Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tiny Repaints

I once thought that I can dress up my dolls in superhero costumes. When it gets to the fight scenes, I didn't want my dolls to get dirty. They are unlike action figures with molded on costumes. You can throw them in the mud, or paint blood on them and you can still clean them up easily afterwards.

Marvel Universe (MU) action figures are about 3.75-inch tall. That means that their faces are smaller than the fingernail of my pinky finger. (Here is a photo of my hand holding another figure in the same scale, just to show how small they are.) Although the figures are generally nice, some elements lack inspiration. I had to customize all of my female action figures. My latest custom work are the following:

I had an instant liking for the character Psylocke simply because she looks Asian. (She's actually British trapped in an Asian body.) The major issue I had with the Habro's MU Psylocke is her hair. She looked like a blue version of the Dark Phoenix figure. I wanted her old hairstyle from the comics, long and with a side-part, being blown by the wind. I initially made her lips fuller but still purple (above) until I find it too Gothic. I decided to make it natural red (below). Her eyes seem uneven so I might rework that.

The Enchantress figure from the Secret Wars comic pack could have been one of the worst figure made for the Enchantress. The original figure looked too pissed off that she's not even sultry. I decided to paint her some teeth for that model open-mouth pout which I find sexy if done in the right way.  I also modified her eye makeup.

The original Dark Phoenix figure looked plain. That's not good for one of the greatest villains in the Marvel universe. I decided to make her look a little more wicked with some eye shadow, bigger menacing eyes and an evil grin.

Some straight male action figure collectors may not care a lot about makeup or hairstyle, but you can't expect that from a doll collector like me.


The mist/smoke/energy field effect added to the photos can be done using the blur effects on a photo editing tool. (I used Paint.NET since it is free!) I might be using this effect more for Halloween toy pics.


limbe dolls said...

I'm impressed with your skill in repainting such small figures. Each one is greatly improved!

Niel said...

Thank you. :)

Andrea said...

Wow, I wouldn't even dream of achieving such an improvement on a Barbie scale face.

In that tiny scale it must be much more difficult to paint the features.

Niel said...

Thanks Andrea. It has its pros and cons. :) The easy part is having to paint only short strokes in smaller faces, almost like just dotting. Lines are less crooked compared to longer lines in bigger dolls. The difficult part is being accurate as to where the paintbrush would land. :)

D7ana said...

Amazing precision in your strokes. Thanks for sharing your tiny figures ;-D

Niel said...

Thanks Dana. I forgot to mention that erasing painting mistakes on these figures is easier compared to the vinyl faces. These figures face are smooth plastic so paint don't stick as easily. They can come off with some scratching. Also, the dry paint can be reshaped by scratching off some unwanted parts. I use the tip of a pin to scratch off small amounts of paint. :)