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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A-Bomb

 Well, it sure has been a run. LOL. I would like to thank everyone again for their comments and points of discussion on ED. It's not too late if anyone wants to flesh out anything else. The topic is open. BUT...............

It's time for a break! Enough serious stuff, how about a Custom Action Figure? (what do YOU say, Tomy? LOL)

My son finally got around to photographing the figure I finished for him, but for the shots to mean anything to most of you.....a little background:

THIS is A-Bomb:

For Hulk fans, he's essentially the same Rick Jones from the very first issue of the Hulk, that slacker teen punk Bruce Banner saved from the gamma explosion that turned him into the Hulk. ('No good deed' right?) Out of guilt Rick became the Hulk's friend........for comic book DECADES! All sorts of shit happened to Rick in that time, including ending up in a wheelchair for a while. But now Rick's exposure to gamma radiation has turned him into a sort of variation on the Hulk and the Abomination (Hulk's green and scaly adversary). He has become just like the original thing his carelessness created with Bruce Banner, "A-Bomb" an Abomination-like character with key differences. He is blue, he's still a nice guy, (he actually seems to LIKE being A-Bomb rather than feeling cursed by it), and he is covered in plate-like scales (like an armadillo)  with little spikes. And the scales are so shiny and reflective that they can be used as a cloaking device, making A-Bomb seem invisible. (think Predator). He can also curl up into a ball and roll.
And for a bit of trivia, there was an animated series for a while (Hulk and the Agents of SMASH) where A-Bomb was like the narrator/host.......and he was voiced by Seth Green. Perfect casting!

But if you love A-Bomb, SORRY......you can't buy him in 6" scale, so people have made him......usually just buying an Abomination figure and painting it blue. But while facially, Abomination and A-Bomb look similar, their body scales are very different.

The Abomination. Similar to the A-Bomb character, but no armadillo scales. A glaring and significant difference......besides their personalities. LOL Emil Blonsky has some serious anger issues. So how can you just buy a figure of this guy, paint it blue, and think you have made A-Bomb?

So I bought this figure instead, a Marvel Select "Hulk":


.............and did a LOT of sculpting!!!!!! And turned him into THIS:

As you can see, there is a reason this took me so long. There is a term we customizers use: 'on-model'......meaning the figure LOOKS like the character down to the last detail. This fucker may not be perfect, but he's is definitely "on-model"! *

Rear view. You can really see the sheen from the heavy coat of  clear gloss sealer I put on the entire piece.

And here he is fighting some "Hand" ninjas on the street of my city diorama from a while back.


* I should add that one issue with being "on-model" is that characters differ (sometimes significantly) both over time but mostly based on who is drawing them. Even the reference shot I posted is a little different from the ones I used for my figure. In some his forearm scales are very pronounced, almost like knightly vambraces, like a separate shield plate on his arm and hand......like my figure. Sometimes they're not. And sometimes his scaliness versus smoothness (still with scales) is often different from artist to artist. In the animated show I mentioned, the needs of the process also made him look way different. But......the essentials always remain: blue, shiny, scaly but with relatively smooth reflective scales, two fingers/two toes, and the face is almost always very similar.




8 comments:

  1. He's definitely the Bomb, Man. So cool.

    I'd love to see a diorama of Aunt Kay giving an OTK...Ha.

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    1. Thank you sir. Definitely not as pretty as the girls but way more work!

      Interesting thought. Many years ago I was going to do a kinky diorama and even started collecting base figures for it. Then? I just got bored with the idea.

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  2. That's awesome you are really an artist, I would not even know where to start.
    BTW tried to answer your questionnaire from 2 weeks ago got all done hit submit then got error message something went wrong and lost all

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    1. Thanks, Joe. I actually have been having a hard time getting back into Art-art. It's a long story, but I have been substituting these less demanding projects for the tougher stuff. But my mind and heart are just not there.

      Sorry about the message thing. I do a lot of long stuff in a word document program and then copy and paste. Sometimes I don't take this step and suffer the same fate on occasion.

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  3. That's very cool. Since our son started his journey to becoming an animator I've had to learn a lot more about such characters, and all their back stories. Lol. Well done!

    willie

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    1. Thank you. An animator huh? I dabbled in that a long time ago when people were still using drawings and film. (I even worked on an old [1984?] TV commercial for a beauty school. LOL) I'm sure animation is a computer-driven medium now.

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    2. Yes it is primarily computer driven, in the sense that he draws on a tablet. His college was very big on pen to paper for the first two years of his course though.

      He's currently working on a (very adult apparently) new animated show for Netflix. Because of NDC I know nothing else about it. Lol

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    3. Very cool. Let me know when it airs and you can tell me.

      Everything is computer now. As an artist I feel like a dinosaur. I did do a lot of drawing for the classes, but it was never my major. My instructor was so taken with my work though that he was the one who asked me to assist him with the commercial, which was a job HE had secured. I still have some film laying around with a few short pieces I did, drawn and stop-action claymation.

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