Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Elver Bidnitt (Human SAR Pilot)

Elver Bidnitt is a Search & Rescue pilot assigned to the New Republic light cruiser Defiance, in support of Rogue Squadron. His job is to fly out and pick up pilots who have been blasted out of their fighters. While on duty, Elver is always dressed in his EV suit, so that he can respond quickly when called upon. Although he normally remains inside the SAR shuttle while his partner retrieves the pilot, the EV suit enables him to exit the craft and "spacewalk" in the event that he needs to do so.

Parts: Head (Grand Moff Tarkin), Torso (Space Force figure), Arms (Space Force figure), Legs (Space Force figure), Helmet (Space Force figure).

Supplies: X-acto knife, Dremel, emery board, file, super glue, paintbrushes, Testors paints and Testors Dull-Cote.

Reference: I created this figure based on references to similar characters in various Rogue Squadron books and comics.

Step One: I began by swapping the Space Force head with the Grand Moff Tarkin head.

Step Two: The hair was painted brown and a large mustache was added. The EV suit was painted yellow and black. It was then drybrushed with almost every "dirty" or "greasy" looking color I could find. The suit is intended to be a functional piece of equipment that can take an incredible beating, so I wanted it to look like it had.

Step Three: The helmet was actually the original head from the base figure. I hollowed it out using the Dremel and it will now fit properly on Elver's head (part of the reason I chose Tarkin's head was that it was small enough to work with this helmet). It was then painted to match the rest of the EV suit.

Step Four: Finally, I applied a light coat of Testors Dull-Cote to seal the paint and reduce any shine.

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