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HappyMadison87
« on: September 12, 2005 04:52:44 PM »

Ok, so I've made a lot of crafts that I'm quite proud of, but I was never really motivated to post them on here for no reason other than I'm lazy. LOL HOWEVER, I'm so ruddy bloody proud of this, I HAD to post it. It's a Shaun of the Dead figurine!!!



I made him from polymer clay...started with the feet, added a large triangular lump for the legs and shaped them, added a torso, then the head, and lastly the arms.



His legs have one or two fine hairline fractures, but i've done some experiments, and the cracks won't move (open and close) when I wiggle him, so I'm positive it won't break.



The hardest part was sanding, since he has so many nooks and crannies. LOL He's for a Zombie Party I'm throwing - I'm going to glue him to a plank of wood, and glue a frame to the back of the wood with a poster from the movie (so it'll look like one of those bronzed baby shoe displays LOL) - the costume contest winner gets it as a trophy.

Any comments or criticisms are gladly accepted, I'm always open for improvement. And I'm in a good mood because my crush told me it was good enough to sell.  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2005 04:58:23 PM »

::)That is too too cute.. I adore Shaun of the Dead.. I was lucky enough to get Simon Peggs autograph.. He is a major sweetheart.. You did a great job of capureing his cuteness..   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2005 06:45:53 PM »

Love, love, love!!!
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2005 08:55:08 PM »

that's bloody brilliant.
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2005 08:58:24 PM »

oh wow! it even looks like simon peg! any chance on making a whole set?
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2005 09:01:57 PM »

Great Job! i loved that movie.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2005 09:19:29 PM »

!Oi!
.he is bloody brillant.

:I have a few questions though:

-did you fire [or bake] him?  if so how thick was he and did this matter?-

-what brand of clay was this and how managable is it to work with as a medium?-

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2005 09:33:37 PM »

now he just needs a name badge and a cricket bat
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2005 10:03:09 PM »

that is freakin genius!!  i second the motion on making a set, i would totally buy them!
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2005 06:42:42 AM »

You've got red on you.

Awesome figure.  I absolutely love Shaun of the Dead.  It is one of the best living dead films to come around in years, and even acknowledges that it's not a zombie film.  And it's hillarious.
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2005 08:12:45 AM »

That is so freakin cute! My boy will be thrilled when I show him, he looooves that movie. I think it will make an amazing trophy. And I agree it's totally good enough to sell.
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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2005 12:15:19 PM »

Great figure... nicely painted face too!!

You had said that the sculpt cracked in  your message, and I wanted to mention if you don't know, that polymer clays can crack during baking especially when they're solid and thicker.  Generally anything over about 3/4" -1" can have the problem. 

There are things you can do next time though to avoid that by using certain preparation and baking techniques, and/or using an armature underneath any larger areas (...armatures like tightly wadded aluminum foil, Paperclay, etc.).   Someone also said the other day that Premo is more susceptible to this, but I hadn't heard that before.

 If you want to read more about the cracking problem in solid polymer items, check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/heads_masks.htm
(...click on "Cracking... Prevention & Repair"...)
... btw the info re cracking is located on that page primarily because it was first noticed and discussed when clayers made solid clay heads, but can apply to other parts and large beads too, e.g.

(I'm wondering why you sanded this figure ... was your clay rough, or did it have fingerprints? ...or were you trying to prepare the surface for paint? or what?? --and did you buff too?)


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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2005 01:30:50 PM »

very impressed, great job Smiley  i'd love to see an ed with the "i got wood" shirt
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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2005 02:45:54 PM »

Great figure... nicely painted face too!!

You had said that the sculpt cracked in  your message, and I wanted to mention if you don't know, that polymer clays can crack during baking especially when they're solid and thicker.  Generally anything over about 3/4" -1" can have the problem. 

There are things you can do next time though to avoid that by using certain preparation and baking techniques, and/or using an armature underneath any larger areas (...armatures like tightly wadded aluminum foil, Paperclay, etc.).   Someone also said the other day that Premo is more susceptible to this, but I hadn't heard that before.

 If you want to read more about the cracking problem in solid polymer items, check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/heads_masks.htm
(...click on "Cracking... Prevention & Repair"...)
... btw the info re cracking is located on that page primarily because it was first noticed and discussed when clayers made solid clay heads, but can apply to other parts and large beads too, e.g.

(I'm wondering why you sanded this figure ... was your clay rough, or did it have fingerprints? ...or were you trying to prepare the surface for paint? or what?? --and did you buff too?)


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wow. i know that info was for the OP but wow, i know so little about polymer clay. i've just started using it and hate the fingerprints! i never even thought about sanding. and what is buffing for and how do you do it? thanks for educating us on it!
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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2005 03:30:34 PM »

i realize this has already been said but this really is awesome. i wish i could be so crafty with clay! my boyfriend would die if he saw this. he loves "shaun of the dead."

again, this is great. and i love what you're going to do with it. good job.
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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2005 01:29:14 AM »

Ahahahahahaaaa!

That is just beautiful!

If you had a fun time making him you should definitely make some more (the girlfriend, the mom, the "dad" and last but not least: the fantastic gorilla-sidekick)!!
Also make sure you win that contest yourself, I imagine it would be extremely hard to part from Mr Shaun (since he got red on him and all).

Again: great work! I'm jealous.
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« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2005 10:34:27 AM »


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i know so little about polymer clay. i've just started using it and hate the fingerprints! i never even thought about sanding. and what is buffing for and how do you do it?


Qwerty,

There are various reasons one might sand polymer clay. 

Getting rid of fingerprints is one of them ---but, especially if you're not wanting a glossy finish on your item, there are easier ways to deal with (or prevent) fingerprints both before and after baking rather than sanding. 

Sanding is most often done to make the clay really smooth when one wants to create a sheen, up to a really glossy shine, on a baked clay item.  (there there are some special techniques which may use sanding too, but not necessarily for just smoothing --like "sanded mokume gane"). 

In general, the whole baked object is wet-sanded (or just the high parts of a textured surface are sanded), with successively finer grits of wet-dry sandpaper (the basic grits used are generally 400 and 600, but some people go all the way up to 1500 or so!). 

After sanding, the object will have a slightly whitish coating which is generally removed by buffing (just on one's jeans, or with various kinds of electric tools)... the amount of buffing and the degree of smoothness achieved before buffing determine how high the shine will end up being.

(For a glossy finish, it's also possible to just use a liquid gloss finish like Varathane or Future instead of sanding and buffing).

To read up on all those things, check out these pages:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(...click on "Fingerprints"...)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sanding_tumbling.htm
(the whole Sanding category, but also the subcategory called "Smoothing Before Sanding"...)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/buffing.htm

(and this page only if you'd want to buff with a "rotary tool" like a Dremel, using a small buffing wheel:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/tools_Dremels_worksurfaces.htm )


(and here's info on using liquid finishes for gloss:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm )

Is that pretty much what you wanted to know??  If not, ask away!


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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2005 11:14:37 AM »

I love you. XD

Shaun of the Dead = love.
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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2005 03:27:39 PM »

i love shaun of the dead. i met the twin biker zombies in the job centre...theyre amazing!and real bikers!
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« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2005 11:10:18 PM »

This is really too great!!! WOW! He even has a nice butt *blush* what I mean is, his backside is just as nicely sculpted as his frontside... yeah, that is what I meant!!!
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« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2005 01:03:31 PM »

I love it! Cheesy Shaun of the dead is one of the greatest movies ever!
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« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2005 01:05:17 PM »

You've got red on you.

Awesome figure.  I absolutely love Shaun of the Dead.  It is one of the best living dead films to come around in years, and even acknowledges that it's not a zombie film.  And it's hillarious.
Haha, thats exactly what I thought when I saw this...Youve got some red on you.
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« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2005 04:43:46 PM »

shaun of the dead == amazing. period.
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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2005 07:36:07 PM »

Oh my God! I most definitely told Craftster to tell me when I got replies to this post, and nothing ever happened! Then I cameb ack here and saw all these replies! Thank you guys so much for your compliments!

Sadly, I have had to part with Mr. Shaun (he was won by a very skinny pimp LOL), and I really really miss him! I also made one of my crush, but I'm too shy to give it to him...especially because it might creep him out. And I made one of a male friend of mine, but he thought it was creepy. LOL Anyways, I would most definitely like to make some more (I'm thinking of making one of Conan O'Brien), but I'm worried about copyright issues? I mean, if I sold him 'generically', like just as a 'character doll' or something, it might work, but if I made a box that said "Shaun of the Dead", I'd probably get in trouble, because I'm making money off of someone else's idea, right?

Also, sorry I didn't answer these questions before...

1: He's made of Sculpey...I cooked him for god knows how long, but it was at a pretty low temp., like 250 or something, and since he would be painted, I figured it was ok if he cooked a little longer than normal (I know about the hazardous fumes, though).

2: I sanded him because there were still rough edges and fingerprints. (I still don't know how people are able to completely smooth their creations without messing up another part...I constantly had to redo his hair because of the way I held him when I was trying to smooth his shoulder-joints). I don't really buff too much - I knitted a washcloth out of cotton yarn, and I use that to dry him off after wet-sanding, mainly just because wet sanding leaves a lot of wet clay-bits all over it.

3: When I completed the sculpture, I did in fact, think to myself, 'he has one sweet ass!"  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2005 09:02:07 AM »

Lol. I love it. You're the hero of my day
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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2005 08:17:51 AM »

Oh my God, that actually does look like the Shaun guy.

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« Reply #26 on: November 06, 2005 01:37:05 PM »

HM87, glad you found your comments! ...bummer about not being notified  Sad

About the copright stuff, you can definitely get in trouble if you sell a duplication of a copyrighted image.  Generally speaking, if you don't sell many of them, or don't do it in a really public venue, no one will come after you (as long as it's not Disney, of couse, who goes after everyone).  If you could make your figure just look somewhat similar to the character, I don't think there's a problem, but again if it will be sold in a really public place beware.

I wanted to mention also that polymer clay can be baked for hours, or even days, etc., as long as the heat it receives doesn't exceed the recommended baking temp for that brand; in fact, most clayers find the extra long baking times to make any of the brands stronger than they would have been.
The Sculpey clays though are the worst for darkening if baked long, but since you're just wanting to paint over the clay that shouldn't be an issue for you.  Also, most every brand of Translucent clay (or any color with a lot of translucent in it --which is not always obvious) will darken more than more opaque clay colors, so one has to be more careful with SuperSculpey (if it won't be painted over).  There are baking techniques for keeping clay from darkening so easily though.**

The suggested baking temp for Sculpey III, SuperSculpey, and Original Sculpey is 275, but at that temp. Original white Sculpey will begin to turn purplish, and SuperSculpey will darken**.  They have to recommend that though for "thorough" curing (though they used to recommend 225-250 for SS and Orig.S.).

Also, there will be no "toxic fumes" even if the clay is baked for a long, long time, as long as it doesn't go over the proper temperature.  There will be the normal odor of baking polymer clay (which varies a bit between brands), but nothing "toxic" unless the clay reaches over 385 degrees --when it will begin burning (thick black smoke, horrible stink, etc.).

Clayers who make figures may also bake the clay repeatedly to add parts (and especially to help with the oops-I-smooshed-it factor) ...for that, some feel the first bake should be a full bake (at the correct temp), but others feel a partial bake is okay as long as the final bake is for the full time (time for baking will also depend on the thickness of the clay though, and whether there's an armature beneath to make the clay thinner).

If you want to check out some of the ways to avoid darkening as well as lots more on baking polymer clays, here's a link to check out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
And if you're at all concerned about fumes or burning clay, here's another one you might want to check out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/safety_health_cleaning.htm

Also, this page has info about the differences between the brands and types of polymer clay, and how they need to be treated:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm

and these pages have info on "sculpting" with polymer clays:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (clays, techniques,groups,etc.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm (& clothing,scales,wings,etc)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/heads_masks.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm (permanent support, etc.)


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« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2005 04:13:48 PM »

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« Reply #29 on: November 09, 2005 07:20:20 AM »

oh my freakin' god I LOVE it!

That movie quickly became one of my favorites before I even realized it.  My boy and I quote it constantly.

You did a great job!
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« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2005 12:23:56 PM »

That is amazing, looks exactly like Simon Pegg!  I love Shaun of the Dead and I love Spaced- if you've not seen it (it was a show on Channel 4 on the UK about 5 years ago) then you should try and see it!

Again, that is AMAZING!
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« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2005 12:40:29 PM »

I LOOOOOOOOOVE SPACED!!!!!!!  LOVE IT!!!!! LOL It's one of the awesomest shows in the history of anything ever!! I was thinking about making a figurine of Daisy if I can figure out how to make long hair...I guess baking it in sections would be the best way to do that, right? Because with long hair, there'll be a hollow bit between the neck/shoulders and the hair that I would have a hell of a time sanding.
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« Reply #32 on: November 09, 2005 12:47:22 PM »

Oh!  A Daisy would be great! You could do a little Colin dog to go with her. 
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« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2005 11:25:33 AM »

[quote}. . .a figurine of Daisy if I can figure out how to make long hair ...I guess baking it in sections would be the best way to do that, right? Because with long hair, there'll be a hollow bit between the neck/shoulders and the hair that I would have a hell of a time sanding. . . [/quote]


Hmmmm.... why is it that you'd need to sand the clay hair?? Not sure I understand.

Also not sure why you'd need a space between the hair and the neck-shoulders, unless you really just wanted it to be there.  Most times polymer clay "extensions" like that are just placed next to the body . . . or an armature is used under projecting parts, if needed (...certainly with weak Sculpey clays you'd want to do that for any projections you had... or you could make the hair out of a stronger brand of polymer clay like Premo or Fimo).  If you wanted to use an armature, just a bit of carstock (coated with white glue and allowed to get tacky) or wire mesh could work.  At any rate, you'd probably have a hard time making the whole hair entirely separate then placing it around the head since it won't stretch... could use a flexible polymer clay for a wig though??   I guess you could make the hair in several sections, bake, then glue them on, but not sure how easy that would be.

You might also want to check out the section on making hair at this page of my site for more on some of this:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm
(....click on the subcategory Hair, then look at the sections on "clay hair"...)

You might want instead to add some kind of fake hair material... it comes in lots of types and textures.  These can be glued on to baked polymer heads, or bunches of strands at a time can be implanted into the raw clay of the scalp, then baked.


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« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2005 12:36:18 PM »

Diane, what I mean is this:



The green part would be her hair, but the orange part would be the 'problem' area...the part between the underside of her hair and the sides of her neck and top of shoulders. I'm probably making a bigger deal of that than necessary...but with Shaun, I had a lot of trouble smoothing out the parts behind his tie and around his shirt collar, because it was too difficult to smooth them with a tool or my fingers, and then once baked, it was even harder to sand.
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« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2005 07:58:41 AM »

That is amazing, looks exactly like Simon Pegg!  I love Shaun of the Dead and I love Spaced- if you've not seen it (it was a show on Channel 4 on the UK about 5 years ago) then you should try and see it!
Again, that is AMAZING!

I LOOOOOOOOOVE SPACED!!!!!!!  LOVE IT!!!!! LOL It's one of the awesomest shows in the history of anything ever!! I was thinking about making a figurine of Daisy if I can figure out how to make long hair...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAh! I just got the whole Spaced series (plus behind the scenes stuff) a couple weeks ago, and I've been through it twice.
 I too LOVE it to death! It is the greatest show ever. Besides Seinfeld maybe. And Little Britain.

A Spaced swap maybe!?

Oh, yeah - again: amazing work on mr Pegg! Wink
   
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« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2005 09:44:56 AM »

Thanks for the graphic!... wish I could do that.

So, you don't want to just press that area to the neck, and you're worried about the clay having a rough surface under there, is that right?

It shouldn't be hard at all to smooth out that area before baking (though I'm not sure it would show that much anyway).  . . . Are you concerned that it would actually be "rough," or just out of shape , btw?


Check out these sections at my website for loads of tips though on smoothing clay:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm > "Smoothing & Fingerprints"

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sanding_tumbling.htm >"Smoothing Before Sanding"


Then, if none of that addresses what you're talking about, please try explaining just a bit more so I can get my head around it!



Just thought of something else. . . .are you trying to "sand" the baked clay where it might be rough, as opposed to getting it smooth before baking it??  If so, although it's best to do as much as possible before curing, there are also tiny little sanding tools you can buy or make for cramped areas like that (look on the Sanding page listed above for those).



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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAh! I just got the whole Spaced series (plus behind the scenes stuff) a couple weeks ago, and I've been through it twice.
 I too LOVE it to death! It is the greatest show ever. Besides Seinfeld maybe. And Little Britain.

A Spaced swap maybe!?

Oh, yeah - again: amazing work on mr Pegg! Wink
   

A Spaced swap!  now there's an idea
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« Reply #38 on: November 14, 2005 01:26:35 PM »

Dude that is so awesome!! Nice job  Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: November 15, 2005 09:37:08 AM »

This is soooo amazing! My brother was Shaun for Halloween. Oh, I'm so inspired now, I should make him some Shaun or Spaced stuff for Christmas!
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« Reply #40 on: November 17, 2005 06:26:33 PM »

That makes me wish there was a claymation version of that movie.

Excellent job.
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« Reply #41 on: November 18, 2005 08:24:54 PM »

OMG i love Shaun of the dead, "hint" my user name!!!  good job i wish i could get one of those, thats so cool and i love Conan O'Brien! GOD you are like the best ever!!! how much do you sell them for?
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« Reply #42 on: November 26, 2005 03:29:16 PM »

Beyond cool. Smiley
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« Reply #43 on: November 27, 2005 11:25:46 AM »

I'm sorry if this is slightly off topic but I have to say it. I have zombiephobia..they just freak me out.>shudder< I can't watch any zombie movie without freaking! Night of the Living Dead, Resident Evil, even Shawn of the Dean. with Shawn of the Dean i liked the movie but i still freaked out.

 One time my fiance and a few friends wanted to have a zombie marathon. (this was before they knew of my zombiephobia)  They had Shawn of the Dead, the new Resident Evil, and Dawn of the Dead the remake. We watched them in that order. on the last movie Dawn of the Dead..my friend Justin had already seen the movie before so he knew about the part that was coming up. It was when the dude was at the glass doors and theres nothing there than he turns to leave and BOOM a nasty zombie jumps at the glass. I was huddled in the corner of the couch beside my fiance with the covers up to my chin and my feet tucked under me(sad I know) what i didn't know was that justin was behind him gesturing for him to scare me. well right about the time the zombie hits the glass my SOB fiance grabs my arm and bites me!! i punched him in the face and ran screaming into the bathroom and locked the door.

But wait....thats not all it gets worse. after a while everything gets quiet. i figure they went back to watching the movie. So stupid me opens the door and goes out into the hall to see. Here comes my fiance runing out of my bedroom making those>shudder<zombie sounds and chases me down the hallway. I jumped over the endtable and my friend Tori on the couch in one leap to land behind her and I grabbed her and then used her as a shield. (I'm shameless)

Needless to say I didn't sleep that night because everytime I turned around someone was biting me, chasing me, or doing zombified creepy shyt.

Anyway..your very talented I love the figure he's awsome. keep it up!
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« Reply #44 on: November 27, 2005 11:40:20 AM »

Don't feel bad; I too am a scaredy cat when it comes to creepy stuff. You think your story was sad? When I was little my friend had a sleepover and rented Hocus Pocus (you know, the "friendly" kiddie flick with Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler) and by the time the cat got run over my the car, guts everywhere, and came back to life, I had had it.

Anyway, Shaun of the Dead is a fantastic flick (luckily I was not scared off forever by my Hocus Pocus incident, although to this day I have never see the movie again) and HappyMadison87, the figure is freakin phenomenal. Cheers!  Grin
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« Reply #45 on: June 09, 2006 01:08:51 PM »

Brilliant! I heart Shaun.
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