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Girls' Frontline - ST AR-15

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hellFlower

hello everyone! thought i'd finally make a post here...

if you saw/remember my introduction post you might have noticed that i wanted to make a another girl from the same series called TMP. well, after some um-ing and ah-ing i realised that i wouldn't know who to pair with her, so i looked to some of my other favourite girls and eventually ended up at AR-15. with her i can easily amass an army of vinyl girls which is neat. 

here's are some rough plans for her (incoming doll bits):
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ideally i want to do her MOD3 outfit (largest one in image), but it's fairly complicated so i'll either be doing her Literary Girl outfit (right) or her original outfit (left). her LG outfit is mega easy since the majority of it is buyable, and her original outfit is relatively simple to sew as well. i sketched out a little breakdown of her outfit on a reference page from her artist LIN+
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you probably can't read my handwriting but it's mostly materials and little design details and stuff like that. one thing i have no idea how to do with this outfit are her weird socks, but i guess i'll figure it out eventually? i already have her wig, or at least one that will do until i either make or commission someone for a custom wig. i did dye it to the right colour though, which is a little concerning with the vinyl, but i think only the head cap part is what i have to worry about though, so easily fixable.

now all i have to do is wait... for the ddh-10 head to come back in stock... or maybe get one secondhand, but straight from volks would be easier since i already need new eyes and a wig cap for her. since i already have her torso, i might make her battle dress in the meantime.

if anyone has any tips or advice i'd be happy to hear it! and if you know anywhere i might be able to find extremely small plastic buckles... i would very much appreciate it if you would share

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Heshiko

I can't help you on the plastic buckles, but when it comes to firearms for dolls, I do have a shop you may find interesting if you're looking for some extra detail for your girl's namesake: 

https://goatguns.com/collections/miniature-gun-models/products/miniature-ar15-m4a1-charky

This place makes decently priced 1/3 scale firearm models with the correct plastic/metal distribution, good finish, and some moving parts (bolt, charging handle, trigger, magazine and even a few dummy rounds - perfect for action poses). They also have functioning picatinny rails and scopes, foregrips, etc. Not sure if they ship internationally but you can probably check with them. 

I've bought two rifles from them and they're perfectly sized for my AZO2 girls or my DDS, that said that may put them a bit large for an MDD.

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kct
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Besides that, there's also the Trumpeter and Easy Model M16/M4/AR-15 series. The only difference is that the former is a model kit (requires assembly), while the latter is basically the same thing but fully assembled. They have less details than what @Heshiko suggested, but they could be obtained for cheap at times and is widely more available (if you're lucky, even locally via brick and mortar stores selling plastic models). I would suggest to go with the former since you're already planning to modify the base rifle into something representative of what the T-doll carried. Hobby Easy has these on sale right now for a discount: https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/lscxjat5urvw7qw6knm4.html (they're based on Hong Kong though)

On the other hand you'll have a much easier time if you go with either M4A1 or M16A1 😗

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hellFlower

ooh thanks for the suggestions you two! i didn't actually think about using a model kit before, would definitely save me the hard work of modelling something so complicated. unfortunately though the link @Heshiko gave doesn't ship to Australia (cute girl by the way), so i'll have to go with the Trumpeter kit if i go with that option. i'll definitely have a look at my local hobby stores and see if they have anything.

and you're certainly right there @kct... i know i'll eventually do M4, so at least i know that her gun is pretty much sorted.

on a side note, i did actually attempt to make AR15's dress! it's more of an experiment on what fabrics i should use and how i should contruct it though... i know now that i need a thinner fabric than what i was using, i've separated the dress into four sections, and i'm also omitting the wierd little armpit scoop in favour of a simpler and much more easier to sew design. i will still finish this one i've made though so she will at least have something to wear when i've got her all put together.

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Tira

Hmm... the one thing I might suggest is considering a 50cm Parabox body for her.  Her design looks a little older/leggier than the 45cm Parabox body.  Plus, if the guns are 1/3rd scale, 50cm is possible more accurate in scale; 50cm maps to 150cm in height (around 5'), whereas 45cm would be only 135cm (4'5").  Though the 45cm body would work better if you're planning on using her with 1/4th scale dolls or accessories.

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hellFlower

yeah, i definitely do feel the 50cm body would fit her better aesthetics wise, but i do prefer smaller dolls and like you said all my other dolls are 1/4 scale so i can share stuff between them. i am okay with her looking a little out of scale though, i feel like it might be kinda cute if her gun is oversized lol.

while i'm here i will actually say that i've found another head! i remembered that obitsu actually have their own heads... and it turns out i actually like the 50-04/mafuyu head more than the ddh-10... which is great because it's cheaper and in-stock! it looks good on parabox's 40/45cm bodies too which is nice. i've actually already gone ahead and bought one!

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hellFlower

the head finally came in today!! i can't believe how big her head is compared to my other dolls... she's mega cute though! the first thing i did was give her a quick little faceup! it's certainly not my best, but it turned out better than i expected my first anime styled faceup to be!

here's an awful photo of her: KbBDqiH.jpg

there's a lot of mistakes and she's not very symmetrical but she is still darn cute. i'll definitely give her another faceup that more accurate to how AR-15 actually looks before i put her on a body, but this will do for now.

here she is with her ratty wig + mdd bust:

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that fringe? i hate it. it won't flatten down no matter what i do. this wig also seems to be slightly too small? i have another wig from the same place as this one, and that fits fine, so i'm wondering if dyeing it shrunk it somehow? it's not like this is her permanent wig anyway

anyway it's looking like be able to order her body fairly soon! i'll also be getting a temporary pair of eyes since she doesn't have any right now, and there's no point in ordering anything from volks if all i'm getting is a pair of eyes. that said, even though this head is supposed to fit 20mm eyes, i feel like 22mm would be better fit, at least for volks eyes. the pair i got for tmp almost fill the entire iris part of the eye and on this head there's still a ton of white showing... parabox eyes are pretty cheap, so i'll just order both sizes and see what i like better. plus, you can never have too many eyes!

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hellFlower

hello everyone! it's been a little while but... i finally have a body!! apparently i have no self control and i couldn't stop myself from buying another head from volks so i ended up getting the body a lot later than i thought i would. the body i actually ended up buying was a 50cm body! i'd noticed over my month of stalking mandrake that they sometimes mark bodies as being taller or shorter than what they actually are, and since this was actually a boy body there weren't any tell-tale signs of what size it actually was... so i took a gamble. it was pretty darn cheap and dammit i was tired of waiting! she's definitely a little big, but i guess i'll get used to it eventually.

she is absolutely gorgeous though!! albeit very naked since what i made doesn't quite fit her anymore and all my msd clothes are awkwardly small on her.

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as you can see she's still lacking eyes and since my cat has decided to steal her wig i've had to give her a temporary replacement... luckily dollyteria had what i wanted so she won't be eyeless and purple-haired for too much longer!

i'm loving this body so far though, she's an absolute dream to pose, she can pull off all kinds of stuff my resin girls cant even dream of doing... i'm officially a vinyl convert. the mdd bust looks a little ridiculous on this body though. her shoulders are fine, but her waist is looking a bit... muffin top-y. at least i can hide it with clothes though!

i have a ton more to say, but i'll leave it til next week when i get her eyes in.

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hellFlower
1 hour ago, AnjoRaivando said:

I don't know about strictly plastic, but ISewForDoll has a pretty wide array of buckles available!

 yes!!! they have exactly what i need! thanks so much!

 

and on a side note, i actually measured her and it turns it she's actually on the 48cm body! it makes sense why the body looked much more like the 45cm body than the 50cm to me since it never was... never even occurred to me it could be a 48cm body since there isn't one for sale on parabox's website.

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hellFlower

hello again! it has just occurred to me that i never gave that eye update... i have no idea what i actually wanted to say at this point, so i'll just move on!

here's little AR-15 at the moment:

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i've made a last minute decision to take her with me to melbourne this weekend, so i've thrown her unto some clothes i bought recently that happened to fit and also might resemble something she would wear? i also made her little bag out of the failed attempt to make her dress.

she's been through a lot since my last update. i've gone and given her 2 new faceups, and i even tackled modding her! here's a closer up shot of her current faceup:

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easily my best one so far! it actually turned out how i wanted it to for the most part, and i even managed to do her lower lashes right! unfortunately thanks to her mods her nose & mouth area ended up really splotchy, but that's a compromise i had to make in order to ger her eyes to look how i wanted. as i discovered on her previous post-mod faceup, the way i apply my paint for colour matching and the pencils i use do not agree with each other. see here:

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you can see how grainy the paint made her face and my pencils did not like this at all. i had to wet them just to get them look like they do in this picture, and the eyelashes are still grainy and uneven and flat.

as for her mods, i mostly just defined her upper lip a little more, and made her nose bigger. i also cut out her eye pockets, which still need some work since she still has some eye gapping. her nose and lip mods aren't entirely done either, i still need to smooth them out, but they are presentable! here's a view of her from the side:

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even with the mods, i'm not entirely sure if i will continue using this head. i do like it, and i think it suits her well, but i'm worried that it would look weird, or too young next to some of the sculpts i have in mind for her sisters (i.e. ddh-07 for M16). i'm thinking of getting what i think is the F4 sculpt whenever the blank smart doll heads go up for sale. i even sketched over it just to see if i would like it:

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it suit her well too, i think. the smart doll sculpts looking all very similar would also work well in the AR teams favour and i can definitely see some of the blank sculpts shown as the girls. but we'll see.

that's all i really wanted to say for now. so i'll see you all whenever i feel like updating you again! 

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