Red Hood 2 (DC Universe) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:28428
Name:Red Hood 2
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:DC Universe
Date Added:March 28, 2011
Base Figure:DCUC Black Manta and Jack Knight Starman
Height:6.00 inches
This is version 2 of my Red Hood custom: I realise my first one ended up looking pretty sorry, even though it was the most ambitious custom I'd done up to that point (and still is). I'm having a lot of trouble achieving clean paints and need some help with that, perhaps the trick is in applying multiple thin coats instead of one thick one, but eh for the time being. The recipe is the same as the first version: body from Black Manta, jacket and lower arms from Jack Knight Starman, head from a Spider-Man figure and sculpted over, holster, knife, pistol, pads on gloves and boots and blousing of the trousers all sculpted.

For this updated version, the first thing I did was trim the jacket so it looks shorter, more like the bolero-type motorcycle jacket Red Hood wears in the "Under the Hood" storyline. Then I tried to clean up the paints, and here he is, marginally improved - the last photo has the first version on the left and the new one on the right.

EDIT: Updated with a repaint and weapons upgrade.

2nd Update with a repaint and some new weapons

User Comments
ManyMack Creationz -
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Nothing like a sweet Red Hood custom, nice work!
JeddTheJedi -
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Thank you, I'm glad you think this counts as a sweet Red Hood custom! Whee!
Heroes Assembled Customs -
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tamiya IS great, and can produce some awesome colors, but it can be tricky as I've found the paints usually run pretty thick. They do sell a thinner (and it realy DOES help), but it costs as much as the paint itself. So basically, if you use Tamiya, you basically have to purchase an additional bottle of paint.

I've found Citadel and Vallejo (usually used for WH 40k miniatures) to go on VERY smoothly, and I haven't had any isues thinning them out with plain ol' water when they need it. They run about the same in price as anything else, and they have a bunch of great colors available too.

Testors and Tamiya are great 'finishing' paints (especially Testor's metallic glossy paints), for me; they give a real nice, glossy & professional look, and I usually use them to give a bit more 'pop' to my fniished projects. Also, if you need a transluscent, see through color, you can't do better than Tamiya's 'clear' colors.

Like Fitz said, just go slow, and do multiple thin coats. Patience is the name of the game.

Hope this helps.

JeddTheJedi -
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Fitz - you can't believe how encouraging that was. Thank you. Painting is very tricky, I have a ways to go. I'm using acrylic paint, but not the quality of Tamiya or Testors - I suppose it's worth investing in something like that if I want to continue customizing. hahha, the pistol I cheated - I pressed a six-inch skill pistol into the clay to make an impression - but still, not easy! Thank you thank you!
fitzjedi -
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Dude--you're getting better--stay with it! Painting is very tricky-multiple thin coats is MUCH better than laying it on thick, so to speak, so try that out. Plus the TYPE of paint is important. Try Tamiya or Testors Model Masters acrylics. Your scultping skills are great-keep honing them--it's AWESOME that you MADE all those weapons!! KEEP IT UP!! -Fitz
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