I DO DAT?
Blade in the works...
When customizing we
all have to remember that this is our 'interpetation' of a
certain character using what we have handy and basically 'winging'
it. We never know how something will turn out until we try
it. So try it!
Here's a look at Blade's
tactical vest in the works. I started with set of white dragon
body armor and dyed it black. Adding some velcro straps for
a better fit. The vest should have straps.
The ammo pouches are actually
off the jacket of a BBI Carlos, cut in half. The Uzi ammo
clips are 21st century.
To make the buckel
I tried fabricating them from sculpty, and painting with chrome
paint. They are brittle, so instead of looping though the
ends with a tight belt risking breakage, I simply velcroed
the back of the buckle and attached that way.
How ya gonna make leather?
Can't find the jacket needed? It's not perfect but looks good
and gives the same effect. I just use some Liquitex Gel Medium
which is basically like an extender to mix with paint. It
can be found in matte (a light sheen) or gloss effect. Just
paint the cloth item with a thin, even layer of paint. Goes
on in a milky look and dries clear. I also did Blade's pants
for the same effect.
I'm deciding whether
to use a Gi Joe body or not. This guy has Hot Toys bendable
wireframe hands. I know he needs black gloves, too. I have
to figure this out.
I used a dark brown
base color for Wesley's haed. I've never really painted an
AA complextion in the past. Although, I did a painting of
Peter Tosh in art school. I highlighted the head with a burnt
umber using the drybrush technique. Practice off to the side
first to get the hang of it. This is a technique where very
little goes a long way. Dab you brush off to the side before
even touching the piece.
I really just started
with these, trying to find every picture I could of Wesley
and watching the movie repeatedly looking for the tats. In
some areas I decided to just wing it and approximate the art.
I basically roughed it in here and will now refine these.
I had to find a shotgun
that fires metal spikes and kind of a customized Uzi (which
in reality-the movie is a paintball gun, I'm serious!) plus
a sword. We'll get to the boomarang guave at a later date.
The shotgun is a customized 21st
century villains pump action. I pick up those cheapo knock-off
(to me looks like 21st Centery) recasts in the dollar stores,
made in China kind-of-stuff. Have them on hand to slice and
dice. I took a machine cun and used par tof the body for the
Uzi extention and another section to hold both spikes on the
The sunglasses area
sculpted re-cast (took forever, they are so delicate), painted
GET A DREMEL! Or whatever
suits your fancy, you basically can't do fine drill work without
Luckily I some loose
leggings frome some Sci-Fi guy I had picked up in a trade.
Customized a bit to hold the spikes and Uzi. New buckle on
I had to find a sword.
Could be plastic, could be cardboard, could be tin, could
be aluminum? Had to be a flexible sturdy metal about 1/4"
thick. It finally occured to me...the spline from a rake!
An old leaf rake, the kind thet used to make out of bamboo,
now made of metal. The kind shaped like a triangle. You probably
have one in your garage.
The spline needs to be (in my
case because of rust) cleaned up, sanded and polished. I had
nickel plated o-rings, decorative edging and beads, as well
as, some 1/4" doweling for the handle. For metal tidbits,
go to a local bead/craftshop or leather/saddlery place. On
the net a place called RioRondo.
and vest sword holder
The sword had to fit
in something sliding down his back. I always pick up cheapo
ladies watch bands when I see them to use the buckles for
belts on my guys. (Now, there's a trade secret!) I have the
straps left for adds and ends. Slice one down the middle,
put on a new backing, adhere a leather holder onto the vest,
slip it in...removable sheath, removable sword.
Another tip: I use
contact cement constantly - applied sparingly to both sides
to be bonded and allowed ample drying time - works perfectly,
especially on leather or densely woven cloth.
Look deep into my eyes...I
should be done soon! Truth is, I'm not totally satisfied with
him but that's the way it goes. Overall, he is hanging together.
He has a black t-shirt and the black jacket seen in this and
the above pic.
More to come...