Deep Thoughts: How to make Hisako Ichiki?

A few weeks ago, I showed pics of my Danger and Ord customs. I wanted to have all of the major players in Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run. One character that is missing is Hisako Ichiki (Armor). I have been trying to wrap my brain around the problem of her armor, and I can’t seem to find a good solution. I suppose I could just make a plain Hisako minimate with no armor, but what fun is that?

When I am looking for inspiration, sometimes I will look around office supply stores and hardware stores, since some of the items they sell can be modified for minimate use. I came across some pens that features a clear blue casing:

I considered buying a dozen of these, scavenging the clear blue pieces, and building my armor on top of a custom Hisako minimate (the color of Hisako’s armor changes from blue to red to orange, so I think any of those colors would be appropriate).  But I knew from previous experience that it would not look very good. The places where two edges met would never be perfectly straight or clean. Plus, larger flat areas, like her chest and back, would be difficult to do with these pieces that are very round.

Another option is to make a mold of a set of armor, and cast the custom Hisako minimate in clear blue resin. However, this would require a great deal of time and money. I don’t have the supplies for molding and casting, and I am not in a good position to go down that path yet.

Do any of you have an idea that might work? I would love to hear it!

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5 Responses

  1. TM2 Dinobot says:

    I was thinking about this myself when I suggested her for the Wave contest. The main problem I see is that with her armor, in the comics, she’s normal sized. Don’t forget that she’s a little girl. So she’d need to be 2″ scale. However, any external armor you put on her would bring her to be taller than everyone else.

    I like your pen ides, and I thought of something similar. DST (working from a DST standpoint here) could do her like Firestar’s flames and Ironman’s suit. Little transparent pieces that are removable and wouldn’t effect her size that greatly. However, making the acrylic armor ourselves would me nigh impossible. And taking a clear mate and painting her inside would look dumb IMHO.

    Here is a thought that might work. You know the gel grips on some pens? The squishy stuff that makes it easier to write and you can roll it down off the pen? If you can find them small enough, you might be able to use those in various sizes, put them over your minimate, make holes in the appropriate places, and she’ll have semi transparent gel like, form fitting armor.

    Couldn’t really sculpt the hard edges, but I think it might work best. Also, using something like clear Plastic Dip (don’t know if they make it in clear) to do the individual parts in might have the same feel.

    Man, I don’t know. I’ve been wracking my brain for about 2 weeks and that’s the best I can come up with. I just think acrylic armor would make her too big. Sorry. 🙁

  2. vbpanizzi says:

    Why not use a 2.5 mate do a paint app similar to the adamantium skeleton wolverine that was tossed around. You would have her front and back painted on and then give the mate a pale red/blue/orange (your choice) paint app with maybe a gloss sealer.

  3. Luke314pi says:

    All of these are good ideas, and I agree that DST could make it work in a way that we could not. One of my readers has the equipment for molding and casting, and offered to try out one of my ideas. So we will see how it turns out. 🙂

  4. TM2 Dinobot says:

    That’d be cool. Think there’s any way they could make these things in the quantity like Jatta Pake’s Hulk and (still waiting for my) Rhino?

    I think I might try that gell idea actually, if I can find the right grips. Looks like it might be fun. A quick mod on a AXM Kitty should make the base easy (I’s her costume after all)

  5. Boyd says:

    Man, you don’t go for the easy customs, do you? 🙂

    The only thought I have is the vac-u-form process – take a sheet of clear plastic, heat it, then place it over an item so it creates a mold of the object. If you did it with a 2.5″ Minimate, you’d get a large Minimate-shaped shell that you could attach to a 2″ Minimate, making it look like Ichiki is suspended in it.