Well this is sort of a follow up to that post. Pose skeleton is a 1:18 scale ball jointed miniature skeleton. Currently you can get adult models, a child, a cat and a dog. In my initial post I discussed places to get dollhouse like accessories for your pose skeleton. However, there’s a whole huge world of 1:18 scale I didn’t discuss. And now, just over a year later I think it’s about time.
Welcome to the world of action figures in 1:18 scale. In this scale figures range from 3 to 4 inches tall (most figures are 3.75 in.). You may be most familiar with this scale from the small G.I. Joe Action figures (http://www.yojoe.com/action/). However, this is also a popular scale for Star Wars, Aliens, Lost Planet, The Walking Dead, etc. as well as many larger model cars (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=1:18).
Keep in mind, there are more figures than even on the above linked listing. Just look for items where the adult human figure would be about 3.75 inches tall. For example, Funko makes 4 inch tall Five Nights at Freddy figures, if an adult human put on an animal costume it might make them just a hint taller, so I’d say these figures are 1:18 scale. Also 1/144 scale gundam bots are just over the height of 1:18 scale figures, so even though they couldn’t carry a 1:18 human, they could still fight along side them.
Depending on how you imagine your scenes, every single one of these lines, their figures and their accessories can be mixed and matched to form a unique 1:18 scale world. The best place for individual accessories (with very reasonable prices), as well as some decent figures (including women) is Maurader’s. http://www.marauderinc.com/. If you’re looking for less military, more fantasy & historic, check out Boss Fight Studio – they have skeletons, fantasy, greek mythology, and fully customizable blank figures, with tons more coming soon. http://bossfightstudio.com/
When just getting into 1:18 scale collecting, there are 3 main things to consider – 1. obviously the look of the figures, 2. how posable they are – especially for play or toy photography, 3. your budget.
At our local Five Below – a discount store of sorts, you can get 1:18 military figures for $2.99 each. They honestly look pretty good as far as facial detail, their clothing is a bit lacking paint wise, but that’s fixable. However, they also aren’t very posable or customizable. Their knees and elbows bend and heads swivel, but that’s about it. Worth $2.99 though? Well yea, of course. (more $$ on amazon, but this is the only link I can find to share with you http://amzn.to/2icZThy). On the other end of the spectrum there are figures like those of the Acid Rain line by Kit Lau. At $30 each for the single figures, let alone vehicles and sets, they can make a very large hole in your wallet. That said, their paint job is incredible, being fully detailed and weathered and they have 30 points of articulation which is crazy, especially on this small of a scale. So worth $30? Well that depends on you, but I’d say, if you have the money, then a resounding yes. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=3318
All this said, you can still use your military-esque figures in more home like settings with the tips from my Pose Skeleton post, and you can even re-purpose some of those cutesier accessories. Take for example my basement of a bombed out building set for my newest series in which I’ve used a barbie shovel, plates & cups from my 1:24 scale room box, 1:12 scale dollhouse cans, a lil bratz desk chair and locker, and lil bratz and fashion polly toys.
You can also use free online printables, like the cards you see in an image below. Find some great ones here. They are 1:24 scale, but you can scale them up slightly, or click over to the 1:12 scale items and scale them down before printing.
Select your line by perusing 1:18 scale items here:
AKA – finding online spaces in which to share your work and exchange ideas.
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Do you create photographs of toys and miniatures? If so, this guide is for you.
*Note that outside of the Toy Photographers Google + community, none of these online spaces are set up for constructive criticism. If that is what you’re seeking you have to ask for it. And know that peer criticism and art critique are entirely separate things. All in all, you need to strive on your own to better your work. These spaces will not do that for you. They are simply ways to get your work seen.
Instagram is by far the best place to begin and hone your craft. Various accounts host hashtag competitions daily where you can get over 100 likes per image entered. The more likes, the more likely others are to see your work which means the higher possibility of people following.
Check out @toypops2 for hashtag competitions at 8:30 AM EST and 10:00 PM EST (they convert the time to other time zones for you on their announcement posts).
#jnwmini is my own that I tag my work with and #igersjax is a local tag for photographers who live in my city. The first ones you see listed are fine art photography based, and the latter are toy photography based. Some of the toy photography ones help accounts find your work for possible features. I also tag, per image based on subject matter and miniature scale.
Other good tags for toy photography (some of these are subject based):
More instagram hashtag suggestions based on your subject matter can be found here.
The best thing to do with any hashtag on instagram is to find a handful you like, used by someone who posts similar images, then tap one of the tags and look through the others instagram suggests on the top of the screen. Select the best for your work until you have 30 total and save all those out to a phone note. Then, each time you post copy and paste those tags over.
There are many photo sharing groups you can join if you have a Flickr account.. Find a group that pertains to the subject you photograph. Below, while a long list is simply a fraction of those available. I personally have not had a lot of luck with forming communities through Flickr groups, but it’s great they exist. And if you are more active on Flickr than I am, you may have great luck with these communities.
In honor of the impending midnight release of Rogue One tonight, here are two K-2SO images for you. There are 4 in this series so far and there will be more. Let me know what you think of the movie, but I won’t have seen it yet, so no spoilers.
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In continuing on with the spooky/Fall theme I’ll be sharing more Halloween-y images this month. Other than posting daily here, I also shared images using the Creepy TopicGeneratorand posted on instagram in the#mabsdrawlloweenclub. So we continue, daily, never-before-shared on this platform spooky images. Hope you enjoy. If you play along, keep tagging #jhc and leave your link below.
Day 5 – November 7 – Ninja Turtle
Fairly simple here – an HO scale Raphael TMNT photographed standing on some paper.