The rest of the weekend will pretty much be taken up with miniatures, so today I undertook something I've wanted to do for ages - customising and painting my first 1:18 scale action figure.
I've tried it before and generally baulked at the painting stage and run away - but Acid Rain World and guys on the Facebook page gave me the courage to try!
More after the jump...
The head is based on the actor who plays Zartan in the movie, Arnold Vosloo who was also in the The Mummy - he's pretty much just a bad guy!
The head itself is pretty plain, but not a bad place to start for my first custom as it fits the Acid World Sol Commander almost perfectly with only slight trimming to widen inside the the hole.
It does sit a little low, so I put a bit of blu-tac in there to set it a little higher.
I started with the Zartan from from the G.I.Joe Rise of Cobra. He's a perfect army builder as he comes with an alternate head in a service cap. Anyway, he's know colloquially as Zartan V17 if you're looking for him...
Once full dry I did a very light drybrush to bring out the raised areas with Tallarn Flesh, then another with Tallarn Flash mixed with white, then another lighter coat.
Once all the raise areas were very lightly drybrushed I went back and touched them all up with thinned Tallarn Flesh and white, mainly across the nose and brow and lightly across the cheekbones.
Once I was happy I let it dry some more and picked out the darker areas around the eyes and mouth with the same wash I had used early but with a small brush and directly into the areas I needed it.
I wanted the eyes to be dark so mainly concentrated around there.
A dark red wash as carefully applied between the lips and then thinned and applied over the lips.
The hair is Iyanden Darksun with a wash of Iynden Darksun and Rhinox Hide.
I did successive light drybrushes and then highlights of the base coat and white mix to get the hair texture.
The entire head was then given two coats of flat coat to keep the paint safe.
Overall I'm very happy considering it's my very fist one, especially on a head I have always disliked (no offence meant to Arnold Vosloo)!
This pretty simple head customisation has really enthused me to do more.
Have you done some?
Why not head over to the Facebook page and share them!