Sunday, 6 November 2016

Two-Gun Kid

One of the Wild West's most famous gun-fighters, Two-Gun Kid journeyed forward to modern times alongside the Avengers to face new challenges as a man out of time.

Matthew Hawk was a lawyer who became a crimefighter in the Wild West known as Two-Gun Kid. Inspired by the fictitious Two-Gun Kid he read about in his youth, Matt was trained by an aging gun-slinger named Ben Dancer to become an expert marksman and rider. As one of the Old West's most famous gunfighters, the Two-Gun Kid befriended several of the other heroic gunfighters of the era such as Kid Colt and the Rawhide Kid and found a sidekick and close friend in the former boxer Boom-Boom Brown. He also got involved with a young woman named Nancy whom became his sort-of girlfriend.

Matt Hawk assumed the role of headlining character in the Two-Gun Kid series as well as appearing in several of Marvel's other Western books of the era. He was properly integrated into the larger Marvel Universe by Steve Englehart in The Avengers #141 and subsequently brought forward to modern times via time travel a few issues later.

Two-Gun Kid was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers and first appeared in Two-Gun Kid #60. The previous star of Two-Gun Kid was Clay Harder, created by Syd Shores, whom this character was modelled after.

I used a Nightwing figurine from the DC Superhero collection for my base. The stance, and the positioning of the arms were perfect to hold his guns.

Paints used...
Altdorf Guard Blue
Blue Ink
Midnight Blue
Skrag Brown
Rhinox Hide
Mournfang Brown
Golden Yellow
Red Ink
Blazing Orange
Elf Flesh
Dwarf Flesh
Skull White
Ice Blue
Evil Sunz Scarlet
Red Gore
Chainmail
Abaddon Black


Two-Gun Kid

Progress Photos



*Thank you to Comic Vine for the information on Two-Gun Kid.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Whiplash (Vanko)

The newest Whiplash.

Anton Vanko was a young scientist born in a Russian village named Volstok. One day, it was attacked by Iron Man decoy who murdered a lot of the people, including his father Igor Vanko in an attempt to frame Stark.

Using a specialized rifle, Vanko shot the impostor just before he fled, causing the chest plate on the armour to come off. Believing Stark to be the man who attacked his village, Vanko decided to use the chest plate to fashion a suitable weapon for his revenge. Over the next six months, he built a suit of body armour equipped with energy whips.

After breaking into the prison where Stark was being held for his alleged crimes, Vanko killed several guards and attempted to track down and murder Stark and his assistant Pepper Potts. Stark fought off Vanko using a crude suit of Iron Man armour formed from parts of several machines around the prison, and forced him to escape. After Stark tracked down the criminals who framed him, Vanko arrived at their headquarters, planning on finishing off Iron Man at all. It was there that Vanko learned that Stark was indeed framed and that the syndicate was hired to destroy Volstok by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in order to wipe out an activist who was creating anti-Putin sentiments. Despite learning of Iron Man's innocence, Vanko made one final attempt to kill him, claiming that even though he did not destroy the village, his creation did. After the building caught fire, both men had to run to safety, and Vanko made his escape. Stark was later cleared of his alleged crimes, and helped rebuild Volstok. Vanko had no part in it, and instead went to Moscow, approaching Putin's residence in the Red Square and preparing to properly exact vengeance next time around.

Anton Vanko was created by Marc Guggenheim, Brannon Braga and Philippe Briones and first appeared in Iron Man vs. Whiplash #1. The character was greatly influenced by the Whiplash that appeared in the Iron Man 2 that came out just a few months after Anton Vanko made his first appearance in comics.

I used the Aqualad figurine from the DC superhero collection. I wanted a figurine with the arms slightly raised, and a basic torso, Aqualad fit the bill perfectly.

Paints Used...
Chainmail
Black Ink
Abaddon Black
Snot Green
Blue Ink
Dark Angels Green
Mournfang Brown
Elf Flesh
Dwarf Flesh
Ice Blue
Skull White


Whiplash (Vanko)

Pre-Paint / Sculpt

White Spray Primer

Base Paint Applied

Detail

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the information on Whiplash.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Captain Ultra

A lesser-known hero, Captain Ultra is nonetheless one of the cool guys of Marvel.

Captain Ultra first appeared when he attempted to join the Frightful Four. After losing the job because he passed out when the Wizard lit a cigarette in celebration, Captain Ultra disappeared, getting counseling from Doc Samson to conquer his fear of fire. He remained a super-hero for a while, but then quit and became a successful comedian.

When the Super-Human Registration Act went into effect, Captain Ultra registered. Captain Ultra was made the leader of the Nebraska Initiative team. During his time as leader one of his members, Cooper Roth, also known as Paragon killed his teammate, Gadget. As a result, Iron Man wanted to disband this team. Captain Ultra fought Iron Man in order to protect his team.

Captain Ultra's powers were released through hypnosis by an alien, giving him the power of flight, ultra-strength and endurance, durability, and reflexes. He also gained the psionic ability to become intangible at will, see through substances, and the ability to project his breath forward with great concussive force among others. He can apparently tap his 'ultra-potential', enabling him to manifest a wide variety of mental and physical 'ultra-feats'.He also has the "ability" to tell ultra-jokes.

Captain Ultra first appeared in Fantastic Four #177 December 1976, created by Roy Thomas, Mike Friedrich, and George Perez.

I used the Wonder Man figurine by Eaglemoss for my base, the stance and build were ideal.

Paints Used...
Altdorf Guard Blue
Blue Ink
Midnight Blue
Sunburst Yellow
Golden Yellow
Blazing Orange
Evil Sunz Scarlet
Red Gore
Snot Green
Dark Angels Green
Elf Flesh
Dwarf Flesh
Gorthor Brown
Vermin Brown
Auric Armour Gold
Abaddon Black


Captain Ultra

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the information on Captain Ultra.


Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Destroyer MkII

The Destroyer is a mystical construct created by Odin to battle the Fourth Host of Celestials. It has mainly appeared as an enemy of Thor. The Destroyer is used by Thor's arch-foe Loki on several occasions, and each time has actually come close to killing Thor.














The Asgardian Destroyer is a Marvel comics character and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. The Destroyer suit first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #118 released in 1965.

This is one I've done before, and once again I've used The Colossus figurine for my Base.

Paints Used...
Chain Mail for practically everything.
Sunburst Yellow, Blazing Orange, and Skull White for the flames behind the visor.

The Destroyer

Pre-Paint / Sculpt

White Spray Primer

Base Paint Applied

Detail

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

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

Monday, 23 May 2016

Scorpio IV (Brotherhood of the Ankh)

Scorpio was the leader of the Zodiac. They battled the New Warriors.

Scorpio and the rest of the Zodiac were decapitated by a one man Zodiac who wanted to free up the name for himself.

A new Scorpio recently appeared in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Not a lot of information surrounding this version of Scorpio, with the above information taken from the Marvel Wiki site.








First appearance of this Scorpio (IV) was in Avengers (Vol 3) #58 in November 2002, created by Geoff Johns and Kieron Dwyer.

I used the Iceman figurine for a base, a nice basic figurine to build armour on to, plus the left hand was perfectly positioned to hold the key.

Paints used...

Red parts of costume - Evil Sunz Scarlet, Red Gore, and Blue Ink.
Gold Armour - Shining Gold, and Gorthor Brown.
Armoured Belt - Mithril Silver, and Abaddon Black (Watered).
Mask - Blazing Orange, Golden Yellow, Red Gore, and Skull White.
Key - Livery Green/Light Yellow mix (Vallejo), Scorpion Green, Snot Green, and Light Yellow.


Scorpio IV

Pre-Paint / Sculpt

White Spray Primer

Base Colours Applied

Detail and Shading

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

Monday, 18 April 2016

Copperhead (Daredevil)

The original Copperhead was a fictional pulp vigilante/hero named Richard Crandell who put 2 copper pennies over his enemies eyes to pay for their trip down the River Styx.

The second was Lawrence Chesney, a former restorer of fine art who worked at the Metropolitain Museum of Art and turned criminal. His father went insane and claimed, he was the original pulp hero. Believing his fathers claim, he grew up mad that his father never was paid for the Copperhead novels. Later on, when he found out that the novels were to be reprinted into paperback, he decided to "ressurrect " Copperhead and install fear back into criminals. Daredevil fought him and during one battle Copperhead was struck by lightning and died. After his death, he was sent back to Earth to get Spidermans soul by an unknown demon. He recruited the Owl, Stilt-Man, and Gladiator to become the Gang of Four. As they were opposed by Daredevil and Spider-Man, Copperhead revealed his true nature and told them he planned on taking them all to Hell. With a portal opened, the Owl (whom Daredevil had once tried to redeem) attacked Copperhead and the Gang of Four were pulled into the Vortex, leaving the heroes perplexed .

The third Copperhead was Arthur Reynolds, who also worked in the museum with Lawrence. Learning that Chesney was Copperhead and died, he decided to steal one of the armour costumes and become the new Copperhead. He wanted to steal an expensive urn but was opposed by the White Tiger and the Human Fly. Fighting on a pier, Copperhead was accidently knocked into the river and apparently drowned due to the copper armour.

Copperhead first appeared in Daredevil #124 - In The Coils Of The Copperhead!

For this figurine I used The Question from the DC collection, the coat, and hat were very similar to that worn by Copperhead.

Paints used...

Coat and Hat - Zandri Dust, Abaddon Black/Vermin Brown mix, and Gorthor Brown.
Suit, and Gloves - Bestial Brown, and Abaddon Black/Vermin Brown mix.
Neck scarf - Evil Sunz Scarlet, Blue Ink, and Red Gore.
Face and Guns - Burnished Gold, and Gorthor Brown.


Copperhead

Pre-Paint / Sculpt

White Spray Primer

Base Colours Applied

Detail and Shading

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

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the information on Copperhead.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

New Art Blog

Hi Guys n' Gals,

Not a figurine update, or post, just sharing my new Blog...

I've just set up a new Blog showcasing my art, pop across and have a look, and please follow if you feel inclined to. It's not dedicated to anything in particular, but there will be a fair amount of animal art involved, especially pet commissions, which I've been getting. There will be some superhero, and film art at some stage but, nothing just yet.

I hope you like my new Blog...

http://markfarbrotherart.blogspot.co.uk/


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

John Wraith (Kestrel)

John Wraith was a member of Team X during the Cold War, and later became a test subject for Weapon X. He was the team's extraction expert, using his teleportation powers to get the team out of trouble.

John Wraith was part of Team X along with Wolverine, Sabretooth, Maverick, Mastodon, and Silver Fox. Wraith was a powerful teleporter, capable of getting the team out of sticky situations after their job was finished. He had a penchant for explosives, arming himself with shaped charges. Like the other members of Team X, he was given an artificial age suppressant so he was likely much older than he looked. His time as a secret agent and a member of the Weapon X program has left John somewhat paranoid. His house is a veritable death trap, as is the yard around it - John trusts no one. This is well illustrated by his memorable introductory scene: as an apparently harmless gentleman sitting on a New York subway, he is accosted by several members of a teen gang, who threaten him. He throws something which bounces off of the chest of the gang leader. When the leader asks "What was that?" Wraith replies, deadpan, "That was a copper-jacketed .45 ACP hot-load with a depleted uranium core swimming in mercury. It leaves an exit wound the size of a deep-dish chicken pot pie, and the next one will be considerably faster." He was thereafter undisturbed.


John Wraith first appeared in Fantastic Four #220 in 1980, written by John Byrne.

For this custom I used the Blade figurine, he was wearing sunglasses, plus his arm was in the right place for a weapon to be attached.

Paints Used...
Suit - Zandri Dust, Bestial Brown, and Gorthor Brown.
Shirt and tie - Blazing Orange, Screamer Pink, and Xereus Purple.
Other colours used - Abaddon Black, Mithril Silver, and Chainmail.


John Wraith

Pre-Paint / Sculpt

White Spray Primer

Base Colours Applied

Detail and Shading

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

*Thank you to Comic Vine for the information on John Wraith.