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

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

Monday, 11 August 2014

Centennial (Alpha Flight)

A former Canadian police and army veteran, Rutherford Princeton was shocked out of an unexplained fifteen year long coma when Dr. Walter Langkowski discovered the ninety-six year old possessed an unusual bio-rhythm. Once awakened, Rutherford found he had the power to fly combined with tremendous strength and would soon join Alpha Flight as Centennial.

Rutherford Princeton served as a Canadian police officer during the 1920s. He had been sent "on loan" to Chicago to assist with the enforcement of Prohibition. During this time, Princeton had a romantic relationship with a woman named Amelia, who was later to be revealed as being Nemesis. The two later served together as members of Alpha Flight, though Princeton was not aware that she was the same woman.

For an unknown reason in recent times, Rutherford Princeton was in a coma for just under fifteen years. While researching Veterans of the Canadian military, Walter Langkowski became aware of Princeton's unique bio-rhythmic signature. At the age of 96, Rutherford was shocked out of his coma through Langkowski's transformation into Sasquatch. Langkowski was forming a strike force of Canadian super powered beings to save his teammates, who had been captured by an alien race, The Plodex.

Revived from his coma, the elderly Princeton had no desire to join Langkowski's strike force, but rather wanted to live life to its fullest. When he discovered however that with his newfound powers, living a normal life made him feel empty, he agreed to join Langkowski's new Alpha Flight. This mission was successful, and the original members of Alpha Flight decided to transport the Plodex eggs that had been discovered back to the Plodex homeworld. Princeton stayed on as a member of Langkowski's Alpha Flight as Centennial.

After a series of blunders attempting to alter the past, a temporally displaced copy of the original Alpha Flight members was brought into the present. It is unknown what transpired after that, however a vague glimpse into the future showed Princeton and his lost love, Amelia, side-by-side in death.

Centennial first appeared in 2004 in the 'All New, All Different Alpha Flight' issue 1.

Centennial needed a figure which would represent his body shape, and build correctly, which made The Vulture the perfect choice.

The preparation needed on this custom was to remove the wings, and collar, plus carefully lower the arms to a more reasonable height.

Quite a complicated sculpt on this one, with a lot of layers involved. I started with his shoes then built his trousers on top of the shoes. With the trousers I start at the bottom, sitting them on top of the shoes giving them a natural look, then building up the legs, finally adding the fly covering, then using various small files to carve the material folds.

Next was the jumper, which I started with the cuffs, V-neck collar and hem, then using the same process as the trousers, building up the Milliput, and carving folds to give a material look. I then added the shirt collar to finish the clothing.

The final part of the sculpt was the hair, using Milliput to create the correct shape, then using a scalpel to carve texture.

Paints used...

Jumper - Genestealer Purple for the base, with Blue Ink, Liche Purple and Warlock Purple to create the shade and tone. Abaddon Black for the twin hoops.

Trousers - Zandri Dust for the base colour, with Rhinox Hide and Gorthor Brown for the shading.

Shoes - Vermin Brown for the base colour, with Rhinox Hide and Gorthor Brown for the shading.

Skin - Beastial Brown for the base colour, with (watered) Abaddon Black and Gorthor Brown for the skin tones.

Shirt Collar - Light Yellow (Vallejo), and Zandri Dust to deepen the brightness of the yellow.

Hair - Skull White and Space Wolves Grey.


Basic paint stages in creating Centennial

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

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