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AFC Interviews Lord Scythican: Star Wars Miniature Customizer

Star Wars Miniatures Customizer Lord Scythican

Recently, I had the pleasure of getting to know and up and coming Star Wars Miniatures customizer, Lord Scythican.  Let's get to know him better:

AFC: Tell the fans of your work a little about yourself
Lord Scythican: To all my fans (New and Returning), I am a part time customizer who enjoys working with official miniatures and loads of green stuff to create miniature works of art. I have always liked creating art, whether it is using Prismacolors or Adobe Photoshop. I have learned a lot of techniques with games such as Warhammer, and found out a few more hints and tips about working with paint over the years from people like Dave Allsop. I majored in Graphic Design during college, but eventually I switched over to Education. Currently I work with Students with Special Needs for my day job, whereas customizing minis is a part time hobby that I spend my weekends doing. I have yet to set up a website, but I will eventually. You can contact me at lord_scythican@yahoo.com

AFC: When did you start making customs?
Lord Scythican: I started making customs about ten years ago in High School. I started with the old Power of the Jedi line of figures. I would use existing figures to make characters for the Star Wars RPG from d6. Nothing beats turning a stormtrooper into a bountyhunter!

AFC: How did you get started making customs?
Lord Scythican: I mentioned that I started about ten years ago with some Star Wars action figure customs, but that was for me only. I started making customs for other people a few years ago, when I was into Warhammer 40K. I started making custom Star Wars miniatures shortly after that.

AFC: How many customs do you work on at one time?
Lord Scythican: I usually work on about ten at a time. I find myself juggling customs for eBay and requests from my fans all the time. I try to list about half that number on eBay and the rest I send in progress pictures to the people who requested the custom. It can be kind of hectic at times, because some fans think I am exclusively working on their custom and no one else’s. I love the e-mails at 7:00 AM that ask “Is my custom done yet?!” (They just requested it the day before…) Now this ten at a time deal is usually a week’s worth. I will usually finish the customs for eBay on Saturday which is listed to sell on the following Thursday night. Then Sunday is spent finishing up requests. On Monday or Tuesday I send out all the packages and then start again for the next week.

AFC: What is the custom you are most proud of?
Lord Scythican: The custom that I am most proud of is: Darth Revan, Dark Lady of the Sith. She was an idea giving to me by one of my long time friends. He told me, “Why not do Darth Revan as a Female? You know there was a petition to make Darth Revan a female and not a male. There are 1000’s of fans out there that refuse to call Darth Revan a “he”. So I did a little magic and made not one, but nine Female Darth Revans. Every one I make sells quickly. (I have one requested right now that I am finishing up). I should note that my friend has yet to try and collect royalty fees on the idea. I guess I own him a couple of free customs…

AFC: What is your favorite toy line to do customs for?
Lord Scythican: My favorite toy line to do customs for is Star Wars Miniatures, hands down. For pre-painted miniatures they are pretty good! In addition they are easier to modify than other lines of miniatures. Some miniatures have really brittle plastic and can be hard to cut and reposition.

AFC: What customs do you have lined up for future projects?
Lord Scythican: I have a lot lined up at the moment. At the time of this interview, I had just finished up: The Jedi Exile in Neophyte Armor, Jaina “Sticks” Solo, Darth Vader Redeemed, Several Nameless Sith Lords from Darth Krayt’s New Sith Order, Vergere. I have a lot of future Projects planned such as, Another Vergere, another Darth Traya, Darth Krayt, Jedi Exile Version 2, Jedi Exile Version 3, Lowbacca, Darth Plagueis, Darth Andeddu, Darth Desolous, Darth Phobos, Bull Rancor, Junk Titan, Galen Marek (Sith Lord), Kento Marek, Darth Bane (Orbalisk armor), just to name a few…

AFC: If you had one piece of advice for other customizers out there, what would you say to them?
Lord Scythican: Buy loads of Green Stuff! It is mother’s milk for customizers. Do not settle for Epoxy Putty at Wal-Mart or Lowes. Only buy the real stuff. Green Stuff has a smooth texture which doesn’t stick to the skin, (unless you hold it there for awhile). It has a long workable time and left over parts that are already mixed can be frozen to be used on another day. Other products (like the stuff at Lowes) have a workable time of about 3 minutes. It sticks to your fingers and generally puts you in a foul mood. (I am not a paid representative of Green Stuff, but I would like to be!).

Spotlight Customizer: Star Wars Miniatures by Lord Scythican

This week I decided to feature Lord Scythican's Custom Star Wars Minatures as he has many great figures up for sale this week.  Take a look at a few of them below then head over to eBay to check out more from Lord Sycthican:
Capturing the human element in customs is very hard to do, especially on a small scale.  The way that the face was painted gives the figure personality, which goes a long way and will look great posed next to other figures in your collection.

Capturing the human element in customs is very hard to do, especially on a small scale. The way that the face was painted gives the figure personality, which goes a long way and will look great posed next to other figures in your collection.

The Darth Vader Redeemed Concept comes from the Star Wars Infinities comic and Lord Sycthican does an excellent job bringing this version of Vader to life with his detailing and shading techniques.   Because the figure is all white, the attention to detail brings out the depth in this Star Wars Miniature Figure

The Darth Vader Redeemed Concept comes from the Star Wars Infinities comic and Lord Sycthican does an excellent job bringing this version of Vader to life with his detailing and shading techniques. Because the figure is all white, the attention to detail brings out the depth in this Star Wars Miniature Figure

Jedi Exile was his interpretation of what the Jedi Exile from 'Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords' would have looked like. He designed her wearing Neophyte Armor, which he considers one of the best armors in the game.  Knowing when not to mess with a custom is a talent!  As he explains, "She was made from a DC hero clix named Phantom Girl. She was in a special box set that featured a few other minis that had exceptional paint jobs. (I did put the eyebrows on her though...)Usually I paint all of the faces on my minis, eyes and all. I didn't have the heart to repaint phantom girl though. She looked too good to mess with!"

Jedi Exile was his interpretation of what the Jedi Exile from 'Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords' would have looked like. He designed her wearing Neophyte Armor, which he considers one of the best armors in the game. Knowing when not to mess with a custom is a talent! As he explains, "She was made from a DC hero clix named Phantom Girl. She was in a special box set that featured a few other minis that had exceptional paint jobs. (I did put the eyebrows on her though...)Usually I paint all of the faces on my minis, eyes and all. I didn't have the heart to repaint phantom girl though. She looked too good to mess with!"

Darth Traya Custom Star Wars Minatures Figure by Lord Scythican

Lord Scythican, a very talented Star Wars customizer, has put his energy and skill in making very small but extremely detailed Miniature Figures.  His Custom Star Wars Miniature Darth Traya, a figure from the Knights of the Old Republic 2, is surrounded by 3 levitating lightsabers, a very cool effect and sets the figure off very nicely.  Working with miniature figures takes a steady hand and Lord Scythican takes much pride in his work and it shows!  Let's hear more from the source about what inspired this great figure:

First off this is Darth Traya from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. I made her using a Very Rare miniature Kreia, who is actually the same character. I have spoken to a lot of people who loved Kreia as a character, but thought it was weird that she had a Double Bladed Lightsaber. At first I thought about just removing one of the blades, then I thought, why not repaint her and make her look like Darth Traya, (which is what the fans wanted anyway). Then I decided why not make this interesting and put her on a custom bade that is modeling after the most difficult fight in the game. So there you have it, I took a Very Rare miniature and made her way cooler than anyone thought possible. In addition, I have not glued the Very Rare Kreia base to the custom base. It is removable as seen in the second picture. I have cut a hole in the center of the custom base with the three Levitating Lightsabers that is used to place the original mini in. It fits snug and will not fall out. 

I will be keeping my eye out for more from Lord Scythican and I want to thank him for introducing me to the world of Star Wars Miniatures.  To own this one of a kind Custom Star Wars Miniature Darth Traya, head over to eBay and place a bid!