The Archangel Gabriel (DC Universe) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:15230
Name:The Archangel Gabriel
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:DC Universe
Date Added:June 3, 2009
Base Figure:LOTR Gondorian Soldier
Height:6.00 inches
This is the first of three warrior angle figures I created last year. I was in the midst of reading a lot of DC/Vertigo heaven vs. hell stories (Sandman, Hellblazer, etc.) and felt really inspired to create Vertigo-style super powered beings. :)

For this angel figure I used:

-XMC Angel Head/Wings + back piece (See WIP shot) with screw
-LOTR Gondorian Soldier (flexible rubber chest armor, arms, thigh plating, helmet)
-Random LOTR figure (Hair with modified front-strand)
-Blizzard Warcraft Knight (Sword)
-LOTR Saracen (Waist sash, created from head-robes from this figure)
-LOTR Series 1 RingWraith (Legs/pelvis, modified)
-Gel type Superglue
-Aves Sculpt
-Citadel and Vallejo acyrlic paints
-Vallejo Matte and Glossy varnish sealant
-x1 ML flight stand
-x2 Neodymium Magnets (ring/donut shaped)
-x3 Neodymium disc-shaped magnets (same diameter)

-Having recently purchased a cordless phaser-style handheld dremmel on Jin's recommendation, I set to work on the LOTR figure's torso. I gutted the original figure's sword-swinging gears/action, and used the screwpost inside to anchor the XMC Angel's packpiece which held in the wings.

-Significant dremmeling was necessary, and with some liberal use of superglue, it stayed. I cut circular shapes from the back armor and attached it around the wings.

-Trimmed the hair so it wasn't so straggley looking, and dremmeled down XMC Angel's head to fit the hair + attached.
-Fixed XMC Angel's factory mispainted wal-eye
-Constructed a waist shash to conceal the waist-gap created by joining non-articulated RingWraith pelvis to the Gondorian torso. The sash fit perfectly, and reminded me a lot of some etchings from "Paradise Lost".

::: About the Custom magnetic flight stand:

Since my angel figures are much heavier than most ML's, I removed the flight stands bottom with a flat screwdriver and stacked 3 or 4 balancing weights (purchased at a hobby shop - usually used to balance tires or remote control airplanes). They made the base stand extremely well, even with increased weight.
I then spray painted (Black Acrylic) the *inside* of the flight stand's base, and after it dried, sealed it with Citadel sealant spray. I sealed the base by re-gluing the bottom piece on I pried off earlier.

For the top section/flight "arm": I embedded Neodymium Magnets just above the wing-sockets on each angel figure, and used x2 ring-magnets + a single disc magnet superglued to a ML flight stand's arm. The result is fantastic - no more figures falling off the tiny plastic peg. It also allows a wide variety of posing options for your figures.

Check out the other two Archangles I've posted - "Michael", and "Fallen Angel", along with some battle photos. :)


User Comments
Renmauzo -
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Like I said before, brilliant!
CplHicks -
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Love this one too!
Ant -
Thursday, June 4, 2009
beautiful. it's one of those things that makes me wonder why someone hadnt done this earlier, it's genius
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