The Custom Action Figure & Modeling Guide by Zartanman
Learn how to make custom action figures and vehicles by following step by step tutorials from a professional hobbyist.
The custom action figure and Modeling Guide will teach anyone from ages 8 and up at any skill level how to make masterpiece works of custom action figures. The Guide will have two formats digitally delivered PDF version with text and step by step pictures or the optional digitally delivered tutorial videos.
There will also be videos which feature specific projects from start to finish.
Jeremy Davis AKA Zartanman has been making custom action figures professionally since 1996. He has been an action figure collector since 1977 with the conception of the Star Wars Kenner figures. As a child Zartanman was a huge G.I. Joe collector and fan.
Zartman has had his custom figures featured on several collectors websites including Hisstank.com, and TheTerrordrome.com, Serpentor's Lair, OG13, as well as the 2011 Joecon in Orlando FL.
Jeremy/Zartanman has an AS Degree in Digital Media Production from St. Petersburg College and will finish his BAS in Digital Design & 3D Animation from Rasmussen College this summer.
Jeremy has professional experience in Instructional Design as well as Instructional writing, videography, digital media, graphic design, retail management and many other skills.
You can find out more about his professional life on LinkedIn. www.linkedin.com/pub/jeremy-davis/59/413/18b/ or here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeremy-P-Davis-Digital-Artist/245484362299540
This customizing guide is something Zartanman has been wanting to create for over five years. Zartanman is currently finishing up his Bachelors degree and will be looking to enter the workforce again soon.
However his ultimate goal is to start a Toy & Game business known as Tesseract Toys & Games. Zartanman hopes that by starting small with this campaign he can get some of the funds necessary to start his business.
The Money from Kickstarter will be used to create and finish many of the projects that will be used as Tutorials for creating this book. As well as put towards the start of Tesseract Toys & Games.
If this campaign is successful there will be more to follow to help launch Tesseract Toys & Games.
Once this project is completed Tesseract Toys will be hosting tutorial videos on their website for a monthly subscription fee of $5.00 per month. However, anyone who is a contributor to the Kickstarter Campaign of $25 or more will receive a lifetime free membership to the tutorials. Zartanman intends to host one new tutorial per month.
The E-book will contain at least 150 pages with full color illustrations and the Video Tutorials will cover all of the main customizing points in the book plus several projects from start to finish.
- Paints what you need, whats best to use
- Brushes & Sanding Materials
- Roto Tools & Accessories
- Finding the right Fodder
Prepping the Figure
- Cleaning the figure
- Sanding the Figure
- Adjusting Parts to fit
- Priming the Figure
- Fixing Neck Holes & Ball Joints
- Painting in Layers
- Dry Brushing Techniques
- Wet Brushing Techniques
- Rust Techniques
- Making Metal look Real
- Painting Lights
- The Glow Effect
- Weathering Bodies
- Weathering Vehicles
- Weathering Transformers & Robots
- Dust & Sand
- Snow & Ice
- Leather Goods
Parts & Kibble
- Finding Parts that Fit
- Finding Custom Cast Parts
- Finding 3D Printed Parts
- Getting Creative with Parts
- Adding Kibble
- Sculpting Materials - What is Best?
- Sculpting Heads
- Sculpting Bodies
- Sculpting Weapons
- 3D Sculpting & Printing Overview
- Best Casting Materials
- Mold Making
- Pouring the Cast
- Casting on the Fly
Adding Lights & Sounds
- Electrical Tools Needed
- Basic LED Principles & Wiring
- Adding Sound Components
- Making Room for Lights & Batteries
- Finding Materials to Use
- Lights on the Fly
- Lights in Vehicles
- Lights in Bases
- Lights in Transformers
Making Custom Stands & Bases
- Basic Stands for Figures
- Making Lighted Stands
- Everyday Items Repurposed
Dioramas & Displays
- Finding Materials
- What you will need
- Basic Dios
- Setting the Scene
- Snow & Ice
- Desert, Sand, Dirt & Mud
- Water Effects
- Urban Landscapes
- Adding Lights
- Finishing Touches
- Restoring Original Packaging
- Making Custom Card Art
- Finding Bubble Replacements
- Printing Cards
- Mounting Cards & Bubbles
- Included digital files for common card backs
Transformers, Gundam & Robots
- Prepping, Cleaning & Sanding Robots
- Finding Fodder
- Realistic Transformers Techniques
- Adding Lights
- Adding Kibble
- Cosmic Rust
- Panel Lines
- Decals and Details
- Transformer Crossovers
- Finding Hands & Parts
This chapter deals specifically with GI Joe customs and creations.
- Finding Decals & Stickers
- Creating Custom Characters
- Source Material
- Weathering and Detailing Figures
- Converting other toy lines vehicles
- Finding Vintage Vehicles for Use
Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys?
- Best Internet Sources for Materials
- Finding Repro Stickers
- Finding Cards & Bubbles
- Making your own Decals & Stickers
- Finding the Best Deals on Fodder
- Getting Creative
- Photoshop Basics
- Finding Files to Edit
- Using the included Files
- Cropping Images
- Creating Artwork
Showcasing your Work
- How to get noticed
- What sites to show your work on
- Getting a table at Cons
- Selling your work
- Do's and Dont's
- Accepting Comissions
- Stay away from Drama
Video Portion ONLY.
Step by Step Figure Guides & Videos
Each of this Projects will be step by step tutorials with Videos each of these projects are a chapter unto themselves really.These step by step projects will only be included with the Video Portion as they will take some time to finish and video.
- Custom Ultimate GI Joe Duke
- Custom Ultimate GI Joe Grunt
- Ultimate Cobra Commander
- Custom Cobra Modern HISS Tank
- Making a MASS Device
- GI Joe Scale Centurion
- Cobra La Vehicle
- Ninjas, Ninjas, Ninjas
- WHO You Gonna Call? 4in Ghostbusters
- Custom Johnny Quest Figures & Vehicle
- Custom Star Wars Sith Lord & Dio
- Custom Tie Fighter with Lights
- Custom 6in Black Series Star Wars Figure
- Custom A-Team Face Figure with Custom Card
- Let's Make a Deadpool
- 8in Vampire Figure
- Custom Transformers Leader Class WFC Prime
- Custom Transformers Deluxe Class WFC Bumblebee
- Custom Movie 8in War Machine
- How to Build a Gundam
- Custom Painted Transformers Springer
If we reach the $10,000 goal Zartanman will add an additional Tutorial Videos for a WFC Star Scream Figure & a WFC Voyager Class Soundwave with Lights.
If we reach the $12,000 mark Zartanman will add additional Tutorial Videos for a Leader Class Jet Prime Movie Optimus Prime with Lights.
If we reach the $15,000 mark Zartanman will add additional Tutorial Videos for making a Star Wars X-Wing Custom with Lights & Sounds
If we reach the $20,000 mark Zartanman will add additional tutorial videos for making a custom G.I. Joe Large Vehicle or Base with Lights as well as a full set of Original 13 Figures Plus one Masterpiece Transformer Custom with Lights.
Risks and challenges
Much of the material for this customizing guide I already have. However, production delays can and do occur. The biggest challenge will be getting the video footage at the highest quality possible as well as completing all the require customs to make this guide what it deserves to be. Time will be the biggest obstacle.
However, I have been a pro customizer for over a decade and I'm well aware of what it takes to meet the deadlines and make the commitment to get everything done.
I won't run into any issues with copyrights but I could run into issues with finding the right publisher and getting all items shipped out on time. I have experience in this field as well and I believe I can deliver my product without too much stress or worry.
Please be sure to check for updates as some of the stretch goals will require additional time to create the projects and the videos. I expect all videos will be delivered within 12 months of the Kicstarter Campaign Completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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