I've been considering this off and on for a while, and I've finally tried my first diorama piece. At one point a couple years ago I considered switching to display pieces so I could focus more on the details than the mobility. Coming off making a commission where I had to sacrifice some aspects of the design to maintain articulation, and it bothered me a bit. But, I didn't like the idea of trying to ship a diorama. Anyway, I was asked locally to fix up a She-Ra and we went all out with a full display. The idea was to mimic the image of her standing on a cliff with the Crystal Castle framing her in the distance. It was a ton of fun, and I have more ideas I want to try, but not sure when I'll get to them.
Figure first. Resculpted the bracers slightly. Sculpted up the shirt, collar, and armor sections across the torso. Cut and glued the skirt in place. Rounded out the back with sculpt, then sculpted on the belt. Sculpted up the boots, and resculpted the headpiece. Had to cut and resculpt the sword a little bit, and add the gem. Cut out some cloth, glued it to her back, gave her a full repaint, and all done!
And the display. Started with a wooden base. Something from a craft store. Sculpted everything on top of it. Started with the stone look, then fixed up the castle base. After that, I sculpted up the central tower piece, and then painstakingly sculpted on every single other detail on top of that. I actually did use a couple small gems at the top. I keep forgetting about those. Glued them on to make my life a little easier. It is most definitely the most complex and intricate thing I have ever made from scratch. It's not perfect, but She-Ra hides the major flaws and she's happy with the final product, and that's what matters. Full repaint, and all done!
Body - BossFightStudio Female BlankBracers - BossFightStudio armorHeels - MU Emma FrostHead - MU EnchantressSword - AngelForge castSkirt - Infinite Heroes Mary MarvelCape - craft cloth
shera by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr shera2 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr shera3 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
This is not an easy figure to get ahold of. And while I've gotten better at sculpting, I still don't really want to make the helmets from scratch. Or Saba. The White Ranger is the one Ranger from the original series that I haven't made. I mean, unless you want to get really technical and count the Alien Rangers too. But I don't. I think the only other original based Rangers I want to make now would be a gender swapped set. At least for red, blue, yellow, pink, black, and green.
Sculpted up the full chest armor, which took a couple layers to get on there. Sculpted on the armbands, bracers, leg bracers, and the belt. Dremeled into the head a decent bit so it would sit properly, too. Gave him a full repaint, including some very tedious detail work on Saba, and all done!
Body - MU DaredevilHead/Saba - MMPR 2010 White RangerLeft Hand - MU Spiderman
mmpr42 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr mmpr43 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr mmpr44 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr mmpr45 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr mmpr46 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
I've made the original Power Rangers team three times now, but only once have I tried the Green Ranger. Back during my first run through the group. I've wanted to revisit him for ages, but have consistently kept putting him off. Getting better at sculpting has definitely made this concept a lot easier.
Sculpted up the full chest armor, armbands, belt, morpher, and the bands around his boots and gauntlets. Dremeled in the head a bit so it would fit better, gave him a full repaint, and all done!
Body - MU MysterioHead/Dragon Dagger - MMPR 2010 Green RangerGauntlets - MU Captain America
mmpr48 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr mmpr49 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr mmpr50 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr mmpr51 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr mmpr52 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
Man, this was a crazy piece to work on. And expensive. Whew. I was asked to try an Infinity War Thanos on a Shao Kahn body and initially I loved the idea. The problem, however, was the material. Various pieces on the Storm Collectibles figures are soft rubber, which is tough to easily sculpt over. So, this became quite the endeavor. I was still determined to get him finished, though.
Picked up the head cast from eBay, but PlasticCurves also has it available, along with variant heads. Since the torso was so annoying to work with, I had to sculpt the suit in layers. I smoothed over the upper torso bit by bit, then sculpted another layer that I could actually cut into. Then I sculpted the last over the armor over it. Added sculpt to the upper legs and lower torso, as well. Sculpted up the belt, waist, kneepads, and the full boots. Sanded down the straps that remained on the shoulders, then sculpted on the full gauntlets. Hands are made soft too, so I stuck with fists for simpler modifications. Cut off the blades and properly resculpted the hands. From there, a full repaint, and all finished!
Base - Storm Collectibles Shao KahnHead - Thanos cast
thanos by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr thanos2 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr thanos3 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr thanos5 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr thanos6 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
My favorite character from Infinity War. Ebony Maw was definitely the stand out member of the Black Order. They gave him powers of telekinesis in the movie, and I think it was a great improvement on him from the comics.
Sculpted up the pants, sleeves, full torso, and skirt sections. The head was a Frankenstein cast. I wanted something a bit larger than I used for his comic look. Or, more specifically, something longer. Cut the nose off, reworked the head, and sculpted up the hair. Gave him two larger hands, a full repaint, and all finished up!
Body - MU AngelHead - AngelForge castRight Hand - MU GladiatorLeft Hand - one of the original MU figures
blackorder29 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder30 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder31 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder32 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
Avengers Endgame is coming up, so this was good timing to finally fix up some more Black Order figures. Seems like I'll have a few of those in the lineup, this time also focusing mostly on the movie lineup. Interestingly enough, pretty much everyone else is pretty close to their comic designs, save for Proxima Midnight. She's actually pretty immensely different.
Swapped out the lower legs then moved into the sculpting. Sculpted up the armor on both arms, the bands on her right leg, her knees, and her gold boot. Smoothed over her torso, front and back, and sculpted up the horns and hair. Cut the blade off the spear, then sculpted up the trident section and the bottom. Full repaint, and all done!
Base - BossFightStudio Female BlankLower Legs - MU DaggerSpear - Star Wars figure
blackorder33 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder34 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder35 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder36 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder37 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
So, this was an unplanned concept. Last year I fixed up each member of the Black Order just in time for the movie release. This year, around the time of Endgame's released, I got commissioned to make all the movie designs. In the mix of things I got to make a Black Swan, a different approach to Black Dwarf, and there has been some discussion about trying a movie concept Supergiant. I realized if I did another rendition of Black Swan, a properly updated Corvus Glaive, and a movie Supergiant, I could actually consider myself 100% fulfilled with the Black Order. And that brings us here!
Used the black blank, but I did swap out the upper arms for the white blank. Sometimes you just gotta be a little lazy on the joint work. Added some sculpt to the lower legs and lower arms. And then I sculpted up the top of her pants and her upper arms. Used the bald head, and fully sculpted on the hair. Used some material strips for the strands coming off her arms. From there, a full repaint, and all done!
Base - BossFightStudio Female Blank
blackswan3 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackswan4 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackswan5 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackswan6 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
After working on movie designs for the Black Order, I was asked about the idea of doing a movie concept Supergiant. The idea intrigued me, so I checked into it. Turns out, there was concept art for adding her into Infinity War. So, using it as a general guide, I was able to pull this together. And with her and Black Swan out of the way, there's only one more Black Order design I need to fix up before I've checked every box!
Smoothed over the upper torso with sculpt. And sculpted up the hood. I love how the head was way too small for the body, but once I added the hood, it was a perfect fit. This was also my first attempt at sculpting a cape. I'm having a hard time finding stuff I like to work with, so if I can get better at sculpting them, that will cut out a lot of concern. I really need to find something I can drape the sculpt over and properly shape into the position I want. But, after all that, a full repaint, and all done!
Body - BossFightStudio Female BlankLower legs - MU DaggerHead - Star Wars figure. Can't remember exactly who
blackorder51 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder52 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder53 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr blackorder54 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
Here's another batch of pieces I've finished up. This first one is recent, and the rest are past postings of the rest of the movie Black Order designs. Including a concept.
Ok, so, this wasn't my own creation. A guy named btanselanoican designed it. He did Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. I believe the concept is supposed to be them as Dungeons and Dragons gear, or how they would appear if they were characters in D&D. Either way, they look outstanding. I was so far only commissioned for this figure, so I'm not sure if I'll end up making any of the others. But if you like it, definitely look them up. The art is very detailed and great for figure/cosplay reference. I don't really post reference pictures these days, but thought it necessary for this one.
Sculpt. So much sculpt. Literally everything. Belts, sword blade, hair, cape, armor, straps, all of it. Tedious work, but I'm very happy with the final result. Full repaint, and all done!
Body - MU ExecutionerHead - MU HyperionSword - MU SkaarSword & Sheath - MarauderGunRunners
original88 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr original90 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr original91 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr tumblr_py2w0r5OpB1tnyne7o2_1280 by Casey Moorehead, on Flickr
On 10/30/2019 at 9:44 AM, Mechamasterj said:
nice work on these
Thanks for the compliment!