Bane (DC Universe) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:45601
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:DC Universe
Date Added:December 29, 2012
Base Figure:DCD Hawkman
Height:7.75 inches
Completion Time:8.00 hours
Articulation:18 points
This is my first ever custom, so constructive criticism is more than welcome!

I was unhappy with all the Bane options available for sale, so I decided to make my own.

The base is a DCD Hawkman. I removed the head, wings, belt pieces, chest-symbol, and leg below the knee joint.

I dremeled off the sculpted on parts of the belt buckle, and then filled the wing-holes in the back with a two-part putty (green stuff), as well as a hole used to hold the original belt in place.

The lower legs are from a DCSH Bane (the one with the horrible wide stance). I popped the knee-pins and just swapped Hawkman's lower legs for Bane's. Some cutting was required for the fit to be perfect, but it was fairly straightforward.

The head, belt, and Venom system are parts from a DCUC Bane Build-a-Figure.

The belt had to be cut down to fit the waist (I'm a bit unhappy with the final fit... I ended up covering the seam line with a spare piece of the belt, and it shows. I display the figure facing front, so this part never shows.

The head needed to be bulked-up closer to the neck in order to fit properly, and this was accomplished with more two-part putty. I actually puttied the head directly to the neck, so there's no head articulation, but I like the way it ended up looking... like his neck is seriously pumped up with Venom.

I placed the Venom System in the middle of his chest because I always thought it was silly he would put it on his wrist. It seems a bit more accessible and protectable on his chest, plus it adds a nice bit of balance to the design.

After assembly I re-painted everything but the mask details and the belt. I used various washes to create the darker skin tone, as well as re-coloring his clothing and arm-bracers. I added red to the open wounds already on the figure, and green on the bulging veins to show the Venom coursing in his system. The laces on the boots were probably the most difficult part, and I tried to put a bit of a gloss sheen on the boots themselves, although I don't think it really shows that well.

The only things I'm really unhappy with are the patch-job on the belt (which is usually hidden from view) and a few points of paint-slop (which is to be expected on your first-ever custom paint, I would imagine).

There you have it. My first custom!

User Comments
fastfreddie -
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I love it! Great first custom and I really like those green veins as it looks as if his "juice" is flowing! Keep up the fantastic work!
ProtocolTenCustoms -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
SWEET! this is mad SICK! welcome to the realm fella! and really good work
themaster81 -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Well done! Can't wait for more in the future
Nuke -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
really good work here, even more if it's your first custom
JayBlazeXGen -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
AWESOME Welcome To The Realm
JonMichael -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
This is a great first custom. The paint job on the skin looks fantastic. You did a really good job making all the pieces fit and look like they belong together. I like the bulked look of the head, and the placement of the venom system is ingenious. The belt doesn't look all that bad in the back, either. Did you overlap it in the back? I'd suggest trimming it in the back, so the two pieces fit flush and cleaning up the joining areas with sculpt.
Wookie -
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Thanks for the compliments!

The belt is a bit overlapped in the back. I basically got impatient and decided that side of the figure wouldn't be seen anyway and half-assed it. At some point it'll drive me crazy and I'll trim it back and join it with sculpt like you suggested.
Chester001 -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
1st custom?
great great job
welcome to being a customizer and to the realm
awesome figure
Chester001 -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
and as your ok with constructive criticism....
the belt patch job on back
does the neck have articulation?
thats it
great fig
JonMichael -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Where's the constructive criticism? All you said was belt patch job...what about it? He already said in his summary that he thought the belt could be better at the back. Usually, when you give constructive criticism you point out exactly what could have been done better and then suggest a better way to do it. You don't just point it out and leave it at that.

And, if you read his summary, he already said the neck doesn't have articulation. But, he is happy with it.
a9j8tgh6yhnf456m -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
excellent first custom welcome to the realm!
NeCrollector -
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Awesooooome! Welcome to the Realm!
I like the placement of the Venom System on his chest...looks good!
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