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    Thumbs up My custom HT Hudson and Apone and repainted Drake and Ripley heads..

    Hey fellow ALIENS fans and customizers out there. I am finally getting to a point of finishing my custom head for Hudson I got from Chris at EVA. I repainted his eyes blue, and cleaned up the paint job some more. At first I gave him brown eyes, and made his face too dirty I thought. After seeing a big recent picture of Bill Paxton from a board member I saw he has blue eyes. Here's a picture of my Hudson. Yeah, I still gotta touch it up some. I want to add the matte spray to the head, and gloss the hair up to make it look sweaty, and put gloss on the eyes and lips. I painted his forehead a little "splotchy" to give it that sweaty look to help enhance his panicked expression. But he's getting close to being done I think.





    Next is Drake. Oh boy. Well, at first I started out too light and too pink on his hair. Then, I went too yellow, and even got a review of his hair on this board as looking like Dennis Rodman! I didn't want Drake to look like him! I think I got it as close as I could to how he looked. I got some light brown in there, and some blonde highlights. I referred to the many screengrab pictures posted on the board to help me out. Here he is. I really think he looks great. I do have to add his scar coming from his left eye.









    Next up is my repainted head for Ripley. I had quickly painted her hair dark brown at first from the horrible red hair HT gave her. But now I've gone totally black with it after seeing other board members paint their Ripley that way and it looked great I thought. I painted over her red lipstick and tried to give her lips a more subdued natural look. I also painted her eyes a dark brown, instead of keeping them blue from the HT paintjob. Ripley didn't pile on the makeup going on a bug hunt!





    Last is the custom head I got from Lonnie Hale for Sarge Apone. The "hero head". I painted his lips too pink at first, and I've gone in and toned them down now (another suggestion from a board member). I think he looks much better now. Check him out.







    That's it for now guys until I can get the gear and stuff I need to make my custom Hicks and Frost. I'd appreciate you thoughts on them. I enjoy seeing everyone's customs, and respect your opinions and thoughts! Thanks!
    Last edited by JediMike71; 06-19-2007 at 12:19 AM.
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    Hudson looks a little chubby in the cheeks but that's just the sculpt. Drake looks much better now without the flaming Dennis Rodman hair. Excellent improvement. Ripley looks terrific. Apone... his eyes are buggin! Looks like you painted white dots on the pupils. Leave the white dots off and just paint a small amount of gloss clearcoat over the pupil and it will reflect the light naturally like real eyes.

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    Thanks dekadentdave! Yeah, Hudson's cheeks do look a little "chunky" I guess, but I really love the headsculpt I got from Chris at EVA. I'll paint over those white dots in Apone's eyes, and put some gloss coat on them, and all the others eyes too. I left the white dots in Drake's eyes that were there from the HT paintjob. I just painted his eye color blue like it was supposed to be. I thought about painting white does in Hudson's eyes, but didn't after changing their color to blue. I will take out the dots in my custom Hicks's eyes too. Thanks for the great review. I always trust your tips and help and use it to help me out. Thanks again!
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    Nice work Mike.... The Drake is probably my favorite, looks the most natural. And Dave is right about the white on the eyes, it works a lot better when you leave it out. I used to do that very same thing, I think all custom artists go through a phase using those. But really, your work is coming along. Just keep at it and I promise they will only get better and better with time.

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    Lookin' good! I especially like what you did to Drake and Ripley.

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    Thanks guys for your reviews! I appreciate it. I'll adjust the eyes on Ripley, Apone and my custom Hicks, and take out the "white" in their eyes. I'm going to leave the white dots in Drake's eyes that Hot Toys put in there. All I did was just paint blue around the white. Unless you think I should go over the white dots in Drake's eyes too? Let me know. I think Drake's eyes look fine right now with the dots in his eyes. But then if I left them in there he'd be the only one of my marines with the white dots in his eyes until I finish my custom Frost using the Hot Toys Apone head like Dboz has done.
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    Great work on all those figures buddy!

    You really have brought the Hot Toys figures to another level with those custom heads. Now they all look like their on screen characters and actors. Your Ripley and Drake in particular look dead on in my opinion. Your repaint of those two heads clearly shows that underneath the factory paintjobs lie some very accurate sculpts. The Frontline Apone head is dead cool also and shows tons of character with that cigar in his mouth. I agree with the others though painting over the white dot in his pupil will enhance it alot. You really captured the "game over/why dont you put her in charge!" aspect of Hudsons character when he was pissing his pants lol The sweat on his forehead is a cool idea!

    Its such a shame that Hicks is so expensive on ebay now coz you really could do with him and Vasquez to complete your collection. There is a Hicks on ebayright now, ending very soon, which will certainly go for $270 - $300. Thats more money than I care to spend for one.

    Maybe you could get an Apone for less and do a custom Frost.

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    Thanks Stendec! I appreciate it! I painted over the whites in the eyes on all of my marines heads last night. I also repainted some on Vasquez's head, repainting her eyes dark brown, and repainting her lips. I'll post some new pictures soon. I am going to use the HT Apone head and body for a custom Private Frost. I'm bidding on an Apone body on eBay now. I'll use a body and most of the gear from the HT Hudson to make my own Drake. I agree with you that I won't spend over $200.00 on a HT Hicks. I'll just make my own for much cheaper than that. Since Hudson and Hicks armor and BDUs are almost the same it won't be too hard to put together a Hicks that way. I already have a "hero head" for Hicks painted and ready to go.
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    If you need a head/body for Hicks there is someone selling a loose nekkid HT Stoner body on ebay. The id is 150134487080.

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    Thanks bwayne, but I'm good for Hicks. I have the custom "hero head" already painted, and I'm getting another Hudson body to use to make my custom Hicks. Thanks for the eBay tip though. I appreciate it!
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