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IRON MAN (Extremis Armor) Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:17117  
Name:IRON MAN (Extremis Armor)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Iron Man
Creator:blaynescott  
Date Added:September 5, 2009
Base Figure:ML 'House of M' Iron Man
Height:6.00 inches
This is my ideal version of Iron Man - a variation on the 'extremis armor' used during Marvel's "Civil War" & "Dark Avengers" story arcs.

:::Recipe:

-ML 'House of M' Iron Man (body)
-Marvel Select Extremis Armor Iron Man (Shoulder Pads, Rocket-smoke base)
-Custom Headcast of Movie Iron Man head & Resculpt using Aves Sculpt
-x2 Neonium Magnets
-Gel Type Superglue (for affixing pieces)
-Krazy Glue (liquid-style glue, used for sealing areas prior to Vallejo Varnish)
-Sanding sponge
-Vallejo paints (Rojo Red, Flat Red, White, Black, Yellow, Cobra Leather, Flat brown / various combinations)
-Citadel Washes (Sepia, Flesh wash, Black Wash, some tweaked with a watery citadel Red acrylic paint)

Something that bothered me about most figures that have armor was the lack of durability / posability having shoulder pads causes. To solve this, I dremmeled out a small section on the underside of each shoulder pad, and super glued a cut section of flexible cape-style plastic to it. I then drilled holes into the shoulder sections, and super glued the now-dry shoulder pad/flexible anchor so that the pad was flush with the shoulder.

The result was fantastic - no hindrance in movement, and very durable. :)

I sculpted the face using Normal Osborn's version of the 'Iron Patrior' Extremis Armor (the only reference I had handy at the time) using Aves Sculpt and my hobby knife.

Using a hairdryer, I super-heated the hands, and repositioned them using my favorite pair of needle nose pliers. I then super glued the right hand into a punching-fist shape, and the left hand's fingers together (allowing for a 'repulsor blast' style pose, without the thin girly-robo-fingers happening).

I removed/dremmeled down the strange fans/pegs present on the House of M Iron man's behind, and resculpting his robo-underwear in the process using Aves / sanded it down using a sanding sponge.

I installed one Neonium rare-earth magnet in the base, and one in the figures left foot, allowing it to pose on it's right foot peg, or with both feet attached. Extremis Armor IRON MAN can also stand well without use of his base stand.

I loved the paint job on the original 'House of M' Iron Man armor, so I paint matched as closely as I could the desaturated red (using Rojo Red/Flat Red, and various dry brushes of red/black), and custom mixed a yellow-brown to match the original yellow-brown-gold-ish color. In keeping with the original color scheme, I used Citadel washes to bring out detail.

The base was base-coated with the last of my Acrylic Black spray paint, and touched up with Vallejo Black paint. Each layer of color (grey and white for smoke, yellow, red, mixed for two shades of orange for the flames) were applied.

All joints and areas where rubbing or 'play contact' (chest, face, fists) were sealed using Krazy Glue.

The entire figure was finally sealed with Vallejo matte finish varnish. :)

I displayed this figure on his base atop my booth's cabinet at the recent FAN EXPO 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, and he drew many positive reviews. ^_^ I hope you enjoy this figure as much as I do.

Cheers,
-Blayne


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User Comments
snobtic - Sunday, February 17, 2013
I have always loved this custom iron man, perfect job on the face sculpt bro.
the paint work is spot on too - nice a dark
Unknown User - Sunday, November 29, 2009
so gritty and realiztic! awesome, I love the fire coming off his boots!
Tom-Tom - Thursday, September 17, 2009
I'd like 2 if they're still available. PM me, since I'm not on the forums that often.
blaynescott - Monday, September 7, 2009
The hardest part was getting the yellow-brown color to not look too yellow, or too brown. Mixing paint can be tricky.
blaynescott - Monday, September 7, 2009
Heyya,
Yep - I have a few head-casts of this headsculpt made from the original available if people are interested. They can either buy one for $4.00 + $3.00 shipping, or trade something with a $5.00 value toward one (or more).
I was really unhappy with the oversized/bulky look of the Marvel Select Extremis armor Iron Man, so I tried to create what I saw in the comics. I think it worked out pretty well.
blaynescott - Monday, September 7, 2009
Thanks man. I'm really happy with how closely I was able to keep to the original HoM Iron Man color scheme. It was awesome to begin with, so when I did my color layering, I kept true to the hues with some neat alterations.
blaynescott - Monday, September 7, 2009
Thanks for the compliment TRQ. About the eyes: I decided I wanted the dark, hollow looking armor look that some artists use instead of the 'day-glo' eye effect. It's all about personal preference and style though.
Goldenwolf - Sunday, September 6, 2009
Another Kick A$$ Job Blayne ! I Like the whole Look ! & The Paint Apps Are Smooth!
Maelstrom - Sunday, September 6, 2009
This looks great! Most Iron Man figures are either too small, too skinny, or too bulky, and nowhere in between. This one looks just right.
wesr - Saturday, September 5, 2009
Looks really cool. I like this armor after decades of boring armor in the 90s marvel got it right...except he'll probably be in a Mickey mouse costume now.
Top-notch comix - Saturday, September 5, 2009
is that the same head as whats in your trading list?
looks awesome!!!!!!!
Unknown User - Saturday, September 5, 2009
I think you nailed the specific look of the extremis armor. Sounds like you did A lot of work but it sure has paid off.
G Brand - Saturday, September 5, 2009
There's a unique style about this Iron Man. I like it.
HeartBreakCustoms - Saturday, September 5, 2009
awesome great job I love how the base makes him look like he is rising up from hell and no crotch blood this time Just givin ya a hard time again but on a serious note great job
fitzjedi - Saturday, September 5, 2009
That's AWESOME!!
The Real Question - Saturday, September 5, 2009
AWSOME LOOKING IRON MAN GREAT JOB......but his eyes kinda bug me they seem too dark but don't worry maybe thats just me so on and all great fig...
Unknown User - Saturday, September 5, 2009
excellent use of Hom iron man.
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