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Custom Base for Makishima Shogo Garage Kit

Custom Base for Makishima Shogo Garage Kit
20 Jan 2018 02:24:58

So, I am currently working on completing my first ever Garage Kit of Psycho-Pass' Makishima Shogo. It is currently a WIP which I should have completed in the next couple of weeks, but I wanted to do a separate blog to just capture the making-of for the custom base I'm creating for him.

The garage kit doesn't come with a base, so I wracked my brain for the longest trying to think of what I could do for Makishima. I wanted something a little more exciting than just a plain wood/plastic base, but also didn't want it to look cheap or cheesy (LOL...and with me you just never know). :D

So...luckily my better half just purchased a pretty sweet CNC router, so there was my opportunity to try to create a custom base! Yay!!

To start with I worked out the design in Photoshop. I wanted something that looked like wood plank flooring, but with the logo and such as well, so it would be specific to him.... So I played around with some textures, drew in some wooden planks, adjusted coloring, added a logo and here is what I came up with for the rough design:



Next I figured I should probably test it out to see how it actually looked after it was carved into the wood (since I figured there was a really high chance it might looks sloppy or be too hard to read,etc..). So the first step in doing that was to load into the CNC machine's supported software, that would convert my photoshop image into the right format for the router to read and work from. Did some tracing and learning there and finally got it ready to go!



(sorry for some of these pics being total crap, I literally used my phone to take a pic of my monitor....total lazy way to capture that, but you get the idea)

Next was time to start the cutting!!! I'll skip forward some here too, as needless to say the cut was great..so luckily didn't have to go back to rework anything!

Board loaded up, clamped and ready to go:



And the cutting begins!!!












Most of the above pics are of the router cutting this in a piece of plywood. After that turned out successful I went back and did he same thing in a nice piece of maple.

Next it was time to sand the edges, top and bottom...to make sure it's all really smooth. I also ran a toothpic and toothbrush through the smaller grooves, just to clean out any dust and loose wood. For outer edges, I used an electric hand sander, then finished off the entire piece by hand.

Next it was time to stain/paint it. I decided to I liked the look of the stained gray wood planks...and luckily it just so happens that I already had some gray stain laying around the house. So I painted a good bit of the gray stain all over the base (top, bottom, sides...just really saturated it) and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. At that point I wiped away any excess stain with a paper towel, then let it sit for another 15-20 minutes in a warm room to finish drying out.







Next, I went in with some watery black acrylic paint and carefully brushed the paint into all the grooves a few times, letting it run through and saturate just the cut-out areas. I wanted to further give the appearance of planks with grout lines and to help the writing stand out a little more.

Here's a shot of the upper portion after the black acrylic has been painted in...still need to do a few coats in the bottom areas where the writing is though:



I then, just did a few shots of Makishima's lower half standing on the base, just to make sure I thought the color looked ok with the figure, and I was happy with how it turned out:






To make it a little less plain though, I will be adding some books to the base as well. Seeing how Makishima is a lover of literature and pretty much quotes various books throughout the anime, I figured that would be appropriate (not to mention his figure is holding a book). The books also add some color and "pop" to the base:





When I finish the figure itself, I'll add some pegs to hold Makishima up and will also permanently attach the books. All I have to do before that is just put some final coats of clear lacquer on the base though (just for added protection).

I'll add another post once I have the figure finished as well, so will add pics of the entire set up then.

For now though, hope you enjoyed reading through my nonsense here, even just half as much as I've enjoyed working on this project!

Thanks for reading!!!!


***UPDATE***
*Makishima is now complete, click here to see my blog on the garage kit with WIP and completed pictures*
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xsize (Russia)
20 Jan 2018, 11:23:20
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Looks amazing! Love the idea of wood base with all these books *__*
Will be waiting your next post! Excited to see your finished GK!
Stacycmc
Stacycmc (USA)
20 Jan 2018, 19:45:18
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Ah thank you so much!! I'm really eager to finish him up. I have redone his eyes/face like 4 times now, lol, he'd look good from viewing distance but up close it was just a bit messy, so I knew if I left it that way it'd drive me nuts!

...I'm currently waiting on a few items I ordered so I can finish up though, so hopefully within a week or so. I'll definitely post some more pics when I get him completed!
Nirume
Nirume (Russia)
20 Jan 2018, 12:43:32
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That was a really wonderful post, thank you a lot! The color is so nice and the decision about books is just what it really needs to liven up a bit.
Very curious to see the whole work.
Продаю мангу ^^
Stacycmc
Stacycmc (USA)
20 Jan 2018, 19:46:54
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Thank you!! Yeah, I'm really pleased with how the wood turned out....wasn't sure when I was just thinking through it, but after doing it and seeing it, I like it!
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mikki_malu (Russia)
20 Jan 2018, 18:05:17
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Looks neat, great job!
Stacycmc
Stacycmc (USA)
20 Jan 2018, 19:47:41
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Thank you so much!! :D
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undertaker (Russia)
21 Jan 2018, 09:08:43
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Cool! I will wait for the final result!
А булочные булочки булочно булочат булки, булочки, булочки... ©
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Stacycmc (USA)
21 Jan 2018, 09:25:04
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norfolk_s3d (Russia)
21 Jan 2018, 09:42:52
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Custom base is a nice touch.
How does one procure a set of books to match the kit scale?
Stacycmc
Stacycmc (USA)
21 Jan 2018, 10:20:02
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Ah thanks!! All the books came from a chain hobby store here where I live. They were in the miniatures section. Most of the stuff there was too small to go with a 1/8 scale figure, but I found that the books looked about the same size as the one that comes with his figure, so snatched them up. Was a great find....

Here are the links to the ones I got:

Individual Colored Books
Bible
Stacked Books

:D
Dokuganryu
Dokuganryu (Russia)
21 Jan 2018, 15:56:36
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wow, looks absolutely amazing!
Нам только дай возможность,ЛОГГ мы везде найдем....

"Да у тебя Макото головного мозга!"(с)
Stacycmc
Stacycmc (USA)
21 Jan 2018, 20:16:08
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Thank you so much!! :D
Kurosanzoro
Kurosanzoro (Russia)
21 Jan 2018, 16:50:20
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Great job!
At first glance, I thought that the stand would look strange, but the books decided everything! This design is ideal for him, in addition, if I remember correctly, no one made any such stand with books for this GK, or I didn't like it. Thanks for this idea!
Waiting for the finished GK!
| Free of everything, even of desire to be free, bound by nothing.
Stacycmc
Stacycmc (USA)
21 Jan 2018, 20:18:39
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Thank you so much!! Yeah, I had the books before I made the base, so they did inspire me on what to do a bit. I thought it'd be cool to have like a stack of books on the floor, as if Makishima had them piled up from reading through them all....

I made a lot of progress on the kit yesterday, so hopefully in the next few days I'll have it finished up and can post the figure as well!!

Thanks again for the awesome compliments!
Kurosanzoro
Kurosanzoro (Russia)
21 Jan 2018, 22:35:38
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Thank YOU for this post and nice idea =D
as if Makishima had them piled up from reading through them all....
Yep! That's the point I like very much! ^^

I made a lot of progress on the kit yesterday
Wow! Sounds cool! Waiting with impatience!

*^_^*
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Alex_Merc
Alex_Merc (Russia)
21 Jan 2018, 17:31:05
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Very nice work!
Post of the week

сюда играю, сюда путешествую c:
Stacycmc
Stacycmc (USA)
21 Jan 2018, 20:16:35
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Thank you!!! Glad you enjoyed it! :D
Ksana
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05 Feb 2018, 09:47:56
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