15 July 2018

Kilowog -- Painting: Intermezzo I

With the figure undercoated, I strongly considered breaking out the oils, but I have yet to finalize the painting strategy given the size and weight of the subject. So, I returned to the workbench to work on the power ring.

The source of everything Green is given laughable short-shrift in the figure. If one wants to "con- vert" this to a "collectible figurine" (as opposed to a collectible pre-paint) then the matter of the power ring is a non-negotiable aspect of the restoration.

I roughed-in the emblem of the ring with MS, and then proceeded to carve it to shape. Once the emblem was a-b-d, I then finished the edges, and carefully restored the band. The gauntlet unit is now curing in the oven. 

Once cured, all that remains is final finishing; a final once over, and priming. . . 

Stay tuned! 

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

13 July 2018

Kilowog -- Painting: UCing

First of all, this is a relatively straightforward paint--as much for the undercoating as for the oils. In fact, save for the head/face, this would make an ideal first figure. Having said that, a caveat if I may. . . Over the past few years, I have heard comments about how heavy white-metal figures are. . . blah, blah, blah. . . and they were only talking about 80-90mm figures! Kilowog is pushing 120mm and it is primarily lead--solid lead! Minus the gauntlets, it weighs approx. 1.25 lbs.! If you decide to tackle this poozer, plan accordingly!

Anyhoo. . . the head/face and boots are now uc'ed and curing in the oven. I am looking at a total of three sessions to uc the main figure, so hopefully by the end of next weekend, I will be break- ing out the oils. 

UPDATE 14.07.2018. . . Session 2--the green singlet--has been uc'ed! The remaining black will be executed in 2 sub-sessions: a) the arms; and, b) the legs.

UPDATE 15.07.2018. . . Session 3 (a & b) is DONE! UCing has been completed!! 

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

Kilowog -- Painting: Prologue

The GL uniform--as well as the GL emblem!--has appeared in various iterations throughout the history of the Corps. As this is a representational depiction of Kilowog, I selected a version of each that I felt was most complementary to the sculptural representation. That being said, the exceptional quality of the clean sculpture allows the more adventurous and knowledgeable minia- turist willing to put-in a little work (disassembly, clean-up, polishing, careful reassembly) to make this figure his or her own. 

PS--The figure is primed, cured, and on the painting bench!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

Kilowog -- Prepwork DONE!

The prepwork is done; the figure has been washed; and it is now drying and pre-heating for priming. 

All that remains to be finished is the gauntlets unit. I am resculpting the power ring, so it may be as long as fortnight before this piece gets primed (Stynylrez White); but there is really no hurry as this will not be attached until the entire figure has been completed.

Stay tuned! 

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

12 July 2018

He's back, poozers!

Its been a rough couple of weeks, and I just want a straightforward project to lose myself in. . . 

Yesterday, I indulged in one of the most maligned superhero movies ever released: Green Lantern. I not only thoroughly enjoyed it, but got my inspiration for my next bench-resident, Kilowog.

I've had Eaglemoss's DCSHC Special Edn. #13 for over 6 years. In spite of its size and mass (remember, it's a "white metal" [read: lead] casting), this is one of the best EM castings I have ever acquired! Easily a solid A!! 

When we last left him, the prepwork was all but done; however, at that time, I intended to do him as a Black Lantern, so there was still a considerable amount of alterations, however minor, to be done. I just wasn't feeling the BL-achromatic vibe any longer, so I decided to do a straight rendi- tion of the GL of Space Sector 674

The mandible is now permanently attached. As before, the maxillae will be painted (interior) and attached post-priming, but before painting the head. 

More to follow. . .

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

10 July 2018

Asp

In 2012, I broached the theme of two Marvel super-villain teams, the Serpent Society (SSo) and the Serpent Squad (SSq). It was also my initiation onto the world of Eaglemoss's pre-painted collectible figurines. . .

The other day, as I was exploring the Eaglemoss Marvel and DC collections, I decided to order Blink (CMFC #97) as a potential base figure to convert into Maxine Hunkel, bka Cyclone, one of my favourite JSA characters for any number of reasons. But upon arrival (VG+ 4 pc. casting, BTW), it occurred to me that this figure would be the ideal jump-off for a conversion to Cleo Nefertiti, bka The Asp. Cleo was an Egyptian (human) mutant exotic dancer whose unique abilities attracted the attention of the SSo.

And so, for the time being, it appears that my Serpents project has been resurrected.

To date, I have begun reworking the hair; reworking the breasts and bodice; and resculpting the shoes. So far. . . so GREAT!
 
More to follow. . .

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

09 July 2018

RIP--CHARLES E. "CHUCK" ROBINSON (1944-2018)

This past Wednesday was a painfully sad day in the global figure-modelling community, for on July 4th, Chuck Robinson passed away at the age of 73. The worldwide hobby has lost one of its pillars. . . 

Chuck needs no introduction to the figure-modelling community--domestic or foreign! He was arguably the most well-known retailer of miniature figure kits in the world! And for the last two decades or so, he was a reliable vendor and collector of high-end, 1/6th-scale action figures. 
Not surprisingly, he was also a knowledgeable collector and agent of-and-for finished/painted miniatures. 

But most importantly, Chuck will be remembered--and never-forgotten!--for his humor, his gene- rosity, and his devotion to his family, friends--and the hobby he made his own.  

I met Chuck in his first Atlanta Show in the early 80s--if memory serves it was 1983. Save for last year, I am hard-pressed to remember an Atlanta Show without Chuck! But I am even more hard-pressed to imagine what a show without Chuck will be like! As long as Chuck was there, the show was worth attending. As a consumer, it was Christmas in February! As a friend, sharing a cream soda with him, taking a smoke break, or covering his tables while he took a well-deserv- ed breather--it made the show an "event". This is the sad end of an era!

I could go on--endlessly; but I prefer to reflect in private. Reflect on the loss first of a friend, but also of a colleague and a patron. You will be, you already are, missed! Rest in peace, Chuck-ie! On behalf of the readership of AMF, I would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Donna and the family. 

AJR 

27 June 2018

The Punisher - Prepwork IV

10 days worth of observation and contemplation have resulted in a slight detour down a more "scenic route". . . 

This weekend, I prepped Frank's replacement weapons--including the pistol. The pistol would not replace the kit-provided weapon; rather, it would be relocated to its holster. Unfortunately the kit-  provided holster is a mess!  So I ordered ICM's 1/24 SWAT Team Fighter no. 1 (#24101), the first in an ongoing series of law-enforcement tactical units. As a brief aside, this kit has its pro- blems with proportions, scale, etc., but the quality of the sculpting and casting is a solid A--or better! In any event, I purchased it for its 'W' sprue: weapons and accessories.

To date, I have fitted the "baseplate" of the holster to the figure. I have also reworked the one(!) cargo pocket (L), and added a R cargo pocket.

Stay tuned. . . !

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

24 June 2018

Spidey - Prep: Cab (2)

I spent some time working on the cab today. . . 

This truly is a disaster in scale modelling, but at least KM has provided enough resin that with careful planning, one can minimize the putty work. I am just about done re-scaling the propor- tions of the cab; and puttying the door, fender, and hood. 

More to follow. . .

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

HOURMAN - Prepwork I

There's no time like the present, so let's get started. . . 

As you can well surmise, the figure is out of the "purple bath", and has been disassembled. To- day, I tapped and pinned the legs, and began refinishing the mantle. This is coming along quite nicely, and time permitting, it should be ready for putty by the weekend.

Movin' right along. . .

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

23 June 2018

Rick Tyler, HOURMAN

Since The Punisher and Spidey will have a relatively prolonged stay on the workbench, I wanted to keep the pigments flowing in relatively short order, and so I decided on Hourman as my next painting project. . .

I grew-up as a Justice League of America fan; but in my later years, I began to gravitate more towards the Golden Age precursor organization, the Justice Society of America. And one of my favorite characters in the JSA was Rex Tyler, the "Man of the Hour", the Hourman. He would be succeeded by his son, Rick Tyler. And Alex Ross's rendition of Rick on the cover art of JSA #79 made an indelible impression on this old fan. When Eaglemoss released (2011) their Hourman entry in their DC Comics Super Hero Collection (#94), it was based on Hourman II in his new costume. Needless to say, I ordered it immediately!

At first glance, the 80mm figure appears to be better than most Eaglemoss offerings of this vin- tage; however, once the "purple bath"  began to do its job, it became obvious that the "above-average" finish was due to the extraordinarily heavy coat of paint! 

The figure is cast in 6 pieces: 5 lead pieces and a circular, DC-logoed resin plinth. The casting quality, while a solid B-/C+, is done no favors by the indifferent finishing and rough-handling of the pieces. In short, there is a fair amount of restorative finishing to be done before the figure is ready for priming. 

Stay tuned!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

18 June 2018

Daredevil - Painting II: The Devil - Wrapping-up

  • Final outlining underway. . . COMPLETED
19.06.2018-
  • Painted connecting collars of clubs (1/club) with Al lacquer.
  • Steel cable connecting the clubs permanently attached.
There are a few more tweaks to be done here and there, most of which will be finished over the weekend. And then there will be the long-term tweaks done over time, as the paint settles to its final state. But other than this standard post-op follow-up, I am delighted to announce that . . . 

 "The Man Without Fear" is DONE!  

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003