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    1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Wanted to do this for a long time. There have already been
    some very good versions of this made and posted. So here's
    my take on it. I hope I can do it justice.

    I've always loved the Vald the Impaler red armor at the start of this film.
    Gary Oldman's performance saved that film from being a total waste of time.
    So in honor of one of the best Dracula performances of all time, I've begun my build.

    To start off, I gathered the following items.

    1) Horizons original 1992 1/6 B.S.D. vinyl armor kit
    2) Star Aces 1/6 Sirius Black head
    3) Some Brown mo-hair
    4) HT slim body
    5) HT Tie Fighter under suit
    6) HT Kerberos Panzer Jäger armored hand set.
    7) Metal Sword from ACI's Knight Templar Crusader Sergeant Brother figure.

    The kit from Horizon is very nice. And with some work can be made to fit
    a slim 1/6 body.

    The Star Ace head is a good likeness, but once I pulled the rubber hair off
    it proved to be a much bigger challenge.

    The HT Tie fighter under suit has parts on it that were perfect for the joints
    that show on the armor(knee & Elbow). It has little rubber parts with
    a similar stripe pattern like on the armor.

    The sword is pretty close to accurate as well. I'll have to mod it a bit
    and make a leather sheath for it.

    Enough chatter. Here's the first mock-up with the armor/head, that has
    the first paint app attempt.












    I'm happy with most of it. The Star Ace Head, when you remove the rubber hair, the
    face that is left, does not have the correct hair line for the character. As a matter of fact,
    the close up of the face, had to have the hair that way. It follows the edge of the face.
    So about half way into it, I new I had to have another head.
    So I stopped working on it...

    So for now, that head is just a place holder. I was able to commission a new head from a top
    tier sculptor. So over the next 3 months it should be very interesting to say the least.

    That's it so far.
    Let me know what do you think. all comments welcome.

    And does anyone else have that awesome Horizon kit?

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    excellent work!

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Looking good so far,

    I'd say either the original kit head or the Headplay one would work for the head. Here's hoping the one you commissioned works out though.

    CHEERS!

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    Damn right.

    Very nice work, sir.

    I know the hair must've given you trouble, but one would never know.

    The figure looks mighty fine.
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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Excellent work. I know what a challenge the figure can be.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Great work! Love the hs and real hair!
    pukingdog: What I like about your build threads, is that they start out like chaotic car wreck footage, which morphs into great figures. Your style is fearless.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Great job on this. Well done.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Looks good!!

    Why not putty in the hairline?
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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Quote Originally Posted by siquisiri View Post
    excellent work!
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by rogerbee View Post
    Looking good so far,

    I'd say either the original kit head or the Headplay one would work for the head. Here's hoping the one you commissioned works out though.

    CHEERS!
    Thanks

    I'm actually not a fan of the kit head. It's a bit out of scale.
    I've had the head play one as well and wasn't happy with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by dadrab View Post
    Damn right.

    Very nice work, sir.

    I know the hair must've given you trouble, but one would never know.

    The figure looks mighty fine.
    Thanks

    I normally dye all the hair first. But as you can see, I knew I wasn't going to
    keep this head, so some of the hair is a different color.

    Quote Originally Posted by zebraten View Post
    Excellent work. I know what a challenge the figure can be.
    You were right about the Star Ace head. Literally the top half of the head
    is like a mask. It has nothing behind it once you take the rubber hair off.
    But the head I commissioned will be amazing.

    Quote Originally Posted by shovelchop81 View Post
    Great work! Love the hs and real hair!
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterUK View Post
    Great job on this. Well done.
    Thanks. I think it's a good start. But I hope to improve it much more
    as I re-work the figure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie Ipkevin View Post
    Looks good!!

    Why not putty in the hairline?
    Literally the top half of the head
    is like a mask. It has nothing behind it once you take the rubber hair off.
    So I'd have to actually sculpt the rest of the head.




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    For anyone who has the kit, I will make the commissioned
    head available at a reasonable price when it's ready.
    It will have a sculpted hairline but then places to add real hair.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Had some extra time, so I threw a beard on him and gave the armor a repaint.

    Still waiting on the replacement head, but now this one looks a little closer to what it should be.

    What do you think.










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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Hello Mr IKE CON

    Good Character and beautiful armor

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Damn fine.
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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Quote Originally Posted by LE PICTAVIEN DU 1 SIX View Post
    Hello Mr IKE CON

    Good Character and beautiful armor
    Quote Originally Posted by dadrab View Post
    Damn fine.

    Thanks.

    Can't really do to much more on the StarAce head.
    The hair line is still way off. I'm hoping with the new head, that
    it turns out, just like this.


    At least, that is what I'm trying to recreate.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Looks like you have done a great job so far. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GubernatorFan View Post
    Looks like you have done a great job so far. Cheers!
    Thanks. I really enjoy the Red Armor version from this film.

    So much more to come......

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Got the first pictures of the sculpt I commissioned from Caine.

    I think it looks really good so far. Of course it's made for real hair to be added
    with the hairline there just for reference.


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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    It's coming out really great. Keep going.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Wow. This is amazing. Great work!
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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Looking good. Looking forward to seeing how this progresses.

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    Man, so freakin cool! Love it, and looks dead on. Looking forward to seeing with the new head once you're finished.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Another development towards the ultimate Vlad.

    I started working with a customizer and this is part of what we
    came up with. It took a lot of research hours from the both of us
    for him to nail this iconic cross from the opening scene.
    Now the script on the base says: "The Blood is Life"


    Add in the Chalice from Caine with the same saying on it and
    this is really getting exciting. We're getting really close to creating
    that incredible opening scene with all the right parts slowly falling in place.



    I can't wait to finally get this finished.
    Last edited by IKE-CON; 03-07-2017 at 20:35.

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    The new HS looks great, you can see from the actual still that the hair has a kink in it. I think Tibetan lamb's wool is what most use.

    CHEERS!

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    Very impressive and super-detailed project. I wish you good luck and hope to see the finished scene in all its glory. However, I need to point out that the "real Romanian script" does not exactly say "The Blood is Life" -- at least not in a proper manner. The use of Cyrillic characters in 15th-century Wallachia is accurate, but the inscription would have been in Slavonic (the literary language used at the time in Romanian lands), not Romanian, Latin, or (in this case) English. What you have is literally a letter-for-letter transcription of the English spelling of "The Blood is Life." If you are fine with this, no problem. But it is not what would have been inscribed on a stone cross in 15th-century Wallachia.

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    Yes I fine with that. The chart I got it off of was stated to be from correct historical time period.
    The time when Vlad was really around. And I had to piece it together from multiple symbols for
    each letter. When I compare it to the movie and what they had on the chalice and cross base,
    they had just gibberish. Didn't make any since at all when trying to translate it with the chart.

    So I'll take it....because it matches the style of the movie and actually says something now...

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Great. I don't recall these details, maybe their gibberish was actually a correct inscription? But that might be giving Hollywood too much credit. It definitely has the right look, the way you have recreated it.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    That's really cool looking!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GubernatorFan View Post
    Great. I don't recall these details, maybe their gibberish was actually a correct inscription? But that might be giving Hollywood too much credit. It definitely has the right look, the way you have recreated it.
    Yeah, I think they just threw something together. Because they covered the middle of it with a silk like banner that
    was laying across the top of the table. Because it was so much bigger than what was on the chalice, I
    think they had to hide some or people like us would call them out on it...

    The prop was also destroyed and even in the "making of" films, you couldn't see what it said either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Von Luger View Post
    That's really cool looking!!!
    Thanks. This one is really going to be a lot of fun.

    I'm putting it all on a Hot Toys Joker Mime DX stand. Of course after
    a few small mods. But I like that it has the steps and plenty of space
    to fit the cross, base and figure. I'll have the sword in the cross with
    blood in the chalice and blood running down the steps.

    I have no plans for a dead Winona Ryder though.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Very cool. That whole begging part of the movie is so awesome.

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    Re: 1992 Bram Stokers Dracula: Red Armor Vlad WIP

    Some more pictures with a new accessory by Doggiedoc.
    Such a small moment in the film, but this cross brings it to life.

    "God be praised, I am Victorious"









    Great job from Doggiedoc. Even with the old head, it still brings that scene alive.
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