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Mass Effect: Garrus Action Figure Repaint by Nightlyre Mass Effect: Garrus Action Figure Repaint by Nightlyre
This is the Big Fish action figure of Garrus from Mass Effect 2 - recalibrated a bit. :) You can get a decent idea of how big the figure is from my fingers in some of the photos. I haven't done a lot of detailed painting at that small of a scale before and wasn't sure how well I'd do, but I enjoyed working on this quite a lot. At the moment, I've just done his face - not sure if I want to do anything with his armor yet or not. I also had to remove his visor to do the repaint. I'll be reattaching it once I've done a bit of work on it.

I will say that the original figure's cast is actually very good. I didn't do any adjustments aside from repainting. All of the lovely detail was there - it just needed a bit of work to bring it out! The only thing I wish I could fix that I probably won't be able to are the little spurs under his mandibles; there are supposed to be two, and much narrower than that, but they're just too small to adjust easily!

Just to be clear, I did not sculpt him - I just repainted the existing action figure. Garrus and Mass Effect belong to BioWare.

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Return-to-Mobius Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
This is honestly amazing.  Just out of curiosity, I don't suppose you ever take repainting commissions?  I just bought the Garrus Playarts Kai and the paint just is horrible.  :(
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly, after looking at photos of the Play Arts Kai version, I'm not sure repainting him alone would make him look much better. The original sculpt is not very good at all! :( To really fix that one would involve either doing some major "reconstructive surgery" with epoxy, or sculpting a brand new head for him. The saddest thing is, the body, armor, and guns on that figure all look very good. I don't know what went wrong with the face!
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Return-to-Mobius Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
It's like they got to the head and were kind of like - eh whatever!  It's so annoying @_@ but!  I have seen repaints that have improved him quite a bit!  robjedi.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02… Not perfect, but certainly better than the train wreck that is his current look.  >.>  But yeah, you are right 'surgery' would probably be better than just slapping paint on it.

Originally I didn't plan on buying the playarts figures at all, because I knew the face issues, and because my Shep just looks nothing like default Shep that so getting her accurate will be tricky - th07.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i… but then I found this song www.youtube.com/watch?v=toiIdK… and suddently had all these FEELS and then before I knew it I'd bought them both. XD  They haven't arrived yet, but I'm wondering what I should do - try and repaint/alter them myself (which could result in a horrible mess) or commission a professional.  So then I thought of you, because of your cosplay, so I thought I'd ask. XD
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate you thinking of me! I'm impressed with how good of a job that fellow from your first link did on his Play Arts Kai figure. From some of the other photos I've seen, I think he might have actually done a little adjustment to the sculpt. His is much less... craggy? than some of them I've seen.

I'd be willing to do a repainting commission on him, if you're okay with me also applying some epoxy to fix the sculpt? I wouldn't go overboard, I just want to make sure the texture on the un-scarred side of his face actually matches how he looks in game. It'd be a fun project! I'll note you with a quote and details.

Your Shep looks very similar to mine, just with different colored eyes. She's not an infiltrator, is she? :)
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Return-to-Mobius Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Responded via note!  Thank you <3
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NanaVakarian Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Tomorror I'll buy the paint and a fine brush, and then my little Garrus gets his own beauty-make-over :) Thanks for the inspiration, it gave me courage to save Zombie-Garrus ^^
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic! Best of luck, and I'm glad to hear one more zombie-Garrus will be saved. If you can, I'd love to see pictures!
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vrekasht Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I went ahead and repainted my own Garrus! :D
A fair bit less accomplished than yours lol. But he looks much better, I think. Thanks again for the inspiration!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nicely done - Knowing how they generally look out of the box, he looks FAR better!
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vrekasht Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
That looks...amazing.
I've toyed with the idea of repainting my own, but I've never worked on such a tiny scale before. Don't know how well it would go, or what kinds of materials to use, how to seal it...I don't want to ruin him.
Well - make him look worse, anyway. He kinda came pre-ruined. lol
Did you have to remove the head to work?
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