dimanche 27 juillet 2014

The joy of customology

As I update this blog once in a blue moon, I'd like to go into some details of customology. I don't think this is a word, though. The most accepted term would be "action figure customizing". But it's a wink to the title of a cocktail book, as custom figures and cocktails do have a common point : it's all about mixing parts.
Bon, pour le post du jour (voire de l'année), on va causer customologie. Je crois que le mot n'existe pas, mais c'est un clin d'oeil à un titre de bouquin sur les cocktails. En fait, il faudrait parler de customization de figurine. Le point commun avec les cocktails : il faut mélanger les ingrédients.

To illustrate this idea, I'll do a sort of making of of my latest custom action figure (and 50th entry at figurerealm) : Mr. Freeze.
Au programme, un tuto express de mon dernier custom (le 50ème dans ma galerie de figurerealm) : Mister Freeze.

The first step is a very funny one : design. You have to picture out what kind of figure you wanna get.
For Mr. Freeze, I had a lot of freedom, as the character had many looks through the years.
Le design est une étape assez fun, il faut choisir le look de la figurine qu'on veut obtenir. Avec un perso comme Mister Freeze, dont le costume a beaucoup varié, il y a pas mal de marge de manoeuvre.


I choosed a "heavily armored" look, red goggles, an all-glass helmet with a big big freeze-gun.
Je suis parti sur un look "armure lourde", avec les lunettes rouges, un heaume tout en verre et un très gros pistolet à glace.

Next, you have to select parts of existing figures you'll re-use for your custom. Here's another common point with cocktails : it's always good to start from a strong base.
I went with a grey Iron Man armor, changing upper legs and adding elements from a Destro Arctic Threat figure.
How did I know it would work ? Trials and errors, experience... For instance, transplanting upper legs needed some unforeseen re-tooling.
Ensuite, il faut sélectionner les parties à assembler. Comme dans les cocktails, il vaut mieux partir d'une base assez forte. J'ai choisi l'armure grise d'Iron Man, avec le haut des jambes du Dynamo Pourpre et des éléments d'une figurine GI Joe (Destro version polaire).
Il faut parfois pas mal d'essais et erreurs dans cet exercice (ici, la greffe de jambes a nécessité un peu de bricolage).



More often than not, you'll need to add sculpts : here it's the collar piece, the goggles, the ears and the helmet. Consider sculpts like bitters, you may go without it, but it won't be the same at all. It makes the whole thing come together.
Assez souvent, il faut sculpter certaines pièces : ici celle autour du cou pour installer le heaume, les lunettes et les oreilles. La sculpture additionnelle, c'est comme les bitters, on peut faire sans mais c'est pas pareil. Ca donne de la personnalité à la figurine.

And then painting. I'm running out of cocktail-comparisons here as it's where customs and cocktails go separate ways. You drink cocktails, you display customs. Ones have to taste good, others have to look good.
Et enfin la peinture. La comparaison avec les cocktails s'arrête là... à moins de boire les customs ? Nan, mauvaise idée.

Last common point with cocktails but very specific to Mr. Freeze : ice, ice, baby...
Dernier point commun avec les cocktails, mais juste pour Mister Freeze : la glace.

Mr Freeze is a bit like Fonzie...
Et tu sais comment il est Fonzie ?
 
...he's cool!
Il est cool...
 


Catégorie : Blogging_Misc

lundi 6 mai 2013

...busy making other plans

Well it's been so long since my last post that blogger's editing screens are all changed !
I've been busy with things unrelated with comics, drawing or cocktailing so I had nothing to post here.
I have to mention, though, that, some six months ago, some articles I wrote for Scarce saw print at last. At last, because, Scarce being a fanzine, the print scheduling is far from being a sure thing. The articles were written in 2010-2011 and printed in november 2012. They were about Garth Ennis run on the Punisher. I enjoyed this run so much that I felt like writing about it. I did two interviews by email of Lewis Larosa and Leandro Fernandez, who have penciled arcs of Punisher MAX. I even "hired" two other guys from the Internet (known through their comments on Amazon or through their blog) to write additional articles on the Punisher. So, it's been my very small "editor" experience.

I also penciled a Frankie for the occasion :

And finally, some weeks ago, I made a custom action figure in the Marvel Universe scale (4 inch).

As I don't know when I'll do my next post, I'm giving you a glance at all my recent customs creations :
The Black Widow

Punisher 616 and Daredevil (note the Mazz-inspired pose)

Moon Knight

Batman : The Dark Knight Returns

Catégorie : Blogging_Comic
Catégorie : Blogging_Misc

samedi 31 décembre 2011

One last post for 2011

I guess it's the right time to up my postcount for 2011.

I've been very busy with real life these last months. I've changed of job, bought a house and had a second daughter.

Yet, with the holiday season, I've had time to read a few comics and here are my comments about them.

JLA : another nail, Fantastic Four : The End and Avengers Prime : surely that Alan Davis guy can draw. And his writing is good, too (especially in FF : the End).
Les Chroniques de Conan, 1977 (french reprints of Savage Sword of Conan from the year 1977) : those Buscema and Alcala guys were no slouches either.
Batman and the Monster Men, Batman and the Mad Monk : Matt Wagner can draw and write ! I only wonder how many tales DC will manage to pack in Batman "first years".
The Walking Dead (book 1 and 2) : like the Zombie cocktail : potent stuff but not for me.
Chew (book 1 and 2) : more to my taste.
Criminal : the last of the innocent. Crime doesn't pay. Except when you can write good stories about it, like Brubaker and Phillips.
Scalped : the series will end in 2012 and I'll miss it (but at least, it's no cancellation but the planned ending).

And last but not least : the Daredevil relaunch. DD got back his cool, he's no more a pawn in the series and is graced with very nice art. What's to asked before his next breakdown ?


See you next year.

Catégorie : Blogging_Comics
Catégorie : Blogging_Misc

mercredi 2 mars 2011

The Murdock Interviews - part 6

It seems Matt is running out of arguments.
Matt semble un peu à bout d'arguments.

Next : a friend of Daredevil offers counsel.
Prochainement : un pote de DD vient lui offrir conseil.

Catégorie : Blogging_Comics

vendredi 25 février 2011

The Murdock Interviews - part 5

Matt Murdock pursues his tour of Daredevil's former acquaintances to find a job.
Matt continue de faire le tour des connaissances de Daredevil pour trouver un boulot.
I just had to place a reference to "Cool Hand Luke"

Catégorie : Blogging_Comics

mercredi 23 février 2011

The Murdock Interviews - part 4

Daredevil's never been a member of the Avengers. Can Matt Murdock join the team ?
Daredevil n'a jamais été membre des vengeurs. Qu'en sera-t-il pour Matt Murdock ?
Is Matt gonna find someone to hire him ?
Matt trouvera-t-il quelqu'un pour louer ses services ?

Catégorie : Blogging_Comics

samedi 19 février 2011

The Murdock Interviews - part 3

Daredevil teamed-up with the FF a few times but this time it's Matt Murdock who offers his help.
Daredevil a déjà donné un coup de main aux 4 Fantastiques mais là, c'est Matt Murdock qui vient proposer son aide.

Better luck next time ?

Catégorie : Blogging_Comics