“Off the hook, but up in the air”

Well it’s the end of the first week of “Forgotten heroes”, and what a week it’s been, the majority of people seem to off to a good start though we do have a couple of chaps who are yet to take the plunge! I too have been beavering away (when I’ve got the chance) and I’ve made reasonable progress this week..

But how have I been progressing you ask? What you don’t? Well tough because I’m going to tell you anyway, Saturday was spent looking over the figures and seeing if I was going to change their stances in anyway, starting with Mer-man, his pose was actually not a million miles away from the classic toy pose (though his legs are less bent than the toy). Now he is often depicted with a sword, and indeed the toy version came with one (a silly yellow one made of what appears to be coral of some sort), however I decided that any self-respecting sea-monster would rather be armed with a trident, and it just so happens that there are some pictures of him along with a later version of the figure that does show him with one, so to this end I bent up his right arm in readiness to accept one that I will make later on in the build. I also took the opportunity to file his face away ready for me to add his “fish-face” later too. That was about all I needed to do to him so he was glued to a tuppence and he was sorted. Stratos on the other hand needed a bit more work, first off he was another of those “legs akimbo” figures that’s bases are too wide to fit onto my copper coin, base of choice, so first job was to get out the junior hacksaw and cut his base in half and take a bit out of the middle, but after doing this I decided that I’d straighten his arms out a bit, remove all the base from under his right foot, bend his leg, and pose him as if he was leaping up into the air. I used a little greenstuff to tilt the remaining bit of base to add to this effect (I’ll hide it under the filler when I complete his base at the end). He looks a little bit like Rudolph Nureyev doing “Swan Lake” at the moment, but hopefully once I get all his “bits” on he’ll look alright.

Sunday, and I could start getting some putty onto them. So starting as I usually do I slapped a bit of greenstuff about their “nether” regions and after shaping them into underpants, tapped in some fur with the blade of my small knife. You have to ask yourself though whether “fur” is really the best material to have your “undies” made of if you live underwater, but hey’, who am I to judge.

Monday was a “no show” figure wise so it was Tuesday before the old tools came out again, I began by adding Statos’ belt, this was just a thin sausage of putty run around his waist and flattened to shape, then using the same technique I added the straps that run over his shoulders and the plate that sits on his back, because yes folks I can reveal that Stratos is a FRAUD!, because despite all those feathers he actually has rockets on his back to help him fly!! (I’ll add these later), after this I just had to add his belt buckle, this was just a blob of putty, shaped into a square, then I pushed a circle into the middle of this with the end of a “glue tube” spout, and then flattened the top and bottom of the square making it a rectangle, and the circle became an oval!. Taking the tiny bit of putty I had left, I added Mer-man’s belt in the same way only I made it wider and left it plain as he has a fancy “fin” design on his that I’ll add after his armour is in place.

Wednesday, was another, no hobby time day so it was Thursday before the tools came out to play again, and it was mostly Stratos who saw the fruits of my labor’s today, as I set about adding his helmet, this was a blob of putty plonked onto the top of his head and then pulled down around the sides and back of his head, then taking one of my colour shapers I smoothed out the surface, this is a very tedious task as you have to keep turning the figure to make sure the helmet is equal and symmetrical. Then once I was happy with it I “pushed” four indentations into the top, as this gave me the three ridges that run across the crown of his helmet front to back, more smoothing and shaping ensued until the shape looked about right. With the little bit of putty I had left I added a couple of “lugs” on either side of Mer-man’s head, these will support the fin like appendages that sprout out there and added his three toed “frog feet”.

Friday was a “bust” too as they say, and so dear reader that brings us too today, all in all I’m reasonable happy with the progress I’ve made, I’ll leave you with this little fun fact, apparently during the initial planning stages of these figures Mer-man was going to be called Sea-man! Luckily that idea didn’t “cum” to fruition!

Till next week, Excelsior Roger.

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16 Responses to “Off the hook, but up in the air”

  1. Great progress Roger! When you apply the green stuff and then have to wait for another day, do you try and keep the work soft or is it best to let it cure and then work on top? I am afraid that I have yet to get going and it is looking less likely that I will this year, but determined to realise my idea at some point.

    • Thanks Michael, they are not as far along as I would have hoped, but time has been in rather short supply this last week.

      I let them dry completely between sessions, as I like a good firm base to work on with the next stage.

      It would be great to have you on board, but if you cant, you cant, I’m sure whatever it is it will be wonderful once it reaches fruition!

      Cheers Roger.

  2. vampifan says:

    Very good progress, Roger. Both figures are coming along very nicely. Out of respect, I’ll refrain from making any Sea-man jokes!

    • Thanks Bryan, as I said not as far along as I would have preferred, but as they say “progress is progress”,

      And thank you for not lowering yourself to that level, that took a lot of spunk on your part 😉

      Cheers Roger.

  3. Any progress is progress in my books, Roger, and these two minis are coming along very well indeed, imho. As much as I’m really looking forward to seeing these two ‘Top Ten’ entries finished, I really enjoy all your WIPs, so well done on another cracking posting 🙂

    • Thanks Simon, hopefully i can get a bit more “stuck into them” this week, as there is one more figure I’m like to add to the mix if possible, though this is a paint only job.

      As for top ten, at least let me finish them first! I give your a year for the paint todry before i pick them 🙂

      Cheers Roger.

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  5. Dave Stone says:

    Great work Roger, shaping up very nicely. It’s always awkward when life doesn’t allow you to get on with the things you want to, but the progress you’ve made looks spot on

  6. Carrion Crow says:

    Nice work, Roger. Both are coming along nicely. I really do enjoy your WIPs, as I can see the characters taking shape post by post – it’s pretty inspiring for those of us who are less talented with green stuff – gives us something to aim for.

    • Thanks Jez, glad you enjoy the WIP’s I sometimes worry that they are a bit boring, as it’s just pictures of the same thing over and over with tiny differences (a bit like a spot the difference puzzle).

      As for inspiring the less talented, I think you would need shovels for hands and toes for fingers to be less talented than me to be honest!

      Cheers Roger.

  7. angrypiper says:

    Hmm. I tried to leave a comment on the FH site, but the Internet gremlins must have got it. I will repeat:
    You’re green stuff does not behave as mine does. Mine is a cast-iron bitch. It could be I’m just not a very talented sculptor, but I like my reasoning better.
    That said, a very promising start here, Roger. Looking forward to seeing what you do with Mer-Man (that would have conjured up a whole different image had he had his original name), and Stratos as well.
    And don’t pretend you don’t know how fur undies feel under water, Roger. Everyone knows they’re pure heaven.

    • Thanks Keith, I can only suggest you rub the putty vigorously between your palms before using it, as this should make it a bit softer. I’ve seen the way you can paint so there is no lack of talent there sir!

      Yes it would have been a bit embarrassing in the toy shop with little Johnny asking the assistant’s if they had Sea-man, wouldn’t it. Shame they didn’t show the same decorum when it came to “Fisto” 🙂

      Oh I know heavenly fur undies are under water, but they take an absolute age to dry afterwards though!!

      Cheers Roger.

  8. Hey Roger, what a fun project! I was not familiar with either of these but I love the determination that you have with them. Green stuff sculpting really does require the patience that you are showing, and I really am enjoying what you are doing with the pesky kneadatite. Rock on Roger!

    • Thanks Mark, they are rather fun aren’t they, Stratos’ is one of the less well known characters to be honest, but Mer-man quite often featured in the cartoon series. determination I find is a reasonable substitute for ability where I am concerned.

      Patience however is something that I have had to learn the hard way over the years! Some people seem to be able to produce fantastic results in a really short time, but I find I need to do a little at a time or I end up mucking the whole thing up!

      Roger (the oldest rocker in town!).

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