Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Cyclops (Phoenix Force)

Marvel Comics' 2012 event. As a repercussion from the events that took place in The Children's Crusade, Fear Itself, Schism, and X-Sanction, the Avengers and X-Men go to war over the return of the Phoenix Force.

The Phoenix Force is heading towards Earth, devouring entire planets in its path. The Avengers wish to stop it, fearing that it will destroy the Earth. Cyclops believes it to be a force of rebirth that will bond with the mutant messiah Hope Summers to restore the mutant population. Captain America arrives on Utopia, backed by a helicarrier full of Avengers, and demands that Cyclops allow him to take Hope into protective custody. Cyclops refuses, blasting Cap into the ocean. With this, the X-Men and the Avengers go to war over the fate of Hope and the Phoenix.

Iron Man uses a giant powered suit he designed with Hank Pym in an attempt to stop the Phoenix Force, attacking it just as it is bonding with Hope. The Phoenix is unexpectedly broken into five shards, causing Cyclops, Emma, Magik, Colossus, and Namor to become possessed. Cyclops is angered, declaring that the Avengers have interfered with the Phoenix's plan to gift Hope with it's power, and as a result the will of the Phoenix must be done by them.



The brief for this custom was, not to use the existing Cyclops figurine by Eaglemoss, but to choose a different one. I wanted a slim figure, one with attitude, and poise. The Nightwing figurine from DC was perfect for this!


To prep him I needed to remove his batons, and hair, followed by using some Milliput to hide the holes in his hands.

I started the sculpt with the visor, then the ear pieces, carefully carving the eye slit. this was followed by the double boot straps, and finally the armour on the shoulders, which I built from the centre of the chest outwards towards the shoulders and neck.

Chaos Black, and Blood Red for the costume, with Shinning Gold for the visor, and Elf Flesh for the skin. Shading was obtained on the red by using Blue Ink, Red Gore, and more Blood Red on top.

Cyclops (Phoenix Force)

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



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

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the AvX information.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Onslaught

Onslaught was born from the minds of Professor X and Magneto, and is a near-omnipotent villain, and can absorb powers from various other characters. Onslaught is mostly remembered for his part in the deaths of the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Hulk and Doctor Doom that led to the Heroes Reborn reboot.

Onslaught was a sentient psionic entity created from the consciousness of two mutants: Professor Charles Xavier, the telepathic founder of the X-Men, and the mutant known as Magneto, Master of Magnetism. During a battle between the X-Men and Magneto's Acolytes, Magneto extracted the Adamantium from the skeleton of Wolverine. Upon seeing this, a very angry Xavier used his telepathic powers to shut down Magneto's mind, rendering him catatonic. During the psionic contact, Magneto's anger, grief and lust for vengeance entered Xavier's consciousness; that and with every long-suppressed negative feeling Xavier had endured during the last 30 years. This aggregation resulted in the being known as Onslaught, a being made of psionic energy combining Magneto’s and Xavier’s psyches.


Onslaught made his first full appearance in X-Men vol.2 issue 53.


For Onslaught I needed a large muscled figurine, one with a great stance. The colossus figurine by Eaglemoss was the perfect choice.

For the preparation I had to smooth away areas such as the belt, wrist bands, and tops of boots. The next phase was to hide the armoured lines of the body with Milliput, then once set, smooth in to shape.

I started the sculpt with the boots, followed by the knee pads, and then finished off the boots with the four discs either side of the kneecaps. Next up I applied the disc on his mid-section, and the armour on his hips.

Next up I worked on the Helmet, making sure I left space so you could see the face beneath. This was followed by the collar.

The arm guards were next which were built up in several stages starting with the wrist straps, the three layers on the forearms, and finally the armour covering the hands.

Shoulder pads next, which have three individual layers, plus laying the top layer over the top of the back plate, then adding the discs front and back.

For the paint application I used Blood Red and Liche Purple for the costume, with Chaos Black for the face, and Skull White for the eyes. For the shading I used Blue Ink, with Red Gore for the body, and Blue Ink with Midnight Blue for the armour.

Onslaught

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




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

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