Hey Figure fans! Introducing Cyclops & Rogue, two of my all time favorite X-Men Characters. These two were completed a while back, during my Avengers vs. X-Men project campaign. Sadly, they were the only two X-Men to ever be completed. Happily, The turned out awesome!
I always wanted to create a really beautiful, modern era Rogue. The concept took quite a while to work itself out in my head before I actually took razors to plastic, but once I got started, she was actually pretty simple to make. All the piping on her uni is made from styrene, the belt buckle is casted in soft rubber from a Wolvie figure I had lying around, and the scarf is a Psylocke belt cut for fit and painted white. The glove tops and skirt are made from electrical shrink tubing.
What's an X-Men team without it's fearless leader? I knew I really wanted a classic incarnation of this iconic character, but with a dearth of Astonishing versions of him available on the open market, I realized I was going to have to shell out real dollars to get him. I got incredibly lucky on an auction and scored him for just fourteen bucks, when most of the auction prices go as high as 40! When I finally received him in the mail, I was baffled by why anyone would spend that much on such a sub-par figure. I hated him right out of the envelope. He had no wrist or ankle articulation, and stubby little forearms that made it impossible to pose in the "optic-blast" position. This actually proved to be a blessing, as correcting these issues would be what sets this figure apart from the others. I gave him GI Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes Wave 1 forearms and hands to provide length and articulation, as well as the feet and ankles from the same figure, grafted on with a bit of krazy glue and sanded to shape.
Painting this guy was an absolute nightmare, a true test of my stability and focus. Yellow is my least favorite color to paint with, as any mistakes of blue bleeding over must be covered with at least four coats of yellow again. It's especially difficult when painting thin piping, some of which here are no more than a millimeter or two in width. It was worth it in the end, as I feel I had my definitive super-articulated Cyclops figure.
Hope you enjoyed, figure fans! As always, leave any and all questions and comments, I love hearing from everybody! Stay tuned, I've got some GI Joe Navy SEALs on the workbench at the moment, hopefully to be coming very soon!
It's been nearly one year since I began this Avengers project, and I'm finally calling it finished! The process was quite challenging but I'm definitely happy with the way it turned out. Originally the concept was to be ten characters as half of a larger project involving ten X-men figures as well, in an X-Men vs. Avengers figure series. I ended up completing these eight, plus a few X-men before the project started to stall, and I'll probably go back and finish more X-men in the future to really round out the series. Spider-Girl and Hawkeye were on the menu, but never started due to a GI Joe hiatus that lasted a good six months. I'm kind of glad I didn't do them now, as getting even eight figures into one photo was difficult enough, let alone ten (or twenty!). Enjoy the photos and let me know what you think. I love hearing from everybody!!!
My absolute favorite figure of this team has to be the Hulk. Extremely detailed sculpting and more articulation than you can shake a stick at, this figure was near perfect right out of the box. The only draw backs to the factory version was a sub par paint job, and the dreaded droopy eye that plagued this movie- tied Target exclusive. Taking inspiration from customizer Stronox, I sculpted up the neck muscles to give him an angrier appearance; a complete head to toe repaint with three shades of green really makes his detail pop, and thus my definitive Marvel Universe Hulk was realized. Furthermore, what sets this version apart from the official Marvel Universe Hulk releases is his scale. While all are fine figures in their own right, they are just too small in my opinion. I wanted Hulk to be significantly taller than Thor (see below), but not ridiculously out of scale such as a Marvel Legends figure. This version fit the bill to a tee, and I doubt I will have to revisit Hulk again.
While this figure may appear to be pretty much factory standard, he's actually a top to bottom re-paint in (mostly) the exact same color scheme he came in. I chose to do a full repaint for a few reasons. First, I needed to sharpen the details of his costume, in which the colors tend to bleed over quite a bit (sloppy Hasbro!). Secondly, I wanted a brighter metallic shade on his helmet and armor, which I achieved with a mix of gun metal and silver. And thirdly, I really wanted his detail to stand out, which you can only really get with a good dose of washes and dry brushing. The beard and mustache is sculpted with Aves Apoxie-sculpt.
After completing this figure I solemnly vowed to myself that hence forth, NO MORE IRON MAN CUSTOMS!
He looks great, but really not worth the headaches I endured while creating him, kind of like the first Iron Man figure I made. So get a good look, It's the last Iron Man figure you'll see from Korriban Customs by Darksider80. A kit bash of an Avengers movie figure, and Iron Man 2 Mark IV (lower arms) Iron Man 2 hands (two different figures so he could have both palms open) rounds out the recipe. The paint job is a bit too complicated to explain, but I used a base dry brush of silver over flat black to act as a foundation for the clear yellow, and gun metal for the rest of the figure.
This is my second version of a steel clawed wolverine. Steel claws are an absolute must, because bendy rubber ones just don't cut the mustard (so to speak). Another top to bottom repaint with insignia yellow and deep sea blue, and flesh tone darkened with a leather wash. There is even a bit of french blue on his arm veins subdued with a flesh tone dry brush, but the detail is hard to make out in the photo. One thing I learned from making this guy: painting with yellow is really, really hard. You can't let any blue bleed over onto the yellow at all, or else you have to start over with four or five more coats of yellow to cover it up. This is especially frustrating after perfecting your leather brown paint wipe over the yellow to deepen the details. Hands down, the most challenging paint job I have ever done.
Good ol' Cap. Version two, done in Ultimates styling. Most of the body is a Night-Mission Cap with full repaint. The lower arms are from another Cap figure with articulated wrists, so now he sports full articulation! The only real modification I needed to perform was a glove transplant. The donor figure with the articulated wrists had hinge elbows, not swivel-hinge joints, so a swap was not compatible. I cut the lower arms of of both figures at the top of the glove and made the switch with a bit of krazy glue. Again, as in version one, I used an off-white paint instead of bright white to give him a more realistic, battle worn look.
I really wanted a great Nick Fury figure with GI Joe style articulation, so I bashed this one together with mostly Joe parts. The torso is 25th Snake eyes with Nick Fury upper arms, POC Destro lower arms, Steel Brigade hands, 25th Beachhead upper legs, and Nick Fury lower legs (modded), coat, and head. As a bonus, he looks fantastic with my Joes, so he's really a two-for-one figure!
Spidey is actually not a Hasbro product like the rest of the figures I do. He's a Marvel Legends Showdown figure by Toy-biz. I didn't do much painting to this figure besides changing the eyes from yellow to white, and deepening the lines in his costume with a black paint wipe. What I did do to improve this figure is a bit less obvious. The original package-fresh version sports about a billion points of articulation, which is what really drew me to him in the first place. Spiderman, of all characters needs supreme pose-ability, something the Marvel Universe versions severely lack, but I did notice that this figure was missing one crucial point of articulation: a hinge in the neck enabling him to look up and down with a wider range of motion. I cut off a neck post from an Amazing Spiderman Super pose-able figure just below the hinge and grafted it onto this one. He had a billion POA's, now he's got one more!
Hope you enjoyed the update figure fans, stay tuned for a few more from the Marvel Universe and new Joes as well!
Hey figure fans! Here's two more Joes for my assault team. I think these two nicely round out the group. Stay tuned for an upcoming helicopter crew, and hopefully a Navy SEAL strike team in the near future.
My apologies to anyone out there who may have wondering where I've been and why I haven't posted anything in a few months. Anyways, we're back with a new two pack of Joes: Snake Eyes and Scarlett. These two have always been favs of mine, and I really wanted to do them in a modern composition. Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned; I've got plenty more where they came from!
It's been awhile since I've posted anything new, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been hard at work! Two huge projects are currently underway: a twenty figure series in the Marvel Universe ( I just completed number eleven) and a ten figure series in the GI Joe Universe (four are done so far, with two large custom vehicles on the workbench as well!). This is my take on a modern warfare version of Beach Head. I really enjoyed outfitting this guy with weapons and gear, and I especially enjoyed painting the camo on his pants (my first attempt at camo patterns). Anyway, leave your comments of props, criticisms, advice or questions. I love hearing from everyone. Enjoy!!!
It's been two months since my first posting of work in progress shots of Revan; Darth Revan: "Sith Wars", my first commissioned custom action figure, is finally complete, and I don't think I could be any happier with how he turned out.
I went with a flat black, silver and blood red color scheme, as was requested by my customer. He didn't want the traditional Revan look, of dark browns and maroons but something a bit more Sith Warrior-esque.
The mask and hood is a one piece, and removable. Creating the mask and hood from scratch was the absolute most difficult part of the entire process, and I don't think I will ever do it again! Well, maybe...
I made the mask before I tackled the hood. Cutting apart a clone trooper helmet I glued what was to be the base of the mask to a "sacrificial" Loki in order to get the facial size and proportion correct, since I was going to use the Loki head sculpt as my Revan unmasked. Next, I cut off the entire bottom portion of the mask and glued the bottom half of a mandalorian bucket to the upper half of the clone trooper helmet to achieve the proper sweep and shape. The details of the mask are styrene strip, cut and glued, with a crap-ton of sanding between each step within the process. Making the mask alone took me two weeks to complete.
The hood is scratch made, and I'm rather proud of how it turned out. Using aluminum foil, I shaped the basic look of the hood around the head and mask. After cutting, trimming, bending, and folding the foil, (and swearing a lot!) I finally came up with a decent base that could be folded and unfolded back into shape. I then glued cloth over the foil, bent it to shape around the mask and glued the whole assembly together.
The Jedi warrior was a bit of a last minute creation, really made to be an accessory to Revan. What kind of Sith is worth his dark holocron if he doesn't take on the servants of light in a duel to the death?
The Jedi was created out of spare GI Joe parts and a custom cast head I bought awhile back. He was originally destined to become a part of an upcoming project of mine, "Mercenary Joe: Outcasts". He looks pretty decent as a Jedi though, don't you think?
Here's that good looking mug we all love. I've seen quite a few images of Revan's face, some where he has a goatee, a full beard, clean shaven, brown hair, black hair, and one image of him as a wavy blonde. The blonde Reavan was one of the images my customer sent to me, and I felt it was the most unique take on Revan as I had seen.
Some Sith lightning made from jewelry wire and hot glue.
From this angle you can pick up the details in his hair a bit better.
Die, Jedi! Suffer the unyielding power of the dark side of the Force!
Hope everyone enjoys the photos of this crazy custom figure journey as much as I did! Leave your comments and questions, I love hearing from everybody!
Darth Revan is shaping up into quite a good looking figure so far; no real major issues yet (knock on wood!) and should be complete in a few more weeks. As you all can see, the cape is completed, and the lower body robes are all but finished, besides some last minute additions I have planned out. The center red robe is a piece of plastic cape cut down to size, shaved in back for a smoother fit, and glued into the top belt for stability. I went with a blood red tone, a mix of guards red and british crimson. The cape is hand cut and hemmed at the neck; it took me about three capes worth of work before this one did the job. Most of the time spent on making the cape was devising a method of attaching it to the figure,and cutting and fitting patterns out of paper to get the right proportion to the figure. The magnetic shoulder armor really helps with the lay of the cape, and also provides a pinch point which can be used to pose the cape at the shoulder. I had planned on sewing a wire into the bottom so the cape could be posed around the figure's legs, but found it was unnecessary and decided to leave it out of the final cape.
This will probably be the last work in progress photos I will post before the final reveal in a few weeks. Stay tuned for "Darth Revan: Dark Lord of the Sith, Sith Wars Edition"!
Here's Darth Revan so far. Still a ton of work to do, but I think he's coming together pretty well.
The customer for this commission requested a Sith-War era Darth Revan figure, and relinquished full creative license to me. I could make him however I envisioned, as long as I fulfilled the small list of must haves. I was really happy to have this freedom, and one thing I felt Revan really needed was bigger, more awesome armor! Now, most of you can recognize this armor as belonging to Mercenary Wraith from the GI Joe 25th line. What a beautiful sculpt, but not without it's downsides. Mainly, the armor is one piece, prohibiting movement of the arms above mid waist.
One must have request made by the customer was custom sith lightning. But how can Revan hold his arms out straight to shoot his dark side lightning with his arms pinned down? I solved this problem by cutting the shoulder armor away from the chest piece, converting it to three piece armor instead of one. Now he can move his arms freely and can be articulated in virtually any pose. How exactly did I pull off such a feat? Magnets!
Drilling out a hole on each arm, I glued rare earth magnets into the holes, and a corresponding magnet on each piece of shoulder armor. Now his armor is not only seperate pieces for added pose-ability, but completely removable as well.
A close up of Revan's iconic lower body. The fabric piece was cut and sewn by me, believe it or not! I am no tailor, so don't ask for any sewing tips. All I know is the thread goes through the needle, and the needle goes through the cloth. He still needs the red fabric that hangs down from the center ring to the floor, a little paint on the upper belt straps and maybe a couple of buckles too, then the lower half will be complete! Next project: cape, removable mask and hood!
So here's one of those super cool, super articulated new Retaliation Snake Eyes figures we're all so hot on right now. And why not? He's absolutely amazing looking! So why would I saw a perfectly fantastic snake eyes figure in half, you ask? To do a super cool, super articulated Darth Revan scratch built custom action figure of course! Now, many of you out there may be pondering why I just didn't buy a Darth Revan Figure and articulate him out using said snake eyes joints and such, instead of building one from the ground up. Because A: This is my first commissioned project, and my customer wants to torture me, and B: Customizing should NEVER be easy! I am super excited about this opportunity to create a unique piece of art, specifically tailored to this collector's ideal. Lets take a look at some progress so far:
Here are a few of the materials I am using to construct Revan's Belt. The black lacing is going to be the base for the belt, and the anchor point for all the metal rings that go around Revan's waist. It's just some cheapo plastic lacing you can get at Michael's or other craft stores. I think it's used to make kid's beading projects. The metal rings are called jump rings and you can get them in the crafts section at walmart. They are used for jewelry making. The black tubes you see in the photo are heat shrink tubes that can be found at home depot in the electrical department. What I did is cut small sections of the heat shrink tube, bend open the slits in the rings, place the shrink tube on the rings, then bend the rings closed. Using a cigarette lighter, heating the shrink tube snugs the metal rings up to the belt, but not so tight that there is no play. Now I have a sliding mechanism I can use to adjust the placement of the metal rings on the belt until until I am ready to glue the entire assembly to the torso.
The center ring is held in place with a pin I made using some jewelry fodder I found at walmart. The pin is temporary, and will be cut away along with the lacing sticking out from the front of the center ring.
The belt with my favorite piece of soft goods, Luminara Unduli's skirt. My third figure using this piece, if anyone out there needs extra Luminara heads or body fodder, I have plenty!
Another piece of heat shrink tubing, this one is larger and will go around the figure's waist. It will hide the sliding mechanisms and bring a nice flush look to the lower armor.
All of the pieces waiting for the apoxie to harden, then assembly. Stay tuned for more progress coming soon!