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Oumae Kumiko 1/8 custom / scratchbuild from Sound! EuphoniumOumae Kumiko 1/8 custom / scratchbuild from Sound! EuphoniumDiary

madmikemadmike12 days ago
Hello everyone,

after looking for an English GK forum for a while I decided to post my treasures here now.
I don't want to use Facebook or any Discord because I'd like to have a nice cozy place with nice people to talk about my favourite hobby, so let's go ;)

I got hooked really fast on Kumiko while watching this beautiful series by KyoAni (thanks guys, great work!!) and seeing that there's no figure of her available I decided to do my own.
Using Blender and a lot of help from a friend I managed to get some decent data to print. The Eupho was done using Catia, and I can understand that no figure maker wants to tackle that. Making a mould of that one would be a nightmare.

All the parts were printed on a Phrozen Shuffle 4K, painting was done using mainly airbrush with Vallejo colors, her hair was done by brushing.

I made a background too, a 1/8 Japanese school window wall complete with sliding windows, curtains and real wooden floor. If you're looking for a nice floor, check bamboo bathroom floor mats ;))
Those windows alone needed 13 meters of aluminium to make. I hope it will be useful for other figures too.

So please enjoy!

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I just had to try and add the correct manufacturer's logo, and the printer even printed it. That's a ballpoint pen for size ref btw.
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FALprofessional10 days ago#101310540On first impressions, I think her face is a little off, but as a custom figure this is superb. Massive kudos for the modeling. I use CAD as well, but for machine parts. Modeling organic parts is an entirely different beast. I have great respect for people who do that. I gotta ask why you switched to Catia to model the Euphonium, though. Catia's more geared toward engineering and Blender's more toward game design and film, but I'm pretty sure they both accomplish the same thing. Maybe file export type, but they should still both export to .stl for the print. At the least, I know a lot of people use Blender for modeling humanoids, and Catia is more so for machine parts.
Also, great craftmanship on the scene props and photography. It really brings the whole thing together, but it would have definitely been awesome to see the whole scene filled with props as the source art has, as others have said. That's for sure a lot more work, though. That Yamaha embossing is also so good, but I suppose that's the resolution you get with a liquid resin printer. I'm still using filament, since it's cleaner not working with liquids. I also don't need the resolution, since I'm not working with figures.
One more thing would be where you sourced the chairs from. Are they from this figure ITEM #41761? They look very similar.


Thank you very much for your detailed observations!

You're right, I'm not completely happy about how her face turned out. I noticed only after finishing and painting - the white printed resin is somewhat treacherous.
At that point I just couldn't bring it over myself to change her head.

I did the Eupho in Catia simply because I'm really fast working with it - I'm a CAD design engineer in real life.

Yeah, liquid resin can be a real mess, but the results you can get from entry class printers nowadays are really good, especially for organic models. On Kumiko I just did a finish on the skin parts, the clothing was painted right after printing and cleaning.

About the props - time is a rather important factor for me, and it takes lots of hours to get props done right IMHO, all for one or two good photos. It gets better when you can use the props for another figure too, but I just didn't see that for a music room... I'd rather do the next figure ;)

Speaking of the chairs, those are 100% scratchbuilt too using brass wire and Balsa wood. Currently I'm building tables too to fill the classroom a bit more, for the next project which will be a Toradora one!
10 days ago
On first impressions, I think her face is a little off, but as a custom figure this is superb. Massive kudos for the modeling. I use CAD as well, but for machine parts. Modeling organic parts is an entirely different beast. I have great respect for people who do that. I gotta ask why you switched to Catia to model the Euphonium, though. Catia's more geared toward engineering and Blender's more toward game design and film, but I'm pretty sure they both accomplish the same thing. Maybe file export type, but they should still both export to .stl for the print. At the least, I know a lot of people use Blender for modeling humanoids, and Catia is more so for machine parts.

Also, great craftmanship on the scene props and photography. It really brings the whole thing together, but it would have definitely been awesome to see the whole scene filled with props as the source art has, as others have said. That's for sure a lot more work, though. That Yamaha embossing is also so good, but I suppose that's the resolution you get with a liquid resin printer. I'm still using filament, since it's cleaner not working with liquids. I also don't need the resolution, since I'm not working with figures.

One more thing would be where you sourced the chairs from. Are they from this figure ITEM #41761? They look very similar.
10 days ago
Thank you all for watching & the great feedback!

@ SebastianLover, I used a key visual illustration of Kumiko for posing. It shows her in a really clustered music room, making all the probs would be cool too ;)
Btw, my computer I use for Blender & CAD is 10 years old... especially Blender works well on older systems I hear. Might want to give it a try.
10 days ago
yoooo this looks incredible holy heck
11 days ago
I'd buy this in milliseconds if a company actually made it, even if it cost several hundred $. Incredible work!
11 days ago
Wow! This is super impressive. The overall figure is really cool and there are some really nice details.
11 days ago
thanks for showing off this lovely garage kit! enjoyed the read.
11 days ago
Nice job! I really like the pose and straddling her across two chairs adds a nice casual feel to it, like you just walked in on her practicing after school. The instrument in particular is really well done. I really would like to get into Blender, but step 1 is getting a better computer instead of my 9 year old dinosaur.XD
11 days ago
What a nice and smooth sculpt! My dream is to 3D print my own models (and some MMD ones) and make them into figures. Unfortunately, money talks and a 3D printer isn't my priority investment at the moment. It's nice to see another article like this. Especially of someone using Blender.
11 days ago
Nice. If this would be availabe as a scale, I'd get it.
11 days ago
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