Alexander Summers is the younger son of Christopher and Katherine Summers, and younger brother to Scott. Christopher was a test pilot for the air force, and was flying a private plane with his family on board when the plane was attacked by a spaceship from the Shi'ar Empire. There was only one parachute, so Katherine strapped it to Alex and Scott before pushing them out of the plane.
Both boys survived the crash, but Scott suffered a serious head injury upon landing. Taken into care with the belief that their parents dead, Scott and Alex were separated. Alex was adopted by the Blanding family who had recently lost their son. Todd Blanding had been killed in a car crash. His new parents tried to make Alex the same as Todd, and Alex tried his hardest to please them. When the boy who caused Todd's death attacked Alex, Alex's mutant powers surfaced. However, raging out of control, his plasma blasts accidentally incinerated the boy. No one was aware that Mr. Sinister had been monitoring Alex ever since he had been adopted. He then placed genetic locks on Alex to stop him from developing his mutant powers again. As a side effect of the blocks, Alex also forgot what had happened and how he had killed a boy.
Havok was created by Arnold Drake and Don Heck and first appeared in The X-Men #54 (1969).
Havok has a certain iconic pose which I wanted to capture when creating this custom. This particular costume is his original, and most popular, which many feel should have been the costume released by Eaglemoss. I chose the Atom figurine for the base for a couple of reasons, first the stance, and secondly the body shape.
To prepare this figurine I had to remove it from it's DC base, and position on to a Marvel one, then hide any costume lines with a thin layer of Miliput.
The only real bit of sculpting needed was the 'Egg-beater' shaped headpiece. I built this in three stages, first the band that runs along the centre of his head, then the two side pieces, and finally the gem in the centre of his head.
A basic set of colours needed for this one, Chaos Black (Abaddon Black) for the main costume, Mithril Silver for the head-piece, and collar, Skull White for the chest circle, Blood Red for the gem, and Elf Flesh for the skin, with Dwarf flesh for the skin tone.
The hardest part of painting this figure was painting the circle in the middle of his chest. When you buy a new paint brush, the brush part is protected by a tube of plastic, the tip of one of these I dipped in to the white paint, then pressed it against his chest, which gives you an almost perfect circle, with only a small amount of touch up needed. To finish, carefully paint the outer circle, evenly around the edge of the main circle.
The following photo's are of the stages used in applying the paint effects on Havok.
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*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information on Havok.