Doctor Zom's Chopping Block: Urban Diorama, Kurse
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Doctor Zom's Chopping Block: Urban Diorama, Kurse

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Still in the very early stages despite a number of hours as the complexity of disassembly, finding the right lighting and carving up the core pieces to encapsulate a AA battery compartment have been challenging to say the least. Guess I could've picked an easier one but I've wanted a Master Mold Sentinel forever no retail version of this variant, an amalgamation of the one seen in Power Pack #27 and Uncanny X-Men #246-247 was released. Given that the "rover" Sentinel figure was based off the Marc Silvestri design to begin with, it's a good base fit.



Posted by Dr.Zom
on Friday, January 6, 2012
User Comments
pock63 -
Friday, March 14, 2014
That dio is coming along amazingly! I also love how the curse figure is coming!
Darththomas -
Friday, March 14, 2014
That Dio is looking cool mate, so many posing possibilites and scenarios to create. Kurse is cool too, nice build!!
Dr.Zom -
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Been ages since I posted some WIPs.

Making headway on my building, sidewalk from MS Hulks and Lizard and scratch foamboard work.






Windows


Rooftop






Rundown tenement room


Almost done!


Here's the Kurse I have going, Beta Ray Bill lower, Thorbuster Iron Man upper, Viking Spawn Bloodaxe and sculpted pauldrons, horns and spikes.








Gonna be huge, here he is compared to Snowbird Sasquatch:
Dr.Zom -
Monday, October 14, 2013
Automatauntaun, PM sent on casting, hopefully you saw the info.

Finished my SDCC teaser-based Ultron concept, critiques appreciated!
http://www.figurerealm.com/customfigure ... w&id=54612
Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Yeah it's been a while. It's a slow start. Gotta punch out gears fit as well as two figs for, well now three gigs for shap! Lol,
And now I just need to get some casts made and I can finish my figs like snake, storm and juggy.
Know anyone I can send things to for duplication that isn't gonna try and convince me to let them keep the original?
And clear casting?
Dr.Zom -
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Hey, I've had some awesome artist-advisors here. Great to see you back in action, bro!
Automatauntaun -
Monday, September 9, 2013
Always great work zom.
Dr.Zom -
Monday, August 5, 2013
Wings of an "angel"--kudos to RedHulk80 for wing alteration video which gave me a clue how to remove the missiles.

Krazy glued tail feathers back on and completely repainted



Picking up a figure for one use and finding another is always a good thing. Awesome parts on the Bloodaxe Spawn!
Parts for Kurse:



Tell me Derek Riggs of Iron Maiden cover art fame wasn't an inspiration for this sick headsculpt! Going to save it for an Eddie...
Dr.Zom -
Monday, August 5, 2013
Wrapped up my Ares--critiques appreciated. http://www.figurerealm.com/customfigure ... w&id=52350

Got an X-Force Archangel nearing completion and also the beginnings of a Kurse on the other side of the scale.
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Thanks Cosmic. On hold until I get some more Apoxy and find a suitable size foam ball.

Meanwhile I've been honing my dio-building. This thing is super fun!

Foam board and sheets for brick and windows from Hobby Lobby supplies, fire escape from ML series 4 Punisher and details such as molding from lots of cardboard composite fodder.



Embedded some Revoltechs for climbing and other stunts (checkout more on the Articulated Comic Book Art page on FB):



Roof still needs a lot of work. These bricks take forever to make! Big-up to BoogNice for inspiring them.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
crazy mad, love it.
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Doh! Thanks for the heads up. Your comment reminded me that I sculpted out the cheeks and jawbone and also dremeled the brow ridge on the 12" scale I did. Had totally forgotten! I think the bald head on this base is confusing me--last time I had soooooo much dremeling to do to rid the head of Hulk hair.
pock63 -
Sunday, June 9, 2013
It looks great so far! My only suggestion might be to sand down the heads oversized features a little bit(maybe the eyebrows and chin) and maybe re sculpt it a bit so that it looks less like hulk and more like absorbing man. Maybe even you could have some fun with it and put some rivets in his head to!
Dr.Zom -
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Makes two of us Pock! I got more sculpting work done on 'Sorby version 3. Lots of rivets and bolts to go, along with his nose, and the ball and chain of course. Critiques appreciated!




pock63 -
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Wow! That's gonna be great! I never get tired of seeing absorbing man customs
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Got started on a commission for Hypnos88 this week. Hope the WIP shots don't disappoint. Special thanks to GrooTheWanderer who purchased my Simon Belmont custom.

Another 'Sorby behemoth, adding some extra sculpting details for the commission compared to my 12" version.

This time I've accented the steel plating with some scratch textures and doing full brick boot for the left foot.


Heavy Metal!

Going to resculpt the face again with dremeling and wet dry sandpaper to make him look less Hulk-like.
Group customs -
Friday, April 26, 2013
Looks better than the BAF.
Dr.Zom -
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Thanks for dropping by, Cosmic and Galactape! I had to bail on the leather straps with Ares. Updated pics forthcoming.
Group customs -
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wow man, that Ares is looking nice!
Dr.Zom -
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Been on hiatus as I get new workbench area set up. Thanks to GrooTheWanderer and Hypnos88 for the custom order/commission. Much on the way!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Friday, March 15, 2013
looking fantastic and much meaner. keep up the work bud.
Dr.Zom -
Monday, January 21, 2013
Thanks much fellas. This Ares is proving trickier than I expected. Got more of the sculpting underway. Going with heavier armor than the standard leather strapped breastplate. Also filled in the pegs on the legs.


My initial mount of the head did not have enough articulation in it so I broke the peg off, dremeled out both ends and replaced with a revoltech joint.


Whether this turns out as well as I hope or not, I guarantee the Ares BAF can't do this :




I don't usually use fabrics, but I gave a go with some leather string.


I had to back out of this method for other parts of the waist as articulation was compromised. Going to be tricky to sculpt a thin layer of Apoxie around the waist to get the necessary effect--paint apps just won't due. Much sculpt detailing remains on this one before I can even start painting.
mnbks56 -
Monday, January 14, 2013
Those are legit!!!!! Nice job
sanmiguel -
Monday, January 14, 2013
nice work.....like it
barefootabe -
Sunday, January 13, 2013
dude, those look great. nice work
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, January 13, 2013
In progress shot of my Crossbones prototype job,
Before:

During:

and After:
http://www.figurerealm.com/customfigure ... w&id=45992

I ended up re-working the color scheme a lot. Thanks everyone for commenting!

Now working on an Ares using ML X3 Juggy base:


I used an old SMC Rhino's chest plates for the armor. Sculpting the rest of it.
Dr.Zom -
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thanks much guys!

@uto (ha, see what I did there?) -- going to be just shy of a full re-do if I go for it since I utterly destroyed the original attempt. Ah well, $12 Disney Store closing sale fodder FTW! Eagerly awaiting some statues. I'll have to drop by your blog!
StrongChad -
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Very cool
Automatauntaun -
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I'm excited to see that hawk eye. as modding statues is something I have been working on. keep it up dude!
Dr.Zom -
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Thanks, Cosmic. I wanted to make the character all disproportionate, like Kl'rt would be if he really existed.

If I do resurrect the Hawkeye build, it will have to be with new parts
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Monday, October 22, 2012
that is freakin awesome and love the originality of the build, like shapp said. can't wait to see more on him. do hope you get everything situated with your hawkeye though, sometimes you have to shelf a project and pick it back up when you are both ready. been there a few times.
Dr.Zom -
Monday, October 22, 2012
Haha, thanks Shapp. Oh, and I forgot to add his right shoulder joint is from a first appearance Thing--the House of M The "IT" shoulder joint would've looked ridiculously out of scale. The amazing thing is that he can stand on his own despite his legs being slightly different lengths!
shapp -
Monday, October 22, 2012
I can probably say that is one of the most original builds I have ever seen lol, nice work man.
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Well, my Hawkeye was FAIL Unfortunately, two things kept happening to me that ruined the effort.
1) My Aves Fix-It must have exceeded its shelf life as it stopped curing properly on this project! (Of course one I needed it on badly)
2) I must have lost 5-7 Revoltech joints to Krazy Glue and Loctite Super Glue

Well, enough crying. I've wanted to do a proper Super Skrull since I picked up the two-pack aliens. This one is an amalgamation of the skrull soldier, and the Thing and Torch from the House of M set. Lots of fine tuning sculpts and paints still required.
If I can keep everything as it is, he'll get a whopping 47 points of articulation

The left leg is grafted from 2+ two full arms, and the left leg features two knee joints grafted together
Check out the ridiculous arm!

At just over 8" tall he's a "big 'un"
Dr.Zom -
Monday, October 1, 2012
Added a couple of completions, one a long time coming, the other a recent inspiration thanks to Spiderskater3's custom recipe and the lack of a real 1:12 figure aside from the Hot Toys.
Comics Iron Man Mark II
http://www.figurerealm.com/customfigure ... w&id=43231
Movie Iron Man Mark I
http://www.figurerealm.com/customfigure ... w&id=43232
Dr.Zom -
Monday, September 24, 2012
Thanks Cosmic, I figured you'd be on board with this idea I've been alternating between works again to a dizzying degree. I have about five customs almost 100% complete, but I keep tweaking stuff around.

This Hawkeye is a beast to deal with--Count said that he'd been having some issues with Krazy Glue recently breaking revoltech joints if I recall, and I'm sad to say the ONE bottle of brush-on Loctite I was able to find to try substituting seems to be doing the same. I've lost like 3 joints between the two Wonder if this has anything to do with the price of oil!
Dr.Zom -
Monday, September 24, 2012
Thanks man, actually, have a NIB Galactus still boxed for our son--Santa is delivering the Power Cosmic this year. The finished display will probably go in his room once finished.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Monday, September 24, 2012
loving the background, it looks amazing and goes perfectly with the figs you have. keep it coming.
shapp -
Monday, September 24, 2012
lol, I am enjoying being able to look at things and tell which line they are from =p

also you need to get galactus in there! grab the MU one and put the MU surfer with him but above all the others so it kind of looks like he and galactus are fighting int he background =p
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Thanks Shapp! Hehe, you hit it on the nose--my MS Thor movie Loki is going in between Skrull Giant-Man and Beta Ray Bill. The whole shebang scales very well.
shapp -
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Nice integration of ml, ms, and mu!
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Err... "interesting" it has been lol. The plastic the Selects are made out of seems so much less malleable than Legends--I guess this makes sense, but seriously makes me wonder whether it's the Selects that might in fact be more designed for the kids! I remember some of my old school hard plastic toys took a lickin' and kept on tickin' Regardless, it's made me change my approach a bit.

Working on this Cosmic Diorama as well among other things:
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
really awesome and interesting. can't wait to see more.
Dr.Zom -
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
So this is the first time I've tried anything like this, but at the clearance price I got this guy for I figured I couldn't go wrong. As most of you probably know, the classic ML Hawkeye is ridiculously rare and obscenely overpriced for a regular run figure. The Diamond Select exclusive from the Disney store is an awesome, awesome figure, but the scale is all wrong even for Select. He's as big as Thor! And so, I'm trying to apply my lessons to fit him down to size. His head might be a little big, but can anyone say ROML Steve Rodgers?!
Bucky Cap boots, stock legs are still too bulky so taking them down a bit more after this

Nice movement and the joints are sitting pretty tight unsculpted

Using Skrull soldier arms for better scale, still have to re-do pegs to make them compatible
Dr.Zom -
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Thank you guys, I was definitely stoked on the easy disassembly. If I don't use those revoltech joints on this piece I'll surely have another for them
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Friday, July 27, 2012
great luck for an awesome custom, great job, lovin it.
Darththomas -
Friday, July 27, 2012
Easy surgery for the win
I love it when they come apart easy, kinda makes me think they were bad quality to begin with but I bought them to break anyway

That Neo's gonna look cool bud!!
Automatauntaun -
Friday, July 27, 2012
Keep at it bro! Practice makes perfict!
Dr.Zom -
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Thanks a ton man, your continuing 3.75" figures are so clean! Very cool. Hopefully one day soon I'll have this Belmont wrapped up. did some more detailing last night, knocking off the Count's Young Thor technique for the hair Madame Hydra/Viper almost ready for sealing--just adding some extra stuff!

So on another note, I keep looking for masked Daken (should have grabbed it when I had the chance) but Fantomex, Spidey, and Bucky Cap all have very cool parts as well, so I picked up a second Bucky Cap when I saw him since the boots/feet will serve very nicely for my Select Hawkeye re-scale. I instantly noticed the ab-crunch was extremely loose. What are the odds I get a factory defect where the lower torso wasn't finished properly?!

Dag, it wasn't even glued! Easiest breakdown EVAH!!! I had the waist off in seconds without any heating or drilling.

Imagine how upset I'd have been though if I popped this fig for regular loose display or even worse, for my kids to play with and noticed the issue then!

Anyway, despite my excitement with how the revoltech joints were going on my Neo, I was not happy with the torso or waist which I essentially had to redo from scratch, so my strategy has changed--ENTER NEO-CAP!



Neck needs a bunch of work and joints aren't locked in, but I think they'll hold up pretty well since they stay in unless I really move them around.
Dravenheart -
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Aha, I found it. Nice Viper mate. Love that Simon Belmont too. Always wanted to make one before, but put it aside and never got back to it. I actually wanted to do Trevor and Sonia. But neither one would have looked as good as that. Bloody awesome man.
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