here are my entries.
A team of comic inspired fem-fatales...
I was going to do a team of all cat inspired characters but couldn't come up with a fourth one and doing research for this group I came across "Shanna the She Devil" and I loved the concept and artwork.
so here is the group:
Tigra; part woman, part cat with mystical powers bestowed upon her by a race of cat people.... at one time was a member of the avengers
Black Cat; part time cat burglar, part time mercenary, most of the time working on her own, but sometimes working for good... typically is involved in spiderman storylines
Catwoman; the odd-ball DC comic character thrown in for a mix, catwoman is a mystery... working on her own agenda but occasionally for the greater good.
and Shanna; with an afinity for animals Shanna took to the jungle to get away from human civilization and fights for the greater good of the earth, but finds comfort with people who think themselves more like animals than people....
you know what... no matter what back story I spin there's no real reason all these characters are together other than they are comic book inspired, hot, female characters... and who doesn't like scantly clad comic book characters!?
so here's the group:
(This is also my contest entry photo)
My favorite of them all looks to be the simplest figure, but was far from it:
Shanna the She Devil:
Shanna is constructed from a marvel universe black widow. I used aves apoxie sculpt to "enhance" her breasts to make her more resemble the comic book renditions. The elbow articulation was fixed in this figure because I wanted her to be able to hold her accessories. I hate that there is no decent articulation in the elbows of these female marvel figure bodies... There are two things I am really proud of on this figure, the paint job, and the feet... The paint job could only have been achieved with a spray gun attachment for acrylic model paints. It gave me that nice even coating that I'd never have gotten with a brush... and the feet, her feet are actually a gi-joe ninja's sandled feet trimmed and sculpted to look like bare feet. they aren't perfect, but I'm happy with them.
the second most difficult as far as labor went was probably black cat.
So I started this figure after my sculpy was starting to harden (I think my sculpy is going bad because it hardened ALOT quicker than it should have). So unfortunately the sculpting on her breasts wasn't as refined and as smooth as I wanted... Thankfully you can't really tell unless your staring down her cleavage... :/
Again, this figure is using a marvel universe figure as a base however I did not fix the elbows with this figure (I wish I had and might go back and do that because posing the figure was troublesome without that elbow articulation). The head is agent helix with the hair from a DC universe starfire dremmeled out and added to helix's head. The fuzz on the forearms and ankles is actually from cotton balls. I ran a bead of hot glue in the spots I wanted the "fur" and then pressed a cotton ball into it, pulling it away created strands of fur stuck to the hot glue. Worked better than I expected! Finally the heels are from a gi-joe baroness figure.
Next up we have catwoman.
(there's so many different styles for catwoman I kind of just made up my own, so no reference)
so I got my hands on a few Avengers black widow figures... and I like them, but they have their flaws... one being no mid-torso joint... but that didn't stop me from using it for this figure. I liked the black jump suit and it just works for catwoman. I didn't alter the body for this figure at all, just did a quick re-paint (and you can probably tell). The purple doesn't stand out that strongly in person, the flash brings it out way too much. What I did do with this figure is used a marvel universe black widow head, removed the hair, and sculpted on the cat-ear mask. the goggles are seperate however and can be removed. Add a custom whip to the ensamble and you've got catwoman.
and last but not least, Tigra
Tigra was the least laborious, except for paint... Again, marvel universe female body. I primed with grey primer, then painted orange. simple. Stripes were the pain, but a fine tipped brush and a steady hand did the trick. The tail was fun. I actually used a length of solder wire which is flexible yet strong enough to hold paint, drilled a hole and used a tiny bit of hot glue to secure it. Her head is a 25th aniversary scarlett with a marvel universe figure's hair (I can't remember who's that is).
Visually I think Tigra and Shanna are my favorites. They just turned out way better than I expected. well, I hope everyone here likes them and they are good enough to be a part of this competition... I'm still a little rusty with some things but this was a great kick in the butt to get me back on my workbench, and a much needed distraction from the stresses of life I've been under this week. Regardless of the outcome of the contest I've had a blast working on these figures. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!