Debra Morgan: Dexter

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eltee

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Didn't she make detective (ie, gold badge)?


Screencaps in post # 2 and # 4 show a detective badge in silver. I am working on one of those as well. Here it is so far. Again, need to change the top banner and font, and do something about the center seal.

Detective.jpg
 

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rabbit4x

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Good job so far Eltee. Strange that the center seal is custom made and it seems that might be the biggest hurdle in getting a good replica out.

I wish the show had better shots of the higher ups, but I haven't seen any. The only change is probably the gold color and the change of title at the top is my guess, judging from Debra's two badges.
 

eltee

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I'm getting a couple of blank centers. Hoping I can find someone to hand paint them. Pretty simple design. I have redone the upper panels to more closely replicate the screen used ones.

If anyone knows someone who can paint the 1 inch disks, please advise. I can pay or work out a barter for one of the badges & IDs. I MAY try doing the painting myself, but I'm no artist.
 

Zombie_61

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Working on a Debra Morgan badge, ID and case replica.
The most difficult part of replicating the IDs is finding suitable photos. For the actual props they dressed the actors in-character and had them pose without smiling, but have you ever tried to find a decent, straight-on headshot of an actor who wasn't smiling as they posed for the camera? I can tell ya' from personal experience, it ain't easy. By way of example, here's the Dexter ID I made (on the right) side-by-side with a photo of one of the actual props:

Laminate_comparison.jpg


The flash lightened the color I used for the text considerably; in person it's a much closer match to the actual ID (I suck at photography). This was the closest photo I could find of Michael C. Hall and I had to Photoshop the blue background and shirt, and alter the shape of his hair. BTW, since this photo was taken I've refined the ID further--reworked the photo a bit and made the Florida seal "watermark" a little more accurate (it's not the same as the Miami Dade seal on the badges)--but you get the idea.

As for the seal on the badges, I would imagine they didn't use the state seal because "Miami-Metro" doesn't have state-wide jurisdiction. It does appear they tried to simulate the seal used on the actual Miami Dade Police Department badges though. (Oops, I just noticed Rabbit4x mentioned this in post #8.)
 
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indianeagle

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fyi cliponbadges has a badge simiar to what looks like the miami vice badge for sale on the bay however from the pics i see here it is not screen accuarate
 

eltee

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Badges from DEXTER

Here's what I have so far:

RealReplicaBright.jpg


I was able to correct the fonts as seen on the Detective badge, the one I used for Officer was too big.

The seal is still the challenge. As you can see, the closest one "in stock" is only somewhat similar. On the Detective shield, I used a blank seal in hopes that I can get the seal hand painted. It is not a complicated seal.

FloridaSimpleSeal.jpg


I think I have sourced the screen accurate case. The ones I have here are the eBay ones, but if you look at this screen cap you can see that it is recessed for the shield. I'll get the case I THINK is screen accurate and post pics.

RecessedCase.jpg
 

eltee

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Here's my finished set:

DetectiveMorgan.jpg


I have to resize the card and add the hyphen to make it more accurate.
 
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