EMP customs: Polaris, Black Tom, Firefly, Ranger Slayer, Kyle Rayner, Shuri, Elektra, Ra's al Ghul, Professor Pyg p2

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Re: EMP customs

Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:07 pm

Scarlet Witch's iconic headpiece was cut from thin cardboard & glued on. Vision was repainted.
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Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:19 pm

Gotham's Joker was made from Cal Kestis & Mattel's retro Joker. Boil & pop was used to remove Cal’s & the Joker’s heads. Cal’s has a tiny barbell joint within whereas the Jokers was attached to a huge ball hinged in the neck molded as part of the torso. Transplanting Cal’s neck into a new body looked like it’s be a simpler operation & more aesthetically pleasing. So I yanked Cal’s neck out of his torso & reunited it with his head. Removing the the Harlequin of Hate’s neck proved more difficult as it’s molded as part of the torso in hard ABS plastic. Even soaking it in boiling water did little to soften it up, but I eventually succeeded after much slicing. Once I finally cut away the Joker’s neck, I found a hard plastic plug with a cross-shaped depression. Cal’s neck wasn’t going to fit in the newly vacated collar with that in the way. Nothing was easy about this head transplant. The plug was removed & the collar hollowed out further. Cal’s neck had to be sanded down to to fit.
I couldn’t get a full toothy grin for Jeremiah Valeska without massive resculpting, but I did want to put a smile on his face. I carefully pressed my X-Acto blade into the corners of this mouth so he at least has a demented smirk. Instead of leaving his hair parted in the middle, I sliced the left strands & folded them over. The stringy tie insert was pried out & filled in to create a more traditional necktie. The world’s tiniest straight razor was constructed from wood & plastic.
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Re: EMP customs

Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:23 pm

Gotham's Profesor Pyg is made from Leatherface. After boiling Leatherface's head, I pulled off the mask & hair. While I didn’t need to worry about recreating the countenance of Michael Cerveris aside from his chinny-chin-chin, I had to build up a cranium before I could put a hog mask around it.
His mask began as a Safari Ltd. boar. I decapitated it & sliced off the jaw with a hand saw. The inside of the pig head was gutted with a motorized grinder & further hollowed out with a motorized sander. Additional delicate surgery was done with X-Acto knives. The eyes were drilled out then sliced larger to accommodate the human eyes. Upright ears were bent into position. Straps were made from clear rubber bands.
After slicing off the bracelet, Pyg’s gloves were cut from bag of taco pads & slathered in glue & spackle. Leatherface’s necktie was snipped off & reformatted into an oversized bowtie. Two cleavers & a knife were crafted from wood & plastic.
The new apron straps were made of French Historex tape, which isn’t actually adhesive, from a vintage military model kit. The handy-dandy knife pouches were crafted from cardboard & glue so he can tote his accessories around. The towel was cut from a napkin. I curled the belt ties in the back to resemble a literal pig tail as on the show.
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Re: EMP customs

Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:27 pm

Ra’s al Ghul was made from Diamond Select Toys’ Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dr. Julian Bashir. First I resculpted his hair. Ra’s’s hair got more extreme in season four, but it was never quite the quiff he’s known for. It was important to give him his iconic beardlets, which some mistake for a Fu Manchu moustache. The hair atop on his noggin now comes to two corresponding points so he looks like a satyr.
His Starfleet badge was sanded off & the ribbed panels filled in. I made his shoulders a bit pointier as well. His tunic was made by cutting off part of a discarded shirtsleeve. The edging of his tunic is made from vintage French Historex tape.
His cape was cut from that shirt cuff too. The braiding was snipped off an old dishrag. Its brooches were parts from a Mercedes model. The cape on Gotham had a simple collar, but is it really The Demon’s Head if he doesn’t have a Dracula collar?
The sword blade is a piece of brass. The hilt is two pieces of a military automobile model kit. The handle was hewn from a bamboo chopstick with a sculpted pommel.
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Movie Shredder's cape looks great on him too.
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Re: EMP customs

Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:30 pm

The Defenders Elektra was made from the MCU Elektra in her awful debut Daredevil outfit. It actually wasn’t that difficult to upgrade her proto-suit into her red The Hand one. Her back pockets & the seams of her upper legs were sanded off. Clear rubber bands were glued across her biceps to mark the tops of her gloves. The straps on her legs were made of the same. Her loincloth was sliced off Baron Zemo’s belt. The belt was made from paper towel.I popped out both ponytails & cut them in twain. I glued two sections behind her ears to fall over her shoulder. The remaining hair chunks were halved again & glued together into the gap at the rear of her head.
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Re: EMP customs

Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:34 pm

Shuri was repainted. The only sculpting I had to do was her MC Baby Underbite chinguard.
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Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:36 pm

Kyle Rayner was repainted into his classic costume.
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Re: EMP customs

Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:39 pm

Ranger Slayer didn't include the necessary unmasked head, so I bought a spare Kimberly Hart head from the Pink Ranger figure.
I began by slicing off Kim’s hair at the base of her skull. I gingerly sliced apart two strands from the front & folded them backwards & up. I gave her black rimmed eyes to enhance the goth-punk aesthetic but went with pink lipstick over black. Her additional earrings were created with impasto.
In addition to the no-show noggin, many paint apps were absent. Her left glove cuff, leg straps, backhand armor, knuckles, palms, armor scuffs, & shoe piping were unpainted. Her piping is supposed to just be on the shoes, but the sculpt lines up with the leg seam that stops at her thigh armor. So I continued the color upwards & gave her pink soles too. I made her gloves & boots glossy because it’s go-go Power Rangers, not cry-cry.
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Re: EMP customs: Ranger Slayer, Kyle Rayner, Shuri, Elektra, Ra's al Ghul, Professor Pyg, Joker p2

Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:54 am

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I made Gotham's Firefly from MCU Hela, MS Spider-Gwen, MCU Wasp & AIM scientist. It's a really long recipe that you can read with plenty more pictures here: https://mattthecatania.wordpress.com/20 ... y-firefly/
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Re: EMP customs: Firefly, Ranger Slayer, Kyle Rayner, Shuri, Elektra, Ra's al Ghul, Professor Pyg, Joker p2

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Black Tom Cassidy was a quick repaint. His bio-blast was fashioned from hot glue using the same twist-tie I salvaged from Firefly’s flame as its armature.
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Re: EMP customs: Black Tom, Firefly, Ranger Slayer, Kyle Rayner, Shuri, Elektra, Ra's al Ghul, Professor Pyg, Joker p2

Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:45 am

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The Gifted's Polaris began as a custom bootleg. I swapped her head onto Jessica Jones's body & traded her hands with Squirrel Girl. Lorna Dane's rings are impasto. The bootstraps were cut from from cardboard with buckles from foil off a vodka bottle. To make heels for her steel-toed boots, I ended up cutting down the foam soles I discarded whilst crafting Gotham’s Firefly. The green swirls were borrowed from Dr. Doom. Her three knives are corrugated cardboard handles with plastic blades whereas their sheath is thin cardboard with Historex tape straps.
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Re: EMP customs: Polaris, Black Tom, Firefly, Ranger Slayer, Kyle Rayner, Shuri, Elektra, Ra's al Ghul, Professor Pyg p2

Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:21 am

Love the Polaris! Great use of the Jessica Jones figure and nice paint job, adding those green effects pieces really brings it together.
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Re: EMP customs: Polaris, Black Tom, Firefly, Ranger Slayer, Kyle Rayner, Shuri, Elektra, Ra's al Ghul, Professor Pyg p2

Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:53 pm

Thanks. I need to get another set so she & Dr. Doom don't need to share.

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