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Old 06-11-2010, 09:01 AM   #151
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I saw the A-Team figures at TRU yesterday but was not impressed by the likenesses or paint. Maybe they'll go on clearance like the Prince of Persia stuff - which surprised me to see. Basic figures have dropped below $5, the horse set was around $8 or $9 and the Gate playset was down to $14. That movie must have tanked.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:08 AM   #152
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do the wall pegs work with the Indy foot holes? It would be cool to be able to use them to scale the wall and such with his whip
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:17 AM   #153
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That gate looks better than I had hoped! Glad I snagged a couple of them.
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Old 06-14-2010, 01:19 AM   #154
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That gate looks better than I had hoped! Glad I snagged a couple of them.

If these guys go on clearance (which is a pretty fair bet), I will probably grab another one....It's a cool item for sure.
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:55 AM   #155
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If these guys go on clearance (which is a pretty fair bet), I will probably grab another one....It's a cool item for sure.

The Gates came back into stock at Play.com three weeks sooner than expected, and mine is already on its way.

Looking forward to this as I have the perfect place for it in front of my Cairo diorama.

If they ever appear at discount prices I'll get more.
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:10 PM   #156
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Now I kinda feel like a sucker. At a local TRU, the gate was selling for $10.50, the horse for $6.75 and the figures for less than $4!

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do the wall pegs work with the Indy foot holes? It would be cool to be able to use them to scale the wall and such with his whip

Yes, but the footholes on the Indy-line figures tend to be a bit shallow. So your mileage may vary.

The pegs work very well as hand-holds.

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Well, I cracked open the Last Airbender figure I got, and was quite unimpressed by it:


The sculpted clothes are extremely undetailed and articulation, while serviceable, isn't quite compatible for IJ custom work. The head does show some promise, though, properly repainted.

Finally saw these in a store and I agree with you. Stylistically, the figures don't really match. The articulation and construction is quite different from the Indy line.

And the detailing is minimal, the figures look fairly cartoonish. I personally don't think I'll be picking any of these up.

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Old 06-28-2010, 03:46 AM   #157
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My Alamut Gate just arrived. Haven't had time to take all the straps off it, but it looks very nice. The Dastan figure sems to be identical in height to Indy.

I'm a big fan of McFarlane's 'models' (too good to call them 'toys' ).
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:36 AM   #158
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I repainted the Alamut Gate to a more sandy-brownish colour. The camera flash has washed out most of the shades, though.

I'm making a sand base piece so the gate will sit on it in front of my Cairo diorama.

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Old 06-28-2010, 10:40 AM   #159
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:54 AM   #160
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VERY nice! Well done! Where did you find the Dusenberg? Nice touch!
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:15 PM   #161
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VERY nice! Well done!

Thanks!

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Where did you find the Dusenberg? Nice touch!


I think it's a Jaguar - hard to get out now that I've put the gate in front!

It's a 1/18 Burago model I picked up at a flea market.

Indy's other car is a DB5, but he has to wait until 1963 before he can use it!

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Old 06-28-2010, 03:57 PM   #162
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That gate looks perfect with the Indy figures. It's too bad Mcfarlane doesn't know what "quality control" means. Arms and legs break off Mcfarlane figures if you look at them wrong.
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:14 PM   #163
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That gate looks perfect with the Indy figures. It's too bad Mcfarlane doesn't know what "quality control" means. Arms and legs break off Mcfarlane figures if you look at them wrong.

I only had that happen on one figure - the tentacles broke off John Carpenter's Blair as The Thing figure. Most of the McFarlane's I have are more statue than action figure.

Saying that, though, there was a broken part on the Alamut Gate - the little clip that's supposed to hold the spring-loaded rock thrower was broken off and completely missing. I had to strap it down with a twisty tie.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:05 AM   #164
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Awesome paint job on the gate! Looks really terrific!

Care to share tips on how you achieved it?

(though, I think if you're going for Cairo, you might want to think about a much lighter sandy color....not to nitpick. )
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:42 AM   #165
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Awesome paint job on the gate! Looks really terrific!

Thanks, Lance!

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Care to share tips on how you achieved it?

(though, I think if you're going for Cairo, you might want to think about a much lighter sandy color....not to nitpick. )

Yeah, getting the right colour was difficult. I had images in my mind of the warm sand-coloured stone. If I can mix up a more appropriate colour I'll give it another drybrush, to get it looking more like these bare-stone images of Cairo:





Here's what I did to the Gate, using Citadel and Coat d'Arms acrylics:

1. Unscrewed and took the Gate completely apart

2. Painted the iron portcullis Chaos Black.

3. Gave all the stonework a wash of Chaos Black to pick out the cracks and grooves.

4. Drybrushed with Bleached Bone.

5. Drybrushed with a mixture of about 4 Bleached Bone to 1 Oriental Flesh.

6. Gave it another Black wash

7. Finally drybrushed with Leather Brown/Snakebite Leather
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:48 AM   #166
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Thanks for the tips! I have so many scenic pieces I want to paint, but haven't taken the plunge yet.

Good luck with the color if you take another crack at this. I haven't been to Cairo, but I have been to Kairouan, Tunisia, which was Cairo in the movie.



I'd love to try to make a medina, marketplace or palace courtyard dio with the gate and some other pieces.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:25 AM   #167
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Thanks for the tips! I have so many scenic pieces I want to paint, but haven't taken the plunge yet.

What other pieces do you have? One's you've made yourself or bought?

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Good luck with the color if you take another crack at this. I haven't been to Cairo, but I have been to Kairouan, Tunisia, which was Cairo in the movie.

I'm thinking of blending some of the colours that I've already used. Maybe the Snakebite Leather with the Oriental Flesh.

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I'd love to try to make a medina, marketplace or palace courtyard dio with the gate and some other pieces.

Sounds very intriguing. Is MDF banned in the US? It's what I used for Egyptian scenery in 28mm, and it takes a brown inkwash well, inasmuch as it soaks in to leave a warm colour without have to go to great lengths. I engraved stonework with a dremmel, and the ink had a tendency of staying dark in the recesses.
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:36 AM   #168
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Okay, Alamut Gate take 2...

Here is the sandy yellow repaint (camera flash off):



And the same sandy yellow repaint again (camera flash on):



Neat effect! It changes colour like the real stone under sunlight.

I was attempting to get closer to this bare stone wall:



I may drybrush individual blocks to copy the variation in the real wall.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:45 PM   #169
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The new paintjob looks sensational!

Funny how different it looks under different lighting conditions.

Wonderful work!

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What other pieces do you have? One's you've made yourself or bought?


A little from Column A, a little from Column B...

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Old 07-01-2010, 12:17 AM   #170
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The new paintjob looks sensational!

Thanks!

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Funny how different it looks under different lighting conditions.

Wonderful work!

As drybrushing is a dusting of layered colour, the flash could be picking out the darker layers underneath.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:51 PM   #171
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I picked up the gate at Target this weekend for 10 bucks...pretty cool, but my catapult clip was also broken. Good thing I could care less about that feature
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:03 AM   #172
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I picked up the gate at Target this weekend for 10 bucks...pretty cool, but my catapult clip was also broken. Good thing I could care less about that feature

It's a curious quality control issue that I'd never have expected from McFarlane. Maybe a symptom of moving from the 'model' collector market into the 'toy' market?
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:17 PM   #173
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Mine wasn't broken - until I tore it off. Along with the rolling ball "gutter" thing.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:00 PM   #174
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Been keeping my eye on the Prince of Persia figures at Target as they were recently put on clearance. Had the day off and hit up several stores in my area looking for markdowns. I visited three Targets stores and the price of the Alamut Gate went from 14.98 to 9.98 to finally 4.98 which I bought.

I'll keep checking on the two pack with the horse.

I saw A-Team stuff marked down as well but I passed since they only had a couple of figures left and the likenesses weren't very good.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:26 AM   #175
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$5 for the gate?! Looks like I need to hit some Targets!
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