Thursday, 25 September 2014

Tarantula

Antón Miguel Rodríguez was a mercenary and assassin best known as the Tarántula; a foe to Spider-Man. Since his suicide, the Tarántula mantle has been passed on to other people.

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.

Paints used...

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.


Tarantula

Basic paint stages in creating Tarantula




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

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

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sleepwalker

Sleepwalker is a guardian of the Mindscape, a dimension that borders on the minds of all intelligent life. Now trapped in the mind of Rick Sheridan. When Rick sleeps, Sleepwalker escapes.

In the Mindscape, a world where strange creatures live that borders on the minds of all intelligent life, there is a force of beings that protect the sleeping minds of humans. For if they were not protected, dangerous beings would enter the minds of sleeping humans. One of the beings that protects the human minds, what humans call 'Sleepwalker', was tricked by his enemy, Cobweb, into entering the mind of Rick Sheridan. After confronting Sleepwalker in many of his dreams, Rick tore off Sleepwalker's Imaginator. This caused Sleepwalker and Rick to bond together. Now, whenever Rick Sheridan goes to sleep, Sleepwalker materializes into reality. Rick and Sleepwalker have agreed that when Sleepwalker comes out, he fights crime.

Sleepwalker has fought a wide array of villains, from the billiard based Eightball, to Crimewave, to the Chain Gang. In the Infinity War, Sleepwalker helped channel the minds of Professor X, Jean Grey, Moondragon, and Psylocke. During the battle against the evil doppelgangers that Magus made, Sleepwalker fought some of the evil clones and saved some citizens. Sleepwalker also impersonated his own doppelganger. During the Infinity Crusade, he was captured by Goddess and brought to the 'Counter-Earth'.

Cobweb wanted to finally defeat Sleepwalker so he devised a plan. Cobweb would disguise his minions as Sleepwalker's race and make everyone believe that Sleepwalker was their leader. Then, everybody would hate Sleepwalker. The plan went into action. Sleepwalker and the Avengers stopped the invasion, but the public still believed that Sleepwalker was the leader of a race that was going to try to take over. Cobweb attacked again, but Sleepwalker defeated him for good, banishing him. Sleepwalker seemingly died afterwards. It was soon revealed that Sleepwalker did not die, he was only trapped inside Rick Sheridan's mind.

Sleepwalker was created by Bob Budiansky and Bret Blevins in 1991 and first appeared in Sleepwalker #1.

Sleepwalker's shape and build seems to change depending on what artist has drawn him, from very skinny, to quite bulky. The request for this one was for him to be on the slim side, so the perfect choice was to use The Vulture, plus the stance was a perfect fit.

The preparation for this piece involved cutting away the wings, sanding down the neck-ruff, and hiding the costume lines with a layer of Milliput.

For the sculpt I started with the legs, followed by the arms, and the belt. To create the ragged bandaged look I applied Milliput to each area, and once it had set, I carefully carved the intricate lines using a V-Shaped rifling file.

He has an alien looking face, so to create this I covered his nose and mouth with Milliput, and shaped whilst wet, making sure there was an impression of a mouth. Once set, I smoothed away any rough edges.

For the hood area I proceeded with the shoulder/neck area first, adding the hood afterwards, again using Milliput, and creating the folds using different shaped rifling files.

Paints used...

Purple Areas - Screamer Pink, Blue Ink, and Liche Purple

Blue Areas - Ultramarines Blue, Blue Ink, and Midnight Blue

Green Skin - Scorpion Green mixed with Skull White and Cam. Bright Green (Vallejo Model Color), and Dark Angels Green for the shading.

Eyes - Blood Red


Sleepwalker

Basic paint stages in creating Sleepwalker




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

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

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Jester

Jonathan Powers was your typical struggling actor. One day it seemed things were going to turn in his career. He received a role in an off-Broadway play and it looked to be his "big break." The critics did not think so and the audience actually "booed" his performance.

Bitter and upset, Powers began to study different techniques such as fencing and gymnastics so that he could earn different roles. He even started body building to spruce up his appearance. After putting in a lot of work and energy, he was only able to get a job as a comic relief on a kids' television show.

Powers decided to give up his acting career and turned to a life of crime. Not settling for simple armed robbery, Powers approached the Tinkerer to set himself up with some gadgets to aid his new career. He called himself the Jester and started a crime wave using his new toys and gadgets.

Jester wasn't the brilliant mastermind he had thought. He had several run-ins with costumed vigilantes such as Daredevil and Moon Knight which always ended with him going to jail.

For a time, the Jester tried to improve his life and restart his life as an actor. As Jonathan Powers, he portrayed Cyrano de Bergerac on television, presumably abandoning the Jester identity However, his attempt to reform failed miserably. Late in Brian Bendis' run on Daredevil (Decalogue story-arc), Powers is revealed to have allowed himself to act as host to a demon (one conjured up by a would-be Ninja), gaining great strength in the process. When the demon leaves him, Powers is apparently left comatose.

Jester was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan in 1968 and first appeared in Daredevil # 42.

The iconic look for The Jester is one of him upright with his yo-yo dangling from his hand. I chose to use the Iceman figurine by Eaglemoss, the pose, and the body are perfect for this custom.

Not a lot of preparation needed, just had to remove the icicle, then gently knock his arm upwards in to a position to hang the yo-yo from.

For the sculpt I started with the material below the waist, then above the waist carving grooves, using various types of riffling files, to give the appearance of material. I then cut a groove around the middle for the belt to sit in, which I added next.

I then worked on the arms, starting with the wrists, and then using the same technique I used to create material on the body area to add the sleeves.

Next was to add the sash/knot on the belt, plus the turned-up Jester shoes, closely followed by placing a diamond shape around the shoulders. Once the Milliput had set, I carved lines in to this using a craft chisel.

With the head area I started with the orange area, again carving lines once set, followed by adding the floppy Jester style cap, with it's pom-pom.

The final parts to complete were the exaggerated nose piece, and the yo-yo. I used fishing wire for the string on the yo-yo.

Paints used...

Green areas (Tabbard,& Leggings) - Snot Green, Blue Ink, and Dark Angels Green

Purple areas (Shoulders & Hat)- Screamer Pink, Blue Ink, and Liche Purple

Blue areas (Mask & Yo-Yo) - Ultramarines Blue, Blue Ink, and Midnight Blue

Orange areas (Head wear & Gloves) - Blazing Orange, Red Ink, Blood Red, and Sunburst Yellow

Elf Flesh & Dwarf Flesh for the skin, Skull White for the eyes & Yo-Yo string, and Abaddon Black for the base.


The Jester

Basic paint stages in creating The Jester




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

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