It has been a long time since I've shown some finished customs... I have been very busy at work lately, so almost no time to advance on the customs.
After all the problems I had to solve to finish the Onomatopoeia
custom, I wanted some easier custom for a change. I saw in awe how several people were doing Sinestro Corps customs using the Sinestro Corps Sinestro
as a base, and then I thought I could do the same, starting with an Abin Sur
head cast that I bought from BatStew
A fast and simple custom, that's what I needed...
...but then my perfectionism had to turn on.
I made the head swap and I was quite happy to see that the Abin Sur head looks well-proportined on the Sinestro body, but there was something I did not like when I put the custom-to-be side by side with the JLU Abin Sur
: the son would look bulkier and taller than the father.
Plus those days I received a JLU Tomar-Re
figure I bough through eBay to do a Romat-Ru
custom. Doing some research on the characteers I found out that Romat Ru is supposed to be bulkier and taller than Amon Sur. In that moment I saw it clear that I had to use the middle buck for Amon Sur, so I cracked open the body again... which was the starting point for... Romat Ru
As stated above, this one is a JLU Sinestro
body with a JLU [i]Tomar-Re
[/i] head. When I had put the Tomar-Re head in place I realized that the neck was too thin for that body. I checked the photos of other people who did this custom and most of them left the neck as it was, but for me this made the figure to look odd. So I used putty to adapt the neck proportions to the body.
Checking photos of others' customs, I saw that most people either kept the mask or just painted over, not hiding the mask lines sculpted on the head. In my case I decided to use putty not only to hide the mask lines but also to add the vertical scar lines that cross his eyes. Also something several people overlooks is that he has 4 fingers, not three, so I had to do some re-sculpting in the hands, similar to the one I did with my Classic Green Man
custom. I also added the bracelets' rounded ornaments with some more putty.
The following is a photo of this phase of the project:
Due to cracking the body open two times, there were some damages in the yellow paint that needed to be fixed. So I decided that, if I had to re-paint the yellow I could use the opportunity to improve those lines, because I did not liked the proportions of the yellow pattern on the chest. As other people have added some texture to the borders between the yellow and the black in their customs, I decided to do the same with paper.
I also took the opportunity to flatten with putty the belt line that the Sinestro body has sculpted, so the yellow pike would smoothly pass over the belt line. I also added some texture to the white neck line, using a rubber band carefully cut and glued in place. The result of this can be seen below.
The figure had several imperfections in the paint applications, with not crisp lines here and there (specially the belt), plus the black was not smooth in all areas. So finally I had to paint ALL the figure, the yellow and the black. The only parts I did not paint on were the Sinestro corps logos on the chest and the arm band. during that process I decided that I had to do something witht he belt, it was not looking right. so I ended creating a texturized belt by means of three strips of paper painted in dark gray.
And the result, after several coats of paint and corrections here and there, is the following:
The picture below shows how the neck is properly proprtined to the body after the re-sculpting. I am happy with the result:
I felt a little stupid of having bought a Sinestro Corps Sinestro body to minimize painting, to then had it all painted as any other of my customs, but the bright side is that I learned a lot on Sinestro Corps costume details, whihc were very useful for the next custom...Amon Sur
This one is a JLU Metamorpho
body with an Abin Sur
head cast by BatStew
. After all the experience I got re-painting a full Sinestro corps costume for Romat-Ru
, having to paint one from scratch seemed not too difficult.
Two notes on some of the decisions I took on this figure. Although some people have made Amon Sur customs just using the Sinestro body, they have overlooked that Amon Sur never wore the yellow arm band. I liked that some people have went even further to paint the variation of the costume he wears in most of his appereances. In my case I go inspiration from two customs. The neck is inspired by texgnome
's Amon Sur
custom, and the legs are partially inspired in Jeffery
's Amon Sur
So once I had chosen the costume design I wanted for Amon Sur, I started the project. I cracked the body open to adapt the head to the torso. When I glued the torso I used some putty to fix the left shoulder problem that this 'Kyle Rayner' buck body has (which I already explained in my Mentapower
After the experience I got while doing the Romat-Ru
custom, I decided in this case to sculpt the lines of the bracelets directly in the plastic. The following is a photo of this stage of the project.
As I did in the case of Romat-Ru
, I used strips of paper to mark the limits of the yellow patters on the chest and back of the figure. For the back I decided to do three pikes, not one as it is the case of the JLU yellow Sinestro. I also used strips of paper to create a texturized belt. For the boots I wanted to make so many tiny details that I decided that I would paint them directly. The following is an intermediate snapshot of this process.
One of the things that gave me problems was to set the skin colour for Amon Sur. The picture above shows a red tone, which is the mostly used for him during the Sinestro Corps War. But It did not looked right to me. If Amon Sur is supposed to be from the same race as Abin Sur, his skin colour should be more pinkish or purplish. So I went to look for many reference images for Abin Sur, who has been depicted with different skin colours during the years. In the end I decided to go for something between purplish pink and magenta... but it took several trials and errors until I got the tone I was looking for.
Finally I added the logo using the decoupage
technique and coated it all with varnish, the result being the following:
[img width=650 height=494]http://dchallofjustice.com/CJgallery/albums/userpics/10188/MP_017-AmonSur-1.JPG[/img]
I had a yellow lantern from a Minimates Sinestro
that I decided to use it for Amon Sur:
And to finish the post, a photo of Romat-Ru
and Amon Sur
, side by side, so you can see the differences. Another note for perfectionists: Amon Sur wears the ring in his right hand, while Romat-Ru wears his ring on his left hand. This was another reason for me to use these bodies, as they have exactly the proper hand for the ring closed into a fist.
I'm already preparing the next post that will show Ultraman
and Power Ring I
, so... stay tuned!!