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custom 12" Aragorn - 1 by DarrenCarnall custom 12" Aragorn - 1 by DarrenCarnall
This is the Sideshow Lord of the Rings Strider/Aragorn figure. it was a good figure, but I was never happy with how 'new' the clothing looked... much too much like a toy that had just come out of a box, and the paint job on the head sculpt (which was actually a good sculpt under there) wasn't the best.

I repainted the head, and went to work on distressing and weathering the clothes. I used sandpaper, scalpel blades, screwdriver heads... anything I could find that would work... to make the clothing look 'worn'. I made the lower edges uneven and rough to look like they'd been dragged over the ground for years, and got rid of the plastic shine from the outer coat.

The inner clothes were stitched to be a tighter fit, and painted using watered down acrylics to be the correct colours (they were far too bright), and then i used many layers of different coloured acrylics to simulate dust, mud, water etc on all the clothes. Drybrushed, washed on, splattered... anything that would work.

This was one of my first customs, and one that I was very proud of! (shame I had to sell it, along with most of the others to help pay for my wedding last year) *snif*

Ah well, I'll just have to get another and do another one for myself!! hehe

Darren
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:icongreendalek:
greendalek Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That Dalek doesn't stand a chance...
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DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
haha I think you're right!
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sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a huge difference, looks awesome!
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Armygeneral13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
someone please give me a link to a good action figure website where i can buy action figures?
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Roskvape Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice!!!!!
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A-J-M-74 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Looks way better.....much more like Viggo. Wish I could get mine to look like that.
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EthalenSkye Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Nice work! :thumbsup:
I did some similar paint jobs with his duster and jerkin - plus, I covered up that patch on the right sleeve with with a more proper arm-guard - as seen on the actual costume. :D
I have pics of it in my gallery. :)
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DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I just had a look at yours, looks great! :)
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narufever16 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
you weren't contented with his features~? :XD:
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DarrenCarnall Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm never happy with *anything* ;)
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