Zombie Giant-Man

Phew, just managed to get this one finished before Hallowe'en so he can join in with all the flesh eating.

Here he is, Zombie Giant-Man!

Zombie Giant-Man is over 13" tall and is made from the Marvel Legends Giant Man figure. Most of the work on this figure went into his face. You see, I added an opening and closing mouth to this figure so that he can get into lots of undead gnawing japes!

I cut Giant-Man's head just below his nose and had to rebuild it all.

I started with adding the zombie teeth for the upper jaw and then constructed a couple of hinges underneath his head. I attached a swinging jaw here and was able to build up from there. I kept the side flaps of his mask so I could attach them later and hide the joing of his jaw and the hinge mechanism.



I was also asked to add in a removable cranium. I sliced the top of his head off and hollowed out the cap and part of his head. I sculpted in a rotten green brain and covered it with some gore. The cap attaches back to the skull with a couple of hidden magnets.

Whatever you do, don't look down. It'll fall off.

Gah, what did we tell you!

Finally I added in some hot glue to the gory areas and painted it with clear red paint to create a nice bloody gore effect, painted the blue areas of his costume as black, and worked a lot of black washes into the costume to dirty it, and then spattered the white areas with clear red to create a bloodied look.

Auditioning for the new series of The Zom-Cosby Show

Watch out Giant-Man! You're behind you!

He also has an accessory: a load of guts for him to chew on! These are made from electric wire wrapped around some wobbly, jelly Star Wars toy and then coated in hot glue and painted with clear red.

Braaaaiiiins! (or whatever this issssss!)

Only a beer soaked robo-tramp stands between you and the zombie superhorde!

Coming soon...

It's almost Hallowe'en, so hopefully I can get this flesh eater finished by then. Here's a sneak peek.

Lady Octopus

Here's my latest custom. This is Lady Octopus. She was a short lived super-villain who replaced the familiar Doctor Octopus when he was killed. He got better of course, and she retired or had to give him his tentacles back.

 Lady is made from a Marvel Legends Maria Hill figure. I love this figure. It's such a nicely proportioned female body with hardly any sculpted details, so is easy to build from. I sculpted the gloves, boots, shoulder pads, thigh guards, bra... thing... and the octopus motif. It was quite simple, but I'm actually really happy with the octopus motif. It's got a nice flow to it and stands out well.

I sculpted her crown and then built her hair up in layers. I tried to make her hair curl and separate against her crown, to suggest octopus tentacles. I did made some subtle changes to her face, taking out the upturned corners of her mouth so she wasn't smiling, and creasing her brow a little.

The major work on this figure went into the tentacles. The problems involved with these were as follow:

  1.  Lady Octopus has 4 pincers on each tentacle. Doctor Octopus toys only have 3.
  2. Doctor Octopus toys with moveable pincers have a sucker design along the tentacles which Lady Octopus shouldn't have.
  3. Inserting the tentacles into the back of the figure will likely get in the way of the articulation.
So the solutions were nothing very creative, but just necessities:

1: So each Doc Ock came with 12 pincers. I needed 16. So I had to buy a couple of Doc Ocks. Lady also has a very sharp, pointed end to her pincers. I had to cut off the end of the pincer and replace it with flosser tips.

2: I had to use a horrible Doc Ock toy to get better tentacles. These were a little chunkier than I would've liked, but they kept the general look of Lady's tentacles. In the image below, you can make out the more modern tentacle with the sucker design on the right, and the classic one on the left. Using the classic one meant sculpting an end onto the tentacles and then attaching each pincer, one at a time onto them. It was quite tedious.

3: I just had to be very careful with the drilling and glueing. There were times when I thought I'd arsed it up, but she retained all articulation by the end of it and the tentacles were anchored soundly.

 And so, a paint job later, and Lady Octopus is ready to ensnare Spider-Man.

Hope you like her.

Coming soon...

Yeah, I've not done anything on the customising front for a while now, but I'm hoping to get back into it. Here's a sneak peak of something that I've been working on, on and off (mostly off) for months.