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KITBASHED: Garindan Mk2 by ukitakumuki KITBASHED: Garindan Mk2 by ukitakumuki
This is what I do when I get bored with my toys :) I kitbash them into something I like. Was in a very cyberpunkish mood when I was thinking of this.

This one was inspired by Monster Hunter in particular. I love skulls, shady characters, and big guns. I imagine Garindan Mk2 to have given up on hunting normal bounty and moved on to bigger game hunting (rancors, maybe). That explains the oversized MP5 that looked like it once belonged to a mech. He retweaked the trigger system to make it possible to fire with his hands. The pistol grip remains because... he's Garindan and he couldn't be arsed to remove it.

The basic idea behind the 'gorget' or the huge belt that acts like a neck protector is to both reduce the character's head size and bring more visual weight to the top. But more importantly to suggest that he has that skull on top both as a decoration, and as headgear which allows him to use it like a periscope (by fitting macrobinoculars into the cavity). I imagine an interesting scenario where he literally digs a foxhole, buries himself in sand and just lets the skull sit on top. :)
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
The suit looks cool, but remember that Garindan is a SPY, not an army scout or sniper. If he wears this while walking around Mos Eisley- he might as well wear a neon sign and a loudspeaker that constantly says, "GARINDAN IS HERE! RUN AND HIDE, 'CAUSE I'M COMING FOR YOU!"
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The intent wasn't to make a true Garindan version 2. The intent was to make it known the kitbash figure was based off of a Garindan incase people thought I was trying to get away with just stealing the idea somehow. So once I get past the initial "no thats not meant to be a garindan alternate, but rather just a standalone character, with garindan as a base." An exercise in kit bash, you could say. :)
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phantomkight Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Hey man i ran acros your stuff and i just wanted to say that you are reily good at it keep it up
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Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Lol, periscopic skull and sitting in a foxhole with it. :XD:
That image was... let's say ridiculous, and my signature would apply very well. :)

And yes, that gun IS over-sized. He can't even hold the grip. :D
Looks like you can get pretty crazy while kitbashing. :)
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Semikon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
the things you can do with both digital and toys is just phenomenal
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
While I appreciate the sentiment I think you should give the kitbashing thing a go. I don't think its phenomenally difficult and is pretty easy to make it look good. AFter all, its not technically 'your' design :p Its really a lot more fun and less challenging than people think. The hardest part is to make sense of and accept other people's design choices while letting them inform the look of the thing you're trying to make. If that makes aaany sense at all. Haha :) Thanks again!
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Core-Point Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Your stuff always turns me on. I love it!
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
aweeesome Dude!!!! :)
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Fredyochu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
oh yeah, The modern Monster Hunter :D
It turns really great (good ideas though)

Which Monster Hunter games do you play?
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jlta Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Artist
now this is cool. nice mp5
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johnbanana Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait! these are your toys!! you just made something you like? =) never got the ide to work for a toy factory one day?? make something cooler then actionman?
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No these aren't scratch-built, they are built with pre-designed parts that I mixed and matched together. That's the main difference between 'kit-bash' and 'scratch-build'. So I don't claim any creative credit other than the fact I was being more of a "fashion stylist" than anything, just putting different articles and pieces together.

:) But I'm glad you like the results though.
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johnbanana Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aha :3
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qwertyDesign Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   Digital Artist
I've done some kishbash before, nothing like as skilled as this though. Really great figures.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you should post yours dude, would love to see it. Skill is subjective.
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qwertyDesign Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011   Digital Artist
I might just do that. Thanks.
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qwertyDesign Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Ok, I have now posted an old desktop artwork which features a kitbash.
Thanks for the inspiration - again.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is sweet!!
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RedZealot6 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Seeing so many magazines clamped together (not to mention having it loaded that way), one can't help but postulate that such a weapon would have some serious feeding issues. An ammo drum might have been more appropriate, but I presume the exposed cartridges are supposed to be part of the aesthetic presentation. A cartridge belt from a box magazine (a la the American M60, or FN's MINIMI) might work, too--although maybe not with the MP5 used.

Neat figure concept, though. It's pretty cool.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed with the technicality sentiment there, and you are right to say it was an aesthetic choice. However a side counter-argument is also partly because drum or beta doesn't give much flexibility in reloading or redistribution should any other member of his party need to top up in a hurry. I always found the simple flat magazine effective and practical in its simplicity. It is still the most widely used (perhaps for the same reasons)and feed issues are normally caused by inadequate engineering with the receiver or poor magazine design, never 'feed method/technique'.

With all my excuses exhausted, I'd still say taped-together magazines have a charm all by themselves, but that could just be me :p
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RedZealot6 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
I...think you may have that backwards, sir. Quite a few light machineguns (otherwise known as squad automatic weapons) are compatible with standard rifle magazines, but it's only as a last resort, in the rare case where the gunner's large-capacity magazines (all 3-6 of 'em) have been depleted and the unit is under fire, so said gunner has to rely on magazines from the riflemen. Case in point: the American M249 SAW was designed to be compatible with the 30-round STANAG detachable box magazines used in other rifles (including the M16 service rifle), but it tends not to feed reliably from these magazines because of the high rate-of-fire. I'd wonder if they'd feed any better with M4 magazines in them, but even that's somewhat unlikely.

Furthermore, it can be inferred from your argument that you expect the support gunner to be weighed down unnecessarily for a nearly negligible benefit. Look at the difference in bulk, alone: consider the 200 rounds in a single box magazine used with the M249. Now try to imagine carrying those same 200 rounds (or a rough equivalent) in 30-round STANAG magazines. Unfortunately, lacking any real first-hand experience and access to such things, I cannot say anything about the weight burden (weight of ammunition and all that jazz). But let me put it this way: the average SAW gunner's pouch on the market can carry about six 30-round STANAG magazines. That's 180 rounds. Now, in the middle of a firefight, would you rather waste precious milliseconds sorting through all those magazines in that big pouch, to slap in another thirty rounds? Or would you rather load a 200-round belt of almost continuous suppressive fire to counter or ease up the pressure on you and your teammates? If one goes by tactical doctrine (which actually tends to make sense from time to time, whatever one might think), the gunner would want to opt for less time spent reloading.

Feed issues aren't always caused by "inadequate engineering" (although it can be a big factor)--many times, it tends to be user error in some form or another. Negligence apparently seems to be a factor; some people have this curious notion that the "best" firearms are the ones that never have to be cleaned or otherwise taken care of--these are the same kinds of people who scream about how the Russian AK47 is THE BEST RIFLE EVAR (when the actual AK47 was an unreliable POS, which necessitated the upgrade to the superior AKM that most people think of when they hear Kalashnikov).

In the case of the M249, the problem is the magazine follower's spring. Usually, ammunition is fed by a belt of ammunition held together by disintegrating links, and it usually feeds fine (unless they're old and poorly maintained...which they are alleged to be, in America's military). The smaller STANAG magazine (and possibly the variants designed for use in the M4) isn't designed to sustain that amount of fire--the spring is too weak for the specific purpose of laying down a high volume of suppressive fire in a short amount of time. But if the spring were too strong, it would lead to jams and other problems in the standard rifles.

There's no single perfect weapons system--specific firearms have their specific uses. Heckler und Koch tried to do that with their G36 family of rifles, but the MG36 variant was a pile of fail--the barrel was fixed, and so could not be changed quickly in the field--which is an essential feature for an automatic support weapon or light machinegun.

Not to say that the G36 isn't a pile of fail.

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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely agree on all points there, and you obviously present superior firearm knowledge here... and it probably is just me and my poor communication skills... but I'm quite sure you yourself noted(from your very first comment) that this guy wielding a giant MP5 is not performing a support gunner role in any way. He is simply Garindan, a kitbashed bounty hunter sporting a repurposed and oversized made-for-mecha MP5 with the magazines in a triple magazine clip for quicker reloads as a personal preference. Lol.

So... I'm just confused as to how the concept of him being a support gunner (and also somehow preferring STANAG 30rd sickle mags) came into the picture. If anything I was just agreeing, and simply expanding on your opinion that the current mags both suit the weapon and its SMG nature, the visual style intended, and added a side comment that having drum mags are difficult things to "top up" for a standard gunner, which was really the centerpoint of what I was trying to get across. I served 2 years of mandatory military service and during live fire practice I can just not imagine another magazine type that is light and simple to wield and re-filled in a hurry. (I had my experience in timed shooting practices where targets are exposed for seconds and if your magazines aren't sporting the right number of cartridges or you experience a jam at an unfortunate moment... you fail to take one or more targets down. Furthermore, the difficulty is exponentially increased with the fact that you are being tested in a fire-team of 4 shooters whereby not only individual proficiency come into play, but the potential for weapon jam. I once literally had a magazine tossed to me because I had 2 seconds to clear a jam on my current one where two consecutive rounds weren't feeding right! This was where I opted, in an adrenaline-fueled moment of rage, to just pop out the seemingly faulty magazine and use my partner's one instead. He tossed it, I slapped it in, and all 4 rounds found their target. We found out later my magazine spring was indeed faulty and had I not been given that fresh mag and taken those targets out we would have all failed by 1 target point lol.)

So our initial miscommunication aside, I suppose that last paragraph of yours can also be expanded by saying there is no perfect 'magazine' system as well. Everything is relative. From operational demands to actual field conditions all the way down to operator preference. :p
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RedZealot6 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Superior? I wouldn't say that. :P

Ah, sorry. My mind goes on little tangents. ^^; Let's see...it's just that the sheer size of the weapon (in relation to the figure) makes me think "support weapon". In my mind, I'd already pegged it as such, since I doubted many would use such a large weapon in the same capacity as a rifleman would use a standard-issued rifle. I'd forgotten that this character was supposed to be a (former?) hardcore big-game hunter.

Splendid exposition, old chap! :D Mandatory service? Two years? Hmmm. If you don't mind me asking: were you with the usual services (army, navy, etc.) or a form of gendarmerie?

Yes, you're right. There is no "perfect" loading system either. Besides, there's always the omnipresent human factor to inevitably cock things up, eh? :meow:
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davidboni Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Oh man, your explanation behind this has me close to tears of laughter. At first glance I figured he just jacked all his gear from GI Joe. (;
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That was the general idea :p hehe
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Arkideit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Ornestly it's realy hard to understand his shapes,
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm truly sorry then :) To be honest-- and I've made a similar reply on either this or the other kitbash project-- but this serves as a self-parody of the kind of design work I and others do that floods the marketplace today. Its often a nonsensical jumble of detail, done because its always easier to slap more detail on something, as opposed to being very selective and careful and 'zen'(less is more) about design. To my mind, this is why there aren't many truly meaningful or iconic designs these days.
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SC4V3NG3R Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Goddman, I love how the design pops off. Would be something neat to see this as a picture.
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grabielruiz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
that is funny i do the same thing but for drawing i kit bash stuff and then try and draw it.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
that's a neat idea. :)
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shtl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Both pieces looks cool man! :)
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man!!
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JamesKirkland Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011   Digital Artist
Nice materials. they look like the real deal. whats the scale?
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
3.5~3.75 inch tall, thereabouts. I didn't do anything with regards to making new materials, other than re-adapting parts from figures and at most painting them and crudely sticking them together to create new shapes. No actual modelling or sculpting involved :)
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JamesKirkland Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   Digital Artist
I like it :) keep em coming!
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Johanz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Kitbash eh? Sounds pretty fun if you can get ahold of different parts and stuff to combine!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
that's the idea :)
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Johanz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:)
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talicaDk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
woot how you make this toys xO?!
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CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very cool dude. how long does it take to make one of these? how big is it?
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!

They are 3.5-3.75 inch tall. They are both Star Wars figurines (well the base model anyway). Since close to no modelling or sculpting work was required, it took an hour per model to put them together. Longer to paint and photograph. I only recently decided to update the gun on the Death Stars since I found extra parts lying around the studio. :p
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CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ha! thats excellent. you got some great shapes going on too. you gonna be able to make it out to GDC this year?? would be great to meet ya.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
sorry Robert, but not heading west this year :) Thanks man, and keep up the great stuff.
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CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ahhh nah its all good man. you keep up the great work too. cant wait to see moarrrrrrrr!! >8D
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Max306 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha thank you :) That's an awesome icon.
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Max306 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
srsly thats friggin amazing. brb gone to mutilate little brothers action figs. :D
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JerryCai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
kai play with dolls...KKEKEKEKEKEK
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D small, manly ones :D
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JerryCai Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
just like skwerl.. plays with dolls
i bet u guys secretly dress them up in pink camouflage
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