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    What product did you use for sculpting the mask? I am also excited to see the mask and the cape combined, and, the belts are just awe inspiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battmasterson View Post
    What product did you use for sculpting the mask? I am also excited to see the mask and the cape combined, and, the belts are just awe inspiring.

    The mask was originally sculpted with Milliput modeling compound on the base of a bald Zica Gracie head. When the Milliput hardened , and the sculpt was smoothed, finessed, and completed, a mold was made, and castings of black flexible urethane were poured. The resulting castings were solid through and through. With my Dremel rotary tool, I then carefully hollowed out the castings into wearable head gear.

    It is the exact same procedure I employed on custom Batman two years ago.
    Last edited by darklord1967; Jun 28, '19 at 3:56 PM.
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    Just the meticulous work on the belts alone has me floored. This is beyond amazing.

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    Two weeks ago, I (painfully) missed MEGO MEET in order to attend the inaugural year of BROOKLYN COMIC CON here in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

    I proudly unveiled my LEGENDS OF GOTHAM CITY Display exhibit of 8-inch scale Custom Action Figures and Diorama environments in celebration of The Batman mythology's 80th Anniversary.


    I worked around the clock to get all figures and diorama details finished in time for the show.

    Alas, several of the custom action figures characters were un-finished and had to be displayed in that state for the exhibit. To my great relief (and delight), the hundreds of visitors to my display didn't seem to care. They were very enthusiastic and had nothing but flattering (and very humbling) things to say about my work.


    I am currently working to complete all unfinished figures and diorama details.


    Here is the "Commissioner's kid"... Gotham Public Library's Head Librarian BARBARA GORDON, and her alter ego, the intrepid crime fighter BATGIRL in the same state of completion they were displayed during the exhibit:












    Barbara was actually displayed with hands and wearing flat shoes. However, (as seen in these photos), her librarian spectacles were unpainted and did not have lenses placed in them yet. (CREDIT: Glasses frames were 3D printed by the venerable Chad and Sean Gordy back during MEGO MEET '15). With completed eye glasses, she'll pretty much be finished after that.


    Finished 9Art Secret Identity File Card:



















    Despite being un-finished, I am reasonably pleased with the final direction this figure has taken. Like Barbara Gordon and my other female characters, I built custom Batgirl on my 7-inch tall "9Art Athletic Female" body (a heavily modified and re-sculpted Zica Gracie figure). All ball-jointed. Solid figure (not hollow).

    Her removable cowl fits snugly and cleanly, but I still have more smoothing to do on the outside of her head gear. Fully wrist-posable, pleather Bat Guantlets (with bat fins) are still pending. Posing wires await installation on the leading edges of her Bat-Cape. And the foot portion of her Bat-boots obviously still need to be primed and given a few coats of glossy golden yellow lacquer. The boot shafts will also get a coat of color (to make the entire boot lengths one uniform color). However, the shafts will not need nearly as many coats of paint as the foot portions since they are already fabricated in yellow stretch pleather. These Bat-boots were my first attempt at creating the stylish "scrunchy slouch" boot design that I imagined Batgirl to sport.


    Batgirl's 9Art Hero File Card





    Last edited by darklord1967; Jun 28, '19 at 5:23 PM.
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    Fantastic! I love her!
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    Now that's one gorgeous custom project, what a fantastic job, very nicely done.

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    WOW! Just Wow. The work that you put in to achieve the level of detail is just awe inspiring. GREAT Job. I can't wait to see more.

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    Thanks a TON for the nice words, guys.

    Very shortly now, BOTH of these ladies will be finished (or should I say this ONE lady will be finished since Barbara Gordon IS Batgirl... BUT these are TWO separate custom figures...) Aw, never mind!! You know what I mean!
    Last edited by darklord1967; Jul 8, '19 at 10:29 AM.
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    Truly amazing!! Words can not accurately describe how awesome your work is

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    Good. Job.


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