Wednesday, 3 November 2010

SpiderMan Black Costume

There I was dusting my figurines, a weekly marathon event, looking at the various Captain Britain customs, and the Daredevil customs I have done. It seems to be thing in Comics for the costume to change on a regular basis. I started on my Spidey collection, and was reminded that I had not done one Spidey custom, let alone one of his various costume changes.

And behold I had two Spidey figurines just waiting for a paint job. The obvious first choice was the black costume, which I thought would be an easy paint job, It would have been if i'd not had to squint, squint, and squint some more, due to one eye being long sighted, or is it short sighted? can never remember. When applying the legs of the white spider on the costume, lets just say a lot of blur, and squinting involved.

Obviously I used the Spiderman figurine by Eaglemoss, which I had to smooth some of the red webbing parts down, before applying the black paint.




I'm still waiting for my base figurine to arrive for the Super Sabre i'm doing next, so in the mean time i'll have a go at doing the red n' gold Spidey from the civil war storyline.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Wallop

So many characters I want to do, and one team of heroes I've always had on my radar are The ClanDestine. A reclusive English mutant family created by Alan Davis. It will take me quite some time to create this family, they are many, and the costumes for some are quite complex.

The first one I decided to start with is Wallop, the strong man of the family, a Hulk type character, who becomes larger, the angrier he gets, the problem is the larger he becomes the dumber he becomes. In a crossover with the X-Men, it took the combined might of The ClanDestine & The X-Men to take him down when he lost control.

I used the Hulk figurine from Eaglemoss as my base figure, for obvious reasons.



What at first looked like a simple job, turned out to be not so simple. The arms on Clandestine are a lot longer than The Hulk, and Wallop has more hair, so the whole job had more to it, with quite a bit of Milliput involved.

Initial prep'


Primer


Base Paint Application


Wallop


Next up is.... hmmm.... haven't actually got one lined up! It will be either Stonewall, Super Sabre, one of the Ani-Men, or another member of The ClanDestine. I have got a spare Spiderman figurine so I could add the black costume to my Spidey collection.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Catman

This months Superhero Figurine Forum competition was for Batman villians. A real change of direction for me, DC villians, not my speciality. The character's costume is very similar to Batman's, and it would have been easy to just painted over the Batman figurine from Eaglemoss, but not one to try anything easy, I used a Yellowjacket figurine. The muscle shape and stance matched some of the refence material I used.


It made a change doing a character not connected with Marvel, and I expect there will be many more to attempt.



Must buy a decent camera, it's on my Christmas wish list, because using my wife's mobile phone to take these pictures is very hit and miss with the quality. This set of pictures are quite blurry, which lost a lot of detail. I came third this time round in the competition, hopefully i'll do better next time.

At the moment i've just finished the sculpting on the Wallop figurine i'm doing from Clandestine. Hopefully it should be finished by the end of the week.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Crimson Commando

Here we have the Crimson Commando, from the pages of The Uncanny X-Men. He used to be a member of Freedom Force, along with Stonewall, Super Sabre, and members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, lead by Mystique. They were government sanctioned mutants that signed up to serve Uncle Sam to avoid prosecution. A storyline that pre-dates Civil War by more than 20 years.

I used a WonderMan figurine for my base, size, muscle tone, stance etc. Quite an easy one to do, just a bit of detail needed with the Milliput, and the usual paint-job.



I will have to do Stonewall and Super Sabre to complete the trio, but next up is my competition entry for The Superhero Figurine Forum. Shock! Horror! it's not a Marvel character this time, it's a DC one, Batman villians, as chosen by Fotomago, cheers matey. I've already started on it, but as per usual I can't let anyone know what it is until the competition has finished.

Once that's done, it's back to adding to my own collection, and the beginning of The ClanDestine figurines, first up Wallop. Just have to work out how to elongate the arms!!!!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Hellfire Soldier

This one was a little bit easier to do than previous customs, although the mask was quite a task. It's easy to forget that the heads on some of these figurines are less than 10mm in height, so what can seem like an easy thing to do, can turn out to be a bit of a monster. I used Milliput on the front of the face, then carved the eye-slits, mouth-slits, and shape of the mask once it had set, not easy with something so small.

The base figurine I used was Iron Fist, with a bit of Punisher thrown in. I wanted the character to hold a rifle. At first I thought to remove the rofle from a Punisher, and attach it to the Iron Fist, there was no way to remove the gun without ruining the arm, and the weapon. So I severed the arm at the shoulder on both figurines, superglued the Punisher arm to the Iron Fist figurine, used some Milliput around the join, and once it had set, carved/sanded the shape of the shoulder, and hey presto, the hard work is done.

Hellfire Soldier


Next up is a character called the Crimson Commando, another X-Men related character.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Chimera

Chimera is an inter-dimensional pirate with questionable sanity. She lives to plunder the space-time continuum and travels with plasma wraiths, super-strong half-starved creatures wrapped in black bandages with sharp claws. At one time she was hired by Genesis, Cable's son, in a plot to catch Wolverine and re-bind him with adamantium. However, the plan didn't go too well and feral Wolverine nearly killed all the Dark Riders. Chimera and Dirt Nap were the only survivors of the attack.

The character of Chimera was created by Larry Hama, Adam Kubert, and Dan Green, for use in Marvel comics. Chimera's first appearance is in Wolverine #97, which was released in January of 1997.




I used a Jean Grey Phoenix figurine as my base figure.

Chimera


I'm half way through the Hellfire Soldier custom, just a little bit more Milliput to apply to the head, then I can start on the paint job.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Bird-Man (Ani-Men)

Here's another Daredevil villian, from way back in 1965. The Ani-Men 1st appeared in Daredevil issue number 10, along with Frog-Man, Ape-Man & Cat-Man. Yes, they are incredibly cheesy characters, but so important to the history of Daredevil.

For this custom I used a Vulture figurine.



Next up is a Hellfire Soldier from The X-Men.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The Fury

It's been a while since I posted a new custom in this blog, I've not been idle, I rushed a competition entry for the Superhero Figurine Forum, which was awful due to rushing, so that one's on a shelf to be re-done at a later date. Plus I did a custom Shadowcat for a forum member in the States.

The Fury I started ages ago, and it's been a real labour of love, and patience, and quite a bit of Milliput.

For those of you unfamiliar with The Fury he was a character created by Mad Jim Jaspers to wipe out every superhero on the planet, on an alternative earth, which it succeeded in doing. Captain Britain appeared on this alternative Earth after his adventures on Otherworld with the Black Knight. The Fury killed Captain Britain, but he was brought back to life by Merlyn & Roma, and sent back to his own reality. The alternative Earth was in the middle of one of Jaspers reality warps and about to collapse when Cap went back to his Earth, The Fury managed to escape and follow Cap back to his own reality, it never gives up, and almost succeeded in killing him again, if not for the intervention of the other Earths Captain, Captain UK, who was in hiding on this Earth. Complicated stuff written by Alan Moore, and drawn by Alan Davis, pure genius, read it you won't be dissapointed.


In hand the figurines look so much better than when the flash makes it look all shiny. Here's a few photo's at verious angles.

I used a carnage figurine as the base, but it's hardly recognisable now.




I have a whole host of figures lined up, some for my own collection, some which I want to do, and will end up for sale on eBay. Next up is my competition entry, mum's the word with that one, then finish off Bird-Man, one of The Ani-Men which i've started, then I have the base figures for Crimson Commando, Hellfire Soldier, and Wallop from ClanDestine. All of which I will post on here.