Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hurricane

Albert Potter was the first Hurricane.

Albert was a meteorologist who studied how to deactivate hurricanes. He failed many times and soon was fired from his job. He took his machine that deactivated hurricanes and tried to release it into one. The machine backfired and engulfed Albert in its energy. The Nethergods rebuilt Albert into a weapon to use against Captain Britain, pawn of their foe Merlyn. He soon became Hurricane.

Albert has increased strength, stamina, agility and intellect. He made a battlesuit that protects him from mostly all forms of conventional injury. The suit also allows him to generate both extremely high velocity winds [strong enough to become hurricanes] and force blasts. He has the ability to fly at speeds of 200 mph, if not greater.

His suit allows him to generate other weather controlling effects such as generating lightning and hail. He could also absorb energy based blast and project them as well. Albert also possessed some mind-control abilities.






Hurricane first appeared in Captain Britain #3 in 1976, his first cover appearance was on the cover of issue #4, he was created by Chris Claremont & Herb Trimpe.

Sometimes you look at a character and know instantly which base figurine to use, this was easily the case when choosing Hurricane's base, it could only be Gladiator, perfect in every way.

A small amount of preparation needed, first I removed the wrist blades, and shoulder spikes, then smoothed away the waistband, helmet detail, biceps bands, boot spikes and chain mail effect on his legs.

Using Milliput I filled in the holes on his boots and chest design, plus coated his legs in a thin layer to hide any unwanted detail. The shape of the eye slits on Gladiators helmet is different to Hurricanes, so I needed to put a small line of Milliput on the bottom of the mask up to the edges of the eye creating a triangle shape.

Next was to add the back-pack and wrist blasters with Milliput, and finally using wire to join the two together, with Super-glue.

Paints Used...

Blue Areas - Ultramarines Blue, Blue Ink and Midnight Blue

Yellow Areas - Sunburst Yellow, Golden Yellow and Vermin Brown

Skull White for the eye-slits


Hurricane

Basic paint stages in creating Hurricane




*Click on each photo to see a larger version of each of the images.

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information on Hurricane.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Link (Legend of Zelda)

Link refers to several different incarnations of the same fictional character and the protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. Link has been featured in other media from Nintendo, including its merchandising, comic books, and a cartoon series.

Link is depicted as a child, teenager, or adult of the Hylian race, originating from the fictional land of Hyrule. Link often travels through Hyrule, defeating creatures, evil forces, and the series' primary antagonist, Ganon, while attempting to save Princess Zelda and Hyrule. To defeat him, Link usually requires the mystic Master Sword and Light Arrows, or a similar legendary weapon, obtained after many trials and battles, and magical objects or using other items such as musical instruments and weaponry.

Link debuted on February 21, 1986, with the Japanese release of The Legend of Zelda. Described as a "young lad", or a "young man" who saved Princess Zelda's elderly nursemaid Impa from Ganon's henchmen, Link assumes the role of the hero attempting to rescue Princess Zelda (and the kingdom of Hyrule) from the evil wizard Ganon, who has stolen the Triforce of Power.





To choose the right base figurine for Link I tried a couple of options, first of all I tried using Nightcrawler, but his build was way too slim, so I used Iceman, who had a similar stance, and more muscle mass.

The only preparation needed for this figurine was to remove the icicle stake and smooth away the belt.

The sculpt itself was one of the most time consuming I've done to date, with so many layers needed to reach the end result. I started with his boots, which are very oversized in appearance, starting from the foot, creating the right shape, then the folds around the ankle, then the top of the boot cutting in a 'V' at the top, and finally adding the fold around the top of the boot.

Next I added the neck collar, which is white and sits beneath the main green tunic. I then worked on the tunic starting with the skirt area, and once I was happy with the shape I added the belt, belt buckle, and belt loops. This I followed by creating the top part of the tunic, from the armpits down to the belt area draping the edges of the Milliput over the top of the belt to give it a natural material look. The final part of the main body of the tunic was to add both sleeves (the collar is added later).

Now to add the leather-work, the gauntlets, and belt. The gauntlets were a simple case of wrapping three lines of Milliput around each arm, and the sash-belt was a loop wrapping around the body, adding grooves once set then finishing off with a buckle. The final part of the tunic was adding the aforementioned collar which needed to wrap around the back of the neck ans sit on top of the sash-belt.

Then I moved on to the head adding the iconic elven ears. Once the ears had been carved in to shape I added the hair, starting with the tufts in front of the ears, and at the back of the neck, then finishing by adding his stylized hairstyle at the front of his head.

The final part of the costume was to add the hat, which sits just behind the ears. I started by adding a headband first sitting just behind his hair and at the nape of the neck. I then added the top of the hat, making sure it trailed down his back.

The final parts of the figurine were to add his sword, shield and scabbard. The shield was created by cutting a piece of hard plastic to the correct shape, wrapping Milliput around the edges and then carving to the correct shape, and adding a strip of Milliput to the back of the shield to finish. The scabbard was mate by shaping a piece of Milliput and positioning on the back of the figurine then adding the detail top and bottom. Once carved I then used super glue to attach. The sword was made by building the shape, using Milliput, grafting it around a small Lego sword.


Paints used...

Green areas - Snot Green, Blue Ink and Dark Angels Green

Brown areas - Vermin Brown, Beastial Brown, Rhinox Hide, Vomit Brown and Zandri Dust

White areas - Skull White and Glacier Blue (Vallejo)

Hair - Sunburst Yellow, Golden Yellow and Orange Fire

Skin - Elven Flesh and Dwarf Flesh

Shield & Scabbard - Chainmail, Ultramarines Blue, Blood Red, Burnished Gold and Mithril Silver

Sword - Mithril Silver, Chaos Black, Lich Purple, Blue Ink and Midnight Blue

Burnished Gold also used for the buckles.


Link

Basic paint stages in creating Link




*Click on each photo to see a larger version of each of the images.

*Thank you to Wikipedia for the information on Link.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Cecilia Reyes 2

Just a quick post today. Here's one I've done before, the X-Character called Cecilia Reyes.

For information on how she was created follow the link to my earlier version of her...
 http://elvenbrit-metalink.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/cecilia-reyes.html

Cecilia is a doctor and former X-men member. She is able to generate a force field that is tied to her life force. She had recently been spotted in Chinatown. Recently she moves to New York where she´s hanging out with Gambit.

Cecillia Reyes was created by Scott Lobdell and Carlos Pacheco and first appeared in a one-page cameo in X-Men #65 (1997) before she fully appeared in X-Men Issue #66 (1997).





Cecilia Reyes



Thursday, 25 September 2014

Tarantula

Antón Miguel Rodríguez was a mercenary and assassin best known as the Tarántula; a foe to Spider-Man. Since his suicide, the Tarántula mantle has been passed on to other people.

Antón Miguel Rodríguez was a revolutionary against dictatorship in the South American republic of Delvadia, but he loved killing too much and was forced out. He then joined those who he first fought. There he got the costume and the name Tarántula. But when he killed a fellow officer, he was yet again forced out. He escaped to United States, where he started his criminal career.

On his first job he met Spider-Man and Punisher, who foiled his plans. He was thrown into prison, where he escaped thanks to Jackal, who used him as tool against Spider-Man. He tried several kidnapping jobs but ultimately failed them.

Frustrated on his defeats he subjected himself to experiment to duplicate Spider-Man's power. The experiment went bad when Will O'The Wisp trashed the machines. Antón was turned into a spider hybrid. His intelligence waned and appearance turned more spider-like with moments. In the end he jumped down from the roof goading for cops to shoot him, thus ending his life.



Tarantula first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #134 in 1974, created by Billy Tucci.

There was only one choice for Tarantula's base figurine, that of Iron Fist. A similar build, a similarity in the mask, plus the Kung-Fu stance, perfect.

Quite a simple piece to do, with the preparation very basic. I trimmed away the colour, removed the belt, and carefully removed the the mask ends to use later on.

For the sculpt I started on the wrists and feet, first hiding the wrist lines, and shoe lines with Milliput, then adding the toe spikes. Next I added edges to his mask, making it look like it's been tied around his head, like a bandana. I then reattached the ends to the back of his head, sitting along his spine, then I hid the join with some Milliput giving the impression of a knot.

Paints used...

Red Area - Evil Sunz Scarlet (Blood Red), Blue Ink, and Red Gore.

Abaddon Black for the dark parts of the costume, not forgetting the mustache, Elf Flesh and Dwarf Flesh for the skin, Skull White for the eyes, and Boltgun Metal for the toe spikes.


Tarantula

Basic paint stages in creating Tarantula




*Click on each photo to see a larger version of each of the images.

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information on Tarantula.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sleepwalker

Sleepwalker is a guardian of the Mindscape, a dimension that borders on the minds of all intelligent life. Now trapped in the mind of Rick Sheridan. When Rick sleeps, Sleepwalker escapes.

In the Mindscape, a world where strange creatures live that borders on the minds of all intelligent life, there is a force of beings that protect the sleeping minds of humans. For if they were not protected, dangerous beings would enter the minds of sleeping humans. One of the beings that protects the human minds, what humans call 'Sleepwalker', was tricked by his enemy, Cobweb, into entering the mind of Rick Sheridan. After confronting Sleepwalker in many of his dreams, Rick tore off Sleepwalker's Imaginator. This caused Sleepwalker and Rick to bond together. Now, whenever Rick Sheridan goes to sleep, Sleepwalker materializes into reality. Rick and Sleepwalker have agreed that when Sleepwalker comes out, he fights crime.

Sleepwalker has fought a wide array of villains, from the billiard based Eightball, to Crimewave, to the Chain Gang. In the Infinity War, Sleepwalker helped channel the minds of Professor X, Jean Grey, Moondragon, and Psylocke. During the battle against the evil doppelgangers that Magus made, Sleepwalker fought some of the evil clones and saved some citizens. Sleepwalker also impersonated his own doppelganger. During the Infinity Crusade, he was captured by Goddess and brought to the 'Counter-Earth'.

Cobweb wanted to finally defeat Sleepwalker so he devised a plan. Cobweb would disguise his minions as Sleepwalker's race and make everyone believe that Sleepwalker was their leader. Then, everybody would hate Sleepwalker. The plan went into action. Sleepwalker and the Avengers stopped the invasion, but the public still believed that Sleepwalker was the leader of a race that was going to try to take over. Cobweb attacked again, but Sleepwalker defeated him for good, banishing him. Sleepwalker seemingly died afterwards. It was soon revealed that Sleepwalker did not die, he was only trapped inside Rick Sheridan's mind.

Sleepwalker was created by Bob Budiansky and Bret Blevins in 1991 and first appeared in Sleepwalker #1.

Sleepwalker's shape and build seems to change depending on what artist has drawn him, from very skinny, to quite bulky. The request for this one was for him to be on the slim side, so the perfect choice was to use The Vulture, plus the stance was a perfect fit.

The preparation for this piece involved cutting away the wings, sanding down the neck-ruff, and hiding the costume lines with a layer of Milliput.

For the sculpt I started with the legs, followed by the arms, and the belt. To create the ragged bandaged look I applied Milliput to each area, and once it had set, I carefully carved the intricate lines using a V-Shaped rifling file.

He has an alien looking face, so to create this I covered his nose and mouth with Milliput, and shaped whilst wet, making sure there was an impression of a mouth. Once set, I smoothed away any rough edges.

For the hood area I proceeded with the shoulder/neck area first, adding the hood afterwards, again using Milliput, and creating the folds using different shaped rifling files.

Paints used...

Purple Areas - Screamer Pink, Blue Ink, and Liche Purple

Blue Areas - Ultramarines Blue, Blue Ink, and Midnight Blue

Green Skin - Scorpion Green mixed with Skull White and Cam. Bright Green (Vallejo Model Color), and Dark Angels Green for the shading.

Eyes - Blood Red


Sleepwalker

Basic paint stages in creating Sleepwalker




*Click on each photo to see a larger version of each of the images.

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information on Sleepwalker.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Jester

Jonathan Powers was your typical struggling actor. One day it seemed things were going to turn in his career. He received a role in an off-Broadway play and it looked to be his "big break." The critics did not think so and the audience actually "booed" his performance.

Bitter and upset, Powers began to study different techniques such as fencing and gymnastics so that he could earn different roles. He even started body building to spruce up his appearance. After putting in a lot of work and energy, he was only able to get a job as a comic relief on a kids' television show.

Powers decided to give up his acting career and turned to a life of crime. Not settling for simple armed robbery, Powers approached the Tinkerer to set himself up with some gadgets to aid his new career. He called himself the Jester and started a crime wave using his new toys and gadgets.

Jester wasn't the brilliant mastermind he had thought. He had several run-ins with costumed vigilantes such as Daredevil and Moon Knight which always ended with him going to jail.

For a time, the Jester tried to improve his life and restart his life as an actor. As Jonathan Powers, he portrayed Cyrano de Bergerac on television, presumably abandoning the Jester identity However, his attempt to reform failed miserably. Late in Brian Bendis' run on Daredevil (Decalogue story-arc), Powers is revealed to have allowed himself to act as host to a demon (one conjured up by a would-be Ninja), gaining great strength in the process. When the demon leaves him, Powers is apparently left comatose.

Jester was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan in 1968 and first appeared in Daredevil # 42.

The iconic look for The Jester is one of him upright with his yo-yo dangling from his hand. I chose to use the Iceman figurine by Eaglemoss, the pose, and the body are perfect for this custom.

Not a lot of preparation needed, just had to remove the icicle, then gently knock his arm upwards in to a position to hang the yo-yo from.

For the sculpt I started with the material below the waist, then above the waist carving grooves, using various types of riffling files, to give the appearance of material. I then cut a groove around the middle for the belt to sit in, which I added next.

I then worked on the arms, starting with the wrists, and then using the same technique I used to create material on the body area to add the sleeves.

Next was to add the sash/knot on the belt, plus the turned-up Jester shoes, closely followed by placing a diamond shape around the shoulders. Once the Milliput had set, I carved lines in to this using a craft chisel.

With the head area I started with the orange area, again carving lines once set, followed by adding the floppy Jester style cap, with it's pom-pom.

The final parts to complete were the exaggerated nose piece, and the yo-yo. I used fishing wire for the string on the yo-yo.

Paints used...

Green areas (Tabbard,& Leggings) - Snot Green, Blue Ink, and Dark Angels Green

Purple areas (Shoulders & Hat)- Screamer Pink, Blue Ink, and Liche Purple

Blue areas (Mask & Yo-Yo) - Ultramarines Blue, Blue Ink, and Midnight Blue

Orange areas (Head wear & Gloves) - Blazing Orange, Red Ink, Blood Red, and Sunburst Yellow

Elf Flesh & Dwarf Flesh for the skin, Skull White for the eyes & Yo-Yo string, and Abaddon Black for the base.


The Jester

Basic paint stages in creating The Jester




*Click on each photo to see a larger version of each of the images.

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information on The Jester.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Pokemon Red Trainer

Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, /ˈpoʊkeɪmɒn/ poh-kay-mon is a media franchise published by Japanese video game company Nintendo, owned by The Pokémon Company, and created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996, focused on the titular creatures. Originally released as a pair of interlinkable Game Boy role-playing video games developed by Game Freak, Pokémon has since become the second-most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo's own Mario franchise.  Pokémon properties have since been merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books, and other media.

Pokémon or Pocket Monsters is a variety of species in the Pokemon franchise. Each Pokemon has unique abilities they use in battles. Many evolve into powerful Pokemon that can use stronger moves.

There are professors, who study different aspects of Pokemon and Human interaction. Pokemon can range from small fish like creatures or cosmic time shifting creatures.








For the Red Trainer figurine I wanted a slim character with a dramatic stance, whose arm was extended, so I could add the Pokemon ball thing to the hand, for this I chose the Iceman figurine by Eaglemoss.

Very little needed to be done to prep' the figurine, with just the removal of his belt buckle, and Icicle from his left hand. I followed this by carefully bending his right arm in to a more suitable position. I then cut his right hand off, and re-attached it in reverse, so as to have him holding the ball in the palm of his hand.

This was another one of those sculpts where it was more involved than I thought it would be. I started with his trainers, then built up the layers of his trousers. This was then followed by creating the look of his T-Shirt sitting on top of his trousers, making sure it fell naturally, with some creases in. I then added the wrist folds of his gloves, and the sleeves of his jacket. The final part of the main body was to build the jacket, with it slightly open. I try and make material look as natural as possible, with creases, and the way it would hang. You have to take gravity in to consideration for a more believable look. Once this was done I added the raised collar.

This just left the head area, I started with his hair, laying small bits of Milliput around his ears, and the front and back of his head. Once this had set I carved lines in to the hair to make it look like hair. I added the cap in two stages, first the main head-piece, then finally the peak.

Paints used...

Red areas (Jacket, Cap, and Trainers) - Blood Red, Blue Ink & Red Gore.

Trousers - Ice Blue, Blue Ink, Regal Blue & Glacier Blue (Vallejo)

T-Shirt & Hair - Abaddon Black

White Areas (Sleeves, front of cap &Wrists) - Skull White, Ice Blue & Glacier Blue (Vallejo)

Skin - Elf Flesh & Dwarf Flesh


Red Trainer

Basic paint stages in creating Red Trainer




*Click on each photo to see a larger version of each of the images.

*Thank you to Comic Vine & Wikkipedia for the information on Pokemon.