Last time I showed you some detail progress on my little Sandman/Death homage, Gisele. Today I'm going to get a little more into her "Death" persona.
This Gisele kit has a lot of alternate parts to choose from. I decided to use the wings on her backpack as the original ones that were to be attached to her shoes, so I had an extra set. That got me thinking how the Sandman series would always have these great little creatures in the land of dreams. I went out in search for a little animal figure I could add wings to and fell in love with this baby panda vinyl toy. His original factory paint job was a bit rough and we have a bit of work to do to make him fit in, so let's get to it!
My latest project is a long and involved one. Using a base of the Pinky Gisele kit, I'm creating a little homage to the Neil Gaiman Sandman comic book series with a little Death goth girl cosplayer with a special friend inspired by some of the fantastical creatures from the land of dreams. I thought it might be a nice chance to give a view of my process on a few key details.
My favourite episode from the first season of Haruhi is definitely "The Day of Sagittarius", and my favourite character is Nagato Yuki, so owning this kit was a foregone conclusion from the moment I saw it. Someday I'll have the full set of girls.
Everyone starts somewhere in this hobby. The most common way to start in on Garage Kits for most of the English speaking fans is the same way I began. You find a cool figure on eBay and think "wow, I need to own that! It's from my favourite series and looks amazing!" Only to find out that it's something called an unfinished, unpainted Garage Kit and not the action figures or PVC statues you're more familiar with. After a little more research you find out "oh wait I have to pay someone to paint this but I'm not independantly wealthy and there's a ton of these figures that look awesome!" Then from there, perhaps you do what I did. You buy a couple figures that usually ship from Thailand, Hong Kong or some other exotic locale and panic when it arrives. "How am I going to DO this?" Never fear, brave adventurer! Many have come before you.