Moe at the museum

“Those figures are no toys, they are collectibles and therefore we should treat them with great care and respect.”

About the figure:

This 23 centimeter tall PVC figure from the manufacturer Alter was sculpted by Kima after an illustration of Oyari Ashito showing Beethoven, one of the main characters from the Eiyuu*Senki  series. It was released in May 2015 in Japan.Beethoven_Detail002

As you can see, the figure has a relatively simple pose and the color scheme. The main focus definitely lies on the lovely detailed violin (you can remove it from her hands) as well as the pillar-shaped base.

Althought it’s a figure from an ero-game it’s hard to see her pink panties. To achieve that you must lower your angle far enough because of her realtive long pianothemed skirt.

The headphones show a bold “B” on them which is also a great little detail. Since the figure isn’t too colorful the eyes pop out even more and if you look very closely you can see tiny notes as reflections.Beethoven_Detail003

About the series:

Eiyuu*Senki is a turn based strategy game developed by Tenco and published by 5pb. Games (you know, the people behind Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate) released in 2012. The games basic plot is that you as a leader of a nation must conquer the world, by using an army of moe girls all based on great historical or mythological persons.Beethoven_Detail007The character in the game was voiced by Yukito Saori and is of course based on the famous German musician Ludwig van Beethoven.Beethoven_Detail005

Thoughts about the picture: 

I bought our little Beethoven on the second hand market from some collector in Germany and once we had seen how much love they invested in her base I immediately came up with the idea for this photo.

Beethoven_Detail008

I’ve never seen such kind of a base. They even bothered to put some carpetlike red velvet on the ground to give her a more luxurious look. My main goal was to create a scenery that could be strait out of an old art museum and therefore I crafted some stanchions, a tiled floor and some old fashioned paintings in the background.

Beethoven_Detail004

Behind the scenes:

The biggest challenge when creating this scenery was how to design those golden stanchions you often see at exhibitions and the like. At first I searched on the web if someone might sell them already in an appropriate scale. While browsing I came across a site called “Maple Leaf Miniatures”. They offer a set of miniature brass-stanchions at the scale of 1/6 that looked gorgeous. There was only one down side: They cost 170 USD (3 pieces). And since I weren’t planning to spend three times the value of the figure on props I decided to craft them by myself.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I went to the hardware store and found some eyelets, washers and a metal pole which seems to fit together. I cutted the pole dowen to the desired length and drilled a tiny hole into it. Then I glued those three pieces together and placed an acrylic pearl on top of it.

Makingof_004

Since the pearl, the pole and the cord mount all had different shades of gold I needed to fix that with a golden spray paint. Finally I could assemble the pole with the red colored cord. Therefore I bought some golden closures.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The other parts of the scenery weren’t that hard to create. From the hardware store I used one sheet of small tiles in order to get a checkerboard pattern.  The background is one sheet of decorative paper and some miniature frames you can buy on the internet when searching for doll house interior.

Makingof_001

Here you can see me setting up everything nicely with some soft lights to create the perfect miniature museum setting.

MoeattheMuseum2
Canon EOS 5D, 90mm Macro lense / ISO 200 / Exposure time 0.2 sec. / aperture: 20n

Uhr

Time and effort: 
About two hours for creating the stanchions and one additional hour for everything else.

CostsCosts of the props:
About 50 EUR. Since I had to buy whole packages of the fittings, washers and closure caps for the whole scenery.

Award

Award:
It became “Picture of the day” and also “Picture of the week” on “My Figure Collection”.

 

One comment

  1. Alter’s Beethoven is indeed a very cute and elaborately looking figure, I nearly got one for myself.
    It’s a pretty design with her fancy outfit and the mainly present brown color gives her a classic appearance.
    You did a great job with the setting for the figure, the floor and the stanchions add a lot of atmosphere.
    I became a bit lazy with building props for figure shootings, sometimes I have a clear idea in mind, sometimes not really.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s