Friday, 30 November 2018

Ferguson, Everton Cup Final

I've been well up for remodels recently!!

I've just finished a pretty cool Ian Wright one (if you want, you can watch a YouTube video about it by clicking here) and have ideas for 2 more definites in the near future! 

Any suggestions, stick 'em in the comments!!

Anyway, here's one of the first remodels I did. It's pretty basic, but you've got to start somewhere!

Duncan Ferguson famously donned a blue nose after Everton won the FA Cup, and that was all I had to make for this one!! If I remember rightly (I made this quite a long time ago!!) I also had to change the sponsor on the shirt, as this figure was made in the next season's kit... which was the same apart from the sponsor!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Larsson, Celtic

Thursday= Europa League night. Celtic are in the Europa League.

How about a Henrik Larsson repaint?!

Here he is, post dreadlocks!

I really like how distinctive Celtic repaints are. 

This shirt design had a white space for the name and number. Ideally, I would have liked to fit the bottom green stripe in as well, but didn't want to make the name and number too small. 

I could've moved it up, but then I would've lost the top stripe! Never mind- the buyer was happy enough with it!

... This might also be a 'head swap' figure: I can't remember! One of my regulars often does the head swaps before sending them to me; I guess he likes some body poses/ specific short or long sleeves etc for specific players.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Sheffield United 96-97

I've said a few times that repainting has taught me about which clubs players have played for.

Here are a couple of Sheffield United players; one that I knew about in the deep recesses of my mind, and one that I didn't have a clue about!! (Not in that order... it has to be shirt number order of course!)

Oh, also... I have sometimes found that when I post figures of a team the day they are playing, they lose.

So... anything to give Leeds an edge in the race for promotion!!

Monday, 26 November 2018

McGrath, Ireland

So, Ireland have just appointed a new (old?!) manager!

Seems as good a time as any for me to post this picture:

I bet Mick wishes he had someone of this quality to pick in the middle of his defense!!

A fairly simple repaint, all things considered. I seem to have had a glut of kits with Adidas stripes recently, which is fine... but can be a little time consuming.

I pointed out on my Facebook page that, if Adidas had chosen to use 2 stripes instead of 3 in their branding, I'd be 33% more productive!

A noteworthy point (to me, anyway!!) Paul McGrath actually wore number 7 during Italia '90, but the buyer preferred to go with the traditional number 5 for this figure.

And isn't that number font and absolute beauty!

Friday, 23 November 2018

Francis, QPR

I've done a few remodels recently!

What I've found is that, however many remodels I plan on doing, I usually end up with twice as many! (This being a result of the fact that most managers/coaches were players once, and I don't like to waste things!)

After explaining all that, though, this one wasn't just the result of using the manager's body and being left with a spare head... as strange as that sounds. 

Anyway, a friend of mine said to me- "How come you've never made any of the great QPR players of the 70s?"

So I did!

Gerry Francis- using the head from a manager figure... and the body from Dennis Wise, if anyone cares!!

I had to darken the hair, of course, but I didn't mind that, especially as the kit didn't need much detail. My favourite part is definitely the sideburns!!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Sullivan, Leeds

It's been a bit Leeds-heavy round here recently... but it's my blog, I'll do what I like!!

Here's Neil Sullivan:

I actually painted this ages ago, but thought it was pretty relevant today.

The reason? Despite being in his mid 40s (at a guess) Sullivan may well be our best option to play in goal on Saturday. Or even at Centre-back...

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Delph, Leeds

And today's tenuous link to what's going on in the world of football:

Fabian Delph is going to captain England tonight... so naturally here he is in Leeds kit!

I've actually done 2 Soccerstarz Delph Leeds figures. See?

I'm sure he'll be Fab tonight. *sniggers*

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Tierney, take 2! Fulham

So, Fulham have sacked Jokanovic. A shame really, as I like a manager sticking to his principles, but not surprising, considering their form.

Anyway, you know me #FingerOnThePulse...

Of course, when I say 'finger on the pulse', I mean, here's a figure related only by the fact that it's wearing a Fulham kit.

It's actually a lookalike figure of a big Fulham fan. Perhaps a little more uniquely, this is the first lookalike figure that I've had to make twice because the original was lost on holiday! After delivery, I hasten to add!!

It did have an update though, as the first didn't have the scar on the right cheek!! So if anything, this one is better than the original!!

If you'd like a lookalike figure, for yourself or a friend, drop me a message! There's a comment box below, or my other social media contacts are in the header.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Batty, Leeds Drill top

I nearly always enjoy being asked to paint something a bit different!

And when it's Leeds United related as well, that certainly peaks my interest!!

For anyone unsure, this is the drill top that Leeds used to wear before matches in 1991-92; the title winning season. They also wore it while collecting the trophy, so I have good memories of seeing it on video from a very young age!

Luckily, the figure was already in long sleeves, so I only had to paint, rather than remodel them.

In terms of detail; the blue and white bit immediately under the yellow was the hardest, but probably the most satisfying part of this one.

The one other comment I would make is that he looks a wee bit older than Batts did in 1992!!

Difficult choice of figure for this one tho- the earlier figure of Batty did look younger, but was short sleeved and also was not as good a sculpt as this one, in my humble opinion!

Anyway, the guy who asked for it was happy, and I was too!!

Great idea for a repaint.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Ian Wright, Burnley

Ian Wright Wright Wright!

Here's my first ever Burnley figure:

To be honest, I don't know how Wright performed for Burnley; all I can tell you is that he scored 4 goals for them in 15 appearances. (Thanks Wiki!)

My favourite parts of this one are the socks, and the details round the collar.

This figure may well end up making an appearance on the excellent Big Heads on Tour Instagram account! Have a look at it by clicking here.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

McManaman, Liverpool

I was watching an FA Cup programme on BT yesterday, and who should pop up, but Liverpool in this kit.

That, along with the fact that I haven't done a Liverpool blog post in a while is reason enough, as you'll know if you read often!

I always enjoy doing an interesting kit for the first time, and I was very happy with this one. I had to mix the green to get it just right (a bit darker than the usual green I use) and just look at the squad number font!! Beautiful!!

I think I am right in saying that this figure is a remodel, of sorts. A head swap, anyway, although I didn't do it myself; that's how it arrived with me.

In preparing this blog post, I noticed that it's only the 6th one featuring Liverpool figures! I found the relatively low number of orders surprising, considering the size of the club, so, Liverpool fans, if you want to overtake the likes of Forest, Sheffield United and dare I say Everton, you'd better get in touch with me and request some figures!!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Sheffield United 08/09 (Hendrie and Sun)

Big game in Sheffield tonight! So, here are a couple of United repaints:

If I'm honest, Sheffield United kits from around this era thoroughly confuse me! They seem to have the same kit... but with many different variants of the Visit Malta logo on them. There are even some that haven't made it onto historical kits!!

And then, you have to work out whether the back of the shirt is striped or plain! But I did in the end!!

Lee Hendrie, and Sun Jihai, who both had fairly short spells at Bramall Lane.

If you're a Wednesday fan, thinking: "Where's the balance?!", sorry, but I don't have many Wednesday repaints!! If you want  to put that right, get in contact with me, and I'm sure we can make an arrangement!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Harris, Charlton Villa

Today seems as good a day as any for a snazzy 1990s goalkeeper kit repaint!!

This is Harris, of park team Charlton Villa! At some point in the early-to-mid 90s, this kit, as worn by Leeds United in 92-93, was their choice.

I loved painting this! Click on it to enlarge- you know you want to!

Anyway, being a park team, funnily enough, Vivid Imaginations did not manufacture a figure of Harris in his heyday. We chose this lookalike figure, then we discussed details such as the kit, shirt number, hair colour etc. We even adjusted the skin tone on this one.

If you want a figure of a friend or family member, use the contact box below, or message me on Twitter or through my Facebook page. Or even Instagram! If you're quick, I could even get it to you in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Lescott, City Soccerstarz

My process for choosing which figures to blog:

*Looks to see which team I haven't posted in a while.
*Looks to see if there is any link to what's going on in football that day

So... City are playing tonight, and here's Joleon Lescott!!

And that's it!

Pretty straightforward this one. I painted it quite a long time ago too, so I can't even remember any interesting stories about doing it!

Highlight: hooped socks!

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Speed, Bolton

Gary Speed: My first favourite player as a child.

I'm always happy to take on a Gary Speed repaint, even if it means painting him out of Leeds kit.

I've done him in a few different Leeds kits, as well as Sheffield United, but this was the first time as a Bolton player.

This was one of those times that a simple, straightforward paint job gave the figure a really crisp look. Sometimes less is more!

Monday, 5 November 2018

Woodham Victoria, Part 2!

Sometimes, after I've done someone in a 'park team' kit, I'll have a little spell of doing a few more, as word gets round the dressing room!

Here are the next 2 Woodham Victoria players, including one in away colours!

For both of these, the buyer suggested a figure as a lookalike, and then sent me images of the kit, so I could get the likeness perfect.

If you would like a figure of one of your Sunday league team mates, or of yourself for a treat, get in touch!! (links in the header, or contact box below)

Not sure which figure to use? No problem!! I have helped people to identify a suitable one in the past by having a look at photos of the subject! 

I'm more than happy to discuss any of this! Could make a great Christmas present!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Amokachi, Nigeria

Nigeria put in some good performances at the 1994 World Cup, if I remember rightly!

They certainly had a pair of memorable kits! I've already had an attempt at the 'Money kit' on JayJay Okocha, and here's my go at the green kit on Daniel Amokachi.

I was very pleased with this one, which had a lot to contend with!! The green and black patterns in the white part around the neck take the eye, but have a look on the collar as well, for some little green triangles, which certainly add to the whole ensemble!!

I also decided to hand-paint the number on the shorts... this may have been partly influenced by the fact that I forgot to print a decal... I think it looks good though- I was happy with my representation of the font.


I do find it pretty amusing that, at time of writing, all the hyperlinks I've added in the first paragraph lead to the same post! Maybe that'll change if I get more Nigeria orders... or World Cup '94 ones.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Newcastle 95-96 away... the last bit!

The final post... for now, of Newcastle's iconic mid-90s hooped away kit, and I'll even throw in the keeper kit for good measure!

I loved the challenge of painting Hislop's change kit, and have to say, I think I did a better job of it than was done on the original Corinthian version of David James!

As for the others... I think I've reached the stage where I could do this kit in my sleep!! Tho I probably shouldn't attempt that...

Newcastle aways all done... until someone else sees them and thinks: I fancy some of those!!