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.