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Making my FFXIV Roegadyn character!

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Oculae

The announcement and preorder of Dollfie Dream Y'shtola reminded me that I used to play FFXIV and really enjoy it. I quit back in February due to burning myself out on it, and then fell out of friendship with my current guild members after they all started playing Genshin instead of XIV around that time, so I had very little reason to pick it back up...and then Y'shtola came out and made me all nostalgic, so I decided that instead of pre-ordering her, I was going to restart my sub, find a new guild, start playing again, and (most importantly) make a doll of an XIV character I already have a strong bond with: My beloved Warrior of Light, Solemn Horizon!

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Couple of problems, here. She's a darker skin than most vinyls out there, so I was locked to either getting a Dollfie Icon in Tawny (💸) or finding a Tea Smartdoll that looks kind of like her. Her big nose and small eyes, however, presented a different problem with finding a sculpt, but both of them ended up getting solved very nicely with a single head!

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I've always wanted to "genderbend" a male head, and was very lucky to find this Tea Eiji/Crimson on FB after posting up a WTB. Turns out the person who was selling him is ALSO a faceup artist, so now I won't have to worry about getting her facial features to look right on this head! (and they're very cute facial features)

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Personally, I think this is the best match I'm gonna get for her without finding a 3D sculptor!

I've hit my budget for doll stuff for this pay period with this head, but I've already got plans to track down a body, wig, and eyes. I might not get her exact outfit made, but I definitely plan on sculpting her axe myself somehow. Not sure if I'll do Sculpey with a wire frame underneath or try my hand at some hardcore woodcarving for it and just paint it metallic. Thoughts?

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I'm so excited, I've got a lot of lore tied into this old lady and it'll be awesome to finally have her around for my adventures, not just the other way around!

 

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Riesz

Wow!! I'm so excited to see your progress on this lovely doll! She's gonna be amazing!

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Oculae

Update!!

Faceup progress has been made,
and I have a wig and outfit picked out!

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She's meant to have a more anime-esque look to her, so it will be a bit stylized, but it looks really good! I asked to have the scars lightened and the brows darkened a bit, that should be done later today or tomorrow. I should probably have waited until they've been adjusted, but I was too excited, so I'll just share what I have and edit the post with the newer pictures whet I get them. 😁

EDIT: newer pictures, yay! These colors are MUCH better.

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As for her wig, a quick browse through LegendDoll's site let me find what I'd consider the closest I'm gonna get to her actual hairstyle:

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Her hair's a bit less colorful, but whatever, it'll be super cute.  😂

And for her outfit...it's not the right color, but this uniform Gudako has on has been up on Mandarake for a while, and it'll fit Solemn perfectly!

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Now all I have to do is figure out how to get her some purple cat eye glasses. If anyone knows of a glasses maker that could do something like that, let me know! ^^

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Oculae

Small but significant update this time around! Solemn's faceup is nearly complete, the black on her tattoo needs just a little bit of a touchup before it's completely done!

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Honestly blown away by the details here, this is way better than I could have managed.

I also tracked down a vintage Avon pin that I'm going to make into her glasses!

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I don't think I'll include the chain, but I'm definitely keeping the sculpted tassels, those are very cute. The goal here is to remove the pin backing and either glue or solder glasses arms (stolen from a different pair of doll glasses) onto the back. They're not purple, but I think I can achieve that using some of my UV resin to kind of faux-enamel them with a translucent purple. If that fails, I have purple metallic paint I can use instead.

And just for funsies, here's my extremely artistic edit of the head with the wig and glasses...

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Looking good, gram-grams! 😁👍

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Riesz

I love all the updates and I can't wait to see everything come together! She's looking so amazing!!

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Misheru

Gorgeous! It is so nice to see fellow Warriors of Light get excited about something related to FFVIX again.  Your doll version of your character is going to be amazing. Congrats 🎉🎊🍾!

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SleepingElf

I love this!! I can't wait to see your WoL all finished up! She's looking great so far :)

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weslie

This project is amazing!! I love seeing the process and I can't wait to see her finished!!

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Nekome

Man I can't wait to see the continuation of this! So far it's amazing

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