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For Neil: The Time Trapper

In corresponding with Neil, he decided to make his “Dream Legion of Superheroes 12 pack” a baker’s dozen.

Who was the lucky 13?  The Legion’s arch-nemesis: The Time Trapper.

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The Time Trapper was creepy; No one knew who he/she was, or really anything about his/her motivation.  The Time Trapper lived at the end of time and was particularly not fond of the Legion of Superheroes.

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The Time Trapper was fun to make, especially the full robes.  His hood presented an interesting artistic challenge, as he is most usually drawn to have no face.  My idea was to capture his hidden face with a featureless head that would set back into the shadow of the hood.  I think it all worked out nicely.

 

Enjoy your summer and a good stack of old comics.  We’ll ship these figures out to Neil and out to work on the next batch in a month or so.

 

 

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For Neil: Duo Damsel (and friend)

ME:   “I’m working on a new little man for a client.”

HER: “Haven’t you already made one that was orange and purple?”

ME: “… and that’s why I love you.”

HER: “I know.”

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In the 30th Century, Super Hero-ing is a full-time job and it turns out the people you super hero with are also the people you fall in love with.

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Duo Damsel, who could split herself into twins, fell in love with Bouncing Boy, who could… bounce.  I think some people might not have seen the chemistry, but the happy couple (trio) didn’t care.  Super Heroes get married.

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As much as I can do, I don’t really paint with a brush. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs.  Neil, wisely, contacted my dear friend Rod, who is brilliant with a brush and produced a wonderful Bouncing Boy, which he debuted at Fwoosh.com:

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 Rod does wonderful work and it really shows here!

We have a 3-pack of Legionnaires to ship off to Neil for his enjoyment.  We hope he likes them as much as we do.  We’ll take a brief break to enjoy Spring before for the next installment of our Dream 12 Pack.

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All Patched Up: a Ragman Custom Figure!

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My most recent custom figure, Ragman, was the result of a collaboration with “Doc” Deane Aikins.  He did the sculpting, and I did the painting.

I never realized Ragman’s look had changed so much over the years!  For the most part he’s still the same, but his patches were more psychadelic in the early days, both in color and pattern.  (FYI, his first appearance was in 1976.)  Deane had sent along two reference shots that I used to develop my color palette.

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The body is a DCUC blue camo Aquaman.  The cape is from the Batman of Zur-en-Arrh figure.  Deane sculpted the hood and long scarf/tie thing.  I’m not sure what head he used, but he sculpted a mask over the nose and mouth.

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First, I covered him in a light blue-grey as a base coat.  It was going to be my neutral patch color.  Next, I started filling in some of the more dominant patches on his suit from both reference shots, but I also let the muscle contours and articulation cuts create “natural borders” to define some shapes.

After I filled in all the patches, it was time to add some detail.  Like my recent Zauriel project, I needed to do a lot of fine, detailed line work that would have taken forever with a paint brush, not to mention taking a toll on my sanity!  I used a fine-tip black gel pen to draw the lines and stitchery all over his suit.  I’m happy to say the black gel dried almost instantly, unlike the gold gel that had to sit overnight to avoid smudging.

The cape was originally purple, and I’m happy to say the acrylic green covered it nicely with two coats.  After a flat clear coat spray, I’m confident that it would take a fair amount of horseplay to make the paint crack or flake off.  I also painted the hood and scarf green.  I glued the head, hood, cape, and scarf on permanently with a Thunderdome-grade epoxy called JB Weld.  (Strong stuff.) 

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