Been meaning to start making 1/6 scale records a while ago, and this was a great excuse to get started. Plan to do a ton more!
It had been said recently that Saint Crow should keep an eye out for Mahogany Rush when scavenging for records.
Been meaning to start making 1/6 scale records a while ago, and this was a great excuse to get started. Plan to do a ton more!
Took a ton of pics of Saint Crow, 1st of the Radio Kings, but wanted to at least post this little teaser while I get the rest up on the site. Stay tuned.
When the end came, it was not with a bang. No, in the end, we proved that neglect, greed, and ignorance could do more damage than bombs ever could (although the bombs would come later). The temperature continued to change, but we ignored the signs. We polluted the ground, and the air, until almost nothing could grow. When access to clean water, clean land, clean food became a privilege reserved for those that could afford it, so did good health.
While the rich grew powerful, unchecked, this shortsightedness could not last forever.
By the time it became impossible to ignore, it was too late. By the time the people fought back, there was almost nothing left to fight for, so they killed each other for the scraps left behind, while the world starved and rotted and the cities burned.
Still, the richest survived. They built impenetrable citadels, hoarding what resources were left. They took the technology, and with it the means to grow food, to clean the air and the water, and they crushed anyone who came for them, for there was only enough left for themselves. They saved those that would be useful to them, convincing them that to be a servant behind the safety of the walls, was better than to die outside of them. And this they chose to believe.
Over 100 years have passed. In the wastes, only the the strong, the heartless, and the brutal thrive. They've finally learned the lessons of the world's former masters. The fortresses that the leaders of the old world built to survive have become their prisons and tombs. Men who knew nothing but how to reap what others had sown, everything they have continues to break down and decay. So their soldiers venture out into the wastes to take what they want - the servants that they need, children to fill their army's ranks, and anyone with the knowledge to fix their decaying systems.
But even now, there is hope.
Crowther, or Saint Crow as he came to be known, was the first of the Radio Kings. Born in the wastes, he was taken by the men of the Citadels and raised as a soldier, his body modified to be strong, fast, resilient. Children were pitted against each other, until only the strongest survived - and Crowther was a survivor. But once outside the walls, everything changed.
He was part of a scavenging party, looking for old technology, when he discovered rock & roll - The Clash's London's Calling cassette, still in an old radio - and there was no going back. He escaped his masters and disappeared into the wastes. He wandered for years, digging through the ruins of the old world, and devoured any music he could find. Cassettes, cds, vinyl, old MP3 players, anything that he could get working. And then he found it - an old radio station that could be repaired, in a town that could be rebuilt. He sent out word. He'd gather the people necessary to make it all work. This is where he would start over.
Others would follow, and other towns, other stations would rise. In a world where so much had lost any value, old records became currency among these new leaders. They would build something new from the ashes of the old world. This is the world of the Radio Kings.
So that's it. My introduction to the post apocalyptic world off the Radio Kings. It's the context and background that's rattling around in the back of my head as I design the characters, and then build the figures, that inhabit it. I'll write more, and as I finish new figures, will be posting their backgrounds as well. And who knows. Maybe over time, it'll grow into something more, and I'll find the time and energy to build it into something proper and readable, like a novel or a comic. But for now, I hope you enjoy the bits of story along with these characters.
My 1000Toys Joumon Kugutu Bokkoku 1/6 figure arrived a a little while back, and I couldn't resist taking him out for some photos. Designed and sculpted by Takayuki Takeya, the figure is absolutely gorgeous, and the blue patina color scheme is just incredible. 1000Toys is seriously putting out some of the freshest, most original 1/6 work on the market, and their Joumon Kugutu line is spectacular. Sooner or later, I'll probably get some ideas, and start tinkering and customizing him, but for now, couldn't be happier.
Finished this weekend with my 1/6 scale Fallout 4 Nuka-Cola Vending machine. I feel like I learned so much working on this, watched lots of tutorials, and finally got the hang of a bunch of modeling tricks I've wanted to figure out for years.
I got the wood base from a fellow custom toy guy who did a hell of a job on his own Nuka-Cola machine. His wood working skills far surpass mine, and he hooked me up for a great price with the unpainted wood base.
I started with cutting out the actual fridge section, extending and deepening the fridge area, and adding two 40mmx40mm computer fans to the back. I even carved a little groove around the fridge opening to seperate the 2 sections a bit more. I spent a few days coating, sanding, re-coating and re-sanding the whole thing with DecoArt Triple Thick glaze to cover the wood grain texture, and give it that glossy 50's enamel finish.
I've wanted to learn how to do really good rust effects for the longest time, and I finally had the right excuse to do it. I painted the entire thing a base brown, then proceeded to layer it with brown, red and black powder pigments. And lots and lots of dullcote. One it was fully dry, I used a combination of hairspray and salt to create a barrier where I wanted the paint to have chipped away, exposing the rust underneath.
I laid down my red and white spray paint, and stenciled on the Nuka-Cola logo, and once it was dry, went at scrubbing all the salt off with water and a tooth brush. I finished it off adding in the shelves, the printed acetate Nuka-Cola logo at the top, some lights, touching up the rust with some more powder pigment, and a final rust wash from Micromark's Rust n Dust kit (which I totally recommend). I could not be happier with how this came out.
Next step is to make some Nuka-Cola bottles, and cast them in a semi-clear cola colored resin.
I included a pic of one of my post apocalyptic figures to show it in scale. He started off with the intention of being a figure of my Fallout character, but as I worked on other figures from a post apocalyptic storyline of my own, he started becoming a character of his own in that world instead. If I can ever figure out a 1/6 scale Pip-Boy, I'd still love to do a Fallout Sole Survivor, and now that I have this Nuka-Cola Vending machine, I want to more now than ever.
Crom! Finally posting pics of 2 figures I've been working on for a while.
Glad to have finished my custom Red Sonja figure. As I had said previously, I had picked up the Phicen Red Sonja figure for the few things I wanted from the set, mainly the head, body, boots, and sword. You can check out the previous post where I get into everything that was wrong with the original boxed figure, and everything I rebuilt.
Since the last round of pictures, I've also rebuilt the battle-ax, added fur to the boots, and made a new cloak from scratch. Way happier with the end result.
I've been wanting to do a custom Conan figure for so long. There have been some great 1/6 accessory sets based on the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger film (which I wholeheartedly love) but I've always really loved the comics. Savage Sword of Conan was my 1st real introduction to the character, and I devoured any of the magazine sized issues that I could get my hands on, long before I ever read any of Robert Howard's original stories. For the last 10 years or so Dark Horse has been absolutely KILLING it since they got the rights to the character, and it's probably my favorite portrayal of Conan yet.
So, I've always thought that when I did do a Conan figure, it'd be much more based on the comic style. Plus, that gave me a lot more room to do my take on the character, than try to match up to any movie accuracy. As soon as Phicen released the M34 body, I knew it was time to get to work.
I had posted a few photos on instagram, but have since gone back and redid the hair, since it was just looking too big and voluminous. I think the final result is exactly what I was going for.
And of course, I had to get a few photos together. I plan to take a bunch more of them, as I get the chance.
My god, has it really been this long since I've posted an update here? I've been working like a fiend on projects these last few months, although I can't seem to get anything to the point where anything feels done. I've been posting lots of work in progress stuff over on Instagram, but it I've been terrible about updating here. But it's time I came home.
Way back when I 1st showed my custom/kitbashed Wolverine I talked about how I've always been a big Marvel Comics fan, but I've never really loved the super hero costume thing. I've been thinking for so long that I'd really love to have figures of all my favorite Marvel characters, how I'd like to see them designed. And there's no better place to start than with the team that got me into comics, the X-men. I wanted to approach it trying to design outfits that I could imagine they'd wear, adding little nods to some of the things that were iconic about their costume when I could. While there's still some details I want to add for some of them, I thought it'd be fun to get some pictures.
I recently upgraded Wolverine to a new Phicen/TBLeague body. The ZC toys one was always kinda wonky and loose in the knees, and the Phicen stuff is just so much more fun to pose and play with, not to mention just how good it looks. At this point, besides the House of Seasons line, I just can't imagine going back to jointed bodies again.
I really love X-23, and since she's been introduced she's become one of my favorite newer Marvel characters. I'm still trying to figure out the right look for her, but I'm feeling pretty good about everything here, and feel like it's in line style wise with a lot of the type of stuff she's been drawn to wear.
I was instantly fascinated when Gambit 1st showed up back in X-men in 1990 (holy crap, I can't believe that was so long ago!), rivaling Wolverine for my favorite comic character at the time. I tried to keep all the iconic details, like the leather trench coat and the touches of purple in his shirt as a nod to his costume. I'm particularly proud of how repainting his eyes came out, since it was my 1st try at something like that. I'm still working on some resin energy effects for his cards, but think overall I nailed the look I was going for.
And Psylocke. I'm particularly happy with how the dress came together, since I wanted to design something that still referenced elements and the color of her costume, without being a costume. I actually think I could say she's finished, although I'd like to get a bunch more pictures. But here's at least a preview.
So many more characters I'd love to work on, and lots in the works. Stay tuned!
Wow, how is it that time of year already? And a hell of a hectic year it's been. I did my 1st art show and released a photobook. So many projects started, some finished, and most that you haven't even seen yet. I feel like I accomplished a lot, and at the same time, not nearly enough.
So, in what could be an annual tradition, I've put up a 2016 Christmas photoshoot. I've finally finished the loft I've been working on (or as finished as anything really is, since I'm sure I'll continue to add details as ideas strike me). Tons of updates to old figures, some new figures, and lots of furniture and details I've been working on in the background while doing bigger projects. And as an early Christmas present to myself, I picked up on Black Friday a new Canon Rebel 6 DSLR camera. I love taking figure photos for the site, and it was about time I stepped up my game and invested in a real camera. So this photo shoot is the first I've done with it, and and it's been so much fun. I hope you all enjoy it.
And thank you all for another great year. For tuning in and checking out my work. I've got a lot in the works for 2017, so stick around.
My good friend Melanie Vayda was so awesome, to not just come out to the art show last weekend, but to photograph the entire thing! I couldn't be happier. She's an excellent photographer, and I'm so lucky to be able to share her photos of my work, and the show.
Wow. The art show at the Origins Gallery out in Stroudsburg PA was such an amazing night. I was completely overwhelmed by such an incredible response. It is truly a surreal experience watching a room full of people look at your work, photograph it, and say so many wonderful things. I'm still reeling.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone over at Origins Gallery for putting on this show, and giving me this chance to show my work in person for the 1st time. Jody, Marty, and Diana were just incredible and I can't thank them enough for making this happen. Thank you to all my friends and family who came out to support me on this, provided last minute help (and whiskey!) and just made this night so fantastic. Thank you to all the other artists who shared their work for this show, and were so welcoming. And thank you to everyone else who came and checked out my stuff for the 1st time! I hope you enjoyed it.
But finally, I wanted to thank Tim Nebel, for getting me to do this show with him, and for so generously sharing the limelight for this event. His work is amazing, and it was such a pleasure for me to see so much of it all together last night.
The show will continue to run throughout the week, at Origins Gallery, 580 Main St in Stroudsburg PA, and will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2-6 PM.
Reverend Spooky makes things.