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Custom Nendoroids for Beginners Part 2

NOTE: THE PHOTOGRAPHS DO NOT APPEAR. I WILL BE DOING AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS TUTORIAL WITH NEW PHOTOGRAPHS WHEN I DO MY NEXT REPAINT


Custom Nendoroids for Beginners - Part 2 - Alterations



Previous Parts:
Part 1 - Introduction, Gathering Parts, and Equipment and Materials


Okay, so after all the preparation in the last part, we finally get to the fun stuff - actually starting work on customising the nendoroid itself.

Now, while I'm altering the hair, the general instructions are pretty universal, so they shouldn't be too difficult to apply to any other nendoroid that you're customising.

The first thing you need to do is decide what you're doing to alter. Decide if you're going to stick to any edges that are already on the nendo - if you're altering the hair, will you stick to the edges of the detail on the hair? If you're altering the clothes, will you remove part of the skirt at a certain point, possibly where the detail changes? Have it all planned out in your head before you even pick up anything sharp enough to begin removing pieces. The last thing you want is to remove something and then realise, oh, actually, that would have looked better if I'd removed it 1cm lower.

The next step is tp separate the part or parts of your nendoroid that you're customising into as many individual pieces as possible. I'm altering the hair, so I removed the head from the body, split the hair into the two sections, and put the faceplate safely out of the way.

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/Before%20alterations_zpsluunc11b.jpg

If your nendoroid has removable accessories, limbs, joints, etc. then take them off.

Now you can begin to alter your parts. I used a Stanley knife because it was what I had on hand, but you can use any knife suitable for crafting or decorating, as long as it's easy enough to handle that you can use it on small parts and sharp enough to cut into the parts.

When you're cutting the parts, you want to work so that you're cutting down at much as possible. Turn the piece around, clamp it with a vice if you need to. There are several reasons for working down, but the biggest one is that it's much easier to control the blade if you're working towards the ground. Always work on some kind of solid, protected surface, as well, as that there's something for the blade to hit if your hand slips. You don't want a nendoroid to cost you a finger - no matter how nice the end product is, it isn't worth it.

It's easier to work in a straight line than try to wiggle the blade into delicate details. Focus on cutting the main parts away before you even think about going after the fine details.

Here's an example of the kind of sized pieces I was removing:

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/Alterations%20-%20Pieces%20cut%20off_zps2yn71ljr.jpg

There were quite a lot of pieces even smaller than that last one but, as you can see, none of them were that big. The more and more small pieces you remove, the easier it is to get to those little parts where you can to preserve the detail.

Now, let's have a look at how it looked after I chopped some parts off.

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/After%20first%20alterations%20pieces_zpsga0glloi.jpg

Not too shabby, even if I do say so myself. And don't worry - if you take quite a bit off, it is going to look a bit scruffy at this point. After all, you're removing painted parts in the process.

Make sure to take a look at what parts look like when they're put back together. There could well be things that you'll miss if you don't. For example, the hair on the left side (my left) needed to be cut down again because it was a bit too thick and awkward looking.

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/After%20first%20alterations_zpsjcmcscub.jpg

Always take a look back at your reference pictures as you go, especially if there are specific moments that you're working from. Here's a quick look at one of my Jean reference pics from the first part:


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Looking more like him already, isn't it?

Now, after the first alterations, you're going to end up with quite a lot of rough parts. That's just the nature of this process, so what you need next is some trusty sandpaper, preferably at least two different types. The roughest one should be used for pieces that need a lot of work, while the smoother one should be used for ones that only need a little bit of sanding. I mainly used the rougher one of my two.

http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/Sandpaper_zpsyxkx8tqv.jpg

You don't want to use massive pieces, just small pieces. If you use big pieces, there's a greater risk of you accidentally hitting something that you don't want to sand down and taking off paint that you wanted to keep there. Even using those little pieces, I still took some paint off because of the close proximity of the different pieces of hair.


Before
http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/Alterations%20-%20Before%20sanding_zpsrty71iog.jpg



After
http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r634/TitanScientist/Alterations%20-%20After%20sanding_zpsqdlbn9fk.jpg


This was after about 60-180 seconds of continuous sanding. As you can see, the worst of the rough parts on the flatter sections are almost gone.

If it's taking too long to smooth out a single small section, then you need a rougher sandpaper or a firmer grip.

After further sanding, mainly around the more awkward parts, and on some small corners where I'd cut out the hair detail, and it was ready for the next part.


I hope the second part of my little tutorial is helpful1

Part 3 - Painting (will be a long one)
Part 4 - Finished product
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shadowheart09 (Il y a 4 mois) #24111948For me, the pictures say "please upgrade you account to enable 3rd party hosting". (T_T)

Unfortunately, Photobucket won't cooperate for long enough to let me download the original photos (it was always a bit buggy, but it's way worse now), so I'm going to redo a version of this when the weather calms down and I'm able to do the custom that I'm currently planning out, after which I'll delete these originals.
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For me, the pictures say "please upgrade you account to enable 3rd party hosting". (T_T)
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Honestly... I wouldn't recommend sanding down the hair to get the desired shape you want, but rather to slightly over-cut, rough sand, and use epoxy to get the desired shape. It's really hard to sand PVC, and you won't usually get the surface back that you desire in my experience. If you're using primer->base->top coat it could balance out, but it won't look finished quite the same way. Of course if it's such a minor change maybe it doesn't matter so much ^_^;;

I'm also quite surprised in that blog you linked she's using a glossy base! There's a mr clear flat you can buy! @_@;; so funny they had her look in a mirror, such an old art trick to flip your work to see if it's accurate haha! That's why flipped manga can sometimes look wonky lol
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I can't wait to read Part 3 and see the finished product X3
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6wendybird91 (Il y a 1 an) #6042079That link is amazing! I read their entire tutorial, which was abit overwhelming xD;;...I'm still waiting for the body to arrive then I can start ^u^ I can't wait to see the painting part for yours. Btw with the side burns on Jean will you be painting those on? :o

I decided to leave the sideburns off, since I didn't want to try anything with the faceplates (especially after reading that tutorial), since they're the most difficult bits to get, and the most difficult to alter. Plus, with the size of the ears, the sideburns would be so ridiculously tiny. :P
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Titan_Scientist (Il y a 1 an) #6041810
Don't talk like that! I was sure I'd buy the parts and give up right away, and end up either making an easier one or not making one at all, but he's almost finished now (I'm basically just waiting for more faceplates). I'm sure your Erwin will be awesome.
If you just want to remove some little lines (I'm guessing eyelashes or expression lines?) then this could help?mikatan.goodsmi... It's about painting an expression but the first part includes removing the existing one, so you could maybe use a little bit of the stuff on a cotton bud to wipe away the lines? I've never done this myself, though.


That link is amazing! I read their entire tutorial, which was abit overwhelming xD;;...I'm still waiting for the body to arrive then I can start ^u^ I can't wait to see the painting part for yours. Btw with the side burns on Jean will you be painting those on? :o
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Astrid87 (Il y a 1 an) #5823128I really like your tutorial! It will surely help a lot if people! :3
Good job!


SHSLdespair_girl (Il y a 1 an) #5823291Nice tutorial! if no more Dangan Ronpa nendos get made I might have to use this make my own. Hope Jean turns out well he's looking good so far!

pineapplepocky (Il y a 1 an) #5943433i'm excited for part 3!

Thank you so much! :D Part three should be up within the next few days.

6wendybird91 (Il y a 1 an) #5943541This is exactly what I need >o<! Someone linked me your tutorial as I'm wanting to make an Erwin one (I'll probably fail T uT//) but like you I need to cut off the sides cause all the male nendoroids hairstyles are quite long ;I
I also have a random question but what could I use to remove the paint of an existing nendoroid's eyes? I actually don't want to remove the whole face but just tiny tiny lines >_<


Don't talk like that! I was sure I'd buy the parts and give up right away, and end up either making an easier one or not making one at all, but he's almost finished now (I'm basically just waiting for more faceplates). I'm sure your Erwin will be awesome.

If you just want to remove some little lines (I'm guessing eyelashes or expression lines?) then this could help?mikatan.goodsmi... It's about painting an expression but the first part includes removing the existing one, so you could maybe use a little bit of the stuff on a cotton bud to wipe away the lines? I've never done this myself, though.
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This is exactly what I need >o<! Someone linked me your tutorial as I'm wanting to make an Erwin one (I'll probably fail T uT//) but like you I need to cut off the sides cause all the male nendoroids hairstyles are quite long ;I
I also have a random question but what could I use to remove the paint of an existing nendoroid's eyes? I actually don't want to remove the whole face but just tiny tiny lines >_<
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i'm excited for part 3!
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Nice tutorial! if no more Dangan Ronpa nendos get made I might have to use this make my own. Hope Jean turns out well he's looking good so far!
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