Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hurricane

Albert Potter was the first Hurricane.

Albert was a meteorologist who studied how to deactivate hurricanes. He failed many times and soon was fired from his job. He took his machine that deactivated hurricanes and tried to release it into one. The machine backfired and engulfed Albert in its energy. The Nethergods rebuilt Albert into a weapon to use against Captain Britain, pawn of their foe Merlyn. He soon became Hurricane.

Albert has increased strength, stamina, agility and intellect. He made a battlesuit that protects him from mostly all forms of conventional injury. The suit also allows him to generate both extremely high velocity winds [strong enough to become hurricanes] and force blasts. He has the ability to fly at speeds of 200 mph, if not greater.

His suit allows him to generate other weather controlling effects such as generating lightning and hail. He could also absorb energy based blast and project them as well. Albert also possessed some mind-control abilities.






Hurricane first appeared in Captain Britain #3 in 1976, his first cover appearance was on the cover of issue #4, he was created by Chris Claremont & Herb Trimpe.

Sometimes you look at a character and know instantly which base figurine to use, this was easily the case when choosing Hurricane's base, it could only be Gladiator, perfect in every way.

A small amount of preparation needed, first I removed the wrist blades, and shoulder spikes, then smoothed away the waistband, helmet detail, biceps bands, boot spikes and chain mail effect on his legs.

Using Milliput I filled in the holes on his boots and chest design, plus coated his legs in a thin layer to hide any unwanted detail. The shape of the eye slits on Gladiators helmet is different to Hurricanes, so I needed to put a small line of Milliput on the bottom of the mask up to the edges of the eye creating a triangle shape.

Next was to add the back-pack and wrist blasters with Milliput, and finally using wire to join the two together, with Super-glue.

Paints Used...

Blue Areas - Ultramarines Blue, Blue Ink and Midnight Blue

Yellow Areas - Sunburst Yellow, Golden Yellow and Vermin Brown

Skull White for the eye-slits


Hurricane

Basic paint stages in creating Hurricane




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

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

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Link (Legend of Zelda)

Link refers to several different incarnations of the same fictional character and the protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. Link has been featured in other media from Nintendo, including its merchandising, comic books, and a cartoon series.

Link is depicted as a child, teenager, or adult of the Hylian race, originating from the fictional land of Hyrule. Link often travels through Hyrule, defeating creatures, evil forces, and the series' primary antagonist, Ganon, while attempting to save Princess Zelda and Hyrule. To defeat him, Link usually requires the mystic Master Sword and Light Arrows, or a similar legendary weapon, obtained after many trials and battles, and magical objects or using other items such as musical instruments and weaponry.

Link debuted on February 21, 1986, with the Japanese release of The Legend of Zelda. Described as a "young lad", or a "young man" who saved Princess Zelda's elderly nursemaid Impa from Ganon's henchmen, Link assumes the role of the hero attempting to rescue Princess Zelda (and the kingdom of Hyrule) from the evil wizard Ganon, who has stolen the Triforce of Power.





To choose the right base figurine for Link I tried a couple of options, first of all I tried using Nightcrawler, but his build was way too slim, so I used Iceman, who had a similar stance, and more muscle mass.

The only preparation needed for this figurine was to remove the icicle stake and smooth away the belt.

The sculpt itself was one of the most time consuming I've done to date, with so many layers needed to reach the end result. I started with his boots, which are very oversized in appearance, starting from the foot, creating the right shape, then the folds around the ankle, then the top of the boot cutting in a 'V' at the top, and finally adding the fold around the top of the boot.

Next I added the neck collar, which is white and sits beneath the main green tunic. I then worked on the tunic starting with the skirt area, and once I was happy with the shape I added the belt, belt buckle, and belt loops. This I followed by creating the top part of the tunic, from the armpits down to the belt area draping the edges of the Milliput over the top of the belt to give it a natural material look. The final part of the main body of the tunic was to add both sleeves (the collar is added later).

Now to add the leather-work, the gauntlets, and belt. The gauntlets were a simple case of wrapping three lines of Milliput around each arm, and the sash-belt was a loop wrapping around the body, adding grooves once set then finishing off with a buckle. The final part of the tunic was adding the aforementioned collar which needed to wrap around the back of the neck ans sit on top of the sash-belt.

Then I moved on to the head adding the iconic elven ears. Once the ears had been carved in to shape I added the hair, starting with the tufts in front of the ears, and at the back of the neck, then finishing by adding his stylized hairstyle at the front of his head.

The final part of the costume was to add the hat, which sits just behind the ears. I started by adding a headband first sitting just behind his hair and at the nape of the neck. I then added the top of the hat, making sure it trailed down his back.

The final parts of the figurine were to add his sword, shield and scabbard. The shield was created by cutting a piece of hard plastic to the correct shape, wrapping Milliput around the edges and then carving to the correct shape, and adding a strip of Milliput to the back of the shield to finish. The scabbard was mate by shaping a piece of Milliput and positioning on the back of the figurine then adding the detail top and bottom. Once carved I then used super glue to attach. The sword was made by building the shape, using Milliput, grafting it around a small Lego sword.


Paints used...

Green areas - Snot Green, Blue Ink and Dark Angels Green

Brown areas - Vermin Brown, Beastial Brown, Rhinox Hide, Vomit Brown and Zandri Dust

White areas - Skull White and Glacier Blue (Vallejo)

Hair - Sunburst Yellow, Golden Yellow and Orange Fire

Skin - Elven Flesh and Dwarf Flesh

Shield & Scabbard - Chainmail, Ultramarines Blue, Blood Red, Burnished Gold and Mithril Silver

Sword - Mithril Silver, Chaos Black, Lich Purple, Blue Ink and Midnight Blue

Burnished Gold also used for the buckles.


Link

Basic paint stages in creating Link




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

*Thank you to Wikipedia for the information on Link.