Hope was the first mutant born after the events of Decimation. She was born in Cooperstown, Alaska to Louise Spalding and an unknown man, with Cerebro blowing up the moment little baby Hope was born. Cooperstown was attacked by the Purifiers soon after, who had been warned of the baby's birth by the time-traveling sentinel known only as Nimrod. Hope was the only child left unharmed after the Purifiers attacked and was eventually saved by Cable. Cable claimed that the baby, Hope, was the messiah and was destined to save all mutants and all of humankind alike. However, there were those, such as Bishop and the Purifiers, who believed that the birth of Hope was the end, that she was a sort of "Antichrist," who was destined to kill a million humans in six minutes. This would be responsible for turning humanity against mutants once again, and creating a new era of mutant persecution (which would one day turn out to be the timeline in which Bishop was born).
Hope Summers was created by Mike Carey (writer) and Chris Bachalo (artist). Hope Summers made her comic book debut in January 2008 in the pages of X-Men #205. Although, Hope Summers is technically first referenced in the pages of New X-Men #36, which prophesied her coming. Hope's birth was first mentioned in the pages of X-Men: Messiah Complex one shot and it wasn't until Cable #10 that the powerful baby girl was given the name Hope Summers.
This is a very popular character in the Marvel Universe, a very contemporary character featured in quite a few major storyline's in recent years. A very iconic figure which needed a base that would reflect her perfectly. I chose the Shadowcat figurine for the base, perfect stance and shape.
I had to first re-position the right arm closer to the body, then remove the hand and position it so it could hold a gun.
For the sculpt, I started with the legs and arms, creating the bandaged look, this was followed by elbow pads, and shoulder pads, plus the metal double 'V' shaped armour that sits just below the knees. The final part of the body was to add the inverted metal knee pads.
The cloak itself was built in stages, starting with the material gathered around the neck, flowing to the shoulders, then gradually building up the main part of the cloak. The cloak in itself is quite distinctive, very worn, and frayed, but I also wanted to create some movement by making it flow to one side, as if blown by a gust of wind. The final thing to do was add the gun, and it needed to be a big gun. I happened to have a spare gun I'd removed from a Forge figurine, which fit the look perfectly.
The picture at the start of this post was my inspiration for the look of this figurine.
Below you'll find the stages in applying the paint, with various shades of green used for the costume, and various browns for the cloak, and bandages. With the cloak I wanted to create a worn leather look to it. It needed to look battered, but not just in the shape but in the texture of the paint. I used around six different shades of brown to get this look, using a mixture of Citadel paints and Vallejo Game colour paints.
The following photo's are of the basic stages used in applying the paint effects on Hope, showing all four sides.
*Click on each photo to see a larger version of each of the images.
*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information for Hope Summers.