Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Old John Carter of Mars Stuff




This set of customs went through quite an evolution. I began them in 2006, and sort of picked away at them ever since. In many respects, they are some of my favorites. I did eventually part with them (I had a very persuasive reason for doing so), and have every intention of recreating all of these characters again. I've already redone Tars Tarkas and John Carter, but not to my satisfaction yet. To me, the Magneto head I used on this custom of Carter is perfect for the character...the face is chiseled, gentlemanly, and distinguished...and he looks like he could be a man of thirty or of a very lean and healthy fifty. Both the White Ape and Tars Tarkas where (at the time) my most involved and complex customs at this scale (my General Grievous surpassed them shortly afterwards), and while Tarkas is still a high point for me, the White Ape was one I was less enamoured with...aside from the headsculpt, which I'm still very proud of. The Incomparable Dejah Thoris went through many changes over two years...this version here is the latest and last before I shipped her off to her new owner. The hair was achieved by using thread soaked in glue...a trick that I borrow from British customizing master Zombihamma. The John Carter series is (and always will be) one of my favorite things in this world.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Last Doc Savage



This will no doubt be the last Doc Savage I make (or maybe not...I dunno). I think this one's an improvement over my original Bama-styled torn shirt Doc in some subtle ways, but they are basically the same idea. The laced up boots were a fun variation, and the yellow ochre colored shirt kind of sets this one apart as more comic book-like. Apparently I can't get enough of making this character! Here's a very interesting blog post I found about James Bama, and a look at the man he used as his model for Doc Savage:
http://drexfiles.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/james-bama-american-realist-first-trek-publicity-artist/

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tank Update!





Well, I went back and did some more work to the ol' tank. I masked off and repainted the treads with some Krylon Nickel, weathered them with a dark wash and some drybrushed rusting...and then went to town with some plaster of paris-based muck. I may have liked it better before the muck, but I still like the way it turned out.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

British Tank (WWI)







What can I say? I love World War I tanks. They look so sci-fi...so alien...and yet they're antique! The shape of the them is what really attracts me. The rhomboid design of the treads was developed to cross trenches with ease, and yet (to me) added this really unusual aesthetic that is missing from later tanks. Anyway, this beastie was made from scratch using styrene sheet for the structure and many of the details. Rivets were sliced from thin styrene rod. This was a lot of fun.