Monday, 25 November 2013

M (Monet St. Croix)

Monet St. Croix, also simply known as M, is a former member of Generation X and is currently involved with X-Factor Investigations.

Monet St. Croix, the second born and most favored child of the wealthy ambassador, Cartier St. Croix, she was raised along with her siblings in a lavish lifestyle in Monaco, where they each grew accustomed to the finer things that money could buy. Like Monet, her three siblings all developed mutant abilities. However, the mutant power of her only bother, Marius, manifested into something like that of a vampire, causing him to feed on the bone marrow of other mutants. With his own mother as his first victim, Marius St. Croix turned to dark magic and took on the name Emplate. After an inter-dimensional expedition birthed a desire to rule, knowing Monet had impressive mutant powers of her own, the deformed and monstrous Marius offered to share his new power with Monet so that they could rule all realities together. Self-involved as any teenager could be, Monet laughed at her brother’s hideous new form and his ludicrous offer. Outraged and filled with jealousy of Monet, he trapped her in the red skinned, mute body named Penance.

Monet has one of the most difficult creations since her earlier appearances turned out to be actually her Twin Sisters whom morphed themselves to look like her. This version of Monet was created by Scott Lobdell and Joe Madureira and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #316. The real Monet was trapped in the body of Penance (or Hollow), whom was created by Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo and first appeared in Generation X Issue 1. Monet is finally freed from the Penance form in Generation X Issue 40, making that the first time the real Monet is actually seen as Monet outside her Penance appearance.

For the base figurine I decided to use a DC figure, that of Donna Troy. She has the perfect stance, hair, and body shape for Monet.
Quite a basic figurine to do compared to recent ones I've done, but sometimes the simple ones are the most striking. Very little prep' involved, just had to smooth the belt buckle away, neck collar and then hide the arm bands, and wrist bands. Using Milliput I added the twin belts, tops of her boots, and glove edges.
The paint application itself was quite simple with Chaos Black, and Skull White used for the main, and Blood Red for the piping. For the skin I used Dwarf Flesh instead of the usual Elf Flesh, with her having a slightly darker skin colour than usual.
M (Monet St. Croix)

The following photo's are of the basic stages used in applying the paint effects on M (Monet), 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 M (Monet St. Croix).

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Archangel (#3)

A very quick post... Here's one I finished earlier today, a very popular X-Character, and one I've done twice before.

Archangel

I've not produced my usual host of photograph's depicting various stages of creation, plus different angles showing the finished figurine, with the used descriptive text because the same process was used to create him, as was used the last time I did him. If you want to know the how, check the earlier post, I posted in July... http://elvenbrit-metalink.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/archangel-x-men-mk2.html

Friday, 1 November 2013

Omega Sentinel (X-Men)

Karima Shapandar is a human Sentinel. Freed of her mutant extermination protocols, she struggles to maintain what little humanity she has remaining.

A human, 'sleeper' agent, transformed in to a Sentinel, unaware of what she was, awoken by another Mutant.

Karima Shapandar (Omega Sentinel) was created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Brett Booth, first appearing in the X-Men Unlimited, series in June 2000. She was later used by Claremont in Excalibur vol. 3 and later went on to join the more mainstream X-Titles X-Men Legacy. Claremont has spoke about the character's creation, quote "I liked the idea of her. The notion... of someone being transformed into a wholly mechanical being and what effects that has on sense of self, sense of soul? She’s an outcast from both human and mutant society, yet bound by her own personal sense of honour to try to protect both.








For the base figurine I wanted a small feminine figure. I chose The Invisible Woman figurine for the base, the stance with the extended arm, plus the hair, and body shape made her the ideal choice.
I wanted this custom to retain it's feminine look, but also have a slight robotic edge to her. I started the sculpt by enlarging the chest area. Then I added the extra Milliput to the thighs, shoulder pads, a skim of Milliput on the stomach area, lengthen the hair and wrist/arm bands. I followed this by drilling small holes around the body, and two in the head to copy various designs. I then built the gun on the extended arm, which was done in various stages. The final part was to add some thin wire connecting the gun arm/arms  to the arm-pits.
The paint application itself was quite basic, in colours used, Skull White, Blood Red, and Chaos Black (as they used to be called), Elf Flesh for the skin.



Omega Sentinel

The following photo's are of the basic stages used in applying the paint effects on Omega Sentinel, 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 Omega Sentinel.