29. October 2016 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 38: Persona 4 Satonaka Chie Taito Premium Prize · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,


Neil’s challenge:

What is Chie leaning on?
In this case, it’s “Amagi Yukiko, Taito Premium Prize”.
Extra credit was offered for an outdoor shot that involved forced perspective, where “a full-sized thing is used to make the figure also look full-sized”. In this case that is a full-sized 2′ tall rock that I think looks like the side of a mountain, and a 1′ tall weed that sort of looks like a tree.
I’m pretty sad about that giant seam along the glued-on hair piece on Yukiko, but that’s just what you get with prize figures. Thought about editing it out, but it felt disingenuous.
After the jump: physical setup banality.

I always thought this kind of pose was a pretty natural fit for these figures, given their relationship in their story, the direction they’re sculpted to look in, and so on. But the bases do not allow you to pose them close together at all:
Further complicating matters is the angle at which Chie’s foot rests (it also makes it a prime candidate for a nasty lean, given that it’s cheaper plastic, being a prize figure, but that’s neither here nor there). The angle means that this isn’t a simple fix like drilling a few holes in a piece of wood that will rest out of the shot. My solution, if you were paying attention to the background, was floral styrofoam:
This wasn’t exactly perfect either – Yukiko is not balanced to stand without substantial support from a base, and the “dry” variety of styrofoam I used was not providing enough resistance, even after inserting the feet essentially through the entire disc. On top of that, I was lying on the side of a mountain, so it wasn’t a flat surface at all. The use of a small stone served as both a support for Yukiko and and an anchor to prevent the disc from wobbling or sliding away. This was, obviously, out of the shot, but I had never planned on anything below the waist being visible to start with. Strangely enough, Chie and her weird angled foot stuck like it was glued there.
If I had it to do over I would have opted for “wet” foam – it’s more expensive, doesn’t come in sizes that are quite as handy and easy to haul around as the disc I used, and just makes an impossible mess everywhere (far, far worse than the dry foam, which is pretty bad itself). But the blocks tend to be deeper, and unless you screw up while sinking the figure into the foam it provides much more support.

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