30.5.06

living the one-sixth world (part one) : kitbash vs custom

:: TOYS / 1/6 ::
what is a "kitbash"?
[1] To take pieces from several kits/figures and create an entirely different item. a superficial surface modification of an existing item from it's original design. [adapted via]

this is my humble kitbash-example:

by utilizing various clothes and accessories, i've converted both the DML-Initial-D and Lain figures into "someone" else. no other physical surface enhancements were utilized.

and what determines a "custom"?
[1] the modification of an existing physical form, be it sculptural enhancement or removing existing parts and replacing with others, to create an entirely different item.

[2] surface modification includes: facial sculpting and/or enhanced facial paintwork, re-rooting of hair, body paintwork and (additional) tattoos.

[3] other customization include: sewing and production of 1/6th clothes, scratch-made shoes and accessories.

this is my own (simple) version of a "custom" (for a custom-figure competition, circa 2002):
SKULLORD SkullLord PAINE Paine
painted-on tattoos and clothes. that is a sophisticated as i have gotten all these while. (there are other WIPs and will be revealed when tis time :p)

and these are some current prime examples of hardcore customization of the 1/6th:
Anti-Personnel's Death Angel and Death Rider:

Death Angel

Death Rider

and CalvinLo's Snake Poison (origins here):

(copyright of images and concept remains with owners of the images)

or of the many indisputable customs (and some kitbashes) @ the ActionMan 4040-show :)

the line is murky, yes ~ and many toe that line between disciplines and conventions. some do just facial paintwork and claim it to be a custom (which is not wrong) and some might cut a pair of long pants into shorts and call it a custom (which is "technically" not wrong either) = at the end of the day, tis the physical alteration of an existing figure and the level of effort and complexity that goes into it, that defines it either as a *kitbash* or a *custom*, IMHO :)

(o.0)

i am primarily a kitbasher (when it comes to 1/6th figures). always have been. always claimed to be. i had attempted "customs" in the past, but more so "surface paintwork" than "physical enhancement" (evident from image-example above) :p

a coupla parting questions (for those who actually "care" about such things :p):

(1) would by buying/procuring a commissioned headsculpt from another artist and putting it unto a figure you bought and dressed-up in kitbashed clothing = make one a "customizer"?

(2) given the hobby-norms, would the usage of PHOTOGRAPHY be given any credit in this division? ie: take a regular picture of a toy out in the great outdoors (instead of in the box) - would it ever be considered a "kitbashed photo"? or would using lighting effects and non-conformist camera-angles to take the figure/toy and producing a different look of said toy, be ever considered a "customized photo"?

i go play with my toys now ~ *heh*
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2 comments:

Zaki said...

LOVE THE KIT-BASHING POST!!!!!!

toysrevil said...

bro, you're too kind ... and thanks! :)

there's more planned (if folks dun get too tired of reading my drivel LOLOLOL) :p

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