Sunday, 5 May 2013

Scarlet Centurion (Kang)

Kang the conqueror was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Kang made his first comic book appearance in the pages of Fantastic Four #19 though it was in his Rama-Tut persona. Kang the conqueror made his first appearance in the pages of Avengers #8.

Kang has traveled to many timelines, one of the first in which he takes on the mantle of Rama Tut back in ancient Egypt. In another timeline he becomes The Scarlet Centurion, and far in the future he becomes Immortus.

Kang the Conqueror
It was in his 35th year of life that Nathaniel Richards first diverged. When entering the timestream, one divergence of Nathaniel Richards ended up in an alternate 20th century, where he took over that Earth under the guise of the Scarlet Centurion; The other divergence found himself in the war-torn 40th century. Inspired by his meeting with his possible ancestor, Nathaniel constructed his own body suit from a futuristic 40th century metallic alloy, and conquered that planet. On that day, Kang the Conqueror was born.

This custom proved to be my biggest challenge so far! So much detail to add on to the base figurine, and all of it very tiny, which tested my sculpting ability to the max. Scarlet Centurion is quite a commanding character, with a noble stance, and quite a bit of muscle bulk, but not over the top, like a Hulk. I used a Namor figurine for my base, the stance, and body shape perfect for this custom.

Once all the bits on Namor's costume had been removed, it was the long journey to build the armour around the base figure. This is the order I built the armour in...
1 - Boots (5 separate stages)
2 - Hip Lines
3 - Gauntlets
4 - Chest Armour (2 stages)
5 - Material joining gauntlets to shoulders
6 - Leg Ovals
7 - Shoulder Pads
8 - Helmet
9 - Join Helmet to Shoulder Pads
10 - Ridged lines on helmet and shoulders
11 - Stomach Emblem
12 - Trident

The painting itself was quite tricky having to work around all the different bits of armour with precision, not to mention trying to put detail on the face. Before beginning the painting I experimented with different types of paint to get the right result.

Scarlet Centurion

Here's the various stages of completion, starting with the finished figurine, with all it's Milliput applied.

Phew! That was my biggest challenge so far, now he's done I can turn my attention to the next few customs, Vanguard, Baron Mordo, and one for myself, Baron Blood.