Tuesday, 28 February 2012

You can never have enough Stormtroopers!

Or can you?

Mint Imperials

What happens when you have time on your hands. I make stupid bits of art. The latest addition to my collection, a nice Mint Imperial on card. Bad joke I know, but it made me laugh!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Tiamat Box Art

 I have always had a soft spot for the LJN Advanced Dungeons and Dragons toy line. It was loosley based on the cartoon show, but featured none of it's main characters. Most being taken from the roll playing game. I had most of the figures as a kid and they were well played with, good simple well made figures, some had battle actions, and they all looked pretty cool. The best bar far being Warduke in my eyes.

These days the figures turned up on ebay off and on, and most can be picked up dirt cheap. There are obviously a few collectors out there that want them as they allways seem to sell. By far the rarest toy in the line is the 5 headed dragon Tiamat (this did feature in the cartoon), it does turn up on ebay, but not often, and when it does expect to pay a hefty price for it. This line of toys has one massive stand out feature, and that is the box and card art. It always blew me away how good the illustrations were. Above you can see the box art for Tiamat, it just looks superb.

On the card back of the first wave of figures you see this amazing battle between Strongheart and Warduke (and North Lord vs Hook Horror). This is still my favourite piece of action figure card art.

Here is a great review of the toy.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Slave 1 - Repro Stickers

As with all types of collecting you often get figures and ships that are a bit rough around the edges. And as you know if you have read any of my other posts, I tend to go for these figures and ships, then give them a bit of a touch up. If I ever come to sell any of this stuff I will make it clear that this has been done.

I recently picked up a boxed Palitoy ESB slave one. The box was a bit beaten up but not bad, the ship was pretty good but missing 90% of it's stickers. So I thought I would give it a spruse up with a new set of stickers.

Scans of the stickers can be found on-line. I got mine from Erik Stormtroopers Imperial Gallery. and a copy of the instruction sheet to find out where the stickers go from 12back.com 

I then printed these onto some vinyl A4 sticker paper that I picked up on ebay. There are plenty of sellers listing this sort of thing, so I won't link to anyone directly. I have a kodak ESP 5250 and this seemed to print them out very well. Colours looked good and bright.

Note: As the sticker sheet didn't quite fill and A4 page, I add a few R2 sticker sheets on the bottom for a future fix up job.

Before I started adding the stickers I did give the ship a good wash in soapy water, and then also a bit of a rub down with lighter fluid to remove some marks and old sticker glue. I decided to leave the few orignal stickers that were on the ship in place.

The next bit is a bit fiddly, and a bit boring as it does take a while. Using a knife and cutting mat, cut out each sticker and add it to the ship using the instructions as a guide.

The end result looks pretty good. The stickers look a little fresh, but that can't be helped and witha  bit of handling (playing) may look better. Personally I think this looks much better than a ship missing the stickers.