Helix326's WIP's. 9th Wonders Vs. The Disciples
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Helix326's WIP's. 9th Wonders Vs. The Disciples

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I was looking forward to creating a roster of villains for my Heroes figures starting with Samuel Sullivan. His character was awesome and I just simply love villains. My second carft of villains I'm going to make is Adam Monroe (He was awesome too). Unfortunately they don't make an Adam Monroe toy, so I'll have to make him later.

I was going to create Samuel Sullivan using a Movie Masters Joker figure and using a Jail Cell Joker head. Luckily I didn't create anything yet. The Jokers are simply not up to scale with my other Heroes figures. The Heroes figures are 7inches. The Movie Masters Jokers are just 6 inches.

I stumbled upon a Jonah Hex Quentin Turnbull figure. It's exactly to scale and the appearance is a replica of what Samuel Sullivan wears during a final confrontation with the heroes. The biggest problem is the Quentin Turnbull head. It's horrible. It doesn't even look like the actor that plays Samuel Sullivan. The head replacement is going to be Cult Classics Reservoir Dogs Mr. Orange. Just bought him. Estimated delivery August 16, next week. Plenty of time to go ahead and wait to purchase Turnbull.

Now about the paints.

My girlfriend loves painting and wants to do some painting for my custom figures. She's way more crafty than I. In the early stages of preparation I asked her opinions about paints. She has a large collection of paints that she uses for her crafts. She said the paints that she has would work fine. She has Acrylic paints from Folk Art, Americana, Some from Painter's Pallette, Delta Creative and Craftsmart.

In my research I came to this website
http://www.ironcowprod.com/features/painting.html

Concerning the paints my girlfriend agrees for the most part. The only thing she says is that if you used plastic primer you don't have to use to special/fancy paint that is made for plastic such as Testors Acrylics or Citadel Acrylics. I trust her I just don't want to spoil a custom that should not fail based on paints used and steps missed.


Now what to do with the fodder? What do I do with the extra head and a body? I have no use for them. Advice.









Custom Schedule

Custom 1- Smallville Aquaman

Custom 2- Samuel Sullivan

Custom 3- Smallville Hawkman

Custom 4- Adam Monroe

Posted by Helix326
on Sunday, August 7, 2011
User Comments
Helix326 -
Sunday, September 2, 2012
I'm going to paint the larger part of the Cap wing yellow for the Flash head. I'll have to keep steady hands.

While I wait for further inspiration for Flash. I'll move on to Martian Manhunter. Next is Aquaman. Third is Green Arrow or Hawkman. Last is Doctor Fate.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Saturday, September 1, 2012
you could always sculpt the details or find some fodder for the wings.
Helix326 -
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Need your input.
Helix326 -
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Need some feedback
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
looking great, can't wait to see what you do and your martian manhunter.
Helix326 -
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Now working on Flash custom, with the free time I have left.

Used a Sinestro Movie Masters. Will be using the 6 inch First Avenger Captain America head for the Flash head. Now I am stuck. I don't know what to do for the shins and forearms. Need your imput. I will be applying another coat of paint, it's not done yet. Sealant later.







Next is my Martian Manhunter custom using Abin Sur.
Helix326 -
Friday, August 3, 2012
Hey guys! Glad to be back after a long hiatus! Sorry I've been gone for so long. Moving across country, academics and planning the future is an exhausting endeavor. Do not under any circumstances move across country. EVER! I cannot wait to get back to my customs and most importantly I cannot wait to see what's going on with everyone here now. I hope everyone is progressing wonderfully!

I scrapped that Aquaman from Smallville (I can wash out the paint and give trade/sell cheap it if someone wants it. It's DC Direct Smallville) and now moved onto better and for the lack of being modest inspired customs. That Aquaman needs a new home.

Giving Heroes a break for a moment I will show you my Justice League customs I've now moved on to. I can't wait to show you guys and perhaps...gals!

I'm now working on my Flash and Aquaman customs. Martian Manhunter soon.

@Jado I loved that Peter! I loved the colors! I want to keep my Peters (yes two) in dark colors for now.
jadomiddlecustoms -
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Hey dude, I've made a custom peter and future Hiro with added articulation, I'll upload them to the realm soon!
Helix326 -
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Thanks a lot! I can't wait till I'm done. It's been a fun experience. Aching to get my hands on a Mezco Hellboy 2 Prince Nuada figure so I use him for customizations but I cannot find him at a reasonable price in the range of the other Mezco figures.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Thursday, February 2, 2012
really love the look of your figs and your excellent work, as for your dream project would really love to see something like that. hope you get the chance.
Helix326 -
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It's a slow process ladies and gents. Adding more customs to the lot. I don't know when I'll be done. The lot of each roster is getting too big to photograph. Maybe I'll get creative with the shots when it gets large

The Disciples (Villains)



The German. Going to make glasses for him once I find some wire in the Christmas bin. Atoz (The name I gave for him, Eli)- Duplication, Sylar, Samuel Sullivan, Barbara, and Adam Monroe

I want to add Knox. So if anyone has an African American head or whole figure.

9th Wonders (Heroes)



The Haitian, Tracy, Nathan Petrelli, Peter Petrelli, Claire (With Claire I'm going to wait for The Avengers Black Widow to be released. Just going to put her head on that figure. I can't wait for The Avengers toy line) Hiro, Future Molly Walker

Waiting on a Matt Parkman, Future Hiro, Marvel Legends Jean Grey and Noah Bennet in the mail. After those four possible additions that's it for the Heroes collection unless anyone wants to see certain characters or made up ones. Going to focus on bringing them to life and then moving on to two more separate customs. Again, it's a slow process. I'll work on the figures themselves to bring something fresh and to each character to the Heroes and Villains lineup.

There's this one dream figure I would love to create but for now that is just beyond my skill level. It's Uluru, just as Marvel has a cosmic universe, I'm sure Heroes has one too, but that's just in the comic world of Heroes not the television series.

Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Thursday, January 12, 2012
looking great, those heroes/villians customs are spot on perfect. can't wait to see more of all of them and the new projects.
Helix326 -
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Happy New Year Everyone!

Here's the updates to heroes group, The 9th Wonders. I might add Nathan Petrelli using a Jonathan Archer figure...but not sure yet. I would love to add Matt Parkman and Noah Bennet to this roster. I've adapted these group of heroes from the Television series Heroes as if they had protective suits. It's a slow process. I focused on Peter and Tracy first. I used a Hellboy 2 Liz Sherman for Tracy's suit. She's going to be fitted later with another Liz Sherman to demonstrate her Freezing abilities. With Peter I just painted him black. Going to get a Hellboy 2 belt to use on him later. The next step is to work on Claire and the Haitain(Rene) after I'm done with Tracy and Peter. Most likely going to put a Claire head on another Hellboy 2 Liz Sherman. I would like if someone made casts of the Hellboy 2 belts about 9 of them. I am way too inexperienced to make those.






Here are the Villains. The Disciples. Barbara, Sylar, Samuel Sullivan and Adam Monroe

Hoping to add more villains once I get my hands on a Smallville Cyborg, Teal'c figure or an African American head of appropriate size. That will be Knox.

No real changes except I painted Enterprise Trip Tucker's hair blonde and made him into Adam Monroe. Going to putt on a MU Hand Gii on him and paint it purple. I Painted The Samuel Sullivan neck. Going to work on a collar for Samuel.




Here's my Aquaman figure I was fussing about. I worked him while I was sick during Christmas and the holidays. Just right next to The Batman for size comparison and cameo appearances. Again it's a WIP.












Once all this over I'm going to move on with my Hawkman custom and then my Martian Manhunter custom.
bobtheodd -
Thursday, November 3, 2011
That's all I use is cheapo craft paints, then again I don't sell my stuff either.
fastfreddie -
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Mostly the only good thing the Apple Barrel and Folk art crowd of cheap craft store acrylic paints are good for are drybrushing after you have laid down a good basecoat with the good stuff...I.e. Citadel, Testors, Tamiya, Vallejo. After I get my primer and basecoat...anything goes and I also seal it afterwards and most times I seal it 3 to 4 times during the painting process. I don't try to avoid joint rub, because most times I don't take my figures completely apart because the crowd of collectors that I sell to are not interested in playing with expensive custom figures, they just want them for display, but I don't have a problem with paint rub for the most part. If I did take it a part and sand the joints down, it would eliminate the paint rub, but I have seen loose figures because of it. Most of us customizers use the cheap Apple Barrel paints(or something similar) and you can make them look really good on a figure with the right preparations... FF told ya that!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Monday, October 17, 2011
looking good, can't wait to see more.
Helix326 -
Monday, October 17, 2011
As you can see with Samuel I just painted the inside of his black coat red and made other painting adjustments to have him more television accurate, like extended his vest with hard plastic packaging. I used my fiance's exacto knife and other tools to get his neck the size I wanted. I have yet to paint his neck, working on that later. Currently making a collar to make it seem that he has a shirt.



With Adam I used a Trip Tucker from Enterprise. Hiro sword and sheath. Going to paint his hair blonde. Going to design clothing for him with plastic that I have that was the packaging for shower curtains. I have tons of plastic from the packaging. The clothing material is going to be used for Barbara as well to distinguish her from her sister Tracy (also another Niki Figure figure.



The Villains, I called the group, The Disciples
Samuel
Sylar
Barbara (Used a Niki Sanders) (She was never on the show, but I'm sure she would have been. I've always envisioned her as a villain.)
Adam Monroe

Currently waiting to get my hands on a Travis Mayweather. Also from Enterprise to be used for The Hatian(Renee-good guy) or Knox(Another villain). Depends on my mood or roster lineup
RedRebelCustoms -
Monday, October 17, 2011
Boil and pop is usually the most effective method. It depends though on which side of the joint and which figure. We do have great tutorials on the realm. I would suggest checking there before moving forward.
Helix326 -
Monday, October 17, 2011
Updates coming soon!! Almost done.
RedRebelCustoms -
Monday, August 29, 2011
Hydroshrinking is a mold cast method. Make a mold pour in hydroshrink. Once it shrinks make another mold and then cast. Hydroshrink is very very expensive though. Personally I would take a half inch from the torso. Then trim down the long forearms and take the nottom of those long thighs off amd redrill the holes to fit the knee. That should give you the height you wanted and keep him in good proportion.
Helix326 -
Monday, August 22, 2011
Head has been taken cared of. Done with Samuel. Great look. Pics soon now moving onto Aquaman. What paints to use for blonde hair? This is for Aquaman and Adam Monroe
Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
hmmm...without a dremel....what I did was sandpaper...really rough or a file? then lighter and lighter grades to smooth it out once you get it to the desired thickness or rather thinness?
Or you could heat it or an exacto knife up and cut away carefully from the side in quarters like, at angels? if that isn't clear sorry. and then sand around to even it out?
lookign at it all...it is a B@d @$$ combination of head and body!
Helix326 -
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
No dremel. How do I shorten the neck of make it more slender.

Baby steps, I know, but I want this to be money well spent.
Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I would suggest shortening the or of the neck. Meaning the peice the head sits on. That or use a dremel to hollow the head out more? Then when it's the size you want I suggest crazy glue in the joint. It's easy but you gotta do it right. Dab a small amount of crazy glue on the ball joint then pop the head on and continually turn it. If you don't let it sit still the glue coats everything evenly and in effect tightens the joint. Looks good can't wait to see more!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I don't know if you have access or want to get into it, but I would recommend neo magnets. you can get them at radio shack and they are strong, you put them in the head. and for the neck use a ball bearing or sling shot pellets to attach to. as for the neck I would see if you can go into the head some more to shorten the length and then see where it needs work for the neck. darth mentioned using hot glue to help with the bobbleheadedness, I have not used this method, but assume it would work perfectly. I would just practice it on something first, better safe than sorry.
Helix326 -
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Here's Samuel. Still a WIP. I decided to keep the heavy brown coat on the figure. Samuel looked more menacing rather than wearing the black blazer. I removed the ammunition sling and gun holster.

The head is perfect, sculpt and size except the ball joint. The ball joint fits. It pops right into it. POP! It dangles A LOT though! Very much like a bobblehead! Humor aside, the neck is not slender which hinders the head from fitting all the way and pivoting the way it should. I expected this but had no concrete questions until I started the project. So what can I do? What should I do before I start cutting and trimming the neck?

Painting hands, facial hair, under the blazer, extension of vest, and small trimmings are next.









I decided to keep the Aquaman the way it is. It's more trouble than it's worth, you know. Still...darn Movie Masters need to be bigger.
Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Word! Four legged friends!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Monday, August 15, 2011
hey just wanted to mention that some of the others on the realm have used dupli-color vinyl spray paint for a good primer, just learned it myself and it can be used on vinyl for capes and other accessories. I found some at advance auto parts, I hope this helps. If I ever try the bulldog adhesion spray I will let you know, but am timid about the fumes. I have an animal and do not want to have them around some of the materials I work with.
Automatauntaun -
Monday, August 15, 2011
Firstly as for the paints. You are in for a Wold of frustration in my opinioun.
First make sure you take a tooth brush and hot water and dish soap and scrub the cr@p outta those figures. The factory seal will stop you from getting solid adhesion. Then you will want to prime. Spray on primer is the best but their are some good pain on ones. You can not use primer not made to work wih plastics. It will melt your fig I can lost some shits of what the wrong type of primer can do if you like. It's a project killer.
Those apple barrel paints? Personally for what we are doing here? They will rub right off even sealed they will smudg. I tried this once just to see. Also they are thick. When watered dose their too loose. And they do not adher to plastic well.
Citidale is cheap for how long it lasts. I mix mine on a palet with water and they last a long time? Also a sanded primed serfuce accepts it well. Once it drys it's hard to just rub off if done right.
Do what you want but. I think you will find these paints ( citidale TAMIYA ect ) were designed wih painting plastic toys in mind. They are formulated for it. I think you will see they work better.

As for auqua man. If you have a dremel take a equal measured section out
Of each part. It will look sqwaut over all but shorter. However to get it the right size nextto Hal jorden? He is thinner and smaller? You might need to pick a different base figure?
I just spend time googling pictures till I find stuff I like?
Anyway welcom to wips! Best of luck and I look forward to seeing your work!
If I can be of any help let me know?
Helix326 -
Monday, August 15, 2011
The custom work begins!! Let's move this thread to the WIP's
Helix326 -
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I was the thinking the same thing, I just wanted to see if there was any to do it successfully. I guess Aquaman will be placed behind to give an illusion of shortened height.

Darn Movie Masters! Why aren't you 7''?!
Darththomas -
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Personally I think loosing an inch would make the figure look strange. Say you took the inch from the legs, the arms and torso would look to long. If you just shortened the torso I think the legs and arms would once again be too long. You could take a small section out of each part, it would be a tad tricky and I reckon the head would then look too big. I've heard of a method called hydro shrinking but I've no idea what that is only that it sounds useful
Helix326 -
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I'm also working on another figure. Painting this figure before I work on Adam Monroe and Samuel Sullivan. I have a Smallville Aquaman prototype that I bought for cheap from EBay. Aquaman is bit too big for other figures in my JL collection. I was wondering if there is way to buckle him down one inch. Down one inch to match the movie master collection? If this Aquaman project is futile just let me know. Thanks again everyone.



pock63 -
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Every paint brand has it's own set of pro's and cons. Model Masters is amazingly sturdy perfect for base coats, Testors has very vibrant colors and is relatively sturdy, Valajo are pretty sturdy and have some great clear and Metallica colors, craft paints are much cheaper to pick up and have a few colors that other brands don't make but they are less sturdy and dry with a chalky finish. There are many more brands of paint but these are the ones I sea most customizers using.
Helix326 -
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Does that Dull Cote mentioned on the Iron-Cow link serve as matte sealant? I'll be using a plastic primer that my girlfriend and I will be getting at Lowe's. I'm guessing I don't want to buy the expensive paints because I want to take advantage of the paints that she has and customize then paint together.

What is the color brightness and visual quality of a figure that is painted with Citadel and Testors versus the paints in my girlfriend's collection?
pock63 -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Model paints tend to work better for figures but if you want to use craft paints to get better color or save money I suggest that you spray the figure with some matte sealant after you finish. This will help get wrid of the the chalky texture of the craft paints.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I can tell you from my experiene that testors model masters, citadel are the best and formula p3 paints were highly recommended, but don't have of the p3. What kind of primer are you going to use? from my experience folk art type of paints are not that strong, but jin mentioned a bulldog adhesion spray that might work for those other paints. Still the first paint I mentioned works better for moving figs.
Helix326 -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Updated questions and edited first post. Thanks. So am I. Everyone will have about a week to wait so I can get the ball rolling. I guess this thread will have to move...I guess because I will be constantly asking questions.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
good choice and great actor, can't wait to see it in the process.
Helix326 -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thanks yeah. I just have to get my hands on that Hex figure. I found the perfect head. Cult Classics Mr. Orange Reservior Dogs figure. Yeah a little frustration goes a long way with research.

Ole Jade Jaw -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
As far as ideas, I got nothing. I usually go through pics of wrestling figures for real people figure ideas. That Hex figure is about the right size for a wwe guy. Just check the size of the one you buy. The lines are slightly different scales. This might help others help you though.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
no problem. will help with what I can and look forward to your work.
Helix326 -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thanks bro!! Photobucket made. I just have to get everything in order.

Looking forward to keep posting here
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I am unsure of a head as of yet, but if you have a photobucket account post the image/img code in the post and it will appear as the pic. It would help if you could show the fig you are using and another fig for comparison. I am not familiar with the fig you are using, so I am unsure of a head.
Helix326 -
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
No one wants to help?
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