Friday, 30 November 2012

Archangel (X-Men)

Archangel made his print debut in X-Factor #24, in 1988. The original X-Man, Angel had his wings ruined by the Maurauders, Apocolypse offered to restore Angel's wings, but used the opportunity to transform Warren into one of his Four Horsemen: Death. In this form, Warren's skin turned blue and he was given razor-sharp metal wings.

This ones been on the go for quite some time, what with request by other collectors, and the odd one for my own collection. I wanted to keep the original Angel base figurine, but attach a different set of wings, like the ones used in early images of him.

Once the existing wings were removed, it was a simple case to remove the hair, halo from chest, and hide the costume lines with Milliput. The complicated bit was the wings, which I crafted from two bits of plastic, then added Milliput to the wing support to give depth, and bind the two bits of plastic together, plus curve the wings whilst the Milliput set. Once the Milliput hardened, it was sanded smooth, then sprayed silver.

Before attaching the wings I decided to paint the body, which was the fun bit, and quite tricky with all the detail. Used Ultramarine Blue for the base colour, and then applied Warlock Purple for the pink, but decided it was too dark, so changed it to Pink Horror, which is a truer colour. The face is a mixture of Ice Blue, Ultramarine Blue & Skull White.

The devils in the detail as they say, and originally I added shade to the wings, which just didn't work, so used Mithril Silver to hide the shading, which in turn created it's own shade. The Mithril Silver is a different silver to the original spray used. Adding shade to the face was a challenge, without ruining the detail of the costume on the head, but not as much as trying to put in eyeballs, and paint some pesky yellow eyebrows on.


I've made a start on the next custom, which is Lady Deadpool, which could take a while, with all the  detail. I will also be starting on Surge, whilst doing Lady Deadpool, which will probably be finished first, not as much detail.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Marrow (X-Men)

Marrow is a mutant who controls her bone growth providing her with armor, clubs and knives. As a child, she was taken in by the Morlocks where she would form the terrorist group Gene Nation before joining X-Men. She left the team for unknown reasons and worked for Shield.

Marrow proved to be quite a challenge, a lot of detail to put on, all the bones n' bits n' bobs. I chose a DC figurine for the base, Vixen. The picture below was the image I had in my head for Marrow, with the bone held in front of her left shoulder, plus the short hair.

Simple, or so you would think, I certainly did. What I didn't notice was that the Vixen figurine had high heels, which Marrow doesn't have, plus the ears are hidden by Vixen's hair, and Marrow's ears are on show. Once I had removed the heels, I tried to make the feet sit flat, unsuccessfully, and ended up having to amputate at the ankles, and then graft onto a set of Elektra feet. Elektras's feet are really tiny, so I had to enlarge them with some Milliput. With the ears I had to shave the lead from the sides of her head, then sculpt ears out of Milliput, and then sculpt new hair onto the existing hair. Phew!

Next I had to remove all the bits from the costume I didn't need, belt, necklace, and collar. Then it was time to start adding Milliput, Boots, Knee pads, gloves, bones under her chest, adding biceps, a spine, plus the costume bits around the neck, hips and shoulders.

Next it was the bone weapon in her hand, and the bones sticking out of her back. The weapon was made from Milliput, then positioned against the palm of the hand, and the fingers bent, carefully, around it.

In the above photo you can see all the Milliput applied, plus the six holes drilled where the bones will be placed in her back. The bones in her back were created using wire coated in Milliput, carved into shape, then super-glued into the holes, with a small ring of Milliput applied around each hole.

This is the figurine with the white base paint applied, using a white spray, plus the bones applied to the back.

Base colours used were Ultramarines Blue, Snot Green, Sunshine Yellow, Elf Flesh, Warlock Purple for the hair, and Zandri Dust for the bones. Then it was various colours to create shade, and light.


Next up is Lady Deadpool, which could take a while, because of the amount of detail involved with creating her. I am also in the middle of Archangle in his original blue n' pink costume, with metal wings, which will probably be finished first.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Greg Willis was a normal teenager until a mysterious accident changed his life forever. Now known as the hero Gravity, Willis sets out to make his impact on the Marvel Universe.

Gravity, a young super hero who first appeared in 2005, he's died, been reborn, fought Galactus, and been a part of The Initiative. It was believed he was created to be the new Captain Marvel, but that didn't happen.

I wanted a slim character for the base figurine, with Gravity being a youngster, with a small build, so I went for Captain Marvel.
The build was perfect, and the stance was one which Gravity, sort of mimics in the comics, and this was before I knew his connection to cosmic type heroes.

To create the sculpt I had to create trousers, add knee pads, pads to the back of the hands, a belt, goggles, and create a head cover, to disguise the hair on the CM figurine. The figurine is quite a small one, which mean't all the add on bits, belts etc, had to be quite small, otherwise it would look a little odd. The toughest part of the sculpt was the goggles, trying to create the right shape, on a small scale, plus still have a 3D effect.

The paint job wasn't too bad, with base colours of Ultramarine Blue, and Skull White. Lots of other colours used to create the shades, and tones, here's a picture of the amount of different paints used.


Next up is the X-Character, Marrow! She's almost good to go, just a little bit to do with the sculpting of the bones in her back, so it won't be long before I post photo's of her on here.

Once Marrow's finished it's Lady Deadpool.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Joseph (X-Men)

Joseph was a younger clone of Magneto, created by Astra. He sacrificed himself to repair Earth's magnetosphere, which had been altered by Magneto. He has recently returned to cause trouble for the redemptive Magneto.
 Joseph first appeared in 1995, in X-Men #46, so in the grand scheme of all things X-Men related a relatively new character.

I went with an obvious choice of base character to use, Doc Samson. The Doc Samson figurine by Eaglemoss has a great dramatic stance, great muscle definition, and then there's the long hair.

Not a lot to remove from this Doc Samson figurine, which is quite a novelty, just the boot tops, belt and then  smooth away the leg lines, and lightning logo.
I added straps around the boot tops, thighs, and wrists, plus the 'X' belt, and gloves. I also decided to extend the length of his hair. Joseph's hair is a lot longer than Doc Samson's, with most of the length at the back of the head.


Next up, depending on which base figurine arrives first, it should be another 'X' character, Marrow. Then it's Gravity, closely followed by Lady Deadpool.
I am also in the middle of doing an original Archangel, but it's quite slow, not to mention tricky, in the wing department.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Mr. Zsasz

Mr. Zsasz is a serial killer with no regard for human life. He carves a mark into his skin for every life he takes, slowly covering his entire body in scars.

A Batman villain, Zsasz first appeared in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 in 1992. So in the grand scheme of things, as far as Batman's concerned, a relatively new villain, and a total psycho too boot.
I used the Aqualad figurine for my base, why? The stance, and holding weapons sold it too me. I was going to have him brandishing two knives, but after looking at numerous pictures of him, decided to stick to the one, it seems to be his preference.
I had to shave Aqualad's head, and rebuild his right ear from scratch, which was quite tricky. The next stage was to create trousers, which involved Milliput applied to the bottom of each leg, the backs of each leg, and to create the top of the trousers including belt, belt loops, fly area, and belt buckle.
I wanted to stay away from Arkham orange for the trousers, and went for a neutral colour close to what he wore in his early days, which was a mix of Fortress Grey, Beastial Brown, and Chaos Black. The tricky bit of the paint application was the hash marks, which I decided to go for black, as in the comic, rather than a more realistic red scar, which I felt wouldn't stand out enough. Once the black marks had been put on I dry-brushed Dwarf Flesh over the top to blend them in, and make them less harsh.

Mr. Zsasz

Next up is a return to Marvel, or more precisely more X-Men characters, the characters requested being Joseph, and Marrow.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Sage (X-Men)

Sage is a mutant telepath with a computer-like mind capable of infinite recall. She has been a Hellfire Club Member, X-Man, member of Excalibur, and more recently an Exile. She was last seen as encased in crystal stasis in the Panoptichron.

Sage was quite a challenge, on first inspection you would think it was a simple piece to do, but alas that wasn't the case. Quite a bit of Milliput used creating belts, pouches wrist bands, ankle straps, and not forgetting the hair. She has a pretty iconic hair-style, with the hair at the front, ant the shape of the hair at the back, plus she has her ears on show.

I chose the Moondragon figurine for the base, specifically because it is the only figurine that has the ears on show.

I had to remove the cloak, smooth down the gloves, and reduce the size of the ears. Once i had a basic smooth character to work with I started with the hair, creating the back of the hair first before adding the trademark front locks. The it was a slow step-by-step case of adding each bit of Milliput for all the add-ons. The Moondragon figurine is possibly the worst one released by Eaglemoss, a poor sculpt, so the challenge was to take an ugly piece and turn it into an attractive one.

The base paint was quite easy to apply, and the detail was fun to add, especially the eye tattoo's. It was a fun piece to do, and quite a different challenge to the previous X-Man, Pixie.


Here's a picture of  Sage, with Pixie.

Next up is Victor Zsasz, or Mr. Zsasz as he's sometimes called, followed by a return to more Marvel characters, or more precisely X-Men characters.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Abin Sur (Green Lantern)

This is only the second DC custom I've done, the first one being the Batman villain Catman, which has had more views than any other custom I've done. They say size isn't every thing, but the DC figurines are larger than the Marvel ones, which means you get larger dimensions to paint on, which makes detail a little easier to apply.

I must admit, I quite enjoyed doing this one, not such a big challenge as Pixie, or the one I'm in the middle of doing at the moment. Once all the bits that you don't need have been removed, and Milliput applied it's the fun painting part.

I used Dr. Light for my base figurine. I didn't want to use an existing Green Lantern character, because having two figures the same together would look odd. I needed one that had ears, which Dr. Light has, plus the stance was right, I wanted a dramatic look.
The first thing I had to do was remove the cloak, which is never as easy as it looks. With the Dr. Light figurine you remove his cloak, and the head comes off as well, then you need to attach the head back on to the body with a bit of glue, and some Milliput. Like a lot of figurines that have cloaks the neck is very long so it's a case of filing the neck to the right length. The gloves needed smoothing flat, belt removal, and helmet smoothed down. Not forgetting the beard. Whilst smoothing away the bits you don't need, you have to be very careful not to slip and lose an ear, or a nose. Lead is great to work with, but quite fragile.

Once all the lumps n' bumps have been hidden, or filed down, it's a case of adding a ring. A GL without a ring... is a dead one... isn't he/she?

The basic colours on the costume are quite easy to apply, the chest logo is harder than it looks, when painting one so small, but not as hard as the logo on the ring. Yes, I've painted the logo, the size of a pin head on the ring. You can't really see it in these photo's, if I can work out the macro on my camera, i'll take a photo and post it on here.

Abin Sur

Next up is Sage... I keep saying that, but sage has had quite some detail to apply to her. She is now at the stage to begin painting, so it shouldn't be too long before she appears on this Blog. Once sage is done, it's another request, another Batman villain, Mr. Zsasz. Quite a challenge applying the tally cuts to such a small figurine. I've yet to decide if I'm going to do them in black, like in the comic, or a pink, to look like scars.