Custom Indy Figures – Dovchenko in US Army disguise, and Nepal Marion

Hello world! Here is a showcase of my latest two Indiana Jones custom figures:
 
Dovchenko in US Army disguise from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”:
 
Disguised as a US Army Colonel, Dovchenko led his men to shoot their way into Hangar 51, where the US Government stores its secret artifacts. At gunpoint, Indy was coerced into helping the Soviets locate a crate containing alien remains. The Soviets steal the alien remains, while Indy escapes after an extended fistfight with Dovchenko.
 
Recipe:
Head – Colonel Dovchenko (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Torso and upper arms – German Soldier (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Lower arms, lower legs and cap – Zartan (G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra”)
Upper legs – Mutt Williams with snake (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Gun holster – Indiana Jones
 
This Indy custom came about when someone on the Indy discussion board customized a disguised Dovchenko and provided the receipe, and I realised that I already had all the necessary parts available. The most challenging part of this custom involves the transplanting of Zartan’s lower legs. Mutt Williams’ legs were amputated below the knees, and Zartan’s legs were likewise cut and superglued into position. Epoxy was then applied to cover-up the seams where the legs join. Epoxy was also used to sculpt the T-shirt below the neck. A top was sculpted onto Dovchenko’s head, taking into account that it must be small enough to fit into Zartan’s cap, and still be of correct proportion in relation to the rest of the head. The hair was painted in the way as it had appeared in the movie.
  
 
A close-up of disguised Dovchenko. I had designed and printed out the insignias. The original idea was to shrink photos of the insignias to the small size, but they all turned out like smudges. So the insignias were created, pixel by pixel, save for the shoulder badge, which was edited from a shrunk-down photo of the badge. There’s also a badge on the Dovchenko’s cap.
 
Some alterations were made on the webbing, to create additional straps on the front,  rearranging the ammo pouches, adding on the gun holster, and dremeling and sculpting the webbing on the back, changing it from a “Y” strap to a cross strap.
 
“I like Ike !”
 
Nepal Marion from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”:
 
Marion Ravenwood was Indy’s former girlfriend. She runs a bar in Nepal, and when Indy came asking for her help in the search for the Ark, the first thing Marion did was to give Indy a punch in the face, before she was persuaded to consider Indy’s request by his offer of money. Shortly after, Indy rescues Marion from a bunch of Nazi-hired thugs, and Marion joins up with Indy in the Ark search.
 
Recipe:
Head, torso and upper arms – Marion Ravenwood (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Lower arms – Mutt Williams with snake (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)
Legs and scarf – René Belloq (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
Ponytail and ears – Padme Amidala (“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”)
Belt – Indiana Jones
 
Nepal Marion is a rather interesting custom. The original Marion figure has long hair, whereas Nepal Marion has her hair bundled in a ponytail. Some on the Indy discussion board made their Nepal Marion by using the head of the Star Wars figure Dorovio Bold, who has a short fringe and whose face is said to bear a better resemblance to Marion than the Hasbro figure. However, no one in Singapore seems to have imported this figure, and I thought that it was rather excessive to order a figure from overseas just for its head. So I decided to work directly on Marion’s head to create the ponytail hairstyle. This involved cutting off extra sections of the hair, dremeling to create more of the face, transplanting over Padme’s ponytail and ears, and using epoxy to sculpt the hair to join with the ponytail. The epoxy sculpt was then painted to match the hair and the ponytail.
 
The ponytail looks good enough.
 
Marion’s torso along with the waist was transplanted over onto Belloq’s legs, using epoxy as glue. And the scarf was created using a strap from Belloq’s headpiece. The sleeves fold-up was sculpted using epoxy, and I simply painted onto the arms to create the rest of the sleeves covering the elbows.
 
The three faces of Marion. The middle is the original figure.
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