Obviously, Volks has released a Saber DD in pretty much all different versions, but the second-hand prices are insane and I just can't bring myself to pay that much, knowing that the original price has been a lot less. Also, none of the sculpts look like the perfect Saber in my vision. Volks' Saber sculpts don't have any special characteristic features and to me look a lot like some standard heads (DDH-07 and DDH-09), so I figured I'd try to create my own version :)
I bought a DDH-09 head that I could mod and customize to my liking without the fear of ruining a very expensive head that'd be hard to replace. I chose this head over the other option I had in mind (DDH-07) because after looking at various owner pictures, I felt like the 09 head would be more suitable for what I'm after. It has rounder face shape, but still doesn't look too immature. Volks' own Saber heads look a bit too baby-faced to me ^^;
(please ignore the random eyes here...)
I received the head some time ago, but I can't say much about it at this point... I'm still so new to DDs that I find it hard to imagine how the blank head will look with a faceup, it pretty much looks like an alien to me XD I need to wait for some MSC to arrive before Saber can get her faceup and I'm also still a bit unsure whether I'll try faceupping her myself or if I'll let Sarg do it for me... I guess we'll see about that after the MSC gets here :3
For now I only have Susumi's Dollfie Dream Sister body, but once I get Kasumi (DD Takane Shijou) home I'll also have a Dollfie Dream base body III, which is a bit taller than DDS, and Saber will be borrowing that for a while.
I looked for suitable eyes as well, but didn't find ones that I'd be 100% happy with, so I decided to try out making my own eyes. I even looked at how to make urethane eyes, but thought that it might be a bit too challenging and handling all the chemicals scares me so I decided to take the safer route and go with acrylic eyes :) I ordered some eye bases from Ebay and once they get here, I can get started. Or actually, I can start designing the eyes on Photoshop earlier. I ordered the eye bases both in 22mm and 24mm, just to make sure that the eyes will fit perfectly and I can use the extras for making eyes for my other DD girls! DDH-09 head seems to have quite large, so I'm guessing that 24mm would work best for her. I only have a few pairs of 22mm eyes at home and they seem a bit too small.
I still haven't decided for sure, which of the dresses I'd like to make first. Saber Extra (red) and Lily (white) are my all time favorites, but lately I've been loving that gorgeous Alter dress as well... I guess it'll take a while before I can decide ^^;
There won't be any progress until I get all the stuff (MSC, eye bases, wig) home, but hopefully that won't take too long! I'm so excited and can't wait to be able to work on my Saber~ ♥