a young widow, Helena's likely to keep her hair covered most of the time anyway, so did that matter?  Well, yes, because sometimes the front of the hairline or the end of the hair can end up peeking out from beneath a hood or a veil and wimple.  (And it's definitely visible if only the veil is worn.)  Because of the thickness of Barbie hair, it doesn't coil up into a bun or tuck into a snood or coif all that well, and a big bulge on the back of her head would not make a very pleasing silhouette under a hood or a veil and wimple.  So what to do?

And then I saw her...a sweet face (if wearing a little too much lipstick, which I might end up changing later if I get enough painting skill to be able to do so without messing the face up) framed by light auburn hair.  Granted, Helena's hair is supposed to be a darker auburn, and it's supposed to be curly rather than straight, but this was an improvement.  Unfortunately, the Helena head was on a standard Barbie body with the rubber only-slightly-bendable legs and hard plastic unjointed arms.

They were only $1.99 each.  So I bought them both.  As soon as we got home, they both got alcohol sponge baths to wipe off the grime of grubby kid hands, Thrift Store price stickers, and God only knows what off their little bodies, and then it was time to run their little heads and necks under running hot water.  That had the dual purpose of washing their hair and softening the plastic enough so that I could, with a little effort, manage to work their heads off their neck joints safely.  I put the Helena head on its new body and figure I'll keep the blonde head to practice my painting skills.  (There are online tutorials for stripping off the original paint and repainting a Barbie or action figure face.)  I don't really have any need for the extra body, though I might keep it just in case I need a spare for some reason.

So here's a closer look at Helena's nicely articulated body.  Duncan insisted I preserve her modesty, so I had to find some way to cover her up a bit, but not so much that you can't see her "bendy places":

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6094/7012761069_d149cf34b8.jpg)

No, I'm very sorry, but that is not AEdwige's head.  I know you were all hoping.   ;)

So, now that I have the right head on the right body, what next?  I thought about trying the Sharpie trick again, but I'm not sure if a brown Sharpie on light auburn hair will result in the look I'm hoping for or if I'll end up losing the redness completely.  And I am afraid that if I try to combine brown Sharpie with orange Sharpie to go for a more auburn shade, I'll end up with something too brassy.  What to do?  Maybe I can use that extra "practice head" to work some of this out.  In the meantime, all of that hair needs to be able to lie smoothly under veils and hoods, so it was time to arrange it.  It's too thick to braid in the conventional way and have it look right, so instead I did this:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/6866649524_281bf1b0f5.jpg)

This is similar enough to a 12th Century style of wrapping hair that I figured it would work fine for my rescued young lady, so I found my hair taping needle and some suitable ribbon.  I chose blue since if her hair is ever visible, that's one of the colors in the Servants of Saint Camber cincture cords, so she'll be color coordinated with her daily wardrobe.  I was hoping she could just borrow Duncan's Schola robe, but unfortunately he is about half an inch taller than she is and his arms are longer as well, and his sleeves hang well beyond her fingertips, so I suppose she'll need new clothes eventually.  The pink ballet slippers will also need to be repainted, probably changed to a more versatile black.  But that's for another day, and in the meantime Duncan has lent her his old jeans and T-shirt.  It's not like he ever wears them anyway.



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on March 25, 2012, 01:33:10 am
 ;D Why of COURSE he's shielding her to preserve her modesty! 
 
 But that's not stopping him from enjoying it, is he?  =o)

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 25, 2012, 03:11:45 am
Helena felt quite out of place wearing those odd clothes, so she made herself a linen underdress that fits her properly.  (Actually it was almost too snug to go over her shoulders, but she managed to squeeze into it.)  Duncan lent her one of his dress tunics to wear as an overdress, and she switched out her pink shoes for black ones.  As she doesn't have a proper veil yet, we just tucked her hair under some leftover linen so she'll look presentable for mixed company:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7139/7013315975_bb222b6913.jpg)

And then we tried another way to wrap the head-gear so I could see if the fabric will drape enough to make a proper wimple or if it will be too stiff.  If it's not thin enough to have the proper drape, I might need to go with silk or some other very fine fabric instead.  Maybe handkerchief fabric, something that will look like fine linen and not overly fancy?

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/7013316039_60aee9eb1d.jpg)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on March 25, 2012, 12:48:45 pm

No, I'm very sorry, but that is not AEdwige's head.  I know you were all hoping.   ;)


Awww, PLEASE?
This is where the Deryni Universe meets Mary Shelley's Frankenstein!
I can just  see you wandering through thrift stores looking at old dolls, thinking  "This body would go nicely with her head..yes, that would work...."  ;D

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 25, 2012, 03:43:01 pm
I now have this horrible picture in my head of Duncan frantically digging up that shallow grave only to find....a headless Barbie doll!  :o
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 25, 2012, 04:29:26 pm
This nightmare brought to you by Evie and Mattel, makers of Deryni Barbie....   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: derynifanatic64 on March 25, 2012, 05:42:31 pm
This thread is really taking on a life of its own.  It's almost like a fanfic story.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on March 25, 2012, 11:02:05 pm
;D Why of COURSE he's shielding her to preserve her modesty! 
 
 But that's not stopping him from enjoying it, is he?  =o)

Melissa

*channeling Duncan*I'm celebate, not dead!/*channeling Duncan*
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 25, 2012, 11:47:55 pm
LOL!  So true, Elkhound!   :D

OK, ever since chat ended I've been researching ecclesiastical heraldry (which it turns out has different sorts of achievements of arms--that fancy stuff around the shield--than regular heraldry) and trying to come up with a nice coat of arms and achievement that would be suitable for Duncan once he's stepped down as Duke of Cassan and is simply an auxiliary bishop.  I wanted it to draw elements from his original McLain arms while at the same time not be too derivative of it, and something to show his loyalties both to the Haldane Kings and to the Church would be a plus.  Alkari gets full credit for showing me a rampant lion with a crozier charge online which ended up inspiring me in this direction:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6225/7016580507_c4b6ce7801.jpg)

I think I'm finally figuring out how to use GIMP.  Kinda-sorta.   :D  If the lines of the white lion look a bit washed out, that's because he started off as a sort of greyish-tan, and I had to figure out how to remove the color while leaving behind the outline.

The blazon for the shield would be something like "Per chevron throughout argent and azure, two roses gules and a rampant lion maintaining a crozier argent."  To be completely correct, I'm wondering if the roses ought to be totally red without the yellow and green bits, but I'm afraid I'll mess this up if I try to fiddle with it more.  The motto "Ad Lucem" means "Toward the Light," or at least so a webpage on Latin mottoes assured me, but if that's incorrect, let me know.  It seemed a fitting personal motto for a Deryni bishop, though if something like "In service to the Light" would fit in the banner, I might try out that variation and see how it looks in the scrollwork.  (Assuming, of course, that someone would be willing to translate that into proper Latin for me!)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on March 26, 2012, 08:45:49 am
Add that the roses are 'seeded or & spined vert'.

And wouldn't the crosier and processional cross behind the shield be for a diocesan bishop, rather than an auxiliary?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 26, 2012, 09:09:36 am
Actually, I'd be more likely to just change the roses rather than the blazon, since the McLain roses are gules.

I'll need to go back and double-check the ecclesiastical heraldry sources again now that I'm more awake.  I was thinking he'd be entitled to both, but if he's not, it would be easy enough to drop the processional cross.  I'm almost 100% certain he's entitled to the crosier, though, even as an auxiliary bishop rather than a diocesan one.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 26, 2012, 11:10:41 am
OK, after a bit more research....

Matters are somewhat more complicated in that there are various traditions of ecclesiastical heraldry--for instance, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox--and while the Church of Gwynedd is inspired by the first two, it doesn't adhere perfectly to the practices of either.  One Anglo-Catholic site I visited proposed the following for an ordinary who is a titular bishop:  

"English" proposal--
Mitre, crosier and key (America) or one or two crosiers (Britain)    

"Roman" proposal--
Green pontifical hat with 6 tassels per side, single-barred processional cross

Granted, since Duncan isn't part of the Roman Church, nor is he living in America or England, neither option particularly applies.  KK mentioned the mitre being used for a crest when this project came up in chat last night, so that's why I was going with a look leaning more closely towards the English proposal.  And it would certainly be easy enough to erase the processional cross out of the achievement I posted above.  Or, since when I did a Google Image search for "auxiliary bishop heraldry," most of the images that came up were of the "Roman" sort, I could go with something like this:

(http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/6756/auxiliarybishopduncanac.jpg)

I'm really not fond of that green galero, though.   :-\  The mitre is a lot more attractive, in my opinion at any rate.  And in the achievements that were of this sort, they all contained the green galero and processional cross, but no crozier.  And as Duncan belongs to a completely different tradition than either of these, in a kingdom that probably has its own ecclesiastical heraldry rules, it could be that an auxiliary bishop there could use both the crozier and the processional cross, rather than a key, in his achievement if I stick with the more "English" style I posted earlier.  And should KK herself decide to express a preference, then of course the Subcreator of the Eleven Kingdoms (to borrow Tolkien's term for a world-builder) holds precedence over anything our world's heralds say.   :D

Here's what KK had to say about what Duncan probably would have used during the Mearan War, when he was both Duke and Bishop and his permanent status was still in a state of flux:  "<KK> At that point, with things still in flux, I'd guess he was using the McLain arms with saltired cross and crozier, probably a mitre as a crest, and maybe with the lion holding a cross in its paws. More suitable ecclesiastical arms would be devised at a later date."  So that's why I was leaning towards him retaining something of that look in his later achievement, only changing the shield to reflect his new personal arms instead of his old McLain arms.  Well, that and the fact that the galero puts in mind of a tricked-out sombrero for some reason.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on March 27, 2012, 12:33:54 am
Actually, I'd be more likely to just change the roses rather than the blazon, since the McLain roses are gules.

Differencing by tincture is a perfectly respectable method.  Not as common in British heraldry as in German, but not unknown.  Look at the Wars of the Roses; the Plantagenets used a yellow rose, and the two cadet branches, the Lancasters and the Yorks, used red and white.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on March 27, 2012, 12:37:39 am
What about, when he was both a bishop and a duke, a crossed crosier and sword or lance behind the shield, with a miter enclosed by a ducal coronet or a ducal helm with a miter in lieu of a crest?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 27, 2012, 03:53:52 am
For Action Duncan, I think Evie wants to do his banner as it would be post QFSC, after he has abdicated as duke. 

The description in TKJ when he rides out on the Mearan campaign is that he had a -

"... jazerant of quilted leather studded with steel, the edges bound inbright McLain tartan and the McLain device picked out in silken stitches on the left breast.  A sword and crozier crossed in saltire behind the embroidered shield gave hint of his dual status, but only at close range."

So a new bishop-only form of arms with crossed crosiers en saltire, or sword and crozier the same way, would be consistent with what he'd previously used.  As I could not ever see Duncan adopting any type of squashed sombrero hat-with-tassles device on his arms  :D  (Imagine what Alaric and Dhugal would say to him!), IMHO the first design would be simple, elegant and appropriate, with or without the central bishop's mitre.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on March 27, 2012, 10:10:13 am
Wasn't the galero introduced into RC ecclesiastical heraldry a lot later than our period anyway?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 27, 2012, 10:11:08 am
I think it might have been the Bishop of Durham's arms I ran across recently that had the mitre encircled with a ducal coronet, but I'm not certain.  But yes, for now at least I'm concentrating on post-abdication Duncan, as otherwise I could end up spending a fortune on materials if I don't narrow down the timeline somehow.   :)

Quote
"... jazerant of quilted leather studded with steel, the edges bound inbright McLain tartan and the McLain device picked out in silken stitches on the left breast.  A sword and crozier crossed in saltire behind the embroidered shield gave hint of his dual status, but only at close range."

OK, now this quote is both a delight and a dilemma at the same time.  I'm vaguely familiar with the term "jazerant," but I've always associated it with the sort of early (and often Middle-Eastern) armor that has the leather on the inside and the scales on the outside, like this example:

(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-97934516468614_2081_881989)

But I don't think that's what KK is meaning in this passage, if the edges are bound in tartan and there's an embroidered shield on it!  (If it is, then I'm more scared of meeting Meraude and her needle on the field of combat than I am of meeting Nigel and his sword!  :D )  And doing a Google search for the term (in a variety of spellings) to see if there are some museum photos online showing an extant jazerant with the leather on the outside (and/or a medieval painting or drawing of one) doesn't help very much because I keep turning up World of Warcraft armor!  I suspect that the description is meant to suggest that he's wearing one of the more common Western European varieties of armors that had small plates of metal affixed to leather (as opposed to chain mail or plate mail, although this sort of small plate armor was often worn along with chainmail for extra protection), and that she's not specifying a particular mode of construction, in which case the armor Duncan's wearing in this passage could be something more like a brigandine or a jack of plate.  It would still have the small plates of metal affixed to the quilted leather, but they'd be on the inside of the armor (or else between the quilted outer layer and a lining) rather than the outside, so it would be easier to edge something like that in tartan and applique an embroidered shield onto the chest area.  Here's a spiffy looking brigandine that St. Michael is wearing (if you look closely, you can see the rivets attaching the metal plates inside to the thick fabric or leather outside):

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/af/Saint_Michael_and_the_Dragon.jpg)

You can tell that's St. Michael and not Alaric Morgan because he's not wearing all black or dark emerald green.   ;)

And a more conventional photo of a brigandine in which you can actually see the rivets clearly that hold the metal plates to the inside:

(http://www.messiah.edu/hpages/facstaff/gdaub/armor/pictures/valentin/brigand.jpg)

Or along very similar lines, here's a jack of plate:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e6/Jack_of_plate%2C_English_or_Scottish%2C_c1590%2C_Royal_Armoury%2C_Leeds.JPG/450px-Jack_of_plate%2C_English_or_Scottish%2C_c1590%2C_Royal_Armoury%2C_Leeds.JPG)

You know, my money is on Duncan's armor being something of this sort, but that could just be due to me imagining it in a supple black or dark brown leather with that lovely McLain green/white/black tartan edging and a spiffing embroidered shield on it. I'd follow that Duke into battle...yum!   ;)  But I digress....  It's quilted, has the protective metal plates that KK refers to in the passage, plus it would be easy to embellish with tartan borders and embroidery, especially if those were added on before the steel plates are sewn in.  Or riveted in, if the word "studded" in the description is meant to imply rivets, which brings us back to that brigandine above, though it could be more fitted like this jack of plate, since as far as I'm aware, the main difference between the two is in the mode of construction (rivets vs plates sewn between layers of fabric).  

In any case, this passage describes armor that Duncan owned during the Mearan War, but given the price of a full set of armor and how valued it would be in a warrior culture, if Loris didn't destroy it or give it to one of his henchmen after Duncan's capture, Duncan might still have it a decade later.  (What was Duncan wearing when Loris was trying to turn him into a roasty toasty bishop?  I don't recall now, but surely it wasn't his full kit?)  Or even if Loris disposed of it, Duncan may have commissioned another set made identical to the first, especially if he was fond of that design.  If the shield device on his chest was appliqued on, then it would be easy enough to update later once he abdicates and needs to put his new coat of arms on it.  And even if it were embroidered directly on the leather (which I doubt), that would be easy enough to cover over with a newly embroidered applique patch featuring the new coat of arms.  
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 27, 2012, 10:12:50 am
Wasn't the galero introduced into RC ecclesiastical heraldry a lot later than our period anyway?

Possibly.  That's just what kept popping up when I did a search for examples of heraldry for auxiliary bishops, so that's why I mentioned them.  In any case, I definitely think the mitre looks spiffier.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on March 27, 2012, 10:32:08 am
"(What was Duncan wearing when Loris was trying to turn him into a roasty toasty bishop?  I don't recall now, but surely it wasn't his full kit?)"

IIRC, they stripped him down to his shirt and breeches and by the time the flames were set after the flogging what was left was in tatters.  :(
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 27, 2012, 10:59:24 am
Hm.  I think I'll skip trying to dress my action figure in tattered rags, welts, blisters, and soot.  That's a bit of "action" he'd just as soon forget.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on March 27, 2012, 03:24:08 pm
Wasn't the galero introduced into RC ecclesiastical heraldry a lot later than our period anyway?
A qiock Google search shows that it was actually introduced by Pope Innocent IV in 1245 at the First Council of Lyon, and so would be right on period for Gwynedd in Duncan's time.  But there has been no mention of such headgear when describing bishops and archbishops, as KK is apparently relying on vestments and bishops' mitres for marks of rank at formal occasions such as coronations, knighting ceremonies, etc.  I think perhaps her characters might have staged a mutiny had she tried to inflict them with such an item  :D

As for that picture of St Michael, I also saw this one on the weekend, when I went to the Renaissance exhibition in Canberra:-
(http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/RENAISSANCE/Images/400/202494.jpg)

More information at:   http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/RENAISSANCE/Default.cfm?IRN=202494&BioArtistIRN=37005&MnuID=3&GalID=3&ViewID=2   (http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/RENAISSANCE/Default.cfm?IRN=202494&BioArtistIRN=37005&MnuID=3&GalID=3&ViewID=2  )  Alas, they didn't any postcards or small prints, only a large poster, and there is no room in my study for yet another poster  :(

And somehow I immediately thought of Duncan when I saw this beautiful little private portable altar, especially as the two saints shown (St Benedict and St Scholastica) seemed to be very appropriate:-
(http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/RENAISSANCE/Images/400/202389.jpg)

See:  http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/RENAISSANCE/Default.cfm?IRN=202389&BioArtistIRN=37026&mystartrow=13&realstartrow=13&MnuID=3&GalID=3&ViewID=2
 (http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/RENAISSANCE/Default.cfm?IRN=202389&BioArtistIRN=37026&mystartrow=13&realstartrow=13&MnuID=3&GalID=3&ViewID=2)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on March 28, 2012, 12:16:42 am
"(What was Duncan wearing when Loris was trying to turn him into a roasty toasty bishop?  I don't recall now, but surely it wasn't his full kit?)"

IIRC, they stripped him down to his shirt and breeches and by the time the flames were set after the flogging what was left was in tatters.  :(

It was my impression that he was er....stripped down to his undies, or the Gwyneddan 12th century  equivalent of Episcopal tighty-whities.
(Evie, kindly control yourself!)

But I'm quite sure that Evie won't endear herself to Duncan if for any reason, she reminds him of Loris!

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 28, 2012, 09:17:49 am
"(What was Duncan wearing when Loris was trying to turn him into a roasty toasty bishop?  I don't recall now, but surely it wasn't his full kit?)"

IIRC, they stripped him down to his shirt and breeches and by the time the flames were set after the flogging what was left was in tatters.  :(

It was my impression that he was er....stripped down to his undies, or the Gwyneddan 12th century  equivalent of Episcopal tighty-whities.
(Evie, kindly control yourself!)


You mean something like one of the two garments in the upper right corner of this picture?
(http://www.longago.com/Maa1101.jpg)

Yeah, braies are on the to-do list, but probably after liturgical vestments, since as far as I know Duncan doesn't have a pressing need for braies before Easter Sunday.  But he will need them eventually if I'm to experiment with making chausses (the leg coverings pictured at bottom center), since they'll need something for their points to be tied to.   

Of course, for that to work they'd need to be braies in good shape, not scorched and tattered due to barely surviving Loris's tender mercies!  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on March 28, 2012, 05:01:53 pm
Wasn't the galero introduced into RC ecclesiastical heraldry a lot later than our period anyway?
A qiock Google search shows that it was actually introduced by Pope Innocent IV in 1245 at the First Council of Lyon, and so would be right on period for Gwynedd in Duncan's time.

Except "the Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this realm of Gwynned."  The Church of Gwynned is autocephalous, owing no allegiance to a distant, unresponsive, corrupt papacy---a decision made apparently several centuries early in Gwynned than in the real-world analogical country, and for reasons unrelated to a leacherous king being tired of his middle-aged wife and wanting to marry his sweet little squeeze and to gain a male heir.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 28, 2012, 09:15:23 pm
Here is Duncan's new kilt in the McLain colors, or at least in the closest mini-tartan I've found to the tartan KK had in mind: 

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6227/7024429041_00161abc64.jpg)

I still need to find a small earring, preferably with a cabochon cut jewel in the center of it, to serve as a brooch on the part of the plaid that comes over his shoulder.  DesertRose kindly tried to send me one, but unfortunately the earring itself didn't arrive in today's mail, only the envelope she mailed it in, the note she enclosed with it, and oddly enough, the tiny Ziploc bag the earring had been sealed in!  The envelope looked like it might have been tampered with, though why someone would bother with stealing one tiny item of costume jewelry, I'll never know.  Must be Alabama's thriving black market on faux moonstones or something.  *baffled look*  Let's hope my recently shipped orders from eBay make it to me, or I'll be seriously PO'd with my PO, so to speak.

Anyway, back to my show-and-tell.  I've included Helena in the picture since I found a bit of ribbon and an earring "girdle buckle" to create a dressier belt for her than the cord cincture she was using earlier.  She's still wearing her makeshift headscarf, and I'm discovering that--just like with real sized veils--veil pins work wonders when it comes to securing it.

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6101/7024429103_b19504dd69.jpg)

This is the rear view of the great kilt with the extra fabric gathered and brought over the shoulder.

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6115/6878329640_fe988c51d5.jpg)

This is just an inside look at the stitching holding down the pleating at waist level.  The original instructions for making this kilt suggested using heat activated fabric glue to secure the pleats in place, but I didn't have any, and this method works well enough, at least at the top.  I might use the fabric glue or some iron-on interfacing between the pleats later if I have trouble keeping the pleats nice and crisp by just touching them up with an iron now and again.  The belt hides the stitches that are visible on the outside of the kilt when it is worn.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on March 28, 2012, 09:24:13 pm
A Great Kilt is really not unlike a Saree, isn't it?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on March 28, 2012, 09:37:38 pm
Hm.  Well, they're both large rectangles of fabric that are worn pleated and wrapped in a particular way to form a body covering, so I suppose in that way they're similar, although the fabrics used for each are very different, and while there's something quintessentially feminine about a sari, a great kilt, on the other hand, seems unabashedly masculine to me (and to many other women) despite its superficial resemblance to a "skirt."
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Arilan s Fan on April 01, 2012, 12:29:28 am
No a great kilt is not a sari.

You might have not noticed this, but kilts are usually worn by groups of men carying deadly weapons.  Mentioning your conjecture to any such man would be most unwise.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 01, 2012, 12:33:55 am
Quote
You might have not noticed this, but kilts are usually worn by groups of men carying deadly weapons.
You mean, the bagpipes?   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on April 01, 2012, 07:54:35 am
No a great kilt is not a sari.

I never said that a kilt and a sari were the same thing; I said that there were similarities in the wrapping and pleating and draping.  I might say the same thing about the ancient Roman toga, as well.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 02, 2012, 02:57:34 pm
Oh Noes, it's Holy Week and Duncan still doesn't have liturgical vestments!   :o

So last night I decided to get a start on that, after a weekend run to the fabric store across town.  I raided the remnants bins and made like a bandit--more on that later--but ended up paying full price for 12" of this fabric.  12" x 60", that is, of which I've only used around 12" by 24", so I have some left over for something else...not sure what yet, although I know I'll use bits of this fabric for the mitre's outer fabric as well.

Here is the beginning of Duncan's new Easter / Feast days cope:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7211/7039530635_95cc40fd9a.jpg)
Exterior of cope--full view

It was difficult to find something that was a) white or ivory, 2) not hopelessly modern in appearance, 3) didn't have an overwhelmingly large print, 4) looked "rich" enough to be used for liturgical vestments, and 5) was stiff enough to work well as a cope but not so heavy that it wouldn't drape properly on a 12" action figure.  So when I saw this ivory fabric in the Home Decor section, I realized that a silky-looking ivory fabric "pre-embroidered" with a sprinkling of silver and gold crosslets was a promising start.  I looked at that per-yard price, gasped a bit, and was immediately glad I didn't need enough for a full sized cope!  But given that I have less than a week to get this part of the project finished (or at least far enough along to look decent), it's a relief not to have to do all of the embellishments myself.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/6893434736_ca5a63e302.jpg)
Front view--unfinished

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7046/6893434828_447a40da56.jpg)
Rear view--unfinished

The lining for this cope will be some ivory crepe back satin that I picked up in the remnants bin, but that will go on after the embroidery is done.  Last night and this morning I added the gold thread and pearls to the chenille crosslets.  (This took a little longer than expected, and didn't go quite as neatly as I'd hoped, because the chenille plus the diamond-pattern stitching added extra thickness to the fabric, making it tougher to push a needle through.  Not to mention that gold-wrapped thread is an absolute female dog to work with!  But at last that stage of construction is completed....

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/6893434652_a3ea9c073b.jpg)
Close-up of crosslet pattern

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/6893434512_8b618e2cbd.jpg)
Crosslet detail

Once the cope is lined, I'll add some gold border trim and the ornamented morse (the front clasp).  I originally wanted to add an appliqued gold cross inside the rear central diamond and four appliqued couched embroidery emblems in the lower four diamonds closest to the hem--perhaps the four symbols of the Evangelists or (since this is a Deryni priest) the four Archangels--with two of those symbols on the front cope panels and two symbols on the rear, beneath the gold cross, but there won't be time to do all of that before Easter Weekend.  Maybe I can just baste the lining and border trims on and add those elements later?   I know I've seen outline clip art of the Four Evangelists symbols that should be easy enough to trace onto thin white cotton and fill in with couched embroidery, and then I could applique them onto the cope once they're done, but even if I find some designs that are crazy simple, I doubt I could get them all finished before Easter Sunday.  And if I decide to do the Four Archangels instead, those patterns might be harder to come up with, as much as I'd love to have a Four Archangels Cope for a Deryni bishop.  I'd probably have to design the symbols myself, and unfortunately I'm not much of an artist, so there's no telling how that would turn out, or how medieval the resulting symbols would look.  Still, my mind's eye is envisioning Raphael in a halo/aura of swirling airy yellow, Michael in a halo/aura of Red Fire, Gabriel in a wavy aura/misty halo of cool watery blues, and Uriel in earthy brown or olive hues.  Modern day copes tend to have a U shaped "hood" of fabric embellishment at the top rear, but I haven't seen examples of that in most of the medieval copes I've studied (the Syon cope, among others), so that's one less bit to have to bother with, thank God!

For now, if time will permit once I'm done making an amice, alb, white stole, mitre, chasuble--and if I'm utterly insane, a crosier--the gold cross applique might be easier to finish first, and I might even get lucky and find a pre-made one at the craft store that's a good size to fit into that central diamond on the rear of the cope.

Remind me why I started this project?   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 02, 2012, 03:53:29 pm
Two updates in one day!

I purchased this little guy from eBay and he is now on his way to my office, hopefully arriving before this weekend rather than after:

(http://www.thestoreon44.com/ignite/av008.jpg)

Once he's here, I'll just pop the little guy's head off, pop Duncan's head on his fully-articulated body, and I'll have a Bishop who is fully capable of holding a crozier, Communion chalice, or whatever I decide to stick into his hands.   :D  Not to mention Duncan will be gaining a bunch of period-appropriate clothing and accessories.  That shield will need repainting, though, and as for those buttercup-yellow trousers...those might need a dye bath.   ;D

In theory, an articulated Duncan should be easier to dress than one with completely stiff arms.  If he gets here early enough, I might even be able to stick with my original chasuble design rather than have to come up with something that will fit properly over non-bending arms.  Huzzah for arm joints!

Popping heads off reminds me...during chat time yesterday, I experimented with turning a blonde Barbie's hair into a dark auburn using brown and orange Sharpie markers (mostly brown, but overlaid over a light layer of orange).  That was a success, and I even figured out a way to braid it back and tuck the ends under to form a nice little knot of braids at the nape of the neck which can tuck away even more discreetly beneath a veil and wimple than the style I tried before, or can show to lovely advantage through a gold mesh caul or snood.  Don't have photos yet, but I'll upload them when I get the chance.  I'm trying to work up the courage to do the same to Helena's hair, now that I've worked out how on the spare head.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 02, 2012, 08:19:22 pm
"I'll just pop the little guy's head off,"  and "now that I've worked out how on the spare head"; Evie, you have no idea how you brighten an otherwise dismal day at work!  ;D

I have a what might be a somewhat quarrelsome meeting in the morning -might I borrow Barbie's head on the pike to set the tone?  ;D

Seriously, this is an amazing, talented project - I truly am enjoying it!  Just wish I had the background in medieval attire to contribute more.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 02, 2012, 09:52:13 pm
If I could figure out how to get it to you by morning, I'd have it in your hands so fast your head would spin.  Or theirs, as preferred. :D

When I first started researching period costuming over 20 years ago, that meant trips to libraries and lots of photocopies.  But this is a new century, and search engines are your friends.  Just develop a good eye for which sources are more reputable, and stick as much as possible to good primary documentation (original period works) and secondary documentation (translations, patterns from actual garments etc.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 03, 2012, 10:15:02 am
OK, lots more Show and Tell this morning!   :D

First of all, just for Jerusha:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7266/6895909780_d472368bcb.jpg)
There you go; something to take to your morning meeting!   :D  

Sharpie markers turned this former blonde into a redhead.  Her hair looks lighter in the flash than it does in room lighting, where it looks dark auburn.  Some of the blonde still shows through, but looks more like subtle highlights when looked at actual size.  Now that I know the technique, Helena might be getting a makeover.  Her light auburn hair should be even easier to turn a convincing dark auburn.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7117/6895909880_571d5f5b2a.jpg)
Side view.  Hair triple braided and ends neatly tucked under at the nape so it will all fit neatly under a veil and wimple or inside a snood or caul.

So that's what I was doing before and during KK Chat last Sunday!  Now on to the fabrics I purchased last weekend:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7091/6895909978_9a6233da04.jpg)
Most of these came from Joann's Fabrics, aside from the black velvet and satin, which are outer fabric and lining from a skirt I found at the Thrift Store.  The entire skirt was $2, so I couldn't have found the fabric for less even in the remnants bin.  The black fabrics will eventually become a fancy cloak.  The purple in the bottom right corner will become Duncan's bishop cassock.  The rest will become Court finery.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/6895910188_baf4734aab.jpg)
A closer look at that silk brocade, because I'm in love with that piece.  That's a sari fabric with a very tiny geometric print.  I have enough to make Helena a Court gown and Duncan a fine Court tunic or undertunic.  The border pattern (the rectangular part of it) can be cut off and used separately as trim also.  Turns out this is actually the reverse view of the fabric, as I discovered when I started to fold it back up....

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/6895910874_b11cf33e3e.jpg)
A bit blurry, but this is the front side of the fabric.  I'm thinking the little dots in the center of each geometric shape would be a perfect place to sew on little seed beads.  If I could have found this brocade in an appropriate color for vestments, this would have become part of that collection, but it only came in this color.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/7042006853_785a6945a6.jpg)
Patterned undergown fabric, velvety sapphire overgown fabric, and gold mesh for a caul or snood.  The beginnings of Helena's Twelfth Night finery?  (Not pictured is some sheer white veil silk to cover her crowning glory, although I have that as well.)  The gold mesh doesn't photograph well, but it's a true metallic gold.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7222/7042007147_76de86ecd6.jpg)
A sampler of the fabrics and trims to be used for vestments.  (Not all of the trims will be used for the purpose, but I chose all the ones that would work for this shot.)  The white linen at the bottom is for the alb and amice.  The ivory crepe back satin on the left will be the lining for the semi-sheer cope fabric on the right.  The darker gold fabric with the diamond pattern was a freebie from a friend, and I'd meant to sew pearls on it (at least in places) and use it for chasuble fabric for a bit of contrast with the paler ivory, but Non-Bendy Duncan's arms won't allow for the proper drape, so unless a miracle occurs and I get a bendy body by Friday (I need enough time to fit the chasuble before making it), I might end up just using bits of it to trim a drapier fabric.  But no worries...I have something else in mind for that....

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7072/6895910742_e17b87aaa1.jpg)
I will probably end up using this ribbon to make Duncan's Easter stole.  I'd only have to add a bit of gold fringe to the ends, since the rest of the embellishing is done for me.  (And, of course, make it in two pieces with a back seam behind the neck, otherwise half the crosses will hang upside-down, and that won't help Duncan's "Deryni Bishop" reputation!  :D

And I thought that was going to be the end of today's show, but wait, there's breaking news!   ;D  My husband brought in the mail last night after I'd gone to bed already, so I woke up to discover a package from a far distant land.  Yes, Duncan has new fabric and trims from far off Byzantyun Australia!  (Thank you, Alkari!)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7184/7042007545_9c2924c61f.jpg)
A beautiful ivory slubbed silk, ribbons in liturgical colors, and some trims that would work well either for vestments or Court garb.   I might end up using the silk as part of the chasuble fabric, but it depends on what sort of pattern I can work out.  If it won't work out for that, it can definitely be used for something else.  It will definitely have a better drape than the upholstery fabric, though!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/6895911152_e235598b2c.jpg)
A close-up of the trims to show the details.

But wait, there's more breaking news!  The Basilica has been invaded...by KITTEHS!!!   :o

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/6895911256_2d0f2ce6a9.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7187/7042007997_b2ee60a74f.jpg)

Even the underside is painted.  Awwww!!!   :D

I hope the kittehs had a pleasant flight from Australia!   ;D


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 03, 2012, 11:38:55 am
Thanks to Evie, I survived my meeting due to the images of Barbie's head on a pike in my mind!  :)

A lovely collection of fabrics and trims - should keep you busy for awhile.  If you thought the ladies of the Court noticed Duncan before, now he's going to have to hide! 

Action Duncan is probably wondering if those cute kittehs are small enough to crawl into his braies again.  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 03, 2012, 12:05:03 pm
Thanks to Evie, I survived my meeting due to the images of Barbie's head on a pike in my mind!  :)

A lovely collection of fabrics and trims - should keep you busy for awhile.  If you thought the ladies of the Court noticed Duncan before, now he's going to have to hide! 

Action Duncan is probably wondering if those cute kittehs are small enough to crawl into his braies again.  :D

So glad to have been of service!  ;)  Yes, the kittehs are small enough to wander into all sorts of inconvenient places.  I don't have them in front of me at the moment, but I think they're approximately the length and width of one of Action Duncan's hands, give or take a few millimeters.  At the most, if stretched out a bit, they might be foot-length.  So yeah, small enough to wriggle underneath loose-fitting garments if their wearer is sound asleep.  Let's hope he keeps Liath's claws well trimmed!   :D

I got enough of the Court fabrics for both Helena and Duncan to have garments cut from each, though it belatedly occurs to me that maybe I'd better not have them show up at Easter or Twelfth Night Court dressed in matching outfits, or tongues really will wag!   ;)  Though I'm sure Duncan doesn't do his own sewing, so maybe if they forget to coordinate (or uncoordinate?) their wardrobe beforehand, the matching tunic and gown could be passed off as happenstance.  "I ended up not needing as much fabric as I thought for this bliaut, so I gave the rest of it to the Duchess of Cassan in exchange for some lovely silk, and she must have used it to make the Bishop a Court tunic...."  Yeah, that's Helena's story and she's sticking to it!    ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 03, 2012, 05:29:54 pm
The kittehs are relieved to have arrived and been released from their bubblewrap basket.  Duncan's study seems a great place to explore ... :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 04, 2012, 01:14:32 am
Two updates in one day!

I purchased this little guy from eBay and he is now on his way to my office, hopefully arriving before this weekend rather than after:

(http://www.thestoreon44.com/ignite/av008.jpg)

Once he's here, I'll just pop the little guy's head off, pop Duncan's head on his fully-articulated body, and I'll have a Bishop who is fully capable of holding a crozier, Communion chalice, or whatever I decide to stick into his hands.   :D  Not to mention Duncan will be gaining a bunch of period-appropriate clothing and accessories.  That shield will need repainting, though, and as for those buttercup-yellow trousers...those might need a dye bath.   ;D

In theory, an articulated Duncan should be easier to dress than one with completely stiff arms.  If he gets here early enough, I might even be able to stick with my original chasuble design rather than have to come up with something that will fit properly over non-bending arms.  Huzzah for arm joints!

Popping heads off reminds me...during chat time yesterday, I experimented with turning a blonde Barbie's hair into a dark auburn using brown and orange Sharpie markers (mostly brown, but overlaid over a light layer of orange).  That was a success, and I even figured out a way to braid it back and tuck the ends under to form a nice little knot of braids at the nape of the neck which can tuck away even more discreetly beneath a veil and wimple than the style I tried before, or can show to lovely advantage through a gold mesh caul or snood.  Don't have photos yet, but I'll upload them when I get the chance.  I'm trying to work up the courage to do the same to Helena's hair, now that I've worked out how on the spare head.

He looks like a member of the Torenthi Circassian Guard to me!  :D

I love that cope fabric, though. Duncan, with his love of ceremony, should really enjoy wearing it.  =o)

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 04, 2012, 09:54:53 am
I've been tracking Little Guy, and as of 7:30 this morning, his progress was traced as far as Georgia, which is just one state away.  So there's a slight chance I might have him by the end of my workday, or a better chance he'll be delivered sometime tomorrow.  *happy dancey feet*

And in other news, eBay has a set of six gold-colored Barbie goblets that could convert nicely into Communion chalices with the addition of some little jewels.  

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330712687190?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/330712687190?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649)

Of course, I could end up sculpting something of the sort, but I'm a bit worried that a Sculpey cup wouldn't hold up to being pressed into plastic hands repeatedly, so that's why I decided to see if there was already something similar that was expressly made for the purpose.  Not sure yet if I want to spend $5.50 (that's total cost with shipping added) for six 1-inch tall pieces of goblet-shaped plastic or not, but it looks like I've got nearly a month to decide if it's worth that or if I can come up with something better from scratch.  If nothing else, getting a set of six means I'll have five extra ones to practice and possibly make mistakes on before I have to worry about getting it right, or the extras could just be extra wine goblets in his study's aumbry, to be used when Alaric and Dhugal drop by for a drop of Fianna or Vezairi Port.

It probably doesn't help that this is what my mind envisions when I hear the word "chalice"....   :D

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Calice_du_sacre_Tau.jpg)

Yesterday I finished the alb and the amice (all except for the little cross which I'll add today) and began drafting the pattern for the chasuble.  I'm going with a fairly early pattern for it.  After doing some reading up on the subject, it looks like the chasuble pattern was originally very similar to that of the cope--just a half circle--only it was stitched up the front as far as the neck opening, which was then widened just a bit, and then the front seam and edge of the neckline was covered with decorative trim and the squared off bit at the base of the neck was further reinforced with a horizontal band of trim, resulting in a "Tau Cross" design of reinforcing trim (basically the shape of a capital T).  Here's a picture to show what I'm talking about:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_A5W-t7caxb0/R8QVu62YQ2I/AAAAAAAAAIM/IeIPZG3uzXk/s1600/3_S%27Vitale.jpg)

That might have been a more typical chasuble back in Joram's day.  But later on, as having a full half circle of fabric made for inconvenient lengths of fabric draped over the arms, the bottom corners of the chasuble were lopped off shorter, resulting in the Gothic shape of chasuble.  

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_A5W-t7caxb0/R8QX2K2YQ5I/AAAAAAAAAIk/39wUuiP3LmI/s1600/6_Becket.jpg)

I figure if this style was good enough for St. Thomas a Becket and St. Bernard de Clairvaux, Duncan can certainly cope with wearing one cut along those lines.  Especially if he's got articulated arms by Easter Sunday!  ;)  I may end up retaining some of the decorative elements of the earlier style, depending on which fabric and trim I end up using and how well it deals with curves, but the sides of the chasuble will be angled like in the last photo so that they don't hang down over Duncan's arms more like a cape.  At this point, I'll be cutting the shape out of two fabrics--the original diamond-patterned gold fabric I had in mind and the slubbed ivory silk.  If I can get the gold fabric to drape properly once it's cut to shape, I will use that as the outer fabric with the ivory silk as lining fabric, since I think that darker gold is needed as contrast with the lighter colors of the cope, and the diamond shapes echoed in that fabric will echo the diamond shapes in the cope and tie the two pieces together more harmoniously.  But if it's still too stiff to drape right when cut to shape, then I'll use the ivory silk as the primary fabric and see if I can add bits of the darker fabric as ornamental trim along the center seam line, or wherever less "drapiness" is needed.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 04, 2012, 11:26:56 am
If you can turn those Barbie goblets into that chalice, I'm convinced you can do anything!   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 04, 2012, 01:13:45 pm
ROFL!  I doubt even the blessed Saint Camber could turn a Barbie Doll goblet into that chalice!  I'll be happy if I can get a few little adhesive-backed craft jewels to stick around the rim.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 04, 2012, 03:08:04 pm
Holy Week is halfway through, and I have more progress to report.  Here's what I got done over lunch:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/7045852321_df8270f81e.jpg)

The chasuble has been cut out and pearls have been added to it.  The seemingly random pattern isn't random at all; when the chasuble is draped properly, the pearls form a Y shape on front and back.  The center portion between the pearls will eventually be filled in with gold trim.  Once the trim is added to the back and around the neck area, the front seam will be stitched shut up to the neck opening, and the gold trim will be applied over the seam to hide it.  The lining fabric will have been added to the outer fabric by this time, but since the part of the lining behind the front panel won't be visible, I figure it won't hurt if those final stitches affixing the trim over the seam have to go through the lining fabric as well as the outer layer.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/7045852497_1e8dcdf523.jpg)

This is a closer view of the pearls on the back of the chasuble, in case they were too hard to see in the first photo. 

And as I mentioned earlier, yesterday Duncan got a new alb and amice.  I finally got around to taking pictures:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/6899755736_341cb2437d.jpg)

Technically the alb is meant to be worn over his cassock, with the amice put on over the alb to make sure none of the cassock shows through at the neck opening, but I haven't tried putting both layers on yet.  I have a feeling the black cassock's sleeves might be just a tad too long and may poke out from under the alb sleeves, and they shouldn't, so if that ends up being the case, you'll have to pretend he's decently dressed under all of his Easter finery, because I am NOT making another cassock on top of everything else! 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7069/6899755876_46fa816a9a.jpg)

Here's a closer view of the amice that shows the gold cross on it.  In case I haven't said it often enough, working with metallic thread is a pain!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 05, 2012, 02:43:50 pm
Look who arrived at my office a few minutes ago....

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5238/6902547342_4301b95d81.jpg)

I can hardly wait to get him home, raid his wardrobe and accessories, and pop his little head off.  It could use some repainting to eliminate that nasty sunburned appearance, but maybe I can eventually use it for something else.  I wonder if 1136 Dhugal has a beard as well as that mustache he was sporting a few years earlier?  I don't know if he'd make a good Lowlander since the hair is a bit long (not to mention it's molded in one piece with the neck), but he might pass for one of the Border folk even though the hair isn't braided back.  Or if not, his head will still make a nice practice piece for learning how to strip and repaint head sculpts.

Though now that the body is here, I'm getting nervous about decapitating Duncan, no matter how temporarily.  What if I mess something up?  What if they've got incompatible neck joints?  What if I discover that after messing something up on the Ken body that would prevent me from putting Duncan's head back on it again?  What if I end up with a headless Bishop on Easter Sunday?  ACK!!!   :o  (Though at least that would save me from having to figure out how to make a mitre!)

And in other news, while I won't have time to take on any major embroidery projects for a while, here are the templates I created for the couched embroidery roundels that will eventually go on the cope.  The scanner magnified these larger than actual size; each template is actually only 2.5 inches in diameter, which is a good size to fit into the diamond pattern of the cope with about a half inch margin between each applique and the surrounding diamond's sides.  Since I'm not much of an artist, I used a design from a stained glass pattern book for the original inspiration and just added the extra Deryni touches:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7101/6902635796_eca0f2b0d4.jpg)

Template for couched embroidery medallion for Archangel Raphael.  Red haired angel with green robe and wings worked in russet/copper tones, with metallic gold halo and a ground of yellow/harvest gold airy swirls.  Colored embroidery floss couched with fine metallic gold threads.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/6902635698_cc330e4c40.jpg)

Template for couched embroidery medallion for Archangel Michael.  Golden-blond haired angel with red robe and wings worked in white/ivory/cream tones, with metallic gold halo and a ground of red/orange/yellow flames, one central bright flame suggestive of a sword point.  Colored embroidery floss couched with fine metallic gold threads.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5456/7048726765_d85cfd363a.jpg)

Template for couched embroidery medallion for Archangel Gabriel.  Brown haired angel with dark sapphire blue robe and wings worked in tan/cream or tan/brown tones, with metallic silver halo and a ground of variegated blue waves.  Colored embroidery floss couched with fine metallic silver threads.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7048726729_5b5d5fae1d.jpg)

Template for couched embroidery medallion for Archangel Uriel.  Black haired angel with ivory/cream robe and wings worked in gray/silver tones, with metallic silver halo and a ground of earthy olive/tan/brown stripes suggestive of a plowed and planted field.  Colored embroidery floss couched with fine metallic silver threads.


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 05, 2012, 03:18:56 pm
Why do I see a little thought bubble over his head with  "Did I hear her say "Pop my HEAD off?  And hey... what's with that Barbie doll head on that stake....? Uh...oh...."

He has no IDEA what he's in for!  :D

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 05, 2012, 05:05:57 pm
Actually, no, he gets a brief reprieve.  It turns out that his head and neck are attached, and his neck joint is inset at the top of the shoulder.  Duncan's head, on the other hand, is meant to fit over a neck that is attached to the torso, and his neck joint is inside his head.   It is possible to purchase something called a long neck joint that can connect a Duncan-style head to the Viking style body, but unfortunately that's not something I'm likely to find locally, so that means purchasing it online and then waiting a few more days for it to come in.  Or not.  I'm still exploring other options as well.

But hey, at least Duncan gets some cool new accessories, and the detail on them is amazing!  The tiny pouch with the "bone" toggle actually opens (I nearly put a penny inside it for luck--a bit of grim humor there, since this was when I was still planning on popping his head off when we got home--but it's just a tiny bit too small inside for a penny to fit with the flap closed), and the flap has a Celtic beast design embossed in the faux leather.  The cloak clasp is pinned with a "bone" needle that is actually threaded.  The drinking horn has been carved with a knotwork motif.  The shield has faux "woodgrain" molded into its surface on the back as well as the front, and the back of the shield is just as finished looking as the front, with a studded grip for the figure to hold at the center of the hollow metal boss.  The belt dagger and sword both come out of their scabbards and are made of metal, not plastic, as is the ax head.  About the only thing I'm not thrilled with is that the sword's scabbard doesn't appear to have any way to attach it to the belt (I suppose it's just meant to be tucked in?), but that's easy enough to fix.  Also the red dye of the tunic isn't colorfast, and a bit of red has rubbed off on the yellow trousers underneath and on the skin just under his sleeve, but again, I might be able to wash it and get the extra dye out.  Or maybe a splash of vinegar in the wash water will help to set the dye?  The cloak and hat are both made of a very fine microfiber (I think?) that simulates a soft sueded leather very well, and the fake fur on the hat looks and feels close enough to silky real fur that I had to give it a closer inspection to tell that it wasn't.  And the shoes...OMG, I'm in love with the itty bitty "leather" shoes that lace up the sides and have 'stitches' showing at the soles!  They make me squee nearly as much as the belt pouch.  Even the buttercup yellow trews aren't quite as garish in person as they looked onscreen.  They'll work for "saffron yellow" trews for a Borderer, I suppose.  I figure even if I end up not using this body at all for some reason, I got my money's worth just in the additions to Duncan's wardrobe.  Now I just have to figure out if there's a safe way to remove the shield boss so I can repaint the shield, or if I'll just need to paint around it....   :D

Since this figure's body build is likely to be closer to that of other articulated "soldier" and "action hero" figures out there than Duncan's Ken Doll body, I'll try slipping Duncan's current clothing on it to see how well they fit.  Not much use in continuing to shop for an articulated action figure body, or even just a neck joint, if I'd just have to start over again with the wardrobe once I got one.  Although I noticed recently that the new "Fashionista Ken" dolls are articulated (if not quite as nicely as the poseable action figures), and they're build on the same scale as my current Duncan and use the same sort of head and neck joint...   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 06, 2012, 09:01:00 am
Too bad Rhemuth doesn't have the equivalent of want-ads:

"Deryni Bishop looking for an articulated body.  Must be able to fit into existing vestments.  Head optional."  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 06, 2012, 12:23:30 pm
The ad would also need to state "Neck required."   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 06, 2012, 04:25:19 pm
There are times when Loris would have been happy to provide you with the requisite bits, though I'm sure he'd not be too impressed if you were going to put them back together again  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 06, 2012, 10:28:28 pm
I've been a busy little bee in the past 24 hours....   :D

On Maundy Thursday, I added a chasuble to Duncan's wardrobe.  For Good Friday, I finished his cope and white stole.

Here are a few photo updates:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7248/6905304394_37ed718489.jpg)

The amice is tied on over the alb.  Next should come the stole and the girdle or cincture (belt), over which the chasuble is worn, but I hadn't made either of those items yet when this photo was taken, so he's just wearing his everyday cincture.

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Here is the front of the new chasuble.  It ended up being a nightmare to make; both of the fabrics used were very prone to fraying even with Fray-Check applied to all cut edges, so I was constantly snipping at loose threads as I went.  Not to mention that the seam allowances were too narrow to handle the bulky outer fabric as gracefully as I'd have liked.  And I ended up having to enlarge the neckline as I went, which was an interesting bit of improvisation...as in the old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times."   But it's completed...finally! 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/6905304596_8c65056370.jpg)

Here is the rear view of the chasuble.  I thought it turned out a little bit better than the front view.

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Here is Duncan wearing his new chasuble!  It was the hardest of the pieces to make, but all the effort paid off.  And you'll notice that Luke was tired of being ignored by this point, so that's his tail making an appearance in this photo.   ;D

You might notice that his chasuble appears sort of greenish in some photos.  That's because in brighter lights it appears more green, while in dimmer light it appears more harvest gold.  I didn't notice the green tinge until I brought it out into full sunlight one day, but I ended up using a sage green thread to sew this chasuble that blended in perfectly with the outer fabric and--oddly enough--even well enough with the metallic gold that I had trouble seeing where my stitches were at times unless I put the chasuble directly under the lamp light.

As I mentioned earlier, I also finished the cope and made the white stole today, but I think I'll wait until tomorrow to upload and post those photos.  That should give me time to also finish the new white and gold cincture and figure out a pattern for the mitre. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 07, 2012, 12:19:31 am
I love it, you have a Catzilla, too! Duncan is clearly keeping his cool about having a large beast next to him. =o)

The chasuble looks great, however difficult it was to sew.  As do Duncan's under vestments. Looks like he will be properly attired for Easter Mass.

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 07, 2012, 03:22:00 pm
The chasuble is an exquisite piece of work!  Beautifully done.

That is the "furriest" bell rope I've ever seen.  Not that Bishop Duncan would be ringing the church bells himself, but that's the first thought that popped into my head when I saw Luke's tail.  (Better than my head popping off, I suppose.  ;D)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 07, 2012, 04:11:34 pm

That is the "furriest" bell rope I've ever seen. 

LOL!  That's exactly what my husband said when he saw that picture!  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 07, 2012, 06:58:16 pm

That is the "furriest" bell rope I've ever seen. 

LOL!  That's exactly what my husband said when he saw that picture!  :D

The Rhemuth Carrillon:
Cathedral: "Bong Bong!" Basilica:  "ROWR! ROWR!"

  :D Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 07, 2012, 09:10:42 pm
Here is the Holy Saturday update I promised.  Sorry it took so long for me to get to it, but hopefully it will be worth the wait.

First, here's the cope.  I finished it yesterday evening.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7122/7055312233_4bf9b0b816.jpg)

The front of the cope, with trim and the morse added.

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The rear view of the assembled cope.  The hem is just lightly basted in place, so it can be removed if I want to add the embroidered patches to the cope later.  I put the final stitches in the hem border at my church's Good Friday service, so I took the opportunity for Duncan to have a posed "photo op" in front of the lobby's Lenten Cross.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/6909221514_c469c5e8c8.jpg)

If you look under the hem of the chasuble, you'll see the ends of Duncan's new Easter stole peeking out.  I'd like to add some gold fringe to the ends if I don't run out of time, but it's OK as is if I don't get around to that.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7255/7055311837_e10fcaf7fd.jpg)

(Yes, my church friends already know I'm weird!  :D)

Today, in between making lunch and cleaning house, I worked on the crosier.  Here is the result:

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Crosier head made of Sculpey and spray-painted with gold metallic paint, then ornamented with a self-adhesive amethyst rhinestone and leftover trim from the cope.  The dowel was cut down to the right size by my husband, then I rubbed it down with wood stain and glued the crosier crook onto it.  (The base of the crook was molded onto the dowel before baking to ensure a proper fit.)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7177/6909221814_16ee8c0295.jpg)

 This was a pain to sculpt; my first attempt was too small and looked miniscule on the dowel.  I originally tried for a smoother cast-metal look, but my sculpting skills weren't up to the task, so eventually I found a tool with a small rounded head in my kit and decided to go with a "hammered metal" look instead.  (The crafter's version of "I meant to do that!"   ;) )

Here is a close up view:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7066/7055312075_4e3126d632.jpg)

The reverse side has the same design.

Here is Duncan holding his new crosier:

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And yes, keen eyes might spot the bottom left corner of my framed Eleven Kingdoms poster map.   :D

Duncan got one more present on Holy Saturday:

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Duncan got his bishop's ring, only this time no one had to lose a body part for it!  ;D  Unfortunately Action Figure Duncan doesn't have separate fingers (not even one of Bishop Istelyn's in a box), so I couldn't get a true ring for him, and I didn't have any brush on gold paint to paint the band in first, but the self-adhesive amethyst rhinestone is large enough to nearly cover the finger's width.  If I get gold paint and a small enough brush, I may try to paint the small gaps around the jewel later.  I would have used a cabochon jewel, as this would be more period, but I couldn't find them anywhere, so I had to settle on a slightly faceted stone.

All right, that's it for tonight's update.  I still have to figure out how to make the mitre, and there's the new cincture to make as well, and I ought to add a bit of gold fringe to the new stole if there's time.  But you can wait until tomorrow to see Duncan in all of his new finery.  (Especially since I haven't made those pictures yet!)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 08, 2012, 01:35:22 pm
Happy Easter!  Christus resurrexit...vere resurrexit...Alleluia!   :D

And here are the final photos from the Liturgical Vestments stage of this project:

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Here is Duncan fully dressed just in time for Easter Mass.

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A close up of Duncan's finery.

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A side view that shows off the stole and cincture a bit better and also the side of the mitre.  Trying to figure out how the front and back join was a pain.  I had to work out the pattern several times on paper before I got it right.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5231/6911431430_59c38899b0.jpg)

A close up view of the mitre and crosier.  You can also see his amethyst ring peeking out from under his sleeve.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7178/6911432038_c7136241fe.jpg)

Full view of chasuble, mitre and crosier.  Notice I managed to add the fringe to the stole and that his cincture is now white and gold rather than just plain white.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7260/7057516985_85f617c3c8.jpg)

Close up of the cope with crosier and mitre.  I was disappointed that the cope didn't end up more "drapey," but I think the bottom trim stiffened the hem too much.  When I eventually take it off to add the embroidered archangel motifs, I'll see if the cope drapes better without the hem border. 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/6911433136_54ea67d220.jpg)

A rear view of Duncan wearing his full Easter regalia.  The lappets ought to have fringe on them, but I discovered when hemming the ribbon that it's extremely prone to fraying (to the point of nearly shredding), so I was afraid to try adding anything extra to it for fear of ruining the entire mitre.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5467/7057518041_dfce41b945.jpg)

Here is the mitre with the rear lappets added.  I thought I was done with this project at midnight, but after I'd put everything up and gone to bed, as I was falling asleep, Duncan woke me up with "You forgot my lappets."  Your what???  So there I was, still stitching ribbon bits to the back of the mitre at nearly 2:00 am and taking more rear view shots of the finished mitre when my husband came home from a late night visit to the store.  "What are you doing still awake?" he asked.  "I had to take pictures of Duncan's dangly bits," I told him.  "Oh great, I leave my wife alone for an hour or two, and when I get home, she's taking pictures of some other man's dangly bits!"  This, my friends, is how rumors get started....  *sigh*

And because I just couldn't resist taking this Catzilla picture....

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5449/6911434016_05ed971356.jpg)

Please excuse the stunning laundry basket backdrop, but this was one of those spontaneous moments that had to be captured immediately.  Luke had decided he urgently needed his eyebrow scratched, and seeing Duncan's hand lifted in the characteristic "scratch kitteh's brow" position, he started frantically rubbing his head against Duncan's fingertips.  Or perhaps he was just seeking an Easter blessing? 

That's it for now, and I think I'll let my eyes and needle rest for a little while before taking on my next sewing project!   :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 08, 2012, 03:02:31 pm
Beautifully done!  And I love the picture of Luke receiving his Easter blessing!  :D

What a fantastic journey from Ultimate Boyfriend Ken to Bishop Duncan!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on April 08, 2012, 06:57:00 pm
/channelling Duncan/"Cousin Alaric, I could *really* use your animal-charming gift right now!"/channelling Duncan/
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 09, 2012, 01:28:30 am
LOL at the sight of Luke getting his "Easter Blessing!"  And also at "Duncan's Dangly Bits!" (Me I'd have told that pesky Bishop to wait until morning.)

Those vestments are beautiful though, and I'm in awe of your attention to detail and your ability to figure out how to make a mitre. And I'd say your eyes have more than earned a rest. after all those tiny stitches. 

You DO know you're obsessed, right?  ;)

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: derynifanatic64 on April 09, 2012, 03:24:19 am
Excellent job!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 09, 2012, 09:20:20 am
LOL at the sight of Luke getting his "Easter Blessing!"  And also at "Duncan's Dangly Bits!" (Me I'd have told that pesky Bishop to wait until morning.)

Ah, but see, my (admittedly self-imposed) goal was to make sure Duncan would be properly kitted to officiate in an early morning Easter Mass.  Never mind that I didn't actually have to wake up for church myself until close to 10:00 a.m.!   But I wasn't willing to wake up any sooner than that, and I figured the afternoon would be busy with family stuff, so staying up the extra little bit was actually more convenient.  :D  (Keep in mind I'm a definite Night Owl, NOT a Morning Lark!)

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Those vestments are beautiful though, and I'm in awe of your attention to detail and your ability to figure out how to make a mitre. And I'd say your eyes have more than earned a rest. after all those tiny stitches. 

If you ever have some pressing need to make a mitre (can't imagine why!), Googling "mitre construction" is pretty much useless.  Unless, of course, it's picture frames and crown moulding mitre joints you're after!   ;D  I ended up just having to look up as many photos of mitres as I could, especially any side views, and reading a bit about the history of that oddly shaped hat helped a bit also.  Turns out it started off as a regular dome-shaped sort of cap, but then it started taking on a faint two-peaked shape from being pressed down in the middle when putting it on the head, and then apparently folks actually liked that two-peaked look and decided it was all symbolic and stuff and moved the peaks around to front and back rather than the two sides, started exaggerating it and constructing the hat in that shape deliberately, and over the years it evolved to the present form.  Or something along those lines; that's the Evie's Greatly Condensed Version.   ;D

So yeah.  The actual pieces look a bit like this:

 (http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/294/mitrepatternroughsketch.png)

You cut two of the pyramid type thingies for the front and back of the mitre, and the diamond shaped piece folds in half and goes between them.  The base of the straight-sided pyramids should each be just a little bit over half of the circumference of your bishop's head (the extra bit is for seam allowances), and the overall shapes need to be cut with that seam allowance as mind as well.  The diamond's sides should each be as long as the slanted sides of the mitre front and back, with the diagonal fold reaching just to the top of where the straight sides of the other pieces continue downward from there.  To make that piece, I basically folded a piece of paper in half, put the fold between the front and back pattern pieces until it was lined up evenly with the top of each straight side, traced the ^ portion of the front mitre piece onto the paper, pulled it back out, and trimmed it to shape, which left me exactly the right sized diamond to use as a middle piece.  To put it together, I just used iron-on interfacing to stiffen my three fabric pieces, then stitched the diamond shaped gusset to the top slanted edges of both the front and the back (inside out), then once they were fully stitched together, I ran a seam down the straight sides of the front and back and then hemmed the bottom edge and turned the entire thing right-side-out.  That gave me the basic "mitre" look, especially once I flattened the seams with an iron, but for it to look like a finished mitre you have to add the trim bits to it.  Stitch Witchery saved my sanity at that point, as my attempts to sew trim on ended up leaving me with shredded looking ribbon bits at first.  The beads are sewn on, but the gold ribbon is ironed on.  I suspect that's not how they did things in the Middle Ages, but then again, they weren't working in 1:6 scale and with tissue-thin ribbon either!   ;D
 
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You DO know you're obsessed, right?  ;)

What, you mean everyone doesn't do this sort of thing?   The things I do for love!  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: tenworld on April 09, 2012, 10:33:56 am
so has this thread set the record for most replies:)?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 09, 2012, 10:49:14 am
LOL!  No, "The Casting Call" still has it beat by about 20 posts.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 09, 2012, 05:29:21 pm
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The things I do for love! 
   Quoting Game of Thrones now, are we?!!   Though I assume you haven't taken to pushing small inquisitive children out of high tower windows just yet ...

Your household must be an "interesting" place at times, LOL. 

 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 09, 2012, 05:37:54 pm
LOL!  Was that a GoT reference?  As I've not read the books or seen the series yet, I didn't realize, although now that you mention it, I think someone quoted it from there recently...in chat, maybe?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 09, 2012, 06:29:33 pm
Oh yes - it's THE line from Jaime Lannister to end Episode 1, Series 1.    Go check it out :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: tenworld on April 09, 2012, 07:37:29 pm
GofT seems to have a lot of catch phrases.  Each house has their own (Stark's is "winter is coming") as part of their heraldry.  Martin is a clever writer which is good because he kills off people (including children) left and right.  But I would recommend reading it - if you can take King Javan's year you can deal with the Lanisters.

Maybe we can come up with some slogans for Deryni families.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 09, 2012, 10:47:02 pm
GofT seems to have a lot of catch phrases.  Each house has their own (Stark's is "winter is coming") as part of their heraldry.  Martin is a clever writer which is good because he kills off people (including children) left and right.  But I would recommend reading it - if you can take King Javan's year you can deal with the Lanisters.

Maybe we can come up with some slogans for Deryni families.

For the Furstans it might be:  "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
Or "Beware of Ambitious Uncles."

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 10, 2012, 09:19:37 am
For Duncan, this morning's slogan might be "Beware the Sharpie Sunburn!"  *sigh*

To explain that cryptic comment, I noticed this morning that where the mitre has pressed Duncan's hair against his forehead, he's now got reddish-brown staining on his vinyl skin from the Sharpie ink rubbing off on it.   :(  I used a dab of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on a tissue to wipe off what I could, and it seems to have helped somewhat, but I'm afraid anything that would do a better job at removing the ink stain would also remove his facial paint, and I don't want to end up with Eyebrowless (or worse, Eyeless) Duncan!  So now I'm hesitant of trying to change Helena's hair color for fear it will do the same thing on her even fairer skin (not to mention the nice veil or two I have planned for her in future).  The inside surface of the mitre also has some staining, but it doesn't show through to the outside, so I can live with that.

Maybe I should try wrapping the test head in some white linen for a day or two and see if the Sharpie ink rubs off that one?  She got a shampoo right after her Sharpie marker hair dyeing, so maybe that washed all the excess ink off and she's less prone to having it rub on on other surfaces?  If her hair is better at resisting ink rub-off, then maybe it's time to get Duncan all lathered up.  His hair, anyway.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 13, 2012, 05:00:57 pm
Look what arrived in today's mail!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7194/6928701520_673be6a9a3.jpg)

Duncan's new and fully articulated body is here!  The head tilts (well, this one does...not sure what a Ken doll's head will do on this neck joint yet), and the body has skinned "musculature" on the torso and etched arm and chest hair that might be accented with a thin wash of paint.  Though I rather like the Jake Gyllenhaal head it came with (and I'm not even particularly a Jake fan, but I love this head sculpt!), and I sort of hate to pop it off to replace it with a less realistic Ken head.  Do I just keep it and make this figure "Duncan, Incarnation Two," or do I pop it off anyway, put the original Duncan head on this body, and then keep this head for later use?  He could also make a good Arilan, if I darken the hair a bit and add a blue-violet tinge to the irises of his eyes.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5200/7074780485_21938aba1e.jpg)

The magnified photos of this head that I saw online look fairly grim and "scowly," but in regular size he looks more intense than angry.  Bear in mind this head is only about 1.75" high from very top of his hair to the bottom of his chin, and just a little over an inch wide (slightly more than that at the ears).

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5271/6928701730_fd512c091c.jpg)

I don't know how visible his eyes are in this photo, even though I cropped it in hopes of getting a closer view.  Each iris is only the size of a pin head in actual size, but such a deep glossy blue, with itty bitty black pupils!  I'll definitely use this head for someone, just not sure who yet.

Also started a gown for Helena today.  And lest you worry that Visionaries is being neglected, I'm about 1000 words into the next chapter as of lunchtime today....   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 13, 2012, 07:31:34 pm
If he was blond, I could almost see him as an intense Alaric - somewhere on the battlefield in HD or TKJ.  But lacking that endearing raised eyebrow in lighter moments.  :D

Still, I love the detail - he almost looks like a real person.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 13, 2012, 09:15:06 pm
You just know that you NEED a row of favourite bishops, don't you  :D    So Denis Arilan, definitely :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 13, 2012, 09:29:43 pm
Funny, I was just wondering earlier today if that sculpt would work for an Alaric if repainted, especially considering the absolute lack of handsome blond head sculpts on the market.  The few I've seen have bright yellow hair and are dog-ugly!  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 13, 2012, 09:31:02 pm
No, he's not an Alaric, even an older Alaric.  Definitely an Arilan  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 14, 2012, 12:34:24 am
Yup, that's Arilan.  So what's the next important feast day after Easter when we can expect another set of episcopal vestments?
 ;)
Melissa.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 14, 2012, 01:14:41 am
Because Annie seemed so distressed to see Mini-Jakey in a "dress," I've lent him the McLain plaid:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7045/7075689537_982a9a074b.jpg)

Got home late tonight and haven't had a chance to see if Duncan's original head is compatible with this body or if it would just look silly.  While Ken's roughly built on a 1:6 scale, the Ken head sculpt is more idealized than anatomically correct, and it's proportionately larger compared to its body than this one is.  So I guess that will be something to check out later this weekend.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7125/6929614598_b9ebc74098.jpg)

Here's a closer view of the new articulated figure with his synthetic "skin" torso. 

So, he's Arilan, you all say?  Well, I guess we'll have to see if the game of "musical heads" works out and this one can fit on the Viking body (with or without an added neck joint).  As it happens, I seem to have accidentally acquired two of these heads rather than just one, so once I've had some practice doing repaints on heads it won't make me cry to ruin, I might try doing both a black-haired/violet eyed version and a blond/gray eyed one (assuming I end up keeping the original Duncan head, that is), and see which one you like best.  That would definitely have to wait until I can find a magnifying visor, as I can barely see well enough to repaint a (much bigger) Ken doll's iris and pupil, much less an anatomically correct 1:6 scale eye with an iris about the size of the letter "o" on my screen and a pupil about as big as the period/full stop at the end of this sentence.  However, one thing I've discovered in studying other people's doll/action figure repaints is that even when you are redoing the same head sculpt, the end results can look drastically different from each other when they're given new paint jobs, so just because I'd be using the same head sculpt, they wouldn't necessarily turn out looking just like the same guy with different hair dye.  Though of course there'd be some resemblance.  It would probably make more sense to have Alaric and Duncan sharing a bit of "family resemblance" than Alaric and Arilan.  That would just be so wrong!   :D

Hopefully at least one of the new jointed bodies (this one or the Viking one) will eventually work well with the original Duncan head, but if not, there are fully compatible Fashionista Kens out now that also have jointed arms and legs, albeit rather skinny ones with hands that won't hold a sword.   :-\  (Oh, that's the other thing I meant to take a photo of but forgot!  This new figure comes with interchangeable hands, so there's the relaxed set he's currently wearing and a set with fingers curled to hold weapons.  And the fingers on both sets are fully separate as well, so if I can make this body work for Duncan, eventually he'll get a proper bishop's ring.)

And you want new vestments already, Shiral?  Bite your tongue, woman!   ;D

Alkari, unfortunately there are very few head sculpts out there with hair of any color that would look suitable for an Alaric (believe me, I've checked!), so unless I'm forced to go with another blond Ken doll, the only other ones I've seen so far that I could envision converting to an Alaric face (all with copious modifications in coloring, of course!) would be the Tom Welling sculpt (young Superman from the TV show "Smallville"), one or two of the Tom Cruise sculpts (from his "Top Gun" days, not his jumping-on-chairs days), or...no, I'm pretty much drawing a blank on any others who look young enough, don't have facial hair, have the right facial structure for his ethnicity, and/or don't look like they've been whacked repeatedly in the face with a chair.   :D  Maybe if someone ever creates an affordable 1:6 scale Jaime Lannister action figure from Game of Thrones, I'll find a head sculpt that will hit your happy place.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 14, 2012, 03:17:04 am
It's nearly 3:00 am and here I am still playing with action figures.  Yes, I'm mental, I truly am.   ;D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7243/7075871109_732bcfcf86.jpg)

Who hasn't entertained the occasional fantasy about popping Arilan's head off his shoulders?  Duncan may be a priest, but even a bishop isn't immune to temptation!  :D 

Seriously, I decided to go ahead and try swapping out the heads tonight.  Duncan's hair was in dire need of a shampoo anyhow, as that dratted Sharpie marker keeps rubbing off on his clothes and forehead, and I'm worried his head may have become irreparably damaged by it already.   :(  So while I was soaking his neck in hot running water to soften the neck joint, I soaped up his hair and tried to wash as much of the remaining Sharpie ink out of it as I could.  Granted, enough ink has remained on the synthetic hair to permanently dye it (which is a good thing, since having him go back to golden blond would be disconcerting!), but if his hair seems lighter in this photo, that's one reason why.  The flash makes it look a bit lighter than it actually ended up, though.  Despite the second shampooing, he's still got medium-light brown hair, not dingy blond hair.

This is his original head on the new body.  If you look at the top of his neckline, you can see a marked skin color difference between his face/upper neck skin and his body's skin.  The difference in head sizes isn't too great--most of that difference is hair, although as you can see, Duncan's eyes and lips are drawn a little larger than proto-Arilan's.  His head doesn't have the same sort of ball joint that the proto-Arilan head does, so the neck fits loosely inside Duncan's head without really being latched to anything.  This is a common issue when using heads with bodies of a different brand, and is usually fixed by just sticking a bit of poster putty (that modeling clay looking stuff used to stick posters to a wall in a non-permanent way) inside the head so that it sits more securely on the neck's ball joint and can still be repositioned at will.  (Or one can simply glue the head in place, but there's little sense in buying a body especially for its great articulation and then rendering his head immobile!)

If you look at the top of Duncan's head, you might be able to see some of the marker staining on his forehead, along with the original dye staining from when I first tried to use real hair dye on him.  I'm beginning to worry that the damage there is permanent, and that I might eventually have to find another Duncan head, even if it's from the same model of Ken doll.  But I'm still hoping I can salvage this one somehow, or at least prevent the staining from growing any worse.  With the harder vinyl head sculpts like the proto-Arilan's, a full facial repaint is possible, but from what I've seen of Barbie/Ken repaints, that seems less advisable on that softer vinyl.  (Paint is more likely to crack on such flexible heads, for one thing, especially if you're painting areas of the face that are thinner and not the areas where paint normally goes on.)  But maybe there's some way to do that safely if it comes down to needing that.

I tried to see if the proto-Arilan head can go on the (also articulated, but hard plastic) Viking body, but I will definitely need to purchase a neck joint to make that work, as otherwise the head sits directly on the shoulders...and boy, does that ever look weird!   :D  Also, there's an even more pronounced color difference between the flesh tone of that head and the Viking body than there is between Duncan's head and his new body.  One is a more neutral-matte, rubbery flesh color, and the other one is a high-gloss, almost orange-ish, hard plastic flesh tone.  And painting hard plastic bodies doesn't work; you only end up with a huge mess.  So if I go that route, the resulting figure will need to stick to high necked clothes--preferably long robes--with long sleeves.  (Fortunately the hands are more rubbery and a little closer to the head's color than the rest of the body.)  Of course, a bishop's cassock fits that description pretty well, so that might not be too much of an issue once the body is clothed.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: AnnieUK on April 14, 2012, 03:21:50 am
Jaime Lannister and Jakey in a kilt all in one post. *thud*
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 14, 2012, 07:42:26 am
Quote
Jaime Lannister and Jakey in a kilt all in one post. *thud*
ROFL.

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Maybe if someone ever creates an affordable 1:6 scale Jaime Lannister action figure from Game of Thrones, I'll find a head sculpt that will hit your happy place.
*dreamy sigh*  One can only hope ....
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 14, 2012, 12:23:45 pm
Jaime Lannister and Jakey in a kilt all in one post. *thud*

Evidently I've put Annie in her happy place....  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: derynifanatic64 on April 14, 2012, 01:02:59 pm
Definitely coming along great!  And this post ties this thread with "The Casting Call"!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 14, 2012, 08:21:11 pm
Been busy doing non-Deryni-related stuff today, but here's a brief update:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5159/6932232386_4f03c6103b.jpg)

Helena gets a new Court gown.  It's still unfinished; it needs to be hemmed and trimmed out.  Sleeves are wide-cut, so I've partially lined them with scrap bits of Alkari's ivory silk.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5271/6932232184_8a1512416e.jpg)

A closer look at the gown.  Helena's "shiral" necklace is actually my favorite amber bracelet.  One that "chunky" must have cost her a small fortune, though; maybe I should eventually replace it with a more modest one that only has one or two smaller amber-colored beads?  (I doubt I'd find real amber in beads smaller than those, unfortunately.  I just happened to get lucky and find that bracelet in a con dealer room for a steal.)  Or maybe someone at Court was really, really generous to Helena....   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 15, 2012, 12:23:12 am
Oh noes, there are TWO!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7038/7078830085_8380039522.jpg)

I decided to try darkening Arilan's hair today, using a wash of black acrylic paint mixed with a little bit of dark brown and diluted with water.  I added brown to the mix because Caucasian hair is almost never a true black, and I didn't want him coming out looking like a comic book character.  (Keep in mind that I'm half Filipina, so I tend to think of "black" hair as being the color my mother's was when she was younger--with highlights in the sunlight that were more bluish than dark brown or auburn.  And now that she's older, even she can't get away with using a true black hair dye to get rid of her grays because black dye looks too harsh and unnatural for her now even though it once was her natural hair color.)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5344/7078830129_b12892935d.jpg)

Here's a second look at the color difference between his original hair color and his new shade.  I didn't touch up his skin tone at all, just his eyebrows, and I hadn't noticed a difference in his complexion before I took these photos, so I don't know if the two heads had subtly different skin tones from the start or if it's the darker hair making his flesh color seem a bit more vibrant and less ashen.  Whatever the cause, I think it's an improvement.  I haven't used a matte sealer on the repainted areas yet because I haven't decided whether to try to go just a bit darker (closer to true black) or leave well enough alone.  What do you think?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 15, 2012, 01:09:13 pm
Although I originally didn't see him as Arilan, now that his hair is darker, I agree.  I've always mentally pictured Arilan with closer to black hair, but never having attempted to repaint doll's heads, I would hesitate to advise.   :)

Love Helena's blue gown - such a rich shade of blue.  If Bishop Duncan was considering that expensive rug for Sophie, surely he wouldn't hesitate to splurge on the necklace for his favourite magistra!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: kirienne on April 15, 2012, 08:55:02 pm
WOW! You've done amazing work here. Action Figure Bishop Duncan has some very spiffy Liturgical wear! :-)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 15, 2012, 09:33:19 pm

Love Helena's blue gown - such a rich shade of blue.  If Bishop Duncan was considering that expensive rug for Sophie, surely he wouldn't hesitate to splurge on the necklace for his favourite magistra!

Then again, remember that he was swiftly talked out of buying that carpet, because even though Sophie's both married and young enough to be his daughter, people might still make unwarranted assumptions about their relationship and spread gossip that could be ruinous to her reputation (not to mention his vocation).  So he'd probably hesitate even more to buy Helena an expensive gift, given that he is attracted to her in ways he doesn't struggle with where Sophie is concerned, and so he'd try extra hard to ensure that he does nothing even remotely questionable in his behavior towards her that might make them both objects of public speculation.

Of course, if he really wanted Helena to have it, there might be some more roundabout means of assuring that, such as dropping a hint to Richenda that it might make a really nice Twelfth Night gift for their mutual friend....   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 15, 2012, 09:36:34 pm
WOW! You've done amazing work here. Action Figure Bishop Duncan has some very spiffy Liturgical wear! :-)

Thank you, Kirienne!  Coming from a non-liturgical faith tradition myself, I learned a lot while researching and making all that, and it turned out to be a very personally meaningful and contemplative Holy Week project for me, even if it hadn't been for the fact that I was making it all for Action Figure Duncan.  That was just the icing on the cake!  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on April 16, 2012, 12:17:37 pm
Yup, that's Arilan.  So what's the next important feast day after Easter when we can expect another set of episcopal vestments?
 ;)
Melissa.

Either Ascenscion (40 days after Easter) or Whitsunday (ten days later) or Trinity (a week after Whitsunday.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 16, 2012, 01:01:25 pm
Yup, that's Arilan.  So what's the next important feast day after Easter when we can expect another set of episcopal vestments?
 ;)
Melissa.

Either Ascenscion (40 days after Easter) or Whitsunday (ten days later) or Trinity (a week after Whitsunday.

Or as soon as someone else makes them.  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on April 18, 2012, 08:35:21 am
Yup, that's Arilan.  So what's the next important feast day after Easter when we can expect another set of episcopal vestments?
 ;)
Melissa.

Either Ascenscion (40 days after Easter) or Whitsunday (ten days later) or Trinity (a week after Whitsunday.

Or as soon as someone else makes them.  ;)

Nothin major after than until St. John the Baptist in mid-June, and then Transfiguration in early August.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 18, 2012, 09:20:22 pm
http://www.wantedactionfigure.com/shop.asp?cId=1 (http://www.wantedactionfigure.com/shop.asp?cId=1)

Why, look, it's a much better than average collection of male head sculpts, and even a bigger assortment of female head sculpts than I usually find on a site catering to the customized action figure market!  I swear, if I see yet one more bad attempt at modeling Angelina Jolie's features, I shall scream.   :D

(It helps to click on the individual pictures in the Galleries, as on the pages where you see ten heads at one time, they look a bit squished on the sides, but you can see each head's true proportions when you click to see the individual listings.  And it also helps if you just look at the features themselves completely divorced from such considerations as who the actor/character the head is modeled on happens to be, their actual hair/eye colors, etc., because sometimes that brown-haired-green-eyed actor you can't stand might still happen to have a pleasing enough set of features when viewed simply as sculpture, and he could end up looking like a completely different person with blond hair and blue eyes.)

So...does anyone have any thoughts on which head(s) might transform into a decent looking Alaric?   :D

(Bracing myself in case this is one of those times when asking 20 people is going to result in 25-30 different answers!   ;D )
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 18, 2012, 09:30:50 pm
ROFL - what a choice!!   Hitchcock or the Mad Hatter of course   :P

I am going through them slowly, trying to see them against the description of adult Alaric in DC - wide grey eyes in an oval face, etc.   Christian Bale could be a 'possible'.
 
For a Young Alaric, Tom Welling on page 6 mightn't be too bad.  
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 18, 2012, 09:41:13 pm
LOL!  I looked at a Tom Welling sculpt (although by a different sculptor) for Duncan once upon a time.

My main problem with using a Christian Bale sculpt for Alaric is that he's the actor whose photo I used for inspiration when I was creating Walter Branigan.  Though of course he could become a totally different person with blond hair and gray eyes, yadda yadda yadda, especially since I am NOT feeling particularly inspired to create a Walter action figure....  ;)  ("But look, there's more!  With Alaric and Duncan, you get this Walter Branigan figure, complete with twisted sidekick, kidnapping equipment, and a stash of ravaged bodies!  Summoned demons sold separately.")
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 22, 2012, 12:53:18 am
Not much time to work on projects this weekend--I've been buried alive under Spring Cleaning--but here's a brief update since there is a bit of news, though no pictures (yet).  On Friday afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to receive three packages at my office.  One contained a used Irish Princess Barbie with lovely dark auburn tresses down to the backs of her knees, the perfect length and shade for Helena's once her body gets swapped out for an articulated one.  She'd obviously been someone's toy in her previous life, but still in good shape despite that, aside from her hair being a bit tangled and starting to get frizzy at the ends.  So she got a shampoo as soon as we got home Friday night, and then I slathered her hair with conditioner and wrapped it in Saran Wrap to deep-condition her hair.  It came out sleek and detangled after a little bit of combing with a hair pick, and there is only the very slightest bit of frizz left at the very ends, mostly on one side, and could be easily trimmed off if need be.  (Not sure if that bit just didn't get enough conditioner or was in worse shape than the rest and beyond help.)

Once I have more free time again, I plan to pop the contents of Package #2 into the DVD player and start customizing Helena's face.  The second package contained a DVD tutorial on how to use acrylic paint and soft pastel to enhance doll features without having to strip off the original paint.  At present, the new head has green eyes and very dark burgundy lipstick, but Helena needs blue eyes and more natural lipcolor.  The beauty of this technique the tutorial teaches is that, if I'm unhappy with my attempt to change the doll's features, the new paint is fully erasable with rubbing alcohol, and the original paint beneath will still remain so I can decide to leave her as-is or have another try at customizing her.  Once I'm happy with the results, I can seal the new paint with some clear sealer.  So it seems like a more "noob"-friendly way to start out customizing faces than stripping off all the old paint and having to start on blank vinyl.

But then there was Package #3, and that was the biggest surprise of all.  Literally the biggest!  Oh, I was expecting it--I'd been told to look for it around the end of the week--but when KK mentioned in last Sunday's chat that she had "a couple of remnants of fabric" for me, she understated a bit.  Like roughly five pounds worth of understatement.   :D  Instead I got a rather hefty parcel stuffed full of fabrics, trims, needlepoint canvas and black embroidery thread for blackwork, a catalog for nifty metal jewelry findings or some such (only had time for a brief glimpse)...I've still not managed to check out all the contents!  Duncan is still quite overwhelmed, about as you might expect if the Apostle Paul had his Creator stop him on the Damascus Road to say, "Here, you're about to go on three missionary journeys and you'll be needing clothes," and dumped a parcel of cloth goods on him the size of his tent.   ;D

So there's the weekend's update, and I'll post more pictures once life gets a little bit less hectic again.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: tenworld on April 23, 2012, 02:15:50 pm
shouldnt the green light coming out of the package been a hint?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 23, 2012, 02:38:13 pm
Decisions, decisions....

I have access to a lovely fully-jointed body for Helena's new head (I've decided not to use the one I've already got because I think that head/body are going to end up becoming Richenda instead), but there's only one problem: the "Irish Princess Barbie" head has extremely fair skin, and most Barbie bodies either have a more medium-fair complexion to a dark tan.  So if I were to switch heads, Helena's face would be a shade or two lighter than the rest of her body.  Granted, she'll be wearing fairly concealing clothes most of the time, but the join would show just above the neckline of most clothes.  The bodies can't be repainted, and I'm not sure I'm skilled enough at blending paint colors to try matching the entire face's flesh tone to a body, so I've considered looking for another articulated body with a closer skintone match.  There are a few out there that aren't Barbie bodies but that would be compatible with a Barbie head.  For instance, one of the Obitsu bodies in their "White" line would be a fairly close match with Helena's facial tones:

http://www.parabox.jp/eng_new/27f_body.html (http://www.parabox.jp/eng_new/27f_body.html)

(One of the small to medium bust-sized models; I'm building a Schola magistra, not a fertility goddess!  :D )  Even their Fleshtone series might be a fairly close match, as it also seems paler than the current Helena/future Richenda skin.  But I'll let you judge that for yourselves:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/6955175286_7f51c24cd8.jpg)
New Helena, prior to her hair treatment.  Her skin looks a little fairer than this in actual room lighting.  I was going to post a picture of the Richenda doll too, but her skin in the best photo I have of her looks even lighter than Helena's due to the camera flash, when in room lighting it's actually a bit more tan.  Go figure.

BUT, on the other hand, I have also discovered this treasure trove of medieval and/or fantasy (but close enough to historical period garments to adapt easily) patterns especially designed for the current line of Barbie bodies, which means I wouldn't have to figure out how to created fitted gown patterns completely from scratch for a different set of body measurements. 

http://www.molendrix.com/galerie1.html (http://www.molendrix.com/galerie1.html)

So, can I live with having a slightly two-toned Helena in order to be able to use these wonderful patterns to make Court clothing?  (They're also usable for the Richenda body I already have, and I'd really prefer not to have to make two totally separate wardrobes for my ladies if they can mix and match!)  Or would the join be so visually jarring that it would detract from the lovely clothing, making it preferable to go ahead and get the better matched body, even if I end up having to figure out how to adapt patterns for it later?

As I said, decisions, decisions....   :-\

And LOL, Tenworld!  Yeah, you'd think that green light might have been a clue.  Not to mention the angelic choir and that beaming vision of Saint Camber.... ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 24, 2012, 09:37:59 am
A few more pictures....

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/7108444233_5702fc7b34.jpg)

Here you can see the contrast in Richenda's and Helena's skintones.  I thought Richenda's flesh was fair (and compared to many Barbies, it is, especially when seen in full sunlight rather than in a fairly dimly lit room at night, when this photo was taken), but Helena's is even paler.  Richenda has more golden undertones to her flesh color while Helena's are pinker.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/6962369394_12f454a909.jpg)

After Helena's shampoo and deep conditioning hair treatment to defrizz the ends, while the hair was mostly dry but still slightly damp to the touch, I twisted it into this loose rope braid and left it like that for a few days to be sure it had time to fully dry all the way through, hoping it would dry with a few waves or loose curls that would still remain smooth enough to braid properly.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/6962368490_7ff9c1097b.jpg)

This was how her hair turned out several days later once I untwisted it.  I think it sort of gets across the idea of naturally curly hair whose curl is reduced to waviness by its length and weight.  Once it's mostly braided up in whatever ends up being its everyday style (something that will tuck neatly under wimples and/or veils), I may clip a few stray tendrils to frame her face and curl those on small rollers to create a few escaped ringlets.  I think I'll try that on the test head first, though, to make sure it comes out looking like I hope before I risk messing up this one.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8145/6962495450_f01ffcd4a4.jpg)

The eyes will need to turn blue and her lips need to lose the dark burgundy lipstick and turn a more natural shade of rose or coral.  If I can manage a few tiny freckles around that little nose without them turning out looking like smudges of dirt, so much the better.  My magnifying visor is on its way and I already have the paints and brushes, so hopefully I can get around to trying this before too long.  Though again, I may experiment on the test head first, even though I'm going to be using a technique that's supposed to be fully reversible if I don't like how it turns out.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7109/6962366176_3f0b8b3943.jpg)

Luke enjoys this hobby.  It gives him more people to love.  And Helena loves the kittehs, even huge ones!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7081/7101279085_356d8da92b.jpg)

My husband decided my bishops needed tiny cowboy hats.  He may be weirder than I am!   :D







Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 24, 2012, 03:00:20 pm
Look who showed up today at my office bearing a gift!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8012/6964438768_fdec0ac0fb.jpg)

 Hint: the rampant gold lion on his crimson tunic should be a clue.   :D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/6964440244_9e301f4f68.jpg)

Here's a closer view.  Surely he wouldn't have such pronounced wrinkles by age 21, or even at 30, despite the tough responsibilities of being King, would he?  I may have to dab a few premature age lines away when I change his eye color.  His lips might need lightening just a tad too.  He's meant to have a healthy color, not look cyanotic, but the vaguely purplish tinge makes me worried he was oxygen deprived in that bubble wrap mailer.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7219/6964441678_6675ef8f7f.jpg)

I'm thinking of replacing a row or two of the extra short hair at the nape of his neck with longer hair to make a proper Border braid. If it doesn't look right, I can always cut it short again. Again, I'll probably practice first with a test head to make sure I can get the rerooting technique right, but it should be easier and a lot less time consuming to only have to reroot one or two lines of hair rather than an entire doll's head. And I already have the fake hair left over from when I made my 12th Century style braids for my Sister Therese costume that I wore last year to Dragon*Con.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 24, 2012, 03:28:44 pm
"Well Pax Vobiscum, Li'l Lady!"

 :D Yes, Bishops with cowboy hats ARE Weird!

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 25, 2012, 10:05:59 am
See, Kelson doesn't always avoid the ladies!   ;)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5231/6965279782_09a22bd136.jpg)

It's good to be the King!  :D  Not only do you get lots of female attention, your profile goes on all the Kingdom's coins.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7235/6965280488_a7f5030aca.jpg)

Hm.  Or maybe it's the other side that stamped on all the currency?  Kelson's not sure; he's got others who do his shopping for him!   ;D

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5457/6965281132_85d302c1a3.jpg)

(And don't worry, the poor kid's not hunchbacked or wearing football shoulder pads.  That tunic fabric is just a bit on the stiff side and doesn't have enough softness to drape when the figure is lying on his side, so it poofs instead.)

I'm thinking of taking a Sharpie marker and coloring at least some of the little "diamonds" in his crown red so they'll be rubies.  I think that would work better as Haldane regalia.  And it belatedly occurs to me that he needs an Eye of Rom.  Maybe one of my self-adhesive gems or pearls will be tiny enough and can be colored appropriately; I'll have to check.  If not, painting the head of a pin glossy red and then actually piercing his earlobe with it ought to do the trick.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 25, 2012, 03:47:44 pm
Duncan, Arilan, Kelson, Helena, Richenda - forget Saint Camber, we need to go on a Quest for Alaric!  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 26, 2012, 10:24:16 pm
My bishops had a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day, and they didn't even get to visit Australia!  :(  (Ten points if anyone out there gets that reference.)

I had a brand new purse/zippered tote bag with a black plastic lining, and I figured it would be the perfect size for carrying an action figure or two and some sewing supplies to the office with me, so I could get a bit of hand sewing done at odd moments.  Seemed like a good idea at the time, right?  Wrong!  At the end of the day, when I dug Duncan out again, I discovered this:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/6971346294_2c868c971c.jpg)

Oh noes!  Or perhaps I should say, Oh NOSE!!!!   :o  With that black smudge on his nose, my bishop looks more like a puppy now!

And the Arilan head didn't escape unscathed either:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7253/7117424753_bbe15e1ed1.jpg)

The flash on my camera has washed the color on both those photos out quite a bit, but Arilan's cheek is also smudged, and I think there's a bit more dark gray on his chin and the very tip of his nose than there used to be, although with his beard shadow, it's harder to tell on his chin at least.  So as soon as we got home, I attacked both stains with a Q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol, and when that did nothing to remove the black stain, I tried again with an acetone-based fingernail polish remover.  Normally this would be an extreme last resort, as acetone is what you are supposed to use to strip the facial paint completely if you want to repaint a doll's head from scratch, but it did absolutely nothing to remove the stain. 

I has a sad.   :'(

At this point I don't know if there is any hope of salvaging the Duncan head short of a full repaint, although my husband has a can of industrial strength acetone that I might try dampening a swab with to see if that will work first.  (And if it does, I'll attack the Sharpie stains under his hairline as well.)  I may have to start all over again with a new head, and if I end up having to do that, I don't know whether to start out again by modifying the same basic head (which I've gotten rather fond of along the way, so I'd hate for his face to change completely) or if I should just give up on that idea and try a totally new one.  Unfortunately I've only found Kens with this particular face mold with either golden blond or dark brown hair, not with light to medium brown hair.  There happens to be one on eBay at the moment that has lighter brown hair and blue eyes and is also articulated, but unfortunately the photo won't let me zoom in close enough to get a good idea of what his face looks like and how easy (or not) it might be to modify his hairstyle.

However, the day wasn't a complete loss.  KK's second package arrived in the mail today, containing some lovely gray silk and brown velvet that will make lovely Court clothing.  And Duncan also has some new jewelry:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7092/7117423257_20a89963d3.jpg)

Now he has a real ring to kiss at last.  If only I could do so with a straight face while my Bishop looks like he's masquerading as a puppy!  Waaaah!!!   :'(

The real irony of this is that I was in the chatroom with Annie and Alkari just this afternoon mentioning how ridiculously easy vinyl heads and bodies are to stain and ruin if you expose them to the wrong paints, dyes, or other chemicals, and all the while my action figures were getting stained from simply being inside a new handbag with a black lining that reacted badly to their 'skin'!  Grrrrrr!!!!  *tosses bag into donation box to send to thrift store*  >:(
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on April 27, 2012, 01:03:27 am
* dies laughing*

You realise that this is most probably Aedwige's revenge?   "Keep your nasty meddling nose out of business that doesn't concern you, bishop!"    :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 27, 2012, 09:08:20 am
Were you referring to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?  (I shouldn't get any points, though, because I Googled it.)

Poor Duncan and Arilan! I hope the stronger acetone works so you don't have to start completely over.

Though I can hear Helena and Richenda giggling a bit over the idea of Bishop Duncan as a puppy.  "Honestly, Richenda, he followed me home.  I have to keep him!"  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 27, 2012, 11:41:18 am
Exactly the book I had in mind.   :D

I don't know how well an entire face will fare under a repaint, since the vinyl is so flexible that most acrylics are likely to crack, though if it should come down to that, I've read that Testors paints are better suited for that sort of application than most, so I might have to see if I can find the right colors to mix to just the right shade.  In the meantime, I spent an hour or two looking up Kens on eBay again, and found one or two that might serve the purpose, although I don't like either of their faces nearly as well as my present one's, so it's all rather disheartening.  I guess if all fails, I can buy exactly the same sort of Ken I did last time and do a full re-root with the right color of brown hair once I've practiced the technique on a different head first, but that would be a WHOLE lot of work that I wouldn't look forward to, and there's no telling what his final hairstyle would end up looking like with me at the shears!  :(

And I can hear Richenda now.  "No, dear, he wasn't following you home, he was just heading back to his bedchamber for the night.  It is just one floor above yours, remember?  Now stop trying to drag him into your living quarters; you'll ruin his reputation.  Besides, Sister Therese is starting to stare...."   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 27, 2012, 02:31:57 pm
Been looking at other head possibilities on eBay and elsewhere, and here's what's turned up so far:

2012 Fashionista Ryan

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6050/6270702217_81a3685b86.jpg)

From close examination of this face in the store, it seems to be cast from the same mold as the current Duncan head, and it comes with a nicely articulated body which can be used for someone else if not left with the original head, but the hair color is a very dark brown, so possibly too dark for Duncan's.  However, this choice has the benefit of being very easy to find and inexpensive.

2005 Prince Stefan

(http://www.discoverskills.com/ebaypics/Prince%20Stefan%2003.jpg)

This has a more medium brown hair color that is very hard to find, but unfortunately so is this particular figure.  I don't like his facial features quite as much as my current Duncan's, but on the other hand they're far better than a lot of the Ken faces out there, and I happen to have found one on eBay that has a damaged box, so is around half the price for what these out-of-stock Kens normally are going for now.  So it's a possible at least.  And as with any other doll with rooted hair, some amount of hair restyling is possible, as long as you don't go too far outside the bounds of what the original rooting was meant to do.  Here's another photo of the same figure whose hair has been played with and restyled a bit:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6080/6088989614_49a6d7388c.jpg)

Yes, I know, I already hear Alkari threatening him with the barber shears....   :D

Here is another one that is going quite cheaply on eBay at present (about the same as the Ryan is), but again, the hair seems a bit too dark and I like his face even less than the others:
(http://www.manbehindthedoll.com/images/12dancingderekhs.jpg)

And with less plastered-down hair (though I think I'd have restyled it a bit less fluffy...yikes!):

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6174/6194099699_75e7346777.jpg)

And then again, I can always go back to the same kind of head I'm currently using for him, although given his extremely golden-blond hair, that would mean a complete re-root of his head to turn his hair brown, since I don't want to go through the Sharpie marker staining of his forehead and clothing all over again.

Ideas?


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 27, 2012, 03:40:53 pm
Hmm, Prince Stefan almost has grey eyes; if he had blond hair, maybe he could be.....*ducks, knowing Alkari is holding out for a Jaime Lannister action figure for Alaric*  ;D

Seriously, I like the Prince Stefan head, but the eyes need to be the more intense blue of the Fashionista Ryan.  Ryan isn't bad; is there a way you could safely lighten the hair just a bit?

I don't like the third one at all.  The unplastered hair version looks like he stuck his finger in an electrical socket.  Or in Gwynedd, stood under a tree in a thunderstorm!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 27, 2012, 11:49:08 pm
Hmm, Prince Stefan almost has grey eyes; if he had blond hair, maybe he could be.....*ducks, knowing Alkari is holding out for a Jaime Lannister action figure for Alaric*  ;D

LOL!

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Seriously, I like the Prince Stefan head, but the eyes need to be the more intense blue of the Fashionista Ryan.  Ryan isn't bad; is there a way you could safely lighten the hair just a bit?

Unfortunately, I don't know of any way, and having already ruined one head with experimenting before reading up on the topic, I'd not want to risk another one through similar experimentation.  Repainting eyes would be much easier, so for an Alaric it would be better to find a blond head and repaint the eyes as needed.  Either that or find a completely unrooted and unpainted head and truly begin from scratch, though I don't fancy that as a beginner's project.

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I don't like the third one at all.  The unplastered hair version looks like he stuck his finger in an electrical socket.  Or in Gwynedd, stood under a tree in a thunderstorm!

LOL!  Yeah, it's a bit on the wild side, but truly it's nothing that a dunk under some very hot water followed by wrapping it tightly in Saran Wrap or the like so that it's plastered down to his head and letting it dry that way wouldn't fix.  That would at least tame it so it would lie flat again, and since it wouldn't have the styling wax or whatever they put in it at the factory to turn it stiff and helmet-like, it would still look like hair rather than some weird crispy cap like in his first photo.

BUT...I might have discovered an alternative to any of the above!  I had to make a run to Target this morning, so I took a detour through the toy section, and found this guy on sale:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7119591817_a9c52729c2.jpg)

It's the same head sculpt and almost the same hairstyle as my original Duncan head, only instead of the golden blond hair the other head came with fresh out of the box, this one's hair is sort of dirty blond/light sandy brown.  While it's a little lighter than I'd prefer for Duncan, at this point I'm willing to consider it in the acceptable range of hair color even left as-is, given the near impossibility of finding a more medium brown haired Ken aside from the very difficult to find Prince Stefan (who also, because he's a fairly rare model who came out in 2005, tends to be pretty expensive).

So let's compare this guy to my current Duncan:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8012/6973600076_a03f87d356.jpg)

I hadn't realized how extensive the damage to Duncan's head was until I compared him to what he used to look like.  The camera is being very kind here; in person the staining on the original head is far more obvious.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7205/7119683239_431be8c565.jpg)

The mint condition head is paler and less orange-tinted than Current-Duncan's fleshtone.  I suspect the color difference is due to the Sharpie marker rubbing off on the vinyl over time. 

Unfortunately this new guy doesn't have the jointed Fashionista body, but the Fashionista dolls are pretty inexpensive and the skintones match well enough that it might be worth getting a Ryan or some other sort for the body and using this new head on it.  Currently Original-Duncan's head is still on the body that came with the Arilan head, but the extreme color difference between head and body is starting to really grate on me, so if I do find a Fashionista body that matches the head better, I might use that instead despite it not having the nifty interchangeable hands.  (Don't know if the True Type 19 hands Duncan currently have are interchangeable with the ones on a Fashionista body, and unless I have a spare on hand, I don't really fancy taking one apart to find out.)  I'm sure Arilan would really like to have his body back, especially since it's such a high quality one.  Or I might still look at other options that are closer in color to the Ken skintones without being as pricey as the True Type bodies.

For the moment I've still got the receipt for this new guy and have kept him mint in box, as I'm still not 100% convinced I'm ready to turn him into a replacement Duncan yet.  But at the moment he seems like a closer option than anything else I've seen so far.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on April 28, 2012, 12:47:32 am
Been looking at other head possibilities on eBay and elsewhere, and here's what's turned up so far:

2012 Fashionista Ryan

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6050/6270702217_81a3685b86.jpg)

From close examination of this face in the store, it seems to be cast from the same mold as the current Duncan head, and it comes with a nicely articulated body which can be used for someone else if not left with the original head, but the hair color is a very dark brown, so possibly too dark for Duncan's.  However, this choice has the benefit of being very easy to find and inexpensive.

2005 Prince Stefan

(http://www.discoverskills.com/ebaypics/Prince%20Stefan%2003.jpg)

This has a more medium brown hair color that is very hard to find, but unfortunately so is this particular figure.  I don't like his facial features quite as much as my current Duncan's, but on the other hand they're far better than a lot of the Ken faces out there, and I happen to have found one on eBay that has a damaged box, so is around half the price for what these out-of-stock Kens normally are going for now.  So it's a possible at least.  And as with any other doll with rooted hair, some amount of hair restyling is possible, as long as you don't go too far outside the bounds of what the original rooting was meant to do.  Here's another photo of the same figure whose hair has been played with and restyled a bit:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6080/6088989614_49a6d7388c.jpg)

Yes, I know, I already hear Alkari threatening him with the barber shears....   :D

Here is another one that is going quite cheaply on eBay at present (about the same as the Ryan is), but again, the hair seems a bit too dark and I like his face even less than the others:
(http://www.manbehindthedoll.com/images/12dancingderekhs.jpg)

And with less plastered-down hair (though I think I'd have restyled it a bit less fluffy...yikes!):

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6174/6194099699_75e7346777.jpg)

And then again, I can always go back to the same kind of head I'm currently using for him, although given his extremely golden-blond hair, that would mean a complete re-root of his head to turn his hair brown, since I don't want to go through the Sharpie marker staining of his forehead and clothing all over again.

Ideas?




Oh wow, he's having the MUTHA of all bad hair days! 

That's what  I like about  buildings--no hair!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: kirienne on April 29, 2012, 07:16:18 pm
My goodness, you have done amazing progress on this project!!! I am very impresses at your attention to even small details. !!!!!!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 30, 2012, 12:46:40 am
So sleepy, so just a quick progress report.  Today I finished hemming Helena's blue Court gown, colored every other "diamond" on Kelson's crown red so now he has both rubies and diamonds on it, and I sewed a poet's shirt for Dhugal (or whoever that former Viking ends up being if I repaint and keep him) to wear over his borrowed jeans so that my son will hopefully stop calling him "Sexy Jesus" and posing him in beefcake poses.  (No, don't ask.  The kid's weird; that's all I know.)  Granted, poet's shirts aren't strictly medieval, or at least not early-12th-Century, but it ought to look nice paired with the McLain great kilt and I found the pattern online as a free download.  So dagnabbit, if Richenda can wear a lace kerchief, Dhugal can wear a poet's shirt.   ;)

I'll see if I can take pictures to upload tomorrow once there's better light available.

Also, I won the following two Fashionista Kens in an eBay auction last night. 

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/2-NRFB-Fashionista-Kens-/00/s/MTYwMFgxMTg3/$%28KGrHqFHJB8E-NvkRpJhBPk1gGY7HQ%7E%7E60_12.JPG)

Even with shipping added in, the pair of them together ended up costing me less than just one would cost me if I drove down to my local Walmart to buy it, so I couldn't pass up that much of a bargain.  The body of the guy on the left, with the odd sticking-up bangs, is going to end up salvaged for Duncan if it's a better skintone match, so Arilan can have his former body back. If I can do something with that hair to make it look less ragingly early-21st-Century, I might try to save the head for someone--no idea who yet--but if not, it will become a practice head.  I hope I can save him, though, since I think that's the Ryan head with different hair styling, and I rather liked that model.  The blonder (or light brown?) haired guy might be usable for someone else, possibly even as a replacement Duncan head if the hair is brown enough, although I'd have to get a closer look at the head sculpt to see how it compares to my current one, and then see if I can modify the hair style a tad.  From this photo, it looks a little dark to be Alaric hair, though I've learned that colors don't always translate well in photographs.  But even if I don't end up using either head, the poseable bodies should make this a good deal regardless.

There's also a "Four heads for [currently] $5" auction going on for the next 23 hours and counting down:

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/4-loose-Blonde-Male-Ken-Barbie-Doll-heads-Fashionistas-My-Scene-Surfer-OOAK-/00/s/MTM3MVgxMzUz/$(KGrHqFHJBEE9pqNfNqvBPljObfN!g~~60_1.JPG)

Bottom left head might be golden blond enough for an Alaric, although his eyes would have to be repainted gray, and the hair might need a little restyling.  Bottom right looks to be my original Duncan head before I took the brown Sharpie marker to it.  Can't really envision anyone for the top two heads, though they're good for a giggle.  I know Derry's hair is meant to be curly, but...wow.  Maybe not a Bozo 'Fro.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 30, 2012, 04:29:12 pm
OK, here's a longer progress report with lots of pictures!

First off, I realized you haven't seen most of the treasure trove of fabrics and trims that Katherine Kurtz sent me, so I created a fabric collage on the floor to show them off for you:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7129093821_56e1493d1a.jpg)

Gigi displays her indifference to Mom's new fabric and trim while Luke takes it upon himself to inspect the new treasures.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7270/6982815410_e1367f8c9b.jpg)

Luke can't resist checking out the metallic fabrics and the itsy bitsy dagger.  To give you an idea of how stuffed full this package was, I didn't even know KK had included that dagger until this morning!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7126/6983007466_f9d8a16ef7.jpg)

An assortment of fabrics and trims sent to me by KK, sans one curious kitteh.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7056/6983000558_ce7a74b49a.jpg)

Sumptuous fabrics fit for royalty, or at least a Duke or Duchess.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7038/6983001986_95e9edea47.jpg)

The green fabric came in the same bag with some silver tissue and a pattern of a hand print.  Maybe this is leftover fabric from a Healer badge or sash?

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7129088225_138feaa122.jpg)

Some trims from the treasure trove.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/7129090133_c22890aaf0.jpg)

A few more bits of trim and accessory from KK's package.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7104/6983036456_a19c911472.jpg)

I colored in every other "diamond" to turn it into a ruby.  Not sure whether to leave this as is or if I should color them all red, or go with some other color (like amber?) for the alternate stones.  What do you think?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/6983038748_e34b8ba161.jpg)

Richenda acquires a new body and a coronet suitable for a Duchess from a Fashionista Barbie.  The golden ponytail ornament is from a Queen Amidala action figure.  Don't worry about that plunging neckline; I know she looks like she's on the verge of a wardrobe malfunction, but I'm thinking a nice chemise made from the grey silk beside her should provide better coverage, and there's enough of that fabric to also make a nice shirt suitable for Kelson or Alaric.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7269/7129125519_4e6aa6e691.jpg)

This is the poet's shirt I sewed last night.  I also added Stitch Witchery between the pleats of the kilt this morning, so now they should remain in place without the need for frequent ironing.  Still not very happy with the Viking head that's being used for Dhugal for lack of a better choice right now.  I might use it as a practice piece and paint it with appropriately amber eyes, and try to remove the beard paint while retaining the mustache if I can (the beard is etched into the face, but I could just brush over it with pastel dust to make razor stubble rather than a full beard), but I don't like how the back of the hair is actually molded in one piece with the neck, and it makes the collars of his clothes lie funny, so if I accidentally ruin the head while trying to modify it, it won't break my heart too much.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/6983043818_ea6c61fdb2.jpg)

Richenda, Dhugal and Kelson show off some new or revised finery.  Kelson's new belt came from the trim selection that KK sent.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8003/7129083177_8fa1936dcb.jpg)

Close-up of dagger.  The little jump ring on top will need to be removed, but DH should be able to do that easily enough.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7263/7129095531_227c1952e0.jpg)

This is the new dagger compared in size to the 1:6 belt dagger that came with my Viking figure.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8001/6983413870_90d2c1b4c0.jpg)

I also repainted Arilan's head today.  I darkened his hair with a black wash, then mixed in just a tiny bit of dark brown with black and did a dry brushing of the hair with that color to give it some slightly lighter highlights, also retouching the eyebrows to match.  I also took some violet, thinned it a little bit, and then painted over the blue irises to get a more blue-violet look, then had to repaint tiny black pupils after that.  The hair got a coat of matte sealer once the paint was dry, and the eyes got a coat of gloss sealer. 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7210/7129500501_c666a00a4e.jpg)

And here the color-adjusted Arilan looks out at the viewer.  Even with the magnifying visor, painting those teeny little irises and pupils was really hard, and my hands are less steady than I'd like, so when inspected at this close a range, you can see a few bobbles here and there, but when held at arm's length he looks OK.  The black smudge from the inside of my new tote bag remains on his cheek and nose, and I have yet to figure out how to remove it, but if it starts to drive me too crazy, I might eventually get around to doing a full repaint on his duplicate head, now that I have some idea of how to do it.

Oh, and one more surprise find!  While going through the pieces in an Indiana Jones board game, I found something Duncan might find useful.  Here's the game:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8008/7129590423_91d153a88a.jpg)

And the treasure found within:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7129591397_614c856193.jpg)

Duncan finds the Holy Grail!  Or at least something I can use to create a mold for a new chalice.   :D



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: tenworld on April 30, 2012, 06:37:01 pm
 "The black smudge from the inside of my new tote bag remains on his cheek and nose"

So make the setting thursday after Ash Wednesday.  The priest at my church is very "generous" with the ashes.

and the charcoal from the incense burner had a way of smudging too when I was an altar boy
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on April 30, 2012, 09:40:07 pm
What an amazing load of treasure!  This should keep you busy for at least a little while.   :)

In spite of the smudges from your black tote bag, I'm liking action Arilan more and more - he has an appropriate "intense" look about him. 

What size is the little dagger?  I have a "sword" pin that would be a bit bigger.  Maybe mine would be a short sword?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on April 30, 2012, 09:42:22 pm
Nice looking cats.

The head you are using for Arilan looks kind of mean; I'd use him for a more villanous character.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on April 30, 2012, 11:52:24 pm
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Nice looking cats.

Thank you!  They think so too.   :D

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The head you are using for Arilan looks kind of mean; I'd use him for a more villanous character.

Oh, that's not his mean look, that's just how Denis always looks after hearing Sextus's confession!   ;)  And after spending as much time as I did trying to repaint an iris that's only 2 mm across without mucking up the job too badly, he's just going to have to remain one Arilan or another, because I'm not going to change his itty bitty eyes back from blue-violet to some other color!  Fortunately the Barbie and Ken heads have much larger eyes to work with.  (Well, "much larger" relatively speaking, anyway.  I was going half cross-eyed trying to repaint Arilan's eyes even with the magnifying visor set to high magnification!)

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What an amazing load of treasure!  This should keep you busy for at least a little while. 

For a while, though part of the trick will be finding suitable uses for the swatches I have.  Some of the remnants are too small to cut a full garment from, but might work for things like contrasting yokes or cuffs.  Some remnants are large but are very stiff and wouldn't drape well enough for clothing, like the red fabric.  But they might eventually lend themselves well to something like a large banner or backdrop or even camp pavilion fabric.  And there's an absolutely gorgeous periwinkle silk I want to figure out a use for, but it's got sun fading at the folds, so I can't simply use it for an undergown or the like as-is.  But I might be able to carefully pick and choose areas of it for something like lining fabric for wide sleeves.  So yes, a lot of fun stuff to play with, once I have a chance to work out which bits will work well for what purposes.

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In spite of the smudges from your black tote bag, I'm liking action Arilan more and more - he has an appropriate "intense" look about him.

Maybe he's intensely focused on trying to get those stubborn Ash Wednesday smudges off his cheek, as tenworld suggested earlier?   ;)

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What size is the little dagger?  I have a "sword" pin that would be a bit bigger.  Maybe mine would be a short sword?

OK, here are the measurements:

bone-handled dagger = 6 cm
jewel-hilt dagger (which Kelson, seeing it has a red stone on it, has now appropriated) = 7 cm
sword (not pictured, but it came with the other Viking accessories and I can post a picture of it later) = 6 inches, so around 15.2 cm

And now here are a couple more photos of this evening's project:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7057/7130502277_f465359f72.jpg)

No more wardrobe malfunctions!  Richenda's new silk chemise helps to cover the skin above the low-cut gown's neckline.  The sleeves are also gathered at the wrists.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7130501269_007f114cb3.jpg)

Here you can see the bottom of the chemise/undergown.  My gray thread was a bit lighter than the fabric, so the so-called blind-stitching I used for the hem shows up a lot more than I'd hoped it would, but since this is an undergarment, hopefully no one's going to notice that besides Alaric.

All right, that's it for now!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 01, 2012, 01:28:51 pm
Richenda is living up to her reputation as a great beauty in her new blue gown. Somehow, I don't think Action-figure Alaric is going to take much notice of the hem of her chemise at all.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 01, 2012, 02:03:14 pm
Oh look, it's Grub all dolled up, so to speak!   :D

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Veronika-Medieval-Princess-18-Vinyl-Doll-Carpatina-/02/!B9ese1wEGk~$%28KGrHqQOKkYEzmE1!z0IBM59cu7Nzw~~0_12.JPG)

She's selling for nearly $100, though, so too rich for my budget.  I couldn't resist sharing her, though.  Not a lot of black haired, blue-violet-eyed little girl dolls available for sale, after all, especially dressed in medieval clothing!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on May 01, 2012, 06:59:44 pm
Oh look, it's Grub all dolled up, so to speak! 

If you ever got Grub into an outfit like that, she'd look like that for about five minutes.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 02, 2012, 12:42:51 am
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If you ever got Grub into an outfit like that, she'd look like that for about five minutes.

LOL!  Too true, Elkhound!   :D

All right, here's an update I wasn't expecting to make tonight.  I had a little time to kill before my SCA meeting tonight, so I dropped by my local Thrift Store to peruse the toy section.  I really wasn't expecting to find anything useful--maybe, if I got really lucky, an articulated Barbie or two whose joints weren't too loose from rough play--but as I walked up the Barbie Carnage aisle, to my astonishment this was one of the first figures to catch my eye:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/6988013868_368137b6aa.jpg)

Yes, suddenly there he was, on top of a pile of naked Barbies!  Maybe he ought to spend a few private moments with Duncan or Denis seeking absolution for that.... ;)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7260/6988010848_944a95e8ce.jpg)

All right, so maybe he's not Jaime Lannister, but at least it's a decent head sculpt, especially for an older figure (2001)--neither too pretty nor too fugly to turn into a decent Alaric--and the best attempt at a blond action figure head that I've seen so far.  Still a bit too matte-straw-yellow for my liking, but at least it doesn't look like someone just slopped a bucket of Yield Sign Day-Glo Yellow paint on his head.  (I'm serious...have you seen some of the blond GI Joes and other painted male figures out there?  Yeesh!)  The eyes need a color change, but fortunately they're bigger than Arilan's eyes, so hopefully I won't turn cross-eyed or blind trying to turn them gray.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7134210759_ce17a03e20.jpg)

When we got home, he got a nice alcohol sponge bath to remove the price sticker glue (99 cents, if you're wondering...another reason to fall head over heels in love with him!  :D) and then Duncan found him a nice black tunic to slip into.  All right, so it's really a cassock, but shhh, we won't tell him.   ;)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/6988124756_6a1b8a3ef3.jpg)

As I mentioned earlier, this face-up (the paint job) does a better job than most in depicting the lights, shadows, and coloring of blond hair.  At least it's not French's Mustard Yellow like most action figure blonds!  But I want to see if I can make it look a little more hair-like by dry-brushing some highlights over the existing paint.  If I can mix just a tiny dab of yellow ochre into some pearlescent white or cream paint, just enough to give it a shimmery white-gold tinge, perhaps dilute it for translucency, and then just dry-brush it lightly over the highest areas of the surface, hopefully that will create highlights that look a little closer to healthy hair shimmering in sunlight.  I rather doubt Alaric's hair is matte yellow.  I've not tried using a pearlescent acrylic paint to simulate highlights on molded doll hair, but that's a similar technique to what I used to do when painting role-playing game miniatures.  I'd paint a base coat color, use a darker ink wash for the shadows and then dry brush a tiny bit of metallic or pearlescent paint in a similar color (such as copper paint over auburn hair with brown shadows) over the top to bring out the highlights.  Granted, those were on a much smaller scale, but hopefully something similar will work for this hair, and if it doesn't come out looking nice, I'll just remove the highlights with alcohol rather than sealing the paint.
 
I'm a little more nervous about transforming the eyes, though.  I think I'll watch my doll enhancements DVD a few more times before tackling the eye repainting for this head, Helena's and Kelson's.  The irises are larger on these heads, so in theory they ought to be easier to repaint, but I imagine that also means that any mistakes I make will also be more visible.  Le sigh.   :-\

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8019/6988024768_359c3fa506.jpg)

He looks somewhat amused in this close-up.  Maybe because he knows how totally unsuited he is to wear that cassock he's borrowing?  :D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7134105613_a1018d1e43.jpg)

Warrior short hair...no need for Alkari to threaten him with the barber shears!   ;D



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Shiral on May 02, 2012, 01:16:45 am
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Maybe he ought to spend a few private moments with Duncan or Denis seeking absolution for that.... ici

Duncan:  "She found you WHERE??"

Richenda:   "You were WHERE?????"

Kelson and Dhugal:general snickering and envy
 
Duncan: "Alaric this one is REALLY going to cost you, sorry!"

Alaric: "All right, fine. How many Hail Mary's are we talking, here?"

 Richenda: "You should be MORE worried about all the nights you're going to be spending sleeping in Duke Dominic's Tomb!"

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 02, 2012, 01:24:23 am
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Maybe he ought to spend a few private moments with Duncan or Denis seeking absolution for that.... ici

Duncan:  "She found you WHERE??"

Richenda:   "You were WHERE?????"

Kelson and Dhugal:general snickering and envy
 
Duncan: "Alaric this one is REALLY going to cost you, sorry!"

Alaric: "All right, fine. How many Hail Mary's are we talking, here?"

 Richenda: "You should be MORE worried about all the nights you're going to be spending sleeping in Duke Dominic's Tomb!"

Melissa

"But...but...I hadn't even met you yet, dear!"   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 02, 2012, 08:40:39 am
You found Alaric!  Yay!  :D

He may not be perfect, but he's a good start.  I look forward from his transition from the Barbie Bin of Delight to the Duke of Corwyn.  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 02, 2012, 10:41:44 am
I was browsing through pictures of 12th Century men's clothing online when I unexpectedly ran across this:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Hunterian_Psalter_c._1170_feasting.jpg)

OMG, is it actually possible?  Did someone in the Middle Ages actually capture a likeness of Jass MacArdry chowing down on a slice of pepperoni pizza?   I mean, look at the man!  Reddish-brown Border braid, drink in hand (that's a Transha ale or a whisky, you know it is!), his right hand resting on a triangular slice of...what the heck is that?!  Maybe it's meant to be a wedge of cheese, but with those red spots on it, I'm going with it being pepperoni pizza!  Now I just need the pictorial evidence of those chipmunks swimming across the Atalantic Ocean with tomatoes in their mouths....  ;D

Seriously, I think this picture just made my week!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 03, 2012, 02:32:02 pm
OK, another quick update:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/6992952914_d53dfab611.jpg)

I began a new gray silk shirt for Alaric last night, to be paired with black trousers and tabard later when I get around to making them.  I know it looks like a purple silk in this photo, but that's just the lighting.  It's actually the same dove gray silk I used for Richenda's chemise.  If I can figure out how to transfer a clip art outline of a gryphon to some light fabric so I can embroider or fabric paint an applique, I'll add that to the tabard as well. 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7280/6992951456_79c1de851d.jpg)

Here he is trying on the partially constructed shirt.  I've finished sewing the yoke together and attaching the front and back panels to it and one sleeve.  Still need to add the other sleeve and then finish the side seams and hems.  The lower half of the collar opening below the yoke is lined with light interfacing and then buttonhole stitched, so it took longer to finish that edge than to do all of the other hand stitching.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7221/6992948898_1dc3990ccf.jpg)

Sorry for the out of focus shot, but I had less than stellar lighting.  I took some industrial strength acetone to Duncan's facial stains and Kelson's faux wrinkles.  Kelson's wrinkles wiped right off within seconds, but Duncan's stains didn't.  I got a little of the Sharpie ink off his forehead, but far from all of it, and the black stain on his nose might have gone from smoky black to smoky blue, but that's about it.  Fortunately the tracking info on my eBay purchase shows that my new Ken Fashionista bodies should be arriving in the mail today or tomorrow at the latest, so once I combine one of those with the replacement Duncan head that's pretty much identical to this one without the stains, I'll have a Duncan who looks good as new in a day or two.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8008/6992699030_0ebc804202.jpg)

Here's Kelson's close-up after his acetone "face lift."  He looks much better without the silly painted-on wrinkles.  Now he needs his pretty gray Haldane eyes, but that's for another evening.  If you've forgotten what those old wrinkles and bags under his eyes looked like, here's the "before" shot again:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/6964440244_9e301f4f68.jpg)

And finally, here's another face I cleaned up with the acetone while I had it out:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7078/6992696992_744ae1cce4.jpg)

My daughter donated a Queen Amidala doll's head to the cause.  This is her "before" photo.  I used acetone to strip off most of her face paint and the accumulated grubbiness (God only knows what this doll went through before I acquired her; I'm pretty sure I cleaned a dab of modelling clay from her ear!), leaving only her eyes and eyebrows as a guide to follow, although I intend to paint over those eventually.  If she turns out nicely, she might end up being Sophie Arilan, since she's got the lovely long brown braids for that fanfic character, but really her main purpose is to be a practice head to work on before I try an eye repaint on someone like Alaric or Kelson or a lip repaint on Helena and Richenda.  I forgot to take an "after" photo after I stripped her paint off, so I'll have to post one later.

OK, back to finishing up the latest chapter of Visionaries!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: kirienne on May 04, 2012, 11:36:28 pm
Oh my gosh, I am loving this project of yours, and your wonderful commentary had me nearly falling off my chair I was laughing so hard. You have made some wonderful finds for your action figure cast of characters. Hugggles!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 05, 2012, 12:47:35 am
Thank you, Kirienne!  As it happens, it's time for another update, so hopefully you'll find this one amusing as well.

First off, though, here's the picture of the cleaned-up Queen Amidala face that I forgot to take earlier, just so you can see the difference after her acetone wash.  Sorry about the intense flash glare; she ended up being pretty pasty white under all that paint and grime, and every photo I tried to take reflected back so much light all you could see was a head-shaped glow.  Believe it or not, this was the best shot out of several.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7187/7141051981_0583ea4ba0.jpg)

And now here are the newest Fashionista figures I won for less than half price on eBay earlier this week, freshly cut out of their boxes:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7084/7141051537_0d96d211e8.jpg)

 Notice the silly modern sticky-up bangs on the brunet.  Definitely gotta fix that if his head is to be at all useable!  Otherwise, I'll just have to settle for using his body.  (Stop snickering; for parts, I mean!  Though that "1961" date on his shirt refers to Ken's 50th Birthday--that is to say, the 50th anniversary of the first release of a Ken figure--so at least I wouldn't be robbing the cradle.)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7062/7141052969_fdfc9fe9b8.jpg)

All right, so the new arrivals have been deboxed and had shampoos, and I gave the brunet a scalding water head soak followed by an ice water head dunk and wrapped his little noggin in Saran Wrap for an hour or so to make his bangs (fringe, for those of you across the pond) lie down and behave.  I was only halfway successful with my first attempt, but at least they're not sticking straight up like some starched tidal wave anymore!  Comparing their sizes, it appears that the rooted blond is a bit taller than the molded hair blond (and it's not just the difference in the types of hair; look at the waistline levels), so maybe his body would be better for Alaric if the heads are interchangeable?  For that matter, since he's a blond, he could actually become Alaric, although there's only a slight shade or two of difference between his hair color and the replacement Duncan head's hair, so that might not be enough of a difference.  I really like the guy with the dark brown hair (at least assuming I can get the front hair to lie flat on his forehead rather than stick up like a porcupine's quills!), but unfortunately I still think his hair might be a bit too dark for Duncan's. 

The more I look at my golden blond molded-hair guy, the more unsure I am that he's actually a Ken, but heck if I can figure out what else he might be.  I've not run across him on any of the websites that show pictures of Kens throughout Barbie history, but all I have to go on is a "Made in China" stamp on his back just above his tighty whiteys that dates him to 2001 or thereabouts.

And yes, that's Luke's tail.  Wherever my figures are, you can count on him being somewhere close by, snoopervising everything.  Tonight while I was sewing up the remaining seams on Alaric's shirt, Luke was sitting in the new blond guy's lap.  I mean that quite literally; I had the figure seated near the table's edge, and when I looked over, Luke was stretched out across its legs and its arms were lifted high in a pose of surrender!  Yeah, I might surrender too if a giant cat was sitting on top of me!  Unfortunately my camera was nowhere nearby at the time.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8166/6994962384_ccc8a7e054.jpg)

Here are the closer views of the new guys together.  I rather like the middle guy's face; it's similar to Duncan's but not quite the same sculpt.  When I put the replacement head next to it, it looks both have a mix of both very blonde and light sandy brown hairs, only this one has more blond with just a few strands of the brown mixed in, while the other head is mostly sandy brown with a few blonder highlights.  (Don't have a photo of that since I haven't deboxed the other figure yet.  The difference is so subtle, I'm not sure it will even show up in a photograph.)  And no, I haven't bagged the brunet's head because he's ugly!  He's still going through his spa treatment to tame his bangs.  Notice that the middle guy's shoulders are a little bit broader than the brunet's, even though they're both from the same Fashionista line (although the guy in the middle is an earlier model).  Also, both Fashionistas' arms bend much more easily and retain a pose than the mysterious blond figure's arms,  Those other arms don't have enough of the soft latex cut away from the joint, so they tend to unbend after a few seconds, unlike the knees which are jointed properly.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7141053725_aa210d26e5.jpg)

Since the first attempt at restyling his hair didn't work as well as I'd hoped, I microwaved another cup of water to the scalding point and poured it over his head again, quickly blotted it with a towel until it wasn't totally dripping and rewrapped it in tighter Saran Wrap with a twist-tie to hold it in place, then I redunked the head in the ice bath, blotted the plastic wrap dry again, and left him that way.  Tonight I'll loosen the plastic so air can circulate under it, but leave it in place to continue holding the bangs down until they're fully dry.  If that doesn't do the trick of forcing them to lie flat, then there's no hope for it except perhaps to trim his hair in the front and hope that doesn't result in it simply sticking straight up like a 1950s style crew cut.  I really hope I can fix this hair, though, as I'm pretty sure this is the same face and haircut that the Fashionista Ryan has, only with the weird bangs updo added on after the factory haircut. 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7045/6994961578_a34e26e28a.jpg)

Here's "Hottie Ken" (no joke, that's the name on the box) trying on Alaric's new shirt to test the fit before I finish sewing up the other sleeve cuff, side seam and hem.

OK, now here's where y'all get to think outside the box a bit.  I've been comparing this head sculpt to online photos of Jaime Lannister from the Game of Thrones miniseries (since a few people in the chatroom have mentioned that they think the actor playing him would also make a good Alaric), and I think it might actually be possible to make this figure look at least a bit more like Ser Jaime Lannister / Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, if not exactly identical to him.  When you compare close ups of Jaime side by side with this figure, both have bangs that start at around eyebrow level, then the hair on the side of his head reaches to about midway down his ears, and it's about collar length in the back.  This figure's hair is styled almost exactly the same way, except that instead of being parted in the center, the part is offset to one side.  With rooted doll hair, you can't really change the location of the part because of how that rooting is set up (there's actually a double row of holes on either side of the part, with strands of hair "thatched" across that dividing line to the other side of it to give the illusion of parted hair without any latex scalp showing through), but the rest of the hair style shape might be able to be combed and snipped just slightly in the right places to heighten the resemblance.  Nikolaj's lips are narrower, and while the head sculpt's lips can be repainted, the lip shape is actually molded into the latex, so deviating from that basic underlying shape would just look odd.  And Nikolaj's nose is also bigger, but I don't think anyone really wants me to stick a glob of Apoxie putty on this guy's little plastic schnozz just to give him a bigger beak.  He'd have to have an eye repaint anyway, so maybe something could be done in that area to make him a bit more Nikolaj-like? 

So, should I go ahead and make the effort, even though that would mean ending up with an Alaric whose hair color is barely distinguishable from the hair on the head I'll probably end up using for Duncan's replacement head (and no, I can't safely darken it...not taking that risk again!), or should I continue trying to make over the molded hair blond head instead?  Or should I use this figure for Alaric and heighten the hair color difference between the characters by using the Ryan-clone's head for Duncan, even though the brown is probably a few shades too dark for the character?  I need some help deciding!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8001/6996303248_d758734a23.jpg)

I don't know if you can see any difference through the flashbulb glare, but I dry-brushed the highest strands of this head's molded hair with some "champagne' colored acrylic paint to give him subtly gleaming highlights.  The paint is a pale pearlescent golden-cream color.  I had originally planned to mix a drop of yellow ochre in with it, but upon opening the bottle and seeing the actual paint, I figured it was "white-gold" enough as it was.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8154/7142403353_a79167a862.jpg)

The flash is a bit more toned down in this shot, so maybe you can see a bit of the highlighting more clearly.  It really doesn't seem to photograph well, though, at least not with my phone camera. The highlights are subtle, but easily enough seen when you're looking at him directly rather than in a photo.  It's a pity I can't change rooted hair colors just as easily!

Since I took those photos, I've finished Alaric's shirt and unbagged the brunet's head, with somewhat mixed results on that hair.  Yes, the hair in front is lying more or less flat now, but since the hair was originally cut in funky layers designed to accommodate those upswept bangs, from certain views the poor fellow looks a bit like...um...the unholy love child of a menage a trois between a badly designed topiary, a terrace, and a porcupine?  It's as if Fashionista Ryan got ambushed by a homicidal maniac armed with hedge clippers and only narrowly escaped with his life.  He's even got a tiny bald spot, and unfortunately it's nowhere near where a tonsure ought to be.  Truly sad.  I think, despite my tendency to get lost in those gorgeous blue eyes and that luscious dark hair and...where was I?...oh yeah, I think he's going to have to end up becoming a test head after all.  Oh well, I've been needing a spare face to test how I might make convincing "five o' clock shadow" on a male figure's jawline so my fine featured men don't end up looking too pretty to be male!

Will upload more photos once I have them.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 06, 2012, 01:01:43 am
Here are tonight's photo updates:

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I used acetone to remove as much of the painted on blushing as I could from the Viking head without risking cutting into the hairline, then I got adventurous and wondered if I could also use it to remove just his beard and leave only the mustache to make him look a bit more Dhugal-like.  I ended up with mixed results, as the acetone wiped away the surface paint with no problem, but I still haven't managed to get all of the beard paint off because the "stubble" pits are pretty deep.  I had originally intended to brush back over this area with a bit of reddish-brown pastel dust to create a "five o' clock shadow" look, and I may still do that in order to try to blend the fairly stark difference between flesh tone and "stubble" stippling.  After I cleaned up the beard area as well as I could, I decided to see if I could transform his eyes from a dark, almost teal shade of blue to the amber shade Dhugal is described as having in the books.  I was happier with the results of that experiment, so I went ahead and sealed the eyes with gloss sealer afterwards.  I'm still not crazy about this head sculpt for Dhugal, but it's awfully hard to find any figures with brownish-red hair, much less a mustache (and without the texturing underneath, most painted on mustaches I've seen simply look cheesy), so I figure this one will do until a better one comes along.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7092/7147282575_f534af6b15.jpg)

There's one side benefit to this head getting a makeover.  My kids have stopped calling him "Sexy Jesus"!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7261/7147281913_c56fb495dd.jpg)

The test head gets a makeover--bright blue eyes changed to gray and eyebrows accentuated.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5441/7147283241_4fbb8e7fc6.jpg)

After discovering that this guy's hairstyle was unsalvageable, I decided to try my hand at changing his blue eyes to gray ones so I could figure out the technique before doing it on the Kelson or Alaric head.  It took me quite a bit of experimentation to get a result I was happy with--it turns out that the "Payne Gray" paint in my acrylics kit is more of a bluish-gray, so even when painting the eyes in multiple tones of that color, I ended up with eyes that looked more blue than gray to me.  Finally I managed to mix in enough of both black and white into the original gray to get a truer color that I was happy with.  It still needed a little something extra to give the eye that extra bit of "life" after I got the basic eye color down, so I added just a touch of amber around the pupil area, as many gray eyes in real life have small specks of amber or brown in them.  That gave me a look I really liked, so once the pupils were accentuated and a highlight added to each eye, I decided to stop before I messed things up.  Once the eyes were sealed with the gloss sealer, I used a dark brown paint to accentuate the eyebrows slightly.  I tried testing a different lip color, but all my efforts turned out too lipsticky, so I cleaned it all off and turned to my pastels to add just a hint of shading on the jawline area.  I didn't have any sandpaper to create pastel dust that would brush on easily, so instead I used a cotton swab and rubbed it along the side of a dark blue pastel stick and then rubbed the swab along the jawline, then went over that with another swab that I'd rubbed on a dark brown pastel, then I used my fingers to blend the color into his jaw and lower cheeks.  I'm still not sure if it looks more like a proper beard shadow or if it just looks like his face is smudged. 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8020/7147283659_1330d12e0a.jpg)

I had trouble getting a good photo of the hairline, but here's the bald spot that became quite conspicuous after I got his bangs to lie flat.  There's no way to re-comb the hair to disguise it, plus the bangs are now in two very obvious layers with about 2 mm of space between them, so this is why this guy's head became a test head.  I really love this guy's face, though; maybe if I learn how to reroot hair, I can manage to save this head and use him for someone someday.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/7147306237_3a6ca7c8f2.jpg)

Here's Alaric's completed shirt, and in the background, my daughter practices face painting on the former Queen Amidala head.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: tenworld on May 06, 2012, 03:17:37 pm
Have you incorporated yet?  Deryni-R-Us might be contested so lets see.  Shiralads & Shiraladies?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 06, 2012, 03:28:52 pm
LOL!  "All original characters are copyrighted to Katherine Kurtz, etc., hastily insert standard disclaimer here."  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 06, 2012, 09:36:48 pm
Yes, I think that is the Alaric I like best.  The molded blond is just a little to "pretty"; I prefer Alaric with a little more maturity.

On the other hand, I'd take just about any Alaric.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 06, 2012, 10:55:32 pm
I'm glad you like him.  Fortunately, that's the one KK expressed a liking for as well, so I've gone ahead and modified him accordingly:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7150875203_0e56339a70.jpg)

I went ahead and repainted Alaric's eyes this evening after chat was over.  I had an even harder time getting the color right than I did with the practice head, and even now I'm not certain I'm satisfied with the results, so I might go back and try to lighten them just a tad.  I think I watered down the paint just a bit too much this time around, and it was much harder to work with.  Live and learn.  But here's what his new gray eyes look like for now, at any rate.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7276/7151033049_7e3cfe5698.jpg)

I'm examining the side of Alaric's hairstyle to see if I dare take scissors to it to crop it any shorter.  I'm tempted to go just a little shorter with it, but the knowledge that if I mess up and hate the results it won't grow back is more than a little daunting.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/7004994578_b49973f9fd.jpg)

Alaric stops by to visit Duncan after the head swap surgery.  The renewed Duncan cradles his body donor's head carefully, knowing I'll need it for future experimentation.  (Besides which, I really want to use it for someone someday, despite his bad hair.  He's too cute to just get rid of!)  Duncan's hair is still damp in this picture, so it might look slightly darker than it actually is, but even after it's fully dry, I think it ends up a little bit darker than Alaric's, if not quite as much darker as I wish it were.

And yes, all three heads are the same size.  if the detached head looks larger, that's just due to the false perspective created by the camera angle.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on May 07, 2012, 12:48:41 am
I think the posts on this thread need to be published in the next collection of Deryni short stories as:  "The Deryni Adventures of Dr Evie Frankenstein". 

You do realise that when I bought some of the trim I sent you, the shop assistant admired it.  But when I told her it was for a medieval bishop doll,  I got a very funny look.  :(    Don't know why ...
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 07, 2012, 05:13:37 pm
I can't imagine why either.  Doesn't everyone go around dressing miniature bishops?  You mean it's really just me?  *puzzled look*  Cool!    ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: kirienne on May 08, 2012, 11:36:34 pm
I must remember not to take any sips of my drinks as I read these posts as the make me laugh much I'd either spew the drink on the keyboard, or choke on it. I am loving all these descriptions :-). I like the rooted hair Alaric much better, but just like Jerusha, I'll take any Alaric ;-).
Yes, these adventures should be published, perhaps in the next DAtZ (I'm sure Julianne would find a spot for them.)
I can hardly wait to see all the pictures of the finished dolls.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 09, 2012, 06:03:37 pm
So, it was "Take Your Mini-Men To Work Day" today.  What, you didn't get the memo?

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7096/7167507304_e18fe913a2.jpg)

Duncan got a brand new purple cassock.  I still need to create a capelet for it.  I wanted to use the slightly lighter purple fabric that KK sent me, but upon closer inspection, it turned out I didn't have quite enough of it to make a cassock using my usual T-tunic style of construction.  I could piece one together with the fabric I have, but that would mean needing extra seams at the top of the shoulders and midway down each sleeve.  That's actually a more period-correct construction style, but would take more time for me to do the measuring necessary for a proper fit, so I just grabbed the dark auburgine fabric I bought a month or so ago at Joann's Fabrics and used that instead.  I might make a second cassock out of the other fabric at some point, or else use it for non-clerical garb.  Even bishops sometimes prefer to dress in "civvies."

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8142/7167505352_09dc596b1e.jpg)

I don't have enough shoes to go around anymore, so Duncan came to work barefoot.  I discovered he's got fairly well-sculpted feet with adorable little toes, so I got curious about what was inside Alaric's shoes.  Did he have cloven hooves after all, like all the gossips say?   ;)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7167503684_50ae235ac7.jpg)

Duncan's wee tootsies

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7167501442_63bf782c5e.jpg)

Alaric's less well defined feet and toes.  Hm, maybe those rumors aren't entirely wrong!   :o

Both of the figures have Fashionista Ken bodies, but the Alaric body is a couple of years old, while Duncan is using this year's model.  I hadn't realized there was that much difference between body sculpts in that short a time.  Duncan's also got jointed wrists but Alaric doesn't, although both of them have jointed elbows and knees.  Alaric's head swivels from side to side, but Duncan's will do a slight tilt at an angle as well.  Both have nicely defined hands (although not separated fingers, so the bishop's ring will have to go to Arilan and I'll need to make Duncan a new one for this body), but Alaric's hands are slightly bigger.  He may also be just a tiny bit taller as well.


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 09, 2012, 07:17:01 pm
Taller is good for Morgan.  I notice you have a medal/pendant of some type around his neck in the first photo.  Does it represent somehing in particular?

Morgan and Duncan look like cousins in the photo - excellent!  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 09, 2012, 08:44:55 pm
The cloak Alaric is wearing came from the Viking figure, whose accessories are very well researched.     The item acting as a clasp is meant to be a bone needle.  It came pre-threaded, possibly just to show it's a needle rather than just a bone pin, but I looped the thread around Alaric's neck to reduce the chance of losing it while out and about.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: tenworld on May 11, 2012, 10:41:19 am
The cloak Alaric is wearing came from the Viking figure, whose accessories are very well researched.   
that may be appropriate since there are hints that the deryni gene came from the analog to Norse in this world, parallel to how the Vikings spread the gene for red hair throught the world (and wasnt a certain famous  healer redhaired?).  So now can someone write a story on how Alaric got the coat from some ancestor who was one of the first Derynis?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 11, 2012, 02:27:15 pm
The cloak Alaric is wearing came from the Viking figure, whose accessories are very well researched.   
that may be appropriate since there are hints that the deryni gene came from the analog to Norse in this world, parallel to how the Vikings spread the gene for red hair throught the world (and wasnt a certain famous  healer redhaired?).  So now can someone write a story on how Alaric got the coat from some ancestor who was one of the first Derynis?

Except that such a cloak would be several hundred years old by the time Alaric inherited it, so I can't imagine it would be in any shape to be worn out and about.  It's probably more likely that his was imported from Nordland (or whatever that Kingdom is that's across the Northern Sea from Gwynedd, and he just liked the look of it when he happened across it at Coroth Market.  Or something.  :D  Though Richenda may have some bone needles in addition to the newer metal sort in her needlecase, and maybe Alaric just borrowed one of those to pin a small blanket together over his shoulders to create a makeshift cloak some blustery day when the weather turned unexpectedly cold and he suddenly found himself in need of an extra layer of clothing.

All right, here's your next Duncan's Wardrobe update:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8157/7174792052_06534604d4.jpg)

Two nights ago, I began work on a new capelet for Duncan to wear over his new purple cassock.  It occurred to me last night that I've posted lots of pictures of completed outfits, but nothing that shows what the work looks like while in progress.  So here's just a sample of what goes into making something like this capelet.  The day before yesterday, I started out with cutting a circle of fabric a little bit bigger around than I wanted the finished the final capelet to be (allowing for the hemline).  I cut a neck hole in the center of this and slit it down the front.   Then I sewed a circular facing to the neck opening, right sides of the fabric together, turned it to the inside, pressed it with an iron, did a buttonhole stitch around the edge of the facing to help prevent fraying, and then hemmed the edges of the front opening.  That brings us up to this point--the trial fitting--which I did last night.  The fabric is just a bit too stiff for a full circle capelet to drape properly over such slender shoulders, so the capelet will need to be shaped so it will hang right when it's completed.

I should add that all cut edges were bound with a thin line of Fray Check at this point, because I discovered while doing the neck opening that this fabric is ridiculously prone to fraying when stitched so close to the raw edge.  The Fray Check both helps to prevent fraying and also adds just a tiny bit of stiffness to the edge of the fabric so that the sewing thread won't pull straight through to the edge of it when it's pulled taut.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7174790924_3b8c784624.jpg)

I add a few pins above each of Duncan's shoulders to get a rough idea of where the new seam lines will need to go when I shape the capelet.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7174790122_a19973ac67.jpg)

Here's the rear view of the new capelet-in-progress.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7244/7177608638_a7c1496f56.jpg)

Here the capelet is turned inside out again so that all the stitching shows, and repinned more neatly so I can see exactly where the new seams will need to go and what shape to make them.  I begin stitching one side together beginning at the top of the shoulder near the neck facing.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7215/7177611666_92a3647245.jpg)

I stitched the entire shoulder seam on one side of the capelet and then tested the fit again.  I did this before cutting off the excess fabric just in case I messed up the new shoulder shape and needed to rip out the seam and start over.  Fortunately that wasn't necessary.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7217/7177613726_e03c5b17c3.jpg)

Once I knew for sure I had Side One sewn to the right shape, I trimmed off the excess fabric and then folded the capelet in half, using the finished side as a pattern to mark where the other side needed to be cut.  I adjusted the pins accordingly and then cut the excess fabric on the other side also, leaving the pins in place until that side seam was completed.  Again, I used Fray Check on the newly cut seams to help keep them from unraveling.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5460/7177621712_466ac2aa8a.jpg)

After I finished both side seams, I folded the bottom hem of the capelet about 1/4" and basted it into place using a contrasting color thread and large stitches so that I could easily remove this thread once the capelet was finished.  Once it was basted all the way around, I turned the hemline another 1/4" and used a blind stitch to secure this final fold of the hem in place.  Then I snipped and pulled out the ivory thread, since it wasn't needed anymore.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7242/7177619404_ee6213f580.jpg)

I added a hook and eye fastener inside the capelet at the neckline and then turned the capelet right-side out again. Duncan tries it on once more and says it fits just fine, but it looks a little bit boring.


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7217/7177616486_eb494c8620.jpg)

I think the capelet would look nicer with just a bit more embellishing, and some trim would also help hide the few stitches visible on the surface of the garment, but I haven't quite decided what to add yet.  I might use the vertical sample of trim that's draped over one shoulder as an edging trim along both sides of the front opening, and/or I might add some about 1/4" from the edge of the bottom hem (or possibly all edges, if I leave off the embroidered trim) with the thin gold braid to cover the visible hem stitching.  Decisions, decisions!  I think I'll take a short sewing break to ponder the options.  I might also have other trims at home that would look as good or better with this capelet.

And while we're on the topic of trims and embellishments, did you notice he's not wearing his plain white cincture, or even his Easter white-and-gold cincture, with this cassock?  That red and blue braided cincture is the replacement for the pale pink/baby blue cincture I unsuccessfully tried to dye red and royal blue for his Servant of Saint Camber robes.  Going by the description from the Codex, I've created Duncan's Servant cincture by braiding "cords" of red and blue embroidery floss (since it is embroider floss, it didn't take a twist as well as cord does, so that's one reason why I braided it rather than twisting it into one three-strand thicker cord) and adding one Franciscan knot at one end of the braid and then three such knots at the other end, to represent the knots mentioned in the Codex description for these cinctures.  With the cincture being made up of two fairly vivid colors braided together, the knots aren't as obvious as they might be if made at the end of a plainer cord, but hopefully you can see them well enough in some of the shots above.  If not, I might add a closer view later.

OK, that's it for now, or at least until I figure out what to do to make the capelet a bit less plain.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 11, 2012, 03:16:43 pm
Looking really good, but I think Duncan is ready for a tankard of ale, right about now.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 11, 2012, 03:34:18 pm
Something like this?

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTA2NFgxNjAw/$%28KGrHqJ,!q0E88giG0NmBPjqcJG!RQ~~60_57.JPG)

(And yes, that's 1:6 scale.  And no, at $10 for two beer mugs, Duncan's not getting them anytime soon unless I can find a better deal!)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on May 11, 2012, 05:38:16 pm
Nah, you wouldn't want those anyway - they're too modern-looking glass!  Need nice solid pewter, carved horn or even wooden ones.  Maybe another Viking figure or accessory kit will have "proper" tankards  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 12, 2012, 11:17:57 pm
Lots more work done today, including a new arrival:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5031/7184828560_fa780a0206.jpg)

I finally broke down and added a Sextus Arilan figure.  You can tell it's Sextus because he's armed and ready for trouble, he's got his drinking horn at the ready, a pouch for his gambling dice (but it's probably a bit short on coin), and a lovely wench on his arm in a state of undress that would give his poor Uncle Denis apoplexy.  Poor Denis; no wonder he looks so grumpy!   :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8005/7184734432_aa93a436de.jpg)

I originally bought this doll to be a body donor for Helena, since her original body (not this one) came closest of the Fashionista jointed bodies to being a color match for Helena's fair face.  This side of her head was facing the back of the box, so I didn't see the purple streaks in her hair until after I bought her.  If it hadn't been for those, I thought I might use her to make a Rothana, but since she's got them, I'm thinking of using her to make a steampunk OOAK Barbie.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7238/7185748200_7dfbc27aee.jpg)

I gave makeovers to four of my figures tonight.  Helena's originally burgundy lips got lightened, her eyes were changed from green to blue, I added a hint of blushing to her fair skin, and then a light smattering of freckles.  (They may be a bit too light, actually.  I can see them very clearly with my lighted magnifying visor on or without it on if she's directly in bright light, but otherwise I can't see them at all.  I want to see her in full sunlight before deciding if I need to go back and darken them.)  If her face seems a bit glossier than the others, it's because I sealed it to keep the freckles from smudging off, and I used what was supposed to be a matte sealer, but apparently it's not quite matte enough.  Sextus got the Arilan blue-violet eyes and some beard shadowing and faint blushing, Alaric also got lighter beard shadowing and blushing along cheek bones and other high spots of his face, and Kelson got gray eyes and beard shadowing.  For some reason I had more trouble getting his beard shadow to stick; his face feels a bit harder than the other doll's faces, so maybe it's a different sort of vinyl/plastic, or else it's just older.  I didn't seal any of the male figures' faces (aside from the newly repainted eyes, sealed in gloss sealer) after seeing how shiny even the "matte" sealer made Helena's face, but since the beard shadowing is done with powdered pastel dust rubbed into the vinyl, hopefully it won't need sealing.  If it wears off eventually, it's easy enough to replace.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7072/7185747006_12970410b9.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7103/7185738810_98ce2257b0.jpg)

I don't know if you can make out freckles in those pics or not.  If not, I might try taking another picture outdoors in full sunlight.  If that still doesn't do it, I might go back and darken them, and this time just not paint more sealer.  Freckles are done with watercolor pencil dampened and dabbed on very lightly (at one point I also picked up the color on a very fine brush tip and used that), left for a few seconds, then gently rolled over with the side of a damp cotton swab to fade them slightly and blend them into the surrounding skintone.  Her lips were a major pain to repaint, because with each new application of the pink paint, bits of the underlying layers wanted to come off and expose the original burgundy underneath.  I had to wipe the pink off several times and start over, until I finally found a technique that worked--brushing it on with an almost dry brush one very thin layer at a time and letting it dry between applications.  The edges are still a bit darker, partly because when I tried to completely cover over them, the lips ended up looking worse, and also because part of a lip repaint is adding lip shadowing to the crease between the lips, and the burgundy there helps to serve that purpose.  When not magnified and under flash, they don't look so much like she's wearing lipliner as just like her lips are well defined, so I finally stopped mucking around with them and decided to leave them as-is rather than risk ruining them yet again and having to start all over for the fourth or fifth time.  Helena is now wearing her (hopefully final) body donated by the brunette with the purple streaked hair.  The new body also comes with a ring on one hand which is, unfortunately, not removable (well, technically it could be removed, but it's not an actual ring, it's more like a peg stuck through a hole in her hand that has a plastic "gemstone" resting on her finger, so removing it would mean leaving Helena with an awkward looking hole through the middle of one finger!), so I will probably paint over the ring at some point so it will be a shiral (or some other stone) in a gold setting rather than just a gemstone-shaped piece of pinkish-red plastic.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8027/7185740128_c34684891a.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8016/7185741442_607a9c6534.jpg)

The flash seems to be adding a hint of green to those eyes, but they're a truer gray in better light.  I forgot to mention that I altered his lip color just a tiny bit as well, just to make it less purplish.  The pink is actually blended with a tiny bit of green to gray it down slightly so it will make a more suitable male lip color rather than looking too "lipstick" pink.  (Thanks to Shiral for that color blending tip!)  In this close up it still looks fairly pinkish, but again, at normal size and in better light it looks more natural.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7240/7185742694_038b736060.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5235/7185744258_4983021db1.jpg)

For the two dark-haired male figures, I used a blend of dark blue and dark brown pastels to create the beard shadowing, but for golden-haired Alaric, that would have been far too dark (I imagine his beard would come in light brown at its very darkest, not black or dark brown), so for him I used a light golden-brown pastel and a smaller amount of a darker reddish-brown and applied the dust very lightly.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7185874324_029be641d1.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7185745220_936f149913.jpg)

These repainted Arilan eyes started out more of a blue-violet when they were wet, but it looks like they've dried more of a true violet.  I might have to go back and retouch them a tad.  Or it could just be that backdrop that's accentuating the violet in his eyes just a bit too much.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 13, 2012, 12:51:27 pm
I wasn't sure about the beard shadowing when you first mentioned it, but I'm impressed with the results!  Such attention to detail, and much more realistic than the classic Ken.

Sister Helena is lovely - poor Bishop Duncan won't be able to allow her away from the Schola without an armed escort soon.  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 13, 2012, 06:27:47 pm
Duncan and Helena went on a Mother's Day outing with me today, and my daughter took some fun snapshots of them:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7191964838_1200c23e1a.jpg)

Heading down the interstate highway.  Duncan gives Helena an awkward semi-hug, but it's apparent he's a bit camera shy.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7101/7191962772_3243765f8b.jpg)

The Deryni guarded the car while we went to lunch.  When we returned, I was afraid I'd caught Duncan and Helena in a compromising position, but it turns out he was just checking out her new freckles.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/7191960638_f181ba1eef.jpg)

A clearer view of her freckles in natural sunlight.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8152/7191958632_0cb2295fe7.jpg)

Duncan has his first driving lesson.  

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7236/7191957018_0990fca3e7.jpg)
 
We went to Joann's Fabric, and my daughter and Helena wandered off to look at trim and other items.  They came back later and my daughter claims that Helena had gotten overexcited over all of the trim and tried to shoplift some, and was stuck into a cell to keep her from stealing any.  I'm sure it was just a misunderstanding; that doesn't sound like Helena at all!

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 13, 2012, 11:45:35 pm
A few more shots to show this evening's work, and also a view of Helena's ring, which has given me a new dilemma to ponder:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/7193250096_4a4ea1b4d0.jpg)

Here's the ring that will need a repaint soon.  I have some gold paint for the border around the "jewel," but I need to decide what jewel she is wearing.  A shiral would make sense, but I haven't worked out how to paint a believably "translucent" yellow-amber stone.  It's raised above the level of the border around it, so I can't simply put an adhesive rhinestone jewel there because that would stick out far too much above the goldwork it's supposedly set into.  I'd be tempted to turn it into an amethyst ring and give it to Duncan, but unfortunately it's not on an actual ring, but on a peg that goes completely through Helena's hand.  This is her left hand, so that could be her former betrothal or wedding ring, but those of you who have read Visionaries will understand why she's unlikely to want to keep, much less continue wearing, any reminders of Gaston!  And if Duncan were to give a woman a token of his friendship and esteem, I suspect he'd be wary of giving her a ring.  Seems like that would be the sort of gift that's all too likely to be misconstrued by the Court gossips if word got out about who gave it to her.  Helena's father is a wealthy merchant, so he might have given her a jeweled ring, but Helena's also modest enough not to wish to outshine the duchesses, countesses, and other baronesses she encounters at Kelson's Court.  She's embraced the scholastic life, so if she wears a ring, it's likely a simple one with a semi-precious gem at the very most, if not an actually useful sort like a shiral.  So, any suggestions as to what sort of gemstone I should try to turn that gosh-awful lump of plastic into? 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7078/7193252486_225695b379.jpg)

Here's why Helena can't very well go without wearing the ring her body came with, unless my next fanfic mentions that she's suddenly developed stigmata, and only on one hand!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5326/7193289622_dd15f97070.jpg)

I added some beard shadowing to both Duncan and Dhugal tonight, and a tiny bit of blushing on Duncan's nose, chin and cheekbones.  I went much heavier with Dhugal's beard shadow trying to create a better blend with the original beard stubble that I was unable to remove with acetone, but I'm not sure that was much of an improvement.  What I really need is a better Dhugal, but where I'm going to manage to find a male doll or action figure with copper-bronze hair long enough to braid, much less a mustache, is beyond me. 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7193287984_8861d9797d.jpg)

I really need to get a picture in natural daylight.  It's meant to be subtle, not invisible!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/7193286416_64f78d1256.jpg)

You can see the beard shadow a little better in this shot, although it looks more uneven in this picture than it actually is.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7193282864_bfbf227c62.jpg)

And then there's not so subtle.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8154/7193284776_99a16c0ccc.jpg)

Poor little guy.  I'm not sure if I've done him a favor or not!

And speaking of attention to detail, my daughter suggested going over their tiny fingernails and toenails with a thin layer of clear sealer so that they will be slightly shinier than the 'skin' around them and will look more like real nails.  I told her that some of the OOAK doll artists do exactly that (and/or paint "polished" nails on the Barbies), and I might experiment with that one of these days.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 14, 2012, 09:16:15 am
For Sister Helena's ring, you could consider moonstone.  A pearly white could work, or it can have some blue or pink shading as well. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 14, 2012, 10:58:54 am
I might attempt a shiral first just to see if I can replicate one, but if not, I've already got pearlized white paint that I can tint slightly to make moonstone.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 16, 2012, 10:18:47 am
More updates:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7201561826_b007f269d5.jpg)

On Monday night, Helena's ring got painted, and Richenda's lips got unpurpled.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5119/7201560318_0cdd6a73ee.jpg)

Barbie lips are spawns of Satan, but I eventually managed to get a layer of paint on Richenda's lips (and not all over her teeth!) that was more pink than purple, and this time it only took me four tries.  I don't have a clue why eyes paint over so well but lips are the very devil for me to do.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5320/7201561086_c0746d7003.jpg)

I tried the shiral effect at first.  It looked OK but not great, since I could duplicate the colors of an amber stone but not the transparency, so I tried going with Jerusha's idea and added just the tiniest bit of a light blue to some pearlized white paint.  It looked right when it was wet, but unfortunately it turned out looking silver instead of milky-blue when it dried.  That still works, though, as I can see Helena using a polished mirror ring for scrying, and a small disk of polished metal would probably be more affordable for the purpose than shiral.

And now for Tuesday's projects:

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The fabric samples (plaid and solid burgundy) are remnants from Joann's Fabrics.  I made a new pair of trews from the plaid on Tuesday, and plan to make a matching tunic using the solid burgundy fabric as the main color, trimmed out with plaid cuffs and collar.  I also picked up the bracelet this weekend.  It reminded me of a torc (Celtic necklace) and if I can remove the little lion heads from it, I might make a torc for Kelson.  If not, I'm pretty sure I've seen similar heads as jewelry findings somewhere recently.  Maybe Michaels?  I bought it from a crafts fair this past weekend, and it looks to be made from bits and bobs I've seen in crafts stores, so if I don't find those exact lion's heads, at least I'm hopeful I can find something similar to use.

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I spent yesterday making new trousers.  I used the yellow ones that came with the Viking Action Figure to create a paper pattern, and used it to make the plaid trews first.  I wasn't sure whether to use a drawstring waistband or just cave in to convenience and use elastic, but after fumbling with Kelson's fly to get his trousers off so I could make the pattern, and then having to tie that tiny bow to secure them on again, I decided life is far too short for me to spend it fussing and fiddling over tiny guys' flies all the time!  So elastic waistbands it is.  Once I knew the pattern would produce a proper fit, I cut out the leather trews and sewed them together last night.  Alaric is finding them much more comfortable than his old skinny jeans that were so tight he couldn't sit or bend over without the back (Velcro closure) seam coming open.  It's not very dignified for a Duke to go about mooning everyone when he gets up from a chair!  The faux leather is a dream to work with--thin and drapey enough to look right on a small-scale body, a little thicker and tougher to hand stitch through than fabric, but the edges stay together without need for pinning and the edges don't fray at all.  I got a half yard of it, so you'll be seeing it again in the form of leather accessories and probably a jerkin or two, and maybe that leather-and-plate armor that Duncan wore during the Mearan War.  What I don't end up using for my Deryni will be gratefully accepted by my steampunk action figure.

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Here's a closer shot of the trousers and that lovely leather fabric.  Alaric still needs footwear, but I have some black boots on order.

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I found this on eBay and it's sized for the Fashionista Barbie bodies that Richenda and Helena are now both using, so I figured this would make gown design and fitting a bit easier.

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This is the "pants form" rather than the "dress form."   Both were the same price, but I figured this would be more versatile.  Even though I don't imagine Richenda or Helena needing trews, my Steampunk lady might want other options besides a gown or a skirt.

That's it for now, although I brought the trousers pattern and some nice black suedecloth to work with me today, so if time permits, I'll cut out a "black suede leather" pair that will be even more appropriate for the Darkling Duke than the brown pair he's wearing now.  Duncan's wanting a turn at the brown leathers; he gets tired of wearing cassocks every once in a while and wants a change of pace.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 16, 2012, 03:37:21 pm
Are the Dhugal/Viking feet as big as they look in the picture, or is it they way the boots are made?  They look almost twice as big as Alaric's feet.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 16, 2012, 04:02:29 pm
LOL!  Dhugal's feet are slightly bigger but not quite that much bigger.  The shoes are made that way so they can slip on and off without having to unfasten them, as the "leather" shoelaces are plastic and not meant to be untied. And even as big as they are, it's still a bit of a struggle to get plastic feet into them.  There's also a bit of false perspective going on in that photo; the Alaric figure isn't really that much taller than the Dhugal one--all of my male figures are within half an inch of each other in height at the very most, I think, if any are even that much apart--but for some reason he seems a lot taller in that shot.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on May 16, 2012, 08:25:35 pm
They do say that there is a direct relation between the size of a man's feet and the size of. . . .Something Else.  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 16, 2012, 10:44:41 pm
LOL!  And here I was studiously avoiding making just that same observation....  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Elkhound on May 17, 2012, 10:00:03 pm
I should tell you, that IT ISN'T TRUE.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 18, 2012, 09:04:24 am
I can only attest to the fact that, in my 1:6 scale sample population at least, my scientific findings are that the axiom doesn't hold true.  All of the males in my test population have a noticeable absence of boy bits regardless of foot length or shoe size.   Duncan occasionally looks very happy to see me, but that's just due to the way his stand is designed.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 23, 2012, 10:41:12 am
Time for another update!

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Here's Alaric showing off the latest additions to the wardrobe.  Why he looks like he's trying to guard his crotch, I have no clue.  Maybe he was taking a bit of protective action because, just before I set up this shot, we had a wrestling match to get those new boots on his non-bendy feet.  If he looks a bit annoyed, that's probably why.

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Some blacks and greens for my Morgans (it's hard to tell from this shot, but that upper right fabric is a light silvery-olivish-green slubbed silk or faux silk), and a bit of harvest gold plaid that comes closer to a "Transha colors" fabric than any other I've found so far, although I'm still looking for one that meets the description better and isn't Yield Sign Yellow.


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My little menfolk are fighting over who gets to wear the cool shoes and who has to go barefoot or stick to their original tennis shoes.  A pair of high topped black boots arrived in the mail last night, and with a little bit of coaxing I was able to get them onto Alaric's feet.  (I had to slather them and the insides of the boots with a bit of soap first, though.  Unlike Arilan or Dhugal, his ankles don't bend, so his feet don't slip into boots quite as easily.)  I found some boots on eBay last night that came from some old 12" Star Wars figures, so hopefully there'll be more boots in the wardrobe chest soon.

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It's not a very clear shot, but here's the replacement bishop "ring" I made for Duncan now that he's on a body without separate fingers on his hands.  It's a faux amethyst self-adhesive jewel that I've put in a setting made from a ridiculously tiny amount of Friendly Plastic.   Annie told me about the plastic; it melts at very low heat and can be molded until it cools, but once it cools it's just as hard as any other toy-grade plastic and can be painted once dry or dyed while it's still melted.  This one has been painted with a acrylic gold paint.  Once I can find my Baronial Hatbox where I store my SCA coronets, I'll have the perfect adhesive to attach it to Duncan's finger.  It's the same adhesive I used to glue the gemstones and gold trim onto his crosier.

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Here's a crude attempt at a dagger I made when I was first experimenting with using the Friendly Plastic.  As you can see, it still needs quite a bit of shaping (though this stuff can be sanded down, which might help), or I may just melt it and start over.

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I made different sized emblems on a Word document so that I could print them onto iron-on fabric sheets that are designed for use with inkjet printers.  This gives me a variety of different size appliques that I can either apply to costumes, banners, etc. as-is, or use as a template to apply fabric paint (which is actually period) or embroidery over them.  Given the adhesive backing, the fabric might be a little stiff for embroidering through before attaching it to a garment (though I might be able to couch laid threads on it), but I'm hoping some of that stiffness might disappear if the applique is ironed on first, melting the adhesive.  If so, embroidery over the design might be easier once the emblem is ironed on.  At any rate, it won't just be a printed piece of printer paper taped onto the front of a tunic, like Kelson's current lion emblem!  For some reason the pictures look a bit washed out here, perhaps since I scanned a hardcopy of the Word document to make the .jpg that I could upload here, but they're a lot sharper and brighter in the original.  Also, you might have noticed that I'm not using the original McLain device (though maybe I should print up a few of those too for Dhugal's use?), but a new one designed for Bishop Duncan after his abdication.

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And here's the fabric sheet package for the sheets I'll be using for the appliques.

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All right, not really, but I discovered that one of my phone apps called Pho.to Lab (with that odd period in the middle of the first word) has the ability to recognize faces from a photo and stick them into interesting backdrops, so I played with that a bit last night.  Loads of fun!  I didn't have a good image of Kelson from after his eye repaint that showed a front-on face shot rather than a profile or more of a 3/4 view, so he's still got his original eye color in this picture instead of Haldane eyes.

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Helena practices scrying by using a mirror to conjure up a vision of Duncan.  She's also got some pretty spiffy furniture for a woman in 1136...either that, or there was some odd Transfer Portal accident and she accidentally got transported through time rather than through distance!  Not that she's noticed yet, with Duncan's handsome face peering back at her from that mirror....  (I wish Flickr could have preserved this pic in its original file format.  It was an animated .gif to begin with, I think, and the mirror kept tilting back and forth very subtly so you could see the reflection in it shifting slightly with each slight turn of the glass.)

Haven't had time to sew lately, so that's it for now!  Hopefully I'll have more to show after the weekend.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Jerusha on May 23, 2012, 12:25:19 pm
You do realize Richenda is going to want Alaric to take those boots right back off, don't you?   ;D

Nice progress, though, and I especially like the green gryphons.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 23, 2012, 02:16:57 pm
At least Alaric isn't wearing spurs.  Yet.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Alkari on May 23, 2012, 06:37:59 pm
But he was wearing short indoor boots in that scene! 

Believe me (years of experience with knee-length riding boots!), Alaric wouldn't have been able to kick those long boots off quite so quickly :D
Of course, removing those - with his wife's loving assistance - might have produced a very interesting, er 'wrestling match' ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Duncan McLain Action Figure
Post by: Evie on May 23, 2012, 09:32:04 pm
Depends on the cut of the boots.  It's never taken me more than than a few seconds to get into or out of knee high boots, though admittedly I've never had actual riding boots, just regular pull on boots.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 24, 2012, 03:12:47 pm
A few new pictures today:

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Alaric in his ducal finery.  I may go back and add "emeralds" to his coronet later, and if I can find some way to add properly ducal "strawberry leaves" to it, I want to add those at some point, but since that seems rather unlikely, I'll go with the assumption that Gwynedd has different heraldic/sumptuary laws from Medieval England when it comes to coronet styles.  

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Here's a closer view.  I'm still undecided as to whether or not to add a gryphon applique to his surcoat.  I'm half afraid of ruining it!  The belt adds a suggestion of Corwyn's green to the outfit as it is, although I might try ironing a applique to a test piece of fabric and seeing how well that does, and if it turns out all right I might reconsider whether to add it to this outfit.  I'm not sure how well the adhesive would stick to the velvety pile, though; I suspect it's meant to be ironed on to a smoother fabric and that the iron on patch won't stick very well, or might look odd standing out slightly from the background fabric.  I picked this particular gold trim to finish the outfit partly because it curves well enough to follow the small neckline, and also in part because the looped pattern sort of suggests the flory counterflory tressure bordering Alaric's coat of arms, and I am not going to try reproducing that in teeny tiny gold stitches on velour!

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From the side view, you can see the bottom hem of the undertunic and the faux suede trousers tucked into his boots.  Or at least you can see the hem of the undertunic if you're looking at it in person rather than in this photo, where the shadowed dark gray blends in so well with the black fabrics around it that it melts into invisibility.

I also got a four place setting collection of 1:6 scale "pewter" dinnerware in the mail today--plates, bowls, goblets, and spoons--so there might be another picture forthcoming in the near future, but I want to set a pretty table first before I show the new acquisitions off.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on May 24, 2012, 04:30:11 pm
Rawr!  :D Alaric looks very good in his court finery.  I had to giggle at the yellow post it note on  your computer esp. in conjunction with Alaric's presence: Does he need the brochures to deal with the Gwynedd Clergy? =o)

Seriously, you've done a lot of work, Evie! 

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 24, 2012, 04:37:52 pm
LOL!  Yeah, he plans to brochure-bomb old Loris with anger management and bullying prevention brochures in the dead of night.  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 24, 2012, 09:06:10 pm
As promised, the dinner scene:

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Duncan and Alaric wait for the servants to bring forth their meals.  If Alaric looks a bit too tall compared to Duncan, that's because he wasn't properly seated.  I didn't notice the height difference until after this photo was taken.

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Alaric and Duncan switch places.  Now Alaric is just a little taller than Duncan rather than towering over him.

The table and chairs aren't exactly in proper 1:6 scale, but they are puzzle pieces from an interlocking puzzle box I happened to have on hand, and I figured they'd be close enough to the right size to use for a photo shoot.  Unfortunately the "table" is the largest piece in the puzzle, and it's not quite high enough for a proper feast table.  I figure this must be some more private meal, maybe in Duncan's study or Alaric's private apartments.

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The cousins offer up a toast to the provider of this fine feast...or of the fine feastware, at least.  Thank you, Xenobia at The Doll Page!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 25, 2012, 06:01:48 am
It must be a good Fianna wine - Alaric's coronet looks slightly askew in the last picture.   ;D

Lovely work, Evie.  The dashing pair are as handsome as ever.  *Sighs*
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 25, 2012, 09:25:46 am
Alaric, speaking very carefully and with a slightly slurred voice:  "It was Verai...Vezairi port, and we both had empty stomachs.  It was good, though."  *suppressed hiccup*  "Now, if you'll please excuse me, my lady, I've got a raging headache, and now that I've poured my cousin into bed, I'm off to seek my own...."

 :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 25, 2012, 11:57:21 pm
Three Deryni went into town for lunch with me today:

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Helena volunteered to come along to help me keep the cousins out of trouble.  Here, Alaric and Duncan converse quietly while Helena works on hemming her veil.  Helena says it's little wonder I hate to sew, if I have to do it with a needle the size of His Grace of Corwyn's stiletto!  (Well, it's huge compared to her, anyway.)

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Helena was hard at work helping me accessorize her Servant of Saint Camber outfit.  We replaced the ratty pink and baby blue temporary cincture with a nice new one that has the proper red and blue cords, not to mention Franciscan knots.  As a female Servant of Saint Camber, Helena needs to wear a veil (with or without wimple) secured with a circlet of braided red and blue cords as well, so I made her one at the same time I made the cincture.  However, I left the veil pins at home, so without those, the circlet is useless at holding on the veil, unless I tie it on so tight that Helena develops a bad case of "muffin head."

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Here is the finished veil.  Since, as I mentioned earlier, I forgot the veil pins, Duke Alaric was kind enough to lend Helena his coronet so she could try the veil on with a circlet that had sufficient weight to hold it on.   My current "veil pins" are small-headed sewing pins with plain flat steel heads, but I am thinking of giving the tops of the heads a coat or two of pearly white paint and clear sealer, both so they blend in better with the white veiling and also so they'll look a little fancier when viewed at close range.  Since Richenda is a duchess, she may get some fancier veil pins for Court fashions as well, perhaps with tiny jewels glued on top or a seed bead in gold, sapphire, or emerald green.  But Helena is quite content with simpler pins for her everyday wear.

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"Why is the Host pink?!"   :o  For dessert we had Necco wafers.  Duncan was a bit shocked when I handed him one, until I explained that a Necco wafer is a confection and not at all the same sort of thing as a Communion wafer, and that no one had tampered with the altar bread.

And now the purple cassock will need to be hand washed to get the Necco powdered sugar off the cuffs.  *sigh*

The wimple was finished later this afternoon, but I've got no pictures of it yet, so I'll take some once I've had time to find and perhaps decorate some veil pins.  Now I remember why I put off making these for a few months; the fabric wouldn't roll properly like fine silk does, and so I ended up having to make teeny tiny hems, folding down a bit of the edge about half an inch at a time and tacking it down with tiny stitches before folding under the next half inch of fabric.  Richenda might have to wait a little longer to get veils of her own; either that or she can share with Helena!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on May 26, 2012, 01:52:55 pm
All you need to do now is make a Camber figure.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 26, 2012, 05:01:01 pm
I cannot picture how the veil pins will look, so I'm looking forward to that photo.  ( I almost said that I couldn't picture the veil pins in my head, then realized what that brought to mind!)

You realize that if you make a Camber figure you can't leave him all by himself in his time period, so you'll have to make a Joram and Evaine, too.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 27, 2012, 05:44:35 pm
If I make a Camber, I have to make all the others as well?  Are you trying to motivate me or demotivate me?   :D

The veil pins are just the very simple sort with small, round, flat heads.  I just plan to paint those heads pearly white rather than leaving them steel gray.  If I fancy up Richenda's pins, I'll probably just paint the heads pearl white or gold and slip a little seed bead on the pin shaft before I stick the pin into the veil.  And yes, probably into her head as well, but better hers than yours, since hers has no nerve endings!

Got more stuff in the mail yesterday and also tried my hand at pulling the original hair out of the male test head so I can try my hand at rerooting hair, but now my fingers are sore from 1.5 hours of tugging out tiny clumps of hair with tweezers and a tiny crochet hook, so I'm saving my energies for chat.  I may upload another update later tonight or sometime tomorrow.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Alkari on May 27, 2012, 06:10:19 pm
Oooooh!   Pretty pics!   And very Handome Alaric  :D     (have been away for a few days and not logging onto things, so have omnlyjus caught up).




Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 28, 2012, 01:08:44 am
Thank you, Alkari!  I hope you had a fun trip.   :)

Here's the next set of photos:

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I got mail in the mail on Saturday!  Well, make that a tiny hauberk, chausses, and coif of faux "mail" in addition to a pair of braies, a belt to help hold up the chausses, a gambeson, a fabric coif that goes under the mail one (see the "lining" for the chainmail coif...when I took this photo, I hadn't realized yet that those were two separate pieces), a white gambeson to go under the mail hauberk for padding, a fleece trimmed tunic and a buckled surcoat.  I was really excited about the new outfit, and figured since it came in Haldane red, it would be battle gear fit for a King.

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So Kelson tried on his new clothes.  The chausses were a snug fit, but eventually he managed to wriggle into them and we got the belt buckled.  He was looking forward to trying on the rest of the armor, but then we hit a small snag....

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We discovered the one thing that was less than historically accurate about this set of garb.  It wasn't designed with any sort of neck openings and closures that would allow the armor, gambeson, and tunics to be pulled on over the figure's head!  To dress him in his armor, I will either need to pop his head off (which is probably how the clothing went on the original Crusader figure in the first place--the body was dressed before he was fully assembled), or else I will need to cut a slit down the back of each neckline that can be laced closed once his head is through.  It can probably be done, it's just a bit of a pain.  But that would be safer than popping poor Kelson's head off every time he needs to dress for battle, because that can be wearing on the neck joints and there's too great a risk of breaking him.

The linen coif, by the way, is fairly unisex, so I might use it as a pattern for making a few for Helena and Richenda.  They'd make lovely nightcaps, and a veil could even be pinned over them more securely, since I've not made veil bands for them yet.

So that's a project for a different day, but in the meantime, today I decided to prepare the male test head for trying my hand at rerooting hair.  To prepare the test head, I first cut this test head's hair as short as I could manage with scissors:

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After using tweezers and a tiny crochet hook to scrape and pluck at the inside of the head via the neck hole to pull out all of the hair from the inside, I finally managed to get the last of the tiny plugs of hair out of the scalp.  This took a lot longer than I thought it would, about an hour and a half, and my hands were pretty achy by the time I got done.  Crafter's gloves are your friends if you decide to try doing this.

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I needed a break from doll heads and hair once that task was done, so after dinner I broke out a new tube of adhesive (the same sort I used to affix the jewels on Duncan's crosier) and glued the new bishop's ring to Duncan's hand.  Here's what it looks like fixed in place:

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Now I just need to find out if there's a detailed description for Kelson's ring and for Alaric's so I can make those as well.  Kelson also needs his Eye of Rom.  I haven't forgotten; I've just not had the right adhesive on hand until today.  As I recall, Kelson also had a lion's head brooch, didn't he?  I have some idea for how to make that, if it's just a lion's head that faces directly towards the viewer.  But I don't recall the description off the top of my head, unfortunately.  If one of you has the books on hand in print rather than audio, references would be greatly appreciated.

I also picked up some jewelry findings today that might end up becoming parts of a chalice:

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The top finding is half of a large magnetic clasp, and the bottom two are two dome shaped findings meant to fit on either side of a round bead.  Plan A is to remove the magnet from the top cup-shaped clasp, leaving the framework with its top and bottom rims and the four curved "ribs" framing each quarter of the cup, and then using the Friendly Plastic to create a cup-shaped "liner" that will fit inside that framework, and also to create a stem that will lead to one of the dome-shaped findings, which will be the chalice's base.  That particular plan is fully contingent on me being able to remove the magnetic disk that appears to be glued inside the "cup" of the clasp.  If I can't remove it, I've got a Plan B....

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Plan B would be to connect the two dome shaped findings together in a configuration similar to this, only with the stem between them being a little thicker and fashioned out of Friendly Plastic, then creating the bowl of the chalice so it fits inside and extends upwards from that top inverted dome, creating the full chalice shape.  I had hoped to find these beads in gold with the little jewels set in, but Michaels only had them in silver, so Duncan will either have a silver jeweled chalice or else I can paint the silver bits with gold paint at the same time that I'm coloring in the jewels.  (Or I suppose I could leave them clear and he can have a diamond encrusted chalice.)

All right, that's it for now.  Have a happy Memorial Day!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on May 28, 2012, 02:22:11 am
I cannot picture how the veil pins will look, so I'm looking forward to that photo.  ( I almost said that I couldn't picture the veil pins in my head, then realized what that brought to mind!)

You realize that if you make a Camber figure you can't leave him all by himself in his time period, so you'll have to make a Joram and Evaine, too.   ;D

Oh Definitely. And Rhys, And an Anscom an Alister and Jebediah and Cinhil.... And then Alroy Javan and Rhys Michael and Tavis O'Neill...
And then a half/Alister Half Camber figure in mid-shape-changing transition....

 :D

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 28, 2012, 09:21:32 am
Riiiight!  When I can find a nice part time job with a six figure income that doesn't involve illegal or immoral activity, I'll get right on that!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 28, 2012, 10:07:20 am
Nice armor for Kelson but unfortunate about the lack of head openings.  I agree that modifications should be considered; somehow I don't see Kelson's squires readying him for battle with a cry of "off with his head!" first.

And why do I have the feeling that the smile on the face of the test head may have been a little forced by the time you finished?  ;D  He looks ready for veil pins!

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 28, 2012, 11:22:32 pm
I didn't have any white thread with me tonight so I wasn't able to alter the gambeson, but the surcoat and hauberk both have expanded neck openings now, so Kelson is able to get them on and off.  I tried splitting the back seam of the mail coif to see if there was some way to open it up enough to get it on over his head and then close it back up using black elastic thread that would be fairly unobtrusive, but unfortunately it is cut entirely too snugly to do even that if the hood is up, so the best I could do was get it around his neck with the hood portion of the coif hanging down on his back as if he's taking a break from the fighting and has pushed it back.  He'll just have to get another mail coif sometime if I can ever find some silver and black knit fabric with the right "chain mail" look.  Or I can just forget about a mail coif altogether and make a helmet like I'd originally planned, and use some faux leather to make a gorget for greater neck protection.

I took a picture of Kelson wearing the altered articles of clothing, but my phone battery is too low for me to upload it right now, so I'll try to remember to post it tomorrow.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on May 29, 2012, 07:38:05 am

Helena volunteered to come along to help me keep the cousins out of trouble. 

Helena should know by now that this is impossible.  The best you can hope for it to pick up the pieces afterwards.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 29, 2012, 09:44:46 am

Helena volunteered to come along to help me keep the cousins out of trouble.  

Helena should know by now that this is impossible.  The best you can hope for it to pick up the pieces afterwards.

Yeah, you're probably right.   :D

And here is Kelson wearing most of his new finery:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7237/7295106640_1fc65fa86f.jpg)

I still need to alter the white gambeson (the quilted garment that fits under the chainmail hauberk) to fit over his head, and the mail coif can't be altered to fit over his head without a gaping hole in back, so he'll need a new helmet instead.  I rather like the idea of him having a little 12th Century helmet with a nose guard, and he can get a leather gorget to wear with it to safeguard the neck and collarbones area unprotected by his hauberk.  (Or, if I can ever find some matching silver-and-black mesh fabric, I can just make him a larger coif.  Oh well, the original one was rather small for his shoulders anyway.  I'd prefer one a bit wider and more drapey.)  I may iron one of the new Haldane Lion appliques to the front of the surcoat, if I have one that fits, since that would be an obvious choice of garment that he'd want some heraldic display on.  If I do, it would go on his chest above that buckled waistband area.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 29, 2012, 10:15:23 am
Interesting. I just looked up the original Ignite Outremer I figure that wore this outfit, and apparently the buckled red garment was worn underneath the armor, just above the gambeson, rather than as the top layer.  In which case I have no idea what it's meant to be, and neither did my husband when I asked him this weekend, despite him being the seasoned SCA warrior of over 25 years.  The best we could imagine was that it was some form of surcoat.  Maybe it's a jupon, but if it is, wearing that and a gambeson and chainmail seems a bit redundant if it's meant to be an additional layer of armor padding, not to mention I think jupons are normally worn over the armor instead.  

But then again, Kelson is the King, and far from expendable, so maybe that's why he's bundled up in everything but his feather mattress!   No wonder he was nearly falling out from heat exhaustion during the Mearan War, though.  I'd pass out too, wearing all of those layers on a hot day! :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: AnnieUK on May 29, 2012, 12:03:03 pm
Don't normally follow this thread, but popped in to see the latest and here's Kelson looking like an armoured Father Christmas LOL!  Have the reindeer been getting a bit aggressive?  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 29, 2012, 12:21:23 pm
LOL!  Well, that would explain why he needs to wear so many layers!  I'm sure reindeer bites must be quite nasty!   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 29, 2012, 10:45:52 pm
So today I got around to altering the gambeson:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7079/7298056950_cda786fd52.jpg)

You can just see the top of the collar (the white bit) peeking out from under the armor and tunics.  I am still keeping the top red layer as a surcoat rather than as a jupon or whatever it was meant to be originally, because I had so much trouble getting the armor back on over just one layer of padding, I'm afraid I'd split the seams open if I try putting it back on over two.  I wonder if the original owner tried to launder the outfit before mailing it and it shrank in the wash, or if the original figure had narrower shoulders than Kelson's, or if the outfit was just placed on the original body before the arms and head were added on, because it's almost like trying to squeeze toothpaste back into the tube, wrestling Kelson's arms and shoulders up through the fairly narrow waists of these garments!

And now for a sneak preview of coming attractions:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/7298073748_003d912b7d.jpg)

Here's the basic idea I have for turning half an Easter Egg into a Norman style helmet with a nasal guard.  (It would look a lot spiffier than this when done, of course!)  I could even use part of the fabric from the original coif to make the mail portion that normally is attached to the bottom edge of the helm to help protect the neck area.  The helmet bands could be cut from posterboard, or I might attempt to sculpt them from the moldable plastic I used to make the setting for Duncan's ring and my practice attempt at a dagger, which would allow for fancier ornamentation similar to that found on the Coppergate or Sutton Hoo helmets.  (OK, maybe not quite that fancy!  My sculpting skills aren't that good.)  I already have silver and gold paints on hand for the final transformation from plastic bits and bobs to a proper "metal" helmet.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on May 30, 2012, 01:33:06 am
Looks Like His Majesty is rockin' out with his iPod Royale, complete with earbuds. =o)

Nigel (exasperated)"Kelson, have you heard a  WORD the Privy Council has said to you about needing another heir?"

Kelson (suprised) "What did you say, Uncle? I thought we were discussing a need for more hares!"

And.... I have to admit, Kelson does look a  BIT like Santa!

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 30, 2012, 09:49:23 am
Note to self--give Kelson some summertime fighting gear, not trimmed in white fur!   :D

I'm sure Kelson would love an iPod if the technology were available.  He is a teen, after all, even if he's King of Gwynedd!   Now you've got me wondering what he and Dhugal would have in their .mp3 collections that they like to listen to late at night once all the Council meetings and Court business and other royal/noble obligations are done for the day....   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on May 30, 2012, 10:18:22 am

I'm sure Kelson would love an iPod if the technology were available.  He is a teen, after all, even if he's King of Gwynedd!   Now you've got me wondering what he and Dhugal would have in their .mp3 collections that they like to listen to late at night once all the Council meetings and Court business and other royal/noble obligations are done for the day....   ;D

Not sure about Kelson but Morgan would have "Paint it Black" while Camber's children would have liked "Revolution"
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Alkari on May 30, 2012, 05:56:55 pm
Evie would make sure that Helena had Hildegard of Bingen on her play list.



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 30, 2012, 06:57:27 pm
LOL!  Duncan would like that also, I'm sure, though they'd both probably want some male choir Gregorian chants as well.

Let's not put "Ring of Fire" on his iPod, though.  The title by itself conjures up certain Mearan War memories, and....well...he's celibate, so he probably ought not to be dwelling on the burning flames of desire either.  Not that he has anything against Johnny Cash's music in general....  :D

On the other hand, I can maybe see him downloading "Carmina Burana" in its entirety for Alaric's amusement.  After all, that joke "advice" to Kelson about taking a mistress like Cousin Conall had, since that had managed to put a smile on Conall's face, shows that the good Bishop Duncan isn't above the occasional bawdy humor...   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 30, 2012, 10:12:30 pm
Very busy doing non-fannish stuff tonight (unless one counts having every ceiling fan in the house on because our a/c is out!), but here's what I made earlier today.  Helena modestly requests that any gentlemen present avert their eyes from the following photos, as her new garment is rather sheer.   ;):

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8005/7305819712_ba1bc9bf5c.jpg)


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/7305816378_f0cf397a80.jpg)

Helena gets new nightwear (and/or a chemise).  Actually, she and Richenda will probably end up sharing at least some of their clothing, since I don't see any need to make two identical chemises just so both of them can have one.  Kelson's coif is made in the same style as one that a lady might wear to bed, so he has graciously allowed Helena to borrow it for this picture, though since it wasn't designed to fit over this much hair, she could use a bigger one sometime down the road.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on May 31, 2012, 02:57:58 am
If Duncan did his neat mental trick of Psychically "traveling" to Helena's room while she's wearing that sheer , they'd both get quite a shock, wouldn't they??  :o ;D Even Hildegard of Bingen mightn't help  all that much in that event!.

Kelson might enjoy the theme from the PBS Masterpiece theater. =o)

And I'm sure Araxie would put a few nice love songs on his playlist.

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 31, 2012, 07:59:08 am
Fortunately the inside of a box bed at o'dark-thirty is pretty much pitch black.  And he hightailed it out of there as soon as the handfire revealed where he'd managed to end up.  Rather disconcerting for them both, though given that it happened in late autumn, she probably had something warmer on.  And a blanket or three would have helped too.  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 31, 2012, 12:14:54 pm
You asked in an earlier post for a description of Kelson and Morgan's rings.  I haven't had much luck, but DR has a good description of the King's Champion ring:  "a massive signet ring, an oval cabochon-cut onyx etched with the Golden Lion of Gwynedd on its face."  When Morgan held it up beside his own signet ring on his other hand, it only states that the "Lion of Gwynedd and the Corwyn Gryphon winked gold and green in the light."

Not much help, but its what I've found so far.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 31, 2012, 01:04:41 pm
Oh, good!  IIRC, from my own recent skimming of DR, the Ring of Fire has either garnets or rubies on it, but I don't know how many.  And the Crimson Lion has the Haldane gold lion guardant on a crimson field that is (I think) framed in gold, and it's about as big as a man's fist, but I don't know if the brooch itself is round or shield-shaped.  I wonder if the etching in the black onyx stone of the King's Champion ring is filled in with gold or if it's left unadorned?  If it doesn't have to be used as a seal, I suppose it could be filled in.  I assume the onyx is black; onyx comes in other colors as well, but black onyx is the one most customarily associated with signet rings and the like. I guess these are questions to defer to KK if/when I get around to making itteh bitteh regalia in moldable plastic.

Really, KK, all the heraldic devices available for use, and you had to go and pick hard to sculpt charges like lions and gryphons?  Didn't you foresee that someone might want to reproduce all of this stuff in 1:6 scale someday?   ;) ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 01, 2012, 10:23:17 pm
Had a nice day with my folks today, so not much to report except for these quick shots:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7219/7316175568_918009f6c0.jpg)

Alaric decided to test his animal rapport skills today...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7082/7316174044_3ed29472a9.jpg)

...as Duncan stands by just in case he needs to administer the Last Rites.   :D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7316172544_ff52d33b9c.jpg)

Kelson decided to join in the skills practice as well.   

(Luke wasn't asleep, he's just a very tolerant kitteh, and he likes to curl up with his Mom's little people when I've got them out.  ;D)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on June 02, 2012, 03:39:42 pm
And probably because Luke is promised a special treat afterwards for allowing them on his back.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 02, 2012, 04:15:07 pm
Nope.  Not unless simply paying attention to him counts as a treat.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 02, 2012, 05:38:06 pm
Isn't that the best treat of all?   :)

Though I did wonder about the plastic baggie Luke appears to be laying on.  Did it once contain something of interest to cats?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Alkari on June 02, 2012, 08:23:00 pm
Helena gets new nightwear (and/or a chemise).  Actually, she and Richenda will probably end up sharing at least some of their clothing, since I don't see any need to make two identical chemises just so both of them can have one. 

Richenda just smiles innocently and says it's not much use giving her a nice one like that when Alaric's home, as he only has to remove it!  ;)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 02, 2012, 09:25:32 pm
Though I did wonder about the plastic baggie Luke appears to be laying on.  Did it once contain something of interest to cats?

LOL!  Not unless a couple of hair extensions and the bald male test head are of particular interest to him.   :D  Then again, I suspect part of Luke's seeming fondness for the little people stems from them being the ones getting all the attention these days, so he's learned that if he cuddles up to them, sits on their laps, gets in the way of my sewing, etc., I'll have to pay attention to him also.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 02, 2012, 09:26:53 pm
Helena gets new nightwear (and/or a chemise).  Actually, she and Richenda will probably end up sharing at least some of their clothing, since I don't see any need to make two identical chemises just so both of them can have one. 

Richenda just smiles innocently and says it's not much use giving her a nice one like that when Alaric's home, as he only has to remove it!  ;)

Oh, but that's part of the fun!  It's called "giftwrap."   ;) :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 03, 2012, 03:49:19 pm
And now for the update du jour:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/7330020934_cbfd32133a.jpg)

Here are the original Duncan head and the female test head.  In hopes of removing the Sharpie marker stains from their hair and faces (especially their faces, but I wanted to get as much as possible from their hair as well so that hopefully their faces won't get restained by the marker ink), I slathered both doll heads in Clearasil anti-blemish cream.  Yes, you read that right; they're getting zit cream facial masks!  :D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/7330019458_ecfd17cdf4.jpg)

Forgive the Early American Bordello decor in our kids' bathroom; I didn't decorate it!  Heat is supposed to make the stain-removing power of the zit cream work faster, so after both heads had a chance to sit overnight with their "facials," I decided to heat their mask treatment with a blow drier for a few minutes each before washing it off to see if there was any progress in the stain removal or if I'd need to reapply the cream and let it sit longer.  I've read that sometimes it takes up to a few weeks for the zit cream to remove marker stains.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7330018036_c34f51ece0.jpg)

Nearly all of the rusty brown staining that was all over Duncan's forehead and neck has come off, as well as most of the brown splotch on his right (our left side) cheek that he got when I tried dyeing his hair with the hair dye.  He still has a puppy dog nose, but even that seems to have faded slightly.  I have put another glop of cream where the remaining stains are and will leave the mask on for another few days to see if that will help.  There is some danger of bleaching the vinyl "skin" itself if I leave the cream on too long, so I will continue to check it every few days so I can wash it off before it gets to that point (I hope!)  I'm trying not to be overly optimistic, because I've read that the type of staining on Original Duncan's nose can be permanent, because it's not just on the surface of the vinyl but has permeated it.  (IIRC, there's some sort of chemical reaction that takes place when the vinyl head rubs up against some sorts of dyed plastics that vinyl doesn't react well to, which is what happened when Original Duncan spent the day inside the tote bag with the black plastic lining.)  But since it worked so well on the other stains, I'd like to at least give the cream a chance.  We're having outdoor temps in the 90s now, so if I can find a safe place outdoors to let him get some sun and heat, that should help accelerate the cream's effects.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7330022510_cbb75ab523.jpg)

The girl test head had a small brown stain on her left eyebrow that she had when I first bought her, and a gold paint stain on her left cheek from leaning against Duncan's crozier.  The brown mark has faded a bit and a bit of nail polish remover took off most of the gold, though I hope to swab the remaining smudge off with some industrial strength acetone.  I also washed a lot of the red from her hair, though there's still quite a bit left in.  Hopefully what remains won't rub back off on her skin, as I washed her hair with hot water until it ran clear rather than reddish-brown.  There were some Sharpie ink stains on her face and neck before this "facial," but those are gone now.

All right, back to spending time with my parents!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 04, 2012, 10:26:07 pm
Today I got the reroot tool and a free skein of "Malibu Blonde" Barbie hair in the mail:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7216/7154501633_b3a168b90e.jpg)

Maybe I can use the skein to reroot an Araxie head someday.  I already had some hair extensions in dark brown and soft black, which I blended to get a hair color with subtle highlights.  I will use the dark hair on the male test head to see if I can figure out how to style Kelson's border braid.  If this ends up working out, I might be able to make a new Dhugal as well.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7096/7154498893_f29bbf31b0.jpg)

Luke inspects the newly blended hair.  I can already tell that trying to reroot hair in the presence of nosy kittehs is going to be a problem.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/7339700470_2392c98efb.jpg)

Allegedly it should be possible to reroot a Barbie or Ken head in ten minutes.  Obviously whoever wrote that ad must be a lot better at it than I am!  This is what I had done in about fifteen minutes.

Fortunately for the ponytail/border braid look, I shouldn't have to reroot the entire head, but I do need to reroot all of the hair along the perimeter, then pull it back into a ponytail and see if that gives me complete coverage of the scalp without adding too much bulk to the braid.  If there are any bald spots, I might need to fill in the middle bits lightly as well, but hopefully there won't be.  I've only got most of the front hairline done at this point, but so far it's looking fairly promising.  I've accidentally split the vinyl between the close-set hair plugs a few times, but none of the tears look conspicuous and so far the hair is holding fast.  I'll definitely want to get better at this before I try it on something besides a test head, though.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 07, 2012, 08:34:56 am
Cats make good supervisors.  They make poor assistants.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 09, 2012, 09:07:58 pm
Boy, don't I know it!   ;D

Well, no new pictures of the rerooting yet, but I do have a few others to upload today.  I did get the rooting done all along the perimeter of the test head, but I managed to destroy it in the process by tearing a gash in the vinyl along one side of the hairline.   :(  I hope to get a smaller needle soon that I hope will handle the more closely-spaced holes at the hairline better than the larger needle.

But in the meantime, here's what else I've done:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/7355974632_51026bcaac.jpg)

Here is Richenda's new sideless surcoat, done in green "velvet" (actually velour) and embellished with gold couching and beadwork.  The couching follows the sleeve openings on both front and back, although the beadwork is only on the front.  It's uncomfortable having beads between one's back and the back of one's chair, after all.  (At least that's my excuse for not beading the back; the true reason is that I'm too lazy!)  This style of garment is actually a bit later period than the early 1100s, but it's a very easy pattern to draft and sew and I quite like the "Gates of Hell" surcoat style, so I decided to veer from strict historical accuracy and just go for "pretty and period-looking."

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7097/7355975840_6039d5c874.jpg)

Here's a close-up of the embroidery.  Alaric is also enjoying his own close-up view of his pretty bride!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7355976642_758ac32221.jpg)

Underneath the surcoat is a close-fitting girdled undergown.  (Actually it's the dark gray chemise I made a while back; I have a more accurate undergown planned for her to wear with this surcoat, but it's not cut out and sewn yet.)  This tantalizing glimpse of feminine curves beneath the wide-sleeved surcoat is why many disapproving clergy back in the day dubbed this style the "Gates of Hell."  However, Bishop Duncan thinks his cousin's lady is quite pretty in her new outfit and not at all immodest.  She is still covered up from neck to toes, after all!

So, what is that wooden structure in the background of those last two pictures?  Well, give me a few minutes to update the Mini-Duncan's Mini-Castle thread at http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php?topic=862.0 (http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php?topic=862.0) and you'll soon find out!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 10, 2012, 03:00:56 pm
Beautiful outfit, Evie!  It may be a while before Morgan is able to tear himself away from Richenda to return to his duties!  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on June 10, 2012, 03:02:42 pm
Beautiful outfit, Evie!  It may be a while before Morgan is able to tear himself away from Richenda to return to his duties!  ;)
Quite a while!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 10, 2012, 06:13:39 pm
And now for an update on the reroot:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7174240001_b866fda8ea.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174240001/)
Newly rerooted test head (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174240001/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the newly rerooted test head with his hair pulled back into a ponytail and braided.  Unfortunately either my needle was too big or my technique is still off, and I split the vinyl in a gash nearly an inch long along the hairline, where the holes are very small and close-set.  But they still hold the hair in well enough for me to test the Border braid hair style as long as I don't tug too hard at the hair.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8144/7174238817_ab1b4bce66.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174238817/)
Rough idea (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174238817/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I don't have any  thin, clear vinyl bands suitable for styling doll hair, so I made do with one of my own ponytail holders.  It's a bit oversized but it was sufficient to hold the hair so I could see how the front part of the hair would look pulled back and how thick a braid I would end up with.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7103/7359461358_3112bfefaa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7359461358/)
Regular braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7359461358/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the hair in a regular braid.  Even with only the outer edges of the scalp rooted, the resulting braid is quite thick, so I won't be able to do a novel-accurate doubled braid, or poor Kelson would end up looking like he's got a beaver tale at his nape!  But I think wrapping it in the colored cords will slim the braid down a bit.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8153/7174231701_c6d8724e2e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174231701/)
Four strand braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174231701/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I didn't know if the Border braid has four strands like the Gabrilite braid, so just in case, I tried out a four-strand braid.  Again, it still comes out rather fat, though I like the pattern.

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Bound with colored cords (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174230723/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I already had this bit of braided cord on hand for holding on Helena's veil, so I used it to see what the braid would look like after wrapped in the Haldane colors.  (Pretend that the blue is  actually gold!)  As I guessed, it does reduce the thickness of the braid by a fair bit.  Now it's around the right size for what a double-thick (i.e., folded in half and bound) Border braid might look like if made with human hair.

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Split at hairline (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174229785/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

If you look closely, you can see where the vinyl has separated, and the face actually juts out from the hairline.  Because of this, I'm afraid to pull the ponytail too taut for fear the rooted hair will come out.

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Side view of corded braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7359456308/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Once the hair was secure in the cord, I removed the ponytail holder.  The ponytail still sits a bit too high, but I can't properly style it until the hair is rooted more securely in a new head.  This gives a general idea, though.  I think if I just cut the excess hair off, leaving just a little to tuck under and secure with a clear vinyl band, and then wrapped cord over it to hide the vinyl, it would end up looking approximately right.  If it still sticks out from the head once restyled, a pin might be hidden in the braid to make it stick more closely to the head so it will hang straight down.

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Rear view of braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7174227203/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a rear view of what the wrapped braid looks like.  Of course, on a final version the ends would be neatly tucked out of sight and the hair trimmed to the right length.

And that's it for now on the rerooting experimentation until I can get a smaller rerooting needle.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 11, 2012, 08:21:58 am
Am I the only one who finds the sight of the heads detached and stuck on poles to be a little creepy, almost as though Gwynnedd has gone through its equivalent of the French Revolution?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 11, 2012, 10:17:48 am
Yeah, the test head stuck on the castle tower reminded me a bit of Prince Conall, except that Conall would never have worn his hair in a Border braid, given how much he looked down on Borderers and their customs.   Maybe I should give him a haircut and try again....   ;)  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on June 11, 2012, 07:37:30 pm
Beautiful outfit, Evie!  It may be a while before Morgan is able to tear himself away from Richenda to return to his duties!  ;)

"Rhemuth? Where's that? Haldanes...yes, the name does ring a bell.... I guess! And please, someone keep those cats away. They distract me from the charms of my new Duchess!"

I second Jerusha--that IS a lovely outfit. 

And you've quite the doll salon going, Evie. Facials, shampoos, hair dying and new wardrobes!  It is just a TINY bit disturbing that the clients seem to lose their heads. =o)  Although rather than Gwynedd's equivalent of the French Revolution, I'd say it's more like the end of Camber The Heretic with Hubert and the Regents going mad with power.

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 12, 2012, 05:33:34 pm
"Uh oh...busted!"

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&quot;Uh oh...busted!&quot; (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7181002149/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan's naughty kitteh gets caught getting into Richenda's jewelry chest.  I bought this for him thinking she looked a bit like Liath, but she's a bit fatter than I imagined Liath being, so maybe this is Pregnant Pouncer?   :D

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This tea smells funny (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7181013675/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

She's very curious about my Lapsang Souchong tea.  It smells smoky; is it on fire?

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Where am I? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7181015385/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Wandering around and exploring my desk.   :)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 13, 2012, 12:23:59 am
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Show and Tell (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7367696258/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan shows pregnant Pouncer off to Richenda and all but begs her to take one of the kittens off his hands.  Richenda smiles sympathetically but finds a quick excuse to scurry off to Court.   :D

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Court finery (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7182462933/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan compliments Duchess Richenda on her new tiara with its Corwyn green emeralds.  The tiara also helps with holding down the veil edges.  I only needed to use one hair pin to secure both veil and wimple, with the tiara helping to hold the veil in place.  Granted, that one hair pin is firmly anchored in Richenda's head....   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 13, 2012, 11:24:14 am
I love the cat!  As a healer, couldn't Duncan figure out how to keep her from having kittens, though?

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 13, 2012, 12:43:46 pm
Before the fact, he probably could have, although Pouncer really seems to be more Brother Everard's cat than Duncan's (she's actually one of several cats who roam the Basilica and castle grounds, but Everard's the one who has assumed caretaker responsibility for her), so I don't imagine Duncan would tamper with someone else's cat unless asked to.  Finding prospective owners for a new litter is another matter; Brother Everard had already made it clear that he was looking for homes for the expected kittens.   And after the pregnancy became known, Duncan might have religious scruples against terminating it, especially one far enough advanced to make a cat's belly as swollen as this kitty's tummy looks in her side views.  Besides, unless the castle grounds are already overrun with mousers, another generation of "pest exterminators" would probably be welcome enough.  The cats probably come and go fairly freely, whether within the Castle grounds or outside its walls in the city and surrounding area, so there'd be some natural population control due to the inherent hazards of both medieval city life and predation, and there's also a good chance that visitors to Court might choose to take a kitten or two home with them when they leave, so all of those factors would help to keep numbers down to a manageable level.

(And since you've read Visionaries, you already know where all the kittens from this litter will wind up!  ;) )
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Alkari on June 13, 2012, 04:45:46 pm
LOL @ Cute Kitteh Liath sticking a nose into everything.   

Richenda reminds Duncan that the family already has Tiger in residence at Coroth, and he is Boss Cat around the family there.   At least, he thinks he is the boss, because Alaric simply cannot manage things without his snoopervision.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 14, 2012, 08:21:56 am
Richenda reminds Duncan that the family already has Tiger in residence at Coroth, and he is Boss Cat around the family there.   At least, he thinks he is the boss, because Alaric simply cannot manage things without his snoopervision.

Wouldn't Tiger be pretty old by 'now', if we are talking about the time of "Visionaries"?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 14, 2012, 09:14:58 am
Not really.  IIRC, Tiger was a kitten when he was adopted shortly after Kelson's wedding, so that would have been in mid to late 1128, depending on how many weeks after Kelson's wedding that story was set.  So in the summer of 1136, when Pouncer's kittens were born, he'd only be around 7, possibly verging on 8.  Well past his kitten years, but still far from venerable old age where most healthy kitties' lifespans are concerned.  Cats who are mostly raised indoors can usually expect to live into their teen years, barring health issues or accidents.  Cats who are more free roaming have more of a chance of encountering predators and other hazards that indoor cats don't have to worry about, so general life expectancy is lower for those, but even so, if outdoor cats or indoor/outdoor cats can avoid those dangers, they can potentially have just as long of a lifespan.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Alkari on June 14, 2012, 05:15:58 pm
Three of my four cats lived to over ten years (the other escaped and got run over at age 6 :(  )  and two of them lived to 17.   So family pet Tiger, who sleeps on Briony's bed and likes to sit on tables to 'help' Alaric and Richenda with administrative matters, is very much alive and active.  :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 14, 2012, 11:32:08 pm
Today, I tried a new experiment--customizing a doll from scratch, so to speak!

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My first ball-jointed doll (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188420021/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This is a Obitsu 27 cm Ball Jointed Doll (or BJD).  She is my very first BJD, and she's on the smaller end of the 1:6 scale figures available to customizers, usually able to fit more or less into Barbie clothes, although she is a little smaller than a Barbie, so sometimes the clothes need a bit of alteration.  The body was ordered separately from the head.  Obitsu makes a variety of female body types in three bust sizes and two primary choices of flesh color.  This one is a Soft Body Type 2, fleshtone (also called natural), medium bust, with magnetic feet.  There are also a selection of heads available, some designed for painted eyes and some with eye openings that you fit acrylic eyes into.  This body also has magnets in the feet, so she can be posed in any number of positions either on her magnetic base (that black disk above) or on any magnetic surface.  The three wedge-shaped pieces at top right are alternate neck pieces, in case a collector wishes to attach some other brand of head to this body, such as a Barbie head.  The joints are much more articulate than the Fashionista Barbies' and Kens' jointed bodies.  I'm looking forward to seeing what this figure can do!

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Close up of Obitsu Face (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188419277/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a close up of the Obitsu head I selected to go with the body.  This is head style W3, I think, and this one came prerooted with dark brown hair, although it also comes bald (for rooting it yourself or if you wish to use a doll wig with the head) or rooted in a variety of other colors.

Let's check out the articulation:

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Test pose 1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188418537/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

She wasn't quite balanced in this extreme a pose, but maintained it well enough with the desk behind her to lean on slightly.

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Test pose 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188417861/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Obitsu makes male bodies as well, so if Annie is ever looking for an acrobatic body for a Jon figure, this brand would be an ideal choice....  ;)

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Test pose 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188417215/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

A slightly more conventional test pose, since I'm not out to create a contortionist, after all!   :D

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Blanking in the features (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188415947/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

After washing the face and body with a bit of water and dishwashing detergent and then rinsing the detergent off, I began by using an orangy-reddish watercolor pencil and using it to make a light wash of color.  I applied this very lightly to the eye socket area (from the lower rim of the eye up to the eyebrow ridge), nostrils, and went a little darker to fill in the lip area.  I also gave the folds of the ear a pale wash of color to accentuate the shadows, and since Obitsu dolls are somewhat anatomically correct in that they have a navel and (on this body) faintly shaped nipples, I blushed those areas lightly as well to define them.  This is my first attempt at a full-fledged face up rather than just an enhancement of a pre-painted face, and while I read several tutorials and learned about a variety of techniques for doing this, I'm pretty much making this up as I go along.  The "whites" of the eyes are actually very lightly tinted with just a hint of gray, since a pure white in the sclera (the white part of the eye) looks unnatural.  I used acrylic paint for the eyes.  Never use oil paints with vinyl; you will ruin it.

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A bit more face like (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188415329/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

After the base paints had time to dry, I roughed in the irises and then the outline of the eye.  (I probably should have done it the way around, but oh well!)  While those were drying, I added eyebrows next, starting with a brown watercolor to define the shape, then when that dried, I mixed dark brown acrylic paint with a little black and added some diagonal strokes to show the direction of hair growth and further define the brows. I also defined the iris color a little more and added a pupil.  Next came the lashes.  Those were brownish black and a major pain; I'm not entirely happy with them, but I figure I can live with them for a first attempt.  The inner corners of the eye got further defined by more of the light orangy-brown watercolor, and once the iris had time to dry some more, I added some paler violet highlights and then the white "light reflection" to simulate light shining on the eye.  The lips got a little further definition--slightly darker color in the crease and tiny white lines radiating from crease to edges of the lips.  (Not sure if you can see that in these photos; it's very subtle.)

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Starting to develop a personality (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7373611204/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As the face takes shape, it begins to develop a bit of personality and attitude.  It's now time to add some blushing.  Blushing goes on the cheeks, as you'd expect, but it also is used (more lightly) to define the nose, the hairline and jawline, the chin, collarbone area, the breast shadows, the navel and the midline crease leading down the belly to the navel, and wherever else you think needs to be accentuated slightly.  I even tried adding just a bit of colored shadow to define her fingers and toes a bit more.

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Checking to see if I'm done (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7373610552/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The blushing is done with pastel chalks (the oil-free sort, since oil pastels and vinyl don't react well together), which I made colored powder from by rubbing an emery board on the edge.  I mixed a pink and a "flesh" tone pastel and then dipped a cotton swab into the blended powder, rubbed the excess off on the back of my hand, and then went to work blushing the skin, blowing off any excess powder from the doll as needed.  I used a very light touch; I might need to go back and apply more later, but that's better than putting on too much of it and not being able to get it back off.  The flash makes it look a bit more washed out than it really is, but hopefully you'll see it better in one of the other photos.  Once I was satisfied with the blushing, it was time to seal the painted areas.  I used gloss sealer on the eyes and lips and matte sealer lightly in the eyebrow and eyelid areas and over the lower lashes.  I also dabbed just a tad of the matte sealer in the nostril area.  I think I forgot the ear folds; I'll need to go back and seal that later, definitely before I style the hair!  I didn't use sealer over the blushing because my "matte" sealer isn't completely matte; I made that mistake on Helena's face and don't want to repeat it.  But I've heard there's a different type of sealer called Mr Super Clear that is better for that sort of thing, so I might order some online next pay period.

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Completed face-up (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188376799/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the finished face once sealer has been added.  You can see how the gloss sealer adds more shine to the eye and lip areas.

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Closer view of face-up (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7373609408/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here you can see the blushing a little bit better.

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Taking down the hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7373609024/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Once I was done with the faceup, I took her hair out of the ponytail holder that I'd used to keep it out of her face, so I could see how her new face looks framed with hair.  One side of the hair got crimped in the mailer package, but that should smooth out once I style it.  I want to experiment with hair curling, but that will need to wait until I can buy some drinking straws to cut up for the curlers. In the meantime, I've just braided that crimped section back to keep it from falling over her eyes.

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Who is she? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7373607774/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I can't think of anyone in the Deryni canon that she quite looks like to me (and I considered the question before I painted her), and given her body size, if she were a Deryni character, she'd need to either be an older teen or a very petite adult to fit in with the rest of my figures.  The only character I could think of in canon who would be that petite might be Meraude, but she looks a little too young to me to be Meraude, so I turned her into one of the characters of my non-Deryni novel-in-progress instead.  However, with this coloring she could also pass for one of the Arilan sisters.  In any case, this body size would also work fairly well, I'd think, for one of the teenaged Deryni in the Childe Morgan series, such as Alyce or Vera.  (Not with this coloring, though, obviously!)

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Borrowed clothing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188373621/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As you see, she can fit into a Barbie gown, but it fits her rather more loosely than it would fit a Barbie.  She also tried on Richenda's blue gown, but nearly fell out of the low-cut bodice since I didn't have a spare chemise for her to wear with it . 

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With the Deryni (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7188433563/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here you can see how she compares size-wise to some other figures.  She's about half a head shorter than Richenda and positively dainty compared to Alaric and Duncan.  She's a lot paler than them also, and this is actually the darker of the two Obitsu skintone choices, so I'm glad I didn't go with the lighter one!  She may even be a slight bit fairer-complexioned than Helena.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 15, 2012, 12:35:11 am
And one more comparison shot:

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Helena and Aderyn (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7373922268/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Helena stands next to Aderyn so we can compare skintones.  They are similar, although Aderyn's skin is slightly lighter, I think.  (It doesn't help that the flash is fully on her face and Helena's is in shadow, though.)  All in all, I'm glad I didn't get this body for Helena as I'd originally considered doing.  While it would have matched her facial skin closely enough, she'd have been significantly shorter than Richenda, and I'm not sure how the larger Barbie head would look on the petite Obitsu body.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 15, 2012, 08:52:42 am
Very nicely done.  Perhaps she could be Cass at the age she is in Visionaries?  Or maybe a junior lady-in-waiting?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 15, 2012, 09:13:02 am
That's a thought. I'd have to go back and make her eyes ice blue for her to be Cass, though actually it would be better if I started from scratch with a black haired head.  (And the same could be said for Aderyn, since she's supposed to have black hair as well.  I wavered between the two heads when shopping online, but in the online picture the dark brown looked only a shade lighter than the true black, and the true black looked a bit harsh against the skintone.  It might look better in other lighting, though, or in a different photo, or even just once color is applied to the face so it's not so pale against the backdrop of stark black hair.  When I rooted the male test head, I used a blend of very dark brown and soft black, and it came out even darker than this doll's hair.)  I'm drawing a blank when I try to think of petite brown-haired canonical characters, and as for my fanfic characters, the only one that comes to mind is Sophie, but I tried back-parting the hair to see if it could be styled in her characteristic double-braid style, and for that to look right, she'd need more matching hair rooted in to create a back part without bald gaps.  And at any rate, her face looks more Cass-like to me.

So sure, we can call her "Junior Lady-in-Waiting #1--Name Pending" or something, though it's a bit odd to have a lady-in-waiting to a Queen I've not got around to making yet.   :D  Unless she's one of Duchess Richenda's ladies, maybe?  Or perhaps a maidservant?  I could make her a little maid outfit.  Or how about a tavern wench?  Who's serving up ale and stew at the Gold Lion these days?   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 16, 2012, 07:33:32 pm
Three of my four cats lived to over ten years (the other escaped and got run over at age 6 :(  )  and two of them lived to 17.   So family pet Tiger, who sleeps on Briony's bed and likes to sit on tables to 'help' Alaric and Richenda with administrative matters, is very much alive and active.  :D

I know that such ages are possible now (after all, Zane the Insane is about 14), but I wasn't sure about midaeval times when even *human*, much less veterenary, medicine was in such a primative state; HUMANS then didn't live much past 40, so one could expect animals to have a similarly truncated lifespan.

Of course, as much snuggle time as Tiger gets with Briony, who inherited her father's Healing Gift, probably any little bruises or strains or tummy upsets would be unconsciously Healed every night.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 17, 2012, 12:55:29 am
Humans, then as now, had the potential to live just as long as they do today--and fairly often did, barring accidents and untreatable illnesses.  It's just that there were a lot more opportunities for the former and a great many more of the latter to reduce the average lifespan.  That word "average" is important--even today, the most vulnerable people in a population are the 0-5 year old bracket and the elderly, so even now those age ranges are at greater risk, and they were even more so before modern medicine.  Two reasons why the average age of death was skewed earlier in the Middle Ages were that they had a much higher death rate among infants and children of preschool age than we do today, and also women had a higher (1 in 5, I've heard quoted) chance of death with every childbirth.  That didn't mean, however, that if you were 40+ in the Middle Ages, your days were automatically numbered, any more than it's true that people automatically die around age 70 nowadays, or whatever the modern average is.  Sure, some die in their 70s or even younger, but I think most of us have known many people who live well past the average.  There are many, many documented examples of medieval and even ancient (pre-Christian era) individuals living into their 50s, 60s, and sometimes even up into the 70s-90s.  Eleanor of Aquitaine is just one example; she lived into her early 80s. If you survived those first five years of childhood, chances were fairly good that you were a strong and healthy enough person to make it to adulthood, and if you survived the occupational (and in the case of women, childbearing) hazards of young and middle adulthood, then as long as you had a healthy immune system and you had the good fortune to avoid severe illnesses, you could easily live to see your grandchildren.  And, as I mentioned before, in some cases even great-grandchildren. 

So when it comes to cats, I'd think matters would be pretty much the same.  If you had a cat that survived the ordinary hazards of cat life, and he was a healthy cat with no serious problems (malignant tumors, major diseases and the like), he'd probably be just as likely to survive to a ripe old cat age before encountering some final illness that ended up taking his life, not necessarily because they didn't have modern veterinary medicine yet, but simply because elderly cats--like elderly people--are simply more vulnerable.  And even in the modern age, medicine--for all of its advancements--sometimes just isn't enough to save the weakest members of the population, which is why epidemics such as the swine flu still wreak the most havoc among the very young and the very old.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 17, 2012, 02:36:24 am
Today, I experimented with curling doll hair.  But first, let's see some "before" shots:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/7384369376_a2bbe17406.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384369376/)
Aderyn trying on Barbie clothes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384369376/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Aderyn shows she is able to wear Barbie clothes, despite being a little bustier than a Barbie and having a more slender waist.  I have the front part of her hair pulled back and braided to keep it out of her face, and it's currently stick straight.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7384366012_a9848ee0f8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384366012/)
Natural sunlight (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384366012/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

A closer view of her face in natural sunlight.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/7384362980_37835f2a31.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384362980/)
Papered and Curled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384362980/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Using squares of tissue paper (the sort used in wrapping fragile items or gift wrapping, not the facial tissue or toilet paper kind), I gently wrapped the ends of each section of hair and then curled it, using curlers made from sections of plastic drinking straws.  The curled hair is secured with bobby pins stuck into both ends of the curlers.  I am hoping this will result in spiral curls.

Next, I heated water to a low boil in one Pyrex measuring cup and put ice and cold water in a second measuring cup.  As soon as the heated water started to bubble, I pulled the Pyrex cup out of the microwave, waited a few seconds, and then dipped Aderyn's head in the hot water for about ten to fifteen seconds, then took it out and immediately plunged it into the ice bath to cool and set the curl.  (Before the hair styling, I took the dress off, since I wasn't sure how well it would deal with the hot water if it got dripped on or accidentally dunked.)   I wasn't certain that the curl "took" the first time, so after a few seconds, I repeated this process.  After the second ice water dunk, I blotted her hair with a white paper towel to remove the excess moisture from it so it wouldn't drip and set her aside for a while to dry.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to take photos of this part of the process, since I needed both hands for it.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7090/7384361256_635273d7aa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384361256/)
Curled hair drying (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384361256/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Aderyn hopes her hair will dry soon so she can get dressed again!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7091/7384359592_bf7f557b2c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384359592/)
Rear view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384359592/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The back of her head.  Helena is probably glad I settled for making her hair wavy rather than curling it.  Little does she know that I've saved these curlers...muahahaha!   ;)  :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8144/7384511958_b204d8853b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384511958/)
Newly curled hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384511958/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

After an hour or so, it was still damp at the papered ends, but less so at the top, so I gently blow dried it with the blow dryer set to Low and held a few inches away.  Once the top seemed fully dry and the curls only slightly damp, I went ahead and unwound the curlers carefully, releasing the damp spiral curls so they can finish air drying overnight, and removing the soggy tissue paper from the ends of her hair.  I may go back through it with a hair pick or a comb once it's fully dry, but I'll try it on a test curl first to make sure I don't risk making it frizzy.  If it seems likely to frizz, I can just leave it in these ringlets and finger style it instead. 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7384511220_80a7f685ff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384511220/)
Rear view of curled hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384511220/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's the view from behind.

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Sides pinned back (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384510266/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I left a bobby pin on each side of the face to pull the front sections back, in hopes that once the hair is fully dry, it will tend to remain slightly swept back rather than falling forward into her face.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5072/7384508908_e4d8a725e8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384508908/)
Pretty ringlets (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7384508908/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I was worried that this first attempt at boil curling and styling might end up looking like a disastrous perm, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.





Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 17, 2012, 02:46:55 pm
Very nice results, but the first picture of Aderyn in the curlers looks like a new form of Medieval torture!

On the other hand, there are probably those who would say the same for modern perm/colouring techniques.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 18, 2012, 11:56:54 pm
You should have seen my son's face when he casually asked me what I was doing that evening, just as I'd set the last curler in place, and I told him, "Oh, not much; just about to go boil a doll's head...."   ;)  ;D

OK, tonight's update:

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Aderyn gets period clothing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7399223564/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This was going to be an undergown for Richenda and/or Helena, but once it was finished, it ended up being just a smidge too small.  The bodice fits the larger dolls--barely!--but the sleeves are about a half inch too short.  Originally I had planned for them to be able to wear it over a chemise, but it's way too snug for another layer underneath.  The sleeve and skirt lengths ended up being just right for Aderyn (who also comes from a fantasy-medieval world), so she gets to keep it and I'll eventually make a slightly bigger one for my Deryni ladies.  I still have a lot of this fabric left over, so I might find other uses for it as well.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7072/7399211468_9a45f0648f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7399211468/)
Rear view of new gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7399211468/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Her hair covers up the back lacing.  The gown is slit down the back to about hip level in order to allow the fitted bodice to slip over the doll's body and for her arms to be able to get into the sleeve openings.  I then used a long thread with needles at each end to lace the gown closed.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7398988004_80cfd759f4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7398988004/)
Closer view of fitted bodice (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7398988004/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a closer look at the fitted bodice.  KK says that this doll could also pass as Princess Silke.  If so, I'd have to assume this outfit would be one she'd have worn in her younger years before becoming a nun.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/7398754926_9a0a43e8f1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7398754926/)
With Richenda's old overdress (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7398754926/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's the undergown paired with Richenda's original Court gown.  The sleeves are a bit long even on Richenda; on Aderyn, they have to be folded into cuffed sleeves.  And that low-cut neckline definitely demands the undergown!  I've got quite a bit of this blue fabric left over, though, so I'm thinking of making another overgown, this time only about knee length so that the pretty undergown fabric will show below it.  The fitted undergown style would also work well with a sideless surcoat like the beaded green one that Richenda currently wears.

This outfit could use a little more ornamentation.  I'm thinking pearls, perhaps, or maybe gold scrollwork on those cuffs, if I can manage that without fraying that fragile fabric.

That's it for now!


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 19, 2012, 12:11:03 am
"Every time Lady Lowbodice swoons
Her boobies pop out like baloons.
But her butler stands by,
With a gleam in his eye,
And slips them back in with warm spoons."

I don't now why these pictures made me think of this, but they did.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 19, 2012, 09:06:24 am
LOL!  No, see, that's why she's wearing the undergown, so that her leering lackey will stop spooning up her two scoops of vanilla every time she bends over!   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 20, 2012, 07:39:07 pm
Another photoshoot with my "littles" this evening:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7411086224_79f1693524.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7411086224/)
Ducal Dinner (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7411086224/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duchess Richenda smiles approvingly at the head server and asks him to pass her compliments on to the chef as Duke Alaric and Bishop Duncan prepare to partake of their evening repast of wine braised "coney" served with vegetables in a basil butter sauce and broth-steeped grains, served on trencher bread.  Though if rabbits (or chickens, for that matter) get this big in Gwynedd, I would hate to see their cattle!

(Yes, I have plates and bowls to match the goblets and spoons, but as they are painted plastic rather than actual pewter, I was afraid the sauces might ruin the finish, so I decided to use some crackers for bread trenchers instead.  The small "platter" was too big to fit on my tiny table, so it ended up requiring its own stand.  The diners are using knives and spoons but no forks; I don't happen to have any small forks, but in any case they wouldn't have been in use as eating utensils during the early 1100s in medieval England, so I am assuming unless the novels note otherwise that the same would be true for medieval Gwynedd.)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7260/7411063680_10f26f915d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7411063680/)
A guest arrives late for dinner (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7411063680/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The most important part of staging this scene was making sure that it didn't get interrupted by hungry kittehs!  I made the mistake of filling Luke's and Gigi's food plate before I got the food on the mini-platter, so by the time I got the food out to the table, snapped a few shots, realized that Duncan had dropped his goblet and that the food really needed to be on the trenchers as well, rearranged things to my satisfaction, and then took another photo or two, the cats were done with their supper.  Luke, sensing that he was getting left out of all the fun again, immediately dropped in to find out what was going on with "his little people."

For the recipe to the "wine-braised coney" l and why I chose to try recreating it, click here:
http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php?topic=896.0 (http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php?topic=896.0)

And I will attest to it being even tastier the day after it's cooked!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Alkari on June 20, 2012, 09:56:47 pm
Silke looks very Haldane!   Must send you the pearl trim I found - I put it in a 'safe place' a few weeks ago and have only just rediscovered it :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 25, 2012, 10:43:17 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7132/7440384944_17204ed0fb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7440384944/)
Uploading glitch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7440384944/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

My next fanfic will be a study in Multiple Personality Disorder, titled "The Three Faces of Araxie."  OK, just kidding; this was just a weird uploading glitch!   :D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7277/7439902772_ed6bf341d2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7439902772/)
Three Araxie Contenders (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7439902772/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I discovered while going through my doll parts collection that I now have three blonde heads and a spare jointed body to work with, so there could be an Araxie figure in the near future.  But which head should I choose for her?  I've tended to picture Araxie with pale blonde hair like that on the left-side head.  The downside of using that head would be that she's wearing too much eye makeup, so I'd pretty much have to swab her eyes off and start from scratch with them.  (Lips can be painted paler with little problem, but eyelids would be difficult to paint something closer to natural fleshtone and shadows without ending up painting over the rest of the eye.)  Somewhere under all that eye paint and bright lipstick is a very pretty face sculpt, though, if I have the painting skill to bring that out after a complete facial erasure with acetone.  On the other hand, I have a skein of pale blonde hair, so I could possibly end up rerooting one of the other two heads instead if one of those would make a better Araxie.  The downside to that option is, since I'm still an amateur at re-rooting, I risk ruining the head if I accidentally split the vinyl at the hairline again like I did with the Kelson test head.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/7440431670_fccb18bff0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7440431670/)
Closer views of the Araxie &quot;possibles&quot; (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7440431670/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The center face has a nice, fresh face with only a little makeup and a charming little dimple on one cheek.  Her lips would need a touch-up, but I'd have to do that in any case, no matter which head I choose.  Her hair is only slightly less golden-blonde than the head's on the left, but it was originally styled in such a way that it only looks good if pulled straight back in a ponytail, and it's too thick and short to look good in a braid.  (Actually, the same can be said for all of their hairstyles; if I don't end up rerooting, I might just have to figure out some way to pull it back and hold it in a snood or caul.)  

The head on the right is the one with the color-damaged hair from my attempt to turn it red with a Sharpie.  I shampooed most of the marker ink out and used some Clearasil on her hair and a little brown spot under her eyebrow, and also on her forehead where the marker ink had stained.  The Clearasil removed all the marker stains from her skin, but the ends of the hair remain stained, and I can't see any way to remove the tiny brown spot under her eyebrow without risk to her eyes (assuming acetone would remove it), so it might need to be left as a "beauty mark."   She also has tanner skin than the other two heads, and I don't think Araxie would have much if any suntanning, given that young ladies of her day tried to keep their faces as fair-skinned as possible rather than seeking out the sun.

And of course, in all cases, she'd need her eyes repainted gray.  But that's an easier feature to fix.

So, any thoughts from those of you following this thread on which of my "beauty contestants" would make the best Queen Araxie?  Because if I don't get any feedback from y'all, I'm just going to arrange them all on my bed and drop naked Kelson on top of them to see which one he ends up landing on.  ;)  (OK, maybe not, though that would be easier than finding a three-sided coin to flip!  ;D )
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: DesertRose on June 25, 2012, 12:09:57 pm
I like the left head for Araxie, even though you'll have to repaint the eyes.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 25, 2012, 02:08:42 pm
I have to agree with DesertRose - the left one is the best.  I like the one in the middle, but it looks smaller than the others.  Maybe she could be a young Briony, especially with the cute dimple.

But if that is the case, please remove her before Kelson "drops in."   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 25, 2012, 02:19:37 pm
Desert Rose is right.  But I still think of the French Revolution every time I see those body-less heads.  ("And the knitting women count. . . one.")
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 25, 2012, 02:25:02 pm
I have to agree with DesertRose - the left one is the best.  I like the one in the middle, but it looks smaller than the others. 

Yes, I noticed that as well.  I think the overall head size is at least roughly the same as the others, but she has a smaller face due to the hairline starting lower on the head and the facial features arranged lower on the head in order to compensate.  Because the resulting face is smaller than the others, she does look more like a teen than a full grown adult.  Granted, Araxie is only 19 or thereabouts when we first meet her, but that's close enough to a fully mature adult that she should have a mostly-adult face by that age.

Quote
Maybe she could be a young Briony, especially with the cute dimple.

But if that is the case, please remove her before Kelson "drops in."   ;D

LOL!  Um, yeah.  I suspect if that were the case and Kelson were to "drop in" on Alaric's young and nubile "baby darling"--especially if quite literally on her, and while in a state of deshabille--Alaric might be tempted to have a few curt words with the young man, possibly even punctuated by sword point.  Even if Kelson is the King.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 25, 2012, 02:27:13 pm
Desert Rose is right.  But I still think of the French Revolution every time I see those body-less heads.  ("And the knitting women count. . . one.")

Should I make a Mme. Defarge action figure? ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 25, 2012, 02:47:58 pm
I forgot to mention one other thing about the left-side head, though it might be a "feature" rather than a "bug."  Those earrings she is wearing appear to be non-removable unless I break off the backs of the earring (which are inside her head) before reattaching her head to a body.  The good thing about them, though, is that they are fully plastic, which means the head won't eventually get a bad case of "green ear" like the Barbies of previous decades that came with earrings that had cheap metal posts.  If I do remove the earrings, she'll retain pierced ears, though again, that's not necessarily bad since that just means Araxie could wear different sets of earrings, and I could easily make her some that are a bit less dangly and/or based on actual medieval styles.  Or these could be left as-is (they're not shriekingly modern, aside from being plastic, though at least they're painted to look silver), or even set with "Haldane rubies."  I think the design would lend itself to that, anyway, but I'd need to double-check.  And I also have gold paint, if they'd look better in gold rather than silver along with the rubies.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 26, 2012, 12:12:57 am
Tonight I stripped the factory paint off the head that got the most votes and started work on Araxie's new face.  This was the most terrifying doll project I've done to date, I think!  But hopefully you'll like the end result, even though I was starting to get worried for a while earlier this evening.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/7444927038_b0b4379451.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7444927038/)
Starting almost from scratch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7444927038/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I liked the shape of the original eyebrows and didn't want to have to redo those from scratch, so I carefully swabbed away everything else with acetone, getting up to the edge of the eyebrows with a toothpick wrapped in a tiny bit of cotton and barely damp with acetone.  After I got the rest of the paint off, I rinsed her face with detergent and water to neutralize the acetone.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7276/7444925614_7fa8ab7aa0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7444925614/)
A clean slate (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7444925614/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I did the same with a test head.  She's very pale because she used to be Queen Amidala.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7255/7445355450_293b1ed0d9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445355450/)
Adding warm undertones and lip color (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445355450/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I used the brick red watercolor pencil and a damp brush to add color to lips first, beginning with the test head and then, once I was content with the results, trying again on the Araxie head.  Once the lip color was sketched in, I dipped the brush in water to thin the watercolor paint on it and applied a thin wash of the same color to outline the eye area.   I also used a thinner wash to create subtle eyelid shading on Araxie, and dotted just inside each nostril to darken them.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8016/7445352512_37ccef2dc7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445352512/)
Beginning to add eye details (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445352512/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Next, I added just a hint of gray to some white acrylic paint to give it a more natural "eyeball white" tint, and filled in the eye outlines with that.  Once that white layer dried (a few minutes later), I began to rough in Araxie's irises with "Payne Gray" acrylic paint mixed with white to make a medium shade.  Payne Gray is actually rather bluish when lightened, so if Araxie's eyes look blue in this shot, that's why.  At this point, I'm beginning to wonder if I've made a horrible mistake.  I left the other head's eyes unpainted except for the whites because I plan to make her irises another color, and didn't want to have to go back and forth between two sets of eyes, given how quickly acrylic paint dries out on the palette.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/7445351212_f884059271.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445351212/)
Starting to look face-like (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445351212/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Adding some extra shades and highlights of gray to the eyes, not to mention pupils, helps to define them more.  I added some of the brick red watercolor to the inner corners and defined the eye shape a little more, then used brown acrylic to line them and create eyelashes.  This is where I began to panic a bit because it turns out I pretty much suck at drawing eyelashes.  Fortunately a bit of blending and defining with a wet toothpick and going back over the area with a barely damp brush helped a bit.  I also used the brush to add a few extra strokes to the eyebrows to add some definition and detail.  The lips got a further application of red watercolor to further define them and blend out the initial patchiness.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/7445349958_7dc3fe9b42.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445349958/)
After futzing around with it a little more.... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445349958/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

After futzing around with it a little more....

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7122/7445347482_a2f2cf759e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445347482/)
Final paint details (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445347482/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Once I added a tiny bit of yellow ochre to the iris just around the edge of the pupils and added the white highlights to her eyes, I liked them a bit more.  I also added some white lines to the lips to add definition, and after this had a minute or so to dry, I went back over the white with more of the brick red watercolor to blend the color.  Once the final painted details were done, it was time to blush the face.  I ground a mixture of pink and peach pastel and mixed them to create blush, which I dabbed a cotton swab into, tapping the excess powder off onto the back of my hand before swabbing her cheeks, chin, hairline, and her nose with it to add color and definition.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/7445346210_092373dbb6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445346210/)
Fully blushed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445346210/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

In addition to the pink blush, I also used a very light golden brown pastel very sparingly around nose (especially the nostril area), earlobes, and I think the jaw and hairline.  I picked up a bit of the brown on a damp brush and used that to further accentuate the shadows in the nostrils and the folds of the ears, dabbing away any excess color.  The blushing is slightly visible in this picture.  It's more noticeable under my lighted magnifying visor, and would also be more apparent in sunlight, but I took care to stop before it looked too pink in room lighting for fear of making her look sunburned in natural light.  This is the final unsealed face-up.  It's so different from her original factory paint job that I think I'll let her dry overnight and have a look at her again tomorrow night to be sure I like the end result before I add sealer to make it all permanent.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7140/7445344248_fb2c46047b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445344248/)
Helena inspects the results (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7445344248/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The Schola magistra takes a close look at the newly created Queen Araxie face.  She can hardly wait for the Queen to get a good coat of sealer.  Gloss sealer will go into eyes and maybe the lip area, and matte sealer will protect the eyelid and undereye area.   Once that's dry, she'll be given a nice jointed body to replace that uncomfortable hardwood stick, and then I'll see what we can do to give her a nice hairstyle.  I won't be able to give her the canonical braids, given the relative shortness and thickness of her hair, but I'm sure I'll figure out something appropriately regal for her.

And just to show the contrast between "Before" and "After," here's a reminder of how she looked before her makeover:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/7440431670_fccb18bff0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7440431670/)
Closer views of the Araxie &quot;possibles&quot; (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7440431670/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 26, 2012, 02:15:16 pm
Nicely done.  Though the heads look very disturbing without their eyes.

I like the photo of Araxie and Helena together; Araxie is already looking regal, while Helena has a cute, sweet look.  The photo also shows Helena's faint freckles nicely.

I suspect someone else may be looking forward to Araxie getting that nice, jointed body, but t'would not be seemly to mention it. *snickers*
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 26, 2012, 02:22:37 pm
Well, it's likely she'll be getting that nice, flexible body before she gets a queenly wardrobe to wear with it, so in the meantime Kelson will just have to figure out some innovative way of keeping her...um...more or less covered....  ;)   ;D

Though speaking of a queenly wardrobe, my copy of KKB has gone walkabout, and I can't remember any particular descriptions of anything that Araxie is wearing in any of her scenes, so if anyone happens upon such descriptions, could you drop me a line?  Otherwise, I'll just come up with something "generically royal" in the Haldane colors.  Also, I remember the rings that Kelson didn't her at their betrothal, but not the description of the one he actually ended up choosing, so that might help as well.    :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 26, 2012, 04:24:04 pm
Desert Rose is right.  But I still think of the French Revolution every time I see those body-less heads.  ("And the knitting women count. . . one.")

Should I make a Mme. Defarge action figure? ;)

Eeeek! 

Does anyone remember the show "Emerald Point NAS", that was on about a season back in the 1980s?  It was intended to me one of the 'prime time soaps', like DALLAS and DYNASTY, but with a military setting.  In one episode a Navy officer was a suspect in a murder in town; the Admiral commanding the NAS insisted that the officer be tried by court martial, while the local prosecutor was trying to get him turned over the civilian justice, and wias implying that a military trial would be a show--while the Admiral apparently felt that a civilian trial would be a witch hunt.  The Admiral insured that it would be a real trial, and that if he was found guilty he would be executed, "And if you really want to, you can sit under the scaffold and knit!"


I suspect that part of the reason it never caught on was that most of the literary allusions in the scripts went right over most of the audience's heads.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 26, 2012, 11:16:23 pm
LOL @ the Admiral's quip!   That's a shame about the show not catching on, but yes, literary humor does tend to depend heavily on an audience of avid, well-rounded readers, which modern generations are unfortunately less likely to be.   :(

Tonight's update is quite brief.  Araxie got her facial paint sealed, and while the sealer dried, I got her new body ready for her.  So tonight, Gwynedd has a whole Queen Araxie, much to Kelson's great joy!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7452387178_9a09240c58.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7452387178/)
Kelson and Araxie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7452387178/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As soon as Araxie got her new body, Kelson secured some borrowed clothing for his new bride to wear until she can get her own.  The backdrop for this portrait is some geometric print fabric that will probably end up being used for a gown, with the solid color strip at the bottom being used to make the matching trim.  (Why yes, that's a pillowcase I found on clearance for less than a yard of each fabric would have cost at a fabric store; why do you ask?)


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on June 27, 2012, 02:53:22 am
Well, it's likely she'll be getting that nice, flexible body before she gets a queenly wardrobe to wear with it, so in the meantime Kelson will just have to figure out some innovative way of keeping her...um...more or less covered....  ;)   ;D

Though speaking of a queenly wardrobe, my copy of KKB has gone walkabout, and I can't remember any particular descriptions of anything that Araxie is wearing in any of her scenes, so if anyone happens upon such descriptions, could you drop me a line?  Otherwise, I'll just come up with something "generically royal" in the Haldane colors.  Also, I remember the rings that Kelson didn't her at their betrothal, but not the description of the one he actually ended up choosing, so that might help as well.    :D

Considering her interest in dressing her characters, KK is alas, unspecific about Araxie's wardrobe. I do remember that A is wearing a green gown  on the evening of her betrothal to Kelson, although thre is not much detail about what shade it was or what sort of trimming it had. She was also wearing a green silk veil. But it was probably a fairly formal court gown, seeing that Uncle Letald was playing host to two Kingly neighbors.

I remember that A's wedding gown is pale yellow Forcinn silk, again, not many details about the cut, trim and accessories.

Why would Kelson worry all that much about her clothes?  he probably likes her best wearing nothing!  ;D

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on June 27, 2012, 03:00:34 am
I have to agree with DesertRose - the left one is the best.  I like the one in the middle, but it looks smaller than the others. 

Yes, I noticed that as well.  I think the overall head size is at least roughly the same as the others, but she has a smaller face due to the hairline starting lower on the head and the facial features arranged lower on the head in order to compensate.  Because the resulting face is smaller than the others, she does look more like a teen than a full grown adult.  Granted, Araxie is only 19 or thereabouts when we first meet her, but that's close enough to a fully mature adult that she should have a mostly-adult face by that age.

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Maybe she could be a young Briony, especially with the cute dimple.

But if that is the case, please remove her before Kelson "drops in."   ;D

LOL!  Um, yeah.  I suspect if that were the case and Kelson were to "drop in" on Alaric's young and nubile "baby darling"--especially if quite literally on her, and while in a state of deshabille--Alaric might be tempted to have a few curt words with the young man, possibly even punctuated by sword point.  Even if Kelson is the King.   ;D

Kelson is probably the ONLY man in Gwynedd who wouldn't end up as a Shish-ke-bab if Alaric discovered him  in that situation! Bu the embarrassment factor would be enormous all the way around. 

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 27, 2012, 09:32:53 am

Considering her interest in dressing her characters, KK is alas, unspecific about Araxie's wardrobe. I do remember that A is wearing a green gown  on the evening of her betrothal to Kelson, although thre is not much detail about what shade it was or what sort of trimming it had. She was also wearing a green silk veil. But it was probably a fairly formal court gown, seeing that Uncle Letald was playing host to two Kingly neighbors.

Well, green fabric I've got (the same sort I used for Richenda's embroidered and beaded surcoat), so that's easy enough.  No green silk, but I'll see if I can find some in the remnants bin next time I'm at Hancock's or Joann's.  I do have some silk brocade in an aqua color that might look good paired with an emerald green as an undergown/overgown combo (I'm thinking of something in Romanesque style), though I'll have to look at them together to be sure.

(http://www.patternsoftime.com/prodimages/patterns/LaFleur/LF1001.jpg)
Something along these lines, with a paler green for the undergown and a darker green for the overgown, with either spiffy trim or embroidery at cuffs and overgown hem.

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I remember that A's wedding gown is pale yellow Forcinn silk, again, not many details about the cut, trim and accessories.

I have ivory silk but no yellow of any shade.  I'll keep an eye open for some.

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Why would Kelson worry all that much about her clothes?  he probably likes her best wearing nothing!  ;D

Oh, I'm sure he does, but since they're currently sharing accommodations with two Bishop, two Dukes, a Duchess, a Schola magistra, a rather randy black sheep of the Arilan family, and a young lady visiting either from a different generation or another universe altogether, he might want Araxie clothed in their presences!   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 27, 2012, 11:27:29 am
This is the description of Araxie's betrothal ring:  "a limpid sapphire, water-pale, polished en cabochon like the moonstones on either side."  There is no desciption of her wedding ring at all.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 27, 2012, 11:29:35 am
She may or may not have had a separate wedding ring, as sometimes the same ring was used for both.  But that ring description is helpful.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on July 02, 2012, 09:46:03 pm
The blue robe with the gold braid suggest to me a StarFleet science officer.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on July 03, 2012, 10:39:40 am
The blue robe with the gold braid suggest to me a StarFleet science officer.


So maybe Vulcan is where Deryni originated?  A ship crashed in the northern wastes in early AD?  They intermarried, lost their pointed ears and their physical strength and had to compensate by improving metal skills.  And of course the Vulcan pinch doesnt work over armor.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on July 03, 2012, 10:45:52 am
Tell me Kelson doesn't have to wait for pon farr before he can get a royal heir....   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on July 04, 2012, 11:36:07 am
Perhaps a ST:TNG fanfic where they play a holodeck program based on KK's books?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on July 04, 2012, 05:27:57 pm
That's about the only way I can see a ST/Deryni crossover working.  Either that or an away team beaming down into Gwynedd, but I suspect even the Deryni would be startled enough by that to start shooting arrows first and only think of asking questions later.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on July 05, 2012, 07:45:10 am
That's about the only way I can see a ST/Deryni crossover working.  Either that or an away team beaming down into Gwynedd, but I suspect even the Deryni would be startled enough by that to start shooting arrows first and only think of asking questions later.   :D

I think they'd have enough sense to beam down into some out-of-the-way spot.

I once read a TNG fanfic in which they did a holodeck adventure based on THE WIZARD OF OZ.  Data was the Tin Woodman, Worf the Cowardly Lion, Riker the Scarecrow, Troi Dorothy, Spot Toto, Piccard the Wizard, Guinan Glinda, Crusher the Wicked Witch of the West, and Wesley the Chief of the Winged Monkeys.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on July 05, 2012, 09:21:57 am
That's about the only way I can see a ST/Deryni crossover working.  Either that or an away team beaming down into Gwynedd, but I suspect even the Deryni would be startled enough by that to start shooting arrows first and only think of asking questions later.   :D

I think they'd have enough sense to beam down into some out-of-the-way spot.

Um...you have seen Star Trek, yes?   Despite the presence of Vulcans on the show, there were numerous occasions in which logic did not seem to apply, or at times even wave from a distance.   ;)   (And this is coming from a Trek fan!  :D)

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I once read a TNG fanfic in which they did a holodeck adventure based on THE WIZARD OF OZ.  Data was the Tin Woodman, Worf the Cowardly Lion, Riker the Scarecrow, Troi Dorothy, Spot Toto, Piccard the Wizard, Guinan Glinda, Crusher the Wicked Witch of the West, and Wesley the Chief of the Winged Monkeys.

LOL!  Oddly enough, that casting isn't hard to imagine at all.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: DesertRose on July 05, 2012, 09:55:21 am
That's about the only way I can see a ST/Deryni crossover working.  Either that or an away team beaming down into Gwynedd, but I suspect even the Deryni would be startled enough by that to start shooting arrows first and only think of asking questions later.   :D

"Holy [bleep], there's no Portal there!  How did those people in those strange tight clothes get there?"  (/nocks arrow)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on July 06, 2012, 03:28:21 pm
"Holy [bleep], there's no Portal there!  How did those people in those strange tight clothes get there?"  (/nocks arrow)

And the way the women dressed would be enough to give them apoplexy!  TOS--showing all that leg; TNG--wearing TROUSERS!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on July 07, 2012, 01:28:04 am
"Holy [bleep], there's no Portal there!  How did those people in those strange tight clothes get there?"  (/nocks arrow)

And the way the women dressed would be enough to give them apoplexy!  TOS--showing all that leg; TNG--wearing TROUSERS!

Not really a problem. In both Star Trek series, they sometimes beamed down wearing the local styles in order to blend in. 
 
I did actually write a Dernyni/Star Trek Fanfic, which worked surprisingly well up to a point. Dhugal even went on a bender with Scotty and comes back to Kelson totally hung over.

D: I feel awful! They have incredible liquor up here!
K: What were you drinking?"
D: "I dunno--All I can tell is that it was green!

 I do sometimes wish I had a holodeck for the better visiting of Gwynedd! Talk about the RPG fun that could be had....
Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on July 08, 2012, 01:04:13 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7116/7525064904_031249aa1e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525064904/)
More rerooting practice (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525064904/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I figure I need more rerooting practice before I dare try to create Kelson's border braid or make a Dhugal head, so I decided to pluck this head bald tonight.  Her current hair is unsalvageable, so might as well take it all out and give her a second chance at life.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/7525066490_7a85f59b58.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525066490/)
Better view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525066490/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a view that shows her marker stained hair ends.  She also has a wide streak or two close to her crown that wasn't removed by the Clearasil treatment.  I figure she can only benefit from a full reroot, and if that ends up looking good, I can wipe her face clean and try a full repaint of that as well.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8144/7525063622_c0d7bc6ed2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525063622/)
Newly shorn and plucked (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525063622/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the bald head.  I used jewelry pliers this time to pull the hair plugs out, and that went better than the first time I tried this using tweezers.  I was also using some fingerless craft gloves that are supposed to help prevent cramping.  I didn't end up with achy hands this time, so they seem to have helped.

Oh, and notice the book I picked up at our local used bookstore today.  It's by Katherine something-or-other....   ;) :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8432/7525062572_4666d57f0c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525062572/)
Holes in the head (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525062572/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The head has two large holes on each side where I think a tiara used to be attached.  I'm hoping when the new hair is rooted, it will hide those. 

I will need to paint and seal the scalp area with a matching color to the hair I plan to root in it before I can begin that step of the project.  Otherwise any gaps in the hair will show up very clearly.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7253/7525061636_ba5576682c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525061636/)
Damaged part (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7525061636/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The side part is also one single row of holes with a few vinyl splits (or perhaps just extra large holes?) instead of two parallel rows.  Not sure why it was done that way, but I plan to style it differently this time, so hopefully that damaged row won't matter.

Also picked up a few other project-related bits and bobs at Hobby Lobby and Joann's Fabrics today, so hopefully I'll have more photos to upload soon.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on July 08, 2012, 04:06:46 pm
I guess you could say that that head is your own personal gargoyle head.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on July 08, 2012, 06:41:11 pm
Head on a stick is mildly disturbing (but a great focal point for meetings) but a plucked head on a book about gargoyles - and she's still smiling ... Oh my!

I hope it's not the root of all evil.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on July 08, 2012, 06:48:20 pm
No, that would be the love of money.  Which is why I'm doing my best to get rid of mine by buying doll stuff and craft supplies.   ;) :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 03, 2012, 05:38:14 pm
Reports of my death (or of this project's demise) have been greatly exaggerated....   ;)   I've just been taking a bit of a breather lately.

But getting back to business, today I purchased this handsome fellow (well, maybe not this exact one, but one like it) to convert into a nicer looking Dhugal MacArdry McLain:

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Nude-TIM-McGRAW-Barbie-Collector-Jointed-KEN-Doll-OOAK-FREE-SHIPPING-/00/s/NTgzWDQzNw==/$%28KGrHqNHJDcE8fTfy3%29NBPLMVSVigQ~~60_35.JPG)

I've also been reading up on a method of "dyeing" doll hair (actually, more like tinting with a very thin acrylic paint wash) that is supposed to be safer on the doll and less likely to ruin the vinyl skin if done properly.  So what I'm hoping to do, rather than pulling out all that hair and trying to reroot it, then forcing the resulting thick mass of hair into a Border braid, is just tint the figure's original hair to a nice "copper bronze" shade, and then only remove a row or two of the short hair at his nape and reroot in longer doll hair in a shade (or actually a blend of shades) that will hopefully closely match the newly-dyed hair on top of his head.  Any inexactness of color matching, I'm hoping to hide with the binding cords in the McLain colors that will be wound around the Border braid to secure it.

So to that end, after consulting off-forum with KK to find out exactly what color it is she had in mind when she described Dhugal's "copper bronze" hair, she said that the "Copper Auburn" or "Copper Penny" shades on this doll supply website probably come closest to what she has envisioned for his haircolor:

http://www.dollyhair.com/saranhair.htm (http://www.dollyhair.com/saranhair.htm)

Since I suspect that the reddish tinting that I am hoping to achieve over the new figure's original brown hair is going to end up having some brownish lowlights (shadows) peeking through the translucent paint tint, I ordered a blend of doll hair that is 50% Copper Auburn (the darker of the two shades KK selected, which will serve as my "midtone" color), 25% Copper Penny, which I'm hoping will look like natural sun-lightened highlights, and the remaining 25% in Russet Brown, to match the more shadowed tones I suspect will end up in the dyed hair.  Hopefully that blend will come very close to matching whatever shade the dyed hair on top ends up being, but if not, I can reserve the hair for a different doll project and order a better matching blend.  (Or try re-dyeing the hair, though I wouldn't want to add too much paint wash to it, no matter how thinned out, for fear of making it too stiff.  I'm not aiming for Punk Hairstyle Dhugal, after all!  :D )

Of course, I do plan on testing the paint-"dyeing" technique on a spare head first, but fortunately I've got Duncan's original head set aside and all ready for testing.  I'll see how well I do with shading that sandy hair a darker shade of medium brown, and if I get good results from that (and assuming the color stays where it's supposed to and none of the pigment rubs off on his face), I'll dare to try it again with my current Duncan's hair.  By then, I ought to have received the new figure and supplies needed to get a start on the replacement Dhugal.

In the series, Dhugal is depicted with a mustache but without the beard, so when I repaint his eyes amber, I may go ahead and swab the beard off with an acetone dampened cotton swab at the same time.  Though since KK is going to be at Dragon*Con this year, I'll probably leave it as-is until she has a chance to see what he looks like at that point and decide for herself whether to "shave" it or leave it on.  After all, he may well decide to try growing a beard by 1136.   :)  Unlike my other figure, this facial hair is only painted on, not molded into the facial sculpt as well, so it should wipe off much more easily, and it's easier to clean excess paint off a doll's face than paint facial hair on and have it look good, so that's why I shopped around until I found one with decent looking facial hair already painted on.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 05, 2012, 01:14:01 pm
Welcome back to you and the "littles"!   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 05, 2012, 03:10:00 pm
Thanks, Jerusha!   :)

Here's the results of today's experimentation:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7109/7719539908_de8a4ee708.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7719539908/)
Test Duncan makeover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7719539908/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Today I tested a new form of hair dyeing that is supposed to be safe for doll hair, and applied it to the original Duncan head (the middle one).  Unfortunately the lighting in this photo doesn't show the color difference in the newly dyed hair to best advantage; when looked at in person, it looks a shade or two darker than it does in this photo.  However, with this method it is possible to go back over the dyed hair with another layer of coloring and build up the color that way if the first attempt isn't dark enough.

To "dye" the hair, I created a thin mixture of brown acrylic paints and water, mixing it to an ink-like consistency.  I used a paintbrush to apply a light wash of color to the surface layer of hair, and then used a flea comb (though any comb with very closely spaced teeth will work) to comb the color into the hair so it would coat all sides of the individual strands.  Before I did this, I had wrapped the skin areas with plastic cling wrap to help keep paint off them.  I also used the comb itself as a "paintbrush", dipping it into the thin paint and running it through the hair until the overall color was a nice shade of brown.

After dyeing the hair just a little darker than I wanted it (because the dye dries lighter than it appears when it's wet), I blow-dried the hair at the hair-drier's lowest setting until it was completely dry, fluffing it up to dry the underlayers first, then smoothing it down while the warm air was still blowing on it so that it would be nicely styled once it was fully dry.    In this shot, Alaric's hair is actually just a tiny bit darker than the original golden blonde hair this head originally started out with, before my various attempts to color it.  The current Duncan's hair color is closer to how it looked before I dyed it this time, and as I mentioned before, the new hair color actually appears a shade or two darker than this when there isn't direct flash lighting on it.  And the hair is still nice and supple, without any of the stiffness I feared I might get when I first read of this method.  There were one or two paint spots on the skin when I finished despite my precautions, but they came right up with a wipe of non-acetone nail polish.  Overall, I think this experiment was a success, and if the brown needs to go even darker, I can just repeat it until I achieve a better shade of Duncan's "medium brown."

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7719528520_f3eb786a63.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7719528520/)
Tonsure (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7719528520/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Since I was going to be giving the test head a makeover anyway, I went ahead and tried plucking out the hair just at the top of the crown, around the original "cowlick."  It started out looking quite good, up until it was about 1/6 the size of a quarter.  I probably should have stopped there, but I kept on, thinking to make it about 1/6 the size of a silver dollar so that it would show up a little better.  Unfortunately, expanding the circumference just that tiny bit revealed a stubborn row of hair plugs that I just couldn't eliminate completely no matter how much I tried, so that's why there appears to be a darker row across the right side of the tonsure.  I hoped I could camouflage this and the holes in the vinyl with a few dabs of paint tinted to match his facial skin, so after I dyed his hair, I mixed a bit of "flesh" color from the tube with some of the brown ink wash just to dull it down to a shade that was a better match for his actual skintone, and I dabbed a bit of that color onto the exposed scalp.  I really didn't like the way that look, and despite my best efforts to avoid the hair roots around the bald spot, some of that hair got tinted anyway, so I used a napkin to dab up the excess paint and retouched Duncan's roots with the brown paint wash.  There might be some other way to cover up this area--perhaps molding a bit of flesh colored Sculpey to the right shape and gluing it in place once it is baked--but at the moment I'm still thinking it through.  I've noticed that the hair on the current Duncan head isn't rooted in exactly the same way--the central whorl of the hair isn't centered exactly at the crown of the head, but is a bit to one side--so I don't know if I could achieve the same results if I try this technique on that head.  He may end up needing to remain untonsured.  Either that, or I could end up swapping out heads again, though if I end up doing that, I'll have to figure out a way to match his eyebrow color first so I can reshape them, because the paint on the original head's eyebrows is partly worn off.  Maybe I can just try restyling the new Duncan's hair first to see if it's rooted in such a way that would allow for a nicely centered tonsure, or if it looks like I'd need to give up on the idea.  If I do tonsure him, I think I'll stick to a very small tonsure, even smaller than the one on the test head, to minimize the chances of running across an unsightly "scar" of hair plug holes aligned in a tight row.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on August 05, 2012, 04:14:57 pm
You might want to cover up some holes before putting on Duncan's hair to avoid having visible holes on his head.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 05, 2012, 05:46:58 pm
Not sure what you mean by "cover up some holes before putting on Duncan's hair."  This was the original hair rooted into the doll's head; all I did was pull out the hair at the top of the crown, not add any new hair to the head.  As for trying to cover up the resulting holes, that's what I'm still trying to figure out some way to do.  The flesh-colored paint didn't fill it in as I'd hoped, and the resulting painted area looked unattractive.  So unless I can figure out a better way to fill in the holes, I'm going to leave the replacement Duncan head well alone and not try to tonsure him.

Or did you mean before I put the dye on Duncan's hair?  If so, then it won't really make much difference whether I do that before or after pulling out the hair to make the tonsure.  Either way, there's no way to remove the hair from the head without leaving holes in the vinyl, and the non-acetone polish remover can remove any paint that might have seeped through to the scalp.  Although the holes do close up a bit if you can get all of the hair out of them.  The problem with the plugs that form that unsightly line to one side of the tonsure is that I couldn't get all of the hair out of them, so the vinyl can't shrink around the origiinal hole.  That's one of the hazards of plucking the hair out from the outside of the head, but unfortunately I wasn't able to pull it out from the inside (as I would normally do when removing hair from an entire head) because I couldn't direct the needlenose pliers to exactly the right hair plugs with exact precision and only pull out the strands within the circle of the tonsure.  Sometimes I'd grab and pull out hair I didn't mean to pull out, so it wasn't worth the risk of accidentally creating an even bigger bald area than needed.  TRY SOME NEEDLE HOLDERS WITH VERY NARROW JAWS!  KK
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on August 05, 2012, 06:31:15 pm
Nothing specific--but you'll find a way and it will turn out great.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 05, 2012, 11:02:30 pm
I decided to go ahead and dye the current Duncan head's hair tonight, since I had a little free time before and after supper.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/7722424456_ab4f5fc70e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7722424456/)
Freshly dyed wet hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7722424456/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a close up view of the hair right after it was dyed and is still wet.  It dries a little bit lighter than it appears when it is wet, so I had to decide what color I wanted the hair to turn out, and then work the dye into the hair until it turned a little darker than how I want it to look when dry.  I thought about going a shade darker so that it would end up this color when dry, but I figured I can always add more color later if it's needed, but stripping color evenly off the hair to lighten it would be much harder.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7277/7722426272_f3198a25f2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7722426272/)
Luke has to help (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7722426272/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As usual, Luke is not happy unless he's getting in the way.  I was sitting in a chair that's beyond the upper left corner of this photo, but when Luke got between me and the paint dish, I had to switch places because he refused to budge.  In this photo, Duncan had just had his second application of hair dye.  The first wash was thinner than what I used on the test head, so the color difference once that application dried was not all that much darker than the original sandy blond color--more of a sandy light brown--so after heat drying it, I added a little more paint to the wash and then applied a second coat of the dye, letting it sit in his hair while I had my supper and not blotting the excess moisture off the hair as I had the first time so that when I blow-dried it again, more of the brown pigment would hopefully remain on the hair rather than coming off on the paper towel I'd originally blotted the hair with before drying it.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8288/7722548334_52abdedf93.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7722548334/)
Color comparison (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7722548334/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I had to photo edit this picture a bit, because it had no flash and the figures were so shadowed you could barely see them before I cranked up the brightness significantly, but when I tried taking photos with flash on, the added light added a lot of redness to Duncan's newly dyed hair that isn't actually there when you are looking directly at it.  So this is a bit truer to the actual color it turned out, although due to the shadows, it might look a shade or two darker than it really is.  Still, I think it will serve well enough to show the degree of contrast there is now between Alaric's and Duncan's hair.  It's not just golden blond vs. sandy blond anymore.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7127/7722690198_9389bbae6b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7722690198/)
Unedited shot (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7722690198/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here's an unedited photo with the flash turned on.  This one isn't as deceptively red as my first attempt to photograph it, but it also makes faces and hair color both look a bit lighter than they are due to the high reflectivity.  Still, even with the light bouncing back, you can tell there's now a definite color difference between the two figures' hair colors.

After studying the crown of this Duncan's head closely, I've decided that any attempt to tonsure it would be a very bad idea due to how the hair is rooted, so I'll be leaving the back as-is.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 06, 2012, 12:30:13 pm
Nice colour for Duncan, Evie.   Though, I think he might be suggesting to Alaric that he'd like to borrow a tunic or shirt before the next photo op.   :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 06, 2012, 12:42:31 pm
Right now he's wearing a pair of faded blue jeans, although he's still shirtless.   :)  My daughter got a good laugh when she found him with his hands protectively cupped over his privates, and asked me to find him something suitable to cover up with.  I didn't want to risk pulling clothing over his hair yet until it's had more time to thoroughly dry, so he settled on trousers instead.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 06, 2012, 10:18:15 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7115/7730286482_40b0c399ba.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7730286482/)
Excuse me, what are you two up to? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7730286482/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

So this is what happens when I leave the mini-Deryni unsupervised for too long?  It's segregated doll carriers from here on out, you two!  If this is what my staunchly celibate Duncan's got up to, I shudder to think what Sextus has been doing in my absence....  ;D

All jokes aside, I am happy to report that Duncan's hair has dyed very nicely, and when I rubbed it with a white tissue, none of the pigment came off on the tissue, which means hopefully the heat-setting worked and I can pull white or light-colored clothing over his head without risk of staining it (or, for that matter, his forehead).  So that's a vast improvement over my attempt to color the original head's hair with the Sharpie marker.

Now I'd better get proper clothing on these two and stow them away in separate bins, lest Duncan have a confession to make tomorrow morning that's guaranteed to make poor Archbishop Cardiel's hair curl.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 07, 2012, 02:34:16 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8281/7734787572_ce7be5527d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7734787572/)
Replacement Dhugal (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7734787572/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Meet the young man who will be replacing my poor, mistreated Viking II figure as Dhugal.  He needs his hair color changed, and the beard may end up coming off (though I'll leave the mustache), and his eyes will need just a little bit of paint enhancement to give them the proper amber color, but all of those changes should be easily enough done, I think.  The hardest part is likely going to be tinting that brown hair to a lighter copper-bronze--the brown turns out to be a little darker than it appeared in the various photos of this figure that I saw online--but the new acrylic paint "dye" technique I've learned is supposed to work even on dark hair, although it might take two or three applications of it to get the right shade.  If anything, I'm more worried about mixing the paint colors to the right hue, though with a bit of trial and error I'm sure I'll be able to come up with a color that's at least close to the doll hair I've purchased for the braid.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8286/7734789012_2ca42304de.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7734789012/)
Ducal ring band? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7734789012/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

He came with a ring molded and painted on, but that's fine because I can just embellish it with a jewel and/or a bit of Friendly Plastic and turn it into a ducal signet ring or something. 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7125/7734813032_fa99457a3b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7734813032/)
Side view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7734813032/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The hair at the nape of his neck is longer than I thought it would be, but that might end up being a good thing.  If I pull the bottom row or two of hair from the back of his head in order to re-root it with longer hair, the longer layers above those rows will help to camouflage any mistakes I might make.  Or I might just create a row of holes below the current lowest row of hair plugs and add the longer hair to that, since the new row would be well concealed.  The one drawback is that his hair is fairly thick back there, and I don't know if I'll be able to incorporate the ends of the existing hair into the cord wrapping that will secure the double braid once I add the longer hair and braid it.  The finished effect might look more like he's got layered hair over a braid (since that's exactly what it would be) instead of long hair that's all pulled back and braided.  But I'll keep pondering ways that I might be able to camouflage that.


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 07, 2012, 10:04:37 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/7737141928_7d1c5c0f8d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737141928/)
Funny shaped horse (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737141928/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

See, New-Dhugal hasn't even had his makeover yet, and already he's stepping into the role!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8281/7737147476_f261187c21.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737147476/)
Dhugal, Kitteh Tamer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737147476/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Now if only Luke had a saddle and the proper tack....   :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 07, 2012, 11:45:51 pm
Last update of the evening:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/7737594442_311488ca7f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737594442/)
Slight highlighting (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737594442/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

In hopes of getting a slightly closer match to the "Kaptivating Brown" color that KK selected for Duncan from the color chart at http://www.dollyhair.com/kanekalonhair.htm (http://www.dollyhair.com/kanekalonhair.htm), and also creating a few highlights such as one might see in sun-streaked hair, I decided to try an experiment.  Starting with the test head, I picked selected sections of hair that I wanted to highlight and wiped them with a cotton pad dampened in non-acetone nail polish remover.  This ended up having mixed results. Instead of any immediately noticeable difference, the color of the hair appeared to remain unchanged, although when I inspected the pad, I could see that a little bit of brown (not nearly as much as I had expected) had been wiped off the hair strands.  I guess the heat setting was more effective than I had originally realized.

But since there was a little bit of brown coming up, I figured it wouldn't hurt to give the current Duncan head a bit of a wipe down as well, in hopes that I could make it marginally lighter overall.  So I started on that head as well.  

After a few minutes, I happened to glance over at the test head and noticed that there was a slight color difference to it after all.  Not the well defined highlights I had tried to achieve, but still, there was a slightly more golden shimmer to his hair than there had been originally, and some strands seemed to be a little lighter than others.  Could the polish remover have had some effect after all, despite the delayed reaction?  

After noticing that (and asking my daughter for her opinion to make sure I wasn't just imagining things), I went back to the current Duncan's hair and selected certain strands to go over a little more also.  Again, it took a little while for me to see a difference, but now his hair also seems to have a little bit more of a shimmer to it where it catches the light.

So here's the end result (or at least the "end result" as of the moment this photo was taken; I have no idea if the polish remover will continue to lighten the hair more as the dolls sit overnight, though I look forward to checking again in the morning).  I think I like how it turned out, even if it didn't end up quite as light or as noticeably sun-streaked as I originally imagined it turning out.  Again, though, the photography is deceptive.  I'm holding Duncan as I type this, and his actual hair is a little bit lighter than the hair in this photo looks on my screen, yet in another photo I took, the flash made it look much lighter than it is, so I'm uploading this one since it's the better match of the two to how he actually turned out.  To me, the actual shade looks somewhat closer to the "Cafe Latte Brown" at http://www.dollyhair.com/saranhair.htm (http://www.dollyhair.com/saranhair.htm), especially in the more shadowed part of that swatch.  Then again, I haven't had a chance to view it on broad daylight yet, and that's the best lighting for checking the true color.

OK, I'm off to bed!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Alkari on August 08, 2012, 06:16:48 pm
Love the Luke and Duncan pic!  :D

Warrior bishop rides giant war-cat into battle ... 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 08, 2012, 09:05:36 pm
Or Dhugal and the magnificent cheetah from tQfSC.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on August 08, 2012, 09:15:35 pm
If I am remembering correctly, the cheetah's name was Kisah.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 08, 2012, 09:50:36 pm
Yes, that was Dhugal posing with Luke (or will be once I'm done giving him a makeover), and I believe Kisah is the right name for the cheetah.  Though I think Luke looks a slight bit more tiger-like than cheetah-like, since he's got tabby stripes.   :D

And now for tonight's project:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7126/7743917236_d7e2c089c7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7743917236/)
Sextus makeover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7743917236/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Since the hair for Dhugal's braid hasn't come in yet, I decided to give Sextus a touch-up instead.  Sextus Arilan's original hair was a dark chocolate brown, but it's supposed to be black, so I combed a black paint wash through it.  After drying, there is still just a tiny bit of brown showing through to catch the light.  I also went back over his eyes, adding a tiny bit more blue to my blue-violet mix, since when I originally painted his irises, they ended up more of a true violet than a blue-violet.  But once I painted the main part of the iris with the modified color, the outer edges needed a tiny bit more definition, so I used a dark violet for that.  The resulting eye color is slightly lighter than Denis's blue-violet eyes, but only by a little bit.

And now it's his turn to lounge around in blue jeans while his hair color sets overnight.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 11, 2012, 07:43:21 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/7761999192_178be5e3c2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761999192/)
A Saturday outing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761999192/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Well, all of the mini-Deryni except for my royal couple and Bishop Arilan decided to accompany me out and about this afternoon.  I think Kelson and Araxie had other plans.  They have heirs to produce, you know. ;)  And Denis was probably busy in Dhassa.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8304/7761994636_35293fa90b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761994636/)
Richenda, Alaric, and proto-Dhugal (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761994636/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Dhugal's new border braid hair hasn't arrived yet, so I haven't dared to color his hair until I have the extra hair to match the color to.  But he still wanted to join in on the fun.

Richenda is wearing a new diamond bracelet I picked up today at Rue 21.  I think it's meant to be a toe ring, but I figured it might work for a bracelet.  Turns out it's actually just a tiny bit on the large size, but if she keeps her arm slightly bent or wears it as an arm band over a sleeve, it might still work as a bangle.  Or I could go buy a second one and turn them into jeweled trim on a very fancy gown's sleeve, as it's got a little bit of stretch to it.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7761993212_ce985ef4e6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761993212/)
Duncan, Helena, and Sextus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761993212/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here you can see Duncan's and Sextus's newly recolored hair to good advantage in natural sunlight.  The color in this photo is accurate, unlike the ones taken indoors at night using flash photography and/or lamp lighting.

I really need to hurry up and make Helena's grey Servants of Saint Camber robes.  For a woman who would normally wear that habit daily except on special occasions, she pretty much everything else but that.  If you look carefully, you'll see she's wearing an aquamarine bracelet very similar to Duchess Richenda's diamond one.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/7761991848_cc63eb820a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761991848/)
Richenda and Alaric (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761991848/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The Duchess and Duke of Corwyn spend a relaxing afternoon without the children.  Easily enough done, given that I haven't made their children....   :D  Alaric has a more natural sitting pose than Duncan and Sextus.  Something about the way the joints are designed on this slightly older model of Ken doll allows him to sit more upright when his legs are in a bent position.  Dhugal is also more poseable, like Alaric, but he's wearing a kilt, and I didn't want him to have a "wardrobe malfunction."  ;)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8287/7761990140_4d2471ded2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761990140/)
A father and son moment (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7761990140/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan spends some time getting better acquainted with his newfound son.

"What happened to your hair, son? I thought it was supposed to be copper-bronze."
"Yes, Father, but I think my Border braid has been lost in the post...."

:D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/7761988090_9f750a2179_z.jpg)

Helena and Sextus spend a few moments commiserating with each other on the perils and pitfalls of being the non-canonical duo in the collection.  


Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on August 12, 2012, 01:19:33 pm
Great group picture!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 12, 2012, 08:22:14 pm
A wonderful family outing.  But strangely, I don't see a flagon of fianna wine anywhere in site!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 12, 2012, 09:25:51 pm
Well, I do have a few goblets, but alas, no wine bottles just yet.  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 13, 2012, 01:13:27 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8447/7775283122_5b12471085.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7775283122/)
Medieval game board in progress (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7775283122/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I'm worried that the Mini-Deryni will get bored during the long road trip to Dragon*Con, so I am making them a traveling game set to pass the time.  Here is a board that can be used to play either Merelles or Fox and Geese.  I used a scrap of fabric from the KK Treasure Trove that was too small to be used for much else except for perhaps a tiny hat or a belt pouch.  Instead, I figured it was sturdy enough fabric to make a nice travel-suitable game board that could be rolled up and stashed away in a bag with the playing pieces when not in use.  The square pattern is only 3" x 3", making this the perfect size for my little people, although of course big people can use it just as well.  (At least I certainly hope they'll let me borrow it from time to time!)   I probably won't get too fancy with the embroidery on this, because after all, it's just meant to be a portable game board, not a room decoration.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 13, 2012, 01:59:57 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8428/7775579236_55f075eb91.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7775579236/)
More fun stuff (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7775579236/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Look what showed up in today's mail!  All right, so the instrument on the left is just a wee bit too modern for my mini-Deryni, but only by a few centuries.  But I'm sure Dhugal would have loads of fun with an electric guitar, and if we modern folks can enjoy groups like the Society for Creative Anachronism, then maybe my little people enjoy going forward in time on their weekends.  OK, that's a bit of a stretch, but I have to admit that the idea of Dhugal and Kelson rocking out makes me giggle a bit.

I actually bought the pair of ornaments for the guitar on the right.  It still doesn't exactly match up to the "gittern" that I had Dhugal and Duncan playing at the end of Visionaries, as from the pictures I've seen of gitterns, they seem to be more like smaller, flat-backed lutes, so a modern mandolin might be a closer equivalent.  Our modern characteristic "guitar-shape" didn't come along until the 1600s or thereabouts, if I remember correctly.  But still, if musical tech in the Kingdom of Gwynedd is as advanced as their other tech, then maybe it's not too much of a stretch to hope that Duncan could somehow get his hands on an early proto-guitar?

As for the gameboard-in-progress, despite what I said about not planning on making it too fancy, I'm beginning to think that maybe some sort of motif in the central square might pretty it up just a little bit.  Perhaps a golden fleur-de-lys?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 13, 2012, 07:49:58 pm
And now....It's Bishops on Tour!!!  :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8440/7777694556_9705949058.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7777694556/)
Music for the soul (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7777694556/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan tries out his new guitar.  Maybe he's playing a bit of "blue eyed soul"?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8435/7777725400_20e3e9f78d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7777725400/)
Arilan rocks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7777725400/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Denis discovers his inner rock star.  Who knew?   ;D

(And yes, I realized after uploading these shots that both bishops are playing "corrie-fisted," which must make it difficult to play those backwards guitars!  Ah well, I guess that just gives me a good excuse to play with them more until I get the poses correct.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 13, 2012, 08:21:59 pm
I truly love the articulation on these True Type bodies!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8286/7777964910_7402b10c07.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7777964910/)
Love the articulation (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7777964910/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I only wish that the jointed Barbies and Kens were this poseable and had separate fingers better suited for holding things.  Poor Duncan has to settle for simply holding a guitar instead of looking like he might actually play it.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 13, 2012, 09:30:09 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7125/7778363062_b678d724d9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7778363062/)
Almost done (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7778363062/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I'm done with the stitching for the merelles board.  There's just the finishing work to do, and then playing pieces to make.

I changed my mind after the fleur de lys motif after sketching an outline of one on the back side to see if I could work up a decent design.  It looked OK, but I wasn't sure how much the embroidery might end up warping the basic shape, and I decided I didn't want a design with a definite "up" and "down" side to it.  Duncan suggested the four-point star, to represent the compass directions and, by extension, the Archangels.  A nice little bit of hidden Deryni meaning in a deceptively simple motif.  And it serves as a nice focal point for the rest of the geometric pattern made up by the playing area.  So I went with that idea, and am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 13, 2012, 09:52:59 pm
Trust Bishop Duncan to send you in the right direction.  :D

Though as much as I like Bishop Arilan, he almost looks diabolical in his "guitar" pose.  I think I hear "Tubular Bells" in the background.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 13, 2012, 09:57:40 pm
ROFL!   I used to have "Tubular Bells" as my cell phone ringtone.  I forgot about its best known pop culture association until my phone rang in church one Sunday morning, and someone did a double-take and asked, "Am I hearing the theme music to The Exorcist?"   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 14, 2012, 03:57:26 am
Here is the finished game "board."

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8288/7781878188_cab955587e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7781878188/)
Finished portable merelles board (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7781878188/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I wish there had been a bigger margin all the way around, but otherwise I think it turned out all right.  At least it was a way to polish up my extremely rusty embroidery skills, since the last time I did any embroidery was nearly 20 years ago, I think.  Next time I'll either design the board a little bit smaller or else use a slightly larger bit of fabric.  Originally I was just going to turn under and hem the edges, but after doing the embroidery, I realized I needed to protect the back of the piece as well, plus the edges of the fabric were starting to fray a bit even though they had been cut with pinking shears.  So I decided to try lining the board instead, with somewhat mixed results because the fabric was fairly stiff and the margins around the outer edge of the game board pattern were so small.  The finished board should still work well enough for the purpose, though, as long as my game counters are small enough, and I've had a few ideas on how to make those, as well as some tiny Kingdom coinage as well, since now I've got Sextus after me to make a few gambling games like Gluckhaus, which you may remember Duncan, Helena, and John Nivard playing in Part One of Visionaries.  So that should be fun.  ;D  Maybe if I can ever get a table or two and some benches, I can set up a tavern scene.  "The Mini-Deryni Go Slumming At The Green Barrel."   Since Aderyn doesn't fit in with the main Deryni cast, she can play the serving wench.  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 14, 2012, 05:23:13 pm
/me sees the timestamp on that last message and does a double-take....


Just so y'all know, I was not up until nearly 4:00 am on a work night, stitching and posting dolly stuff.  While I'll admit to being mildly obsessed, I'm not that obsessed!   :D  Though it's good to see the Forum is updating the "Latest Post" info on the main page again, even if the time stamping has evidently gone wonky now.   I felt a surge of hope yesterday when I thought Annie had posted the latest chapter of Jon's story, only to find out it was just a Forum board glitch repeating month-old information.  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on August 15, 2012, 01:44:38 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/7737141928_7d1c5c0f8d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737141928/)
Funny shaped horse (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737141928/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

See, New-Dhugal hasn't even had his makeover yet, and already he's stepping into the role!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8281/7737147476_f261187c21.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737147476/)
Dhugal, Kitteh Tamer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7737147476/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Now if only Luke had a saddle and the proper tack....   :D



"Look Da! No hands!"

"Dhugal get down from there this instant and STOP showing off!"
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on August 15, 2012, 01:46:22 am
I truly love the articulation on these True Type bodies!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8286/7777964910_7402b10c07.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7777964910/)
Love the articulation (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7777964910/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I only wish that the jointed Barbies and Kens were this poseable and had separate fingers better suited for holding things.  Poor Duncan has to settle for simply holding a guitar instead of looking like he might actually play it.

This is too funny! So is Cardiel on Bass, drums or vocals, or do Duncan and Denis rehearse in complete secrecy?

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: AnnieUK on August 15, 2012, 08:46:54 am

   I felt a surge of hope yesterday when I thought Annie had posted the latest chapter of Jon's story, only to find out it was just a Forum board glitch repeating month-old information.  ;D


Well, I now have more notes and *lots* of arrows. :s  Like I say, I know what happens, I just can't seem to write it. Can I just give you a 2 line summary?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 15, 2012, 09:27:52 am

This is too funny! So is Cardiel on Bass, drums or vocals, or do Duncan and Denis rehearse in complete secrecy?

Melissa

Archbishop Cardiel is a percussionist, of course!  How else would he have managed to drum up so much support for the Deryni? 

*rimshot*

 :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 15, 2012, 09:29:36 am

   I felt a surge of hope yesterday when I thought Annie had posted the latest chapter of Jon's story, only to find out it was just a Forum board glitch repeating month-old information.  ;D


Well, I now have more notes and *lots* of arrows. :s  Like I say, I know what happens, I just can't seem to write it. Can I just give you a 2 line summary?

Um, yeah, sure, if you don't mind if from now on I just post the equivalent of back cover summary blurbs rather than entire fanfic stories.  ;-)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: AnnieUK on August 15, 2012, 09:40:00 am
That sounds like a deal to me! :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 15, 2012, 10:42:40 am
That sounds like a deal to me! :D

 :P
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 15, 2012, 12:12:27 pm
No deal!  We'll wait for the rest of the story - it's worth the wait.

Besides, the triplets will be so upset if I don't get to read them the rest of the story when they wake up from their extended nap.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 15, 2012, 01:27:25 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/7789775494_92ee1de3ec.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7789775494/)
Deryni medallions (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7789775494/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Today's lunchtime finds--a tiny framed icon of Saint Camber and a Chartres Labyrinth medallion like the one that inspired the labyrinth plaque that Duncan gave to John Nivard for his ordination anniversary in my fanfic "Visionaries, Part Two."

Well, OK, obviously I didn't just happen find a ready-made icon of Saint Camber!   :D  But I did manage to find a lovely frame pendant charm that was perfect for creating a tiny icon of Saint Camber.  The picture, if you don't recognize the source, comes from the cover of the Codex Derynianus.  In the original "stained glass window" artwork, the Camber figure is offering a golden crown to the Kelson figure in the archway on the left side of the picture.  After shrinking the artwork down and cropping it to fit the frame, part of the crown is now missing, leaving what looks like a golden glowing orb over Camber's extended hand.  So in the framed icon, it looks like Camber is holding handfire.  

While the picture within the frame looks blurry in this photo, that's just the scanner's focus.  It's actually not blurry in the miniaturized original.  The picture also shows the two pendants a bit larger than they actually are.  The actual frame pendant is only 1" by .8", and the labyrinth pendant is .9" across.  I am thinking of going back to the store and getting a second frame pendant so that I can use one on a "shiral" charm bracelet and use the other as a diorama prop if I ever get a chance to build a roombox of Duncan's study.  I have used a thin coat of glue to secure the picture into the frame, and once the glue is fully dry, I think I will touch up the halo and handfire with metallic gold paint to give those bits a gold-leafed look and then seal the picture with a thin layer of gloss sealer to protect it and give it more of an overall painted or enameled look.  (I'll test first on a different picture to make sure the sealer doesn't cause the inkjet printer ink to blur.)  The frame pendant also comes in a copper color to match the labyrinth, so I might pick up one in that color and see which one I like best as the shrine icon for Duncan's study, and then use the remaining one for the shiral charm bracelet.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 15, 2012, 02:39:29 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7790280228_37e81c2849.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7790280228/)
Darker background icon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7790280228/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Remembering that a lot of the medieval pictures of this sort had a darker blue background due to the use of ground lapis lazuli to make the pigment, I tried color-changing the background in Gimp to create this result.  I haven't decided yet if I prefer this version or the original lighter blue background.  What do you think?  (Keep in mind that this picture isn't glued into the frame yet, so if it seems slightly crooked, that's why.)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7124/7790277724_f671005762.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7790277724/)
Icon picture comparison (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7790277724/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a side by side comparison of the two versions of the picture.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8448/7790275434_fff65ce1d0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7790275434/)
Better focus on picture (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7790275434/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

In this attempt to scan the updated picture in the frame, the picture fell onto the glass, so at least that helps put it into better focus so you can see the fine details better.  This is actually closer to what I see when I look at it, although I had it positioned straight within the frame to start out with.  Keep in mind that the original is actually only about 50% the size of what you see in this photograph.  I think if I can add some gold paint to the details that are currently yellow, it will really "pop" in the same way that gold leafed figured on a lapis lazuli ground do in medieval manuscripts.  Though I think I would paint the entire picture first in clear sealer and let that dry before attempting to paint over it with water-based acrylic gold paint, since I don't want the inkjet inks to smear.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 15, 2012, 02:55:40 pm
I think I like the lighter blue Saint Camber better, because the stained glass effect shows up better and the "handfire" is clearer (although the darker blue one might not be your final version.)  It would look lovely as needlepoint, though larger, of course.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 15, 2012, 03:15:43 pm
In the darker blue version, I'd be going for more of a solid lapis lazuli derived blue or, if the black lines still show up at all, for a mosaic look.  It would be more like the background in this picture of an artifact from ancient Ur, in which I believe that blue background is made from inset pieces of lapis lazuli:

(http://trewisms.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/war-standard-of-ur1.jpg)

If it comes across as a solid painted backdrop to the figure in the foreground, then I'm hoping to achieve something similar to the intense blues in this medieval manuscript illumination, which were probably created by mixing ground lapis lazuli pigment into an egg tempera or some other form of paint base:

(http://mirificampress.com/images/illustrations/2008_11_14_bible/illuminated_manuscript.jpg)

So either way, it's not meant to be stained glass at all.  Even if I do go with the lighter blue version, I'd consider the black lines to be more like outlines of mosaic pieces, though whether the faux mosaic looks to be done in thin layers of light blue "stone" or "glass" would probably depend on how the final product looks once it's covered with a thin layer of glossy sealer.

In any case, the handfire and aura ought to become a lot clearer in the final version, if I am able to touch those areas up with metallic "gold leaf" paint.  I'd probably also do the book and that yellow line towards the bottom in gold as well, just to keep it all consistent.

Yes, it would look nice as a needlepoint pattern, wouldn't it?  So, when are you needlepointers going to get started on that?  I don't do needlepoint; it takes too long and I've got a short attention span.  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 15, 2012, 03:33:12 pm
It's in the queue.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 15, 2012, 03:57:49 pm
It's in the queue.   :)

LOL!  :)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8306/7790780224_c9efe07536.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7790780224/)
Playscale medieval playing cards (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7790780224/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I also decided today to try making a set of playscale medieval playing cards.  My original idea was to find a picture of some online, and then actually paint a copy of the symbols and pictures onto tiny bits of balsa or basswood, since the original playing cards were made of wood rather than cardstock.  However, after thinking this through a bit more, I realized that thin wooden cards, while more authentic, would be extremely fragile and would probably break if I so much as looked at them the wrong way, if I made them at 1:6 of their probable original thickness.  So instead, I sized a photo of some medieval cards so that it would look right for playscale, and then printed it up on heavy parchment paper.  This still wasn't quite heavy enough, so I folded the sheet in half and spread a thin layer of glue between them to glue the two halves into one double-thick sheet.  Once this dries, I will cut out the individual cards and see how well the experiment works.  I'm not crazy about how the wet glue between the layers is warping the paper a bit, but I am hoping it will dry flat enough if I weigh it down with a book or two, and that any remaining warping won't be too apparent when I cut apart the individual cards.  As for the backs of the cards, I might either leave those blank or else find some tiny rubber stamp and stamp some pretty motif onto the individual cards later.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 16, 2012, 12:31:53 am
And now for the update on today's projects.

I didn't like the way the original set of cards warped when I put Elmer's Glue between the layers, even though I was careful to spread it very thinly, and in the meantime I had happened across an even better photo of the card set on a different website, so I printed that up on another piece of the parchment paper, and this time when I folded it in half, I glued the two halves together with very thin layers of glue from a glue stick.  That ended up with a flawlessly smooth adhesion, and after about half an hour, I started cutting out the individual cards.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7791926238_5a29afd29c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7791926238/)
Mini medieval playing cards and framed icon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7791926238/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here are some of my individual medieval cards along with the two version of the icon I printed up earlier in the day.  These cards are based on a set in The Cloisters museum.  Instead of the four familiar suits that we have on modern playing cards, this deck has a hunting theme, so the suits are collars, horns, tethers and nooses.  You can read about the originals at http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1983.515.1-52 (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1983.515.1-52) .  I made these slightly bigger than 1:6 size so that the details would show up well if I should end up using them in a photoshoot someday.  But for a sense of scale, in Duncan's 1:6 study (if I ever build one), that framed icon would be the equivalent of 6" tall.  In a regular 1:12 scale dollhouse, it would be a foot tall, and the playing cards would be way too large for regular dollhouse figures.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8425/7791928582_18a1241581.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7791928582/)
The full set (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7791928582/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The full set.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8425/7793162004_3fa1b16853.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7793162004/)
After spraying with clear spray sealer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7793162004/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This is what the icon pictures looked like after I sprayed them with some clear spray sealer.  The icons are both still wet from the water resistant spray sealer, but the sealer didn't make the inkjet colors run, so everything looks good so far.  The lighter icon looks very muted now, though, while the darker one looks like it might be slightly lighter than it was.  I left these to dry for a couple of hours before I took the next step.

I also gave the deck of cards a light spray at the same time just to help fix the inkjet colors and make the cards moisture resistant.  If I ever do this again, I will spray the cards before cutting them out.  The little cards flew everywhere!   ::)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/7793160140_f857b7e038.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7793160140/)
Final touches (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7793160140/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Once the spray sealer was dry, the framed picture had returned to something closer to its original colors, but it still looked a bit muted.  I decided to start with the gold paint to see if that would help brighten things up overall.  It did help a bit, but it also made the pale blue background seem too faded out, so next I made a thin blue acrylic paint mix and lightly dabbed it into each blue "cell," being careful not to paint over the black lines so they would continue to look like mosaic tile edges.  (You can't really tell in this photo, but if you look very closely at the original, you can still make out the separate cells.)  That left Camber's gray robes looking a bit faded in comparison with the rest of the retouched icon, so I took just a bit of silver paint and drybrushed over the highlights in Camber's robe to accentuate them.  Once the paint had a few minutes to dry, I sealed the work with some gloss acrylic paint sealer.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8435/7793159032_27c6cddb1a.jpg)
(Not sure why this isn't showing up on my Flickr in the usual way....)

Here's an extreme close view of the icon that is much larger than life, so it shows up imperfections that aren't noticeable to the naked eye when you look at the original.  Even so, I think it turned out fairly well.  I wish the gloss sealer were a little bit shinier, but I might try a second coat tomorrow night, and if that doesn't do the trick, maybe some decoupage varnish like Mod Podge would help.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: AnnieUK on August 16, 2012, 02:54:06 am
For a nice glazed finish, this stuff works well http://rangerink.com/?product=inkssentials%e2%84%a2-glossy-accents%e2%84%a2  or this stuff http://www.diamondglaze.com/ . They are the two I use when I want a nice glass-like surface.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 16, 2012, 09:36:55 am
Ooh!  OK, reading the description of that last one gave me an idea, but since I haven't worked with this stuff before, maybe you could tell me if this would be feasible?

Right now, the gloss sealer I've got on it gives the surface a shiny but only slightly textured look, so it looks more like the surface of an oil painting.  But would I be able to use something like this Diamond Glaze to build up a thin layer of clear glaze between all of the black lines of the current design, in much the same way that I dotted the gold and blue colors between the lines, so that when the additional clear glazing dries, the surface ends up looking more like it's made up of tiny bits of individual mosaic tiles rather than just a flat glossy picture of a mosaic?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: AnnieUK on August 16, 2012, 10:28:52 am
Depends how big the picture is. You need a certain size hole in the nozzle or the stuff won't flow, so if you need really teeny blobs you might be better with an embossing pen and embossing powder.

If you email me the pic you are using and the size you want it, I'll try my end and see how it works.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 16, 2012, 10:38:46 am
The entire "canvas" I am working on is roughly .5 inch high by 1 cm wide at the base, and the little divisions between lines can be as small as 1 to 2 mm across.  I figured I wouldn't be able to use it straight from the bottle, even with the applicator tip, but could it be dabbed into the spaces using the tip of a toothpick or a very fine brush?  The FAQ for the second product you recommended seemed to indicate that it could be brushed on.

I went ahead and emailed you the resized files so you can see how insanely tiny they are.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 18, 2012, 12:41:04 am
All right, tonight was Kelson's night to get part two of his makeover.  He's already had been given gray Haldane eyes; now it's time to redo his hair.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8435/7805810736_5de78918e6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805810736/)
Uh oh.... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805810736/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As you may recall if you've been following this project, when I tried re-rooting the entire periphery of a test head's hairline in order to try making a Border braid, the resulting braid was still far too thick for the proper look.  So the plan changed to simply removing the lowest row of hair plugs at the nape and rerooting those holes with long hair, and then braiding that hair into what would become the Border braid.  Since Dhugal's braid hair is still in transit, I decided to start with Kelson's braid first.  To my surprise and consternation, I discovered when I removed his head that he has a different neck joint from any other Ken I've worked with.  Oops!  This meant that the head opening was much smaller than anticipated, not to mention I was worried about the possibility of not being able to get his head back on properly again.  Too late to change my mind now, though....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8303/7805809726_2564ef341d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805809726/)
Removing lowest hair plugs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805809726/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

So I removed the lowest row of hair plugs.  It took me longer than usual, because it was hard to get the tweezers and needlenose pliers into the neck opening and aimed at the precise hair plugs I was targeting, but eventually I managed to remove the bottommost line of hair.  The holes are somewhat hidden by the next layer above, but this is a good thing; if my rerooting is less than perfect, the overhanging layer will help to conceal any flaws.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8292/7805808836_98e6987387.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805808836/)
Thin layer of hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805808836/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Using a little less hair per hole than I did with the original test head in order to try to avoid the vinyl splits I had a problem with last time, I rerooted the empty holes with long hair.  Once it was all rooted in, I trimmed the ends to an equal length, though still longer than I wanted the final length to be, since it's much easier to cut it even shorter later than have to start all over again because I rooted it too short to begin with.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8306/7805807748_fe027326aa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805807748/)
Braided but not bound yet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805807748/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The resulting braid was slightly more slender than I hoped, but not too much so, and once doubled at the end and secured with colored cords, I figured it would be about right.  I bound the ends with a clear vinyl band and cut the hair almost flush with the band.  The braid is still a little on the long side, but again, I can always trim it more if needed.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8428/7805883610_f9f7e2e772.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805883610/)
Doubled back on itself (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805883610/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here, I was handicapped by my lack of an easily accessible copy of TBH, but if memory serves (please feel free to look up any relevant  passages and correct me on the details if I'm wrong), the Border braid is doubled back on itself so that the free end is tucked back under the nape of the neck, and then the doubled braid is bound with cords in the border man's clan colors.  Or it may just be the end of the braid that's tucked up and under, but in any case, I seem to recall that the result is a braid that doesn't have the usual "paintbrush tip" of loose ends that most braided hair has.  I also checked with KK earlier about whether the Border braid is a three or four part braid, and she confirmed that, unlike a g'dula, it is a regular three part braid.  So with all of that in mind, I have doubled the braid and tucked the bound part underneath in preparation for securing the braid with colored cords.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8444/7805882618_c06e5a7046.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805882618/)
Bound braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805882618/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(Don't worry, his hair isn't blue! That's just the way the light is reflecting off the battery and onto it.)  I took crimson and gold cord, since Kelson would use his Haldane colors, and bound the braids together, starting at the nape and securing the end of the braid to the top of it, and then "cross-gartering" the braid all the way down to the doubled end, where I have just loosely tied it.  I have not permanently secured it yet because I want to make sure I have achieved the right effect and haven't misremembered or misinterpreted the description of how the braid is supposed to be styled and secured.  But eventually, once the braid looks like it's styled in its permanent position, I'll tie off the ends neatly, cutting off any excess cord and tucking in any stray ends.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8440/7805881228_bd0069c3cf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805881228/)
From the side (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805881228/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here is a side view of the braid.  The clear band is visible in this photo, but once I know for sure if I'm on the right track, I can re-bind the cord to conceal it better, or else if that's not possible, at least bind the cords so securely that I can cut through the vinyl band and remove it once the cords are fully in place and doing the job off holding the braid together.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8427/7805931536_698f2f498d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805931536/)
Head replaced (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805931536/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Once the braid was secured, I put a bit of glue on a Q-tip and swabbed it onto the roots  (inside the head) just to help ensure they stay securely rooted.  Then I put Kelson's head back on.  Fortunately this ended up being a lot easier than I feared it might be.  Here is the rear view of the braid on his body.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8305/7805930656_855ebfeca6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805930656/)
Side view of braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7805930656/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here he is from the side again.  The braid sticks out a little bit in back, but that can probably be fixed later when I do the final styling.  That might end up being a good thing, though; falling at a slight angle like that might help it lie over any collars on his outfits rather than constantly having to be pulled out from inside his outfits.  I'd rather not be tugging at the newly-rooted hair any more often than I have to.

So that's how he looks for the moment.  If any of you have your copy of TBH handy and can look up the relevant passage(s) that describe the Border braid in detail, that would be immensely helpful!  Dhugal's new copper hair should be arriving sometime next week, so hopefully he'll have a makeover very soon as well.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 18, 2012, 07:46:50 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7139/7811586808_cb86d16e00.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7811586808/)
Grub (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7811586808/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

She looked like Grub.  I couldn't resist.  She's actually a bit too short--more like Grub as a two-year-old, but until I can find a little black-haired doll at a good 1:6 size for a seven-year-old (or even a five-year-old, since Grub was malnourished when Sextus first found her and rather small for her age), she'll do for a stand-in.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8425/7811583948_c64cd7672f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7811583948/)
Grub's makeover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7811583948/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Now she's got the Arilan eyes and a faint smattering of freckles.  All she needs is a change of clothes. Presumably she's had a bath and a change since her rescue, since she's not covered with grime and her hair has been pulled into a cute little side ponytail.  Not the most medieval of hairstyles, but since her hair is cut into choppy little layers, I don't think it would fare too well in a single braid or two, so I may leave it as-is.  On the other hand, maybe a crooked braid with a bunch of loose ends sticking out would be rather Grub-like? 

As for Kelson's makeover, I'm still tweaking the final braid style to bring it more in line with KK's mental picture of how it should look, although I'm happy to report that apparently it's on the right track.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 18, 2012, 11:39:31 pm
OK, after consulting with KK on the fine details, I've tweaked Kelson's braid according to her suggestions, so here is the final Author-Approved version of the Border braid:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7119/7809073606_90b3da5723.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7809073606/)
Rear view of revised braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7809073606/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The original version was a little too long, with the doubled braid being roughly equivalent to a 9" braid on a human.  It needed to be shortened a bit so it would look more like a 6" braid.  The wrapped braid also, optimally, needed to be a little thicker around, but since the last time I over-rooted a head, the vinyl ended up splitting very badly, I was hesitant to add more hair to the hair plugs.  So what I ended up doing instead was folding the braid in thirds rather than half to shorten the overall length, and rewrapping the cords so that the ends would end up at the nape, where they could be tied in a bow, sort of Colonial American style, which is closer to how KK had envisioned the cords being tied off.  This took the fully bound braid up to a real world equivalency of approximately 6 to 6.5 inches.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8423/7809071686_1860ec23ed.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7809071686/)
Side view of braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7809071686/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the side view of the rewrapped braid.  I left the cords long in case I needed to re-do the style, and then sent the links to these two photos off for final approval.

And yes, those are tiny ward cubes and dice you see in the background.   :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8292/7812364648_f577737269.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7812364648/)
Kelson looks over the Royal Mint (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7812364648/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The hairstyle got final approval, so I trimmed the excess ends of the cord and allowed Kelson to get back into his clothes.  After his makeover, he decided to inspect the Gwyneddan Royal Mint.  The new coinage is created from Aleene's Tacky glue mixed with gold, silver, and bronze metallic paints and poured into disposable tart pans to dry for a few days.  I then used a paper hole punch to create the largest coins, and used cake decorating tips to create the outlines for the two smaller coin sizes so that they could be cut out with scissors, since the cake decorating tips weren't sharp enough to punch completely through the rubbery dried glue.  I did the large coins first since they were easier and far less time consuming, but plan to add a larger assortment of the smaller coins as time permits.  These will make nice background props for the gambling game board and the dice that Sextus has asked me for, and the large coins can also be used for my game pieces for my merelles board.

Thanks to K. Norton from the Playscale Yahoo Group for the idea on how to create the coins!



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 19, 2012, 11:05:06 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7261/7813137858_8a40a2e96d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7813137858/)
Grub dressed in character (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7813137858/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is my mischievous young maiden dressed in a little gown more suited to her station.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: lenni on August 21, 2012, 11:37:54 pm
May I de-lurk and say, "How entertaining you and the littles are, Evie!" Thanks so much for the updates and all.

Kathleen/Lenni
(re-lurking)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 22, 2012, 08:48:11 am
Thank you for delurking long enough to comment!  Keep watching this thread; the Dhugal braid hair is being maddeningly slow in arriving, but I've got a few other bits and bobs on their way that will hopefully lend themselves to some nice diorama scenes, at least when I can add a few more furnishings to the collection as well.  And a few of my littles have reminded me that they need some extra clothing, so that none of them will have to meet their Author naked, or nearly so.  So it's going to be a busy week and a half between now and Dragon*Con weekend!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 22, 2012, 03:21:52 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8304/7840023284_862d19ebc9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7840023284/)
Exotic beauty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7840023284/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I found this one on eBay first, and then one turned up at my local Target store.  I thought she looked almost exactly like my original "inspiration picture" for Dhugal's second duchess, Mirjana, but unfortunately she's on the pricey side, and she doesn't have a jointed body, so replacing her current body with a better one--and finding one with a close enough skintone match--was a daunting prospect.  I ended up ordering another one that cost less and already had a jointed body, not to mention the black hair and green eyes of my original character, but now that I've seen this one up close, I've fallen for her all over again.  Maybe she could become Rothana instead?  I had another one in mind for Rothana, but they've got similar enough coloring.  Decisions, decisions....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8425/7840026256_b4b0964d40.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7840026256/)
I spy with my little eye... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7840026256/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Guess what this once was, and what--with the addition of some sort of ornamental base to cover the existing fixture--it is going to turn into?  :-)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: cynicalmedic on August 22, 2012, 04:08:49 pm
Is that a drawer pull? I am guessing it will become Morgan's outrageously priced shiral crystal, but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 22, 2012, 04:59:17 pm
It is going to be a nicely mounted shiral crystal, though whether it's Morgan's or one that the King or the Schola eventually acquires, I don't know yet.  The amber glass sphere appears to be about .9 of an inch across, so it would be a smidge under 6" across if it were in real scale.  I don't recall offhand how large Morgan's shiral crystal in the Green Tower was, but if it's significantly bigger or smaller than that, then this is probably the King's or the Schola's shiral.   But actually it's an antique lamp finial.  Good guess, though; I did look at a few drawer pulls during my search for something suitable.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 23, 2012, 03:55:50 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8295/7846439918_1ee44a95a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7846439918/)
Mirjana (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7846439918/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Dhugal's new duchess arrived in the mail today.  (Wow, that sounds odd; talk about your mail order brides!  :D )  I've copied some pattern pieces for a Romanesque style gown so the poor girl can get a decent outfit and won't have to wear wrapping paper to Dragon*Con.  Like most of my others, she needs a slight makeover, so she'll be getting her eyes changed to a pale green and her lip color changed to something less modern.  She has very pretty eyes, and I don't really want to wipe them completely off to start from scratch, so she may retain a little more of the eye makeup than I ordinarily would like, but at least it is in neutral tones rather than in some bright color like blue or purple.  If I can use a toothpick with the end wrapped in a wisp of cotton and dampened in acetone to tone the eyeshadow down just a tad without erasing her pretty eyelashes along with it, I might try that instead of a full facial reconstruction.  Otherwise, maybe kohl-smudged eyelids are a fashion she brought back with her after her visit to Byzantyun?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 24, 2012, 02:43:24 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7852618204_cf18daf698.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7852618204/)
Dhugal's braid hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7852618204/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Dhugal's braid hair finally arrived, so now I know what to match the rest of his hair to.  This is actually a mixture of three shades of red--Copper Penny for the highlights, Copper Auburn for the main shade, and Russet Brown for shadows.  It's a shame I'll need only a fraction of this hair for his braid; maybe I can find a spare head to root the rest of it into later, because it seems a pity to waste so much glorious copper hair!  (As usual, the camera flash renders the colors a little lighter than they actually are, so the main color of the actual hair is closer to the darker red strands showing in this photo.  It's a true copper, not yellowish at all despite the golden-yellow tint the flash gives in this picture.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 24, 2012, 05:48:38 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/7853653476_e471f0608f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7853653476/)
Mirjana's new undergown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7853653476/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's the lovely Torenthi widow wearing her widow's weeds.  Too bad her late and unlamented husband Nikos wasn't worth bothering with a period of prolonged mourning for, since she looks quite nice in black.   I think a veil made of the dove gray silk would look nice with this.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8434/7853651588_5d8221f8e2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7853651588/)
Close up shot (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7853651588/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

She still needs her eyes retouched, but they've already got a bit of a greenish tint in the highlights of the iris.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8428/7853649392_bbafd8369d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7853649392/)
Full skirt with train (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7853649392/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I still have to hem the gown, but here you can see that it has a gorgeously full skirt with a little bit of a train.  I think this same pattern will work splendidly for Araxie's and Richenda's Court garb as well.  Now I just need some doll stands so I can show off their flowing gowns to best advantage.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 24, 2012, 07:31:23 pm
Lovely gown, Evie, with much potential for court garb for our favourite "little" ladies.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 25, 2012, 06:02:55 pm
OK, here are today's updates.  I will go ahead and warn you now, I had very mixed results, and a few were disappointing, although fortunately nothing ended up being a total loss.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8290/7859632010_1484c1058a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859632010/)
Decapitated Dhugal (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859632010/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I thought this was going to be more straightforward than it was, and if the paint "dye" didn't take the way that I hoped it would, I would have the secondary option of rerooting the head.  Unfortunately, I discovered that Dhugal has a similar style neck joint to Kelson's rather than the sort all of the other figures have, only the head opening seems to be just a tiny bit narrower in Dhugal's head, and his bottommost row of hair at the nape of his head is rooted even higher up than Kelson's was.  I could reach up inside it and just get to that row with the tips of my tweezers, but couldn't get enough of a grip on the roots to tug at any of the hair, much less pull it out.  And my jeweler's pliers didn't work at all.  So that left me with only one option--attempt to dye the hair to match the new copper hair for the braid, and then root the new hair into new holes placed a row or two under the existing hair.  Or at least that was to be Plan A....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7859629920_7d70d63816.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859629920/)
Dagnabbit! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859629920/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Unfortunately, Plan A soon had to fall by the wayside, as I discovered that no matter how many applications of the thin paint wash I put on the hair, there was no way to get his dark brown hair significantly lighter, and certainly not light enough to match the hair I'd bought for the braid.  I ended up having to settle for turning it a dark auburn rather than a medium copper, so I guess this version of Dhugal will have to live with hair on the more bronze end of the "copper-bronze" spectrum rather than the copper end.

This meant, of course, that I couldn't use the new hair at all, since it didn't match, and using the dye over that hair would turn it a different color to the hair on his head.  So I ended up rooting in more brown hair, and then applying the dye to that as well.  It's not a perfect match, but it's about as close as I could get without risking the hair going from "wiry" to "stiff as cardboard" under all of the applications of thinned paint I had to comb through it to get it this red.  Between dyeing his original hair, rooting in new hair under it, and then dyeing the new hair, I would estimate this part of the project took two or three hours.  Most of that time was spent with the dyeing, since for every application of paint wash that I combed through the hair, I had to blow dry it before I could build up the next "layer" of color.

And of course, after all of this, Dhugal had some very interesting "copper" freckles under his hair, so I had to swab those off with non-acetone nail polish remover.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8308/7859627052_abb934974b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859627052/)
Finally it's all more or less one color (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859627052/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The braid hair is still slightly darker than the hair on his head, but I was afraid if I tried to put any more layers of red pigment on it, it would start looking more painted than dyed.  It was already getting pretty stiff despite my constant combing of it to get the dye wash to coat thoroughly between strands and separate them, so I called an end to that part of the process and decided it was time to braid the hair.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8301/7859624818_b3cc0e1e02.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859624818/)
Nice thick braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859624818/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The one thing that did work right in all of this was that the resulting braid ended up nice and thick, which is consistent with what a braid made up of thicker, wirier hair than Kelson's ought to look like.  I braided the hair and then put a clear vinyl band right above where I wanted to cut off the excess hair.  Then I tucked the banded end underneath the top of the braid and secured the doubled braid with a thin black  cord.  

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8286/7859617766_0c0fe2e1d8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859617766/)
Finished braid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859617766/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I took Dhugal outside so hopefully the reddish tint will show up better in the natural light.  Here is the braid bound in black cord.  This is his "everyday" look; if he were in fancier Court dress, he might use his blue and white McLain colors instead.  I may still have to adjust the braid length a bit, but that should be an easy fix if it ends up being necessary.  I haven't taken a ruler to it yet to find out how much shorter it might need to go.  It should be somewhere between 4" to 6" on a real person, so that would make it around .75" to 1" on my action figure Dhugal, but with it being so thick, it would look better on the longer end of that range, or even a smidge longer, than being too short and stubby.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7273/7859623222_ccff23aeed.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859623222/)
Husband and Wife makeover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859623222/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Once the hair dyeing and styling was done, it was time to fix eye colors (and for Mirjana, lip color as well).  Dhugal already had brown eyes with sort of tannish highlighting, so I just went over them lightly with some amber-colored paint.  Mirjana got a more vivid pale green applied over her existing eye color, and I toned down the fire engine red lipstick by painting over it with a lighter rose shade.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7276/7859621464_862160867b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859621464/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859621464/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This happy outing almost didn't get to happen because, after I re-painted Dhugal's eyes, sealed them, and allowed the new makeover to dry, I almost couldn't get his head back on his body!  Somehow I didn't think a Torenthi woman holding a disembodied head on a wooden stake would be quite the happy newlywed portrait I was hoping for.   :D  I nearly had heart failure when I couldn't get the head back onto Dhugal's body!  Even after I heated both the neck joint and the head opening with a blow dryer set on low (I couldn't set it on high because of the risk of warping or melting the vinyl or plastic), the head opening wouldn't stretch enough to go back over the internal neck peg again!  I finally applied a very thin layer of Vaseline onto the neck peg and the inside of the hole, which I hope won't end up damaging either.  (I know Vaseline can be used on vinyl temporarily without damaging it, but I don't know about what happens if it's left on permanently, and I had to put it on the inside of the head where it can't be wiped off).  After continuing to heat both head and neck joint and trying to jam the peg back into the head opening and the lip of the head joint back into the neck, I finally managed to get them wedged back into place.  I think something still didn't end up quite right inside, because now Dhugal's head is a lot harder to turn, but I am not about to try taking it off again to see what the problem might be, for fear I'll never get the head back on again!  

Of course, since I needed both hands during that little adventure, I wasn't able to take pictures of the goings-on, so you're only seeing the "happily ever after" picture.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8298/7859619718_79875d1cc6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859619718/)
Side view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859619718/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's another look at Dhugal's braid from the side, in natural sunlight.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8440/7859615018_b615c7769d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859615018/)
Close up of Mirjana (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859615018/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a closer shot of her new eye color and paler lips.  After so many setbacks today, I decided to leave well enough alone with her eye shadow for fear of  messing up her eyes altogether and having to start completely from scratch in repainting them from the vinyl up.  So let's just assume that she's picked up the habit of kohl-enhancing her eyes during her earlier years in Torenth or in Byzantyun.

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Dhugal close up (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859855626/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a close up of Dhugal with his amber eyes and reddened hair.  I need to consult with KK before I "shave" off any of the facial hair with acetone, to make sure I don't end up taking too much of it off.  I may also go back and put a few coppery brushstrokes into his eyebrows and mustache to make them match the hair better.  (Although it's not too uncommon for redheads to have browner facial hair or brown haired men to have more reddish facial hair--my dad's beard, when he grew one, used to come in red even though his hair was brown, which is why he waited until there was enough gray in his facial hair to tone down the red before trying out a bearded look for a year or two.)  While the hair isn't nearly as light as I was hoping to go with it, at least I was able to get some color change to it, since rerooting the hair entirely ended up not being an option.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8435/7859613564_79f13c5d76.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859613564/)
Naked...and all articulate (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7859613564/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

"Oh my, she's naked!  And all...articulate!"  (Sorry, just a bit of a joke for Firefly fans, not to mention I couldn't resist throwing in a gratuitous "fur blanket scene" photo for anyone who's already read A Time to Heal.)  



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on August 25, 2012, 07:51:48 pm
And we know where that blanket scene led to in A Time to Heal  ;)

Looking for a little Jared doll yet?  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 25, 2012, 08:52:40 pm
Nope, just his head.... :D

Oh wait, you mean Baby Jared?  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 25, 2012, 11:10:48 pm
One more update for the evening....

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7248/7861329478_66f655aa95.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7861329478/)
Bliaut construction finished (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7861329478/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I may still add beads at some of the pattern intersections and/or bands of trim at the edges, and the back opening needs snaps, but at least I know now that the bliaut (overgown) fits properly.  The sleeves were a bit of a pain to set in.  I would like to make Queen Araxie some nice Court garb using this pattern, but I haven't decided if I'm going to keep the bliaut pattern as-is, or go with a more tailor-fitted T-tunic sort of construction instead (which is actually closer to being authentic for the period).  She will also need a long belt to cinch the gowns at the waist, and possibly a belt pouch or other accessories.

That plastic ring could use some altering as well, but all in good time....
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 26, 2012, 05:59:26 pm
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Itteh bitteh turnshoes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7861883272/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Finding Barbie shoes that look reasonably medieval for these pointy-toed little feet is an exercise in futility, so I decided to try making a simple turnshoe pattern using a rectangle cut from a thick paper towel.  I doubled a short side, sewed in a back seam, fit it onto the foot and brought the sides up to cover the front of the foot, marked where to start the front seam, then took it off the foot and continued sewing at a downward angle to create a period-looking pointed-toe shoe.  Then I just trimmed off the excess paper above the seam, and ta daa!  Instant footwear pattern.  Just needs a little tweaking to adjust the fit.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8290/7861884126_faa5d304c0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7861884126/)
Itteh bitteh turnshoes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7861884126/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a closer look at the pattern I drafted.  I modified it slightly after this shot was taken by snipping that lower left corner off the heel so the back of the shoe would have a more rounded shape.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7866781308_a74a1fcc90.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7866781308/)
New Barbie medieval shoes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7866781308/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here are the new shoes.  The fit is a little loose, so I may add some means of securing them at the ankle.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8306/7866785388_74fcae9c48.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7866785388/)
New Barbie medieval shoes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7866785388/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Another view of the shoes.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8301/7867898304_f305297caa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7867898304/)
Mirjana wears her new finery (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7867898304/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I added beads to the bliaut and the shoes today.  This took longer than one might think, as my beading needle's eye is so small, I can't use a needle threader to thread it because the eye strips the doubled thread, so I had to find the thinnest thread in my kit--some very fine metallic gold--to do the beadwork.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7248/7867896684_df6b3837f1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7867896684/)
Embellished shoes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7867896684/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

My husband suggested adding some beads to the shoes as well, so I did.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/7867894754_93018d81cc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7867894754/)
Beadwork detail (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7867894754/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a closer look at the beadwork on the bliaut.  I haven't decided yet if I want to add beads to the sleeves, given my difficulties in even getting the needle threaded.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 27, 2012, 04:16:45 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/7875101660_22698b6def.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7875101660/)
Goblets, Fianna wine, and floral arrangement (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7875101660/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This collection arrived in today's mail.  There are two brass goblets that might also be suitable for doubling as chalices (I will probably add some stick-on jewels to them a few millimeters below the rim of each), a bottle of Fianna wine in the matching brass cooler, and a floral arrangement that I wasn't expecting, but which was thrown in with the order.  I think it makes a nice centerpiece for the set.  Maybe Alaric and Richenda will need to have a date night sometime soon. 

I was also hoping to have at least a new undergown for Araxie to show off tonight, if not a complete outfit, but unfortunately I just discovered about 3/4 of the way through handsewing the fool thing that I've got only one seam stitched on the correct side of the fabric, and all the other seams are stitched on the opposite side, meaning that if I were to complete it this way, poor Araxie would end up with a gown that's wrong-side out and with a back seam running up the outside!  *headdesk*  My husband borrowed my seam ripper last night, so I can't rip out the wrong-side seams and see if the fabric can be resewn the right way or if I have to start over from scratch.  I guess I'll find that out tonight.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on August 27, 2012, 08:15:53 pm

  My husband borrowed my seam ripper last night, so I can't rip out the wrong-side seams and see if the fabric can be resewn the right way or if I have to start over from scratch.  I guess I'll find that out tonight.

Dare I ask why he borrowed it?  Are you driving him crazy with your new hobby or is he now making his own line of action figures:)?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 27, 2012, 09:32:01 pm
LOL!  Neither.   He was sewing a costume he's planning to wear to Dragon*Con.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on August 28, 2012, 03:14:28 am
WOW!!  A man who knows how to sew. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 28, 2012, 09:10:14 am
LOL!  If I'm remembering the story correctly, I think he taught himself how to use a sewing machine back in college, when he decided to make a teddy bear for a young lady he was interested in at the time.  Which just goes to show, if you want to motivate a man to do or learn something, get a pretty woman involved somewhere in the process....   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: DesertRose on August 28, 2012, 03:41:06 pm
I have a friend in the SCA who says sewing machines are power tools.  He makes most of the garb for himself and his family of five.  His wife is perfectly capable of sewing, but he's really good at it.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 28, 2012, 03:58:29 pm
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Araxie's garb (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7882834654/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I still have to add the back closures and finish hemming the undergown, but here's a glimpse of Araxie's new clothing.  I want to add some sort of beads, gold embroidery, or other embellishment to it, though I don't know what yet, and again, it's still missing an ornamented belt.  Araxie has a different body from my other female dolls, so the fit of this pattern isn't quite as good on her as it is on Mirjana.  I may have to shorten her undergown sleeves by a few millimeters because her hands keep getting lost inside them.  I also think I didn't make the side splits on the bliaut quite high enough, as the undergown is rather constricted beneath it and doesn't show the fullness of the skirt to best advantage, so I might have to rip out the bottom half inch or so of those side seams to allow for more ease there.  (That would also make it easier for her to get the bliaut on over the undergown.)

But at least this means all of the littles will have clothes to wear in time to meet KK, even if the clothes aren't fully embellished yet!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 29, 2012, 09:39:54 am
After considering it overnight, I think I've figured out how to embellish Araxie's new gown (see picture above) to make it more "queenly."  First, I'll add some of the same fabric as the undergown and sleeve linings to the collar area, similar to the contrasting collar in this picture, though not covering as much of the chest area:

(http://www.bytheswordinc.com/watermark.axd?e=0&src=%2fimages%2fproduct%2fmedium%2ftt-109_2_.jpg)

The contrasting collar could be embellished in some way, possibly either with gold embroidery and/or beadwork.  Then, where the printed tan lines of the pattern are now, I'm thinking of laying down some couched gold threads.  Once that's done, if those red centers look like they need a bit of perking up, then that can be done by adding "rubies" or smaller pearls to each one. 

Needless to say, if I decide to do all this, it would not be a pre-Dragon*Con project, given the time constraints!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 30, 2012, 01:10:30 am
Well, I leave for Dragon*Con tomorrow, and I don't know yet if I'll have any internet connection there or not, so I might as well post this update now before I go.  I'm banking on KK being too busy tomorrow traveling to Georgia to check this thread, so hopefully the Mini-Deryni's surprise for her will continue to be a surprise.  But if I'm wrong...oh well.  Sneak preview, I suppose.   :D

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Duncan and Helena discuss the newest Library acquisition (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892125908/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan and Helena discuss the latest Library acquisition......or at least that's what they claimed to be doing.  They moved a more discreet distance apart when they noticed my camera, each claiming that they were both just trying to get a better look at the intricate artwork on the small pages.  Um hmm, right.  It's a good thing there's going to be four other action figures in that small carrying case they share!  So it's on to Take Two....

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Scholarly discussion (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892125148/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The newest tome in the Rhemuth library is a copy of the Mont Saint Michel Sacramentary.  Father Nivard thought it would be an excellent choice to present to their Author during the upcoming holiday weekend, given that it's a medieval work from their own century and even has "Michaeline" origins.  But Duncan and Helena couldn't resist checking it out first.  (Besides, if they didn't peek, then y'all wouldn't get a chance to see it, right?)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8442/7892121782_75ff1ef175.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892121782/)
A peek at the cover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892121782/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This miniature book comes from Lee Ann Borgia, who makes books in 1:12, 1:6, and 1:3 scales.  I believe this one is actually a 1:12 scale book (dollhouse scale), but when compared to my 1:6 scale figures, it's close to the same size compared to their hands as my treasured reproduction copy of Les Tres Riches Heures du Jean de Berry is when held in mine. 

As you can see, I've not had time to add little jewels to the goblets/chalices yet.  All in good time....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8443/7892120650_048d83d35c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892120650/)
Duncan shows off some of the illuminations (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892120650/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan shows off some of the illuminations.  I had to double and triple check to make sure Duncan is holding the book right-way-up to the viewer.  The text is so tiny, I had to use my magnifying visor to make out the little letters.  That's a picture of The Last Supper on the left side.  If you look at the largest versions of this photo on Flickr, you can see more detail.

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They both agree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892116744/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Helena and Duncan both agree that, although they regret parting with such a lovely book, it will be entrusted to good hands.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8321/7892115836_b12359346a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892115836/)
Time to celebrate.... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892115836/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan starts to set the book aside in a safe place so he can open a bottle of Fianna to celebrate finding just the right present for The Author, but he is suddenly interrupted by a distracting presence....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8037/7892112498_2fd1600c8b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892112498/)
Do you mind, Big Fella?  We're trying to do a scene here! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892112498/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Do you mind, Big Fella?  We're trying to do a scene here!  Helena and Duncan struggle not to laugh at Luke's antics as Luke sits just out of frame and attempts to steal the show...as usual.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8296/7892110862_25ff58ea08.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892110862/)
What?  WHAT?! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7892110862/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Luke stares back at me as if blissfully unaware that he is interrupting anything.   ;D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on August 30, 2012, 03:36:12 am
Luke is acting as their security guard.  Have a GREAT time at Dragon Con!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: DesertRose on August 30, 2012, 02:01:13 pm
Luke the chaperone.  :P
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on August 30, 2012, 03:10:15 pm
Luke the chaperone.  :P

As a neutered male, Luke could certainly sympathize with a celibate living in close proximity to an attractive female he harbors some affection for and being unable to do diddly-squat about it....  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on August 31, 2012, 06:28:18 pm
Ain't it the truth.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 01, 2012, 10:37:14 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8178/7910607856_099bd81425.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7910607856/)
Servant of Saint Camber at Dragoncon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7910607856/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

See, this is what happens when you let a Servant of Saint Camber out of St. Kyriell's or St. Hilary's Basilica and set her loose at Dragon*Con!   Or maybe Sister Therese just got confused and thought she was at Arc-en-Ciel instead, and that the rainbow theme was supposed to apply to hair rather than veil edges?  How strong was that Vezairi port anyway?

The good news is, KK did get to meet the Mini-Deryni today.  In fact, they're having a spend-the-night in her hotel room, since that neatly solved the problem of how I was going to carry two doll cases in addition to a bag of new shoes and another bag of sandwiches for my son four or five blocks down the street to my own hotel without learning how to juggle first.  I will presumably be regaining custody of the Mini-Deryni at her panel tomorrow, unless she decides to hightail it back to Virginia with them overnight.   :D  I hope they are all behaving themselves and not keeping poor Scott and KK up all night with their wild partying ways.  I made the mistake of leaving some goblets and a bottle of Fianna wine in one of the cases....   ;D

The bad news is that, even though I brought my laptop with me and my hotel offers free wifi (unlike the main con hotels, which charge for everything short of the air you breathe), I won't be at KK Chat tomorrow evening, since KK's one panel of the day happens to fall during the regular Sunday chat hour.  So yeah, I think I can pretty much guarantee that neither of us will be able to make it to the chatroom during that time.  (Although, had her panel been scheduled at pretty much any other time, I would've offered use of our laptop and wifi had she wanted to spend the hour regaling you with con stories.  Maybe she'll show up to share those next Sunday?)

The reading was great, and now I have even more reason to hate Bishop De Nore.  Like I needed more reasons.   ;D

I cut out a new red velvet gown for Araxie today, so hopefully there's be a new picture update in a day or two that will be more in keeping with this thread's topic and not just some full-sized weirdo in funny clothes and rainbow hair.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on September 02, 2012, 06:04:29 am
Great picture!  Who would want to like Oliver De Nore anyway.  He and Edmund Loris were probably twins separated at birth. ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on September 02, 2012, 04:52:41 pm
You did, of course, commit KK's reading to memory, right?   ;D

Hope you all are having a great time, including the littles.  Perhaps they will tone down their partying just a "little" bit, while visting with KK.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 02, 2012, 11:51:29 pm
Yep, sure did.  Memorized the entire chapter. 

Or not.    ;)

(Though yeah, I remember the gist.   :D )

KK says the littles were very well behaved and quiet during their overnight stay.  I suppose they wanted to be on their best behavior around The Author.  Though she gifted them with a cute little decanter, so once that's filled with some potent adult libation of choice, they might end up in party hearty mode again.   ;D

Tonight was the highlight of the con as far as the Mini-Deryni were concerned.  They got to join KK on her final panel, as did LEGO Duncan!  Yes, a photo or two might have been taken of this cast of characters, and I'll see if I can upload some later.  They seemed rather shy in those unfamiliar surroundings, so they just sat there on display and allowed KK to do all of the talking.  Hopefully we'll have a new Forum member or two show up, since KK mentioned the Rhemuth Castle forum and our Sunday chats, and also talked about some other fan projects like Shiral's itteh bitteh Hagios Iob.



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 03, 2012, 10:46:24 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8302/7927204440_ebc666c57b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7927204440/)
Duncan's cunning mitre (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7927204440/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I introduced the Mini-Deryni to the Firefly series, so Duncan was thrilled when we found a Jayne hat in just the right size for him to wear.  It's much more comfortable than his mitre, although I suspect Archbishop Cardiel would prefer for him not to wear his Browncoat gear along with his episcopal regalia.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8034/7927201882_9c25168e40.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7927201882/)
Maybe it's a Shepherd thing? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7927201882/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Turns out Duncan wasn't the only bishop who turned out to have a thing for Firefly, although Denis's favorite character in the series seems to be Shepherd Book.  That figures.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: DesertRose on September 03, 2012, 10:58:51 pm
How fuzzy is Denis on the subject of kneecaps?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 03, 2012, 11:37:13 pm
How fuzzy is Denis on the subject of kneecaps?

LOL!     ;D. Come to think of it, I don't recall KK's bishops having the same reservations regarding the use of edged weapons and the spilling of blood that at least some of the warrior clergy in the real world Middle Ages did.  Did Duncan carry a mace into battle or a sword?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on September 04, 2012, 01:37:30 pm
All Edmund Loris needed was the sharp edge of his tongue and a steely look of daggers from his eyes. ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 04, 2012, 02:17:23 pm
Not to mention the occasional sharp wooden stake and some kindling.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: KK on September 09, 2012, 11:57:58 am
How fuzzy is Denis on the subject of kneecaps?

LOL!     ;D. Come to think of it, I don't recall KK's bishops having the same reservations regarding the use of edged weapons and the spilling of blood that at least some of the warrior clergy in the real world Middle Ages did.  Did Duncan carry a mace into battle or a sword?

Well, Duncan is the son of a duke, so old habits die hard.  But in fact, there doesn't seem to be any prohibition against clergy shedding blood in Deryniland.  (It always seemed like a dumb restriction to me, if you're going to allow them to carry maces.)  Obviously, it's better if clergy are non-combattants, but that isn't always possible if justice is to be served.  KK
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 09, 2012, 02:55:01 pm
Glad to see you survived Dragon*con, KK!  At least now I won't have to figure out how to make a 1:6 scale mace....  :D

Speaking of Deryni (and more specifically the mini-Deryni) in wartime, I found something I might be able to build a nice Royal Pavilion around once I get my hands on some canvas.  And my DH has some wood scraps left over from his Dragon*con prop building, so hopefully I can figure out how to make a proper bench or two soon.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 09, 2012, 10:50:02 pm
OK, here's another update....

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Haldane gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7967392784/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's the red velvet (actually velour) undergown I started at Dragon*Con and finished tonight for Araxie.  It can be worn as-is or with a bliaut worn over it.  I haven't embellished it, and if it's worn as an undergown, it really doesn't need anything extra, though I might add just a little extra something at the cuffs and/or the hem where it will show even if something else is worn over it.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8169/7967391182_dbc98f403d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7967391182/)
Haldane gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7967391182/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8029/7967389320_22899a346c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7967389320/)
Haldane gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7967389320/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And now here's a couple of shots of the embellished bliaut:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8299/7968135202_8985ceaa7f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7968135202/)
With the bliaut added (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7968135202/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the bliaut worn over the new velvet undergown.  I added the contrasting gold-embroidered collar to the bliaut tonight.  I was originally considering adding some gold to the main fabric of the bliaut, over the printed tan pattern, but now I'm thinking that might be a bit too much.  (Plus, if I decide I don't like the effect and wanted to take the gold couching off later, this fabric would show the needle holes even after the gold threads are removed, and I don't know if I really want to risk ruining the gown now that I've come this far with it.)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7968117496_5f343faf1f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7968117496/)
Closer view of collar (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7968117496/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a closer look at the gold couching on the collar.  I like how this turned out, and I think the contrasting fabric adds a needed final touch to the bliaut.  Araxie looks like she''s happy with it too.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on September 10, 2012, 05:46:50 am
She looks lovely!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 10, 2012, 10:29:22 am
But in fact, there doesn't seem to be any prohibition against clergy shedding blood in Deryniland.  (It always seemed like a dumb restriction to me, if you're going to allow them to carry maces.) 

I do tend to wonder how in the world anyone is meant to crush an enemy's bones with a mace "bloodlessly."   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: KK on September 16, 2012, 11:57:04 am
That's but one of the reasons I always thought that prohibition was so silly.  A mace will shed blood, usually pretty spectacularly.  Non-violence is still the ideal, but the reality is that sometimes clergy have to shed blood.  KK
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 16, 2012, 12:15:52 pm
If I remember the Jedi Code from my role-playing days correctly, a Jedi would try not to kill if incapacitating would suffice, would try not to fully incapacitate if a less grievous wound would stop the opponent, and wouldn't wound him at all if persuasion, diplomacy, or a Jedi mind trick would prevent the escalation to violence in the first place.  That seems like a code that might serve warriors in the clergy well too, especially if they have the added benefit of being Deryni.  Though granted, when it comes to self-defense or the defense of others, especially against an enemy unlikely to yield to reason (or if it's too late to attempt that), the decision to kill would be a quite valid one (not to mention covered by the general absolution granted before a battle, IIRC, in the case of wartime situations).
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 16, 2012, 05:29:44 pm
OK, so the littles are more or less clothed (although they still need some accessories like shoes, and it would be nice to have several extra changes of clothes for them, armor, etc.), so now it's time to learn a bit about woodworking so that I can make furniture.  Here are the first pieces cut for some bench seating.  

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8462/7992826946_8a96faa8b1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7992826946/)
Bench pieces (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7992826946/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Top of bench seat and decorative edging to be added to each side.

This was the first time I've tried to use a scroll saw, but fortunately all I had to do was cut straight lines (the edge trim was bought pre-scalloped), and the blade cut through the soft wood pretty much like butter.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8309/7992815409_f25386ec97.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7992815409/)
Bench pieces (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7992815409/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here are some of the pieces roughly assembled to show how the trim will eventually be attached to bench seat edges.  I still have to cut out the legs for the bench and decide whether to permanently attach them to the seat's underside or come up with a method for the bench to be temporarily assembled and then broken down for storage.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8036/7992813077_77e1c43ee1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7992813077/)
Bench pieces (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/7992813077/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Another view of the corner where two pieces of trim will join up.  Eventually I want to stain the bench a dark color and then paint the scalloped trim gold.  I haven't decided yet whether to paint the entire trim gold, or just along the scalloped edge of it.  An alternate idea would be to mix up a crimson-pigmented egg tempera paint and paint the main components (seat and legs) of the bench crimson, so that the resulting bench is in Haldane colors, and edge the legs in gold to match the seat trim.  I still haven't decided which way to go with this project.  I plan to use wood glue to assemble the top, and then work out exactly how I want to attach the legs.  One idea I had was to add two parallel slats to the underside near each end, forming a groove in the middle into which the tops of each leg can fit.  Hopefully they won't have to be glued in, and the bench can come apart for storage, but if they end up having to be glued in for stability, the two slats framing each side of the legs should at least provide some extra reinforcement where the legs join up with the seat.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 28, 2012, 02:06:23 pm
Sorry no new news on this front in a while.  Having a senior in high school who is also participating in high school athletics for the first time is sucking up most of what little spare cash I had.  *sigh*

However, I'll hopefully have more to report soon.  Today, I found a great deal on a vintage Marx horse that's just the right size for the littles.  It's a bit of a fixer-upper, but still structurally sound.  Just needs some sanding and repainting, I think, so I'm looking up how to restore it.  (Alkari, you're my resident horse expert; would you refresh my memory on which horse breeds were not in Western Europe in the Middle Ages?  Judging by the photos, this horse is a currently pale cream color with a white mane and tail.  I think he's meant to be a Palamino, but as I said, he needs repainting, so he could end up a completely different color by the time I'm done with him.)  And of course he'll need tack.  I'm thinking a cute little caparison in Haldane or Corwyn colors, maybe.  Or perhaps he'll be Dhugal's horse.  IIRC, Dhugal's one of the figures whose joints will bend the right way to sit in a saddle properly.  Which means, of course, I'll have to work out how to make a proper medieval saddle....   :D 

I also found a playscale sized "oriental carpet" that's 12" x 8" (real scale equivalent would be a 6' x 4' carpet), which was also on sale for a great price.  One that large is very hard to find, since they're usually sized for 1:12 scale dollhouses.  I found some hand-woven "Oriental carpet" placemats on a different website that were gorgeous, but those were almost $50 each.  Nope, I just don't love playscale furnishings that much, no matter how sumptuous!   :o

I've also been checking out library books on creating dollhouse furnishings (I just have to remember to multiply any measurements by two), and some of the "recipes" for polymer clay food look very tempting.  I might have to give that a try sometime soon.  The Mini-Deryni need something to fill those empty dishes they've already got.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on September 29, 2012, 11:08:44 pm
Well, plans for the day changed slightly, as plans ofttimes do.  After I bought DS's new shoes, I realized the shoe shop was directly across the street from the hobby shop (where they sell supplies for model railways and the dioramas for them), so I stopped by there to see if they had anything suitable for making playscale props with.  They didn't have much of what I was looking for, aside from a set of clamps made for holding together miniature furniture and the like when it's being glued together, so I picked up a set of those and asked the sales clerk if he knew where I might find some more of the scalloped wood trim like the stuff DH gave me to use on Kelson's bench (see my earlier post in this thread).  He didn't, but he informed me that there was a dollhouse shop a mile or two away, and said they might have some dollhouse mouldings and railings in stock.  So I looked it up in my phone's GPS and soon showed up in 1:12 scale collectors' heaven. 

Unfortunately nearly all of their stock was geared to either dollhouse items (the majority of it), with a few American Girls doll accessories tossed in (which is 1:4 scale and a good deal too large for my Mini-Deryni), but the salesladies were extremely helpful and dredged up just about everything they could think of that would fit a 1:6 medieval theme, and even quite a few items that really didn't, but which they showed off just in case I might find some use for it.  I didn't have much cash to spare by that point, having just spent a bunch on my son's running shoes, but there were a few items that I just couldn't pass up because 1) the prices on them were much lower than I'd be able to find them elsewhere, and 2) I wouldn't have the resources to make them myself.  So what were they?  You'll see in just a bit.

From there, I went to Michaels, where I picked up a few more low-priced items, and then Walmart, where I picked up a couple more.  So all in all, it was a very productive day.  And during all of that, it suddenly hit me...this is Duke Alaric's birthday!  And that meant....

PARTY TIME!!!!   :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8456/8037746855_806aa13ae4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037746855/)
Happy Birthday, Alaric (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037746855/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

So Kelson and Araxie decided to bring the birthday gifts to Duke Alaric.  Of course his wife and cousins were invited to watch him open his presents, which were presented in two new unfinished chests.  The dark wood stain (not pictured) will be applied to them later.  (Or there's a chance they might end up getting painted instead.)  The chests originally came in a two-pack, the smaller one nested inside the larger ones.  The packs of polymer clay are silver and translucent white.  (It looks more tan in this photo than it actually is.)  I plan to make prop candles for the candlesticks with the translucent white, and see if I can make a tankard or two with the silver Fimo.  The two wooden balls are molds to form polymer clay bowls around so I can make some playscale pottery, and the tiny red container has some "museum wax" in it, which is some tacky wax that can be used to set small items into place non-permanently, or even into doll hands so that they can hold stuff.  The residue washes off with soap and water, and it's doll safe..  And the tiny package in front of the large chest contains dowel ends.  Those will eventually be either curtain rod finials or hanging tapestry rod finials.

(The unfinished wooden items and polymer clay came from Michaels, while the candlesticks, benches, and doll stands are from the dollhouse shop.)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8037746938_1c793504e0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037746938/)
A closer view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037746938/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here's a closer view of the party attendees with the gift clutter out of frame.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8312/8037744832_937af5c510.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037744832/)
Checking out the candlestick (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037744832/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Alaric turns one of the candlesticks upside down to see if it might work as a shiral crystal stand that way.  It will stand upright either way, so that's a possible alternate use for a single prop.  I certainly don't mind having two props for the price of one!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8309/8037742997_9da227e223.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037742997/)
Gigi peeks in on the action (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037742997/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Gigi decided she wanted to keep a closer eye on what was happening.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8451/8037757431_c890b3f6cb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037757431/)
Doll stands (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037757431/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The dollhouse store had only two Barbie/Ken sized doll stands, so I bought them both.  They are mostly hidden under skirts, kilts, or the lower hems of tunics, and when viewed from the front, the back pole is fairly well hidden.  If I planned to use them in a permanent display, I might paint the bases to match the flooring or glue tiny gravel or fake greenery to them for an outdoor-themed display, but since they'll likely end up getting used in a variety of settings, I'll just leave them as-is.  I've been looking for some decent stands for a while, as it's harder to pose dolls for their photoshoots if they have to be propped against walls in order to stand up. Most of the Barbie and Ken stands I've seen on eBay are plastic, and these are both sturdier and cost me less than the ones on eBay.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8182/8037762572_5fde5186f3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037762572/)
The new benches (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037762572/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

So what were the littles sitting upon?  Here are the benches I found at the dollhouse store today.  As you can see, these dollhouse scale tables are also the perfect size for a playscale bench, and I got them for $5 each.  (I've seen some similar tables online, but I wasn't sure if they would be high enough to serve as playscale benches until I saw them in person, and also most of them ran a lot higher in price.  As in $25-$50 each rather than $5!) I figured at that price, it was worth it to me to buy them rather than try to figure out how to carve turned legs myself without a wood lathe.  I will still finish my bench in progress with the scalloped edges, though; that's why I picked up the wood stain as well as the wood glue.  The glue came in handy tonight after the party was over.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8319/8037761562_3dfb3dc9be.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037761562/)
Another view of benches (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037761562/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a closer shot of one of the benches.  I think this is the bench that had the loose cross brace.  One of the longer cross-braces for the legs had come unglued while the benches were in storage at the doll shop, but it wasn't chipped or broken, so since the store only had the two benches, I told the salesladies that I would go ahead and take both anyway, since I could easily glue the brace back on once I had the wood glue.  I hadn't even glued it back on when I set them out for this photoshoot, but just the pressure of the legs on each end of the crossbeam was enough to hold it in place even before I glued it back into position.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8311/8037780107_d2622d171a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037780107/)
Luke snoopervises the gluing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8037780107/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr


But once we were done with the benches, I figured that would be as good a time as any to make the needed repair.  Luke, of course, had to snoopervise the process.  I just added some wood glue to each end of the cross-brace, stuck it back in place, and clamped it to dry overnight.  It should be as good as new by tomorrow.  The clamps are new too (and especially designed for miniatures crafting), as is the circle cutter, with which I'm hoping to cut a round tabletop as well as any other round pieces I might end up needing.

So there's the long-delayed update, and now that I've got my own wood glue and wood stain, hopefully I can get around to finishing Kelson's fancy-edged bench soon too.  I've also got another project in mind, now that I'm starting to collect some suitable props for it and/or the materials to make others, but I'll report on that at another time.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 02, 2012, 03:20:28 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8031/8048220678_bf77ae1e00.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048220678/)
A surprise for the littles (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048220678/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I got this vintage Marx horse at a great price on eBay.  It needs a bit of loving restoration before it's ready to ride, but hopefully I'll be able to get around to that soon.  I plan to clean him up, sand away any blemishes, and then prime and repaint him some suitable color.  I haven't decided whose horse he will be yet (and in any event, I suspect he'll end up getting shared around quite a bit, as I can't afford an entire stable of them), but it would make the most sense to give him to one of the figures whose hip joints are capable of bending so his legs are in proper riding position.  Unfortunately that means he's less likely to end up as Alaric's, Duncan's, or Sextus's horse (which is a shame, as I'd rather like him for good old patient Murray!), but I know Dhugal has the older sort of hip joint that allows for spreading the legs apart enough to sit in a saddle properly, and I think Kelson does too. Denis would also be able to sit a horse with no problem.  I haven't tested with the ladies yet, but since Helena and Richenda are both on Fashionista bodies, I suspect they'll have similar difficulties to Alaric and Duncan.  Araxie might be able to ride astride, though, and someone has pointed me to a website belonging to someone else who does 1:6 medieval dolls, and she's even got a 14th C. style side-saddle on it (not the practical and secure sort used in later centuries, unfortunately but more like a sideways cushioned chair seat), so maybe my other ladies can eventually ride that way.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8316/8048218998_a5a89bb302.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048218998/)
Finding his feet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048218998/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As you can see, his legs are articulated and therefore poseable, and his head is somewhat poseable also.  I hope I can manage to restore him to "pretty as new."  I'm still reading up on painting equine models so I can learn some customizing tips before I start sanding him down and applying the primer and paint.

So...any ideas for names?  Colors?  Keeping in mind that I'm a rank beginner at this and know diddly-squat about horses?   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 02, 2012, 06:42:17 pm
 I think Dhugal is in need of some formal court robes.  He reminds me of a Northern barbarian Duke compared to the finery of southern Gwynedd.  (Though he is probably perfectly happy that way.) :)

If the horse was meant for Morgan, I might suggest the name Ruffian (with all due respect to Alkari).  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 02, 2012, 08:16:39 pm
I already have fabric for more dressy tunics and trews for Dhugal.  Maybe next week I can get around to sewing some, if my schedule is less busy.  And yes, given his druthers, he'd rather not get all dolled up...pardon the pun.  ;)

I suspect that we have a mare, given the significant lack of even the faintest suggestion of a "boy bump" on her undercarriage.  I could be wrong.  But I think I've seen a few photos of Marx horses that were meant to be stallions and were sculpted at least somewhat accordingly.  If this is a gelding, someone got overenthusiastic with the snipping, that's all I'm saying 'bout that.  :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8032/8048874288_da236c4c3c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048874288/)
Kelson gets first dibs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048874288/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Kelson was delighted to put the new horse through its paces.  His hip joints easily adapted to the new mount.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8036/8048873670_d1bff4a4dc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048873670/)
Here's a side view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048873670/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a side view of Kelson on the horse.  His Majesty is in need of some riding boots.  Or footwear in general, really.  I'll have to look into that soon.

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Gigi takes a closer look (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048868205/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Gigi meets the newcomer to the family.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8459/8048872404_e64452c1d6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048872404/)
Luke puts in an appearance (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048872404/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Where there are Mini-Deryni, you'll find Luke nearby.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8039/8048882625_1c2d99240f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048882625/)
Seated &quot;sidesaddle&quot; (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048882625/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a frontal view of Mirjana sitting "sidesaddle."  Her skirts completely conceal her legs.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8318/8048877921_be97df6c90.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048877921/)
Frontal view astride (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048877921/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here's Mirjana riding astride.  Again, since she wears full skirts, almost no leg is visible.  And she would probably be wearing trews under the skirt to prevent chafing anyway, so if the fabric matches the skirt, the added garment would hardly be noticeable.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8454/8048882380_76bda2f217.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048882380/)
Side view, riding astride (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048882380/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Mirjana's skirts almost completely preserve her modesty when she is riding astride.  No need to sew a caparison for the horse, if the rider is going to wear a long gown!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8458/8048876779_bfbac10e3e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048876779/)
Sidesaddle view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048876779/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

If Mirjana were in an early period sidesaddle (which is pretty much just a padded chair mounted sideways on a horse's back, not the more practical form of saddle that developed in later centuries), she'd be seated something like this.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8311/8048893945_6d74f843d4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048893945/)
Fashionista Ken hip joint fail (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048893945/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Sextus demonstrates how useless the Fashionista Ken body's hip joints are at doing anything that requires the figure to sit or stand with legs apart.  He has to adapt a very knock-kneed sit and then turn his  legs out at the knees in order to roughly simulate any sort of riding position.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8458/8048893417_dfb23e0e7c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048893417/)
Long tunics help hide the flaws (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048893417/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Fortunately the longer tunics in fashion during this period help to conceal Sextus's awkward horse-riding posture.  So maybe it's not too out of the question for Alaric and Duncan to ride after all, as long as they're wearing properly concealing clothing.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8175/8048866745_81a37fc6a9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048866745/)
Old seams and glue (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048866745/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

You can see how the old glue has yellowed with age.  There are a few other flaws also.  But all of these should disappear after a bit of TLC.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8316/8048866063_bfd1f2ba54.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048866063/)
Hoof problems (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048866063/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Dhugal plans to get on with fixing this as well as he can manage.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8462/8048870142_154c8af6a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048870142/)
In for the kill (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8048870142/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The fierce predator goes for the herbivore's tender belly.  Oops....  ;)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on October 02, 2012, 09:28:31 pm
That 'fierce predator' looks like a thinner version of Zane the Insane--of course, most cats this side of Garfield are thinner than my Pudgy Panther.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 05, 2012, 02:22:53 pm
That 'fierce predator' looks like a thinner version of Zane the Insane--of course, most cats this side of Garfield are thinner than my Pudgy Panther.

Maybe Zane was lucky enough to take down a real horse?   ;)

All right, more updates.  Despite Hubby having surgery yesterday, I managed to find time to add a few items to the Mini-Deryni wardrobe.  The first find was discovered while I was at Walmart picking up Hubby's prescription meds:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8462/8057020191_3fd57bb322.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057020191/)
New girdle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057020191/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I discovered an easy way to put together a medieval girdle (what we would call a belt nowadays).  This is a ready-made beaded chain sold in the crafts section of Walmart with the beading and jewelry-making stuff.  It is the right length to make a bracelet from, but came without a clasp.  I found a different sort of clasp finding with an S shaped hook in back and used it to link one end of the chain with a jump ring somewhere in the middle of it, so the extra chain dangles below the new "buckle."  The red of the charms and beads in the chain exactly matches the red beads on Mirjana's bliaut.  So all in all, this girdle took all of 15 seconds to "make."  All I had to do was take the chain section and the clasp out of the original packaging and use the clasp to hook the chain together around the doll's waist.  I especially loved the red enameled "doughnut shapes" on the girdle. They remind me of Anglo-Saxon inlaid garnet work, such as you'd find in the Sutton Hoo or Staffordshire Hoard treasure troves, only set in silver rather than in gold.   :D  :

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/31/Sword_fitting_with_garnets_%28SH%29.jpg/800px-Sword_fitting_with_garnets_%28SH%29.jpg)

Here's an example of the sort of inlaid garnet work I mean.

I also got around to making another surcoat that can be worn either in Court or over armor.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8035/8057121614_0885d9c529.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057121614/)
Kelson shows off a new surcoat (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057121614/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I was going to make a new Court tunic for Dhugal to wear, but when I went to pack some fabric into my "to-do bag" to take with me to the hospital, I couldn't find my leftover blue velvet, and then I discovered I didn't have any tiny McLain heraldic badges like I thought I did.  So Kelson gently reminded me that I had some iron-on Haldane lions and that he was long overdue getting a surcoat with his Haldane heraldry on it.  It took me half an hour to painstakingly cut out the first lion (I was trying to cut away as much of the original white background fabric as possible), only to ruin the surcoat fabric I was ironing it onto by having the iron's setting too hot.  So this was my second attempt.  I think it turned out pretty well.  I used Alaric's surcoat to give me the dimensions to make this one.  I might still add a bit of gold trim around the neckline like on Alaric's, but that will depend on what I've got on hand.  But I haven't forgotten Dhugal, and he'll get some spiffy stuff once I dig up his fabric stash.  I actually have a small supply of Dhugal-specific fabrics stashed away somewhere.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8317/8057120527_e3b99e52b0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057120527/)
Back view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057120527/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I don't keep doll stands at the office, so this is a somewhat blurry back view, but you can see the length of the surcoat in relation to the undertunic.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8315/8057119184_bf888bb3db.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057119184/)
Side view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057119184/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here you see the side splits in the lower surcoat to allow for ease of movement.  The surcoat has generous arm openings as well as the high side splits, and the sides are only sewn from about mid chest to hip level, making this article of clothing easy to put on over pretty much anything from undertunics to full armor.  This makes the surcoat a very versatile garment.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8311/8057393310_b862ca922a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057393310/)
New carpet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057393310/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I originally bought this carpet for Duncan's study.  It just arrived in this afternoon's mail, and I noticed it has the Haldane colors in it, so it could serve just as well in Kelson's war pavilion.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8041/8057391371_7d114292da.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057391371/)
Claimed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8057391371/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Kelson seems to be laying claim to the carpet already.  I hope Duncan won't be too disappointed!   :D  It's very hard to find miniature carpet that is large enough to go with 1:6 furnishings.  Most are only big enough for a doormat or the like when used with 1:6 scale figures rather than dollhouse sized ones.  But this one is about 8" x 12", or the equivalent of a 4' x 6' area rug for us, making it a decent size for the Mini-Deryni.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on October 05, 2012, 09:07:29 pm
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Maybe Zane was lucky enough to take down a real horse?   ;)


Give it stripes and it could be a lion taking down a zebra.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on October 05, 2012, 09:10:13 pm
If you gave the horse blue eyes, it would be good as a Companion for a set of Valdemar figures.  (Now THERE's and idea for a crossover!  Where would Deryni powers be on the scale of MindGifts to TrueMagic?)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 13, 2012, 11:07:42 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8191/8084914637_6cf969554a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084914637/)
The littles go shopping (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084914637/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan and Helena decided to accompany me on a shopping spree today.  They brought a friend along to chaperone them.  Their new friend isn't a Mini-Deryni--I think she's going to end up being a Browncoat in the Firefly universe instead, but she hasn't told me her story yet.  Since we were going out into the modern world, the littles decided to wear modern clothing for this expedition.  Duncan spent the entire day studiously trying not to notice Helena's bare legs....

Behind and beneath them, you can see that the shopping trip was a success.  And that's my daughter in the background, photobombing the trio.  We had stopped by Panera Bread for a late lunch.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8053/8084909644_a2b678f975.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084909644/)
The new wardrobe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084909644/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

When we found this wardrobe in World Market, the littles instantly fell in love with it.  They decided it would be a wonderful surprise present for King Kelson and Queen Araxie, since it's in the Haldane colors.  And it was the last one in the store, too.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8335/8084911133_db46f9f0ee.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084911133/)
Alas, it doesn't lead to Narnia.... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084911133/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Unfortunately, this wardrobe doesn't contain a secret entrance to Narnia.  But it does have two drawers and a couple of hooks for hanging clothes and accessories.  I may replace the hooks with slightly larger ones and put a dowel in for a closet rod.  I haven't decided yet.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8193/8084908759_273b16d15f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084908759/)
Wall hanging and/or area floorcloth (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084908759/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This place mat was on clearance sale at World Market.  I figured it could serve double duty as either a wall hanging or a painted floor cloth, so I bought it.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8084907446_fa9f806a8c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084907446/)
The littles try it out (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8084907446/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here are Duncan, Helena, and their friend trying out the new floorcloth, so you can get an idea of its size compared to theirs.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 14, 2012, 02:29:11 am
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8332/8085210530_275472c581.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085210530/)
Hobby Lobby Mini-Deryni swag (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085210530/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I got so excited about showing you what I found at World Market today, I forgot to post the Hobby Lobby finds!  Pictured from left to right:  Silver garland drape fabric from the Christmas section, which is shown doubled, since a single layer is a bit too thin for my purposes.  I want to back it with black fabric as shown to give the illusion of chainmail, since life is too short for me to try to make little 1:6 chainmail armor in varying sizes out of actual metal links.  Next to that, the chain of enameled links will make a nice belt for someone, paired with the clasp beside it (lower middle of photo) as a belt buckle.  Above that is a framed picture meant for a dollhouse.  I plan to replace the current picture in the frame with something else, possibly my "oil painting" of Duncan.  The little key would look nice hanging from someone's belt, possibly Richenda's.  The little shrine below the key could go in either Duncan's study or his bedroom, or even Saint Camber's chapel.  It's around 4" high, which would be the equivalent to 2' in their scale.  I don't know if it would go on a wall or a shelf yet, but either would work.  And the remaining jewelry clasp with the tiger-eye gemstone set in it will be another belt buckle.  I may use it with some black velvet ribbon I have that's just the right width for a belt.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8328/8085211019_8471a74b58.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085211019/)
Belt and buckle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085211019/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I think they'll go quite well together, and with those colors in the medallions, this could go with pretty much anyone's colors, since there's red for Haldane, sky blue for McLain, and even a few hints of Transha yellow-gold and Corwyn green in there.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8468/8085209860_f5423162d9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085209860/)
Shrine close-up (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085209860/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The new shrine is a bit more dimensional than normally seen in artwork of the period.  Deryni illusion in the iconography perhaps?  Those talented Torenthi artists....   :D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8085210257_5a6ae979cd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085210257/)
Frame, key, and belt buckle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085210257/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

No, Helena, you can't keep a framed painting of Father Duncan on the shelf in your box bed.  I'm sorry.  Sister Therese would be scandalized if she ever peeked in there and discovered it.  I'll find some other, more suitable place to put the oil painting. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/u4s0zwgjvtolhr0/FotoSketcher%20-%20Duncan%20in%20Oil.jpg (https://www.dropbox.com/s/u4s0zwgjvtolhr0/FotoSketcher%20-%20Duncan%20in%20Oil.jpg)

This is the picture I have in mind, by the way. My Dropbox wouldn't let me do it as an image link, so hopefully this link to the page will work.

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Illusory chainmail (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8085208978/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The illusion breaks down a bit at this close range, but at arm's length, it resembles linked armor enough to pass muster.  And I may just use it for sleeves and chausses, since I've got enough leather scraps and faux leather for making tiny brigandine armor (I also have itteh bitteh metal studs for the "rivets"), and they'd normally wear a surcoat over their armor as well.

I also picked up more of the scalloped wooden trim, enough for Kelson to have a fancy canopy edging on his four-poster bed when I get around to making it, and some foam for his mattress.  I'll need to cut it all down to the right size, but I can't do that until I figure out the final dimensions for the bed.  And I won't start on the bed until I've finished making Kelson's bench, but I've started gluing that together at least, and just have to add the legs on now, then stain and gild it, and I'll be done.

OK, so that's it for tonight!

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 14, 2012, 12:31:45 pm
Great finds, Evie!  The wardrobe is perfect for the Royal apartments in Rhemuth.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 14, 2012, 12:45:35 pm
That's what I thought, and it will also help to contain their rapidly growing collection of swag.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 18, 2012, 04:01:14 pm
For today's update, see my "birthday card" in the Happy Birthday, Katherine thread:  http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php?topic=583.msg7040#new (http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php?topic=583.msg7040#new)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 19, 2012, 08:57:48 am
Nice comic strip.  I see Alaric claimed the new belt.  Where in the world did you find a pink wine cabinet?  Not what I would expect to find in a little girl's doll house.  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 19, 2012, 10:00:24 am
I got them on eBay.  There are actually two sets with matching cabinets but different sets of bottles, which I'll post pictures of when time permits, but this week has been a little crazy-making for me.  (My daughter has missed school most of the week with unexplained abdominal pains that don't seem to match the pattern for appendicitis, but don't line up with standard symptoms for a stomach bug either, so we've already had two visits to her doctor and are waiting on results of some lab tests to come back so we can hopefully figure out what's going on with her.)  I think the sets were made in China.  There is apparently a bigger market for fashion dolls and ball jointed dolls as adult collectables in Asia than here in the US, so you get a lot more in the way of props and accessories for them there, including adorable little sushi plates and such that, unfortunately, would look very out of place on a Gwyneddan table.  And since there isn't the assumption over there that "dolls are only for children," they don't have the same sort of public outcry we would get here from parents up in arms because "OMG, they're trying to turn Barbie into a lush now, and what sort of message does that send to our sweet impressionable children!"   (Although actual Barbie brand wine goblets and beer mugs can sometimes be found as well, dating back a few decades to a time when not all Barbie clothes were in garish shades of pink and purple, Barbie had "vast tracts of land" and an impossibly small waist, and parents were less likely to go postal over a child's dollhouse containing adult beverages. :D )

At any rate, the same company makes all sorts of furniture sets for the 11.5"-12" sized dolls and action figures.  They mostly come in the same garish pink plastic, but collectors tend to repaint them and turn them into surprisingly stylish looking furnishings.  Again, unfortunately most of those aren't very adaptable for medieval diorama purposes, but since they can be assembled and disassembled, I figured I could use the framework of these, perhaps adding an extra shelf or two in the lower section where the wine rack is now and removing the "etched glass" doors, and turn them into bookshelves.  Or since my daughter might shoot me if I disassemble the one she worked so hard to put together, I might at least use some of the "stained glass paint" to modify the doors, and the top half might continue to be used as an aumbry to store drinking vessels.  That would take some historical liberties with medieval furniture, but it's a fantasy medieval world, so I suppose not completely implausible.  The etched pattern on those doors is a stylized fleur-de-lys, though, so if I end up painting them, Alaric might end up claiming them due to the similarity between that motif and his "flory counterflory" bordure on his coat of arms.   :D

And yes, Alaric has also claimed the belt, at least for the moment.  But that clasp I'm using as a buckle makes it fully adjustable, so there's no telling who will end up wearing it next. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on October 19, 2012, 11:00:46 am
Narnia?  Another crossover idea!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on October 19, 2012, 09:22:20 pm

So...any ideas for names?  Colors?  Keeping in mind that I'm a rank beginner at this and know diddly-squat about horses?   :D

are you up to an Appaloosa?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 19, 2012, 11:03:22 pm
Probably not.  From what I've gathered so far from more experienced model horse customizers, it's probably better for a newbie (which I would be) to start out with a fairly solid color, with some color difference (if any) primarily in the mane and tail.  I'll probably pull up lots of pictures of horses until I find one that's both pretty and looks fairly simple for a beginner to copy, and then just go with that.

It might be a little while before I get around to that project, though.  I've found out that the melt marks in one of his hooves will need to be filled in with Apoxie putty first, which I will need to find and buy, and then I'll also have to buy suitable primer and paint for him.  So the horse project has been shelved for the moment until I can afford and locate those supplies, and finish a few other things I've already got the materials on hand for, like Kelson's bench and possibly his bed as well.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 23, 2012, 10:44:11 am
Here's a new project for the littles:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8116372414_f4d7267d67.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8116372414/)
Trial 1:6 scale rosary (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8116372414/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Using documentation found at http://www.solarflarecreations.com.au/rosary.html (http://www.solarflarecreations.com.au/rosary.html) and some shiral-colored beads sent to me by K. Norton on the Playscale Yahoo Group, I set out to create a 1:6 scale rosary.  This is a trial version, using the darker "amber" beads as the gauds between each decade of the lighter shiral beads.  I am not sure there is enough contrast between the two colors, though, and both color beads are the same size, so I may replace the darker amber beads with something in a contrasting color and slightly larger size.  A reddish coral would have been a popular choice in the Middle Ages, though lapis lazuli, garnet, or malachite would also look good with the shiral, I would think, and ornamental gold beads would also work.  Red silk cord was often used, and the string was not knotted between the beads in order to allow them to slide freely on the cord (for ease of counting them off during prayer).  I haven't decided yet whether to create a closed loop with a descender and cross on it like in the style of rosary that moderns are used to (which was also used in the Middle Ages), or to go with an abbreviated, straight style often favored by men in medieval times, since they were more practical to tuck into a belt or a pouch.  If I have enough beads for more than one style, I might try both and see which style my little bishops favor.  Medieval rosaries sometimes had pendant crosses or crucifixes, but sometimes were just adorned with tassels, or had other sorts of charms attached.  I have some tiny cross charms, so I might add one of those to one end and, if going with a straight style, put a tassel on the other end.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 23, 2012, 11:29:38 am
Very nice, Evie.  I especially enjoyed the link to the article, since I am experimenting with jewelry (beads and wire-wrapping) myself.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 23, 2012, 12:35:01 pm
Finished the trial string over my lunch break:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8466/8116655419_3e749408a1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8116655419/)
Five decade rosary (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8116655419/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Testing the final length here, minus the eventual descender and cross.  If I replace the gauds with larger beads, it will end up a few millimeters longer, but not much longer.  There should be an additional gaud at the beginning of the string also, but I forgot to start the series with a dark bead first. Those darker amber beads definitely blend in a little too well, but they might look nicer strung on their own cord.  Next time I'm supply shopping, I'll see if I can find some slightly larger beads in a different color to serve as the gauds and modify this string, then use the leftovers from that pack and the dark amber beads to make a separate string.  Originally I was a little worried that these beads would be just a bit too large, since they're not all that much smaller than beads on a modern-day 1:1 scale rosary.  But then I remembered that modern rosaries are hooked together with little metal loops which take up space between each bead, so when strung loosely on cord, a larger bead will take up the same amount of space and work out fine.  This loop is long enough for one of my ladies to wear necklace-style, and should also drape over a belt nicely.  If I ever want to make one of these in 1:12 scale, though, I'll definitely want to use itteh bitteh seed beads for that project.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 23, 2012, 12:36:26 pm
Very nice, Evie.  I especially enjoyed the link to the article, since I am experimenting with jewelry (beads and wire-wrapping) myself.

Ooh, so now you need a fancy beaded necklace to put your lovely gryphon pendant on!   Might I suggest something in Corwyn green, perhaps with black and gold accents?  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 23, 2012, 01:40:54 pm
If only I could afford the emeralds and gold to duplicate the Furstana emerald necklace!  Of course, I'd have to borrow the origninal from the Ducal treasury to make sure it was an accurate copy.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 23, 2012, 01:43:43 pm
LOL!  Fortunately there's ample precedent for fake "jewels" even as far back as the Middle Ages.   :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on October 23, 2012, 10:09:36 pm
I admire your patience, good eyesight, and fine motor skills!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 23, 2012, 10:32:32 pm
I'll admit to a moderate amount of patience, but my eyesight is actually awful.  I'm naturally extremely nearsighted (before the days of ultralight plastic lenses, I had to start wearing contact lenses because my Coke-bottle-bottom glass lens prescription got too heavy to wear comfortably), yet as I've aged I've started growing slightly far-sighted as well, and it's hard to do crafts stuff while holding everything out at arm's length!  I can only do close up work like threading a needle or painting doll features because I have a magnifying visor with built-in lighting.  My fine motor skills are good for some things, but not so great for others.  I'm hopeless with video game controllers, for instance, though the constant practice is starting to improve my mad hand-sewing skillz.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 24, 2012, 03:51:25 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8324/8120168541_146a12e713.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8120168541/)
Mini book (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8120168541/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The littles are starting to complain about getting bored during the long workday, so I tried my hand at making a book for them.   I figured this title looked like it might be right up their alley, if a bit more modern than their usual literature....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8463/8120167101_f53e5fe19b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8120167101/)
Mini book (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8120167101/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

There's not actually anything printed on the pages.  I just wanted to see if I could figure out the basic process of putting one together before I get all fancy with it.  The cover is stiffened with thin cardboard.  If I make more of these, I'll probably line the back of the cardboard with some white or marbled endpapers to make it look more like a book cover, or at least with some glossy white paper if I'm making a paperback.

Hm...I wonder if the Mini-Deryni might want mini-versions of their own histories?     :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 24, 2012, 07:03:46 pm
Do you mean something like Deryni Half-Rising?  Deryni Checkmite?  Not-Quite-So-High Deryni?   ;D

*Ducks and runs*
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 24, 2012, 10:11:41 pm
I'd swat you, Jerusha, but my reach is too short....   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 24, 2012, 11:03:06 pm
OK, a bit of explanatory background here first.  Someone I met on another forum for folks who do 1:6 figures, props, and dioramas had expressed interest in possibly trading some of her items for a set of furnishings I'm making that are too modern in style for my Mini-Deryni.  She specializes in polymer clay items, including miniature food.  So that inspired this response from my littles:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8329/8121004423_a03831f52a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8121004423/)
Mini-Deryni Tales 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8121004423/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 25, 2012, 10:57:58 am
ROFL!  I love that hat on Arilan!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 25, 2012, 02:36:48 pm
He says it's more comfortable than a mitre.  I think modern living is starting to spoil our good bishop of Dhassa somewhat.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on October 26, 2012, 12:04:17 am
He says it's more comfortable than a mitre.  I think modern living is starting to spoil our good bishop of Dhassa somewhat.   ;)

I have read some fics--unfortunately, most of them bad Mary Sues--of modern people transported into the Deryiverse.  Has anyone done a fic involving one or more of the characters transported into OUR world?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 26, 2012, 05:41:55 pm
Haven't written a fic about it, no.  Though that pretty much mirrors what goes on in my head at odd moments when I'm eating out, or shopping at Sam's Club, or just driving to work.  Deryni characters popping into my mind without any advance notice, giving me commentary whether I want it or not, often making me smirk if not actually laugh out loud, which makes people around me wonder what the heck I'm thinking at those moments....   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 27, 2012, 11:28:42 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8184/8129678454_27b83fc967.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8129678454/)
A toast (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8129678454/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr
(Set design by my daughter...I told her I'd give her credit.  ;) )

The littles celebrate the addition of a new table to their furniture collection.  It's not finished yet--actually, it's not even started yet!  The base is a candlestick that looks like stained wood (although I think it's actually resin), and the top is an unfinished wooden plaque that I plan on staining to match the base.  I could glue them together, but I think I will keep them as separate pieces for easier storage.  I also made two little seat cushions out of some leftover fabric from my husband's Halloween costume.  You can see one under Grub.  You can plan on seeing more of the fabric, since Hubby cut strips from a luscious purple sheet for some trim on his costume, leaving most of the fabric intact, and it's a gorgeous shade for either another cassock or else some royal garments.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8194/8129701154_5af3a97f54.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8129701154/)
Seat cushions and beaded chokers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8129701154/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a closer look at the new seat cushions.  I also tried making some chokers in the Haldane and Corwyn colors for Araxie and Richenda.

By the way, I have been scouting out some taller bodies for Grub, since she's supposed to look like an undernourished 7-year-old (so at least like a healthy five-year-old) and not like a toddler.  I have my eye on a particular type of articulated body for her, but am waiting until I can get one at a good price.  She is looking forward to eventually getting a body that will do more than just sit stiff-legged.

I may also have some pictures of medieval food to post eventually, although that won't be in the immediate future, as the chef has several other commissions to work on that need to be completed during the holidays, so I'm hoping she'll be able to get to the medieval stuff by Duncan's birthday in early February.  But at least now I'll have at least one table to display it on!  (Though I suspect this will end up being the table in Duncan's study instead.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8052/8129900963_3e89ac0bb1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8129900963/)
New table pedestal (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8129900963/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This candlestick serves as the base of the new table.  If I don't permanently attach the new tabletop to the pedestal, this piece can also be used as a separate, smaller table with a raised rim, perhaps suitable for a game table, making the pedestal more versatile.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8048/8129922805_9f50359c13.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8129922805/)
New table and candelabrum (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8129922805/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Stained tabletop and a gold candlestick holder.  The candelabrum was in a dollar bin at Walmart and was designed with a pick at the bottom to stick into the top of a cake.  I had bought it a while back meaning to alter it for use, but hadn't got around to it yet.  My husband surprised me tonight by cutting the pick part off so that it could stand directly on its base, and then spray painting it with some metallic gold spray paint (the same kind I used on Duncan's crozier).  It looks a lot better than the original dull "gold" plastic it started off as in the package.  It should hold eight birthday-candle sized candles.

The tabletop and pedestal aren't exactly the same shade, but without the flash, the pedestal looks a bit darker and the stained wood tabletop looks a little lighter, so they seem to match better in room light.  I might try staining the pedestal a little darker, but I don't know how well it will take the stain, since it's not wood.  I think it is some sort of resin.  The tabletop didn't stain quite as smoothly as I might wish, but that's fine.  If I use it for Kelson's war encampment, it's "rustic" enough to suit that setting, and if it ends up in Duncan's study, he'll probably have a tablecloth and/or a few books and scrolls piled on it, which should serve to hide any flaws.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 28, 2012, 01:17:14 pm
I can only wonder what type of mischief an "articulated" Grub will get into, with or without her father's help.  :D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 28, 2012, 06:13:32 pm
Sextus Arilan on bath day....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8044/8132820949_54362ab0a3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8132820949/)
Sextus at Bathtime (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8132820949/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Hey, can a guy get a bit of privacy around here?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8184/8132863124_3a2009dddc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8132863124/)
On second thought.... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8132863124/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

"On second thought, you can stay.  If you could scrub that place in the middle of my back, sweeting, that would be great!"   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 28, 2012, 09:41:43 pm
Whoa!  That doesn't look like Avisa!!!   :o
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on October 28, 2012, 10:01:41 pm
Whoa!  That doesn't look like Avisa!!!   :o

Perhaps we can imagine this scene as taking place before he got domesticated.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 28, 2012, 10:16:57 pm
It's more likely a scene from before his marriage.  Then again, the chambermaid is fully clothed, so that could be seen as evidence of a married Sextus behaving himself for a change .... ;)  (I can't imagine Avisa handing the bathtime duties off to a servant completely, though--she of all people would be aware of his weaknesses!-- so this was probably pre-Avisa.  :D )
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on October 29, 2012, 08:44:03 am
It's more likely a scene from before his marriage.  Then again, the chambermaid is fully clothed, so that could be seen as evidence of a married Sextus behaving himself for a change .... ;)

Even Sextus doesn't work immediately.

Quote
  (I can't imagine Avisa handing the bathtime duties off to a servant completely, though--she of all people would be aware of his weaknesses!-- so this was probably pre-Avisa.  :D )

She'd probably assign only male servants as bath attendants, or if she had to send a woman, she'd pick the homliest one she could find.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 30, 2012, 11:14:01 pm
If a picture paints a thousand words, then here's today's update in several thousand words....   ;D

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8140556695_fd4dbafaa6_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8140556695/)
Mini-Deryni Tales 4 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8140556695/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Yes, I've finally found a "mini-me" (or close enough, anyway) to turn into Sister Therese.  Life at the Schola may never be the same.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on October 31, 2012, 06:21:22 am
You definitely know how to make an entrance, Evie!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on October 31, 2012, 02:41:43 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8046/8141649446_1d479449c6_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8141649446/)
Mini-Deryni Tales 5 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8141649446/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on October 31, 2012, 06:09:15 pm
The feline beasts have invaded Rhemuth Castle!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on November 02, 2012, 09:23:11 am
Unexpected update....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8146685759_f57eab39d1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8146685759/)
Thrift store finds (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8146685759/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I found some goodies at the thrift store when Hubby and I went shopping last night.  See the little guy next to Grub?  Well, I saw him and figured that was about the right height for a somewhat malnourished seven-year-old (compared to the size of my other figures).  The body she originally had looked more toddler-sized, and Sextus didn't even know he had a daughter yet when she was two.  Sure, it's a male body and not a female one, but at seven, Grub wouldn't have developed womanly curves yet, and the new body can be sanded a bit to make it look less masculine.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8146728625_94845303d4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8146728625/)
Leftover parts (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8146728625/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

So I did a bit of Frankensteining.  Here are the spare parts.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8146729057_0b0fec9194.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8146729057/)
Taller Grub (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8146729057/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here the newly re-bodied "Grub" is standing in front of her Great-Uncle Denis.  (Her daddy Sextus was still in the bathtub, so I've got her next to Uncle Denis so you can see the change of height.)  It looks like she'll need a new gown...this one fits her like a short tunic now!  But with her new bendy arms and legs, she'll find it easier to get into mischief than ever before.

If you're wondering about the other bits and bobs in the first picture and what I did with those, I'm going to use the tripod base thing as a table pedestal, and I've washed and put the smaller Barbie head on the nearly identical sized LIV doll body so it can be fully jointed.  Not sure what I'll do with the LIV head, since it's too big for me to use for anything, but maybe someone on my doll forum will want it.  I don't know if the resulting hybrid doll will end up being in the Mini-Deryni collection or used for something else.  She doesn't really resemble anyone in canon that I can think of, though maybe she could pass for a grown up Briony?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8146778369_131303371e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8146778369/)
Body swap (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8146778369/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

She has a similar face sculpt to my Richenda figure, I think (I'd have to see them side to side to be sure), so if I do use her as a Mini-Deryni, it might be in that role.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on November 02, 2012, 11:16:10 am
The updated Grub is great.  She looks just mischievious enough to keep Great-Uncle Denis thumbing through his penitential for years to come.  :D

The other doll could be a grown Briony - but you better find her some clothes before her father shows up, or she'll be taking Sister Theresa's place as a nun!   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on November 02, 2012, 02:11:24 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8196/8148437951_eafd35729a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8148437951/)
Helena wearing beaded gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8148437951/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I made this gown for Araxie, but she is at home today, so Helena is giving it a test fit.  I embellished this simple gown with gold beads to give it some added visual interest.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on November 09, 2012, 01:44:57 pm
Here's my latest stuff:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8348/8167263825_b832e631ec.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167263825/)
New game pieces and boards (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167263825/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

A friend from my 1:6 scale forum sent me the tiny chess board pictured at center right and playing pieces to go with it. It is a magnetic board, but the magnet is not very strong, and the pieces don't stick to it very well, especially with the bases of each piece barely able to crowd together to fit on the tiny 1:12 scale board.  I had a magnetic sheet (one of the kind you can use to cover up a metal floor vent) in my craft stuff, so I printed off a few larger chess boards and used a glue stick to attach the paper "boards" to the magnetic backing.  The square board is 3" x 3" and the rectangular one is 4" x 3".  I figured those would be more realistic sized boards for 1:6 game play.  While looking up game boards, I happened across a photo of a Gluckshaus board in a museum and thought it might be nice to have a tavern game in the collection as well.  I have not done anything to finish the boards since these are just trial boards, but once I have one that works well and that I want to preserve, I'll use my spray matte sealer to fix the colors and make them water resistant, and then possibly use a brush-on gloss or semi-gloss clear coat to add some more protection to the paper side of the board(s).  Or since the magnetic sheet is white on one side, I might just hand paint the final game board designs and then seal the colors appropriately.  While painting a board from scratch might be somewhat fiddly work, the author of the Deryni books might decide she wants a cardounet board to look slightly different from a regular chess board (we'd discussed a few possibilities at DragonCon last September), so using a painted magnetic sheet would make it fairly easy to create a customized game board.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8066/8167261641_0c7b23f29b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167261641/)
Closer view of 1:6 Gluckshaus board prototype (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167261641/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I really love this Gluckshaus board.  In the original photo, it looks like the sides of the board are raised, so I might need to find a small picture frame or miniature moulding strips and make a raised frame for the final version of the 1:6 board as well, though even the flat picture of it has a nice trompe l'oeil effect. 

Of course, for the littles to play Gluckhaus, I'll need to get miniature dice and a nice assortment of coins, since it's a gambling game.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7280/8167260567_751c866a92.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167260567/)
Closer view of chess boards and pieces (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167260567/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The longer board was originally inlaid in a painted tabletop, I think, to make a dedicated chess table.  I like that design, but think a removable chess board would probably be more versatile.

The game pieces are not the modern standard shapes, and it's really hard to tell for certain which pieces are meant to be rooks, knights, bishops, etc.  But since the mini-Deryni play "cardounet" rather than actual chess, that's actually a point in their favor.  This way the pieces can end up representing whatever game pieces KK might decide to describe in some future scene in which the characters are playing cardounet. 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7135/8167290740_582080d8c7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167290740/)
Ready for game play (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167290740/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I tested the fit of the pieces on the larger game board.  While they aren't as magnetic as I'd hoped, the larger spaces make it easier to arrange the game pieces without knocking neighboring pieces over.  I found it easiest to stand a piece upright in the center of the board and then use a fingertip to slide it into the proper place.  Since I am just guessing at what the various pieces are meant to represent, I just put the two non-paired pieces in the center of each back row as the probable King and Queen, and then made sure the other pieces were lined up on either side of those symmetrically. 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8344/8167289364_f6680c7090.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167289364/)
Board testing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8167289364/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I didn't have any mini-Deryni at lunch with me today, so two of my modern littles decided to see if they could figure out how to play cardounet on their own.  This board would be the equivalent of an 18" square board in 1:1 scale, which is a reasonable size, though I could make it slightly bigger.  I just didn't want to make it so big that the pieces would look completely undersized for the board.  The actual playing area of this board is only a little bit larger than the original board the pieces came with, but that small bit of difference ends up being a big help where board setup is concerned.

Now, if you'll take a closer look at the blond girl's body, that's not a jointed Barbie body, that belongs to a Liv doll.  I just stuck a Barbie head on her.  The jointed Liv dolls have much better articulation than even my Fashionista Barbie bodies do, allowing them to pose a lot better, but they originally come with oversized heads that make them look a bit like a Bobblehead.  The bodies are almost identical in size to the Barbie bodies I currently use, though, and the clothing I've already made will fit on the Liv bodies, so as I find more Liv bodies in thrift stores or on clearance, I'm hoping to swap out my lady figures' bodies with these better jointed ones.  They also have mostly flat feet (just a slight arch to them, but it's a natural looking arch rather than the extreme Barbie high-heeled arch), so it should be easier to design proper period footwear for them.  I happened to find another very fair skinned Liv body that matches Helena's face better than her Fashionista body did, so I've already swapped her out to a new body (no photos yet), and if I can find decent skintone matches for my others, I'll eventually swap those out as well.  There is a male doll in the Liv line who also has good articulation, but I haven't bought one yet to see how it compares to my Duncan and Alaric bodies.  If it's better, and is a decent size and shape and the skin color match isn't too far off, they might eventually get swapped out as well.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on November 09, 2012, 02:09:26 pm
Is Gluckshaus like backgammon?  Cardounet is more-or-less chess, isn't it?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on November 09, 2012, 02:56:28 pm
Yes, cardounet is similar to chess, although it varies a little bit.  KK wasn't sure exactly how yet when I asked her (I think since she was planning on writing in a cardounet scene or two in future, she didn't want to be pinned down, though some of the pieces in the scene she read at Dragoncon have different names).  And if you look at the history of chess, there are several period variations of the game that existed before we got our modern version, so cardounet could be similar to one of those variations.

Gluckshaus isn't like backgammon at all, although there was a period game similar to backgammon that was called tric trac.  Gluckshaus is a gambling game played with a pair of dice.  If you roll a 3,5,6,8,9,10, or 11, you either put a coin in that square if it is empty, or else take the coin that is already in there.  If you roll a 7 (I think it's numbered differently on this board, but it's normally the 7), you have landed on the Wedding, and so you always leave a coin as a wedding gift, so this square eventually collects a nice pot of coins.  If you roll a 2, the Pig, you get to take all of the coins off the board except for those in the Wedding square, because the joke is that even a pig wouldn't steal from a wedding.  If you roll a 12, the King, then you get to take all the coins off the board, including the Wedding gifts, because the King gets to collect taxes from everyone.  And if you roll a 4, then traditionally those coins go to the house (or the owner of the board), though if the game is played just for fun, usually that just means you neither lose nor win any coins.  In the version of Gluckshaus that I created for Visionaries, I added a slight twist in that the players were gambling for imaginary stakes and just using tokens rather than coins.  I've played Gluckhaus before (the real version rather than the Visionaries version), and it's a lot of fun even if you don't toss in such fanciful stakes as Nur Hallaji dancing girls and beachfront properties in Bremagne.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 02, 2012, 05:50:48 pm
Sorry for the very belated update, but it's been a fairly hectic month.  I don't have photos for this one, unfortunately, though I hope to address the lack of them soon.

Projects in various stages of progress:

Deryni rosaries--cynicalmedic was kind enough to provide me with a bunch of lovely beads she found at an estate sale, and some of them look like they will work well to complete this project, once I have time to unstring them and restring them into the rosary.  I had hoped to get to that this weekend, but Real Life happened.

Bookcases--The pink plastic wine cabinets have been taken apart and spray painted with brown plastic primer.  I hope to transform them into "wooden" shelving with faux woodgrain soon.  They are a bit taller than the "waist high" bookcases Duncan is supposed to have in his study, but maybe they can go in another diorama.

New horse--I haven't found the Apoxie sculpt stuff to fill in the melt marks in my vintage Marx horse's hoof yet, so in the meantime I found a Barbie horse at the thrift store that I will use to practice my horse repainting technique on.  Hopefully that will have the added benefit of turning the Barbie horse into something that resembles a real one a little more, instead of one with cartoon eyes.

Stone wall backdrop--I have taken some pink insulating foam and etched faux "stonework" into it.  I plan on painting it with acrylic paints to use as a castle wall backdrop once it's done. 

Richenda's and Helena's heads have been moved to new Liv bodies, which are even more poseable than the Fashionista Barbies I had before, plus they have regular (flat) feet rather than pointy toed feet meant for wearing high heels, so they should be easier to make medieval shoes for.  I am still trying to find more Liv bodies with the right skintone to rebody Mirjana and Araxie.

And in the meantime, I've taken on a commission to do a Friar Tuck 1:6 scale costume for a friend who liked the look of Duncan's Servant of Saint Camber robes and offered to trade a bunch of clothes and accessories in exchange for me sewing a costume for his Friar Tuck.  So that will be a project to take on over the holidays.

Will post pictures as I get more time.   I'm still alive and working on stuff, I promise!   :)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 02, 2012, 11:56:03 pm
OK, here's a short update with photos. 

This weekend I rebodied Richenda and Mirjana.  After putting Richenda on a new Liv body (similar to the ones on either side of Mirjana in this photo, but a darker skintone to match her tanner head color), her head was quite wobbly on the new body, so I used the "grape trick" I learned on the Figurvore forum to stabilize it.   Since the disk at the top of the Liv's neck is similar to the one on a Barbie neck (but without those pesky prongs), I cut small slits around the plastic grape's opening so it would fit over that disk.  Even so, it took a few tries to get the grape on the little knob, and even more effort and a drop of dishwashing liquid to get the head onto it, and for a minute or two I thought Richenda would have a permanent and rather weird looking purple "choker" at the base of her neck, but once I got the head all the way on (and down nearly to her shoulders), I pulled it back up into the proper position and voila!  A perfect fit after all, and the new neck knob works like a charm.

I forgot to take photos of Richenda's body swap because I was still trying to figure out how the technique worked, so here are photos of my second attempt with Mirjana's body.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8207/8239509109_7572b7051b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8239509109/)
Rebodying Mirjana (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8239509109/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr


 Oddly enough, the body on the left looked like it would be the closer skintone match when I look at the two bodies beside her in person, but when I take photos, the body on the right (with the white underwear) looks like the closer match.  So I went with the one on the right.

Again, I used the same technique that I did with Richenda's grape, but this time I just could not get the head over the grape at all. And then it dawned on me...had I even tried to put the head on over just the Liv knob by itself first?  Nope, I hadn't.   Just because Richenda's head was wobbly on it didn't necessarily mean Mirjana's would be, since they came off two different types of Barbies.  And so I took the grape back off to see how well the Fashionista head would fit on the Liv body by itself....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8208/8239508491_cd54b900f9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8239508491/)
Rebodying Mirjana (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8239508491/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

...and she fit on it perfectly, even without the grape.  All of that wrestling for nothing!  (Though I kept the grape anyway in case the next head I rebody happens to need one.)

Here is Mirjana on her new body, with her former body beside her.  I'll clip the side prongs off and keep it on hand as a spare.  And her medieval undergown and bliaut fit just as well on her new body; I tested that before the head swap to make sure I wouldn't have to create a new wardrobe for her if she switched bodies!  I'm just waiting for her hair to dry before I dress her again.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 09, 2012, 04:21:51 pm
Not much to report on this week, although I did this earlier today, since I found some better, more poseable bodies at the thrift store this weekend, and one was an almost perfect match for Araxie:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8257830451_2e8a8aa79a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8257830451/)
Rebodied Araxie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8257830451/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I've really got to retouch Araxie's faceup, especially her eyes.  Here is Araxie's head on a body that matches her face's skintone much better than the peachy body she was on before.  (I took a "before" photo of her, but my camera was acting up at the time, so I didn't save.)  The body beside her was another one I bought in case this body wasn't a close enough match.  I remembered her face was more tan than some of my other ladies', but apparently not quite that tan after all.  (The difference isn't as pronounced in room lighting as it is in this photos, but there is still more of a definite yellow undertone to the spare body even when viewed in person.)

So that means that all of my Deryni ladies are on better bodies now than they started off with, which means more realistic posing, not to mention flatter feet that should be easier to make proper footwear for, and that might even let me stand them up without a doll stand on occasion.  Yay!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 23, 2012, 02:10:22 pm
Now that I'm on holiday, I've finally got some time to work on a few projects, including this one:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8083/8301465046_c9152a1ce5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8301465046/)
New castle wall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8301465046/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This "stone castle wall" is made from insulation foam (the pink 1" thick sort of foam sold at Lowe's or Home Depot for house insulation). I used a pencil to carve the initial outlines of the stone blocks into the foam, then went back over the same lines with a craft knife to create further definition.  A thin wash of black acrylic paint went over this (several layers of the black, actually), then once that was dry, I used sponges to apply gray paint, and then I dabbed some grayish-tan paint over that.  This created the color and "texture" of the stone blocks.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8300403633_e1f4fa40ce.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8300403633/)
New castle wall (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8300403633/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here, Helena and Duncan check out the new backdrop.  I didn't bring enough props with me on holiday to set up a proper scene, but I'll hopefully post some new photos soon.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on December 23, 2012, 03:56:16 pm
Very realistic looking, Evie.   Is that a new cap that Bishop Duncan is wearing, or did I just now notice it?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 23, 2012, 04:26:00 pm
Thanks!  Yes, the cap is new, although I'm still not too thrilled with how it came out.  I might attempt another one when I get a chance to play with a better design.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on December 23, 2012, 06:29:27 pm
The stone wall looks great. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 30, 2012, 01:50:56 am
Here are photos of today's project:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8323865317_f7514f8f56.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8323865317/)
Richenda's new gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8323865317/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I spent most of today working on a new undergown for Duchess Richenda.  Here is the mostly completed gown before hemming.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8324923530_4a38815b28.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8324923530/)
Richenda's new gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8324923530/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This fabric is very reflective and doesn't photograph well.  It is actually a silvery-green color faux silk, although the green tends to get mostly washed out by the camera flash.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8324922342_094cdf91ba.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8324922342/)
Richenda's new gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8324922342/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a closer view of the beaded neckline.  The couching and beadwork goes all the way around to the back opening of the dress.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8325154060_826a04b786.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8325154060/)
Richenda's new gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8325154060/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the front of the finished gown.  Richenda is not with me on this trip, so Helena is modeling it.  I may add some additional beadwork later along the hem of the skirt, but that's a project for another day.  It will depend on what sort of gown will go over this one, and if it will be short enough to make extra beadwork worth bothering with.

If Gilda, the resident kitteh, has her back to the photographer, this is only because she has already snoopervised the construction and fitting of this garment and given her approval, so playing to the camera was apparently deemed not worth the extra effort.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8324095961_22d37d77d5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8324095961/)
Richenda's new gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8324095961/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a side view of the gown to show the (slightly) longer train in back.  The sleeves are extremely snug, and Helena's fingertips tended to catch in the threads I used to sew the beadwork in place.  Fortunately I had just eaten some Smarties candies, so I used the plastic wrapper as a sort of long mitten over her hand, using that to slide it smoothly past the cuff and removing it once her whole hand was out of the sleeve.  Worked like a charm!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8324094915_455ac418e8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8324094915/)
Richenda's new gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8324094915/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The "3/4" profile view.  Helena is delighted to showcase this gown, and is certain that Richenda will be very happy with it.  Perhaps the Duchess will wear it under her emerald sideless surcoat, which is open enough on the sides to show off this lovely fabric to best advantage.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on December 30, 2012, 02:04:40 pm
Beautiful new gown, but are you sure Helena will be willing to give it up?  ;)

And for a minute I thought you were going to bribe Helena with smarties to get her to wriggle her hands through.  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 30, 2012, 02:27:25 pm
Oh, I'm sure Helena will hand it over without too much of a fuss...especially if Richenda promises to pass it back down to her once she has some newer gowns.   ;)

LOL @ bribing with candies!  Now there's a thought....   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 30, 2012, 03:18:09 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/8326418413_7f2864d345.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8326418413/)
The Fountain (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8326418413/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I finally got batteries for the fountain I got for Christmas!  I think I want to put this fountain on a square "stair steps" base made of styrofoam carved and painted to resemble stone blocks, perhaps with some bits of moss added to give it that weathered, outdoorsy look for a courtyard fountain.  The jug is ready to be filled and brought inside for drinking water or hand washing.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on December 30, 2012, 10:24:25 pm
I love that fountain.

Is there anyplace in Gwynned that has natural hot springs where they might have a spa, like Bath in England?  I'd love to see a story about some of our friends going to 'take the waters.'
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 30, 2012, 11:36:23 pm
Thanks!  And yes, in the Codex at least, I seem to recall that Princess Silke Haldane later becomes a nun and the infirmarian of a convent near a hot spring which has had miracle cures attributed to its healing waters.  So I could see a fanfic being set at that convent, or in a village nearby, featuring Deryni characters "taking the waters."
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 31, 2012, 02:58:24 am
Those of you who were at Chat tonight might remember that I mentioned finding Duncan and Helena in some rather odd poses at various times this week.  Well, here is that story in pictures:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8328346115_73ec26d3a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328346115/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks - 1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328346115/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

So...I left Duncan and Helena sitting on this bench watching episodes of Robin Hood the night before, and the next day I walk into the room and find Duncan doing a headstand!  Of course, no one else in the house admits to any responsibility for this, so I'm apparently to assume Duncan did this all on his own....

Helena appears totally unfazed by this, or at least able to continue a face to face conversation with him while he's in this rather unconventional pose.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8329400986_3bc716dfef.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8329400986/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks - 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8329400986/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Why he's facing the back of the seat, I don't know.  Maybe he started out with his feet on the seat back?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8083/8328338499_306d777134.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328338499/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks - 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328338499/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

But here they are, still face to face and looking as comfortable as if the bishop weren't acting very oddly!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8213/8329393696_a294406fde.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8329393696/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks -4 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8329393696/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

At least Helena is quite properly keeping her eyes on Duncan's face and not stealing glances up at his waving ankles!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8329390640_1aa0ee11b0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8329390640/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks - 5 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8329390640/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

At last I help Duncan down and the two settle back into their original movie-watching position.  I think it's safe to leave them by themselves again.  Or... is it?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8328329157_938ffcc470.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328329157/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks -6- (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328329157/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Apparently someone wasn't done with having fun!  When I returned, this was the sight that greeted my startled eyes.  Really, is someone in this house trying to put Duncan and Helena in a compromising position?  (No, I don't suppose it's really necessary to answer that!  :D)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8328326241_d84661e1df.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328326241/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks -7- (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328326241/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan McLain, just what do you think you're staring at!  (Well, I suppose I can't really blame the poor guy.  How often does a celibate get to catch a glimpse of shapely feminine leg, after all?)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8328322913_5ed0ba95cc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328322913/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks -8- (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8328322913/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

He certainly seems to be finding something to smile about!  I expect Archbishop Cardiel will need to give him a stern talking-to next time Duncan goes to the Cathedral for Confession.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8354/8329378294_f3b91b972e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8329378294/)
Deryni Hi-Jinks -9- (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8329378294/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This position couldn't have been comfortable for poor Helena, though.  It looks like she might have attempted a hand stand and got her head stuck between the bench seat and the arm instead.  Good thing I got home in time to rescue her before she could get plank marks on her forehead!  Naughty Duncan, gawking like a school boy instead of rescuing the damsel in distress. 

After this adventure, they went back with the other littles I brought with me on holiday.  I figured there'd be safety in numbers.  Let's hope so, anyway!   :D
 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on December 31, 2012, 09:06:46 am
Did our good Bishop do back-flips on his way back to join the others?  I suspect he was in need of some vigorous exercise.  ;D 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on December 31, 2012, 01:45:28 pm
Not to mention a cold bath, but since I left the medieval bathtub at home, he would have had to settle for dunking his head in the new fountain.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on December 31, 2012, 05:54:40 pm
Whoever is responsible did a great job with those poses!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on December 31, 2012, 07:10:22 pm
Thanks!  And yes, in the Codex at least, I seem to recall that Princess Silke Haldane later becomes a nun and the infirmarian of a convent near a hot spring which has had miracle cures attributed to its healing waters.  So I could see a fanfic being set at that convent, or in a village nearby, featuring Deryni characters "taking the waters."

That's a sweet little fountain. Looks like it definitely belongs at the Schola in Rhemuth.

REALLY! Duncan is being a very naughty boy to gaze at Helena's exposed legs  with such interest.  I'm sure it's been YEARS since he had such an opportunity and naturally he didn't want to waste it. On the other hand, he IS Dhugal's father, and.... well... the er, apple tree evidently doesn't let it's apples roll too far away.  =o)

"Bless me Father for I have sinned. And I led another into sinning, too.... I only wanted to SHOW Helena I can do a hand stand..."

You'd better check to make sure the littles didn't find your liquor cabinet, Evie! I think they both had a bit of a snootfull!

Celebrated the New Year early, no doubt.

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on December 31, 2012, 11:51:29 pm
One great advantage of trousers over a kilt or a cassock--you can do a handstand without violating modesty.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: kirienne on January 01, 2013, 08:38:16 pm
So beautiful!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 03, 2013, 08:47:37 pm
Well, the good news is that I made it back safely from my Tennessee holiday.  The bad news is, our van didn't, so we had to borrow a car from our friends to get back home.  We could only load half of our stuff into their vehicle, which means that most of the action figure stuff I brought with me is still in TN, but my DH is heading back there Friday night to return our friends' car, repair the van, and hopefully have it in shape to drive back before Monday morning.

But the new undergown managed to make it back home, and here is Richenda modeling it with her sideless surcoat:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8495/8343564481_832772af69.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8343564481/)
Duchess Richenda's New Gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8343564481/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

 I think the beadwork on the undergown complements the beadwork on the surcoat nicely, even though I used different beads for both.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8343565455_5c480d47b4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8343565455/)
Duchess Richenda's New Gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8343565455/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I could have posed the poor girl a bit better for this shot, couldn't I?  Blame the cough medicine.  (Mine, not hers!)  It doesn't help that I have her leaning against an angled surface because I've left my doll stands and fake walls in TN, so her backdrop is just a flimsy bit of posterboard leaning against a recliner back with Richenda reclining along with it.  We'll just ignore that unflattering up-the-nose shot and concentrate on the gown, shall we?  I like how the gowns look together, but the undergown's skirt is wider than the skirt on the sideless surcoat, so I might eventually make another surcoat with a wider skirt out of the same emerald velour.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8344621750_352daa52bb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8344621750/)
Duchess Richenda's New Gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8344621750/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the outfit as seen from the side, giving the viewer a glimpse of the belt worn underneath.  She might also wear a belt pouch or a set of keys dangling from the belt, though I haven't made a pouch for her yet.  I do have a key-shaped charm somewhere.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8354/8344622674_f87edba915.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8344622674/)
Duchess Richenda's New Gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8344622674/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a closer view of the belt, which came from a collection of beaded jewelry that cynicalmedic sent me.  I think she told me the collection came from an estate sale. (That reminds me, I need to take photos of that treasure trove to upload here sometime.  I keep meaning to update my photographs in the WIP project thread, but Real Life keeps rearing its ugly head and getting in the way of doing fun stuff.)  The "belt" is actually a bracelet that I was able to use as-is to make this belt.  And no, the outfit wasn't planned to go with this belt; I had already made the sideless surcoat before I received the belt that just happens to match it!

OK, that's it for now, though once I recover the rest of my littles' stuff, my flagging energy, and can carve out more time to work on fun stuff, I'll post another update, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on January 03, 2013, 11:17:46 pm
Again, I SO admire your talent and skill and patience and everything else!  I could never, ever, EVER do this if my life depended on it.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 04, 2013, 08:10:35 am
Thank you!     :)  Though if your life really did depend on it, I imagine you'd become pretty adept with a needle and thread surprisingly quickly.... ;) :D

Seriously, what I love about doll clothes is that I can do even an elaborate gown in just a day or two.  I wouldn't have the patience to spend weeks on a gown like this for myself, although I have SCA and SF/fantasy cosplaying friends who do.  But if I know I can start and complete a project in mere minutes, or no more than a few hours at most, I'm there.  Big imagination but short attention span, that's me!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on January 04, 2013, 08:49:04 am
Again, I SO admire your talent and skill and patience and everything else!  I could never, ever, EVER do this if my life depended on it.


I second that, Elkhound! 

It's a gorgeous dress, Evie, especially the way everything matches even though by accident.  I have a feeling "little" Alaric will have no trouble overlooking the "up your nose" shot once he feasts his eyes on Richenda in the flesh (so to speak.)   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on January 04, 2013, 12:25:33 pm
I was thinking maybe Duchess Richenda had seen the gorgeousness of her new 12th Night Court Gown and had fainted clean away. =o)

Or maybe she was SHOCKED to watch how Duncan and Helena were amusing one another with head stands. =o)

Hope the van and all the Little Accoutrements make it home from Tennessee soon,

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 05, 2013, 06:33:12 pm
Today's find for the Action Figure Project:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8188/8350782269_11b956cc2f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8350782269/)
Miniature Bible (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8350782269/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

While I was out shopping earlier today, I spotted this keyring at a sidewalk clearance sale just outside a Christian bookstore.  I flipped through it idly, expecting the pages to be blank, but to my surprise they contain extremely tiny print and line illustrations!  This was originally priced at 50% off, but there was no tag on it, so I brought it inside to see what the original price was.  It was originally $1.99, so the clearance price was $1.  The store manager invited me to browse through the other items to see if there was anything I wanted to add to the purchase, but after doing a quick check around, this was all I saw that I was interested in buying at the moment, so I returned to the cash register to pay for it.  She waved me off, saying it wasn't worth bothering to ring up, and told me just to keep it.  (It wasn't in its original wrapping like some of the others left in stock, so maybe that's why?)  So my little Deryni bishops now have a Bible for the Schola of Saint Camber.  It needs a nicer cover than the cheesy plastic one, I think, and the key ring will definitely need to come off, but maybe I can figure out some way to "medievalize" it.  Maybe it can end up with one of those jewel-encrusted covers valuable enough to get it chained to one of Duncan's study bookshelves once I build his study?  There's already a hole in the cover for a jump ring, so attaching a regular chain to it should be quite easy.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8350780791_def7544460.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8350780791/)
Miniature Bible page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8350780791/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's the part that makes me squee...there is actual readable text in here, not to mention footnotes and illustrations!  Granted, you need a magnifying glass to read it (plus my reading glasses in addition to that), but it's a legible version of the Good New Translation of the Bible.  (I compared the first verses of Genesis to several different translations found online at Bible Gateway out of curiosity, although I suspected it was that translation because I thought I recognized those itty bitty line drawings which were copyrighted with that translation back in the 1970s.)  OK, so that's not a very period translation for my medieval littles, but they speak Gwyneddan anyway, so they hardly care which English version this is!  Given their time period, they're just surprised to find a bound copy of the Bible that's not written in Latin or Greek instead.   :lol:

The print is so small, I figure most people wouldn't be able to read it without magnification anyway except perhaps under extremely good light, so who's to know it's not in Latin if the Mini-Deryni don't tell anyone?  Shhhhh....   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on January 05, 2013, 10:15:30 pm
How marvelous!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 05, 2013, 11:20:02 pm
Of course, that plastic cover would need to go, or at least be concealed under something more suitable for the time period.  Something more like this, perhaps?

(http://csis.pace.edu/grendel/WS5/JoanofArc/images/M1FC.jpg)

This is from the Lindau Gospel.  A 1:6 copy inspired by it would have a lot smaller surface area to work with, of course, which might necessitate a simpler design, not to mention that my art skills aren't up to the task of anything too fancy unless perhaps I can figure out how to temporarily attach a traceable photocopy to the metal beforehand, but I think I could come up with something suitable if I get my hands on some thick gold foil and a burnishing tool (or perhaps if I can mold it from Friendly Plastic and paint it with gold acrylic paint?), and then glue teeny gemstones all over it.  The rear cover could get a similar treatment, though probably with some of the more ornate work left off, such as the crucifix, though the cross-bracing would still suggest the cross and four quarters even if there isn't as much overt symbolism on the back cover.  

And here's a different style of cover from the T'oros Roslin Gospels from Armenia (I think?):

(http://art.thewalters.org/images/art/large/l_arg_w539_clsdfnt_uk.jpg)

That one even has a similar form of strap closure to this mini-Bible cover, so I wouldn't have to snip it off, just incorporate it into the final design and paint it to look more like leather.

Of course, I'd need to get my hands on a bunch of itty bitty "jewels" first, and if I go with something more like Cover of the Lindau Gospel, I'll want to experiment with gold thread to see if I can get a similar effect to the cross border goldwork and the gemstone settings if I wrap them at the base with tiny snippets of metallic thread glued into place.

In either case, I think we can safely assume it's not a project I'm going to have completed and ready for uploading here by tomorrow afternoon!  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 05, 2013, 11:52:29 pm
*dies laughing*  OK, I may have to do a copy of the Lindau Gospels cover after all...now that I've found out it is part of the "Morgan Library and Museum Collection."  I kid you not!   ;D 

http://www.themorgan.org/collections/collections.asp?id=70 (http://www.themorgan.org/collections/collections.asp?id=70)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on January 06, 2013, 10:02:48 am
Very beautiful workmanship!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on January 06, 2013, 03:14:14 pm
The "Morgan Library?"  That is just too funny!   :D

It is beautiful, though, and it's amazing that your new Bible for the littles actually has real text!  Bishop Duncan may just stand on his head again to celebrate.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on January 06, 2013, 04:12:30 pm
*dies laughing*  OK, I may have to do a copy of the Lindau Gospels cover after all...now that I've found out it is part of the "Morgan Library and Museum Collection."  I kid you not!   ;D 

http://www.themorgan.org/collections/collections.asp?id=70 (http://www.themorgan.org/collections/collections.asp?id=70)

How fitting.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 08, 2013, 10:51:19 pm
Here is one item out of a box of surprises awaiting me at my SCA meeting tonight. 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8044/8363798870_8a0278df4e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8363798870/)
Well dressed pony (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8363798870/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This is a Breyer horse, so I think it's closer to 1:9 than 1:6, if I remember correctly, but it will work for a "learner horse" for Grub, who is my only child figure.  The saddle and tack were made by an SCA friend.  She was apparently clearing out some of her craft stuff, and some mutual friends of ours spotted this and several Barbie horses and picked them out of the lot, along with a box of fabric scraps, to pass on to me for the Deryni Action Figure Project.  The other horses don't have caparisons and tack yet, but that will change.  I am thrilled by my new goodies!

Not shown in the picture is the new tripod I picked up at the Thrift Store this evening, which I mounted my digital camera on to take this shot.  (I just happened to have the camera in my purse, and had the tripod because I had purchased it on my way to the meeting.)  It's either a GorillaPod tripod or some clone that looks and acts just like it.  (See http://joby.com/gorillapod/original (http://joby.com/gorillapod/original))  They're normally around $20.  Mine was $2.   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on January 09, 2013, 08:48:53 am
Nice horse!  Perhaps it could also be a slightly larger than normal Destrier, suitable for a king with that scarlet caparison.  IIRC, Kelson's horse in DR was a black. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2013, 09:29:12 am
Unfortunately, he's slightly smaller than Kelson or any of the grown figures would need, which is why I decided Grub could keep him, but I have another black horse out of that same lot that is the right size for my knights.  I wish this one were larger, though, as it's my most realistic horse aside from the vintage Marx horse I got a few months back.  Though the three Barbie horses are at least the right size, and will look less like Barbie horses after they've had a repaint and their silly human-looking eyes get changed to horsey-looking ones.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on January 09, 2013, 05:31:52 pm
you can photoshop the horse bigger
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 09, 2013, 06:04:04 pm
YOU might be able to photoshop the horse bigger!  I can barely figure out how to photoshop at all!   :D  (Or to be more precise, how to use Gimp.  I can't afford Photoshop.)  And resizing him wouldn't eliminate the problem of him being too small for my adult riders.  I can't just photoshop them into a photo under a rider unless I can figure out how to pose a rider in front of a green screen or something in exactly the right pose to look natural on an expanded size horse.  Much more trouble than simply using a 1:6 size horse!  :)

He'd work well as a background figure, though, to give the illusion that there's a little more distance between the standing human figures and the horse and scenery in the background than there actually is, especially if there's a larger horse in the foreground.  For instance, he'd be fine in a picture in which Kelson and Alaric are standing in the foreground, watching from a slight distance as one of the royal grooms leads the royal stallion toward them from the stables in the background.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: kirienne on January 09, 2013, 10:21:46 pm
Oooohhh, what a nice horsie!!!!!!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on January 10, 2013, 11:20:16 pm
Seeing all these models done up for characters in the stories makes me think of Edward Eager's "Knights' Castle."  Anyone ever read it?  A group of children take some toy knights and start using them to act out "Ivanhoe"; then, at night, they find themselves transported into the story.  When they change the arrangement of the figurines--for example, use them to act out a baseball game--they find that night that the story has changed.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 11, 2013, 12:44:28 pm
Haven't read it, but it sounds intriguing.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 15, 2013, 10:55:18 am
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8383201969_77a92b8a40.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8383201969/)
Border Folk--resized with fuzzy border (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8383201969/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I had a little fun with an online photo editor called Pixlr (http://pixlr.com/editor/ (http://pixlr.com/editor/))  and one of my medieval doll photos.  This started out as a picture of Richenda and Duncan, and it was taken just after I finished making the great kilt.  I was trying to work out how to copy the figures from the original (mostly black) background and paste the copied images to something else.  The effort wasn't as successful as I'd hoped it would be, but I thought the resulting image looked interesting, so I added a fuzzy border to it for that little extra something it seemed to need, and then resized it smaller so it will fit into a suitable frame for a 1:6 scale painting or art print.  (For my modern littles, of course!  My medieval littles have a completely different art aesthetic.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on January 15, 2013, 05:21:56 pm
so bigger horses are next?  apparently ability for using photoshop or pixar is carried on the X chromosome.  Is their a Haldane potential analog?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 15, 2013, 06:16:27 pm
Bigger horses are next, yes, but no Photoshop tricks will be required.  Instead of my 1:9 Breyer horse, I'll be using 1:6 Marx and Barbie horses that are already properly sized for action figures and Barbies/Kens.  (Though the cute little Breyer horse will be kept as a "beginner rider pony" for Grub, who is child-sized, and also so I can study it to learn how to make the caparison and bridle for the bigger horses.  They seem to be cut on fairly simple patterns, so it's just a matter of sizing that pattern up to fit the 1:6 scale horses.) 

I think the Breyer horse is gorgeous in its own right, with or without the medieval trimmings, so that would earn it a permanent place in my stable despite it being the wrong size for most of my mini-Deryni!  Right now he's the only horse I have who isn't some sort of a fixer-upper!   :D

My talent on Photoshop is minimal, actually.  What I did in that 'art piece' happened by sheer accident, which is why the result was such a happy surprise.  If I were Deryni, I'd probably be closer to some quarter-breed and mostly untrained Deryni in terms of skill.  The Camberian Council would find me even more hopeless than Alaric and Duncan!  Vivienne would probably insist that I should have been drowned at birth.  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on January 15, 2013, 09:24:08 pm
Maybe the Council would consider you a "fixer upper" and designate you for special instruction.  At which point, I suspect you might teach them a thing or two.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on January 27, 2013, 07:27:31 pm
So, this past weekend was Chattacon weekend, and I decided to take one of my Mini-Deryni with me to join in the fun.  Usually I pick Duncan, but I thought someone else needed a chance to have some fun, and since Bishop Arilan has already shown a fondness for that silly 1:6 Jayne hat I've got, and has been spotted in at least one photo reading fantasy novels, I decided he might enjoy a science fiction/fantasy convention.  So I geared him up in modern-day "civvies" rather than his usual cassock, and he went on a weekend adventure.

The poor guy, it turns out, doesn't have a head for modern-style beers.  Or at least he doesn't if they're served up in 1:1 size tankards rather than 1:6 ones.

The results were not pretty.  But since there is an entire photostory in incriminating pictures, I'll just link to the Flickr album here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/sets/72157632618168594/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/sets/72157632618168594/)

Don't be too hard on the little guy.  He's just come back from Confession, and the last I saw of him, he was holding his head in his hands while Bishop Duncan stood patting his back, suppressing a smirk and shaking his head sadly....   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on January 28, 2013, 09:19:51 am
It looks like you've got some blackmail materiel there.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on January 28, 2013, 01:30:31 pm
I see Arilan shares your fascination with multicolored headwear:)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on February 01, 2013, 10:21:39 pm
Somehow, I've never pictured Arilan as being quite so. .  .muscular.  He's a scholar and an administrator.  I'd always pictured him as being, not exactly FAT, but a little more. . . padded.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 01, 2013, 11:18:46 pm
Well, when I first bought the figure, I had plans to use the body with a different head, but that didn't go as well as I hoped.  The only head with the right neck joint and skintone to work with that body ended up being the one it came with, and since his face has that serious, somewhat scowly expression that it's easier to imagine the curmudgeonly Arilan wearing than most of the other key characters, I repainted his hair and eyes to match that role.  But KK's bishops, despite being clerics, are depicted as more battle-seasoned than their modern counterparts (including having their own "Joshuic Foot" soldiers to bring to the King's aid), so I suppose it's not too much of a stretch to imagine that a bishop who started off life as a knight's son would continue to keep in fighting trim even after taking on holy vows, especially if he's risen to a position that might entail needing to lead men of the Church into battle from time to time.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 03, 2013, 12:36:36 am
Well, Candlemas has come and gone, and with it Duncan's birthday. 

But here's a short scene of how he celebrated the occasion:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8228/8439474421_a9a1069160_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8439474421/)

Duncan spends a quiet evening with his son Dhugal, who came bearing a gift--the puppy in his lap.

And for those of you who like to study the photo details without the text getting in the way, see the original photos below:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8050/8439415329_fe0eb1f62e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8439415329/)
Duncan's birthday (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8439415329/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8439414701_314aaa7a1c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8439414701/)
The new bookcase (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8439414701/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I suppose it's time to start making a bunch of books for all that nice shelving!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on February 03, 2013, 12:54:08 pm
Happy belated birthday to Bishop Duncan!  Did you make the flooring for the photo shoot, too?  All the wood matches nicely (unlike the furniture in my real study.)  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 03, 2013, 01:39:37 pm
Yes, I made the flooring.  Believe it or not, that's actually gift wrap. I just used some double-sided craft tape to stick the gift wrap to some foamcore board, and called it a day.  The gift wrap was even the same width as the foamcore board, so I just had to cut the paper to the right length and apply it.  Easiest craft project ever!   :D  WHY someone would want gift wrap that looks like miniature floor boards, I have no idea.  Maybe that's why I managed to find a roll of it at a discount store.  It has a very slight metallic gold sheen to it when viewed in person, but you can't see the metallic sheen from a few feet away, or in the photos.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on February 03, 2013, 07:49:06 pm
Is there some way you could age Duncan a bit?  They look more like brothers than father and son.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 03, 2013, 08:17:40 pm
True, although they are only 15-16 years apart in age, but you'd expect Duncan to at least look more like an elder brother at the very least.  But the main problem with trying to age Duncan is that every attempt I've seen to "age" a doll's face just looks really hokey to me, so I'd rather just imagine he's very well preserved for his age than risk a repaint that makes him look like a caricature.  Kelson, for example, originally came to me with painted on wrinkles that didn't look at all convincing.  He looked like he was wearing very badly done stage makeup or something, so I wiped them off with acetone as soon as I got a chance.  And while it's possible to add a bit of color to hair with an acrylic paint wash (that's how I turned Duncan from a blond to a light brunet, and Dhugal from having dark brown hair to a very dark auburn, which was as close to "copper-bronze" as I could manage for him), I don't think there's any way to get enough gray over the current shade of brown without risking his hair turning stiff as a helmet.  Fortunately it's at least semi-canonically established (in the RPG book, if I remember correctly) that Deryni tend to be long-lived, barring unfortunate accidents, and a bit more illness-resistant than normal humans, so maybe that would help to account for some of Duncan's youthful appearance.  If there is some safe way to add individual gray strands of hair by rooting them in, I might attempt that on a spare head sometime to see if it looks good, and if it does, that might age Duncan a bit.  But having ruined my original Duncan head already by too many experiments, I'm reluctant to make any changes unless I know they are low- to no-risk ones.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 14, 2013, 04:09:28 pm
And in today's action figure project news, tenworld has sent me a package full of very thin wire and other interesting metal bits which I'm hoping I might be able to use for little jewelry pieces or whatnot.  I might also be able to combine some of it with beads that cynicalmedic sent me earlier in the year.  Hopefully I can update this thread with more project photos soon, now that my schedule is slowly starting to get less insane and I've got more time to do fun stuff again.  I may also have enough little props now--or should soon have enough--to make a medieval diorama or two to set a few short Deryni Action Figure photo stories in.  I'm working towards that goal, anyway.

Also in today's mail was a pretty little auburn-haired headsculpt that might turn into either Ailidh nicArdry or her daughter Aine Rose, for those of you who followed "Maidens of Mayhem and the sequel stories and want to see a 1:6 scale bonnie MacArdry lass.  I've got her new body at home already awaiting her arrival, so I think I'll wait until she's all in one piece before posting photos.  Poor Jass might be rather perturbed if photos of his decapitated wife or daughter appear here on the Forum....  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 14, 2013, 07:35:11 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8474092661_e9ddc2848b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8474092661/)
My newest lady (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8474092661/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I haven't fully decided who this is going to be yet.  Probably Ailidh nicArdry or her daughter Aine Rose from my Deryni fanfic stories, but she may end up in some modern-day photostory role as well. (Please ignore the somewhat awkward pose.  I was trying to shoot this quickly so we could finish clearing the table for our Valentine's Day dinner, while also having to shove Luke out of the way so that he didn't block the view!)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8391/8475189384_b36c9d0582_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8475189384/)
My newest lady (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8475189384/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here's a close-up view.  I'll try to take a few more shots later, hopefully without as much glare so you can see her pretty features better.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on February 14, 2013, 09:10:43 pm
Now that is a pose that looks like it's saying "whatever!"  ;D

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on February 14, 2013, 10:44:22 pm
Now that is a pose that looks like it's saying "whatever!"  ;D



I was thinking "Has the Zombie Apocalypse come unto Gwynedd??  :o :P ;)

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 15, 2013, 10:21:23 am
LOL!  No body parts have fallen off her yet, and she doesn't smell that bad....   :D  (No, seriously, her body had a very strong odor at first, probably since she came wrapped in multiple layers of plastic bubble wrap, ziploc bags, and then a plastic mailer before the "new PVC" fumes had finished outgassing, but she's finally aired out enough for me to handle and dress her.)  Here she is in some decidedly non-medieval clothing, since I don't have any suitable Transha clothing for her yet:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8373/8474188791_b71373ecb4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8474188791/)
Luke snoopervising the Starfleet lieutenant (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8474188791/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr


ETA:  And here's the original picture of Ailidh, if you've all forgotten what she's supposed to look like.  I figured this head sculpt was probably as close as I'd ever find to an Ailidh action figure, unless I learn how to sculpt 1:6 scale heads myself.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8476355665_22f9872032.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8476355665/)
Ailidh nicArdry (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8476355665/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on February 15, 2013, 05:40:09 pm
LOL!  No body parts have fallen off her yet, and she doesn't smell that bad....   :D  (No, seriously, her body had a very strong odor at first, probably since she came wrapped in multiple layers of plastic bubble wrap, ziploc bags, and then a plastic mailer before the "new PVC" fumes had finished outgassing, but she's finally aired out enough for me to handle and dress her.)  Here she is in some decidedly non-medieval clothing, since I don't have any suitable Transha clothing for her yet:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8373/8474188791_b71373ecb4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8474188791/)
Luke snoopervising the Starfleet lieutenant (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8474188791/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Actually, since you made her a security officer, she's probably about to get eaten by a giant feline native to whatever world Kirk has made her beam down to.  (The redshirt always gets it.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on February 15, 2013, 06:24:56 pm
That picture looks as if it came out of the original series episode "Catspaw".  The female bad person changed herself into a giant cat.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on February 15, 2013, 07:01:18 pm
"Greetings from Lt. Ailidh here on the planet of the Giant Pussycats!" :D

Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on February 15, 2013, 09:20:22 pm
I think she just went from "whatever" to "where's my phaser?"  :)

BTW, because I've forgotten, does Ailidh have grey eyes?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 15, 2013, 09:54:51 pm


Actually, since you made her a security officer, she's probably about to get eaten by a giant feline native to whatever world Kirk has made her beam down to.  (The redshirt always gets it.)

LOL!  True, but remember, Lt. Uhura also wore the Little Red Dress, and she survived the series (as did Yeoman Rand), so maybe the dress doesn't carry the Redshirt Curse.  Or maybe this officer is in Communications, establishing friendly relations with an alien ally. ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 15, 2013, 09:58:33 pm
Close, Jerusha.  Ailidh's eyes are a sort of grayish green. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 16, 2013, 06:23:00 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8108/8478610863_64c06b8fc8_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8478610863/)
Ailidh prepares to do Deryni magic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8478610863/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Ailidh focuses on a Deryni spell.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8479706318_9df672df84_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8479706318/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8479706318/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Really, Luke?  You had to photobomb me?

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8507/8478613049_752561b5b0_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8478613049/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8478613049/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Ailidh attempts to establish animal rapport

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8102/8478619439_947fffd981_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8478619439/)
Nice kitty! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8478619439/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Nice kitty!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8090/8478935019_b012fb61c1_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8478935019/)
Going for a drive (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8478935019/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Going for a drive...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8480183554_ded70c894b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8480183554/)
Lunch at Waffle House (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8480183554/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

...and stopping at Waffle House....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8372/8480185108_577047c170_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8480185108/)
Chillaxing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8480185108/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Ailidh and my daughter kick back and relax for a while.   :)

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on February 16, 2013, 07:26:34 pm
She's switched from Security to Command?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 16, 2013, 08:14:33 pm
She got promoted from Chief Communications Officer and is now on a command track.  She must have impressed the Captain with her Alien Rapport skills.  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on February 16, 2013, 09:53:47 pm
I recognize the ruby gown, but is the blue gown in "Nice Kitty" new?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 16, 2013, 10:22:16 pm
I made the blue sweater dress shortly before Christmas for one of my time-traveler littles, along with a Christmas outfit also made from socks.  (The stretch knit fabric of this dress comes from the top of a Dollar Store sock, cut off just above the heel.  I then turned it inside out, cut slits from hem to armpit on either side, and sewed up the sideseams and hem.  The top band of the sock serves as the off-the-shoulder neckline.)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8346/8191799690_acd092c7b9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8191799690/)
New wardrobe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8191799690/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This is Jess, the gal I made the dress for.  If she bears a startling resemblance to Mirjana, that's because they share the same head sculpt, although Jess has purple highlights rather than brown ones in her hair, and her eyes are brown rather than green.

Cynicalmedic might recognize Jess's necklace, since that was a bracelet from the package of beaded jewelry she sent me a while back.  That and an beaded daisy bracelet have come in quite handy so far, and I'm hoping to find uses for some of the other beads when I have more time for projects again.  Tenworld just sent me some cool wire and metal bits that I might be able to make jewelry with also.  And Mac is borrowing a pair of Dhugal's old trews.  They don't fit New Dhugal as well as they fit the original figure I was using for him.

And here's Olivia Grace, my third time-traveler, wearing the aforementioned Christmas outfit:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8200/8174076772_4685978e45_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8174076772/)
Christmas outfit (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8174076772/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on February 17, 2013, 07:29:14 pm
She got promoted from Chief Communications Officer and is now on a command track.  She must have impressed the Captain with her Alien Rapport skills.  ;)

Persuading the giant feline not to eat her is certainly impressive!  If she had persuaded him to eat some of the mooks it would have been even more impressive.  Or if she had realized that the giant felines were, in fact, the ruling sentients on the planet and negotiated a treaty with the Federation, that would be icing on the cake.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: DesertRose on February 17, 2013, 08:16:45 pm
Persuading the giant feline not to eat her is certainly impressive!

Given the dietary proclivities of that particular feline, only if she'd been covered in peas would she have been in danger!  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 17, 2013, 10:59:46 pm
LOL! Too true.   :D

And now for today's adventures with the Mini-Deryni.  My daughter and I took Helena and Mirjana on a picnic this afternoon.  My daughter decided they needed to change into modern clothing for their daytrip, but the little ladies didn't feel comfortable going out in the usual Barbie style mini-skirts or snug trousers.  Fortunately I had a few outfits on hand that didn't require them to step too far out of their comfort zones.  You can take a lady out of the Middle Ages for a few days, but it's hard to take the Middle Ages out of these ladies.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8233/8484197628_2542d22bff_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484197628/)
Sitting on the bridge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484197628/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

So here they are, sitting on the top step of a small foot bridge overlooking the Cahaba.  The river is still very narrow at this point--just a stream, really--since we're just a few miles from its source.  The ladies decided they wanted to picnic on the bridge.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8484196094_952fd9e2e4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484196094/)
Picnic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484196094/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

They brought the iron pot in case they happened to find a good place for a camp fire and wanted to prepare some hot food, but I'd stocked their basket pretty well with finger foods, and they decided they'd rather just stay on the bridge and watch the water flow beneath us.

Their carpet is on the larger blanket because my daughter and I were having a picnic too.  We couldn't all fit on that tiny Kheldish carpet!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8380/8483101557_ab44a56c89_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483101557/)
P1010907 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483101557/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

There was a nice assortment of breads and cheese in the basket.  Before long, the ladies were tucking the snacks away quite happily while deep in their own conversation.


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8372/8483100943_393302aa02_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483100943/)
Just another cracker and cheese (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483100943/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And so they passed the time while my daughter and I finished up our own meal.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8484194296_0a376f5e30_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484194296/)
P1010909 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484194296/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

We finished our meal before they did.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8484193306_feb797c037_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484193306/)
P1010911 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484193306/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

So we just watched and waited....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8101/8484191268_2457bcbcb1_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484191268/)
P1010915 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484191268/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

...until finally they'd finished off the entire tray.  The ladies decided it was time for a little light exercise to work off that nice lunch, so while my daughter and I packed the picnic stuff away, they went on a stroll down to the river's bank.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8233/8484188746_2e32502f3d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484188746/)
Across the river (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484188746/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

There was a boulder near the river's edge that provided a nice vantage point for looking at the water.  My daughter snapped this photo from the opposite bank.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8391/8484185316_b988607d33_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484185316/)
Looking at the reflections (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484185316/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

We liked how the reflections turned out in these pictures.  Apparently Helena and Mirjana enjoyed looking at the reflections as well.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8087/8483090147_30fe069f9e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483090147/)
P1010940 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483090147/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The sun was starting to get a bit low, so we crossed the bridge again to join our little friends and let them know it was nearly time to head home.  My daughter wanted to take just a few more photos.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8243/8484183254_8d38d29f0d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484183254/)
P1010941 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484183254/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

It was time to say goodbye to the river and the bridge overhead.

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P1010944 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483088073/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The uphill hike back to the car was rather tiring for the little ladies, so they stopped about halfway up to rest and catch a breath.

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P1010945 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484180962/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

But soon it was time to continue on....

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Time to leave (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483087137/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

They finally got to the top, where they waited for us at the foot of a bridge support.  They thought it looked a little bit like the base of one of the Rhemuth City walls.  I took one more photo of them there, and then it was time to call it a day. 

This outdoor adventure reminds me, I found an online pattern (actually just directions for how to create a pattern) for a 1:6 scale medieval tent, and I may even have some fabric for it now.  What I haven't had is the time to actually try to make it, although I've been steadily collecting props for it and other dioramas over the past few months.  Hopefully I can get something together by this summer, though, since it would be really cool to take some photos of Kelson and the guys sitting in the Royal Pavilion, going over battle plans or what-have-you, with natural sunlight for photo illumination and the Great Outdoors as a backdrop. 




Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on February 18, 2013, 11:50:16 am
It must have been a nice outing - good weather, lots of food, and even coats for when it got cooler.  They were well prepared!

I love the photo with their reflection in the water. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 18, 2013, 12:34:00 pm
I'll let DD know; she took those riverside photos.  Actually, there were several others that she took that had really cool reflections in them, but I left some out of this set because they didn't feature the littles, and also some of them didn't get uploaded to my Flickr at all because the lens cover didn't open all the way, so there was a big black triangle cutting off the upper right corner of all those shots.  Here are some that made it to my photostream, if not into the Girls' Day Out set:

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P1010928 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483093297/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

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P1010917 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8484190242/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/8483096765_d67e2a9bc9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483096765/)
P1010916 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8483096765/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 21, 2013, 02:47:37 pm
Y'all, I have just seen the first photos of the medieval foodstuffs that my friend Deborah is creating for the Mini-Deryni, and so far it all looks amazing!  I would link to photos, but she's got them uploaded to Facebook, so I don't think that's going to work.  If she uploads them to her Flickr page, I'll see if I can post links here, but if not, I'll definitely upload photos of everything once it arrives.  You know I'll have to do so anyway; I'll want to stage a nice Feast Table photoshoot for the occasion!   :D

She's been doing her research, and trying to keep things looking reasonably authentic for the period, with foods that they would have had access to.  Here's what I know she's been working on so far:  Fava beans (very detailed, not just little lumps of green clay, but recognizably bean-shaped), sausages, aged cheddar cheese, bread (including a few bread trenchers), and some wooden plates, bowls, and trenchers to serve food items on.  Still in the works are some fresh fruit (not sure what yet, but figs, grapes, and berries have been discussed), a stew of some sort, and I suppose whatever else she happens to dream up between now and this weekend.  I will definitely keep you folks posted as I get more details. 

And oh yeah, she threw in a pizza too!   ;D

*happy dance*
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on February 21, 2013, 05:24:08 pm

And oh yeah, she threw in a pizza too!   ;D

*happy dance*

I suppose that if you think about it, a pizza isn't THAT different from a bread-trencher.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on February 21, 2013, 05:35:20 pm
It's really not that far off, come to think of it.  Though the tomato-based sauce on this one might be a bit of a surprise to medieval palates.  I think all of the other ingredients on it would have been available to Europeans in period, though, and since Gwynedd is in a fantasy world, maybe they've got tomatoes there already by the 1100s....along with those inexplicable chipmunks and herds of antelope mentioned in the Codex!  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on February 21, 2013, 06:25:55 pm
Did somebody mention PIZZA!!??
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on February 21, 2013, 09:00:33 pm
I so knew you were going to say that!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 06, 2013, 11:49:41 pm
Ta-Daaaaa!!!!  The 1:6 scale medieval feast finally arrived in the mail, only 4 days late thanks to the Postal Disservice.  Since a picture paints a thousand words, I'll let the photos speak for themselves.  Here is my "Thank You" note to my friend who crafted this polymer clay feast for me.

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A short while ago in a Kingdom far, far away....


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Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on March 07, 2013, 06:33:25 am
A feast well worth waiting for! Lady Deborah did an amazing job.

I hope they saved at least one piece of pizza for poor Sir Jass! 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 07, 2013, 10:34:05 am
I hope so too!  But if they don't, he can have the bunch of grapes I forgot to put out instead.  Or maybe he can have some of the modern foods Deborah slipped into the package as well.  Do you think Jass would like chocolate eclairs, hot cocoa, doughnuts, lemonade, or maybe a margarita?   :D

And Denis says, "Hey, what about ME?  I wanted pizza too!"   Poor guy, stuck in Dhassa where even the wine is bad....   ;D

Duncan forgot to mention the plate of pears poached in wine when he was describing the feast.  And if anyone wonders why the carrots are purple, that's because the most common colors for medieval carrots were purple and white.  Orange was less common, if it existed yet, though apparently desirable enough that carrots were later bred for the trait, resulting in our modern variety.  It is still possible to find purple and white carrots, though.  I think specialty growers still keep those lines in stock.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: KK on March 07, 2013, 11:01:18 am
These are wonderful, Evie!  And what a fantastic feast for the Littles!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 07, 2013, 12:13:52 pm
Thanks, KK!  I shall pass your compliments on to the "chef."  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Laurna on March 07, 2013, 02:11:19 pm
 :D There is a nice feast to be had. I like the bread platter and the cheese platter too.  My, isn't Dhugal a doll...hmmm...good looking... or um, a doll.  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 07, 2013, 03:53:04 pm
Quote
My, isn't Dhugal a doll...hmmm...good looking... or um, a doll.  ;)

LOL!  Yeah, that's what I thought when I first spotted him (or one of his identical twins) on eBay.  Dhugal started out as a Tim McGraw Ken.  I had to give him a slight makeover--his eyes have been repainted a more amber color, and his hair has several very dilute washes of reddish-orange acrylic paint combed through it in order to try tinting it more "copper-bronze" colored--but otherwise he is pretty much in original condition, down to the nicely articulated body that he already came with.  I was originally planning to reroot him with a more obviously coppery shade of doll hair, but once his head came off, I discovered that the opening in his neck joint was too small for me to get tweezers or even needlenose pliers into in order to remove any of his original hair, so I ended up just adding some extra (brown) hair in at the nape of his neck, and then dyeing it to match the newly dyed hair on top of his head for the Border braid.

And speaking of Borderers....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8507/8536926441_27718d16a0_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8536926441/)
The newest member of my 1:6 medieval household (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8536926441/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Meet the newest member of my Deryni Action Figure Project collection!  This was an eBay customized figure, and I am very happy with him so far.  I bought him for this lovely wardrobe, which he will probably get to keep (for once!), since I also think he has a nice head sculpt that I can work with.  I love all the little accessories, although my favorite isn't visible in this photo....

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Rear view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8536925057/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

You can't really see my favorite accessory in this photo either, although it's barely visible if you know just where to look.  The leather jerkin has a bit of staining at the front and back of the hem area, but I can live with that; it just makes him look a bit travel-stained.  I don't expect Kelson's soldiers keep their clothes in pristine condition all the time.  I think this guy might make a good  Borderer.  He doesn't have a Border braid, but I think I could figure out how to add one on at the nape of his hair.  It would need to be glued in place, but a thin glue line could be concealed under the braid wrapping cords.

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Closer view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8537962588/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a closer view of his face.  Nice strong features, but not looking angry at the world like a lot of the military action figures out there.  Now look just at the top of that right shoulder.  See the teeny metal links?  Yes, he's wearing a mail hauberk under that jerkin!  *happy dancey feet*  I'm in luuurrrve with the costuming details!

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Possible Jass (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8537964044/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I'm considering trying to turn him into Jass MacArdry, now that I've got an Ailidh for him to court in my collection.  Granted, his eyes and hair would need to be repainted, but that's easy enough to do.  I don't think KK ever gave Jass a canonical hair or eye color; if she did, I missed them when I tried to look those details up a few years back.  In my fanfic, he had whiskey colored eyes and dark reddish-brown hair with chestnut highlights.  I like that this guy has a face that looks serious and attentive, but not scowly like so many action figures.  I wouldn't want a grumpy looking Jass!  But very smiley faces are also harder to work with in a photostory--especially if you are trying to portray a somber moment with a character who can't stop grinning!--so it's nice that he has a more neutral expression.

And you can see the chainmail peeking out from the side in this shot.  Makes my heart melt, that hauberk does!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on March 08, 2013, 12:44:36 pm
Quite the find, Evie!  Does he have an articulated body? 

For some reason, in the first photo, he face makes me think of Nicholas Cage.  I'm not sure that is a good, thing, but that was my first impression.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 08, 2013, 03:13:00 pm
Quite articulated, since he's an actual action figure rather than a doll, so he's designed to be very poseable.  I haven't had a chance to put him through his paces yet, so to speak, but he seems to have pretty good balance and range of motion from what little I've been able to test him.  I wish I could put Duncan and Alaric on better bodies, but I lack the skills necessary to modify the head/neck join so that their Ken heads will sit properly on an action figure body.  Maybe someday.

He doesn't really look all that much like Nic Cage except in that particular photo.  I suspect that the guy who customized him took this figure, kept his gray undershirt and green trousers, and then changed out and added a bunch of other accessories:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dragon-Timeline-Chris-Johnston-73094-/350436779558#vi-content (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dragon-Timeline-Chris-Johnston-73094-/350436779558#vi-content)

So the head sculpt is supposed to resemble Paul Walker.  Not that it really does, more's the pity. I'm not sure that he can act his way out of a wet paper bag, but at least he's no hardship to look at....    :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on March 08, 2013, 05:03:49 pm
  It is still possible to find purple and white carrots, though.  I think specialty growers still keep those lines in stock.

What is the difference between a white carrot and a parsnip?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 08, 2013, 05:17:14 pm
I don't know, having never tasted either.  I imagine there would be some genetic differences in addition to whatever flavor differences the two root vegetables might have, although I think I remember reading somewhere that they are closely related.  I'd be curious to find out, though.  I know it's possible to get either seeds or cuttings (not sure which) of the older varieties of carrots, though I've got a notoriously brown thumb when it comes to gardening, and I can't keep potted plants indoors because of my silly cat who thinks that anything of that sort is a "tasty nom."   ::)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 17, 2013, 03:17:30 am
OK, so remember the gittern (a medieval instrument with a round back, sort of like a lute but smaller) that I had Dhugal playing and Duncan trying to remember how to play in the last chapter of Visionaries?  Well, here's my latest adventure in trying to turn a tacky Dollar Tree lute-shaped Christmas ornament into a (roughly) 1:6 scale gittern.  First, here's how it started out as:

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Lute Christmas ornament deglittering (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8552839344/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8250/8551735203_aa4bd1ee5e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8551735203/)
Side view of lute/gittern (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8551735203/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr


These were actually taken after I cleaned off some glued-on iridescent glitter that was crusted all over the strings and obscuring the fine details.  That mostly came up with some non-acetone nail polish remover.  I was afraid that using acetone would dissolve the plastic as well as the glue, so I went with the milder chemical to dissolve the glue.  It took off most of the glitter, but there was still a bit left stuck inside the deeper crevices no matter how much polish remover I used or how hard I rubbed.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8521/8564608388_75547e943a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8564608388/)
Painted playscale gittern (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8564608388/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

OK, not the greatest photos, but I'm too tired to hunt down my good camera.  Here's that tacky old Dollar Tree ornament painted up to look like wood.  After using the non-acetone polish remover and then washing the residue off, I let the ornament dry out for a few days so the moisture that got inside it could have time to evaporate.  I also had to wait for a day sunny and warm enough to allow me to prime it.  Our temps got into the 70s this weekend, so I figured that was ideal.  I used Krylon's brown spray-on plastic primer on the ornament, spraying several light coats on both front and back to completely cover the plastic, then set it aside to dry for 10-12 hours.  This produced a medium reddish-brown base coat.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8564607608_36a60a57e4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8564607608/)
Painted playscale gittern (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8564607608/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

When I got around to painting it last night, I used a fan-shaped brush with stiff bristles to dry brush several coats of raw sienna over the entire surface of the ornament, going in one direction along the length of it to simulate wood grain.  The lighter color stood out quite nicely when it was wet, but dried darker than it went on, so the overall look of the gittern once it was dry was still a darker wood color than I wanted.  So I got out some other shades from my kit--two slightly different shades of burnt sienna from different companies, a metallic bronze, and a sort of goldenrod color (can't remember the paint color name at the moment).  I used my fan-shaped dry brush to go back over the instrument with the goldenrod color, and once this dried, it looked much closer to the color I wanted.  I used a small brush to get inside the small crevices with this base "blonde wood" color, and then started dry brushing in other details--the darker bits on the front of the gittern, the hole in the center, everything but the strings, which I left until last.  Those were dry-brushed with a champagne pearlescent paint. 

I haven't sealed the instrument yet.  I want it to dry overnight, and then I'll take a closer look at it, see if there's anything I need to fix or change, and then once I'm satisfied, I'll use some matte sealer to protect the paint.  It's my first attempt at doing anything like this, so while my inner perfectionist sees a few flaws I wish I could have avoided, I think it turned out all right for a newbie effort.  I still have the spare ornament somewhere, so maybe I'll make a second gittern sometime in the future, now that I have a bit more of a clue on what to do with it.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on March 17, 2013, 10:10:48 am
Nicely done, Evie!  You continue to amaze with the "little" adventure.  You'll have to find some lute/gittern music to play in the background for the next photo shoot.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on March 17, 2013, 10:21:57 pm
I don't know, having never tasted either.  I imagine there would be some genetic differences in addition to whatever flavor differences the two root vegetables might have, although I think I remember reading somewhere that they are closely related. 

Carrots & parsnips are in the same family as Queen Anne's Lace, Cow Parsley, and Poison Hemlock (what killed Socrates.)

Here in Appalachia, drinking an infusion of Queen Anne's Lace seeds is said to be a guard against unwanted pregnancies.  (Not an abortifact, though; one takes it before.  For after, local folklore call for pennyroyal, slippery elm bark, and a couple of other plants.  "Oh auntie, auntie, I'm in BIG trouble!"  "It can't be that bad, dear; let's talk about it over a nice cup of herbal tea.")
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 24, 2013, 09:26:00 pm
OK, so now that KK has confirmed that this floor plan comes closer to how she envisions Duncan's study than my first attempt at a floor plan sketch, here is a 3D rendering that I created, using the descriptions of the study found in Deryni Rising to arrive at this room layout.  Of course the online 3D rendering software doesn't come pre-loaded with medieval furnishings, so you have to use your imagination quite a bit.  I had to substitute modern furnishings of the approximate sizes and shapes.  Still, this should get across the basic dimensions and furniture placement. 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8231/8579542938_c982c44731.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8579542938/)
Duncan's study 1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8579542938/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I used Sweet Home 3D to come up with this layout rendering.  This is a 12' by 15' room.  I got these dimensions by converting the book description of the room as "4 paces by 5 paces" into yards, estimating a pace as 1 yard since that is roughly the length of my husband's pace, and my husband is the same height as Alaric Morgan.  I also figured that a "1 pace = 1 yard" approximation would keep measurement conversions as simple as possible.

I don't know if the window in the north wall is meant to be flat or have a window seat, so I picked a picture window just in case it had a window seat.  It doesn't affect the measurement of the room itself.  The sliding doors represent the area where the hidden Transfer Portal niche and the secret door to Saint Camber's Chapel are concealed behind tapestries.  The corner shelf unit represents the prie-dieu and corner shelf.  There are waist-high book shelves beneath a "tapestry."  I didn't know if the desk described in the books as being in front of the window is meant to be a flat top desk or a slant top writing desk that a scribe might stand in front of or sit at on a stool, but since the more medieval-style slant top desk wasn't in the furniture library, I used a regular desk instead.  I chose a small round table for the central table in the room, since a large table would overwhelm the space.  The book describes two chairs at the table and 'several" in front of the hearth, which is opposite the window wall.  Due to the size constraints of the room, I only put a couple of chairs in front of the hearth.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8368/8579542934_cdcd10d356.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8579542934/)
Duncan's study 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8579542934/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

In the books, both of the long walls were flanked by waist-high bookshelves.  So I replicated that layout in this first room design.  You can also see a glimpse of the door into this chamber, which is to the side of the fireplace diagonally across from the prie-dieu and the hidden niche and door.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8388/8579542914_ba094957f5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8579542914/)
Duncan's study 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8579542914/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

A better view of the fireplace and door.  I used a fairly narrow door style due to the size of the fireplace, figuring it would be a similar style fireplace to some I've seen in medieval castles in Europe rather than a smaller, more modern-style fireplace.  This was the smallest fireplace in the picture library that looked at least somewhat medieval-ish rather than more flush with the wall.

KK has mentioned a small, possibly folding, bed sometimes being used in this room, and also that Duncan might not have needed bookshelves against two walls of the study, given the relative scarcity of books at that time.  So for the second set of room floor plans, I replaced one set of shelves with a settle or wide bench that could double as a daybed.  (At least that's what the futon in these renderings is meant to represent.)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8226/8578442201_3c63dee8bd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8578442201/)
Duncan's study 4 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8578442201/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The round table could also be moved to the empty corner on the side of the hearth opposite the door (especially if the table folds or comes apart for storage, as many medieval tables were designed to allow), and this would allow for more space in the center of the room. Or if Duncan does have some sort of foldaway cot, then that could be stored in the empty corner, and the bench or settle against the wall could be a little narrower, since it wouldn't need to be wide enough to accommodate a sleeping adult male.

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Duncan's study 5 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8578442247/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I also added a couple of human sized figures to the room to check out how Duncan and Alaric might look in this small, furnished space.  It's on the cozy side, but they still have enough room to move around.  (It would help to push the chairs closer to the table, of course!)

The furnishing colors are all wrong--the window is supposed to be "curtained from floor to ceiling in rich burgundy velvet."  The fireplace should be of gray stone, and the mantel should be unadorned except for pewter candlesticks with fat yellow candles and an icon of Saint Hilary.  (Granted, this may have changed by 1136, which is the year I want to recreate in my diorama.)

The "intricately carved" prie-dieu needs to have burgundy velvet on the kneeler and armrest to match the drapes, and there should be a corner stand with an ivory crucifix flanked by two ruby glass votive candle holders.  The desk is of dark wood, although it's not clear from the description if it's the flat-top sort of desk we are more used to using nowadays, or a slant-topped writing desk frequently found in pictures drawn in the Middle Ages.  Since it is covered with books and documents, though, I will guess it's meant to have a flat top, or at least some sort of edge to keep books from sliding off an angled top. The desk chair isn't mentioned in the text, but I inferred it since Duncan probably wouldn't stand at his desk unless he's got a high, angle-topped scribe's writing desk, but then he'd be less likely to have it piled high with books and documents.  And in either case, if he didn't have a chair there, he'd at least be likely to have a stool on hand.

In the center of the room, "a heavy, round oak table dominated the rest of the chamber, claw-footed legs resting solidly on the polished marble floor," but I made it a small table due to the space limitations.  Trust me, even a small solid-oak table would be quite heavy!  I am hoping I can find a suitable claw-footed round table, but if not, that might be a piece of furniture that Duncan got around to replacing by 1136.  (Furnishings can be replaced; room dimensions can't, or at least not as easily, so I'm more concerned for now with getting the dimensions and door/window/fireplace right, and hopefully the rest will fall into place eventually.)  Two matching chairs with high backs flank the table.  By "matching," I have taken that to mean that they also have claw feet, but given the difficulty of finding 1:6 scale claw footed chairs that I can afford, I might just go with the assumption that the wood they are made from matches the table's.  There is a heavy tapestry rug partially covering the polished marble floor.  Color is not mentioned, but I assume it either matches or complements the burgundy curtains and cushions mentioned earlier.

I know that the window has "amber leaded glass" that distorts a view, but I don't know if it's all amber, or if the amber is part of a stained glass design that has multiple colors.  I also don't know if it is flush with or closer to the inside surface of the wall, set into the outer part of it enough to create a niche suitable for any sort of window seat, or if it actually juts out a bit from the wall into the space beyond.  So unless KK weighs in on that, I guess it's open for artistic interpretation.  With amber glass in that window, though, it's little wonder Duncan has positioned his desk to take advantage of whatever light he can get in that small room!    The stone wall is likely quite thick, and definitely thicker than any glass window that is set into it, so there's lots of room for interpretation of that space. My inclination is to go with a pale amber for that window glass; either that or hang a lantern or two nearby so he won't go blind at his studies.  (Of course, he could always use handfire to help augment the natural light if he needs to; by 1136, keeping his powers a secret wouldn't be an issue.)  The text says he has a candlestick on his desk as well, which come to think of it would also argue for a flat-topped desk rather than a slant-topped version, unless it's of a style that has a narrow flat shelf top and then angles downwards for the writing surface.  But let's go with Occam's Razor and assume it's flat.

I also don't know what the walls are like, besides them being partly hidden by tapestries on two sides.  Are they whitewashed stone, or unpainted stone, or wood-paneled, wainscoted, or plastered and painted?  (Yes, paint was used in the Middle Ages on walls as well as furniture, not just whitewash on stone, and ornamental motifs were often added as borders.  There are only a few surviving examples of such painted walls left today, but that's no surprise; if your home was roofless and exposed to the elements for a few centuries, you'd be lucky to have outer walls left, much less home decor!  If paneling was used, it might have linenfold carving, though maybe Duncan's use of tapestries as wall coverings is meant to conceal unsightly walls and provide more color and warmth (literally as well as figuratively) to the room, not just to hide the TP niche and chapel door.  If that's the case, then maybe he does just have simple stone walls, plastered/whitewashed or not.  The fancier the walls, after all, the more likely he'd be to want to show them off.)  The polished marble floor suggests to me that the stonework of the walls would probably be more finely dressed rather than just crude stonework, but still, whitewashed or plastered smooth-hewn blocks would be plausible, or even just plain block walls, if the stone is attractive enough on its own.  Or since it is a Basilica study and not just some chamber in a fortification like Rhemuth Castle's keep, might the walls be of marble or limestone block as well?  Not necessarily the same quality of polished marble as the floor, but maybe some creamy Travertine marble or the Eleven Kingdoms equivalent?

Another puzzle to solve is exactly where the opening to the secret chapel is in relation to the Transfer Portal niche.  Pressing a series of studs on the prie-dieu opens up the Portal niche, which is "no more than four feet wide and two deep, as high as a man."  Now, on a 15' wall, a 4' section opening up is a pretty big section, which I have indicated with the sliding doors in the rendering.  (I need to go back to the program and make sure the doors are 4' wide, since I didn't have this written description in front of me when I did the rendering and had forgotten that detail.)  Is there an additional 2' to 3' section that opens up beside that when the series of hidden indentations that reveal the chapel door are pressed (which may mean having to move the bookshelves closer to the fireplace)?  Or is the back of the TP niche also the doorway to the Chapel beyond it, and if one presses the indentations rather than the studs in the proper sequence, both the niche and the door behind it open up to reveal the Chapel, but if only the studs are pressed, you only find the TP niche?  I think this might be the more likely reading, architecturally speaking--it would be similar in some ways to the short passage leading to the Library Annex, for one thing, but without the garderobe branching off to the side--but only KK could say for sure if that interpretation of the text is correct.  It would also make building a diorama around that feature a lot easier, though that's beside the point.  :D

Of course, that section of wall is also hidden behind a tapestry, which I take to be separate from the one hanging over the bookcase unless Gwynedd has odd L-shaped tapestries, but I didn't attempt to hang a picture over the sliding doors.  Just imagine that this section of wall is properly hidden behind fabric.

I'm not even going to consider trying to do a Saint Camber's Chapel dio for the moment.  One thorny problem at a time!   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on March 25, 2013, 03:31:04 pm
Wow, Evie!  The finished project will be amazing.  Though in my mind's eye, in this modern rendition, I kept expecting Alaric to toss his car keys on the table.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on March 25, 2013, 03:34:17 pm
LOL!  Yeah, I can see that.  I also think Duncan looks quite nice in a suit.   :)  Maybe this is what the Rector's study might look like in the rebuilt Saint Camber's Schola in 21st Century Gwynedd?  ;-)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 02, 2013, 01:11:36 pm
OK, hopefully everyone here is grown up enough to handle a wee bit of action figure nudity.   ;)

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Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8614256560/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is an action figure style that I am hoping to be able to use to rebody my current male figures on more poseable bodies so that they can all do such things as sit properly on a horse.  And they'll want that ability, since I have just acquired two more Marx horses for the Royal Stables!   Unfortunately, the body above is a bit too tanned to match my current character heads, but it is available in a variety of skin tones, so hopefully I can line up a few others with fairer skin that will be a better match for the heads.  I might not be able to get an exact color match, but I'm hoping to get at least in the ballpark. 

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Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8614257816/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here he is wearing a tunic (I forgot to bring his belt along) so you can get a better idea of how he'd look clothed.  The standard long-sleeved medieval tunic will help to conceal slight differences of coloring between face, hands, and feet (if the figure isn't wearing shoes), and if I can't find a better match in skintones, then a hood or some other high-necked accessory covering up the neck area will also help to hide skintone discrepancies.  Though I might want to save the new bodies for my clergy, in that case, since they are the ones most likely to be covered from chin to toe.

There are a few other body styles available that have a similar neck style to this one and that will work (with minor adjustments) with a Ken head.  This one just happens to be both one of the more nicely sculpted ones and also one of the less costly options.  Another one I looked at costs nearly twice as much and is a bit too "muscle bound," and another style is available pretty cheaply but it's less attractively sculpted.  And of course there is the style body that Denis has, which I love, but unfortunately it's both way too pricey and has too much of a gray undertone that won't match any Ken heads, or for that matter won't even match a lot of action figure heads, unless they are made by a particular manufacturer or two.

I can hardly wait to get the two new Marx horses in the mail.   Now Alaric can stop grumbling about having to ride a Barbie Dream Horse!   ::)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on April 02, 2013, 07:06:01 pm
Yes, it is hard to imagine Morgan in full battle harness paused for the charge on "Buttercup".   ;D

Looking forward to seeing the new arrivals.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 08, 2013, 11:34:39 am
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New Library acquisitions (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8630996393/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Bishop Duncan and Sister Helena look over some damaged scrolls and manuscript fragments recently recovered from a stash of ancient Deryni documents rescued from a fire and hidden away at some time in the previous century.  One of the books is a Healer's text on herbology, so I'm sure Sister Therese will be glad for a chance to look that one over and have a copy made for the Infirmarium once these two are done studying it.  These are some of the less damaged works from the literary trove, so hopefully they can yield up some treasures to add to the storehouse of Deryni knowledge that the Schola is attempting to recover.  If the bookshelves in the background seem rather sparsely stocked, that's because Father Nivard is having several of the books rebound.  (Or perhaps it's just that I haven't had time to make more books yet!)

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Scrolls and manuscript signatures (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8632103454/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 10, 2013, 10:35:50 am
Well, I have ordered two new bodies that will hopefully work with Duncan's and Alaric's heads and give them much greater poseability, but now it looks like the headless lads are off on some grand adventure!  I checked the tracking info today, since today was their estimated date of arrival, and it appears they had arrived here in Birmingham safe and sound in the wee hours of the morning, but now they're apparently in some podunk town I've never even heard of called Killen, AL, up in the northwestern corner of the state.  Hopefully the town was just named for a founding father, and "Killen" isn't what they do to Deryni tourists!  It's not the first time the USPS has gotten a package to me by some very roundabout route (I had another one go from downtown Birmingham to Montgomery before being sent back here to my university post office in Birmingham, and they've been known to make other odd sidetrips as well), but I'm predicting it might take an extra day or two for it to get here.   I always add at least one day to the Post Orifice's estimate, since that official ETA date is usually the day that it arrives at my university post office (barring unforeseen detours), and then it actually gets delivered to my office the next afternoon after it gets to the university.  Oh well, maybe the guys decided they wanted to do a bit of sightseeing?   How much sightseeing can they do with only one spare head in the package?  I hope they're sharing it nicely.  I hear the Tennessee Valley is nice this time of year.... 

You know, according to Google Maps, Killen is up near Florence, AL.  I wonder if the lads thought they were heading up to Florence, Italy?  Given my druthers, I'd rather go to Florence, Italy too!    ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on April 10, 2013, 04:41:59 pm
If the head has both eyes, I suppose they can each use one, provided Alaric and Duncan want to look in the same direction.  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 10, 2013, 04:50:23 pm
One eye apiece?  I guess that could work, though I figured it would be easier if they just took turns using the complete head.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 11, 2013, 12:59:09 pm
The good news is, the tracking information for the package containing Alaric's and Duncan's prospective new bodies shows that it has arrived on campus safely.   ;D

The bad news is, I just got word that the university is closing at 2:00 pm today due to the threat of severe weather coming into our area.  And our office doesn't usually get mail delivered until between 2:00 and 3:00.  So that means I won't get the new bodies until tomorrow.

Ah, well, at least I know that they made it back from their unexpected side trip.  Hopefully they'll still be here tomorrow, and not blown off to the Land of Oz!

I figured where they must have gone on their sightseeing spree, by the way.  Florence, Alabama is the site of the Alabama Renaissance Festival.  Poor little guys must have been homesick for something closer to their own time period!   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 11, 2013, 05:44:57 pm
Woohoo! Look what arrived today after all!

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Testing Ken head match on Evo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8640119733/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I actually got two of these Evo action figure bodies, but just took time to get a quick photo of this one (along with a spare head I had on hand so I could see how well the color matched).

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The best laid plans... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8641597558/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Unfortunately, the best made plans go oft astray.  I had planned for the new Evo bodies to go to Duncan and Alaric, but upon trying to switch out Alaric's head, I discovered he has the old style Ken head that isn't compatible with this body without major plastic surgery, unlike the Fashionista Ken heads which just need a bit of bulking up of the internal neck joint to fit on this body.  Kelson didn't have a compatible head either, nor did Dhugal, so that left either Sextus or this guy to wear the spare body.  I am thinking of turning this into my Jass McArdry figure.  I never did find a physical description of Jass in KK's books, so in my fanfics I gave him dark chestnut hair with reddish highlights and whiskey colored eyes.  So this guy's coloring is nearly spot on.  He could use a bit more red in his hair, but I might be able to brush some reddish acrylic wash into it like I did with Dhugal's.  So if I end up using this guy for Jass, what will I do with my other action figure with the cool costume that I had considered using for him earlier?  Well, he's got curly hair,  and it's occurred to me that he might also work for Derry with a slight bit of modification (mainly eye color and the addition of enough hair length in back for the requisite "war knot" of clubbed hair in back).

You'll notice the chests are slightly different. That's because there are two different styles of chest plate for this figure, but more on that in a bit. I had originally planned to put Alaric on the more buff body, figuring that would fit his "career warrior" lifestyle. Duncan is also quite fit, of course, but I figure a bishop would have a little less time for a daily workout.

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Body comparison (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8641614294/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a Fashionista Ken body beside the new Evo body.  Even the less defined chest plate for the Evo has better definition than the Fashionista Ken chest, although that chest isn't bad as Ken chests go.  The articulation on the action figure body is much better than the playline doll body's articulation, although Fashionista Ken is better articulated than most Kens.  The Harley Davidson Ken body is better in that it also has articulated ankles, and it may have more range of motion in the hips as well.  It certainly can't have less range of motion!

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Hand details (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8640512749/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The Evo hands are more proportional to the body (I learned in art class long ago that a spread hand ought to cover most of a person's face), and they are more detailed.  They can also be switched out.  I have relaxed hands, rifle grip hands (the trigger finger hand is also great for pointing or gesturing), and sword grip hands, so I can pose Duncan with lots of hand combinations and have him holding various items.

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Foot detail (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8640518559/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The flash makes the detail a bit too washed out, even with some photo correction, but as nicely detailed as the Fashionista foot is, the Evo foot is even more so.  The Evo ankles aren't as flexible as some other action figures, but at least it has a little more mobility than the Fashionista Ken solid ankles.  The feet are bigger, though, so I will need to find bigger shoes for these bodies.

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Inside of chest plates (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8640526897/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The chest plates are aligned with pegs and sockets, and strong magnets keep them securely mounted on the body, yet easy to remove if you want to switch them out. 

You can also see the bit of tubing I used to adapt the neck joint to the wider opening in the Ken head.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 21, 2013, 02:19:45 pm
OK, so Alaric and Richenda, Duncan, and Helena went with me to an SCA event this weekend.

I decided sewing something would be a nice way to pass the time while there.  Here's Alaric showing off the new cloak I made for him while watching the arts and crafts fair in progress:

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New cloak (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8668371979/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I added more of the red embroidery around the lower hem last night after this photo was taken, and I want to add some embellishment to the chest band as well, so I will post an updated photo later once the cloak is completed.

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Spring sunshine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8668357645/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here are the littles sitting together in the sunshine during Royal Court.   The Kingdom of Meridies' Royal Court, that is, not Kelson's.

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Sitting in the sun (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8668387937/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

A quiet moment for the two cousins.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on April 21, 2013, 09:30:22 pm
Nice cloak for Morgan, but poor Bishop Duncan needs some foot ware!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 21, 2013, 11:06:58 pm
LOL!  Yes, I need to figure out how to make some for him. His new body can't wear Ken shoes.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 22, 2013, 10:51:17 am
But speaking of new shoes (not to mention other accessories for Duncan)....

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Accessories for Duncan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8672431222/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I got these in the mail this weekend.  Here's a pair of sandals so Duncan doesn't have to go around barefoot (he needs boots also, but I need to find or make some to fit him), two belts that will work quite handily for either modern or some medieval garb (though I want to make longer ones for the mini-Deryni also, since they'd look more in period), and a clerical shirt (actually a dickey rather than a full shirt) for Duncan to wear under a nice jacket if he decides to venture into the modern world from time to time.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on April 23, 2013, 08:22:23 am
Nice cloak for Morgan, but poor Bishop Duncan needs some foot ware!  ;D

Barefoot is a sign of humility. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 23, 2013, 09:03:02 am
Nice cloak for Morgan, but poor Bishop Duncan needs some foot ware!  ;D

Barefoot is a sign of humility.

True, though in that case I'm afraid Duncan is just a little less humble this morning.  The new sandals fit him perfectly.  I'll see if I can get a photo up here when I get a chance.   :)  And since he's not the only one of my littles needing shoes, I'll be studying them carefully so I can work out how to make more footwear in little lady sizes.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Laurna on April 23, 2013, 01:05:27 pm
I love the sandals. They should be perfect for Duncan. Send a picture of them on the feet. :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 23, 2013, 09:23:55 pm
Well, I've not made it home yet tonight, so no photos of Duncan's sandaled feet yet.  However, I do have something else to show off....

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Thrift store find (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8676990278/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I'm not sure if this  is a Power Team guy or what sort of action figure he is, but he followed me to my SCA meeting from the thrift store today.

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Closer view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8675884567/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(Ignore my daughter's hand photobombing the poor man!)  I wasn't sure what role he might play at first, but imagine this guy with a wash of black paint darkening his hair and a light wash of gray laid over his original eye color.  Black hair, grey eyes, neatly trimmed mustache, perhaps a crimson surcoat...slightly older nobleman than the rest of my assembled cast...getting any ideas yet?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on April 24, 2013, 06:05:12 am
Ummm, let me think.  Prince Nigel?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 24, 2013, 09:14:55 am
Ummm, let me think.  Prince Nigel?

Could be, wabbit!  And I just got a positive ID on what sort of action figure he is from another collector.  He was made by Ever Sparkle Toys, although of course a macho military dude couldn't go around with "Ever Sparkle" branded on his butt, so the soldier figures were imprinted with "ES Toys" instead.   :D  Actually, mine isn't imprinted at all (I think the imprint probably wore off through years of play), but his head sculpt is identical to the one on her action figure, so I'm sure it's the same guy.  I got a good chuckle from it anyway.  Prince Nigel Haldane, the Iron Duke, an Ever Sparkle Toy....   ;D

If I'm going to be changing his hair color anyway, what would you think about me adding a hint of silver drybrushing to his hair at each temple?  I'm recreating the Deryni world of the 1130s after all, so it seems logical that Nigel would have a fair bit of silver highlighting in his sable hair by that point.  I think he'd look quite distinguished. :)

I don't have a photo yet, but I picked up some other spare articulated male figures at the thrift store last night, although some of the heads will definitely need to be replaced.  They're not very high quality bodies, but I figured they'd do for background characters--guards and the like.  One of them has a Duncan head sculpt, so I might store that away in case I ever need a replacement, since his original head donor is no longer available in stores, making him harder to replace if something tragic happens.  The thrift store head could use a good shampoo and restyling, but is in otherwise good condition, and I think he could be restored to look like almost new.  Or if not, he can serve as a test head for some future experiment, like if I want to see if there's some way to add gray patches to Duncan's hair without risk of ruining True Duncan's head.

OK, here are the promised sandal photos:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8534/8677434150_1fd3a235a9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8677434150/)
Gigi does a toe inspection (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8677434150/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

"All toes present and accounted for, Bishop McLain.  Yours and mine too."

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8545/8676332089_73c3b4934b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8676332089/)
Sandal shod (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8676332089/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

"See?  Well shod tootsies!"
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on April 24, 2013, 10:56:48 am
The sandles seem to fit perfectly!  My compliments to the shoe inspector for such a fine job of verification and no nibbling!  :D

I think adding some grey to Nigel's temples is an excellent idea.  I've always thought he would be a man who aged well and handsomely. 

And he does have an "ever sparkle" in his eye when it comes to Meraude.   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on April 24, 2013, 05:04:38 pm
I think adding some grey to Nigel's temples is an excellent idea.  I've always thought he would be a man who aged well and handsomely. 

And he's earned every one of them!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Shiral on April 24, 2013, 09:41:43 pm
  Prince Nigel Haldane, the Iron Duke, an Ever Sparkle Toy....   ;D

Kelson and his cousins would tease him to death about it , you know.... =o)

 Melissa
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 25, 2013, 10:20:56 am
  Prince Nigel Haldane, the Iron Duke, an Ever Sparkle Toy....   ;D

Kelson and his cousins would tease him to death about it , you know.... =o)

 Melissa

Meraude (crooning): "He may be an Ever Sparkle Toy, but he's my Ever Sparkle Toy!"   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on April 28, 2013, 05:33:06 pm
While I was clearing out some stuff from my basement, I ran into an unexpected find, which I brought upstairs to meet the Mini-Deryni....

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7046/8689776369_08fb9bd7e9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8689776369/)
Jedi Knight meets Deryni mage (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8689776369/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Not sure what Luke and Alaric were discussing here.  Talking "shop," maybe?

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8120/8690910798_1ae04880b6_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8690910798/)
Jedi Knight and Deryni mage (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8690910798/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

After all, Jedi and Deryni do have quite a few things in common!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 01, 2013, 12:20:54 pm
I got Grub a new, far less "mannish" body, so she's had some fun playing and getting used to having somewhat better articulation.  She doesn't have a medieval wardrobe yet, so she's having to make do with some of my smaller Barbie clothes until I can find time to make her a gown or two.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8269/8696667489_37a0b1b961_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8696667489/)
Grub plays Gluckshaus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8696667489/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here she is enjoying "Medieval Game Night" at our SCA meeting.  This is the Gluckshaus board, and she's learning how to play her daddy's favorite tavern gambling game.   (Don't worry about Denis scolding me for teaching his grand-niece how to gamble; we were playing for marbles rather than coins.)  Every time someone rolled a 4, which isn't on the game board, the "money" went to the "house" instead of going on the board or to a player.  Grub is helping out by acting as our tavern-keeper and guarding the house's growing hoard of tokens.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8263/8697790414_28dbc7e4ae_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8697790414/)
The House takes a share of the pot (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8697790414/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

You can tell from her smile how much she enjoys this game!  Also, notice that she has little magnets set into the soles of her feet.  Why?  Well, for one thing, they help her stand if she's on a metallic base or surface.  They can also help her with other cool poses....

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8408/8699612962_d7360998ee_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8699612962/)
Grub playing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8699612962/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

...such as doing handstands.  Grub loves handstands!  Fortunately that's a pencil skirt, so no need to worry about hemlines obeying the laws of gravity and leaving her over-exposed.  Maybe I should come up with some hosen or trews for her when I get around to sewing her wardrobe.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8552/8699614216_97820c61e2_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8699614216/)
Grub playing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8699614216/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The scrap of purple fabric in the bag should be enough to make a nice Court gown for her, and I have enough to make a bishop's cassock from it as well, so she and Uncle Denis can match.  She can't go around dressed like a little hoyden all the time, after all, and the deep purple will bring out her beautiful Arilan blue-violet eyes.  (Once I get around to painting them blue-violet, that is.  I have another head like that that already has blue-violet eyes and freckles, but Obitsu neck joints are a bit fragile and I've already accidentally broken one, so I'd rather not swap out heads on this body unless I absolutely have to.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 01, 2013, 03:35:00 pm
Your littles certainly have a penchant for being upside down!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 01, 2013, 04:30:47 pm
She had to find some way to amuse herself.  I forgot to bring any toys for her today, so she's been a bit bored here at the office.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8414/8700363016_2a71557854_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8700363016/)
Grub creates handfire (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8700363016/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Fortunately she found a few ways to entertain herself while waiting for the workday to be over.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on May 02, 2013, 10:46:19 am
i was struck by how much Grub looks like you Evie, was that concious or sub-? except she has monochome black hair of course:)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 02, 2013, 12:41:51 pm
LOL!  Well, I didn't plan for Grub to look like me, but since you are now the second person to tell me that, I suppose she must.    :D  I guess in some ways I was a little like her at that age, though with a much less colorful vocabulary, and my mother wasn't an ill-tempered shrew inclined towards lobbing cast iron skillets at folks she's annoyed with, thank God!  And my dad isn't anything like Sextus either, for which I'm sure we are all quite grateful.   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 03, 2013, 11:46:16 am
And here's an unexpected update:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8558/8703755573_94c83f4c98_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8703755573/)
Fine imported chests from faraway Byzantyun (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8703755573/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

KK sent the littles another package, this time filled with furniture, beads, fabric, and a little lady to join the Deryni Court.  Here are two chests of drawers imported from some distant Kingdom.  I am certain Araxie will be thrilled to add them to the royal solar or bedchamber!  Alaric is seated on a rustic stool that was also in the package (I forgot to take a separate photo of it, so I will need to rectify that later), and the new lady is standing by the chests to show a sense of scale.  I don't know yet who she might turn out to be, but since her facial features look very similar to Richenda's, and her hair color is very close to Alaric's, she might end up becoming Briony.  She will need a better articulated body if she's going to do more than stand around and look pretty, but that can be arranged.  In the mid to late 1130s, Briony would still be a teenager, but there are some nice Obitsu bodies that are slightly shorter  than Barbie bodies but that can use Barbie heads on them.  Or for that matter, maybe Briony takes after her daddy in terms of height, so she's a little taller than the average young teenage girl?  We shall see.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8417/8703755189_e40c307c7a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8703755189/)
Other furnishings (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8703755189/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The aqua closet with enclosed drawers is also from KK's package.  The little iron and wicker shelving unit was a thrift store find, as was the pottery bowl on the lower shelf, and the pitcher and basin were from an antiques mall.  You can also see a closer view of the small Asian chest with its outer doors that work similarly to a rolltop desk to conceal those two upper drawers on the inside.  I'll see if I can get another photo of this chest with those doors closed later.  The motif is painted on, I think, but it does a great job of simulating inlaid wood. 

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8139/8704878836_f9d8c6c6bb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8704878836/)
Fabric samples (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8704878836/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here are the fabrics that were in the package.  There is a pale blue silk and some trim that goes very nicely with it, which I think would make a nice undergown for Richenda or Briony and possibly also a man's tunic, since I think that fabric would bring out Duncan's eye color to best advantage.  There is enough crimson to make Araxie and Kelson some matching Court garb, or perhaps I could use it to make Haldane tabards for the castle staff to wear.  (Those background extras need clothing, after all!)  And white is always useful for undershirts and the like.  The plastic bag in the top right corner contains a variety of beads and findings, so hopefully I'll find a way to use some of those also.

I have some vacation time coming up soon, so hopefully I'll be able to get a few more crafts projects done!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 09, 2013, 06:04:04 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7409/8724811344_81163cd44a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8724811344/)
Grub's new gown (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8724811344/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Just a sturdy little wool-lined homespun outfit for Grub to wear when playing outdoors. I haven't made a matching undergown for it yet, though her old red tunic will work for now.  I'll probably make the undergown for this in either white or light blue.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 09, 2013, 07:02:36 pm
Grub does need sturdy play clothes.  She is Sextus' daughter after all!   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on May 09, 2013, 09:47:15 pm
Grub does need sturdy play clothes.  She is Sextus' daughter after all!   ;D

When Grub starts getting interested in BOYS, Sextus is going to have a heart attack.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: derynifanatic64 on May 10, 2013, 03:31:06 am
Grub does need sturdy play clothes.  She is Sextus' daughter after all!   ;D

When Grub starts getting interested in BOYS, Sextus is going to have a heart attack.
Sextus' wife will help him survive that phase of Grub's life.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 10, 2013, 09:33:59 am
Grub does need sturdy play clothes.  She is Sextus' daughter after all!   ;D

When Grub starts getting interested in BOYS, Sextus is going to have a heart attack.
Sextus' wife will help him survive that phase of Grub's life.

But will she be able to help those poor boys survive Sextus?    ;)

Oh, and by the way, my husband is now adding himself to the growing list of people who think that Grub looks like a child version of me, so who am I to argue?  I had her sitting on the kitchen island last night, watching me cook supper while holding a miniature R2-D2.  Despite her medieval clothing, that looked so natural somehow....   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on May 12, 2013, 08:12:57 pm
Grub does need sturdy play clothes.  She is Sextus' daughter after all!   ;D

When Grub starts getting interested in BOYS, Sextus is going to have a heart attack.
Sextus' wife will help him survive that phase of Grub's life.

But will she be able to help those poor boys survive Sextus?    ;)



Time for a Gwynnedian version of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8_Simple_Rules
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 22, 2013, 08:21:02 pm
I'm on vacation and finally have a little time to do hobby stuff again, so Briony got a new outfit:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/8792857182_fde910d66e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8792857182/)
Briony (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8792857182/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Briony models a new peplos, belt, and shoes that I made for her this morning.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/8792857182_fde910d66e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8792857182/)
Briony (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8792857182/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The peplos really ought to be ankle or floor length, but I had barely enough to make it this length.  I originally wanted to make a Viking style apron dress, but that would have required even more fabric.  I may end up giving this short peplos to Grub, since it should be a better length for her, and then make a more suitable overgown for Briony.  Worn over an undergown, though, it's still fairly modest.   (I really need to shorten those sleeves when I get a chance!)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3816/8792836524_d1a98e0aeb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8792836524/)
Briony (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8792836524/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I tried my hand at making medieval footwear.  Here is a close-up of my first attempt at making soled shoes.  It could use a bit of work still, but I think I've got the basic concept now.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5325/8792832330_5bb09ff327_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8792832330/)
New medieval shoes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8792832330/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 23, 2013, 12:46:36 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/8804757178_d7cce14685_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8804757178/)
Duncan's new shoes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8804757178/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan gets a new pair of shoes.  His were much easier to make than Briony's, since his feet are larger, making them easier to work with.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Laurna on May 23, 2013, 03:08:01 pm
Hi Evie. Great job on the shoes. Did you use thick leather for the soles? I can imagine it would be hard to make a pair that matched.  By the way  I love Briony's peacock feather trim design. Nice touch.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 23, 2013, 03:59:38 pm
Nice footware, Evie!  But with Briony's lovely ankles exposed in her new peplos, she's likely to have every senior squire and newly-minted knight at her heels!   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: DesertRose on May 23, 2013, 06:20:32 pm
Nice footware, Evie!  But with Briony's lovely ankles exposed in her new peplos, she's likely to have every senior squire and newly-minted knight at her heels!   ;)

Not with Papa Alaric standing over protectively.  It would take a bold senior squire or new knight indeed to brave the wrath of THAT father.  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on May 23, 2013, 11:39:46 pm
Remember one wag's summary of "The Wizard of Oz"?---two women in a battle to the death over a pair of shoes.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 24, 2013, 10:08:06 am
Thanks, everyone!

The outer soles are made of self-adhesive black craft foam.  The shoes have insoles made from thin cardboard (the kind that dress shirts are often folded around).  To make matching soles, I just stood the dolls on the cardboard and lightly traced around one foot, then cut the sole about a millimeter or two outside that outline, just to give enough extra margin to allow some ease for getting a foot in and out of the shoe easily.  Cut out that sole and flip it upside-down on the cardboard, trace that shape and cut it out, and voila!  Matching shoe soles.  I use the insoles as patterns to cut out the foam outer soles.  Cutting the upper took a little trial and error.  I had a flat-footed Barbie boot pattern that worked well enough for making Briony's shoe (I didn't cut out the upper boot), but I didn't want the back to come up as far on Duncan's shoes, so I modified that basic shape when I cut out his pair.  I also had to make it quite a bit bigger for his foot, which is much larger and in proportion to his body than Briony's dainty Liv Doll foot.  My first experimental upper wasn't quite big enough to stretch over the insole, so I used that as a pattern to cut another one about 1/8 of an inch bigger all the way around, and that one turned out to be just right.  Once I had one that would work, I just traced that one to get the other upper.  The shoe is constructed by sewing up the back seam with right sides in, turning the shoe right-side out and placing it over the foot, placing the insole on the bottom of the foot, slathering the underside with tacky glue, folding the edges of the upper fabric over the bottom of the insole (clipping curved edges first) and holding them in place for a minute or two until they start to stick on their own, and then putting the foam outer sole last, sealing those fabric edges between insole and outer sole.  The cut edges that are still exposed (rear seam and top edge of shoe) get a Fray-Check finish to prevent fraying, although the faux suede fabric is fairly fray resistant even without it.  I kept a damp paper towel around to wipe glue off my fingers as needed, but any bits of glue that end up on the upper just got wiped off quickly, and if they left a stain here and there...well, that just makes the shoes look like they've been worn a few times and aren't brand spanking new.   ;D

I also finally managed to paint the shiral crystal stand so that it looks like bronze rather than air-drying clay,  so I'll upload photos of that when I get a chance.  And I found a lovely belt pouch shaped charm that I want to sew to a belt, but I'll need to dig through my trims to find one that is best suited for the purpose.  I do love having vacation time!   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Laurna on May 24, 2013, 12:04:17 pm
Wow that is a lot of dainty work,  Great job.
I'm inclined to be with Jerusha.  Papa Alaric would be scowling at any young knight that even glanced near the floor where his daughter's ankles could be seen.  That scowl is quickly followed by a desperate mental call to Richenda to come get his daughter back inside and find her a suitable long under-dress to accompany her new garment. (Is that not always the way, the mother taking full responsibility for their children's defiance to the proper code of dressing) ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on May 24, 2013, 07:53:11 pm
  Papa Alaric would be scowling at any young knight that even glanced near the floor where his daughter's ankles could be seen.

The scowl causing the young knights to faint, throw up, or wet themselves.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: tenworld on May 25, 2013, 05:31:35 pm
Having a Deryni father of my date would conjure all kinds of nightmares.

Try explaining that the empties werent yours to a mind reader.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on May 26, 2013, 07:38:11 am
Having a Deryni father of my date would conjure all kinds of nightmares.

Try explaining that the empties werent yours to a mind reader.

If I were the Deryni father of a teenage daughter, I'd truth-read all the boys who wanted to date her.  And I'd tell her to truth-read them herself. 

If I were a non-Deryni father in that world, I'd find a Deryni friend or neighbor to do it for me.

I know what boys that age are like, because I used to be one.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 26, 2013, 05:01:32 pm
I made a few new accessories for Briony over the weekend:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5452/8846867978_137587ee2a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8846867978/)
Accessorized (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8846867978/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Briony got a new coif and necklace.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7392/8846862064_14c83d9f3c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8846862064/)
New coif (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8846862064/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

 I intend to add some ribbon ties to the front corners once I can find my stash of narrow ribbon, but it's wearable as-is.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5348/8846248389_d1b0b09fff_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8846248389/)
Briony's coif (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8846248389/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a front view of Briony's coif.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5463/8846864124_36205f437b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8846864124/)
Teeny silver chain necklace (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8846864124/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Tenworld donated some ultra-thin silvery wire to the Deryni action figure project.  After musing a bit on what it might be suitable for, I tried using the smallest size crochet hook I could find to make a silver chain out of it.  I might see if I can improvise some way of doing a miniature variant of Viking chain weaving (aka trichinopoly chain, IIRC) with it.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 26, 2013, 09:54:17 pm
I love the oblivious backdrop.  The sleeping guardian of his lady's virtue!   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on May 26, 2013, 10:07:45 pm
I love the oblivious backdrop.  The sleeping guardian of his lady's virtue!   :)

I can't remember, but didn't one of Gwynned's noble families have a sleeping lion on its arms?  (Of course, when I too my Sunday nap this afternoon, *I* had a sleeping lion on my arm.  As usual.)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 26, 2013, 10:14:21 pm
The sleeping lion was on the McLain coat of arms.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 27, 2013, 07:31:46 pm
Here's a close up of the necklace on a solid color backdrop, so you can see it in better detail:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/8855950059_4837276f2e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8855950059/)
Crocheted wire and bead 1:6 necklace (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8855950059/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 27, 2013, 08:02:58 pm
Nicely done, Evie!  I can't quite make out the jewel, though.  It looks like it could be a type of green peridot to me, but I can't be sure.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 27, 2013, 10:11:21 pm
The pendant is actually made up of two transparent green beads and one transparent yellow bead strung on the wire in a green-yellow-green order, then the wire was bent so the beads ended up in a triangle and the extra wire was coiled around the top of it.  But with the two colors of beads that close together, you do get a peridot green effect in photos.  I noticed that as well.  Call it a happy accident.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on May 28, 2013, 07:36:56 am
The sleeping lion was on the McLain coat of arms.

Well, there you are.  Cousin Duncan.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 28, 2013, 09:51:41 pm
Today I began my most complex project yet--creating Father Nivard.  This might not seem like such a difficult thing, but you try finding a youthful looking Ken or action figure head with curly brown hair and a tonsure!  Needless to say, creating a Father Nivard figure will take more customization skill than I've attempted thus far, but at last I think I have the materials and hopefully the skill level to try my hand at making a suitable figure for him.

I am taking photos of my progress as I go, so once I have a better idea of whether this experiment will end up being a success or not, I'll post a work-in-progress report or two on the making of John Nivard.  Here's a brief outline of what this project will entail:

1.  Testing some silicone mold putty to ensure that it will be compatible with the vinyl used in the Ken head, and to verify that it will harden in a way that will be both flexible and durable, and similar in feel to the original vinyl of the head.  I began this stage of the project today, and so far the silicone putty seems to be hardening beautifully.

2.  Modifying an old style Ken head so that it will be compatible with an articulated Ken body.  I am using Duncan's former body for the project, since it has a fairly decent range of motion, just not as good as his present action figure body.  John Nivard won't need to be able to ride a horse or pose for many high action shots, so it won't matter so much that he has a more limited range of motion.  The silicone putty mentioned above will be used to create a new internal neck joint for the modified head.  I cut off the original neck joint today and began the process of widening the neck opening with an X-acto knife for the new neck joint.  Once he had a wider neck opening that I could get my needlenose pliers into, I also removed what was left of his original rooted hair in preparation for creating his wig cap.

3.  Creating a tonsured wig cap for John with curly hair.  The "hair" I'll be using is actually a curly yarn.  I had originally considered gluing it directly to the bald head, but there is not a large enough spot at the crown without holes in it for a smooth tonsure, so I am hoping that adding the curls to a wig cap will give him a smoother bald spot.  The yarn I have is actually a natural beige color, so I had to dye it with strong tea to make it a bit browner.  I have cut and tea dyed the yarn lengths and started work on the wig cap base tonight.

I'll start posting photos once I am further along with this project.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 29, 2013, 11:36:53 am
OK, here's how far I've come with the work on making John Nivard.  And I've reached an impasse, so I might need some input on how to proceed from here.  *sigh*

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/8879561863_c8cf260f3c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879561863/)
Old neck joint removal (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879561863/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I cut off the original neck joint and begin carving down the vinyl inside the neck opening so that it will fit onto the articulated body.  Here is John's future head beside another head with its original neck joint intact.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/8880185352_8ccfafb43b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880185352/)
Mostly ready (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880185352/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the newly hollowed head beside its future body.  After checking the fit, I ended up having to trim the inside just a tad more, but had to be careful not to trim through to the outside of the neck.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/8880187568_2b7d633aed_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880187568/)
Just right (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880187568/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The head now fits properly on the top of the neck, but there is no way to hold it on there at present.  That is what the silicone putty will do in a later step of this process.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5456/8879568223_9dab41e6c7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879568223/)
Bare head (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879568223/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

With the neck opening enlarged, I was able to reach inside with needlenose pliers and remove the few plugs of hair that remained on this head.  (He had received a very close haircut when I got him, and the original owner had managed to remove some of his hair, but there was still a lot of it left on.)  Looking at it from behind, there isn't much room for even a token coin-sized tonsure that won't be pockmarked with holes.  There's that slightly wider strip near his crown, but it would be difficult to work within such a narrow area.  So rather than just stripping off the paint with acetone and rooting new hair in or gluing it on, I decide to try making a wig cap first.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/8879570043_34516e52d3_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879570043/)
Beginning wig cap (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879570043/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I covered the head with some Press and Seal plastic wrap, trying to keep it as smooth and unwrinkled as possible in the areas where the final wig cap will be, so most of the wrinkling is over his face instead.  Over the plastic, I stretched a bit of knee high stocking fabric over the head, and then secured both at the base of the neck with a rubber band.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7398/8880178756_41e34d9ee6_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880178756/)
Head stand (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880178756/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I needed a base to hold the head in place while I worked, so this vase got pressed into service.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5328/8879555521_9096c102fb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879555521/)
Forming the wig cap base (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879555521/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I begin painting matte Mod Podge onto the head, following the contours of the hairline.  This is the area I will eventually glue the curly "hair" to.  The wig cap is shorter in back than the hairstyle will be, since only the top end of the "hair" will need to be glued down.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3720/8879553295_dc7547a74d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879553295/)
Frontal view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879553295/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a front view of the wig cap hairline.  I let the Mod Podge dry about 20 minutes between layers.  This is after five or six layers.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8268/8880193056_90d6f1afde_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880193056/)
Back of head (prior to Mod Podge) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880193056/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I thought I had a photo of the back of the head with the dried Mod Podge on it, but apparently I don't, so I'll just use this shot.  The Mod Podge dries clear, but not quite this clear.  On the current wig cap you can see the outline of the hairline, but the Mod Podge stiffens the fabric underneath.  I will need to strip the paint beneath the wig with acetone before I glue the wig on permanently so that his original "flesh" color will show through the tonsure, since the clear Mod Podge doesn't change the color of the stocking knit or make it much more opaque.  But I am nearly ready to start gluing on the curly yarn hair.  Unfortunately, there's an unexpected kink in that plan.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8277/8879573553_6bc7516902_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879573553/)
Curly yarn hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879573553/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the yarn I planned to use for John's hair.  It is a little too light in color for the purpose, but the only browns I could find in this brand were this beige color and a much darker brown.  KK says that John's hair is a light brown, lighter than Derry's, but just dark enough to be a true brown rather than a sandy blond.  So I had planned to tea stain this yarn to make it just a shade or two darker.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/8879575485_b68b0f7a10_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879575485/)
Tea bath (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879575485/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the yarn in a bath of strong black tea.  I only left it in for a minute since I wanted it to remain a light brown rather than become too dark.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3671/8880181024_847c7993f7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880181024/)
Drying hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8880181024/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The color came out only a shade or two darker, yet noticeably brown rather than blond.  Unfortunately, being dipped in the hot tea affected the texture of the yarn.  I hoped that might self-correct as it dried out overnight.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7418/8879577427_5b36873a29_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879577427/)
Yarn comparisons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8879577427/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Unfortunately the dried strands retained their slightly felted look, which changes the character of the yarn.  It no longer has the lovely curl I was going for when I bought it, and it's lost its shiny luster.  So now what?  Do I just use the undyed beige yarn even though it's too light?  Use the newly dyed yarn even though it's not as pretty?  Would the yarn retain the original texture if I use a cold tea bath rather than a hot one, or if I simply spray it with the tea rather than soaking it? Or should I just go with the darker brown yarn, even though that will mean there is very little difference (if any) between John's hair color and Derry's?  Thoughts?

And yes, I know that John needs sea green eyes as well, but that will be the final step of the conversion.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 29, 2013, 02:35:21 pm
I would not use the dyed yarn that turned into felt - it looks icky now.  If there is no better way to create the right shade of light brown, I would lean toward the darker brown, or Father John will end up looking blond.

Somehow, seeing John Nivard's head still smiling in a plastic bag is rather disturbing, but it's for a good cause.  ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 29, 2013, 02:51:08 pm
After consulting with KK, I've gone ahead and worked up Trial Wig #1 with the dark brown yarn.  It is still in the creation process, but I will post photos once it's done.   John is really supposed to have more Shirley Temple type of curls (only shorter), but finding suitable hair for that in this scale is pretty much impossible.  I might be able to get my hands on some blond curly doll hair that can be dyed light brown using the same method I used to darken Duncan's hair, and if I can find some of that, I'll make a second wig so we can see which one suits the figure better.  My local Michael's also had the curly doll hair in brown, but it's even darker than the dark brown yarn I've got, so it would probably be better to try dyeing the blond hair to a light brown instead.

Ebay and Etsy also carry curly mohair, which makes lovely doll wigs, but again, the "curly" mohair still tends to be more wavy sort of curls than Shirley Temple style ringlets, so I'm not sure it would be worth the expense of buying for this project.

I tossed out the tea-dyed yarn.  I figured a Deryni priest with dreadlocks wouldn't look all that medieval, though for a modern day Deryniverse, it might be an amusing idea....   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 29, 2013, 04:40:54 pm
OK, here's the next update:

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Gluing the yarn on (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883192022/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The first stage of the wig making, once the layers of Mod Podge were applied to the wig cap, was gluing the hair on.  I folded each yarn strand in half, and starting at the hairline, I glued it with the U-shaped fold lying flat against the scalp, tamping it down into the glue with a toothpick.  I didn't like how hard it was to squeeze the glue out of the bottle while working, so after I finished the initial round of hair, I applied the second and subsequent layers of yarn (3 or 4 in all) by slathering Mod Podge onto the bare wig cap with a sponge wedge and then adding another layer of folded yarn at the periphery. 

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5344/8883188428_687bb287b5_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883188428/)
Gluing the yarn on (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883188428/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

When I finished the next to last layer of the yarn, instead of folding the last strands of yarn like I'd done the previous ones, I cut them in half and stuck the freshly cut ends of the yarn into the fresh Mod Podge around the edge of the shrinking bald spot.  I used the toothpick to tamp the ends of the fibers into the fresh glue, hoping this would result in a more natural look, as if the fibers were actually growing out from the scalp.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5332/8882570047_d59e0c0c5d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882570047/)
Gluing the yarn on (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882570047/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As you can see, the yarn is far too long all the way around, but that made it easier to handle.  His hair would be easy enough to trim once the Mod Podge dried.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2878/8883186512_4ddd263ecb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883186512/)
Gluing the yarn on (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883186512/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As the Mod Podge dried, it became a bit more clear.  Once it was almost fully clear, it was time for the initial trim.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2821/8883182750_89e9496246_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883182750/)
Trimming the hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883182750/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I began to trim the hair, at first trimming it a bit longer than desired, but enough so I could start to see the basic shape and John's face peeking out from under the curly fringe.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5456/8882560771_4d3dec74a2_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882560771/)
Trimming the hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882560771/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Trimming the hair had to be done with some caution, since if I cut off too much, he's not going to be able to grow it back out again.  At this stage, I also removed it from the head, peeling the stocking cap off the underlying plastic wrap.  Here you can see how the layers of clear Mod Podge create a window-like tonsure area.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8552/8883178978_0d8c03407c_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883178978/)
Bald spot (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883178978/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Since you can see through the Mod Podge, I had to use some acetone to remove the paint from the back of John's head.  I left some brown paint at the periphery so that it can help disguise any inadvertent bald spots under the yarn hair.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5340/8883184564_7de4334eef_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883184564/)
John can see now (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883184564/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This was John after a second trim (done before I peeled the wig cap from the plastic wrap).  At this point if any of the yarn was sticking out at odd angles, I used a toothpick to apply a small drop of glue under that strand and held it down until it behaved.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7457/8882573369_7fbfa2c905_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882573369/)
Good hold (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882573369/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The Mod Podge and stocking fabric cap has enough cling to it to help hold it on the head even when I turn it upside down.  The cap is not glued on, it's just held on by friction.  Though this was taken shortly after I washed the acetone residue off the head, and even though I dried it off pretty well before putting the wig back on him, the slight dampness might also be helping the water-soluble Mod Podge to adhere to his scalp.  It comes off readily, but you have to peel it up from the edges.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/8883195424_1a2829c15b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883195424/)
Shaping the cut (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883195424/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I did a final (at least for the moment) trim by holding the hair down and doing the equivalent of a "bowl cut" all the way around John's  head.  Even though most of the yarn is gone now, the texture of the yarn gives the illusion of curls despite it not falling into obvious ringlets.  If needed, I might be able to snip a few millimeters off the ends to shorten it just a tad more, although the shorter the yarn gets, the greater danger there is of accidentally creating bald spots, so maybe it would be best to leave it more or less as-is and just pretend that John is a little overdue for his next haircut?

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/8883197352_09355f0f3a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883197352/)
Side view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8883197352/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is a side view of the tonsure.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/8882578457_d94ce8e8c3_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882578457/)
Rear view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882578457/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the tonsure from the back.  I'm very happy with how the tonsure came out!  Viewed at very close range, you can still see the original holes in the vinyl beneath it, but from a more normal viewing distance, the holes look more like normal skin imperfections.  Maybe John's just slightly prone to freckling if he ventures out in the sunlight without his cap on? 

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2810/8882580203_06b859bc48_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882580203/)
Other side view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8882580203/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Again, he could be trimmed up just a tad to make his hair look a little less shaggy, but I'm afraid that trimming him down too much might also make him lose the curly-haired effect.  Your thoughts?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 29, 2013, 09:35:28 pm
I guess it depends on how short medieval priests wore their hair.  Given that they probably had a bit of a "natural" look, given the lack of hair grooming products, I think he looks good.  The tonsure turned out quite well, and as you said, if you cut it too short it won't grow out.   :D

I'm looking forward to the sea green eyes - I've never been able to picture in my head how that colour looks. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 30, 2013, 12:06:15 am
OK, an almost final update on John Nivard's creation, though I still need to paint his sea-green eyes.  That can wait until I have some sunlight to work by, though.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5321/8886087057_2f73e854c8_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886087057/)
Neck gasket (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886087057/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

On my action figure and doll customizing forum, there is a tutorial on how to convert an old-style Ken head's neck joint area so that the old heads can fit on the newer, more poseable Ken bodies.  I was originally going to do the full version of the neck modification that is described in the tutorial, but for some reason I couldn't get the part that goes up inside the chin and inside of the neck to form properly.  Then I discovered that simply slipping the head onto the neck over a gasket like this seems to work just as well.  The fit is tight enough that the head was able to stay on even when he was held upside down, and it can still tilt in different positions.  Good enough for me, and if it starts to come loose later, I can look into gluing it in place. 

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2807/8886088223_716c2a5d77_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886088223/)
John tests the new neck joint (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886088223/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's the head on the new body.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2859/8886089421_3553024334_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886089421/)
Looking up (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886089421/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

John glances up towards the ceiling...

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5463/8886090753_e8dfe80f6a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886090753/)
Side tilt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886090753/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

...and tilts his head to one side...

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/8886715330_7e37d12c85_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886715330/)
Other side (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886715330/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

...and then to the other side.  I then discovered he doesn't look down quite as well, but that's a fix for another day.  As you might have noticed on some of the tilted head shots, the fit of head to neck isn't perfect, but that is in part because the Fashionista Ken heads are larger than this old style head, so I suspect the part of his neck that is attached to the head is a bit on the narrow side compared to the same neck portion attached to a Fashionista Ken head.  Not a whole lot smaller, but just a tad.  Still, I can live with the minor imperfection.  His clothing will help to conceal the neck joint.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/8886716968_595e8fd49d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886716968/)
Fully clothes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886716968/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Once we decided the new neck joint would work well enough, at least for now, it was time for John to put some clothes on.  Duncan donated his old cassock.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5443/8886085869_a878c293da_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886085869/)
Bishop and priest (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886085869/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here are Duncan and John engaged in a spirited conversation.  I've really got to start adding to their wardrobe; I'm running out of spare sets of clothing!  I still have Duncan's old Ken shoes somewhere, so I'll give them to John now, since John is using Duncan's former body.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2873/8886084477_37204bc444_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886084477/)
New zucchetto (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886084477/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I recently attempted to make Duncan a better fitting zucchetto than that flat pancake of felt he used to wear.  I'm not sure this slightly curved version is that much better, but he's enjoying it for the moment.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/8886718584_88e5f034ba_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886718584/)
Top view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886718584/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I took a bird's eye view of Duncan's zucchetto and John's tonsure.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3827/8886097139_301c709b31_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886097139/)
Duncan and John (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8886097139/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

One last look at our mini-Deryni friends for the evening.  Hopefully John will get his characteristic sea green eyes very soon.



Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Laurna on May 30, 2013, 03:58:47 am
That is really fun.
When I left for work you were just describing the dreadlocks caused by the tea died yarn.  I was trying to imagine how using yarn would make a wig of hair at all. I'm glad you went with the brown yarn,  I do not think it is too dark at all.  Man, am I surprised at how good John's hair turned out.  The tonsure looks great.  Don't cut it too short, I rather like the longer look and I like the color too.  Just place a book in his hand and he is ready for work in the royal library.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 30, 2013, 08:59:55 am
Excellent results!  You do realize, of course, that now you need to make a Sophie to complete the picture.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 30, 2013, 10:45:45 am
But if I get a Sophie, I'll need a Seisyll too, and then the Arilan girls will insist on having mini-selves....

WHY did I ever think I could do only one or two of these?!  ;D

I am kind of tempted to experiment with more wigmaking, though....
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 30, 2013, 02:31:16 pm
Looking back at his clothed photos, I'm wondering if John is perhaps a bit too skinny?  The canonical John is described in such a way that I tend to envision him with a little bit of "puppy fat" still lingering from his not-too-distant childhood.  Of course, he could have slimmed down by the mid-1130s, as maturing bodies sometimes do, since he'd be in his thirties by then.  But I could also try adding a bit of waistline pudge by sewing another fatsuit for him to wear under his cassock.  It's certainly roomy enough, and if Richenda ever needs to look pregnant for a scene, the padded leotard could double as a pregnant belly as well. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 30, 2013, 03:51:48 pm
I repainted over John's blue eyes to turn them more of a sea green:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8117/8894871778_fc13a1bf64_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8894871778/)
John's new eyes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8894871778/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8131/8894195721_f3ac169c88_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8894195721/)
Sea green eyes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8894195721/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I used a darker blue-green on the outer part of the iris and a paler sea green on the inner part.  It shows up well under magnification, though the color gradation isn't as evident when viewed with the naked eye.  The darker color tends to become more dominant.  On my notebook screen, his eyes still look fairly blue, but the acrylic paint pigment I've used is Viridian Green, with differing amounts of white mixed in to achieve the varying tints.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 31, 2013, 05:28:39 pm
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3760/8905882783_e92046e7d9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8905882783/)
Lighter eye color (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8905882783/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

KK wanted John's eye color to be a paler sea green, so I mixed the paint to a milky green tint and carefully reapplied the color to the iris.  I kept the outer rims of the irises a darker shade of green in order to replicate the natural color gradation of a human eye, and also because there needed to be a visible boundary between the milky green and the white of the eye so that the iris would be easily visible and well distinguished from the sclera.  (The lighter tint in the eye color may seem vivid and very obviously not white in these photos, but it is surprisingly pale when viewed in person, especially in low light conditions.) 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/8905884199_6fd30e96bf_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8905884199/)
Repainted pupils and lash line (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8905884199/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Some of my friends on the doll forum also suggested that one reason John's eye color might have appeared more blue than it actually was in the last set of photos was that I had left the original Mattel navy blue pupil color unchanged, so this time I repainted his lash line brown and his pupils a pure black.  This seems to help make the color of his irises "pop." 

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2822/8906506214_a02403a951_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8906506214/)
John's eyes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8906506214/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Hopefully this enhancement will do the trick, but if not, I might try just painting over the inner iris again with a thin wash of pure white to see if that will make them paler without completely obscuring the green color beneath the wash.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on May 31, 2013, 07:01:54 pm
You have removed his head, carved out his neck, stuck his head in a plastic bag, made him an incredible wig, and painted his eyes ... and he still looks like the happiest priest ever!   

If that isn't a positive life attitude, I don't know what is!   :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on May 31, 2013, 09:15:55 pm
ROTFL!  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 01, 2013, 01:28:37 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/8909013147_e852046822_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8909013147/)
John's new Paternoster (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8909013147/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I decided to try a different (but still quite period) style for John's Paternoster.  His has a cross pendant on one end and a medallion with a staring pattern (the Chartres Labyrinth, though of course since he is from an alternate world, it would have a different name) on the other end.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2807/8909014349_2c64e4621f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8909014349/)
Close up of John's Paternoster (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8909014349/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The strand is made up of shiral (or possibly just amber) beads with ebony gauds somewhat reminiscent of Ward Cubes.  I might have alternated ivory and ebony cubes if I could find plain white cube beads the same size, but they have eluded me thus far.  I'm not sure if John could afford a Paternoster this fine, but maybe it was a gift.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 01, 2013, 11:25:06 am
Evil lurks in the hearts of men....

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Evil lurks in the hearts of men.... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8914051404/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Evil lurks  in the hearts of men...or at least in my very warped daughter!  This is the sight that greeted me upon waking up this morning.  Apparently after I went to bed, she decided to try posing the figures, John's head popped off, so she just changed her story plot a wee bit.... 

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7311/8913431751_a632f57691_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8913431751/)
Muahahaha! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8913431751/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This wasn't how I ever envisioned Duncan getting a-head in life!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8272/8913429731_32b204e40a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8913429731/)
Poor John! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8913429731/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

He makes a nice corpse, if just a tad shorter than I prefer.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8404/8913435663_f697ff9b1b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8913435663/)
Oh the horror! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8913435663/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Briony turns away from the carnage in horror.  Uncle Duncan, what have you done!

(Don't worry...no Mini-Deryni were actually harmed in the posing of this tragedy!   ;D)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 01, 2013, 05:55:13 pm
Looking back at his clothed photos, I'm wondering if John is perhaps a bit too skinny?  The canonical John is described in such a way that I tend to envision him with a little bit of "puppy fat" still lingering from his not-too-distant childhood.  Of course, he could have slimmed down by the mid-1130s, as maturing bodies sometimes do, since he'd be in his thirties by then.

I'd always envisioned him as being the type who would get so engrossed in his studies/researches/creative projects that he'd forget to eat.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 02, 2013, 12:51:33 pm
Here's a new project that I got around to this morning:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7322/8926806858_6b586d6d26_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8926806858/)
New belt with pouch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8926806858/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This belt doesn't really go well with Duncan's cassock, but will look nice with his regular clothing.  I sewed a jewelry clasp to a strip of faux leather for use as a belt buckle.  The pouch is actually a necklace charm.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3803/8926808642_99d9fe03d9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8926808642/)
Belt pouch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8926808642/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I thought this charm would be the perfect size for a 1:6 belt pouch.  It came with the attached  key.  The flap doesn't open up very well, but it will lift up enough for me to insert a few flat items if I decide to.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Laurna on June 02, 2013, 03:24:07 pm
The pouch charm is just the right size, looks great. The belt is great too. Let me ask you. Since Duncan did finally get his knight hood would it be appropriate for a bishop to ware a white leather knight's belt?  I think white would look good with the purple cassock.  I think the brown belt would look great with his regular attire.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 02, 2013, 04:47:07 pm
Yes, he is entitled to wear a white knight's belt as well, though again, I think he would wear it with secular clothing rather than with a cassock.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 04, 2013, 05:01:31 pm
Today I got a possible future Derry for the collection.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2861/8953373502_98b1a81bff_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8953373502/)
Possible Derry (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8953373502/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I bought him for his gorgeous blue eyes and long hair (Derry wears his tied back in a war club, according to KK, so it needs to be at least shoulder length to pull off that style), and so I was startled to open the package this afternoon and find his eyes were brown instead.  I had seen a close up of him posted by the seller and they were bright blue.  Upon contacting her, I found out that she had forgotten she'd tinted them brown after she took his original photo, but that the eyes weren't sealed, so some scrubbing with soap and water would turn them back to their original blue.  So here he is after an eye scrub, and if he looks like he doesn't quite trust what I'm going to do to him next, that's why.  I got most of the brown off, but under high magnification I can see a few edges that I missed, so he's due for a second scrubbing soon, poor lad.  If this keeps up, I'll have him more afraid of soap on a sponge than he is of magic! 

His hair is currently straight, but he should have his characteristic curls once I get his tresses loaded up with enough bobby pins and stick his head in boiling water and an ice bath.  His lips will probably also get retouched so he'll look less anemic.  At this rate, he's going to start thinking I'm worse than King Wencit, muahahahaha.....

And if he doesn't turn out looking like I think he will after that makeover, I'll just turn him into an extra.  Because really, those summer sky blue eyes are just too yummy to waste, so I'm sure I can come up with some role for him to play!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 05, 2013, 09:13:34 am
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3804/8959722556_fd07a31f5f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8959722556/)
Dressed Derry (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8959722556/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is proto-Derry with some borrowed clothes on so he could come back to work with me.  I hope to get started on a nice blue tunic for him at lunch today.  There wasn't time to experiment with curling his hair last night, so maybe that's something I'll be able to get around to this evening.  If not then, I should have time for that during the weekend.  It's not the boil perm that's time consuming, it's getting all that lovely hair into itty bitty curlers first.....  In the meantime, I might just ponytail it to keep it out of his face and give more of the illusion that it's clubbed in back already.  There are also various styles of clubbed hair, so I'll need to see what will work best with his hair length and thickness.  He has super fine doll hair, so it's a little less thick and bulky than the hair on my Barbies and Kens.  That's actually a plus when it comes to styling it in any sort of queue.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Laurna on June 06, 2013, 02:50:40 am
I'm glad Duncan could lend his belt and belt-pouch to Derry. I am not sure why there is a difference but it really suits Derry nicely.  So if you can get that long hair in a border braid or club( not sure what that is) I think you might have a good looking Lord Derry. How long is his hair anyway? 8)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 06, 2013, 09:31:26 am
His hair goes down to the middle of his back, about a half inch above the top of his belt.  And the belt probably looks better on Derry because he is wearing the style of tunic it is meant to be worn with, not to mention that the brown of the belt looks better on the gray fabric than it does on purple.

Clubbed hair is simply hair that is pulled back and bound securely in back in one of various styles.  The Suebian Knot was one very early style of war knot in which the warrior just literally twisted the hair into a long rope and coiled it up into a knot on the back or side of his head, but 1:6 scale Derry's doll hair is too short and thick for that style to work (besides which, it can look rather goofy).  If you think back to how soldiers wore their hair during the American Revolution, those hairstyles are also different styles of clubbing.  I think ordinary soldiers simply folded their long (shoulder length?) hair into a loop and then secured it with a bow tied around it, while officers braided and tied it in a style pretty much like how I did Dhugal's and Kelson's little Border braids.  And there was another style of clubbing in which men simply braided the hair in one long queue and then looped the tip of it up and pinned it securely under a hat.  Basically,  any style of hair clubbing is just a way to keep long hair tied back and neatly out of the face, and secured well enough that it's less likely to become a convenient handle for an enemy combatant to grab and hang on to while he's trying to kill you.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 06, 2013, 09:13:15 pm
Here's a project that seemed determined to get all fouled up from the very outset, but I think I finally managed to wrestle it into behaving.  Mostly.  Here is Derry wearing a new blue tunic.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5335/8972144749_954f0160e4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8972144749/)
Derry's new blue tunic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8972144749/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I may still add light blue at the cuffs to match the collar, and/or pair this with an undershirt of the pale blue. It's a tad snugger than I meant to make it, though, so I may have to do "cheater" undersleeves and fake an undershirt hem beneath the top layer instead.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5342/8972383949_597bb599a4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8972383949/)
Blue eyed boy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8972383949/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

This close up, I can see a few stray threads I forgot to snip earlier.  Also, the collar needs an extra little something, but I don't know what yet.  I originally planned to cover up the outer row of stitches tacking the outer edge down with another line of trim, but when I held the trim over it to check out how that would look, I decided that didn't look as nice as I'd hoped.  Maybe I could cover over those white stitches with an embroidered outline in some colored thread.  A touch of red for contrast, maybe?  Or should I stick to a monochromatic palette and choose a dark navy blue instead?

It dawns on me that I have no idea what Derry's heraldic colors are, but if one of his colors is blue, maybe I could choose a secondary color from his heraldry as the accent color.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5458/8972437243_5c76cc2241_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8972437243/)
Derry (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8972437243/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I wish you could see the true color of the yoke better; it's really a very pale blue rather than white, and came from KK's most recent package of fabric.  The ivory knotwork trim came from the stash that Alkari sent me from Australia last year.  I think the colors of this tunic are really flattering to this figure.  I almost made it too small--the neck opening just barely fits over his head, and there is just enough room across his chest and in the sleeves to allow for natural range of motion--and the collar got a bit FUBARed while I was putting it together (that trim attempts to hide a multitude of sins!), but I'm mostly happy with how it turned out.  The collar edge doesn't look nearly that messy when you're looking at it in person, but close up photos magnify every detail, even those you'd rather not show off.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3783/8972542115_3fb6d9bdbc_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8972542115/)
Blue and silver belt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8972542115/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I just realized this evening that my bracelet matches this tunic quite well!  (The cube shaped beads are some sort of dark blue stone.)  Derry wouldn't let me drive home until I took this snapshot of it.  This is a great picture of his actual hair and eye colors in natural sunlight.  Indoor lighting makes both look darker than they really are.

Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 07, 2013, 10:07:57 am
Nice tunic and belt, and I do like the colour of Derry's eyes in natural sunlight.  I have a feeling, though, that he's more than ready for some sword practice with Morgan before his 'hair appointment."  :D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 07, 2013, 10:33:40 am
Nice tunic and belt, and I do like the colour of Derry's eyes in natural sunlight.  I have a feeling, though, that he's more than ready for some sword practice with Morgan before his 'hair appointment."  :D

He might be more than ready for some sword practice with Morgan if Morgan makes the mistake of teasing him while his hair is still in curlers....   ;) ;D

Seriously, though, when I get around to customizing him a bit more, I'm hoping that touching up his lip color will have the dual effect of both giving him a less pale and anemic look and also softening his expression slightly.  I actually prefer the more neutral expression faces over the perpetually smiling ones, because it's easier to get across a wide range of emotions from them in photostories, but that dark line in the middle of his lips makes the set of his mouth look even more stern than it needs to.  I know it's meant to be shadowing, but it looks more like he's been eating dark chocolate and forgot to wipe his mouth before the picture was taken.  There are more subtle ways to do that shadowing.

I also want to give him just the faintest hint of beard shadow like I've done on my other male faces.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 09, 2013, 03:40:44 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/8999957252_dd0abe7171_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999957252/)
Derry in curlers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999957252/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The poor man looks like a porcupine!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8260/8999959144_ddfb72c86b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999959144/)
Curlers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999959144/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I wound the hair around the bobby pins in a figure-8 pattern.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2828/8998774763_b2075c0d81_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998774763/)
Wrapping the ends (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998774763/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Before winding the hair around the bobby pins, I took some Press and Seal wrap (cut in sections about 1" long by .75" wide) and wrapped it around the ends of each section of hair to secure the ends and help them remain in the bobby pin curlers.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3668/8999962166_7e3a6cb5df_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999962166/)
Boil perm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999962166/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

With his hair in the curlers, I dunked his whole head into a large Pyrex measuring cup filled with boiling water (I used a microwave to bring it to a boil before this step) and left his head submerged for about a minute before dunking it in a large bowl full of ice water to help set the curls quickly.  Then I patted the excess water off his hair with a kitchen towel and left him to dry for a few hours.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3822/8999963894_a3443079d7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999963894/)
Newly curled hair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999963894/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Several hours after curling his hair, I checked the curl by removing one of the bobby pins.  It seemed to be pretty well set in despite his hair still being damp, so I gently tugged at the plastic wrap "curl paper" to remove it.  Since that first curl seemed to be securely set, I went ahead and pulled out the rest of the pins and curl paper.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/8998769509_5584b81616_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998769509/)
Back view of curls (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998769509/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's the new curly haired style from behind.   I think they turned out pretty well, although the guy looks perhaps a bit more like Tarzan than Derry.  Time to get the style under a bit more control.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3769/8999953354_a35be67e5f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999953354/)
Pulling it back (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999953354/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I pulled the hair into a vinyl band, creating a short, thick ponytail in back.  The front curls frame his face nicely.  He's beginning to look a bit more presentable.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7291/8998765809_bf9df3ca16_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998765809/)
Another view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998765809/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Just another view of the tied back curls.

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Rear view of secured curls (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998780013/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

After I tied the hair back, I noticed a few of the ends that must have escaped the bobby pin curlers and didn't get properly curled.  Those are sticking out of the main ponytail.  But I figure once I wrap the ponytail in some sort of clubbed style, that will help hide those straighter ends.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/8998781849_4766fbc543_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998781849/)
Derry gets his clothes on again (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998781849/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I don't want to mess up his hair too badly while getting him dressed again, so I put his tunic on first.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5328/8999969042_d31c4f0994_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999969042/)
Experimental &quot;war club&quot; (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999969042/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

His hair is so thick that it can't make a thin braid unless I cut at least half of it off at the nape.  But before going to that extreme, I thought I'd see how it looked with a bit of faux leather wrapped around it and tied off at the ends.  It's thicker than I'd prefer, since it's over doll hair than human hair, but other than that it's not too bad.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3780/8999970790_41c47485b6_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999970790/)
Side view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999970790/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a side view of the bound hair, though I prefer the front or direct rear views.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7304/8999972588_ab533cd4b7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999972588/)
Other side (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999972588/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

And here's another side view.  This indirect side angle helps disguise the thickness of the bound hair a little bit.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3771/8998789007_c316243dcb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998789007/)
Making a friend (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998789007/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

We already knew Derry had a way with horses.  It seems he gets on very well  with large cats also.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/8998790609_0f09536456_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998790609/)
Luke snoopervises the makeover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998790609/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Luke gives his approval to the new curls.

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Nice kitty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8999977868/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Derry gives Luke a pat while Luke takes a brief snooze.

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Derry and Luke (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/8998794027/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Derry and Luke enjoy a quiet Sunday together.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 10, 2013, 07:17:01 am
"I'll scratch your back, buddy, if you'll protect me from those bobby pins.  Deal?"  :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 10, 2013, 08:04:32 am
He looks like a rock star from the 1980s.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 10, 2013, 09:00:53 am
LOL!  I can see that, especially when it's unbound.  Maybe I should dig out that 1:6 electric guitar for him....   ;)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 11, 2013, 12:36:24 pm
Now, THERE's an idea. 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 12, 2013, 12:20:27 pm
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/9027036542_b064be9768_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9027036542/)
Derry finds family in ITKS (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9027036542/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's Derry finding his Uncle Trevor mentioned in the Index of Characters at the back of In The King's Service.  As you can see in this photo, I finished the faux undershirt (really just tube-like fake sleeves and some panels that fit under his tunic and are held in place by the snug fit of tunic and belt at the waistline).  I also found him a new belt at the $1 Jewelry Store, which is a bit of a misnomer in that most of the jewelry there is actually more than a dollar, but this particular item was on their dollar wall.  It is actually a bracelet that came with rubbery slide-on ABCs so you could spell out a word or name on it, but there was only one of each letter, limiting its usefulness.  You could spell out a name like "Sean," for instance, but not "Derry."  As a 1:6 belt, though, it's great, and well worth the buck even if I end up keeping just the buckle!  It only comes in bright colors (red, orange, blue, yellow), but I figure a bit of plastic paint can fix that if I prefer something more neutral, or I could cut off the plastic strap and use my own leather or fabric strips (or use ribbon) and make belts of any color and length required.  Now I'm wondering how well a cheap leather or leather-look wristwatch band would work as a belt.  I know there used to be some band styles that were a single band that went under the watch rather than just connecting to each end of it.  Though those might cost more than I'm willing to spend for one, unless Dollar Tree carries them or something.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 12, 2013, 10:39:38 pm
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5321/9028625479_bca4b5fc9f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9028625479/)
New &quot;stained glass&quot; window and figure (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9028625479/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

My husband found the "window" at the Thrift Store yesterday.  It's actually a lightweight plaque that can either hang from a ring in back or stand with a fold-out support in back like a picture frame.  The new figure came from another visit to the Thrift Store tonight.  I think he's a Power Team guy.  I haven't fully decided who he is yet--he might remain a background extra, but it occurred to me that with a repaint of his hair and eye colors, he might make a good Archbishop Cardiel figure.  His face is rather youthful, so I'm still on the lookout for a more mature looking head sculpt, but then again, with his hair color changed to gray, that could help to give him a more aged appearance.  At any rate, he has a very well articulated body, so I'm sure I'll find a good use for him.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/9028624251_caae26c5a0_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9028624251/)
Close up of figure (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9028624251/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

According to High Deryni, Cardiel should have steel gray hair and gray eyes.  A bit monochromatic, that, but I could go with a lighter gray for the eyes than the hair to provide some contrast.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/9028613521_6b3160c217_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9028613521/)
New window (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9028613521/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a closer look at the stained glass window plaque.  It appears to be printed cardboard in a picture frame, so I could theoretically change the picture in it to make it a Saint Camber window or some such motif.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/9030840364_2f095374b9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9030840364/)
Cowlick (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9030840364/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

He's got a small cowlick at the top center of his head where a tonsure might go if I could figure out how to shave or sand down a neat little circle just at the top of his head.  Or I could just keep his head covered and pretend one is there.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 13, 2013, 05:56:30 am
Nice finds, Evie!
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 14, 2013, 03:24:49 pm
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2838/9041461471_f6d0ba03a2_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9041461471/)
Duncan takes a break (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9041461471/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan enjoys a lunchtime break on a garden wall in the outdoor courtyard of a restaurant near my office.  He looked pretty happy to see the sunshine after so much cold and rain this past winter and spring.  I couldn't resist snapping a quick photo.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Elkhound on June 14, 2013, 10:46:01 pm

  I think he's a Power Team guy.  I haven't fully decided who he is yet--he might remain a background extra, but it occurred to me that with a repaint of his hair and eye colors, he might make a good Archbishop Cardiel figure.  His face is rather youthful, so I'm still on the lookout for a more mature looking head sculpt, but then again, with his hair color changed to gray, that could help to give him a more aged appearance.  At any rate, he has a very well articulated body, so I'm sure I'll find a good use for him.

Could you paint age-lines on his face?
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 15, 2013, 02:09:33 am
Unfortunately every figure I've ever seen with painted on wrinkles has looked like it was wearing really bad stage makeup, and the camera simply magnifies this effect, so no.  Unless I can figure out some more subtle means of aging, perhaps with shading effects or the like, I'd prefer to just let viewers imagine the aging rather than ruin a good face by painting lines on it.  But since action figures have harder vinyl heads with more facial contouring molded in than a Ken head, I may eventually figure out a way to accentuate those contours and see if that helps to mature the features.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 16, 2013, 12:52:02 am
Duncan and Helena went to an SCA dance collegium with me today.

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Beginnings of leather armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053597323/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

In the afternoon, while I was working at the "troll booth" (registration), I began working on some faux leather armor for Duncan.  I test the fit for the outer leather layer of the brigandine armor.  I still need to find some rigid material to use for the "metal" plates to be riveted to the inside, which will help the armor retain its proper shape.  I am thinking a sheet of craft foam cut into tiny squares might work.  I have some teeny studs from the scrapbooking section for the rivets, but those might actually be too big. We'll see.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2814/9053598159_c5c204010e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053598159/)
Back of armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053598159/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

I will also need to make some little buckles, since the back will be secured by buckled leather straps.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7427/9055826412_9555f0275b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055826412/)
Reliquary (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055826412/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Every Basilica needs a reliquary, so I got this for Saint Hilary's.  (There was a merchant not associated with the event selling olive wood items from Jerusalem in the parking lot of the church where the SCA event was held.)  Don't worry, this isn't the sort of reliquary that contains dubious relics such as the eyetooth of Saint Camber.  The little windows reveal more mundane souvenirs from Jerusalem--olive leaf fragments, soil, pebbles, and frankincense.

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Duncan admires the gift (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053599987/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Duncan admires the new gift and says he'll make sure he finds just the right spot for it.  I doubt it will fit in Saint Camber's Chapel, but perhaps there's some other part of the Basilica that could use some wall adornment.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/9055828202_80bbe46527_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055828202/)
Longship (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055828202/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

All right, so it's not really a Viking longship, just my sewing basket.  Helena and Duncan volunteered to watch over it while the hall was being set up for feast.

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Closer look (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055828908/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Helena and Duncan seem to be enjoying the event thus far.

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Ready for feast (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053602333/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Oops, I forgot to pack their tiny feast gear!  Oh well, fortunately there was some extra room at the end of my table.  I told them I'd just sneak them a few morsels from my plate.

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The feast begins (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053603209/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The food is brought out, and our little guests look forward to enjoying the repast.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/9055832688_39bdc04800_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055832688/)
Dance practice (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055832688/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

After the feast, it was time to clear the hall in preparation for the ball.  Duncan suddenly realized that he and Helena don't know any of the local kingdom dances, so they decided they'd just improvise.  They practice a few dance steps together. 

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2840/9055837272_c02c438e34_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055837272/)
Duncan invites Helena to dance (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055837272/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

As a duke's son, Duncan has been well taught in the courtly arts, including dance, though he rarely gets to dance much these days, now that he's a bishop.  But it's not like there's anyone else here Helena's size who can partner her, so he gallantly offers to escort her to the dance floor.  Hopefully she'll excuse him for having rusty dance skills.

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Another dance begins (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053618241/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Another dance begins, and the two Deryni decide to join the fun.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5347/9053621213_1cb0558961_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053621213/)
Enjoying the ball (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053621213/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9053623911_09d4719df1_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053623911/)
Enjoying the dancing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053623911/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5528/9055823680_8e177b1595_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055823680/)
The revelry continues (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055823680/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7384/9055822904_f165bafb23_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055822904/)
Dancing through the night (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055822904/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3733/9055822290_71e52aa0bf_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055822290/)
Taking a break (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055822290/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The dancing continues, but the two Deryni decide it's time to take a break.  They watch the other dancers as they catch their breath and enjoy the luxury of uninterrupted conversation.

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Fun evening (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055818582/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

It was a fun evening, but all good things must come to an end.

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Time to leave (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055852140/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

"Shall we go?" Duncan finally asked.

 "I suppose we should.  I'm exhausted, and I'm sure Evie must be ready to head home also," Helena replied.

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Departing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9055853502/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

"But thank you for the dances, Father.  I had a delightful evening."

"It was my pleasure, Sister Helena." 
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Jerusha on June 16, 2013, 01:14:16 pm
It looks like Bishop Duncan and Sister Helena had a lovely evening.  I must confess, it was your dragon sewing basket that caught my eye, though!

I hope you also got to have a turn at dancing along with the little Deryni dancers.  Perhaps the gallant Bishop asked you for a dance?  ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 16, 2013, 02:33:30 pm
That sewing basket gets a lot of compliments, especially at SCA events.  It was a thrift store find, and one of my favorite thrift store purchases ever!

While I would love to dance with my favorite bishop, I'm afraid that would have to wait for the privacy of my own home.  I get enough curious looks just posing the figures on the sidelines for photos.  If I ventured out onto the dance floor with 1:6 scale Duncan instead of 1:1 scale Hubby, I'd really get stared at!   ;D
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Laurna on June 16, 2013, 04:03:29 pm
Evie did you and your DH venture out on the dance floor? (Pictures?)  Sounds like you had a wonderful night.
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 16, 2013, 05:01:26 pm
My husband and daughter both danced a bit, but I sat the dancing out. I was pretty tired by then, and most of the dances were ones I don't know the steps to.  Anyway, if I had been dancing, I couldn't have taken pictures at the same time!   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: Evie on June 17, 2013, 02:04:08 pm
I am making 1:6 scale brigandine armor for Duncan.  Here is the description of his armor from The King's Justice:

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"... jazerant of quilted leather studded with steel, the edges bound inbright McLain tartan and the McLain device picked out in silken stitches on the left breast.  A sword and crozier crossed in saltire behind the embroidered shield gave hint of his dual status, but only at close range."

The few examples of historical jazerant/jazerint/jazeraint armor I have seen or can find online showed the metal on the outside, which makes it difficult for me to picture sewing an embroidered device onto it, so I am assuming that Duncan's armor is meant to be something closer to a brigandine coat of plates, which has the metal plates on the inside and leather or fabric on the outside.  An embroidered device could much more easily be sewn onto the leather covering of a brigandine, and it could also have a plaid fabric border at the neck opening and armseyes.  (I am thinking of dagging the bottom hem, so probably no border there.) 

I began cutting out the basic shape for the leather this weekend.  Here is Duncan trying it on for size:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5493/9053597323_007fba84af_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053597323/)
Beginnings of leather armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053597323/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2814/9053598159_c5c204010e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053598159/)
Back of armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9053598159/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The side panels on the back piece will probably be trimmed away once I have all the plates on the front and sides of the front panel and can see what bits are extraneous.  The side pieces will be connected by buckled straps in back.  I will need to make the buckles, since I don't have any buckles that small already on hand.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/9069411198_8d3f034035_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9069411198/)
Itty bitty brigandine armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9069411198/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Today I began affixing the "metal plates" to the inside of the brigandine.  The lower portion will cover his front.  I forgot to bring Duncan with me today, so I need to test the fit on him before I add more to the sides and the back panel, since I don't want to overlap the metal plates in back.  I'm leaving the hem uncovered to allow for adding a fabric border and/or dagging (decoratively cut edges).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7332/9069394406_34349b14ee_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9069394406/)
Itty bitty brigandine armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9069394406/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

Here is the outside of the armor.  When it's flat, the plates inside don't add much definition.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7313/9069272196_1645533a0e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9069272196/)
Itty bitty brigandine armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9069272196/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

When curved around a body (or my hand, in this case), you start to see the outlines of the "plates" through the leather.  I'm hoping they'll look even better defined once the brigandine is stretched tautly over Duncan's torso.  Little brass "rivets" will be added to the leather over each corner of the plates inside, positioned so that they look like they are holding the plates to the leather, and that will also help to define the plate placements from the outside.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3824/9067043913_f4011e691c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9067043913/)
Itty bitty brigandine armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9573389@N08/9067043913/) by evian_delacourt (http://www.flickr.com/people/9573389@N08/), on Flickr

The plates are even more defined in this shot.

More to be added later as I get more work done on the brigandine.   :)
Title: Re: Work In Progress--Deryni Action Figure Project (was Duncan Action Figure)
Post by: DesertRose on June 18, 2013, 04:12:23 am