Esbat's WIP Current: Spider-Girl/G1 Arcee REDHOOD PG2
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Esbat's WIP Current: Spider-Girl/G1 Arcee REDHOOD PG2

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Since I can't actually afford either a 300 Leonidas nor a DC Direct Power Girl (nor does a DCUC version exist), I'm making my own, both are gonna end up being the same height as a HML She-Hulk oddly enough.

First off my WIP shots of my Spartan, using a Baki The Grappler anime figure I picked up at a store downtown (he has roughly 20 POA plus interchangeable hands), he's pretty much naked and battle scarred and buffed the eff up so all I've done is give him a set of handmade removeable sandals (that was a pain and a half to put together), repainted his blue and green hair to a nice dark brown, and repainted his red shorts to a nice dark brown/red. I also dremeled a hole for his spear to fit into one of the closed fist hands. Here is my progress:






I currently have dremeled down the rough edges of the sandals, painted the glue that shows to a matching dark brown. I'm currently working on the Shield which I've had to make, just like the sandals, completely from scratch using plastic toy packaging, a rubber washer, the same brown foam used for the sandals, and aluminum tape. Simply needs a reference photo for the sheild handle/strap(s) for how the movie ones held theirs on their arms. Also working on both the spear and a sword, which are being hodge podged from my loose accessories box I recently found.

Also working on a helmet and poseable cape from scratch too.

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Next up is the very early beginnings of my Power Girl. Christmas 2006 I found a really booty-riffic Sonya Blade figure for 2 bucks, apparently she was made by some defunct French toy company that tried to introduce this "high tech, revolutionary" body design where the articulation is half hidden/half realistic and that the figure will stand up in "any pose". That was a crock they used so much material and paint on the legs and feet that she was pretty much frozen in place til I took a dremel to her to give her feet and ankles some room to shift. Now she actually stands!





I think her boobs are pretty good to use for PG without any real augmentaiton, I had considered about a dozen different other female figures from various other anime and video game lines from downtown toyshops but I figure I could experiment on SB here without too much worry as she was just samollians. Plus I love her ba-donk-a-donk, Power Girl needs her some curves.

Anywho Sonya Blade had SUPER LONG hair that moulded to the shoulders and vastly reduced the ball joint movement, and as PG has short hair, I just dremeled it down. Now what sucks is Sonya Blade has a head band for some reason so I cut off the long bits that came out the back of the hair leaving only this nice big gash of space that "mimicked" where the headband wrapped around her head, so I'm slowly layering in some glue to smooth out that cavity in her head. Also on teh front she had some BIG bangs so I dremeled and x-acto knifed hat down to a short hair style.

All thats left is to polish up the hair and repaint it, but what pisses me off is that BIG BLACK MARK across her forehead mimicking the headband. IT SUCKS because I"m gonna have to repaint the face and I"m with fine detail painting, so I'm considering using some of that excess hair I loppeed off to give her some bangs to cover that up and kinda even out her haircut a bit.

Oh and I plan on smoothing out any rough stuff from the dremeling on the rest of her body, then priming it and painting on the costume. The cape and the bucanneer style boots and gloves will probably just be aluminum tape just applited to the figure itself, with maybe a couple of brass brads trimmed with some little gold chian for her cape.

More to come when I get some new batteries!

Posted by Esbat
on Thursday, January 17, 2008
User Comments
Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Don't screw it up, wussy!


.../Titus xD
Esbat -
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Finished my Red Hood custom!!!!!




Power Girl has been abandoned, Spider Girl is ready to paint (Ugh!), Spartan is having armor sculpted on him, and a G1 Transformers Marvel Legends Style Arcee is under way using Gundamn 144 scale parts and an Emma Frost ML.


Esbat -
Friday, May 30, 2008
I'm kinda jumping around from project to project, I got the point where I need sculpting materials for the Power Girl so I stopped on her and moved on further with Red Hood and started a Spider-Girl custom:



I did a trade with chigaaki on the fwoosh to get that Jacket/coat dealie for the Red Hood. And the Spider-Girl is, of course, a Wasp body with an Fearsome Foes Spider-Man head and calves/feets. All I did was sand down the chin/jowls of the Spidey head to give it a more effeminate head shape and I sanded down the calves so they matched up with the wasp's original calves shape.
Esbat -
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Updated: Power Girl is now all primered up for painting, and the spartan is on hold until I get unlazy enough to paint the armor and weapons. But for now I have photos of my WIP for my Red Hood/Jason Todd Custom. Here are photos of the first head the Red Hood helmet, the second head simply needs the mask and hair painted on for the Jason Todd interchangeable head. Also I worked on the jacket a bit too.



Esbat -
Monday, February 18, 2008
Now worries, you were just trying to help



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Anywho, I started work on a Red Hood/Jason Todd figure with interchangeable heads... no pictures yet because its basically a disassembled Bullseye ML, an Onimusha 2 Yagyu Jubei coat, and a decapitated Lightning Lad DC Direct figure. What I do have pictures of is my Spartan with unpainted shield, spear, and partially completed helmet.







The helmet is just like the shield, composed of just layers of scotch tape, aluminum foil, and aluminum foil tape. Yes its redundant but the non-tape foil is for the lining of the helmet to not stick to his hair. I still need further shape the helmet from its "boxy" shape to a more bullet-style with an elongated front face shielding and founded, extended forehead piece.



Once I"m done with the helmet, I'll then go ahead and prime and paint ALL 3 of my customs this way I don't waste any paint or time doing each one at different times, and I only have to clean up once and wait only one day for the paint to dry and still seal them all at once. Then I'll finally have my Power Girl and Jason Todd for my Photocomic.
Wonder***Woman -
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I had no idea I don't know a thing about her lol. Thats odd!
Esbat -
Friday, February 15, 2008
Actually youre a headband and cape shy of her dreaded 3rd costume dubbed "the workout instructor". Thx for the suggestion but now ill just go with her original cape and cleavage window.
Wonder***Woman -
Friday, February 15, 2008
Go with the new one IMO. Or do a mash up of the two costumes. Like maybe the catsuit done with red white and blue coloring for a spacey look? Or the new costume with a V neck line and old coloring. Make the cape a robe or hooded cloak ect. Unless you'd rather stick to just doing the new one. Or heck if it wasn't too costly get another of the same body and make both versions!

This is an idea. This was a quick 5 minute thing in paint to show you what I mean!
Esbat -
Friday, February 15, 2008
Power Girl gets some head!

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I found a DC Direct figure of Tulip the hitwoman from the Preacher figure line and thought the head was a bit oversized for her body. Then I realized it'd be PERFECT for my power girl, she has the hair, lipstick, and everything perfect for the Maiden Of Might. So I went with the screw method of putting the side to side motion for the head instead of gluing it on there.




Now that that is setup I'm going to give her new hands and then I"m going to prime this b!tch, save for the head, and then go with either her current costume or the old Gold and White getup. Her breast positioning says Gold and White to me, but I'm partial to her current costume.

what say you?



Esbat -
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Spartan shield!




All this was made from scratch, yet to be painted. I cobbled it together out of Marvel Select figure packaging, aluminum foil, a 1 inch rubber washer, and a small V of brown foamy sheet.
Esbat -
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I use coffee filters and scotch tape on my desk lamps now I just need to buy more batteries, ugh. Eveyrone in the house took all but 1 of this 8 pack of AAs I just bought.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, January 21, 2008
Yup, all yous gotta do is diffuse the light so there aren't any glaring bright-spots. Walmart sells an $80 kit to take pictures, but really, you're just paying 80 dollars to diffuse light, you could do the same thing with wax paper or paper towels and those nifty lanterns Variable Penguin recommended.
Esbat -
Monday, January 21, 2008
Yeah I"m working on that.

I made it portable so I can take it outside and use actual sunlight as I got this big cement patio to work with and some pretty tall grass for some jungle adventuring!

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But yeah, I think one of the tutorials mentions using cheap little coleman lanterns forlighting, I think I'll go that route or at least use a series of desk lamps with coffee filters taped over the hood to diffuse the light.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, January 21, 2008
xP

That's pretty good, and if you get some better lighting, you can even crop the figures out of the picture and put them in better backgrounds.
Esbat -
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I built a collapsable stage today to use for various posing and photos and for my own photo comics, so no more messy desk photos mwahahahaha

Here's a few pics of it, its not much, just an old peg board I used to hang MIP figures from cut in half and held together using 4 automotive ties to give it this hinge and support.



Esbat -
Friday, January 18, 2008
Monster.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, January 18, 2008
Yar, prime her first because that dark green will definitely show through.

And you don't have change anything about the Spartan...unless you want it to be awesome.
Esbat -
Friday, January 18, 2008
grrrrrrrr... fine I'll bronze his ass up, but I hate you... in the face.

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hey, I just don't want her old costume coming through the flesh tone I have to work with.
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Only complaint about the Spartan is that the skin is too ghostly, he needs a tan

And Powergirl, sweeeeet, I'm dying to see how you handle the white paint
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