Custom Indy Figures – Captain Blumburtt in dress uniform

Hello world! A little serendipity has allowed me to create this custom Indy figure.

#69 – Captain Blumburtt in dress uniform from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

Blumburtt_dressIn 1935, Captain Blumburtt led his men from the 11th Poona Rifles on a routine inspection tour of Pankot Province. Arriving at Pankot Palace, Blumburtt was invited to the royal dinner, which was also attended by Indiana Jones, Short Round and Willie Scott. Fortunately, Blumburtt apparently carried around his dress uniform whenever he went on his inspection tours, so he was able to wear his dress uniform and look respectable at the dinner, befitting his stature as the representative of the British Empire. Same as Indy, Blumburtt showed little disgust at the sumptuous dishes served, save for some annoyance at a live eel which emerged from the “Snake Surprise” and slithered too close for comfort.

Recipe:
Head – Dragonsky (G.I. Joe)
Torso, arms, waist – Cloud City Wing Guard (“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”)
Hands –  Mutt Williams with sword (KOTCS)
Legs – Any of the Indiana Jones

I had previously created a figure of Captain Blumburtt in his army uniform, and it was recently I had the idea to likewise create a dress uniform Blumburtt. I then realised that design of the torso and arms of the Cloud City Wing Guard perfectly matched Blumburtt’s dress uniform. As I already had those parts as spare custom fodder, I decided to proceed with the custom. The most challenging part of the custom work involved transplanting Indy’s legs over to the new waist. Usually, the legs together with waist are transplanted to a new figure as a whole.  But in this case I couldn’t make the torso match up with Indy’s waist properly, so I decided to remove Indy’s legs from the waist and directly transplant them over to the new waist, which was an almost impossible task! It involved boiling the legs to soften the pegs, and using a screwdriver to literally dig out the pegs from the waist without breaking them or deforming them too much, and then stuffing the pegs into the new waist before they cooled and harden.

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Other work involved transplanting Mutt’s hands over, using epoxy to sculpt the collars and shoulder ranks, and painting the figure. Glossy red was used to paint the dress jacket when I realised that flat red would have looked too dull. A little bit of yellow was added to the gold paint to make it look shinier. The medals were designed on computer, printed out and pasted on. The figure shares the same Blumburtt head which I had created for the previous Blumburtt figure.

P1090611aIndy introduces Willie to Captain Blumburtt.

P1090698Dinner scene. Blumburtt gets distracted by his food, while Indy does his “eye” thing.

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Custom Indy Figures – Peruvian Porter

I’m back! And this time I’m showcasing another custom Indiana Jones figure that I had created.

#68 – Peruvian Porter from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

peruvian_guideIn 1936, Indiana Jones arrived in Peru in search of an ancient Chachapoyan golden idol. Indy hired the services of local guides Satipo and Barranca, and a couple of Peruvian porters to carry their supplies. The expedition then proceeded deep into the Peruvian jungle, with Indy using a map which led the way to the Chachapoyan temple. However, the Peruvian porters proved to be less than enthusiastic about finding treasure, when all of them fled at the sight of a particularly scary-looking Chachapoyan statue.

Recipe:
Head – A World Peacekeepers Soldier with helmet
Torso – Either one of the Mutt Williams (KOTCS)
Arms – RPG Indy (KOTCS)
Upper legs – Any of the Indiana Jones
Lower legs – They’re actually the lower arms of a Cairo Henchman (Raiders)
Shoes – Cemetary Warrior (KOTCS)
Poncho – Anakin Skywalker (“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”)

The Peruvian Porter is one of the many custom figures that people had made and showcased on the Indiana Jones forum where I always lurk, and I have been sufficiently inspired to make one of my own, for him to join my awesome ranks of Indy figures. But first I had to find the parts. I found that the head of a helmet-wearing World Peacekeepers soldier is suitable for making the Porter, as I can easily convert the helmet into the shape of the Andean hat (known locally as the “chullo”). The helmet was first dremeled down to break its shape, then epoxy was used to sculpt the new shape of the hat, with a plastic stud added for the hat’s tip.

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Ideally, I would have used the lower legs of an Ugha Warrior for the Peruvian Porter (dubbed “Guido” on one of the forum’s post), similar to the method used for making Barranca. However, the Ugha Warrior can no longer be found here. So I had to improvise, and with some imagination I figured that the lower arms of the Cairo Henchman (or for that matter, the Cairo Swordsman as well, since they are of the same sculpt), can be re-purposed and made into a pair of lower legs, by cutting off the hands, and dremeling sockets to fit in the shoes. Although this does result in a shorter figure. The remaining significant part of the custom work involved painting the poncho and the hat.

P1090590“Guido” clears the path through the thick Peruvian jungle with his machete.

P1090599Moments before disaster.

P1090600“Guido” sees the Chachapoyan statue and got so freaked out by it that he turned tail and ran away, screaming for his dear life.