A super-posable, Bizarro-Batman: Batzarro!
Here's the recipe:
-DC Direct Batman/Superman Batzarro (Head, cape/neck cowl, forearm gloves, bottom of boots, belt, buckle, chains, chest logo)
-DC Universe Classics Detective Batman (torso, upper arms, pelvis, upper legs)
-DC Universe Bizarro Superman (lower arms/modified, lower legs, feet/modified)
-Aves Sculpt (chest area to add muscle, modified boot top and bottom design, to affix new forearms)
-Flight Stand (a website seller purchase - a great display accessory!)
After reading through the Batman/Superman TPB "With A Vengeance!" (issues #20-25), I couldn't wait to get the Batzarro DC Direct figure based on Ed McGuinneses artwork. Sadly, the figure was more statue-like, and it's right arm snapped right off after moving it once.
Fast forward three years, and I still had bits of Batzarro around, and decided I needed one to go along side my DCUC Bizarro Superman.
As you can see in the WiP shot, I started out with the grotesque DCUC Bizarro torso, but thought it looked too hideous and un-batman like. I ported over the parts I liked from my mark 1 version, sculpted new detail, and affixed the upside-down batzarro logo (cut/dremmeled/trimmed from the original DCD figure's chest)on to the new figure. I used Aves overtop of this ported logo, using the original as a guide.
I added some height to Batzarro by cutting off the neat grips/treads on the DCD figure's feet, and affixing them with superglue/Aves Sculpt to the DCUC figure, and redrilling the peg holes.
I dremmeled/sanded down the neck and head to give Batzarro a Balljoint neck like any other DCUC figure, rather than the cut-joint neck present in the original DCD figure.
I Drilled four holes in the upper back of Batzarro and ancored the chain lengths in using Aves Sculpt, and secured them with superglue, then more Aves to smooth things over.
While I'd let the figure's various paint coats dry, I'd actually hang Batzarro from a coat hanger by his chains - allowing him to dry without touching anything. :) Those things are sturdy!
I used Royal Purple, and a 2:2 ratio of Cold Grey to Black to achieve my ideal "Batman Grey" - not too dark, but not too light. I dry brushed the lighter Cold Grey on the grey costume areas to bring out muscle definition, but left all the purple areas without dry brushing. Those areas received some Citadel Black ink (I.e: inside the closed fist, on the teeth).
I made an active decision to invert the belt buckle (vs. the upward pointing buckle in the comic art) to avoid the turning torso clipping the top over and over again. Super-glue affixed the belt to aDCUC waist-spacer plastic from the fodder bin, and painted the belt dark brown with a cobra leather drybrush, and a Citadel 'Flesh Wash' to give it more of that aged leather look.
To avoid paint rub, I sealed the entire figure (minus the flexible cape) with liquid KRAZY Glue-superglue (a first for me), then painted the whole figure with Vallejo Matte Finish Varnish.
I really, really liked making this figure. He's silly without being ridiculous, and looks fantastic with my other figures. He's currently sitting on the shoulders of my DCUC Solomon Grundy with Bizarro Superman. :)
If you'd like to read up on this neat character, check out the links posted in the comments area.