Thursday, 24 January 2013

Surge (X-Men)

Surge is a young mutant with electricity-based powers, and presently requires gauntlet-like regulators to fully control her powers. Considered to be one of the natural leaders of the younger mutants, she now resides with the rest of the X-Men in San Francisco.

Surge is one of those customs that on first inspection you think it'll be a simple one, a bit of Milliput for the gauntlets, and some Milliput for the jeans, and hey-presto, one Surge! This, as per usual was not the case and proved to be quite a challenge, with all the intricate layers to attach.

I used an Invisible Woman for my base, the body size and shape is very young looking, plus the outstretched hand made if perfect for Surge, as depicted in the picture above.

When sculpting any custom you need to visualize the layers, and then build each layer as you progress to create the right effect. Surge's outfit consists of jeans, trainers, gauntlets and a crop-top. I started with the trainers first, making them chunky at the heel and toe, with a big strap across the foot. I did the trainers first because I wanted the baggy style jeans Surge wears to sit on top of them, giving the impression of material, with all it's folds, and creases.

With the trainers done, I started on the first stage of the jeans, the bottom bit, which involves covering the leg from the kneecap to the trainers in Milliput, and once it has hardened, carve the creases at the bottom giving that draped material look on top of her trainers. The next stage was to cover the groin, and backside areas in Milliput, once again carving lines around these areas to look like creases. Stage three, was to add Milliput from the groin area to the kneecap, not too much sculpting needed on this bit, the tightest part of the jeans. Next a small amount of Milliput applied to the backs of each knee, and a band of Milliput around the waist, for the waistband. Then the final part of the legs is the kneecaps, which just leaves the belt loops, and fly-cover.

The reason I built the jeans up in so many levels was to not lose the shape of the legs. I find if you just cover the whole lot in Milliput you will lose the natural shape, whereas concentrating on each bit you maintain a realistic shape.

The gauntlets also required several levels to create the right look. First of all I built rings around the wrists, and just below the elbows, followed by the elbow guards, and finally the tiny little discs on the sides of her gauntlets, which measure not much more than a millimetre each., this was very, very fiddly, and I managed to super-glue each disc to my fingers several times in the process of gluing them to her arms.

Once this is all done it's the paint application, which is depicted below in it's three basic stages...

The main thing I wanted to get right for this Surge figurine was her jeans. I didn't want them to be just a blue pair of trousers, that had the shape of jeans, and the colour, I wanted them to look like jeans. This I managed to do by using a lot of different shades of blue, and applying different techniques, such as mixing flat colour application, with dry-brushing using different shades of blue.

Here's a picture to give you an idea of how many paints are used to paint this figurine, which is probably the same amount used on any figurine.
You can see two pots of Chaos Black, one is watered down, which is great for shading any metallic parts of a figurine, which I feel give the metal depth.


Next up is another request for a Pixie, which will be like the one I did last year, but will have subtle differences. Each figurine I do are originals, and there will always be differences between ones that I have done before.

I tend to do two or three figurines at a time, so whilst doing Pixie, which has quite a few layers, I will also be doing another two I've done before. A fellow Forum member has requested the Batman villain, Catman, and the Daredevil Villain, Mr. Fear, which I did a couple of years ago, check out some of my earlier customs to get an idea of what they will be like.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Lady Deadpool (With Headpool)

Lady Deadpool is a female version of Deadpool from the alternate reality Earth-3010, named Wanda Wilson. She first appeared in issue #7 of 'Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth' in March 2010, but it seems in the short time she's been around, she's already proving to be very popular.
This one took a while to complete, lots of individual bits of detail to add to the base figurine. I decided to use the Psylocke figure by Eaglemoss, but mix it up a bit, otherwise it would end up looking like Psylocke in different costume, wearing a mask.
Lady Deadpool is more likely to use guns than swords, but the swords are also part of her overall image. I decided to replace the swords in her hands with guns, then strap the swords to her back. I had to remove the hair, hide the costume lines with Milliput, and cover the mouth.
Next it was the long process to add the individual parts of LD's costume. The leg, neck and arm rings first, followed by the belt pouches, and buckle. The final part of the custom was to add the pony-tail/hair, using Milliput.
For Headpool I used a Chameleon head, sculpted the helmet-copter, and small amounts of Milliput to give the impression of a tattered mask. The copter blade is made from a piece of plastic, cut to shape, fixed to a metal rod, with a Milliput top.
Painting Lady Deadpool wasn't too bad, once you get the costume proportions right, it's only a case of using basic colours. Headpool on the other hand needed a little more detail added, he is a zombie after-all. I used five different paints to get the zombie skin correct, then used Skull White to add the teeth.

Lady Deadpool (With Headpool, sometimes known as Zombie Deadpool)

Here's a close-up photo of Headpool

And finally a photo of Lady Deadpool positioned next to Psylocke, you can see how different the finished custom is from the original base figurine used.

Next up is Surge, a young X-Character. The sculpting is done, and base primer applied, so she should appear on here soon, fully painted.