I finally got a chance to make another custom for the "me" collection this time it is the Shinobi Hotsuma. I based him of of the game Shinobi released by SEGA a few years back. I was always a fam of the old school Shinobi games and this one recaptured the frustrating, yet rewarding gameplay. One of the unique gameplay features of this game was that your sword was always hungry for souls and if you didn't keep feeding by continuously killing the sword would feed on you! The sword itself was given a name Akujiki, and I too recreated it for the figure and did not just give him any sword.
Hotsuma started as a Spider Man figure that I picked up at a garage sale, I'm not sure what one he is or what set he was from. The head is from a Moon Knight with hands from a Baron Zemo. The chest legs and head armor are made of sculpt. The hand and upper thigh guards are made of foam thus ensuring full movement without brakage. The sheath is a coffee stir straw.
The hardest part of the custom was his arm shurikin. I took Wolverines blades and cut each into tiny ones then drilled a hole thru each. I then fed a single chainlink thru thru each one and then attached it to a second. I set these aside and piece sculpted his armguards. As the final layer of sculpt was applied I inserted the chained shurikin in a row. Each of the these are 100% moveable and flow quite nicely with the figure, just like in the game!
I used cloth for the mouth cover and scarf and accordingly tatered it. The scarf can actually be made longer by extentions I made for it, since in the game the cloth can extend way beyond normal reach. After giving him a fresh coat of paint I then got to work on Akujiki.
Akujiki is a Ninja Wolverines sword with a dollar store ninja handle. I then trimmed the large circular part of the sword down. The sword was then painted half black and half silver. I then needed to add the cursed inscription on the sword with a fine paint brush and red paint. The handle was painted black then dry brushed red with the hand guard painted gold.
Over all I think he came out pretty BA, what do you guys think?