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Posted by yakkingwithfaze, on 2007-11-18 12:14:54

stage set

I am making a variety show with my action figures and what would be the best way to build a stage? shuld i follow John's tutorial?

Posted by I_make_cartoons, on 2007-11-18 15:39:03

do you mean like a stage as in like a theatre or a stage that you put the set on? -marc more hassle than it's worth? pfft. screw that!

Posted by castlegardener, on 2007-11-18 21:03:47

I would say follow my tutorial but of course I am biased. There are plenty of ways out there. My way is just one of them. You can have the lumber yard cut your wood for you if you don't have the tools to do it. Of course any board sitting on bricks would be a quick and easy method and would keep you from drilling through your dining room table. My stage allows you to use tiedowns to keep your puppets standing and able to move around. If you use a flat surface with no holes you are going to have to figure out how to keep your puppets from moving like using some sticky stuff like blue tack. Some people also use peg board because it comes predrilled. You could take a sheet of that and lay it on some books and it would work for a simple cheap first stage.

Posted by yakkingwithfaze, on 2007-11-18 15:51:18

i am animating my figs for a variety show this is what i had in mind Faze

Posted by yakkingwithfaze, on 2007-11-19 19:34:52

hey there i was thinkin of following your tutorial i'm thinking of making this stage what size shuld i make it - i'm thinkin 22 x 12? how would i make the bottom part Faze

Posted by castlegardener, on 2007-11-19 21:37:03

It is a great looking stage. Here are some considerations to consider. Make sure you can reach all the way to the back so you can put your tiedowns in. If you want it rounded in the front you will need a jigsaw or bandsaw to cut that edge. You can make the bottom out of plywood or pegboard and just put some leg supports under it in a position in a place that doesn't interfere with your hands reaching underneath. Make sure everything you attach to the stage is securely fastened down so it doesn't move.

Posted by yakkingwithfaze, on 2007-11-20 21:46:12

i made a stage and its a 2 part 24 x 18 and has small pit at the bottom for the host and other musicians what would be a best way to secure the figures and accessories like drums, desk, rising stage what would be a good color for the stage, the base and pit? Faze

Posted by castlegardener, on 2007-11-20 22:11:07

I use wood glue for a lot of my set items. Other items I use Elmer's white glue. It is not a super strong hold which means you can break it free later to use the props somewhere else. Things that move I sometimes use bluetack or hot melt glue. The stage in real life would prob brown floor boards with signs of wear and tear. A darker color would help cover up the tiedown holes.

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-11-21 02:20:47

The quickest way to secure items to the stage floor is with hot glue. With actual puppets, I use tiedowns. Even if the character is sitting on a chair, it helps if one foot touches the floor and can be screwed down.

Posted by yakkingwithfaze, on 2007-11-21 17:42:08

i have action figures by mcfarlane and Palisades that i am using - so the hot glue gun wont ruin the figures? and accessories? is it easy to remove?

Posted by Isomer, on 2007-11-21 22:11:20

There are two types of hot glue for hobby and carpentry. The carpentry stuff is a dark yellow color and melts at a very high temp. It's for seriously strong gluing, you don't want that. The hobby stuff comes in clear and traslucent sticks and although hot and sticks well, it can be peeled off easily from most surfaces. It will come off an action figure without damage, but it will ruin the surface of things like cardboard, paper, paint and other soft materials. Smooth, shiney, hard stuff it comes right off of with your fingernails.