He’s finally done – depending on how you count the time, he took either a year and a half… or three months. Guess I shouldn’t count the year+ that I didn’t do any model-building. :^)
Anyway, that last bit went fairly well, once I gave up trying to use mold-builder as a paint mask. That makes twice trying to use it, and both times didn’t turn out well. I think that’s about it for mold-builder. Great idea, and would be cool if it worked, but my luck with it hasn’t been running too well. The first time was on the overal body paint for Cap. While the mold-builder worked in general, it peeled up some very sloppy edges. Learning from that experience, I tried to do a better job on the shield, and it still just didn’t work cleanly. Had to resort to older techniques.
I wanted Captain America to look a little field-worn, like he’d been out there for a while. With his shield, I wanted the opposite. It needs to shine bright and clean. To get the look, I used metallic paints. First airbrushed a black base coat, then a really thick coat of Metallic white mixed with a dab of glossy white. The rest was painted by hand, using metallic blue and red. Not as smooth as the airbrush would have done, but it worked.
On back of the shield, a black base coat with a misting of silver to give it kind of a pewter look (just because that’s a cool color). Then a misting of black around the outer edge, for a nice shading effect. (You can really see it in the picture with the white background.)
The last step was to make straps for the arm. It doesn’t make sense to just glue the shield on Cap’s arm. It needed something. After looking online, I found where someone else had the same thought. They used leather straps, and it looked pretty good. While discussing possibilities with Monique, she realized she had… wait for it… a spool of rawhide! Who just keeps that stuff in the house?
It looked like heavy-duty shoelaces in width, light tan in color. With a bit of painting to match his gloves, the strips worked like a charm. Perfect fit for the strap braces on back of the shield. While I did consider attempting to fashion rivets for the leather, that seemed like going a bit too far. Even without the rivet look, I’m very happy with everything about Cap.
My final task was to write a big “Thank you” to Mad Dog Resin. Great sculpt, excellent details, and a lot of fun. ‘Captain America – Ultimate Soldier’ takes a place of pride on my shelves!
While I’m starting my next model, here’s some random pics from Captain Americal: Ultimate Soldier: