“I’m so money supermarket!!” (Roger Webb)

Right well before I start this week I guess I should clarify the title of this post for any readers outside of the UK, we currently have an advert running on television for a “comparison website”, and well…it’s probably easier if you just follow the link back to my blog at the bottom of this post and you can see what I’m on about there..

Anyway turning back to the figures, and well it was a close run thing, but I managed to get my two submissions for this years “Forgotten Heroes” challenge finished before the end of the month (and a day earlier than last year!). as I hope you are aware, in my last post I stated that the sculpting was now all finished and it was time to add a little colour into the lives of my two “Eternians” so after Jitsu had been “based up” with some filler and “cat litter” boulders, both figures were given a spray coat of matt black, and it was…. Painting time!

I began this as usual by touching up any areas on both figures that the black spray had missed, then Jitsu’s sword was dry-brushed with chain-mail. Then turning to his breastplate this was undercoated in dark red before I added highlights in bright red. I decided that I couldn’t live with the bright orange/red furry undies that the toy wears so undercoated these in dark grey and highlighted them in light grey instead and while I had them out I painted the fur tops of his boots in the same (The toy’s boots have “gold” fur tops? I nearly went for black but as his belt and boots are black I thought the contrast would be better in grey. Flesh came next, to get the shade I was after I began by mixing a little “Flesh tone 7” (This is quite a dark “Mexican” brownish shade), with a tiny amount of chocolate brown (to darken it slightly further) and once this was dry and his eyes had been added in white and black, I mixed up some more flesh tone 7 this time with some khaki to get a slightly oriental tome. This was then used to highlight all the muscles a skin. All the “gold bits” came next, so his “hand”, breastplate accoutrement’s, belt buckle and sword hilt were all painted shinning gold, before being highlighted in pale gold. The rest of his belt, left arm strapping, his boots and his hair and beard were then all touched up again in black before all but his hair and beard were highlighted in dark grey (a mixture of dark grey and black, being used on his hairy bits). The “jewels” on his breast plate and belt buckle were then added using metallic red, and the ones across the knuckles of his “big hand” were done in turquoise, and low and behold he was just about painted.

Beast-man, was begun by painting his whole body and head in orange, now I know I’ve said this on numerous occasions now, but why did I go with a black undercoat!! Three coats of orange later and he was reasonably evenly coated. I could now highlight this with a mixture of orange and coffee. Then I added his face and ears (the cartoon and a later version of the toy had pale ears as well as face, and as I liked this, I decided to do mine this way) so coffee was used for these areas, before adding his eyes and mouth in black and white. The darker patches under his eyes I did in a mixture of porcelain blue and royal blue to get the right shade. Turning to his breastplate “thingy” and arm plates I began by painting in dark red, then highlighted with pink burgundy and then again with bright red. I then added the cross in the middle of his breastplate in porcelain blue with a highlight of pale blue, and after this I lightly dry-brushed the tips of the spikes around his neck and on his upper arm plates with a touch of chainmail. Now his furry underpants should have been blue (well they are on the toy and cartoon), but once again I decided to stray slightly from “cannon” and after giving then a dark grey undercoat, I dry-brushed them in blue grey, that are still slightly blue’ish but at least not that awful plastic blue (really the only time I ever recall seeing this colour is on toy’s from my childhood!). That only really left his belt and electro-whip to do, so rather than paint his whole belt in bronze highlighted with a little copper, I just did the two plates on the front in this colour, deciding instead to colour the belt itself in chocolate brown with a leather brown highlight, this was also used on the strapping around his wrists and around his upper arms, holding the plates in place. His whip was left black (like the toy) but I did highlight it with some dark grey.

Both figures were then treated to coat of “quickshade” strong tone, and once this was dry their bases were first painted chocolate brown before successive dry-brushes of khaki and coffee were applied. Then areas were picked out scenic green and then these areas were flocked using “Javis” Summer Mix static hairy grass. A final spray coat of matt varnish sealed the deal.

So that’s it I made it with just a day to go, and though I would never dare to profess to being anywhere near as productive as some of the other participants in this year’s challenge all in all I’m pretty happy with what I’ve achieved, I began on fairly safe ground to be honest as having already turned out ten of these “Masters of the Universe” figures before I was reasonably confident I could produce something that should be at least recognizable as “He-man” toy proxies (though you never know when one of these little bu**ers is going to get away from you!). I was a little unsure about the pose of the dolly I had chosen for my “Jitsu” figure, but now he’s finished I think it works, it’s a little sad to say that when I first ordered these “Dollies” from “Bronze Age Miniatures” a couple of years back now I went through the pictures on the web-site and was able to name what character each pose would end up being before I ordered them. The slightly sad thing is however I have three human characters (and three cats but that’s beside the point) I still really want to produce but I only have two dollies left (one I only recently decided I wanted). Sadly the dollies are no longer on the web-site, so I’m not sure they are still available, a bridge I will have to cross at some point.

Anyway this is my last “Forgotten Heroes” post this year, so it just remains for me to say a huge thank you to all the people who have taken part, producing figures of such incredible high skill and imagination that you have exceeded all my expectations, and for everyone who has taken the time to comment either on the “Forgotten Heroes” site or on people own blogs. Thank you to all of you for making this year’s challenge so successful, and be sure to read Jez’s “end of term” round up on the FH site at the start of next month. I’ll leave you with a couple of group shots of all my “Masters of the Universe” figures to date.

Till next time, excelsior!! & cheers Roger.

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“Let’s have a Big hand for Jitsu!” (Roger Webb)

Final stages of the sculpting of Jitsu were completed this week (well the start of it), so just a quick update to show where I’m up to as of now…

Sunday, Well I thought it was about time Jitsu got some hair so I began this by mixing two tiny balls of putty and added a couple of ears to the sides of his head, yes for some reason the dollies from “Bronze Age Miniatures” come without ears! Why I don’t know it would be so much easier to file these away if you were going to add a helmet than having to add them, but anyway “rant” over. Once these were on I then mixed up a small sausage of putty and attached this under his nose, then teased this around to his chin and added hair with my small knife, it is a bit bushier than the original but I can live with it. Next his hair was added using a blob of putty on top of his head and pushed into shape, being careful not to damage his new ears. Lastly today I added a bit more putty to the top of his right arm and increased the size of his bicep there, I’ll add his trademark “golden Hand” next.

Monday, and I started work on Jitsu’s right hand (the big one), before I started adding putty to it though I began by slicing off his thumb and then taking the pliers to the hand itself flattened out the fingers that were curled ready to take a weapon of your choice. This left the hand in a bit of a mess, but this of course didn’t matter as I was going to cover the whole thing in greenstuff anyway. That’s what I did next, mixing up a small amount I added a blob first to the back of his hand and then more again to the front, these were then smoothed together, and then after much “faffing” with various tools and knives I eventually worked it into a hand shape, sorry this description isn’t more specific but I really just messed about with it till I was reasonably happy with the shape. I then added some ridges across both sides of the fingers on the joints and after adding some dimples across the knuckles popped in some small balls of putty that were then flattened slightly on the top for a bit of detail. I’ll add the flared wrist piece tomorrow. Also today I took the samurai sword that I had cut off of the “Copplestone Babe” who became my “Harley Quin” last “Zomtober” and carefully drilling the back end of the blade inserted a tiny piece of florists wire ready to glue and putty into his left hand.

Tuesday and end was definitely in sight now, so I began by running a couple of blobs of putty down the front and back of Jitsu’s wrist and then smoothed these out and around his wrist, I then took my flat ended colour shaper and carefully pushed a ridge around the bottom of this “cuff” just above his elbow, this was then tidied up using the edge of my small knife as a straight edge. Next I added a small amount of putty to the “wire” handle of the sword and then carefully rolled this on the edge of my board trimming off any excess until I was happy with the size and shape. This was then pushed and glued into his left hand. Now comments had been made about the thinness of his legs, but I decided that I liked the smallness of them as they referenced back to the toys of the eighties as they too had legs that were a little small in comparison this the arms of the figures. So with that decision made Jitsu was also just about done.

Well that just leaves Jitsu’s base to be done and then I can get underway with the painting, on the home straight now, I’ll post up the finished figures once they are complete.

So till them Excelsior, and cheers Roger.

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“Henchmen ‘R’ Us” (Roger Webb)

Well the best laid plans as they say, I had hoped to have all the sculpting finished by this weekend especially as Beast-man was pretty much there last weekend. however Jitsu has proven to be more work than I originally anticipated, not really difficult (though a couple of bits were a pain to get right!), but just more stages to his construction than I’d first thought, as fear of “mucking up” the bit I’d just done prevented me from moving on to the next stage till the putty was good and dry (the next day). Still this is where I’m up to now and what I completed each day.

Sunday, Time to add the base for Jitsu’s breastplate and back-plate, this basically meant I needed to smear putty all over his back and chest and then smooth it out as best I could ready for me to add the detail to it tomorrow (hopefully). I made it a bit thicker around the back, as I wanted to add a bit more girth to the figure, the front I made as thin as I dared, as I didn’t want to bury his arm to much where it crosses his body. I may have to build it up a bit later (we’ll see). Turning to Beast –man, and he seems to be progressing nicely (famous last words, watch him turn to “you know what” now!), I decided to add the metal plates to his upper arms today, so I began by rolling out a thin “thread” of putty and ran this around his arms at bicep level, then this was smoothed out a bit before I added two small balls of putty, that were then smoothed and teased into curved oval shapes on the outsides of his upper arms. Finally tiny conical sausages were stuck into ”dimples” I had pushed into the plates with a ballpoint refill tip, and then smoothed and blended to shape as the two spikes each plate sports.

Monday, when I started these two figures I thought Beast-man was going to the awkward one and Jitsu more of a “park-walk”. It now appears that opposite might be true, as though there have been a fair amount of fiddley bits on Beast-man I looked at the detailing in Jitsu’s breast-plate today and nearly sat and wept! I don’t think I’m going to able to add all of the swirls and crosses that the original sports (especially with his flipping arm in the way! Why did I pick this dolly!!!). Anyway I thought sitting here isn’t going to help, so out came the putty and a small amount was mixed up, I began by adding a sausage around his neck like a scarf, and this was then flattened out form the neck of the breast plate and line running down the front, I then pushed small dimples into this ready for me to add the red “jewels?” around this, the original has eight at the front and five round the back, but I settled for six round the front and three at the back, these were just tiny (and I mean tiny) balls of putty pushed into the dimples with a flat ended cocktail stick. I decided rather than risk damaging this I’d leave it there till tomorrow, so instead turned my attention to “Beasty”. Two small sausages of putty were again rolled out and these were then pushed onto the backs of his forearms, then they were smoothed out to the sides forming a small ridge in the centre and rising towards his elbow. Fur was then tapped into these with my small knife and his hairy arms were complete. This just leaves his “electro-whip” to add and he’ll be finished, but I think I might base him up before I add this.

Tuesday, and as I mentioned might happen last week I’ve now decided that the bases on my two He-man figures are just too thick, so I began today by cracking both of them off of the “tuppences” they are mounted on and cutting away a lot of the cardboard “spacers” I’d glued between the figures bases and the coins, they were then glued back in place onto the coins. Then I cut a length of my florists wire, and fed it into Beast-man’s left hand to form the “cord” of his Electro-whip”(interestingly when you look up pictures of Beast-man on the net the vast majority of then have him as left handed, though the original toy was right handed), it was then measured across to his right raised hand and a small amount of extra was added (to make the “droop”) before the bend was put in around his hand and down to the floor. Again I added extra, but didn’t glue it in place yet. So next job was to finish the base on the figure, so taking some “Tetrion” filler I covered the base hiding the now decimated base, and added a couple of bits of “clean” cat litter as rocks. Once dry I was able to curl the end of the wire “cord” so as it appeared to be lying on the floor. Then the wire was glued into both of his hands and again where it touched the floor. Sadly I did nothing more to Jitsu.

Wednesday, I was able to finish Beast-man today (Hooray!), I just had to add the handle of his Electro-whip, and this was just a tiny blob of putty popped into his hand and smoothed into a handle shape (technical huh!), then I added another smaller blob on the outside of his hand and smoothed this into the joint between handled a whip-cord, finally I added a thin sausage around his fingers as a guard (the toy has this to hold it to his hand), and he’s ready for painting. He will however have to wait until Jitsu is ready to join him, and I made a bit more progress on him too today. I began by adding some more detail to his breast plate, then decided that I would have to add to his left arm as it was in danger of disappearing into his breastplate, so balls of putty were added to his shoulder and upper arm and these were shaped into muscles, I might add some form of wrist gauntlet to his lower arm, and increase the size of his upper arm on the right side too. Lastly today I ran two thin sausages around his shoulders to form the cuffs on his breastplate, and these were blended into the main body of this. At least I seem to be getting somewhere with him now.  (Sorry forgot to take a photo of this but you can see the results in the one below).

Friday, and work continued on Jitsu, this time I turned to the back of his armour, and added a couple of curved lines running down from the armoured neck down and around the sides, then taking two tiny sausages of putty added two small crescent shaped pieces in each top corner. These then had tiny balls of putty added to then to form some more “jewels”. Though not as intricate as the toy figures armour, I hope this gives a flavor of the original. Next turning him over I added a long wrist gauntlet over his left lower arm, though this is not present on the original figure I like the look of it and adds a little heft to his arm, I have decided that I will have to add a bit more muscle to his right bicep, as this figure seems a little “skinny” compared to some of the others.

So I’m not quite over the finishing line yet, still a couple of days of sculpting left before I get on to the painting, but I am still pretty much on course for getting these finished by the end of the month.

Till next week Excelsior! Roger.

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“Release the Beast!” (Roger Webb)

Ok well as promised I have now begun the process of building up the necessary additions needed to turn my “Daytona Beach iron pumpers” into fully fledged members of Eternian society. Sadly by “sods law” this first full week sculpting would also have to a week when I’m working the night shift, so it seems like it has been every other day that I have been able to get any “hobby time” in, but at least I was able to make a decent start to process.

Sunday, and I began in much the same way as I always do on my He-man replica’s by adding the “furry” undies that are so in “vogue” on Eternia, these were simply a couple of blobs of putty plopped onto their bums and crotches and then smoothed around to shape, then taking my small knife I simply “tapped” in the fur effect. The fronts of the “pants” deliberately had a curve added to the top of the front, as this is where their wide belts will sit. Then turning to Beast-man, I noticed that the original toy figure had fur on him lower legs and forearms. His arms I’ll leave till later, but his legs I thought I’d add now, so more “balls” of putty were pushed onto his shins and then teased around to the sides, leaving his actual shins relatively clear, the once I was happy with the positioning of the putty, I tapped in the fur as with the pants.

Monday, I went straight to work adding Jitsu’s boots, these were just blobs of putty smeared over his feet and lower legs and then shaped to suit. I also added Beast-man’s belt, this was just a sausage of putty tapered at both ends that was run around his waist and then flatted with one of my colour shapers, I added a couple of tiny flatted balls of putty to the front to add a little detail, and then cut a “V” into the top of it, this is where his furry breast-plate will sit. Lastly with the small amount of “Greenstuff” I had left I added a couple of wristbands in similar (but obviously, small) fashion to his belt.

Wednesday, I’m rather pleased with myself today, I had been putting off adding Beast-man’s breastplate, but decided it was going to have to be done so mixed op a bit of the old greenstuff and running a sausage around his neck started by flattening out and smoothing the ends where they meet at the front, then I added the “round blue bit” (sorry don’t know what else to call this), to do this I took an old ball point re-fill and using the open end of this pushed it into the putty to form a circle, then taking my small knife I began adding the fur in an outward petal pattern around this, before continuing up over his shoulders and around the back of his neck. Turning the ball point refill around I then added eight dimples around his neck, before tiny conical ball of putty were pushed into these to form the spikes around his collar. All in all this came out better than I had ever hoped, I just hope I’ve left enough room to do the work on his face, I really don’t want to have to remove this!

Friday, well today it was time to bite the bullet, and add the facial modifications to Beast-man, I have to admit that I have been dreading this since I started this figure, now looking at him I couldn’t help but wonder if I wouldn’t have been better off doing this before I added “breastplate thingy”. But the die was cast and it was time to get on with it. I began by adding a blob of putty to the top of his head and roughly smoothing this a slightly domed shape then pushed in the ridge that runs over the crown of his head, this was then dragged down to the bridge of his nose and over his eyebrows to make then thicker. Once I was happy with this I took to tiny balls of putty and popped them onto the sides of his head, shaping them into pointed “Mr Spock” style ears. His mouth was pretty much right on the original figure (I’ll try and paint in his pointed teeth), but he needed a beard adding, so a sausage of putty was run around his chin and my small knife was used yet again to drag in the hair. I have to say I’m pretty happy with the result and that it’s come out better than I had hoped. As Jitsu was lagging behind a bit now I thought I’d better add his belt, this was done in the same was as Beast-mans, and the furry tops to his boots were just a couple more sausages run around the top of each boot with the fur tapped in with my knife again.

Well things seem to be moving along at a bit of a pace now (with Beast-man at least), I think I’m on target to finish on time. I leave you with a fun fact, In the early concept drawing for the He-man range Beast-man and Skeletor were actually one character, it wasn’t until later in development that they were re-worked as two different characters.

Till next week Excelsior, Roger.

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“Beastly Beginnings” (Roger Webb)

 

Well as you can imagine as I only posted my intentions on Thursday, I haven’t really got very far with progress on the figures themselves (though some participants have now finished there first submissions!! Yes Roy I’m looking at you). Anyway back in the slow lane, first job was to do a bit of planning (yes I do plan how I do these things believe it or not!), and the first thing I noticed was that neither figure would currently fit onto the two pence pieces I use to base all my 28mm figures, this along with the fact that as everyone who knows me is aware that I dislike figures stood with their feet ridiculously far apart meant that a trip to the garage and some major base “surgery” was called for. Now the bases on the “Bronze age” dollies are a) Pretty thick and b) made of really good quality metal, neither of which was exactly conducive to making this an easy job. I began by trying to cut through them with my junior hacksaw, but discovered there was no way to hold them really stable without damaging the figures themselves, so after a bit of head scratching I decided to try and sand down the thickness of the bases a bit with my power sander. This is a Bosch circular version and the best way I’ve found to use it to do this is to kneel on the floor (not the most comfortable thing to do at my age), then hold the sander upside-down between my knees and run the bases of the figures over the surface of the spinning sanding disk. You have to swop between figure every now and again as the soon start to build up heat from all the friction.

Anyway after doing this for a while and removing a thin layer from the bottom of the bases (a really thin layer, these figure metal is TOUGH!), I then took my large wire snippers and just about managed to cut through the bases (nearly breaking my thumb in the process!). After this it was a case of easing the legs together, leveling out the bases again then sanding them slightly again to the bottom flat and level again. After this it was a case of checking they now fitted onto a “tuppence”, and with a bit more snipping and filing around the outer edges of the bases they now did, so I could now glue them onto the coins. I added two layers of card beneath the bases to add height, but looking at them now I think that might be too much, but I can always “snap” them off and remove a layer later on if I decide too.

So that’s where I’m up to so far, early days, but at least I can start to add some “greenstuff” to them now (last year I spent the whole of the first week filing down one of my figures so I’m already ahead of that). Hopefully in my next post I’ll have something a bit more interesting to show you.

So till next weekend, Excelsior!! Roger.

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“Forgotten Heroes 2017, here we go again” (Roger Webb)

Well here we go again, incredibly “Forgotten Heroes” is back for its second year and as with last year I thought I’d start with a little statement of intent as to what I hope to achieve over the next four weeks and what figures I’m going to be using as the basis of my “Forgotten Hero” conversions. Well first off (if you are reading this on my own blog rather than the FH site) the header at the top of the page should give you a bit of a “heads up” as to where my main two submissions for this year’s challenge come from, yes it’s “He-man and the masters of the Universe”. Regular readers of my blog will know that these are not my first “Masters” figures, in fact I already have ten more of these muscular chaps in my collection and these chaps were supposed to completed in March of this year (or March’sters of the Universe month, sic). But due to restrictions on my time and lethargy on my part to be honest, they just never got done. So I have decided to kill two birds with one stone and have shunted them down to this month instead (Masters of the June’iverse). Anyway the two characters I have chosen to recreate from this famous toy line in miniature are Beast-man and Jitsu, a couple of villain’s from “the evil forces of Skeletor!”.

To this end I have pulled out two more of the muscular “dolly” figures I bought from “Bronze age miniatures” a couple of years back (when Jez and I started the He-man project), and with the application of some “greenstuff” and some blunt instruments (the bluntest being me), I hope to have some fairly recognizable renditions of said characters by the thirtieth of June. If all goes according to plan (and it rarely does!!), I hope to have time to add another non “He-man” bonus figure to my tally. This very simple conversion of a character from one of my all-time favorite comic books, will also give me a possible “out” if it looks like I have no chance of finishing the two figures above, but more on that in a later post. Below I have listed all the other people taking part in this year’s challenge, please click on the inks below to visit their own blogs/ sites.

Simon http://fantorical.blogspot.co.uk/

Jez https://carrioncrowsbuffet.wordpress.com/

John https://hitlh.blogspot.co.uk/

Michael http://28mmvictorianwarfare.blogspot.co.uk/

Bryan https://vampifansworldoftheundead.blogspot.co.uk/

Hills http://thegamerscupbard.blogspot.co.uk/

Mike https://www.flickr.com/photos/boyntonartstudio/albums

Kaptain Kobold http://hordesofthethings.blogspot.co.uk/

Roy  http://nevermindthejankers.blogspot.co.uk/

So all that remains for me to say, is the very best of luck to all the other entrants, I look forward to seeing all the lovely mini’s you turn out over the next thirty days and please keep checking back to see how we all get on. Thanks for reading

Till next time, Excelsior!! Roger.

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“I always play to sudden death!” (Roger Webb)

Well last time I promised you that I would have the figures would be finished by the end of the month and…I have (the quote above is from the movie, and I thought wholly appropriate as it’s the last day of June!). So to start with I thought I’d give a quick run through of what this was all about, I began the month with my statement of intent that for the “Forgotten Heroes” project I would be (trying) to reproduce three characters form the movie “Black Scorpion- Aftershock”, these characters would be “The Gangster Prankster”, Aftershock” and of course “Black Scorpion” herself (for more information, and to view a terrible copy of this movie follow the link below to my original post).

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Anyway over last four and a half weeks I have transformed the three figures to the right, into my interpretations of the three main protagonists from forgotten base figsthis movie. As I have been informed that some people might not be familiar with these characters (hard to believe I know!) I have included a photograph of the original movie version in the text below as well (hopefully you will be able to tell which the original is and which my figure is (Ha Ha!)). But anyway on with the painting…

Black Scorpion is of course predominantly black (strangely enough), so I was able to leave her black black scorpion 2undercoat intact for the most part, I decided to highlight it with a mix of dark grey and black so mixed up these two colours on my palette (OK it’s an old Pringles lid!) and highlighted her boots, gloves, leotard (well most of her really), then I decided that this was still a bit dark so added another finer set of highlights over these with just dark grey. Next I turned to her tights that are visible between the top of her boots and her leotard, these are black fishnets in the film, but I wasn’t even going to attempt fishnets! Now I did want a bit of contrast between these and the black of the rest of her costume and as I’m sure we’ve all noticed (not that we look at women’s legs of course!) black tights or stockings are not actually black but are really dark tan. So I began by mixing some flesh tone seven (a dark tan flesh colour) and black together and used this as a base, then I mixed some leather brown with a small amount of black and highlighted the area with that. I added her eyes next these were just a white “slash” in her eye sockets then I added the black dot in the centre and closed around the eye again with black (as like so many superheroes she obviously wears black makeup around her eyes yet when she removes her mask it disappears! Yes Batman I’m looking at you!), anyway flesh followed this with an undercoat of European flesh, laid down as an undercoat and then continental flesh was used as the highlight for this, her lips were then added using dark red. Hair next, and though yet again it is very dark (doesn’t this woman know about accenting her Black Scorpion finclothing with a dash of colour like a bright scarf or jacket! Sorry must stop watching Lorraine Kelly in the morning!), as I was saying her hair is also dark but there does seem to be a hint of red in it (not as red as Darcy her alter ego, but there is still a hint) so I mixed some chestnut brown with some black and dry-brushed her hair with the resultant dark brown, I then picked out areas with just chestnut brown blending it in while the above was still slightly damp. A little bit of touching up ensued (don’t be filthy!), and she was finished, one down two to go. Maybe it’s just my dirty mind, but looking at her now, a woman in black bondage wear and wielding what looks a bit like a…perhaps I better not go any further.)

Aftershocks costume was begun with an under coat of dark red that I then highlighted with bright red, then Aftershock (1)all the various stripes and laces were undercoated with coffee before being highlighted with white (as cream wasn’t quite white enough, if you know what I mean),all except her tights, that were highlighted with cream. Her fleshy bits were then painted this continental flesh and after her eyes were added this was highlighted with the same mixed with a little pale flesh, and once dry her lips were painted in with a touch of dark red. Turning to her hair next a base of citrus orange was applied then heavily highlighted with sand and then again with lemon yellow. Then her wrist gauntlets and the top of her face mask (thingy) were added in chainmail and Aftershock finfinally a couple of details on her mask and a bit of lining in around her arms was carried out in black and she too was finished. The final figure looks a bit “chunkier” than the movie original, but I’m pretty happy with it (The actress who played the part in the movie might not be so pleased with my rendition though).

The Gangster Prankster’s costume is predominantly white (with stripes of course), so why did I start by gangsta 1undercoating him in black? Lord Knows! But fortunately to begin with his suit was given a second undercoat of coffee, and this does cover the black rather well, this was then highlighted with cream. I then added his collar in royal blue highlighted in bright blue. Then it was time to start adding the stripes to his suit (why did I pick a figure with stripes!!), so taking my plum paint I lined in the first set of vertical stripes about 2mm apart, and did them horizontally on his breast pocket and collar. Then I added a second line just to the right of these in deep bronze green and the third and (thankfully) final stripe in porcelain blue. His face (well half of it) was then painted in chocolate brown and this was also run down his chest where visible due to his open neckline. After I had added his eyes I then undercoated the other side of his face with coffee, and then highlighted this with cream (while at this I also used the same colours on his shoes and cuffs), I thenPrankster fin dotted in his red nose with dark red highlighted while still wet with some bright red, then added his “$” symbol medallion in bright gold. The hair on the left side of his head was left black with a slight dry-brush of dark grey to provide highlights, and the “clown” hair on the left was first undercoated with pink burgundy then highlighted with Polish crimson. His gloves came next these were undercoated in khaki and then the same was mixed with a little coffee, and highlighted with the resultant colour. That just left his “squirt gun”, so the main body of it was painted cream, and then highlighted with a little white, before I picked out some parts in either bright red, highlighted with orange or royal purple highlighted with lavender, and so my movie trio was complete.

This just left the bases to be painted and varnishing, so I began by giving all three of them a coat of Quickshade strong tone and left this overnight to dry, then the bases were first painted in chocolate brown and then dry-brushed with successive coats of khaki and coffee, then areas were picked out with some scenic green and these areas were then coated in PVA glue and liberally scattered with some Javis “Summer Mix” hairy flock. Finally they were given a coat of spray matt varnish (thankfully, I have now got ahold of some Humbrol matt varnish, so my figures are really matt again!).

As this is my last “Forgotten Heroes” post to finish I’d just like to say a big thank you to all the other participants for making this such a fun little side project, and for turning out such brilliant, inspiring and original renditions of some of the lesser known members of the “costume community”, and of course a special thank you to Jez for coming up with this slice of madness in the first place (you never know what he’s going to come up with next!), It’s simply been a joy to be part of.

(P.S. please don’t expect a posting on Saturday, this is it for this week.)

Till next time Excelsior!!

Cheers Roger.

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