Thursday, 23 January 2014

Ajak (The Eternals)


The Eternal spokesman for the Third and Fourth host of the Celestials on Earth

Ajak was chosen as the representative of the Mayan gods, under his ancient moniker of Tecumotzin, to help Hercules and the God Squad defeat the Skrull empire.

As a member of the Eternals, Ajak fought Warlord Kro's  Deviants in Babylon, 2500 years ago. He also had a strong presence in Central America, where the Aztecs believed him to be Quetzalcoatl and the Incas worshiped him as Tecumotzin, Lord of Flight. Ajak once met the Norse god Thor and fought Dromedan alongside him. During the Third Host of the Celestials, Ajak acted as a liaison between the Celestials and Earth and was present in Peru when they arrived. Ajak, with Zuras, arranged the flight plan the Celestials used to leave Earth. Ajak then put himself into storage as atoms within the City of the Space Gods, to await their eventual return. Under Zuras' order, Ikaris awoke Ajak when the Fourth Host of the Celestials arrived. Ajak befriended human archaeologist Dr. Daniel Damian, and let him live in the City of the Space Gods. Ajak was sealed with Doctor Damian behind the force barrier surrounding the site of the Fourth Host's arrival. Ajak was attacked by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who he then converted to stored atoms. He was also known for battling an Incan wrestler.

Ajak was created by Jack Kirby and first appeared in The Eternals issue #2 in 1976.

An unusual request this one, that of the Eternal Ajak. I chose The Grim Reaper figurine by Eaglemoss as my base, the cloak was perfect, the muscle tone correct, and the stance commanding.
I had to be very careful with the preparation on this one. The body is made of lead, but the head and cloak are resin, plus the fins on the side of the head are pinned through the head. Resin is very delicate, and can crack very easily, so extra care needed removing the fins, and separating the head/cloak from the body, so I could create the loin cloth. I also needed to remove the scythe and skull emblem.
The sculpt involved adding boots, with knee guards, attaching a hand, then adding gauntlets. This was followed by adding the loin cloth, front and back, then the wide belt on top. Once these parts were done I attached the cloak back on to the body, then added the cape clasp.
The most complicated part of the sculpt was the iconic Inca style helmet. I started with the wide rim above the eyes, then added the chin guard, joining both together along the jaw line, this was followed by creating the shape of the back of the helmet. Next was to create the twin lines across the top of the helmet on top of each other, one thinner than the other. The final part was to add the rectangles front and back, which are the same width as the thinner top line, then two squares to the side of the helmet, and finally the fins on the side of the head attached to the squares. Phew this took a lot of patience!
Colours used in the paint application were Screamer Pink for the cloak, boots, belt, and loin cloth, shaded with blue ink, blended with Liche Purple. Midnight Blue for the torso, arms, and legs. burnished gold for the helmet, gauntlets, and line detail on belt, chest, and loin cloth, with orange fire for the central lines on loin cloth,chest, and belt. Elf flesh for the skin, and dwarf flesh for the shade, with chaos black around the eyes to give the shadowed effect.
Ajak


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



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

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

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Cable

Cable is the time-traveling son of Cyclops. He was infected with the deadly techno-organic virus at a young age, which he kept at bay using his advanced psionic powers. He also raised the mutant messiah, Hope Summers.

Cable, born Christopher Charles Summers, is the son of Scott Summers (the X-Man Cyclops) and Madelyne Pryor, who was a clone of Jean Grey. Mr. Sinister had hoped to use the boy as a weapon against Apocalypse but was unable to do so. Apocalypse infected the infant with a techno-organic virus, an incurable affliction. Cable was taken to the future and raised. He returned to the present to fight Stryfe and to stop the ascension of Apocalypse in the future.

Cable's first full-grown appearance was in New Mutants Issue #87, but he had appeared earlier on (unknown as to his true future) as an infant some years before, in Uncanny X-Men #201. The infant of Nathan Summers was first written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Rick Leonardi.

The character of Cable was created by Rob Liefeld and was mostly framed by writers Louise Simonson and Fabian Nicieza who patterned the character after Liefeld's plots. It wasn't until much later that Nathan Summers, infant son of Cyclops, and the mercenary visiting from the future were linked as being the same individual.
Cable has been made by Eaglemoss, and was part of the original 200 figurines, but the costume choice had many a collector up in arms. A popular costume choice was the blue/yellow costume, which is the one I was requested to do. I wanted a figurine that was quite commanding, and a little larger than usual, Captain Atom from the DC collection fit the bill perfectly.
For the preparation I had to rebase the Captain Atom from it's DC base on to a Marvel one. The only other bit of prep needed was to hide the chest logo, and glove edges with a thin layer of Milliput.
I started with the boots first, adding three sets of straps on each leg, then adding the buckles to each strap, then the knee-pads, and finally the pouches on the outside of each boot. I added the leg straps on each leg around each thigh next followed by covering his left arm in a thin layer of Milliput. Once the Milliput was set I used a scalpel to cut lines into the Millput to give the impression of his cybernetic arm. I finished this off by adding the glove cuffs.
Next was the torso, starting with the belt, then the shoulder straps, and finally the adjoining strap across his chest. Once these were in place and lines carved in place, I added the pouches around the belt and the circular 'X' discs.
The final part of the sculpt was to add a gun, which is part Lego, and part Milliput sculpt.
Below you'll see the basic stages of paint application used to create the correct colours for the figurine. Ultramarine Blue and Sunburst Yellow for the costume base colours, with Elf Flesh for the skin, and Mithril Silver for the arm. The shading effect is obtained with the use of three basic colours. For the blue I used a Blue Ink on top of the Ultramarine Blue base colour, blended this in with Regal Blue, then highlighted with Ultramarine Blue. For the yellow I used Vermin Brown, blended this in with Orange Fire (Vallejo), then highlighted with Sunburst Yellow.
There's not too much detail needed, just the 'X' on the belt, and discs, and the trademark eye scar.

Cable

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



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

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