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Trying Nendoriod Face Swaps vs. CustomizationTrying Nendoriod Face Swaps vs. CustomizationMisc

Moomoogirl1Moomoogirl1Il y a 1 mois
Hello fellow collectors!

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This article will be a little different. Wasn't sure what category to put this under but I'll settle for "misc" for now.

I have a particular problem which pertains to my Bruno Bucciarati nendoroid and more recently, my Nezuko Kamado nendoroid. The conundrum? Bruno didn't come with a smiling faceplate and Nezuko didn't come with her iconic dot eye "vacant" expression. I could solve this two ways: dig through the many faceplates I already have to find a substitute or simply paint my own. I could easily customize a face plate too seeing as I had spares thanks to GoodSmile sending me replacement ones for my Dio nendoroid. Might as well use the faulty ones for my purposes. Still, I wanted to try already made, professional faceplates before committing to pulling out the acrylic paint. Besides, my face ups clearly scream novice.

Below this spiel will be pictures of all the faceplates I tried on each character to replicate the looks I wanted. If you notice they've all been taken at the same time, you'd be correct! While I did this over a course of many weeks, I just now decided to take pictures of all my results.

For Bruno, I needed a smiling faceplate with eyebrows that weren't too far from his black hair in color. So blond, pink, red, green, and light blue were out of the question. If the eyes were open they couldn't be large and round. And of course, I had to try and keep them blue. So let's look at my first try!:

Bruno wearing faceplate from Marika

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458365.jpeg

I figured an eye closed smile would give me some leeway. But these eyelashes are fabulous. Maybe even too pronounced for a Jojo character. He looks cute though!

Bruno wearing faceplate from Rize

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458368.jpeg

Smaller eyelashes and Rize's dark purple eyebrows match Bruno's ebony hair better. But since this face has blush and a very youthful look, this doesn't quite work either. But like before, he looks super cute.

Bruno wearing faceplate from Chiya

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458367.jpeg

And now a closed mouth smile. Again, still has blush and is very moe.

Bruno wearing faceplate from White Blood Cell

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458366.jpeg

I decided to try a non cutesy smile this time. WBC means no harm when he wears this but on Bruno it looks rather menacing.

Bruno wearing faceplate from Victor

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458363.jpeg

Victor has no eyelashes and his eyebrows are gray, but his blue eyes and their shape could work. When I tried it though, the eyebrows definitely ruined it.

Bruno wearing faceplate from Jyushimatsu

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458364.jpeg

Okay this doesn't work AT ALL. My love for the franchise must have been the only reason I tried.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458362.jpeg

This expression looks pretty comical though.

Bruno wearing faceplate from Mashiro

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458358.jpeg

Okay self, enough with the funnies and back to the task at hand!

Bruno wearing faceplate from Satoshi

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458361.jpeg

Honestly, I really like this one. The skin tone obviously doesn't match but I like Satoshi's thick black eyebrows on him and I don't have to worry about eye shape.

Bruno wearing faceplate from Sasuke

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458357.jpeg

Sasuke doesn't have completely black eyes as they have a blue-ish tint to them. He's also not cutesy so I went, why not? I like him wearing Satoshi's but I especially like this! The smile isn't too much, the eyebrows match, and the eye shape works well.

Bruno wearing faceplate from Shoto

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458356.jpeg

Next I tried something that's definitely out there. Figuring reserved smiles look nice on Bruno, I used Mr. Todoroki. He has one blue eye and they're almond shaped. Of course, the scar isn't very Bruno. It's a sweet smile overall though.

Bruno wearing faceplate from Roy

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458355.jpeg

Lastly, I tried a smile that also had almond shaped eyes. The eye color is another mismatch but the eyebrows aren't. This expression screams SMUG though, so no buano.

Done with face swaps, I decided to try option two and bring out my paints. And...well…

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458354.jpeg

I honestly, truly, have mixed feelings about this face...I based this expression off the one where he's looking like a proud mama at his famiglia.

https://i.redd.it/x754d6c9p0b41.jpg

But his eyes are looking upward to the sky because, well, those who finished part 5 know. I like that I managed to paint the eyebrows the way I envisioned them. Also the blue I mixed is nice and the eyelashes don't look gloppy. But...I've painted better. On paper of course.

That's when I realized there was a third option! What I might end up doing is buying a default Bruno faceplate from Chibi Chop Shop, wipe the mouth and eyebrows off, then redraw both to make a proper Bruno smile. A mix of the previous two options basically. That's pretty much the plan for now.

Next we have Miss Nezuko. Quite sad she came with only two faces. The only faceplate I had that kind of resembled her dot eyes was this faceplate from America.

Nezuko wearing faceplate from America

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458350.jpeg

Obviously the eye color is wrong and I can't properly cover the mouth. This simply wouldn't do. But I had another defect Dio face to work with and the expression was simple enough that I didn't see the need to hunt online for one that matched it.

This actually required more work than Bruno's new face. After cleaning the face paint with 100% acetone, I had to get sandpaper and sand down Dio's mouth. And I did a lot more sanding than I thought I would do. I also had to sand down the eye shape mold of the face since the indent created a shadowy, hollow look and made the expression kind of creepy. I reluctantly used a small bit of blue tack to make sure the bamboo muzzle stuck close to her face. I applied a bit of clear nail polish to keep the paint from chipping in case I got too close to it with my sandpaper. This is the result.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458351.jpeg

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The perfectionist in me is screaming that this isn't perfectly aligned and the dots aren't perfect circles but it still gets the ideal across. I certainly plan to rework those eyebrows. I can't make them identical twins but they look like cousins now. But I am fortunately more satisfied with this face than I was Bruno's. Sanding it also makes me feel I put way more work into it despite it's simple paint job.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/21/2458352.jpeg

And that friends was my journey to get the expressions I wanted. I'm not done with Bruno yet (which is why no sealant has been used) but Nezuko is pretty much near completion. I do want to get more faceplates from Chibi Chop Shop for practice and I have to admit, this is a fun way to creatively pass the time!


I hope you enjoyed this article of mine and that you're keeping safe. Later everyone~!

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Ngl the zipper mom swaps were pretty funny I choked
Il y a 1 mois
heroizumiIl y a 1 mois#79421580I love trying out other nendoroids faceplates with other characters! I'm also really fond of the Nendoroid More Face Swap line :D I've got the entire second and third set and part four is ordered. XD
ITEM #676410 This one came in mind for what you're looking for with Nezuko :D It's a bit different but I think it would look really cute for her XD
I'll probably try it out whenever my Nezuko arrives XDDD


I know it's so much fun to interchange parts haha. And I'm not currently looking for plates for Nezuko anymore but the one you linked doesn't look bad. It even has cute blush! So cool that you have so much of the nendo more lines too. :D



Is-It-FakeIl y a 1 mois#79421873For some reason, a lot of the faces don't look weird on the Bruno body. In fact, they kinda fit the physique pretty. Maybe it's because they're all nendoroid parts, but nonetheless, I kinda like seeing stuff like this from time to time. It appeals to my kind of humor lol

I'm glad you were humored haha The fact that you can switch nendo parts from different shows and characters and not have it look weird has to be nendoroids strongest appeal.
Il y a 1 mois
For some reason, a lot of the faces don't look weird on the Bruno body. In fact, they kinda fit the physique pretty. Maybe it's because they're all nendoroid parts, but nonetheless, I kinda like seeing stuff like this from time to time. It appeals to my kind of humor lol
Il y a 1 mois
I love trying out other nendoroids faceplates with other characters! I'm also really fond of the Nendoroid More Face Swap line :D I've got the entire second and third set and part four is ordered. XD

ITEM #676410 This one came in mind for what you're looking for with Nezuko :D It's a bit different but I think it would look really cute for her XD
I'll probably try it out whenever my Nezuko arrives XDDD
Il y a 1 mois
AcePlatinumIl y a 1 mois#79421301Oh man, I feel you about the Bruno smiling faceplate! It was really the only negative aspect of the Nendo and I reaalllyy wished GSC had added that smiling face to his accessories. Honestly, your custom made face plate looks pretty good as the eyebrows (and face lifts) are the hardest part to recreate in that smiling pose. I know ChibiChopShop still has plenty of Bruno parts so you should be able to get more custom made expressions for best JoJo mom ^^.

Thank you so much!! I actually signed up for the shop's email list for the exact face I need so hopefully it pops up soon.
Il y a 1 mois
lesser-robot-catIl y a 1 mois#79421249That was a fun journey. So many different ways to make very similar facial expressions! Your customized plates look great - better than mine, and I fearlessly display those. XD

Aww, thank you~! That means a lot since I've seen your work and I like it a lot!
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Oh man, I feel you about the Bruno smiling faceplate! It was really the only negative aspect of the Nendo and I reaalllyy wished GSC had added that smiling face to his accessories. Honestly, your custom made face plate looks pretty good as the eyebrows (and face lifts) are the hardest part to recreate in that smiling pose. I know ChibiChopShop still has plenty of Bruno parts so you should be able to get more custom made expressions for best JoJo mom ^^.
Il y a 1 mois
That was a fun journey. So many different ways to make very similar facial expressions! Your customized plates look great - better than mine, and I fearlessly display those. XD
Il y a 1 mois