Dear Friends and Fans of The Outer Space Men.
I’d like to share with you the final photos. As Matt points out to me, to complete the original 13 is an event to be celebrated. And we even got a bonus figure, Terra Firma, and three Custom variations, foremost among them is Jack Asteroid. He kinda snuck in there, and I have high hopes he might surprise everybody.
As some of you know, I have been working on another project that will be of little interest here. Sorry, I keep forgetting I’m not writing in the forum. I applied about 2 weeks ago, thinking I would share these photos there. Still waiting for acceptance. Sometimes, Fate knows best.
Although, it is only two thirds done, I took two weeks off my project to do these photos and paint the two new figures in time for SDCC. Here are the photos. They pretty much complete the task for me.
Two years ago I believed the OSM would continue. And well, they may, in another Galaxy, far far away. I had already conceived a Series Three, consisting of a dozen radically new figures. But, over time, I realized that was not to be. One can’t create a whole new line, restricted to one head at a time, and in slow motion, and, occasionally, suspended animation, although, God knows, I tried.
So here, to begin, is the much anticipated Colossus Rex. I had a hell of a time finding purple transparent ink, they simply don’t make it anymore. The spray job I did on Rex’s weapons is makeshift, at best. But in production the color will be molded in the plastic. I’m pretty happy with the Rex photos, considering. I used the original background to save time. In a better World, I would have envisioned a whole gladiator coliseum scene. Ah, what a dream, of things that might have been. So without further ado, here’s:
Sexy Rexy, showing off his handsome new weaponry. Beginning with some straightforward product shots:
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Then we move on to Gamma X. Doing these was Hell. I didn’t have the new clear shell, so I had to fake it all, by shooting each photo twice, with and without the body covering, combine the two, and erase through the cloudy casting. First I spent two days screwing with the helmet. I tooled it out to somewhat fit the figure, then I tried to scratch some of the roughest outer surfaces flat, then I coated it with shellac, to try to achieve transparency. In the end, all I could do was erase my way through it with double photographs and Photoshop. All this resembled trying to weave gold out of straw, the end results came out “brass”. Anyway, the main shot is adapted from the original card art, And for its historical value alone its poster like and ok.