“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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“Guess crime just doesn’t pay anymore” (Roger Webb)

Week four of “Forgotten Heroes” month (Wow it’s shot by hasn’t it!), and I’m pleased to say that the sculpting is now finished!

Sunday, and I began by adding the hair to the Prankster, I began this by sanding away some of the hair that was originally molded onto the “Riddler” before placing a blob of putty onto the left hand side of his head and then tapping some tight curls into it with a sharp spike. Then I added a larger blob on the right hand side that was then tapped again into shape with the blade of a knife (as this side is longer and straight), then I added a second blob higher and above this as repeated the process. Finally I teased some more unruly bits of hair out with the sharp point again. I then added his large cuffs by running a sausage of putty around each wrist and smoothing and shaping these before adding a tiny ball of putty either side of the bottoms of these as cuff link studs. Next I rolled out a small sausage of greenstuff and ran it in a “U” shape up BS’s back taking the ends of this up over her shoulders to meet up with the straps at the front of her costume, then I took two small balls of putty and plonked them onto her shoulders and shaped them into upside down teardrop shapes as her forgotten TRIO (mon3) figsshoulder pads. Next turning to Aftershock a small ball of putty was set onto her right forearm and spread around her arm as a wristband, then the top thicker area of this was squared off and a hole was pushed into the front, some more detail was added to the rest of her wrist gauntlet and this was then repeated on her left forearm, but with a larger blob of putty (as for some reason the one on her left arm of much longer than the one on her right). She is now finished (thank god!).

Monday and not a great deal was done, mainly preparation for tomorrow’s onslaught. I began by bending a piece of wire into an “S” shape, well really a “C” with a small kick at the end. This will form the support for BS’s plait, I then stuck a blob of putty onto the back of her head (it was filed away at the back ready for this, as I’ve said before I don’t just throw these ideas together!) and then the wire was pushed into this ready for detailing with greenstuff tomorrow. I decided to have it attached horizontally as if she has just whipped her head around and it’s flying out. I also took another piece of wire and after wrapping it in putty rolled it out to get a smooth tube, this will form the basis of the Prankster’s super soaker water gun, it was then stuck into some blu-tack to dry overnight.

Tuesday, and after cutting down the “greenstuff tube” that is the Prankster’s gun the end of the wire was bent over and it was glued into the hole I’d drilled in his hand and left to dry. Meanwhile I took a small sausage of putty and wrapped this around the wire coming out of the back of BS’s head this was them given some texture with a knife and then I added some more putty to the back of her head and using the knife again tapped in the texture for her hair, and she was done. By this time the glue had set on the Pranksters gun and I was able to start work on adding the component parts to this deadly supersoaker, thisforgotten TRIO (wed3) figs included two small sausages of putty on the top as the water (or acid, depending on your point of view!) tanks, a “pump” grip underneath and some other bits and bobs to give it the water gun “look”. This turned out a bit bigger than I had originally planned but as it is supposed to be made of plastic (and so not that heavy) I think I can live with it. This meant that he too was now finished. I put them away safely to dry, ready for me to start preparing them for undercoating tomorrow.

Wednesday, And it was time to base up the figures, so it was out with the “Tetrion” all purpose filler and the areas between their feet and the edges of the tuppences was filled before I added a few “Cat litter” rocks, and then this was left overnight to dry.

Thursday was undercoat day so it was out into the garden (I do love dry weather don’t you!), and they were given a spray coat of matt black that was then touched up with a brush once dry to make sure they had complete coverage, that means I can start adding a little colour to their drab existence’s tomorrow. But you’ll have to wait till the end of the month to see the finished results.

Till next time Excelsior!!

Cheers Roger.

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“That’s all I ever wanted, to be a hero”. (Roger Webb)

Right I have to start this week with an apology because though I have just about kept up with cross-posting my fellow “Hero” builders posts tot the “Forgotten Heroes International” site I haven’t had time to post comments on all the excellent work that has been carried out by them. This is because my hobby time has been greatly depleted this week due to overtime at work each night and all this weekend, along with us being booked in to trade with “WSD” at the “Phalanx” wargames show today! Thankfully my wife and eldest (Myles) ended up doing this as I had to work (big thanks to them both for this). But I did spend a lot of my spare time sorting out and preparing for the show (just didn’t get the chance to buy anything at the show itself (Drat!). But enough moaning, some progress has been made and though I haven’t achieved all I was hoping this week, I am reasonably pleased with how much I have managed to get done.

Monday, and very little got done today, I did dig out my other heroklix figures to find a new pair of armsAftershock (3) for Aftershock, the (probably) unhappy donor was Janet Van’Dyne, better known as “Wasp” from the Avengers, her arms were in pretty much the right pose (though pointed outward rather than down but that shouldn’t be a problem), and as a happy addition she also has a pair of insect wings on her back, so “Buzz Off” is now a “go’er” for the next round of “He-month”. Obviously I then had to carve out Aftershock’s right arm as well, and that was all I got done.

Tuesday, was a bit more productive, I began by forgotten TRIO (wed2) figsshaping the tops of Aftershocks new arms ready for gluing them in place, then taking a couple of blobs of putty and slapping them in place on either side of her chest I created her crop top, leaving the gap at the front over the rectangle of putty I added a while back. Then like her shorts I added a couple of laces at the front with some tiny strands of putty. Next while this was still soft I pushed and glued her arms into place. The Prankster came next and I added the front and back to his jacket this was just three lumps of putty, two smaller ones at the front and a larger one at the back that were then shaped around his torso. I then added the collar to his jacket and a breast pocket, it looks like a body warmer at the moment but I’ll add the arms tomorrow.

Wednesday, and it was filing again I’m afraid, I’d been putting this off as long as I could but the time had forgotten TRIO (thur2) figscome as they say. So taking one of the two arms that came with the original I-core figure I’m using as the base for Black Scorpion (the one with the pistol) I set about filing away all the excessive detail, which sadly included an armored shoulder pad that ran down to her elbow, fortunately her pistol gave me something to hold while I did this and once done I cut away most of the pistol, but again fortuitously she sometimes uses a baton or truncheon, so I plan on adding one of these to her right hand so the pistol grip and hand positioning will be okay. Last job today was to drill the hole for the wire that will form the base for said truncheon and while it was out I drilled into the Pranksters hand as well ready for his water pistol, his hand broke off while I was doing this (didn’t realize it was separate), but this will give me the chance to re-position it a bit when I glue it back on.

Thursday, I began by tidying up around Aftershocks forgotten TRIO (fri2) figsshoulders, blending them in a bit and covering up the joints by re-sculpting the hair I’d cut away way back at the start of her conversion. Then I re-attached The Pranksters lower arm at a slightly straighter position than it was originally and then wrapping his arms in putty added the sleeves to his jacket, I ran the ends of these tight to his wrists as I’ll add his turned back cuff’s later. Then BS had her right arm attached and I blended in around the joint at the back, then I built up the truncheon around the wire that was protruding from her hand.

So we come to Friday, and though the ends may be in sight, as I said above I’m not quite over the sculpting finish line just yet. Aftershock needed her gloves forgotten TRIO (sat3) figsextending up her arms so a couple of rings of putty were put around her elbows and smoothed out and up to the middle of her upper arms, now she just needs the apparatus she uses to cause the “shocks” and tremors she is famous for, adding to her wrists and she is done. BS also needed long gloves adding so pretty much the same procedure as above was carried out on her as well with bigger rings of putty as this time I had to run them up from her wrists. She still needs the back of her costume tidying up, her shoulder pads and of course her hair and plait adding to complete her. Prangster is the one with the most work left to do, though I have added the disfigured side of his face now, but he still needs his hair doing, along with the cuffs of his jacket and of course his “acid” shooting water pistol, this is going to take the longest I suspect, and I might have to do it separately (should have started this a while back, doh!). So all in all not a bad week all things considered but no cigar, as they say.

Now I have been asked by fellow “Forgotten Heroes International” participant Mike Boynton to show some of the tools I use when sculpting. Well this isn’t a complete view of all the stuff I have in my sculpting box but these are my main weapons of choice, along with a 12”x16” off cut piece of kitchen worktop that I tools o' tradetend to sculpt on. We have from top to bottom…an old Eyeshadow brush/thing from my wife’s handbag, that is just like a soft version of a colour shaper, talking of which next is my flat angled one of these, then we have a cocktail stick wrapped in greenstuff to give it a better handle, then there is a cut down very stiff old brush great for adding texture to areas of putty (like wooly jumpers), my pointed tip colour shaper next, I probably use this most of all it’s great for blending two separate bits of putty together or adding creases to clothing. A twin spiked probe next, I have quite a few different shaped ones of these but this is my favorite (can’t say why but it’s the one I always seem to use).The next thing is a new tool I made to add the studs to Ram-Man’s skirt, it’s the fine nozzle that came with some superglue stuck on the end of a cocktail stick with putty, great for adding small circles to figures, for lights on Robots etc..,A metal re-fill from an old ball point pen is next, good for adding bigger circles, then a small knife, the handle is made of coffee stirrers glued together and sanded to shape, then we have a cocktail stick sanded flat at the end in another homemade handle, my flat bladed colour shaper next great for getting a smooth finish on areas of putty, and a couple of loose cocktail sticks (always useful). The handles on most of these have been cut down to about three inches, this is because one of my dogs as a puppy chewed my flat tipped colour shaper so I had to cut it down and re-sculpt the handle, I then found I liked it better this length so then cut down all the others, and the reason I’ve painted then different colours is to make it easier to identify the different tools when they are sprawled out across my board. Now if you’ll excuse me I should be using them rather than taking pictures of them or I’ll never get the figures finished by the end of the month!

Till next week Excelsior!!

Cheers Roger.

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“Not bad for old baldie locks! (Roger Webb)

Right well as this is the end of the first sculpting week, I thought I’d go through day by day as to what I’ve achieved (or not achieved) in regards to the development of my entries for “Forgotten Heroes” month.

Sunday, and first job was to get the figures mounted up onto some two pence pieces (for non-regular readers this is how I base up all my 28mm figures these days). So beginning with Black Scorpion (or BS as I’ll call her from now on), it was a case of running her “slotta” tag along the face of my sander, as you might recall from my last post this was now bent at an angle to allow me room to add her high heels. Once I had a flat edge to glue down I mixed a little greenstuff and fixed her down. “Gangster Prankster” was a lot easier as he just needed gluing down with a spacer of card beneath his feet to give him a little extra height. Now aftershock on the other hand was a bit more awkward, as I had to add the thick soles on her boots (if you watch the film the boots she actually wears are not the stiletto heeled ones she picks out of the shop window earlier on), four tiny blobs of greenstuff were applied to the soles of her feet and then shaped into a separate stacked sole and heel on each (you watch when I “Tetrion” the bases it’ll cover all this hard work up!).

Monday was begun by gluing Aftershock onto the “tuppence”, this time with two card spacers (as she doesn’t have the “Disks” under her feet), and once dry I added the rings below her knees to represent the tops of her boots, I also added a rectangle between her breasts which will be the middle section of her “crop forgotten TRIO (mon) figstop”. BS, also had a bit of re-modelling done on her left foot to re-shape the toe of her boot, I also added the heels to these, just tiny tapered bits of putty eased into the space between her heel and the base. Next I ran sausages of putty round her thighs, then pulled these down to form the tops of here thigh length boots. The Prangster, probably had the most work done on him today, after looking again at the film (several times, in fact) I still can’t tell if his shoes are oversized or not, in the end I decided to increase their size a bit but not too much. Then wrapping his legs in putty I added the ripples and creases to what are now his suit trousers, I didn’t bother with too much detail at the top of these as they will be covered by his jacket.

Tuesday was a no-show as it was too hot and I couldn’t raise the enthusiasm to get of the tools out. So on to Wednesday and looking at the fast progress some of the people taking part had made I thought I’d better make an effort, so out came the tools and the figures and a small ball of “Greenstuff” was mixed up. I decided to start by covering up BS’s “shame” so a tapered sausage of putty was run up her front from between her legs and then smoothed out and around forgotten TRIO (wed) figsher waist up to under her breasts. A smaller piece was then added at the back and the same done there and the two halves blended together at the sides. Next I added some details to her costume, there are two small curved “tails” that curl outwards from the lower costumes “pants” area, and there is a “badge” in the middle of her chest area, so both of these were added. Turning to Aftershock, I added her “big” shorts, these were two blobs plonked onto her buttocks and another between her legs at the front that were then spread out and smoothed to shape. Then I added to tiny strips up either side of her abdomen and again these were smoothed out on the outside edges, then (and this was a right paint I tell you!) I rolled out a piece of putty as thinly as I could and cutting tiny lengths of it I added the laces at the front of her shorts, now there are a lot more of these on the proper movie version of these, but there’s enough on my model for me! I’ve got to do this again on her top yet! After this I decided I’d had enough for the day so the Prankster will have to wait till tomorrow before he moves on.

So we come to Saturday (yep I really didn’t touch these again till then!), and it was mask day as far as the two ladies go. BS, first and taking a thin sausage of putty I ran it over her nose and below her eyes, then a larger blob was applied onto her forehead and this was then smoothed out and around into the lower sausage, much “faffing” later and I just about had the shape I was after. Two tiny “spikes” were run from the bottom of her mask towards her chin, now on the original there are three of these and they are a lot smaller, but hey cut me some slack, there was no way I would even attempt those! I then took another small triangle of putty and added the forehead detail to her mask. Lastly on her I had to add some ears to the sides of her head (as the original figures were covered by forgotten TRIO (sat) figsher copious hair, and thus were long gone with the file), these were a pain to get even and equally spaced on the sides of her head, remind me to do figures with their ears covered next time!). Aftershocks mask (is it a mask? It doesn’t cover much of her face) by comparison was a breeze to do, the forehead part was already done on the original “Jean Grey” miniature so a couple of small blobs shaped on her cheeks and a tiny blob on her chin and I was a happy monkey as they say. Finally this week I added the “$” symbol medallion that hangs about the Pranksters neck, this as I’m sure you can imagine started out as a small sausage of putty attached at one end to his upper chest and twisted into an “S” shape as it was pushed onto the figure, then two tiny sausages of putty were run vertically across this and again pushed into place, then two more thin sausages were run up from the top of this over his shoulders (these were not joined at the back as his jacket will cover this area.

Well, nowhere near as productive as I’d hoped, but at least I have got a bit of work done on them, I’m hoping to get all of the sculpting finished on them by next week’s post, so I can get on with the painting, but we’ll see.

Till next week Excelsior!!

Cheers Roger.

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Auto Transform (Roger Webb)

Ok end of the first week and I think “Slow” is the best word to describe progress so far, but I’m pleased to announce (Sooo very pleased, you wouldn’t believe!) that all the sanding and filing on “Black Scorpion’s” original figure is now complete, her right arm will need filing down at some point but I’ll worry about that as and when. I began by holding my electrical circular sander upside down between my knees and gently touching the back of her head and arm onto the spinning disk and removing as much of the hair as I black scorpion 5dare (shame I couldn’t just use “Imac” or “Wax” but they sadly won’t cut it with white metal!), then it was out with the needle files and many “happy” hours of filing away the rest of the unwanted hair and surface detail, I used a sharp knife to carve away the bits where a file just wouldn’t reach, and then using a small piece of sand paper I smoothed out any obvious file marks. Lastly this week I took a pair of pliers and teased her left foot up at the back as I’ve got to add high heels to her boots at some point (in the film these disappear and reappear depending upon what she is doing, but as so did Wonder Woman’s in the old series I’ll let her off on this).

As you can see from the photograph “Aftershock” has Aftershock (2)also had a bit of a run in with the scalpel, this is because although the clothing on the original “Jean Grey” figure is pretty close her pose with hand to her temple wasn’t. I have an idea of what arm/arms (her right might have to go as well yet), but we’ll see about that later. I’ve also removed her belt buckle and the detail lines on the thighs of her costume. The blue-tack on her foot is just there to keep her upright until I get her mounted onto a tuppence (next job).

Lastly we come to the “Gangster’ Prankster”, and there’s really been very little progress on him at all.gangsta 2 I’ve carved away the question mark on his chest and the flared backs of his gloves as these need to fit under the sleeves of his jacket. I’ve also removed his question mark walking stick, I plan to replace this with his “supersoaker” style water pistol full of acid (what a lovely chap he is!).

Finally I’m happy to report that I only got one metal splinter in my finger this week, that’s pretty good for me, I half expected at least one trip to casualty.

Anyway I should be on safer ground from this point on, so till next week Excelsior!!

Cheers Roger.

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Black Scorpion Aftershock (Roger Webb)

“In the light of day Darcy Walker is a cop, but in the dark of night she becomes Black Scorpion, doing with a mask, what she can’t do with a badge!”

black scorpion 4OK first post of “Forgotten Heroes” month, and as stated in the rules I’m going to start by detailing who I’m going to (trying to) produce and what figures I’m going to be using as a base for my efforts. Well the heading above should be a bit of a giveaway as to the movie and TV series franchise I have taken inspiration from, but first a little background information about the film in question.

Roger Corman is the king of modern day bad (see cheap) movie production among his many classics are “Not of this earth (he actually produced three different versions of this movie)”, “Voyage to the prehistoric planet”, and the actually rather good “Battle beyond the stars”. But in 1995 he turned his attention to the superhero genre with what is a bit of a mishmash of Batman and Wonder Woman, the comic book caper that is “Black Scorpion”. This however was not “Rogers” first foray into the superhero genre as he was also the producer of the infamous never released “Fantastic Four” movie the year before (there is a fascinating story behind this debacle, that is well worth looking up on the net if you ever get bored enough). But back to Black Scorpion, Darcy Walker is a cop and as always seems to be the case, even though she is the only person in the force who is not a complete idiot she is looked down upon by her male co-officers. So at night she dresses in plastic bondage wear and dispensesblack scorpion 2 her own brand of justice (which appears to include killing police officers who chase her car!!), talking about her car in the day time she drives a Mk3 Corvette stingray but at the touch of a button this appears to transform into a lightly disguised and weaponized Porshe 911 (though how the engine transfers from the front to the back while she’s sitting in the cabin…), This amazing molecular transformation is the work of Argyle, a retired car thief (and apparently the world’s greatest scientific genius!) played by Garret Morris, better known as the chap behind the cash register in the café that the “Two Broke Girls” work at. Anyway add in a corrupt Mayor, a chauvinistic partner/love interest and some gratuitous and pointless nudity (not one for the kiddies this) and you pretty much get the idea.

Anyway though not a great movie by any standards it was good enough (apparently) to spawn a sequel two years later “Black Scorpion- Aftershock”, and a 22 episode series in 2001

You can watch a terrible copy of Aftershock (not suitable for work) here…

 

However it’s from this second film, and my personal favorite, “Aftershock” that I have decided to draw the three characters I plan to Aftershock (1)gangsta 1reproduce, The Gangster’ Prankster (a cut price Joker/Two face rip off), Aftershock (Think a female Avalanche from the X-men franchise), and of course the lady herself, Black Scorpion (A sexy female Batman in bondage gear), in 28mm and to do this of course I require three lucky (or perhaps not so lucky) volunteers, and here they are…

forgotten base figs

So we have a Heroklix “Riddler” who will (hopefully) become my Gangster’ Prankster. An old “I-core” figure by Kev White, which is covered with lovely detail on her costume and long luscious hair, all of which will sadly have to be filed away (not looking forward to that!!) who is of course going to become Darcy Walker’s dark alter ego herself and a Jean Grey figure by Heroklix again who will be transformed with more of the magic of “greenstuff” into Dr Ursula Undershaft or “Aftershock” as she is better known.

Hopefully by the weekend I’ll have something to show you (even if it’s just the numerous plasters I have acquired on my hands from all that sanding and filing!!).

So till then, the best of luck to all the other participants, and Excelsior!!

Cheers Roger.

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