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Custom Nendoroid: HowlCustom Nendoroid: HowlDiary

AyanahAyanah5 months ago
HI THERE!
There are far too many great characters without respective figure, so I was excited when I realised you could create a whole new Nendoroid by pillaging others^^ So my first custom Nendoroid project started and the goal was Howl. He‘s the flamboyant magician of Howl’s Moving Castle – one of my favourite movies – and my current avatar after all. Another reason for choosing Howl was my non-existent optimism about him ever getting a real Nendoroid, but ooh I’d be the luckiest girl if Good Smile Company proves me wrong (♡o♡)

If you don’t know about him, that’s the precious little boy I’m talking about:

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It took me some time to assemble all the pieces, but those are the ones I went for:

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Default faceplate: Victor Nikiforovs Coach Version (ITEM #604388)
I had to buy the whole Nendoroid to get my hands on his faceplate, but I fell in love with his expression, coulnd’t find any other nearly as fitting and sure as hell coulnd’t make one myself^^ I also like Victor so I kind of feel bad for using him like that, but...well...the things you do for your husbandos...I also used his base, hands and trousers so his sacrifice wouldn’t be in vain.
Mental breakdown faceplate: Ereshkigal (ITEM #739697)
Hair: Honebami Toushirou (ITEM #675844)
It took me some time to figure out which hairstyle I should look for cause Howl constantly changes his appearance. I decided to recreate the style I prefer most, which is the one in the beginning of the movie. Well actually I like his birdy appearance even more, but that would be too difficult for my kind of skills^^ At first I actually wanted to use Rimurus hair, but I’m glad I found Honebamis instead.
Shirt: Shirotani Tadaomi (ITEM #674106)
Trousers: Victor Nikiforovs Coach Version (ITEM #604388)
Cape: Shanas Enpatsu Shakugan Version (ITEM #1536)
Necklace: Sawada Tsunayoshi (ITEM #676082)
In retrospect I think a necklace with a larger stone would have been better...
Pan: Minami Haruka (ITEM #78523)

I shortened the shirt, his default faceplate and cut the necklace.
The most difficult part was getting a hole in his cape. I didn’t calculate the difference in bases between old and new Nendoroids and just assumed the cape would have a hole to attach it to the stand...even though there wasn’t any on the photos...yeeaah...not my smartest moment^^ I also had to switch the peg with an elongated one from one of my other Nendoroids.
The only accessoires I coulnd’t find and therefore molded myself were Calcifer and his breakfast.

I read some tutorials on MFC, so I followed their advice to prime before painting. I used acrylic paint and sometimes some glass cleaner (as some tutorials suggested), although my glass cleaner wasn’t that helpful in avoiding visible brushstrokes^^ I guess I did something wrong...or my glass cleaner isn't the fanciest one^^

Painting was a lot of fun, but also a little bit scary cause I didn’t wanted to mess him up. The hair was the most scary part, because it‘s such a major part of the Nendoroid. It’s also the piece I’m least satisfied with. An airbrush sure would’ve done a better job, but well... money haha. I like how the colour turned out, although it should be slightly lighter.
I made him some eyelashes because of his „I see no point in living if I can’t be beautiful.“-mentality... not that anyone should support this kind of thinking... but here you go bae.
I wanted to paint his ring and earrings too, but I refrained from painting the ring cause I use hands from other Nendoroids of mine (like Sasukes for holding the pan) and the earrings didn’t work out cause I just coulnd’t mix the right shade of green^^

At the end I went over most of the painted parts with a semi glass varnish. And I was as stupid as to put the cape on a kitchen roll to dry. Not recommendable. Not at all.

Besides all the little failures, I’m really happy to have a Nendoroid-version of my precious little magician. He’s just too cute (♡‿♡) And that’s how he turned out:

Howl with Calcifer (✪o✪)

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Howl ready to walk you over some roofs:

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Howl being best husbando by making breakfast:

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And his mental breakdown after he realises his hair is a tad darker than it should be:

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If anyone came this far: Thank you for reading! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・✧
I hope you found it somewhat interesting.
Btw: Does anyone know why there aren’t any Nendoroids of Ghibli Movies yet?
Have a nice day!*:・✧
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purinbun4 months ago#74813032Somehow I missed this! You captured him perfectly! I wish we got Ghibli Nendoroids already ahhh :’3
On another note, I just realised that you bought Victor from me. Hope you manage to find use of the rest of his parts~ ( ˘ω˘ )

Thank youu (ˆ◡ˆ)*:・Glad you approve of him.
Ghibli Nendoroids would be a dream come true ♡
In the meantime I got my hands on those bunny suits. So Victor is currently displayed with his blushing faceplate and the blue bunny suit (matching his gorgeous eyes) ;) Happy end for poor exploited Victor ♡ Thank you for selling him.
4 months ago
Somehow I missed this! You captured him perfectly! I wish we got Ghibli Nendoroids already ahhh :’3

On another note, I just realised that you bought Victor from me. Hope you manage to find use of the rest of his parts~ ( ˘ω˘ )
4 months ago
BHEITHIR5 months ago#72896286Will do! Hope the parts available. Until then, wish me luck!
May the parts which are meant to be together assemble ;)

Senbei5 months ago#72896271Man this Howl is so cute ahhh I love him! Fantastic work!
Aww thank youu!!! (◕⩊◕)♡*✲゚*。
5 months ago
Ayanah5 months ago#72895750Aww great to hear! (ˆ◡ˆ) Write an article or send me pictures when you created one :D Love to see other custom Nens ♡Will do! Hope the parts available. Until then, wish me luck!
5 months ago
Man this Howl is so cute ahhh I love him! Fantastic work!
5 months ago
BHEITHIR5 months ago#72895533Lol true. And thanks to you i'm inspired to make one myself. XD
Aww great to hear! (ˆ◡ˆ) Write an article or send me pictures when you created one :D Love to see other custom Nens ♡
5 months ago
Ayanah5 months ago#72895057Thank youuu (◕⩊◕)♡*✲゚*。 Good for me that there are so many Nendoroids, and therefore potential pillaging victims, out there ;)Lol true. And thanks to you i'm inspired to make one myself. XD
5 months ago
Oliveblade5 months ago#72877303Absolutely love your custom!!!! Very well done, Just so gorgeous!
Awww thank youuu! (ˆ︶ˆ)*:・ Happy little me *:・✧
5 months ago
Cloudberry5 months ago#72876729I've always wondered if someone ever created a figure via using other parts from other nendos... You've answered my question and by golly, this is some stunning work, especially on the paint job
Thank you so much!! (ˆ◡ˆ)
All the colour mixing drained my supply of acrylic paint^^ But it was worth it *✲゚*。
5 months ago
BHEITHIR5 months ago#72876883Wow this is cool! It suits very well, i might say. Nice job!
Thank youuu (◕⩊◕)♡*✲゚*。 Good for me that there are so many Nendoroids, and therefore potential pillaging victims, out there ;)
5 months ago
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