Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Titan (Imperial Guard)

I started this one quite sometime ago, even before I started Electron, but the oval belt, leg and wrist bits proved to be quite tricky, not to mention the hair. The hair maybe shouldn't be mentioned, because it is a bad 80's hair-do!

I wanted a figurine which was bigger than the others, with him being the big-guy of the team, but not too big as to look odd. I went with Colossus, because the size, and build of the figure was in proportion to what I had in mind. I must say I didn't realise how ugly the face was on the Colossus figurine until I had to paint him, that's one mean looking face!

So here's the finished piece...


Here's all six of the Imperial Guard I've done so far.

This is probably the last one I get completed this year, but I have just begun on the next one, which is Neutron, more fiddly oval wrist bands, which means i'll more than likely get one of the other members of the Imperial Guard finished first. I have the base figurine for Manta, so she'll probably appear on here before Neutron.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Electron (Imperial Guard)

I'm on a roll now, this is Imperial Guard member number 5, which takes me to the half-way stage. I plan on doing 10 members in total, and all bar two of them I have the base figurines for.

December is usually a quiet month for me with customs, work tends to take up a lot of my time this time of year, but this year I've put aside some valuable time to finish off a few more of The Imperial Guard before tucking in to some Christmas turkey and some mince pies.

So here we have Electron.

I did start on Titan before Electron, but Titan has proved to be a little bit more detailed than Electron, hence Electron being finished first. I used a Captain Marvel figurine as my base figure.

Next up is Titan! I intend to finish him first before starting on the next one, and hopefully i'll finish him before the end of the year. Not many days off of work left between now and Christmas day, so time will be limited, hopefully i'll have him done before the end of the year.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Hussar (Imperial Guard)

It was my day off today, my wife has gone Christmas shopping with her mum, and the kids are at school... House to myself, so what's a guy to do? Put my music on, as loud as I want, and finish off the fourth member of the Imperial Guard, Hussar.

This is the first female member of the team I've done, and yet again what started out as a simple job, turned out to be a little bit more of a challenge than I first imagined. I used a She Hulk figurine for my base, which meant trimming back the hair, and footwear, and adding Milliput to the various parts of her body for the hair, man she's hairy. Finally adding a whip!


Here are the four members of the Imperial Guard I've completed so far, Starbolt, Smasher, Hussar & Impulse.

Next up is Titan, which I'm hoping to start on tonight.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Starbolt (Imperial Guard)

No work for me today, so a perfect chance for me to finish off another of the Imperial Guard.
I used a Dormammu figurine for my base, which is an obvious choice, and involved some good old application of Milliput to make the flames look a little bit more... well... flamey! The Dormammu figurine's head needed to have more impact, the flames sit behind the head, and I wanted Starbolt's head to be encased in flame, without losing it's shape. Lots of various shades of orange, yellow and red to get the flame effect, and black for the detail on the face, and muscles.


Here's all three members of The Imperial Guard so far, Smasher, Starbolt & Impulse.

I've started the next member of the team, Hussar, she's at the Milliput stage, so hopefully i'll get chance to put some paint on her later this week.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Impulse (Imperial Guard)

Here's member number 2 of The Imperial Guard, Impulse. He's the Cyclops of the team, sort of... most artists draw him shooting a wide beam from his visor type thing, but there are also images of him shooting energy from his hands, hence the stance I've chosen for him.

The biggest problem was the costume, what colour to do it? He started off with a purple/cerise number, he's also had a red/white costume and in War of Kings it was a very light pink n' red one. Which ever way you look at his costume, it's not the most practical, or manly of colours. I went for a War of Kings one, which is close to his original costume

I used a Vision figurine as my base, as already mentioned I liked the stance and build. A cyclops would have been a good one to go for, but with him being a one time adversary of Cyclops/X-Men, I didn't want one with an identical pose.


Here's a pic of Impulse and Smasher.

I've already started on the next one, and it's already at the about to paint stage. Here's a sneak-peek of how far I've got with Starbolt.

I've also begun work on Hussar, but she's still at the Milliput stage, but she should follow Starbolt pretty quickly.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Smasher (Imperial Guard)

So here I go, the start of another team, the team this time being The Shi'ar Imperial Guard.

First up is Smasher, who first appeared in X-Men #107. I decided to go with the original costume as worn by the first Smasher.

What I thought was going to be an easy paint job with a bit of sculpting, turned out to be a little bit more problematic than I first thought. He has bands around his waist, wrists & legs, which were applied using a band of Miliput around each. Once it was set I then had to sand smooth, then cut the shapes to the correct size. Milliput isn't sticky so when you start cutting it tends to seperate and fall off, which then means using super-glue, a steady hand, and lots of patience... and a lot of swear words used, every time I dropped a piece. Applying the bands took three days in all, plus an extra day for the hair. The paint application was the easy bit. This all tied in with working, and building Lego for my 5 year old son, mean't it took a little longer than it could have, if my sole focus was on my customs.

I used the Wonder Man figurine for my base, for the obvious reason that Smasher looks like Wonder Man.


Next up is Impulse, another Imperial Guard member. Although I'm a little undecided as to which colour to paint him. More recent costumes are White and red, but earlier ones had him wearing a purple and light cerise colour one, I'm tending to swing towards the white one.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Cat-Man (Ani-Men)

At long last I've completed a whole team! Today I finished off the final member of the Ani-Men, Cat-Man.

I used a Beast figurine for my base figure, it was the right size, and build, and had that cat look about it, especially the feet, which saved me a lot of grief trying to create cat like feet.

The hardest thing to do, like all the others, was to sculpt a completely new set of features, to keep it in line with the original 1960's feel, and look. I have tweaked the look a little, but tried to keep it looking like an original character, not one of the more modern versions that appeared in The Uncanny X-Men comic.

Here's all four of the Ani-Men together, at last.

A few have asked me why I've not included included Dragonfly in this little oddball menagerie. She 1st appeared in X-Men #94, she wasn't a part of the team that went up against Daredevil on two separate occasions.

The issues they appeared in were...

There are so many villains from DD's early days which I would love to do, and eventually I will do them. There's a certain innocence about them that fit the 60's & 70's, but if you inserted them into today's comics would look a little out of place. Death Stalker, The Matador, Hyde & Cobra, Stilt-Man, Jester, and I could go on, and on.

Next up I'm going to start on, as promised, members of The Imperial Guard, with the first one being Smasher, followed by Impulse, and Starbolt, these I have the base figurines for already.