Monday, May 25, 2009

RC-1345 Sergeant Humpty (Republic Commando)

RC1345, nicknamed "Humpty", is the leader of a Republic Commando Squad within the Special Operations Division of the Grand Army of the Republic. He and his squad are routinely assigned to Commander Gree's 41st Elite Legion to perform certain critical functions.

Parts: Head (Republic Commando Scorch), Torso (Republic Commando Scorch), Arms (Republic Commando Scorch), Legs (Republic Commando Scorch), Holster (Clone Commander), Blaster Pistol (Clone Commander), Pulse Rifle (Marauder, Inc.).

Supplies: X-acto knife, super glue, emery board, sandpaper, brushes, Polly Scale paints and Testors Dull-Cote.

Reference: None. The character and his design are entirely fan-fic.

The basic Scorch figure was not changed. The backpack and the thing attached to his right leg were removed and set aside. The figure was then painted in a camouflage pattern of my own design. No references were used, I pretty much just decided how I wanted it to be. The holster was trimmed away from the kama of a Clone Commander figure using an X-acto knife. The holster was then painted flat black and superglued to the right leg, in place of the item that was removed earlier. The pistol can be easily inserted or removed from the holster. The original figure, Scorch, was a demolition specialist and much of the backpack was supposedly geared toward that mission. Therefore, I ended up chopping quite a lot of the backpack off to make it appear like more of a basic trooper's pack. I also added an antenna to the backpack before painting it flat black. I also attempted to remove the anti-armor attachment from the DC-17 Commando rifle and convert it to a standard commando's rifle. This effort was a dismal failure. I was also unsuccessful in trying to trade for enough of the rifles to outfit my squad. After several months of agonizing over it, I finally decided to give the commando squad M41A Pulse Rifles, as seen in the film Aliens. I know, I know... it's not Star Wars. But it's a fantastic weapon. Once the figure and all of the accessories were dry, I applied a light coat of Testors Dull-Cote to protect the paint and dull the shine.

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