I have, on occasion, been known to blow my own trumpet. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I do usually feel it is justified.
This may be one of those times.
As mentioned in my previous post, for this year’s Forgotten Heroes, I will be creating my own version of MODOK…
Yes, I know that there are a couple of Heroclix versions AND the Crisis Protocol one, but my version cost me nothing, rather than the £35 that FFG want.
Anyway, first order of the day was to prepare the donor head. My initial thought was to file down the hair on the sides and back, just leaving the top intact.
However, I discovered that the hair was actually a separate piece. The head itself is hard plastic, whereas the hair is more of a rubbery plastic.
So, I scalped him.
This was after I’d already cut off the Hulk’s ears and filed down his forehead.
Now that I’d got a better idea of the diameter of the Hulk’s skull, I could test the various tubes I’d been collecting for this project.
None of which were the right size… naturally. So out came by bits box (GW aficionados, note the spelling – not a Z in sight) and a rummage produced a fluorescent tube motor actuator, from which the guts were removed.
I then cut (carefully, as it’s quite brittle plastic) a panel out of one side to insert the head.
After a fair bit of trimming shaving and filing, the base of the “Doomsday Chair” was filled with hot glue and the head stuck in place.
The following day, out came the bits box again, supplemented by some spare sprues from the Distant Stars project.
Not a great deal of WIP shots, so I’ll just list what I used.
The actuator was glued onto a 2 pence piece, as I needed a solid disc greater than the diameter of the actuator and this was the simplest option. A small transparent plastic washer was glued below this as the hover jet that allows the chair to fly. The armrests are Void 1.1 Junker backpacks, which also provided the legs. The arms are from a Void 1.1 Viridian space marine. The tech gizmo beneath his chin is a Mantic Forge Fathers backpack and the head gem (mounted on a strip of cardboard) is the head of a hammer from the same sprue.
The cavity around the top of his head was filled with hot glue, to act as a base for the hair I will be sculpting on as the final stage before painting.
“And your little dog too…”
Sometime, just sometimes, I am touched by genius.
Today is one of those days.
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Great conversion Jez, masterful use of bits from the bits box
Thanks Dave. Squirrelling away all those bits has paid off for this project.
Excellent stuff Jez. Nice use of your bitz and bit of imagination. Really looking forward to seeing how he paints up.
Thanks Simon. Once I’ve added a bit of detailing to the rear of the chair and sculpted his hair, I can start on adding some colour to him.
That is very cool, won’t say anymore I don’t want you getting a big head! (Oh wait you’ve just made one!) 😀
Nice use of the bits, other people throw away (perhaps we’ll have to start calling you “Great Uncle Bulgaria”).
Thanks Roger. I am a big fan of upcycling, not only from the point of reusing stuff you would normally throw away, but also as it means I don’t have to actually buy anything extra to complete projects like this.
Some can paint, some can sculpt, some excel at writing wargaming rules. My particular forte lies in turning crap into cool stuff. All it takes is a little imagination and a big box of crap.
That’s the beauty of Forgotten Heroes – it allows everyone to take part, no matter where their particular talent lies. And encourages people to try something a bit different. Plus it’s fun and you end up with a unique figure that no-one else has.
That is very nice- great use of found components.
Damn, Jeremy! I knew the Hulk head would look great; but once again, I am in awe of your MacGyver-esque abilities to turn junk into gold. I love this! I bet he’s going to look so awesome painted up! If there was ever an example of “Don’t throw anything away”, this is it! You never know what you will use one day.
I myself have the Heroclix MODOK (he’s been sitting on my desk for about 2 years now), rebased already; but I haven’t painted him yet because I’m scared. I have no idea how to highlight his chair without an airbrush, and I ain’t got no airbrush (or any skill with one).
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My box of bits does usually provide me with the parts I need and is small enough that I don’t get shouted at for hoarding crap. Single use plastic? I don’t think so…
Having watched a couple of online videos, I *think* I may be able to recycle old sprues by melting them down. This can then be used with silicone molds to make scenery or simple figures. Of course, this involves toxic fumes, so will need to done outside – so some kind of portable stove is needed. But it’s an idea that’s been niggling at me, so we shall see.
As for MODOK, he did come out rather well, so I’m quite pleased. As I do not possess an airbrush either, we’ll have to see how his paintjob comes out – I’ll probably be going for a brassy look.
Wow, you’ve done such a good job on this using random bits. Really can’t wait to see the painted result!