I've submitted them in an online customising event called CustomCon. You can find out more about the Con here: http://www.joeacevedo.com/docs/customzone/customcon/customconmain.htm
They weren't originally intended to be part of CustomCon 24, but when I saw that the submission date for the Con coincided with my estimated completion date for these customs, I thought, "what the hell. Spider Friends, Go For It!"
One thing that I kind of ran aground on was running out of time to take photos. I usually like to take my photos outdoors to get good lighting, but wouldn't you know it; The weekend of the submission date had gale force winds blowing and the background I use for taking photos ended up spiralling down the street! I wasn't pleased with the photos I submitted at all, and the customer I did these for still had some minor changes for me to make, so here they are in their finished form.
I was asked (by the gent who had previously got my Spider-Carnage custom which had an alternate head) for each figure to have a swappable head. For some this was simple, but for others... a bit tricky.
I wrote a little blurb for the series, as you might find on the back of a figure's box, along with a little corny description for each individual figure.
Spider-Man Origins: Beneath the Mask
Beneath the mask of every hero is a person, driven by the events of their lives to change the world for the better. As Spider-Man and his allies leap into battle they find that villainy cannot hide behind a mask.
Who is this strange new superhero with powers identical to Spider-Man’s?! The Scarlet Spider removes his mask to reveal that he is Ben Reilly, a clone of Peter Parker!
The customer wanted the Parachute Spider-Man body for all the Spider-Man figures so I had to try and find a lot of these on ebay. With some research, I found out that this body is used for Electro and Mr. Fantastic as well, so that opened up more options.
Scarlet Spider was fairly straight forward. Some basic sculpting to the body to make the torn sweatshirt thing, and then some further sculpting to make the spider emblem. In the comic, the spider emblem is more vertical than the one on the figure, but I thought it was best to tilt it a bit so that the joint in the abdomen didn't interrupt the emblem too much.
Tricked into believing he is the true Spider-Man, Ben Reilly creates a new costume for himself and helps his clone brother Peter Parker battle evil. Ben dyes his hair blonde so that people don’t realise that Peter and him are identical.
Peter Parker takes off his mask for all the world to see and with support from Iron Man, dons the Iron Spider suit! The suit has 4 mechanical legs to help Peter in his fight against crime, and Peter has suprises of his own up his sleeves: super strong spider stingers that can knock out bad guys!
Now, this was more of a challenge. The main figure was pretty easy and the only thing that's a little interesting about it is that I painted it silver and then coated it with a transparent red to get that shiny metallic red effect.
Again using my wee magnets, I made 4 spider arms for his back. I used tiny joints from different sources so that they could move. It was quite a challenge to get them just the right length to not be too heavy for the magnets, but also not too short to be crap looking.
I also put magnets in the palms of his hands so that I could attach his 'spider stingers.'
Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly and Iron Spider all use the head from a Marvel Legends Longshot figure. As they are meant to be variations of the same basic face, I thought it appropriate to use the same base head for each.
Peter Parker thought that Ben Reilly was the only clone, but he was wrong! Kaine is a failed clone of Spider-Man! Bigger, stronger and uglier! Kaine hates his perfect clone brother Ben Reilly, and attack both him and Peter with everything he has!
Kaine is supposed to be a mutated version of Peter Parker and as such I was free to use a different, bigger body to make him appear more threatening.
I used a Skrull figure and Savage Dragon heads for him. There's nothing too complicated about this custom.
Removing his traditional domed helmet, Mysterio reveals that Spider-Man isn’t the only one to have changed! Shrouded in reality warping mist, the Master of Illusion is ready to confuse Spider-Man: Just who is the original Spider-Man? Peter, Ben or Kaine?!
The bane of my god damn life. I attempted this custom once before and it was a complete disaster. At that time I was trying to give him a light up LED head and it was just a mess. I hate to even think about it now!
I sculpted his head this time, so it was much easier and I was really happy with how he came out. I added in a little smoke collar that can be placed inside his headdress so that it adds to the 'shrouded in smoke' effect.
Mysterio's helmet is a Christmas ornament, and his cape was made from my usual latex/paper technique.
Just when Mysterio and Kaine have Ben and Peter almost beaten, a suprise ally appears from the future! The Spider-Man of the year 2099 helps the heroes defeat and unmask the villains. However, he keeps his own horrible secret to himself. A genetic experiment gone wrong has given Miguel O’Hara the powers of Spider-Man, but also frightening red eyes and fangs!
A late addition to the order: Spider-Man 2099 may be the fastest cutoms I've ever made. I was really running out of time for this guy so had to go really fast. Luckily he wasn't too complicated, although his emblem and mask took a lot of patience to get right.
He has tiny little talons on his finger tips and his face was made of half of Electro and half of Dracula. I added in little fangs on his bottom teeth as well so that he didn't just look like a vampire.
To get a slightly different look to the masked head (after all, it's not Peter Parker under there) I used a Moonknight head.
And there we are. The biggest single batch of figures I've created to date. It was, to be honest, immensely stressful, but I'm happy with every single one of them.