Mystery WIPs
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Mystery WIPs

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So mysterious, it's impossible to tell who this will be, dont even try

I'm going to add many of the details from the premium format statue of him. This is one of those things where most of the bod will be sculpted over so I mashed together generic parts.



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Here I add a "shirt effect" to the torso, so it doesn't look entirely like painted meat. First fill in the grooves between muscles, not much, just enough so they aren't so chiseled. Then make little rolls of clay and stick them across the grooves, imagine they're like bridges. Add long continuous thin ones around the waist if the character is wearing a belt, this is to show the fabric is bunching up around the belt. Use thicker rolls for thicker fabric. This guy is wearing a thin ratty old shirt so I'm using thin bits.

Next, feather the edges onto the figure with a rounded tool. Don't use something with a sharp tip because you'll leave ugly tool marks. Use a damp brush or clay-pusher to smooth the area between folds if you have to.



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Only added gloves and started shaping the boots, working on commissions >_<



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Boots are done, the shins are rough because I'm going to sculpt armor there. I hope all the damage I sculpted visually pops once it's painted



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Enjoy some crotch shots

I widened the RM crotch a little to give it a meatier appearance so it doesnt look like a tight Speedo. Then added wrinkles for a "pants" effect. The plain area at the top is where the belt rests.



Remember the goal is to get pronounced ridges to add depth to a piece. Look at your piece from the side, it should look naturally uneven, not like a washboard or corrugated siding.

I think I went overboard on the butt wrinkles, but whatev



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Other thing I started:

Here's a simple way of cutting down the height of a figure.





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Back to pants...

They're not bad, remember to vary the thickness of the wrinkles so they don't look so artificial. Finer wrinkles go in areas that are under a lot of pressure/taught. I might have to do one more pass on this but I just want to get to making the armor.



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Used Monster Clay to gauge how much Apoxie I'll need to make the knee pads. Made the right one with Apoxie. I waited too long to add the damage detail so it left ugly white stress scars on the hardening Apoxie, hope it looks better once painted.



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Finished all the armor, forgot to take pics of the shinguards, sculpted them directly on the figure.

He'll be 7 inches tall. Kinda funny that he looks like a green lantern right now...



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Molly Holly!



Posted by Henchmen4Hire
on Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Updated on Friday, December 15, 2017
User Comments
Redmist -
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
August is nearly done... what's going on on my fave thread?
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Honestly I'm starting not to GAF about this stuff again

I've been making wrestlers and clonetroopers though, which has been a much needed change of pace

I'm not posting here anymore because apparently comments disappear if you post past a certain amount. Any WIPs and stuff are all going on my Art Station gallery from now on https://henchmen4hire.artstation.com/
antithetical -
Sunday, September 16, 2018
That's unfortunate, as you do really good work, but I can definitely understand and relate. I haven't done anything figure-related since about the end of July, since, to cut down on utility costs during the summer, I only run a small window a/c unit in the bedroom, which means my kitchen work space, and the rest of the house, is unbearably hot.
Redmist -
Monday, September 17, 2018
Well, THAT blows.
But thanx 4 uploading the link 2 ur new site it looks pretty snazzy! I hope u still post ur completed pieces here.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, July 20, 2018
Redmist -
Monday, July 23, 2018
Daaaaang! u sculpted them wraps on her?
antithetical -
Monday, July 23, 2018
Redmist, those wraps look more like tape to me, at least the ones on the arms (can't really tell with the legs), but still looks good.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, July 23, 2018
Yeah, I left some of the masking tape exposed for the pic to remind everyone that I'm only a man...only a man...only a man....rofl
Edgy 3 -
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Remember thou art mortal !!!!!!! Looks awesome !!!!!!!
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Needs cleanup, but sculpting is mostly done

Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
hope they don't mind, I recycled this figure I got a while ago because I can't be buying a bunch of fodder bodies heh

Redmist -
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Hmmm right now he reminds me of a cross between LOTR Strider & SF Vega.
Where's the main man, bruh?
& what about the purple chica?
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, July 19, 2018
It's a character called The Ironclad from the game Slay the Spire. He's not very detailed in the game so fans tweak the design however they want.

lobo is in a bag somewhere, waiting for hair lol, purple chick is waiting for a new head
TheRubicon -
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
I just want to thank everyone who has posted their WIPs here. I've learned so much from the Realm members!
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Thanks, they're all my WIPs

Glad they're helpful
TheRubicon -
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Oof, meant the board as a whole. way to make me feel dumb
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
some chick



This was supposed to be a simple commission but I didn't feel like color matching shiz so I just mixed a custom reddish purple metallic and repainted the parts I had to.

Airbrush was being a jerk today so I half airbrushed half handpainted flesh
Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
anime hair, needs some clean up

Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Quick WIP

antithetical -
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Damn, dude, is that an in wall natural gas heater in the background? If so, I have one that looks amazingly similar in my house.
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, May 3, 2018
I wouldn't know, it has never worked
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, March 30, 2018
Update on Chyna

Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, March 30, 2018
Fired up the airbrush after a few years of discouragement, mercifully it still works.

I forgot how good stuff can look when airbrushed

Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, March 9, 2018
practicing sculpting skulls and flames

I like the flame texture I got, just swipe at the clay with a round tool (like the handle of a paintbrush) to create those grooves and ridges, they'll look good once painted and drybrushed

Redmist -
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Not bad.
They look stylized. I would shave off some of the wisdom teeth in the back creating a more realistic gap.
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Cripes this took way too long to finish, should slap myself. I'm so thankful the customer has the patience of a glacier lol

Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, January 19, 2018
enjoy some bad cell phone pics of this wip

Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, December 23, 2017
wip amazon chick

...dumb pose lol

Redmist -
Friday, December 29, 2017
I see many diff parts here...is it a simple boil & pop for the waist, or do u have to crack the seam? I've toyed w/the idea of a small torso like spidergirl/jubilee and join it w/ a blk cat/cap. marvel badonk lower body. Plz advise. I don't think it will actually work...still, I've wanted to do this kinda swap.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, December 29, 2017
It's just boilnpop, though you might have to mod the pegs or the hole so they mate.

For this figure I tried something new though http://www.figurerealm.com/customtutori ... iew&id=104
Redmist -
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Great work on the finished Moon Knight dude! Super curious on the afro dude...the Speed Demon head looks so much like my brother... Any updates on Lobo? How bout Ezra? Just how many works are WIPs? Curious.
Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
the wips just keep growing :[

Redmist -
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
growing & growing & growing!
It's all good! That New one Ghost Rider meets Starlord meets final fantasy meets mad max looks cool too bro! I think if I knew how to upload pics onto the forum I might start my own wip thread.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, August 18, 2017
I'm starting to not like Ironhull Grey. It goes on nice, but I've had weird problems with it randomly not wanting to stick. I think the surface HAS to be sanded so it can grip well.
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, August 11, 2017
here's someone I've never made before, need a little more sculpt, a belt, and it's ready for paint

Updated pic, I like sculpting that afro-ish hair lol

Redmist -
Friday, August 4, 2017
U musta finished some of these figs by now, bro! Let's see it!
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, August 11, 2017
nah, no motivation
antithetical -
Saturday, August 12, 2017
DrN, I can definitely empathize, other than working on figures I have several other things/projects I should be working on but have had absolutely zero motivation the last few weeks. I think in my case it's a matter of having SO much to do I don't even know where to start, so I end up frustrated and end up doing nothing.
Redmist -
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Doc & antithetical:
Doc knows I'm just trying to motivate. He's a DOPE sculptor and paints methodically. I'm the type to have my brain explode with concepts and immediately drop whatever I'm working on. But I suspect we're all guilty of that. My wip list never drops past like 35. I'll finish 3 then add 4 more. It's fun and stimulating but gets outta hand to the point that they faze out of my house. That's another story tho-
antithetical -
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Red, yeah, his sculpting work is definitely on display throughout this thread, awesome work! And I do know about having multiple WIPs going simultaneously, a quick count gives me around 20 different figures I'm doing some amount of work on, with several ideas I eventually want to get started.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Also reluctant because I get aggravated when painting because theres always little hairs and shiz flying around that gets on the figure as I paint uuugghhhhhh

I had a bunch of old ass wip figs too, but I've been giving away parts for free whenever someone wants to trade, it beats keeping them in a box forever

for example, I have this old wip batgirl/punisher fig and im like, wtf was I thinking, this is dumb lol

I found a taskmaster wip from years ago using the old union jack body and I don't even know who's commission that was, lost contact with them when the fluush banned me

Also found a weird miner/construction worker in blue overalls, another commission I have no idea who it was for

I've kept them hoping the owners would find me but I think it's time to move on after almost 10 years There are people out there who prob think im a dick scammer but I have no way of getting these things to them
marz -
Saturday, March 17, 2018
I was looking for some clothing sculpt inspiration in here and I have to say that it's good to read that even pros like you guys have problems with motivation sometimes...
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, March 17, 2018
I'm mediocre at best really, I never had anyone around to teach me proper effective sculpting techniques, so I fumble my way through it and hope for the best.

But yeah, it's tough to get motivated when almost no one around is into what you're into.
marz -
Monday, March 26, 2018
oh,I feel with you...in everything you said also still got no real good techniques too,every time I sculpt it feels nearly like the first time...but that's what I want to learn the most,I'm not really into pure kitbashing.but if you call these sculptings of yours mediocre,what the hell should my work be called?! think you really don't have to be so modest...
Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Not much to do on this fig, mostly a repaint and will sculpt the hood

Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, April 27, 2017
found a head to sculpt on for this guy

also gave him smaller shoulders



getting harder to stay motivated and pay the bills, losing commissions because I don't want to make superheros anymore :/
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