Sunday, 27 April 2014

Makkari (The Eternals)

Makkari is an Eternal and the fastest speedster in the Marvel Universe.

Makkari is the son of Verona and Mara, born approximately four and a half thousand years ago. He is a member of the Eternal technologist’s guild, specializing in building high-speed vehicles. The Eternals are a genetic offshoot of humanity created after tampering by the space gods the Celestials many centuries ago. They were created parallel to the Deviant species, the two groups of humanoids becoming foes and warring often. Makkari had involved himself in the affairs of Homo Sapiens more often than most Eternals, he had learned from Plato, served as a charioteer to Darius of the Persian empire, he witnessed the Trojan War in 13th BC, as well as the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, and the Battle of Alamo in 1836, the rise of Dracula, and even reportedly taught Elvis Presley a few cords on the guitar. Makkari was an active member of the Eternals as well however often warring against Eternals enemies the Deviants, also created as a result of Celestials genetic engineering. Makkari also stood out from his fellow Eternals in being fascinated by speed. Supposedly Makkari as a child could run before he could walk, or at least that goes the story as far as underlining his fascination with speed. Makkari has even been mistaken for Olympian god of speed Hermes. Although he would also attempt to impersonate that very same Greek god on more than one occasion as well. Makkari's fascination and appreciation with speed would lead him to the Eternal and philosopher Master Elo who would teach him how to increase his natural ability for speed. The Eternal's physiology granting them the ability to adapt and refine themselves on a molecular level would be put to great use by Makkari who would prioritize his desire for speed losing some of his other typical Eternal abilities in the process. Makkari would also eventually be revealed to have a special connection with the Dreaming Celestial, formerly known as Tiamut the Communicator. The rogue Celestial explaining that he had personally created Makkari and opting a preference to communicate through Makkari to the other Eternal's.

Jack Kirby, the King of Comics, created Makkari in his first appearance in the Eternals vol 1 #5 (11/1976). In 1998, a story arc in Marvel Universe #4-7 retconned the history of Makkari. This retcon revealed that the Roman god, Mercury, who appeared in Red Raven Comics #1 (8/1940) was Makkari using a different alias. The same retcon also revealed that the hero, the Hurricane, who appeared in Captain America Comics #1-11 (1941) was also Makkari. Jack Kirby was also the artist for Red Raven Comics #1 and Captain America Comics #1.

Makkari has a simple body design, with no added extra's needed, but the helmet, and visor/goggles are quite iconic. I wanted a figurine with good muscle tone, but still quite slim, like that of a runner. I went for Yellowjacket, a great stance, looking like he's ready to run.

The preparation was pretty simple, I had to remove the fin-type-things from around his shoulders, smooth away his belt, and cut away the ear pieces. Once this was done I filled in the gaps with Milliput, and hid the boot and glove lines with a thin layer of Milliput.

The main part of the sculpt was on the stylized racing style helmet, which I built around the head leaving the chin area free. Once I had carved the helmet to the correct shape I then built the chin guard into the piece, making it look like a single unit..

The final part of the custom, and the trickiest part was to add the ruby red visor. This I made from a thin piece of plastic, which was then glued in to place once the painting had been done, then coloured to finish.

For the paint application I used Blood Red, and Skull White for the costume, and Elf Flesh for the skin colour. For the shade on the red I used Blue Ink and Red Gore, and for the white I used a Glacier Blue (Vallejo). To make the eyes stand out through the visor I painted them white around the edges, with Blood Red eyes. On the visor I used a Red Ink.

Makkari

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



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

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

Here's a quick update for Makkari, by request I've increased the size of the wings on the helmet and added a feather effect, increased the thickness of the lines on the legs, and added the neck lines.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunspot

Roberto Da Casta, a Mutant with the ability to harness the Sun's power and possess Superhuman Strength, Speed, and Durability. Born in Brazil, Roberto comes from a wealthy family. He has been described as brash and quick tempered, and has a long history with the New Mutants, X-Force, and other X-Men related teams. He's also been allied with many villainous teams.

Roberto first manifested his superhuman mutant powers when, at the age of fourteen, he was playing in a championship soccer match for his school team in Rio de Janeiro. Motivated by racial hatred, a boy named Keller and another member of the opposing team knocked Da Costa to the ground. The hot-tempered Da Costa retaliated by tackling Keller, who began brutally beating him. It was then that, without being aware of what was happening to him, Da Costa first manifested his superhuman strength. His body and clothing temporarily turned black in the process, and he inadvertently hurled Keller away from him. Confused and frightened, Da Costa sought help, but both the other players and most of the spectators panicked and fled. However, his girlfriend,Juliana Sandoval, who had been watching the game along with Emmanuel, stood by Roberto in his time of need.


His first appearance was in Marvel Graphic Novel #4 and was created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod.

I wanted this Sunspot custom to embody what he is... a hot headed mutant, who can barely control his anger. I chose the Tiger Shark figurine by Eaglemoss for the base, the way he holds himself is one of controlled rage, perfect for Sunspot.

For the preparation I needed to remove the fin on his head, which runs down his back, the spikes on his legs, and on his gloves, with Milliput applied to the gaps created by the removal of the fin.

I started the sculpt with the boot/ankle area, followed by the knee-caps, thigh strap, wrist area, groin area, chest, and back straps, finishing off with the hair/flame, making sure it was sculpted to one side, and up.

For the paint I used Chaos Black for the body, and Sunburst Yellow for the armour. No shading needed on the body, for the armour I used Vermin Brown for the creases, blended in with Golden Yellow, and finished off with a coat of Sunburst Yellow. Skull White for the eyes, n teeth, and finally Blood Red for the 'X'.

Sunspot

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



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

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