Captain UK part 4 (Kaptain Kobold)

I have made more progress on my Captain UK conversion for Forgotten Heroes.

Her left arm hardened enough that I was able to smooth it down and shape it a little better. I then added the cuffs of her gloves by glueing thin strips of paper around her wrists. I then made a paper mask and, after cutting off the top of her head (WHAT??) fixed it into place and coated it with glue to give it some solidity. When it’s dry I will poke out some eyeholes.
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And, yes, I really did cut off the top of her head. It struck me that her hair would be easier to apply as a blob of milliput rather than a thin layer over the top of Catwoman’s rather rounded dome.

I thought I might redo the mask as I didn’t think the angle of the point was quite right, but I decided to wait until I’d done the hair.

And here she is with hair

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Possibly the hair is slightly bigger than it needs to be, but to my mind it’s the most distinctive feature of her look, so I want it to stand out just a little.

Once the hair has set she’s ready for her undercoat. Then I can start the tricky job of painting.

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Stinkor part 2 (Mike Boynton)

On Saturday 6/4 I completed my sculpt of Stinkor and started the painting process. Today I blocked in the base colors and did the first wash to add shadows. Check out my Flickr account to see updated photos as of mid day Sunday at:
 
Cheers,
Mike

Captain UK part 3 (Kaptain Kobold)

I fired up some Tangerine Dream this morning, and set to work on making Captain UK’s left arm. And here it is:

IMG_1224My milliput has basically dried up and given up the ghost (it is fourteen years old), but rummaging through the drawers of my painting desk I found some plumbers resin, and that worked just fine (although it smells a bit). The arm is probably a bit thicker than her other one, but if it looks too wrong when it’s fully hardened I’ll try and shave it down a little. I’m quite pleased with it, as I’ve never made an arm before, although having the other one as a guide helped.

Once the arm is fully dried, the next step will be the mask and then the hair.

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Forgotten Heroes W.I.P part 1 (Simon Moore)

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As like some of my other fellow bloggers, the majority of this month will be dedicated to converting and painting a small number of ‘superhero-related’ miniatures which a wargamer can’t otherwise purchase, or at least, whose model is in some way a disappointment. My ‘Forgotten Heroes’ will, perhaps unsurprisingly, mainly consist of “Heroclix” adaptations, and to begin with I thought I’d try my hand at quantity over quality by creating five bobble-hat wearing goons for my “DC Comics” supervillain Mister Freeze. I’ve found myself somewhat frustrated by the lack of suitable “Wizkids” manufactured minions for the cryogenically-suited scientist, so have decided to make some minions similar in appearance to those seen in the 1967 “Batman” television episodes “Ice Spy” and “The Duo Defy”.

These simple conversions were created by drilling, and then pinning, a small amount of grey-stuff on top of the head of five “Heroclix” Lackey miniatures, and then patiently dappling them with a modelling knife in order to try and create a woolly-looking bobble. Now dry, they will each be given grey trousers and blue jumpers, as well as white and blue hats.

CopplestonemI have also been patiently waiting for ‘Forgotten Heroes’ month to start in order to paint my altered “Copplestone Castings” model of a female Scavenger Hero. There are admittedly, already a couple of nice sculpts depicting a likeness of Imperator Furiosa from the 2015 motion picture “Mad Max: Fury Road” available. But as my post-apocalyptic project will be exclusively using models made by Mark Copplestone I wanted to try and ‘transform’ one of the former Foundry sculptor’s Future Wars figures into an approximation of Charlize Theron’s character.

As a result I have been busily progressing Immortan Joe’s soldier by picking out her charcoal trousers, leather belt and waist pouches, alongside the shaven-headed sharpshooter’s formidable-looking sniper rifle. Having now finished her the base colours for her backpack, straps and vest, I hope to have Mad Max’s ally completed within the next few days.

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Captain UK part 2 (Kaptain Kobold)

I did the initial knife-work on my Catwoman to Captain UK conversion this morning. There’s some tidying up to do, but it’s mostly there.

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The cuffs around the boots came off more easily than I thought, but there does seem to be a strange undercut at the back of the left leg which I will have to fill with milliput when I make the missing arm. I’m not sure it was already there as part of the figure, or was caused by a slip of the blade.

The arms on this Heroclix figure are both separate pieces (hence the one getting lost), so I took the opportunity to removed the right arm, and then resposition it, bending the hand into a better pose as well.

The next step is to make her a new arm, followed by the mask, hair and cuffs around the gloves.

http://hordesofthethings.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/forgotten-heroes-captain-uk-part-2.html

Captain UK part 1 (Kaptain Kobold)

 

I’m a bit of a fan of Marvel’s Captain Britain. About the time I bought and collected comics, he was going through a UK-based run of stories (initially scripted Captain UK 1by Alan Moore) which were as epic as anything that Marvel in the US were producing, but with the proper, British, feel the character deserved. It was a big influence on the kind of things I enjoyed in my superhero comics. I’ve kind of lost track of the character now that he’s part of the mainstream Marvel Universe, but I still go back to those early stories from time to time in order to remind myself how good comics used to be.

Captain Britain is, of course, only one of a vast number of similar protectors of the UK across a series of parallel Earths. On Earth-238 his equivalent was Linda McQuillan, known as Captain UK. She crossed paths with Captain Britain when she fled her own world after every other super-being on it was slain by Sir James Jaspers and his cybernetic/organic killing machine, The Fury. One of my favourite moments in comic history was the moment she faced The Fury for the final time in that particular story-arc and, in a berserk rage, tore it to pieces. The art and the writing of those few pages really inspired me. And when I signed up to do the Forgotten Heroes project, I found that Captain UK seems to have never been blessed with a figure, official or otherwise. I intend to rectify that.

The basis for my conversion will be this figure of Catwoman.

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When I acquired her, she was missing her left arm. I inserted a piece of wire in the shoulder at some stage with the intent of replacing the limb but hadn’t progressed any further. I also cut away her whip; I have a complete version of this figure, so had obviously decided that she was ripe for conversion into someone else.

At the moment I’m not totally sure which Captain UK costume I will attempt. Whilst I believe that her costume has changed at least once since the last time I bought a comic featuring her (back in 1985) I was intending to stick to either her original costume (pictured above), or the one she acquired when she partnered Betsy Braddock during her brief stint as Captain Britain (Captain Britain Monthly # 12-13), and which I think she wore for a while after.

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The original costume is probably the easiest to do as a straight conversion, but it’s very close to that worn by Captain Britain, so for variety I’m tempted to go for the second option, with the exposed hair. The hair will have to be modelled onto the figure.

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What will I have to do?

Firstly I will need to create a left arm for the figure. Otherwise the bulk of the work will involve trimming away various accessories from the Catwoman costume in order to create the smoother lines of the Captain UK outfit. The trickiest bit will be the ‘cuffs’ around Catwoman’s ankle-boots. Oddly enough Captain UK’s second costume has similar cuffs at the end of the sleeves, or around her gloves, so I will have to look at how I can create these as well. The mask will pretty much work as it, although I will have to trim back Catwoman’s goggles. Then I will need to create Captain UK’s distinctive hairstyle.

Actually the hair is interesting. In the lower panel above is the first picture of Captain UK in her new costume. She has blonde hair. In the panel above she has reddish hair. In another panel in the same story she is shown with blonde hair, but his holding her mask and it looks like there’s a reddish wig attached to it. It seems that a wig is part of the cover for her secret identity.

I’m hoping all of this will be possible even with my limited talents. Let’s see.

And here’s her finest moment, courtesy of the wonderful Alan Davis:captain-uk-kills-the-furyhttp://hordesofthethings.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/forgotten-heroes-captain-uk-part-1.html

 

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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