Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Shuma-Gorath has returned...

I decided to do another Shuma-Gorath scratch build as he is my fave oddball character in the Marvel Universe. So this time I put old Shuma on a rooftop. So my 7th scratch is a Rooftop Shuma-Gorath.

Shuma-Gorath on a rooftopSide view

I'm going to make another Shuma-Gorath scratch soon but this one will be something new and not seen from me before. Expect to see this on my year of the blog post in July.

Expect more from Shuma-GorathHonret up on the rooftop

On the subject of rooftop characters I've got a rooftop customer piece and this is another Rooftop Hornet but this one is for my top bud Simon.

A Sneak peak

And finally... Scratch builds I have another character I'd like to make and he has semi-human features. I'm really looking forward to making him. You can see a preview photo above and like I said, in July I'll have a special Scratch build Shuma-Gorath. Which will then be followed my the BIG one.... FFF!!!

Friday, 22 May 2009

Prime to Omega!

The latest DC character to be released was Superboy Prime. I found a great Marvel character to turn him into and I went for Nova Omega! Now for something different.. I will show you some of my techniques and styles on how I did this in a mini guide.

Superboy PrimeNova Omega

The first thing I do with any figurine is remove all the removable bits. Like with Superboy Prime I removed his cloak but for a figurine like Jean Grey you can remove her arms and then it's just a case of re-gluing them. The reason why arms and things are removed is because it makes filling 100 times more easier. Once you've removed all the bits get the DC fig off of his base because this again opens up new angles for filling. Continue to clip off/file all the unwanted bits of the base figurine. Be careful though as when clipping pieces of metal will fly all over the show.

Remove the bits you don

TIP: For filling I don't recommend sandpaper! As I find it takes away the finer details and loses a lot of the base figurines muscle definition. Instead I use the 3 shape file set from Gamesworkshop.

Once your happy with the shape of your figurine you can then begin claying! Now you must look hard at your desired character and see what you need to add. So in the case of Nova Omega I added a belt, his mask and a new hair style... As the photo below shows.

Clayed up

TIP: I do smear a lot of my clay into position and use tools like toothpicks, pins and wire to get that fine detail.

Once you are 100% happy with all your clay work open up the oven or do what I do and turn on the hairdryer. Leave it for a good 10/20mins so your figurine in piping hot! Wait till he cools down and then you can begin to add most delicate bits like in the case of Nova Omega his Star on his head... I used cardboard.

fig 1 Base colourfig 2 First basic coat

TIP: I have never in all my customs removed the original paint work of the base figurine. I find no need to get this off before I begin painting.

I go straight into a full, all over coating of Black paint as my base colour (fig 1). Once this is dry I start a very light drybrush of the main colour and in Nova Omega's case it's blue (fig 2). I then lighten the blue with white and drybrush this on. I keep adding more and more white to my blue colours till I am almost putting on 100% white paint. But each time I drybrush I dry the brush on a tissue so much it's like I'm hardly putting on any paint!

Begin adding the next colourFianlly add details

Once I'm satisfied with the main colours I move onto the next most common colour on my custom and here it was yellow. So I used my darkest yellow first, drybrushed this on and then drybrushed on a lighter yellow and finally used a light drybrushing of Orange. Drybrushing yellow onto black mind does take quite a bit of paint but it does give off a cool gritty effect.

TIP: I always work from the head down when painting!

So with each main colour areas are to your satisfaction you can then begin adding details with a fine brush.

Side viewFront view

That's pretty much it. Every customiser is different and will use different techniques. All the above works well for me and if any other customisers have any tips then please share them. Soon I will continue this on a 'live' video over the web showing you that I can and do paint all my customs. It may also help you to see my painting style so then what I do may help you out with your customs. I'll post more on this once I am ready and set-up for a live custom painting. I'll be painting Silver Centurion from his first base colour right through to the finished product.

Next week see some new customer pieces... Another scratch (with a difference) and look out for Hawkman's MMO!

Friday, 15 May 2009

I'm Orange... Agent Orange!

I thought I'd do a post this time just on customer pieces. I have 3 to show off and first up is a DC custom I was asked to do for Ninty. Ninty is a huge huge fan of Green Lantern and he asked afew customisers to sort him out some Lanterns for his collection. So here is what I was asked to do: Agent Orange!

Agent OrangeSide View

Ninty's custom blog can be found here and I recommend you check it out: Ninty's Customs. Not a lot of photos or information on the net about this guy (because he's new) But with the photos I had I tried my best at making a familiar looking Agent Orange. The photo below shows the base figurine and his sculpted (unpainted) head.

He was once Guardian

The next custom I did was Iron Man in his Silver Centurion Armour. Now this guy is heading for Ebay as I want to try and put someone on there each month. On the subject of Silver Centurion look out soon for another version coming from me as a customer piece.

SIlver CenturionAnother View

The last of the 3 is a character I have done before but Jimbob liked him so much I made another... Here is the Red Hulk.

Red HulkThis time I added veins in his neck

And finally. I don't wanna cause an arguement but I feel I need to defend the latest accusations from SHFF. This is what Grim had to say in yet another personal attack:
"when are you going to tell your LOYAL fans, who wait on every word YOU preach with bated breath, just exactly who at FP Portsmouth paints your figs for you? Any fool can see that there are two distinct painting styles; yours and A N Others........but what's the point me saying this, you'll only deny it and plead VICTIM"

All I have to say about this is the more you do something the better you get right? I sculpt/paint on average 4 customs aweek. So with every custom I learn new techniques and styles. I don't like getting stuck doing the same thing the same way. I will push myself to try new things. I first started using the drybrush effect properly on Miss America's cloak and I got more confident using it and now all my customs are drybrushed and I also now use a technique called blending. The best example of this can be seen on Agent Orange's lantern...

I'm gonna take what Grim said with a pinch of salt as at the end of the day it would seem that comment acknowledges that my customs have massively improved from last April.

DC Bases

One final thing. DC bases! I have loads! If anyone wants to swap some for Marvel bases then I'd be happy to trade. I got 37 reg size, 4 special size and 2 super special size. Oh and a Buffy one!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Null The Living Darkness

Here he is! Scratch build number 6. This guy is better known for facing off against The Defenders & Ghost Rider. In the comics now unfortunately he ceases to exist! But he's alive and well in my collection. Here's: Null The Living Darkness.

Null The Living Darkness

Sculpting him was alot like sculpting Shuma-Gorath but on a bigger scale and with loads more arms and eyes.

Progress shots

Null The Living Darkness was based on a Super-sized Marvel base (same as The Phoenix Force) and the photo will help you understand just how big he is. He is shown alongside Overrider and Shuma-Gorath.

Quite a large chap

Next with my scratch builds I'm ready to build a human figurine from scratch and I'm also going to finally tackle Fing Fang Foom! But which version? The classic green or modern black? Let me know in the comments section. Before Superboy Primes fate is revealed I'll do a special post just on my latest 3 customer pieces. So watch out for that sometime next week! Cheers

Sunday, 10 May 2009

An Atlantean Emperor sides with Gorilla-Man!

This week Eaglemoss released two DC figurines... They were Aquaman and Gorilla Grodd. I'll start this post with Aquaman's Marvel Makeover (MMO). I searched high and low for a figurine to fit the pose of Aquaman and I think I have found the prefect Marvel character to turn him into. I went for the former Atlantean Emperor.... Tha-Korr!


Now for Gorilla Grodd. This guy did have me stumpted for afew days as to who he could be from the Marvel Universe and then I remembered Gorilla-Man! Gorilla Grodd took aload of filing to get him to look like a plain old Gorilla and I have the blisters to prove it.

From GG to...... To Gorilla-Man

Finally. Thanks for the massive response to my 5th Scratch Build - The Phoenix Force. I have now finished my 6th! Below is a lil teaser photo of him. I'll reveal him next week.

Find out who I am soon!

Next for one of my MMO's is... Superboy Prime! Also expect to see some more commission pieces.... On commissions I am going to have a little break. So after I have completed Silver Centurion I will not be taking any requests for at least afew weeks. Hope that's cool with everyone. Thanks

Saturday, 2 May 2009

The Dark Phoenix Returns!!!

I've been meaning to do another Scratch build for a very long time now. I had some free time so thought I'd go for it! Here she is... Number 5! The Dark Phoenix (Phoenix Force)!

The Phoenix ForceThe Dark Phoenix

This scratch build isn't completely built by myself. Dark Phoenix herself is a re-paint of the original Phoenix figurine by Eaglemoss. But what's the Phoenix Force without the Dark Phoenix/Phoenix standing inbetween the flames? Having her there completes my Phoenix Force scratch build.

The begining of My PhoenixPhoenix Force

The hardest part of this sculpt was the Phoenix's wings! I eventually got them to dry out perfectly though. But having sculpted Set and Brood before really helped with how I achieved the look of the Phoenix Force.

I added flames to Dark Phoenix