Bemlar has the dubious distinction of being the first Ultra Monster to face an Ultraman, way back in 1966. It’s a solid design that still holds up, and M1’s sculpt is a great representation, capturing Bemlar’s weird upright stance with just the right amount of stylization. The toy is covered with terrific textures that made painting this guy a blast. I painted Bemlar at the last Monster Kolor paint class, where I had access to the full host of MK goodies. I had just come back from seeing Godzilla 2014 the night before, which is incredible and everyone should see. I was really smitten by how hard it was to figure out what color Goji was in that film, so I wanted to try something like that for myself. I used a lot of strong directional sprays, a couple of metallic colors, clear colors, and some final pearl work to make Bemlar look a different color from pretty much every direction. I tried to capture that in the photos by taking shots from different angles. He’s blue in some, green in others, with yellow and copper hues showing up as well. Painted on flesh vinyl visible on the arms.
It was fun to flex all my airbrushing muscles after having done nothing but real type weathered robot figures for so long. Think I’ll have to find time for a few more bright and shiny toys in the future…
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Dada is an Ultraman kaiju. He’s weird and neat looking, and the M1 sculpt is awesome fun.
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Been home from school for a little bit now, and just finally this week got to unpack my modeling stuff. In the mean-time, a great package arrived, and had me itching to get to work: Monster Kolor! I got a 1oz. Starter Set, and was immediately impressed. I had been reading some recent comics, and was inspired by some glowing energy on characters that inspired me to try some serious fades and glowing effects with the new paint, and they performed well beyond my expectations. I started with the red-yellow hot-looking fade, and then blocked in all of the ‘armor’ looking bits in black, to make it look like Jet Jaguar was red-hot with energy, sealed inside a containment suit. I highlighted the black with a little blue, and picked out some parts in bright silver, since I wanted to try every paint in the set. I then worked on the green, first just a glowing effect from the hands and eyes. From there I tried out the Purple Pearl paint I got, which shows up the most on the darker areas. I was expecting it to tint the bright silver purple, but this was a learning experience.
The green contrasted, but wasn’t doing enough for me, so I was trying to decide how to finish the figure. When I was spraying the Monster Kolor, I realized just how thin and fine it sprayed compared to the much thicker acrylics. I was finally able to use my Super-Fine tip and needle, and added in all of the cackling energy lightening effect… JJ is souped up and ready for battle, oozing raw energy and looking for a monster to vent on!
You’ll notice a couple weird spots in the gloss coat, which I think are from dust settling on it. I think I need to get some kind of cover for the figures while they dry, since the special MK Gloss Clear takes 24 hours to fully cure.
I painted a new Gigantor-colored Bigaro for a friend, and had extra paints left over. I tried some new tricks to get a really shiny metallic candy-coat, including throwing on nice thick coats of Future and immediately hitting the figure with a hairdryer to really cure the Future in place as shiny and smooth as possible. It came out really great on the Bigaro, so I decided to use the rest of the paint on a flesh blank M1GO mini U-tom I had lying around. I’m really pleased with how both of them came out, and think Dan from CollectionDX will be thrilled with the Bigaro!
It Came from Skullbrain II is the second (now annual) showing of customs made by artists at Skullbrain.org, organized by and held at Super7 in San Francisco. My contribution is a M1GO GID Manda entitled “Sodor” after a particular Chinese Dragon any child should know. The show opens this Saturday!
Hedorah the Smog Monster is one of the most iconic of the Godzilla enemy kaiju, even if Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster is one of the most divisive of the Godzilla films. With his many forms, Hedorah brings destruction to Japan as revenge for their polluting ways. This particular sculpt is by M1GO, representing the most recent Godzilla: Final Wars version of Hedorah, in lovely brown chocolate-ey vinyl from the latest Lucky Bag. The color was so fantastic and made Hedorah look like a giant sewage monster, so I wanted to keep most of the base vinyl color and run with the sewage palette. The green ooze is shiny on a matte figure, with wet looking dark brown in he crevices of Hedorah’s body, giving it a wet and dry ‘made of poop’ look that I think really works for the monster.
Snapped some pics of my November haul, and was messing around with the figures that came back to school with me after Thanksgiving.
Elegab Puppet Seijin, Designer Con Evil Bat, GID unpainted Chaos Beast, Unpainted black proto Steven the Bat, Ikarawa Bullmark Legends Gabora, Real x Head mini GID Gatchigon, and “Halloween” Neo Eyezon painted by Mark Nagata on GID vinyl. Also, a pic of my new M1GO pink unpainted Greenmons keeping me company while I slog through a Bio Lab report.