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Warhammer 40K Ultramarine by SadDaysCrochet Warhammer 40K Ultramarine by SadDaysCrochet
It's an Ultramarine from the Warhammer 40K universe! Made as a commission for Mr. Bradley Hyden.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Let me present a new kind of doll: this is a ball-jointed amigurumi doll. Madness! He contains fifteen wooden beads which are attached to wire spindles from which each piece is crocheted. For pictures that might help you work out what the hell I am talking about, you can check the SadDays Crochet Facebook Fanpage ([link]) where I just uploaded all the WIP pictures I took. (There are also about thirty additional shots of the finished doll!) He is completely pose-able, although the joints aren't as firm as I had hoped. I wanted him to stand alone, he doesn't, but he is great seated!

I've been kicking around the idea for a ball-jointed amigurumi doll in my head for a while, and when Brad commissioned a dude wearing power armor, I knew I had the perfect opportunity to try it out! He was a champion for letting me experiment on his commission, and even more of a champion to not mind that this guy took me a whole month to make! You're my hero Brad!

I did not time the making of this guy because I wanted to leave plenty of time to experiment and re-do parts without stressing myself out. It certainly took a long time though- I'd estimate at least 40 hours. He is 1 1/2 feet tall though, which is significantly bigger than my usual dolls and might account for part of it. If I make more I'll probably go smaller. I might create a new category of custom dolls like this guy with a different price bracket- contact me if you're interested!

I might edit to include more crochet geek-ery later if anyone asks for it!
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Plucky-lass Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
That is wonderful! I am one of those few people on the intersection between fibre crafts and 40k, but I'm just a beginner at crochet and I could never make that. I am so jealous.  :(
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Grimfist1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's flipping awesome!
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realitycheck Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
This is pretty darn amazing!  <3
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XeroNecross Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Epic.
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InkyDinkyWho Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This kicks so many kinds of ass. I love it! Have to show my husband, we are both 40k-ers. :D
You made me want to make an ork. :giggle:
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's awesome! I have been secretly hoping this doll would get all the 40k-ers into dolls. It would be amazing if there was so much demand that Games Workshop came out with licensed patterns. (Which they should hire me to make... :XD:)
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InkyDinkyWho Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lol that would be awesome! And yes they should so pay you to make the pattern.
I'm not sure if every 40k guy would want one but I know a lot of them that would buy them for their kids in a instant.
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Steelrata Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
cool work would love one or the pattern .......great stuff
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If I end up making a pattern I'll let you know! I have decided not to make patterns for other people's creative property though, so if I make a pattern it would be for a jointed armored doll of my own design and not for an Ultramarine. (Unless Games Workshop gives me a call and commissions an official pattern...) =D
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MirthaAmigurumis Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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JMWJewelry Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing... Especially that he has ball joints! Wow!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I feel like the ball joints are the beginning of a good idea- his didn't work out as well as I'd like, but I have a better design in mind to try for next time. :XD:
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britishgreenworm Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Just amazing. Good job. You should open a store and sell your things! Seriously. I'd buy this in a heartbeat
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do have a store! [link] And actually I made this particular piece for money (although I admit I sold it to a friend). However it is very difficult to make minimum wage on crochet due to the number of hours go into it, so I am hoping that by spending some time getting really good and not taking commissions I might be able to get a job doing crochet for a studio where they pay me by the hour. :D :D
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mechagunbunny Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
A month!! It only took a month to make. YOU are my new hero! It is awesome :)
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha- it's a lot longer if you take into account the percentage of that month I spent on it. I'm actually getting really fast now, so hopefully future crazy projects will take even less time! Also thank you thank you!
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RuthNorbury Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow!
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Sethane-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Brilliant!!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Normal 40K figurines are just too small and spiky to hug, so changes had to be made. :D
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cthuluiscoming Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Holy crap that is amazing!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you thank you!
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Morgaer Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
OMG it`s so cool!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Arrieva Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is seriously impressive. Kudos to you for expanding the world of crochet!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. =P
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malmdp Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Beauuuuuuutifuuullll Fuaaa esta genial!!! I want one!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! That may be possible in a few months... I'll be sure to tell everyone who has expressed interest if I start making more of these guys! :D
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
This is beautiful. Words can't describe the awesomness! ♥
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Those little heart graphics do a lot do fill in where words can't describe. :D
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Emoticons. That's why we have them. :D
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Kaerlyn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! Beautiful...

I'm going to have to show this to my other half when he gets home. I'm pretty sure his response will be "Learn to crochet then make me a tyrannid!" XD
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have been delighted by the response of the internet's 40K fans! I'm seriously considering a whole line of 40K themed dolls... if only to make all the battle-hardened fans go all gooey. :D
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Valhallia Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Wow! the detail in this is just amazing! I love his fingers...and the emblem on his chest! :excited:
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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Valhallia Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
most welcome :nod:
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   General Artist
sweet
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theoggster Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ultra Marine Knittie! Made from Ceramite wool no doubt. :)

Great job!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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BunnieBard Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
GUH DETAILS!!! :omfg: Look at... that winged skull on his chest... and... and the lines on his boots... individual fingers... AND jointed?! I just... gyaaaah~ WOW.
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you thank you thank you! I put tons of time into the details, and it means the world when someone notices them all. I wasn't expecting anyone to notice all the sections I put into his shoes- I am delighted that you did!
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Severemis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's soooo cute!!! :3
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Though I bet he'd shoot you for saying that... :D
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Severemis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shoot me with a knitted bolt, that's even more cuuuute XDDD
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing. As a fellow crocheter I know how much work you have poured into those intricate details. I don't know what character it is but even from the thumbnail I could tell this was amazing. All the little armor details are fantastic. I love the feet especially. The angles are well done. I do animals mostly and they have smooth edges, every little connection you have made is amazing.
My pieces, besides Haku, have always been small. Seeing something so detailed at this large of a scale is amazing! I use wires to make my animals poseable, but a ball jointed doll, you have blown my mind. I've always loved stop motion animation and animations. I would get into doing that if I could afford the materials. So crochet is sort of my second love. Having a poseable armature inside of a crochet piece is fantastic. You have inspired me to make a large project like that.
For the feet, maybe next time you could make them heavier so he will be balanced and possibly stand on his own. My animals are mostly four legged so they can balance themselves. If you made the feet heavier he could probably stand. Sort of like one of those wibble whobbles you punch and they bounce back up haha. This is so amazing, truly!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! There is a lot about crochet that only other people who crochet know- that's why it always means so much to me to get feedback from my fellow crocheters! Plus I've seen your work and I think it's great- your bandy-legged little animals have such character, I think you have found a really good place between simplicity and realism. Plus Haku the dragon is awesome. (I wasn't sure what Haku was, so I looked in your gallery just now, and he was so cool I had to +Fav him.)

I have high hopes for the armature concept- it might not work at all, but if it does I will tell you (and the rest of the internet) all about it! I'm glad I'm not the only person who thinks that would be super cool.

The problem is less the weight of the feet, and more the tension in the ball joints- they have no real friction, so his knees and ankles just fold under the weight of his body. I can't think of a way to crochet ball joints with more friction (I even made special sockets around each bead to try and keep it from twisting too easily! It didn't help much.) but I am thinking about it. I am hoping the internal armature will be more effective at holding poses. That's why I decided to buy a professionally made one actually- I made myself an armature, but it wouldn't hold a pose either. Apparently it's really hard to do!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome! And thank you also! I try to talk about it to my friend but she doesn't know a lot about this stuff. Its like this when I talk about cars to people too so I'm used to it. I try to keep a balance between those as much as I can. I just made a set of wings that I'm proud of too.

That would be super amazing! I've seen a few people make wire ones with screws or wood hinges, but they were always for clay things. Even though I love them I wouldn't know how to make one that would hold positions well. I was going to say maybe you could use springs like in those poseable humans they make for drawing poses and stuff. Then I remembered they only have a limited range and they have a stand they are mounted too. I think its all about making the joints tight. With wood though there is no way to adjust it. :(

The professional one didn't work either? That sucks! Especially since they cost way more than I could pay for. Hmm, the only other thing I can thing of is maybe using those bendable tripod things. They hold poses really well, plus you can break off and connect whatever length you want. They would probably be strong enough to hold a pose if you could make the feet heavier.
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I guess everything becomes impossible to talk about with people once you get to an advanced level with it... you just expect it to be a problem for mathematicians and physicists, not so much crocheters and mechanics! :p

The professional one might work yet! I haven't started building it yet. I made myself a non-professional type armature out of bits of scrap metal, wire, beads, needles, and super glue- that one didn't work. I'm hoping the professional one will. I almost used one of those wooden artist mannequins, but I knew the limited range of motion would make me disappointed in the end result even if it worked, so I decided to scrap that idea.
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is so true! Luckily DeviantART has many, many members full of knowledge. :)
Did you get one that was made for stop motion of the ones that sort of look like they are made with lots of links? Like they have little plates that connect the ball portion of the armature? I've seen both kinds but the ones with all the plates seem like they have a lot of things that could loosen. You made one with beads? That sounds like it could have been awesome to look at just by itself. I tried to go to the link to see more pictures but my internet is slow. Eventually I will though.
I wish they made kits for these things. Or stocked a different variety of things we could use for them at Hobby Lobby. I guess they are too much of a specialty item.
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It does! It's great being able to talk to people about crochet- none of my friends have any idea what I'm going on about.

I got one with the little plates- it's half built as of tonight and it's looking promising! They recommend leaving open spaces to re-tighten the joints, but I'm actually not too worried about it. There are pictures here ([link]) if your internet is up for it, there are also pictures of my bead prototype here ([link])- it isn't particularly pretty. Actually, it looks about as un-successful as it turned out to be.

The new armature I'm working on is from a kit, actually- it's just a rather expensive specialized kit. It's from a company called Animation Supplies, although there are some other stop motion armature kits available. I decided that I had made enough money making commissions to spend a chunk of it on a project that was important to me. I've seen kits for the link style of armature too- they're cheaper and probably work great, they just don't speak to me the way stop motion ones do... I must admit I'm kind of in love with this armature and will be a little sad to cover it up.
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