Antón Miguel Rodríguez was a revolutionary against dictatorship in the South American republic of Delvadia, but he loved killing too much and was forced out. He then joined those who he first fought. There he got the costume and the name Tarántula. But when he killed a fellow officer, he was yet again forced out. He escaped to United States, where he started his criminal career.
On his first job he met Spider-Man and Punisher, who foiled his plans. He was thrown into prison, where he escaped thanks to Jackal, who used him as tool against Spider-Man. He tried several kidnapping jobs but ultimately failed them.
Frustrated on his defeats he subjected himself to experiment to duplicate Spider-Man's power. The experiment went bad when Will O'The Wisp trashed the machines. Antón was turned into a spider hybrid. His intelligence waned and appearance turned more spider-like with moments. In the end he jumped down from the roof goading for cops to shoot him, thus ending his life.
Tarantula first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #134 in 1974, created by Billy Tucci.
There was only one choice for Tarantula's base figurine, that of Iron Fist. A similar build, a similarity in the mask, plus the Kung-Fu stance, perfect.
Quite a simple piece to do, with the preparation very basic. I trimmed away the colour, removed the belt, and carefully removed the the mask ends to use later on.
For the sculpt I started on the wrists and feet, first hiding the wrist lines, and shoe lines with Milliput, then adding the toe spikes. Next I added edges to his mask, making it look like it's been tied around his head, like a bandana. I then reattached the ends to the back of his head, sitting along his spine, then I hid the join with some Milliput giving the impression of a knot.
Red Area - Evil Sunz Scarlet (Blood Red), Blue Ink, and Red Gore.
Abaddon Black for the dark parts of the costume, not forgetting the mustache, Elf Flesh and Dwarf Flesh for the skin, Skull White for the eyes, and Boltgun Metal for the toe spikes.
Basic paint stages in creating Tarantula
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*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information on Tarantula.