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Bronze Meddling Waves 1-7: PMIF Review [pg13]


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So, a couple months later, I'm back on the horse and made some great progress yesterday. I'm waiting on a fancy metallic paint that can appear to be two different colors for the last main guy, and doing some final accessory gathering and decorating. Looking forward to sharing these, because they'll be the last PMIF set for the foreseeable future.

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Sometimes when I reach the end of a wave, things suddenly start moving so... slowly... Lots of little last minute tweaks that end up taking more time, e.g. paint details or additional parts. I think I have less than a week left on these, parts acquisition-dependent. These feel less comic accurate in some ways than my previous waves (I took some liberties), but I'm still excited to share them.

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Whew! Finally done. This is the final PMIF wave I had planned. Quick notes:

Golden Tigers "leader" and Chaka: I updated Chaka's belt to be more comic accurate in color with a metallic blue.

Nightshade and Power Master: Nightshade got a new hairpiece, gold bands, necklace, and touch-ups

Cottonmouth and Black Mariah: Years ago when I conceived of a bunch of these as simple QCs, it was before the Netflix Cage series had arrived, and I had rationalized their exclusion by virtue of their relatively minor comic appearances. But when they were cast with Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard, I realized I'd eventually have to do these comic versions. For Cornell, I cut and glued some Pai Mei facial hair. I think it looks hilarious. Black Mariah features a hand-painted Corpse Mom dress, which I had made an attempt to dremel-sand first to remove the "damage" deco. Turns out it just made the plastic a bit rough, which was odd. But hopefully the red mostly covers any lingering artifacts.

Diamondback and Gadget: OK this was a fun set -- Diamondback is actually covered with a single layer of metallic paint from an outfit called "Turbodork," and it's a paint that appears in different colors depending on what the base is. So I had prepped the parts with black and white in different areas, and this is the result. It looks better in-hand, but I was trying to capture the effect of a shimmering snake skin, which the original artists had accomplished with orange and green. His shirt is just an XO Manowar chest block. Gadget is one I'd never heard of before researching Diamondback, but he seemed simple enough (at first) to QC -- there are some serendipitous parts already available, like Colleen Wing's sneakers and Dallas' (Alien) space suit chest block. But it got a bit tough when I had to hand-paint Jamie Foxx's Electro moustache off, which required some delicate color matching. In hindsight I would've done a decal, but he was a last-minute addition. He's a weapons genius, and the briefcase with knife samples is taken from a specific panel:

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Whoa! That's wild! It also makes me reflect that she and four others in this wave all appeared in the Cage series in some form.

But wow, I don't think they could sell that toy in that packaging today... the optics of a large white man festooned in the American flag chasing an African-American female criminal in the service of selling a shooting gallery toy... that's a lot to unpack. 

[EDIT: Also I'm not trying to be sanctimonious here -- I appreciate that you shared this odd piece of toy history! I am just acknowledging the very different standards for very different times.]

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Here they all are. I thought it would be fun to see them as a group. Did I miss any Power Man or Iron Fist characters you were hoping to see?

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There are a small handful that I have dubbed "The Ones That Got Away," that I only discovered later, or that I finally brainstormed a way to do. I'll revisit these at some much later date:

1. Lionfang

He's very flamboyant, which was a plus in my original assessment, but he was a one-and-done and died. However, he was brought back in modern comics. I also figured out a way to do him in the interim, so I'm sure I'll come back to him.

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2. Harmony Killdragon

I had a rule that I'd only do characters from Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (a black & white magazine) if they appeared somewhere in color. Harmony appeared on a cover, so there was a clear map for her design. I recently seized on the idea of Crimson Viper hair as a rough approximation of her locks. She's an interesting character, like a female Bruce Lee. She was apparently an action star in the 616, and she was set against the Sons of the Tiger for "reasons" until they finally teamed up against the baddies. Classic Marvel.

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3. Golden Tigers 2.0

Their robed look was much more toyetic. Kinda wish I had led with this.

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4. Chiantang the "Black Dragon"

He looks like a variation of your standard K'un-Lun outfit, but he's actually a huge dragon in human guise. He was the original asshole dragon that enslaved Shao Lao, the dragon that gave Iron Fist his powers.

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21 hours ago, elhonez said:

But wow, I don't think they could sell that toy in that packaging today... the optics of a large white man festooned in the American flag chasing an African-American female criminal in the service of selling a shooting gallery toy... that's a lot to unpack. 

[EDIT: Also I'm not trying to be sanctimonious here -- I appreciate that you shared this odd piece of toy history! I am just acknowledging the very different standards for very different times.]

100%. 

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On 5/27/2024 at 2:37 PM, Kotter Comics said:

Believe it or not, Nightshade showed up on a rack toy with Captain America in the 1970s.

I can't figure out how to shrink the image enough to post it, but here's a link.

 

 

I followed that link & immediately chased up the cover of Captain America #164 which featured the original artwork ....oh boy ! :confused:

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3 hours ago, buttheadsmate said:

I followed that link & immediately chased up the cover of Captain America #164 which featured the original artwork ....oh boy ! :confused:

If I were a better human being, I'd immediately begin work on a Falcon-Werewolf custom.

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2 hours ago, DSTZach said:

I want to live in a world where they are all available at Walgreens. 

Me too! I think that's probably why I photograph them like waves from an alternate dimension. 

And thanks friends for the kind words, I definitely learned a ton about customizing over the course of these waves. I had initially only wanted to update the photos of my old QCs as a pit stop before my next big project, but I felt the pull to improve and expand on them. 

By the way -- although some of the original decal art is lost due to a laptop switch & file mismanagement on my part (ex: RIP El Aguila), I'd be happy to make available a flat file of the art for the remaining decals. DM me if interested.

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Ok. I've planned out all of the sets for my next theme. By the numbers: 

8 waves

1 box set

67 MiniMates

9 of which are "army builders"

50 (ish) require decals

7.5 decals done to-date

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Amazing as always.

It must feel good to look at that huge assortment and know that they're all your own creations.

Looking forward to seeing the next wave! The thing about artistic endeavours is that the artist gains in skill/experience with each creation. The next wave should be even more amazing.

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It'll probably be the fall before the first wave is done, based on my current (very slow) decal pace. Related to your post @cylonchaney, I think one of the biggest changes I notice as I pause to look back is that my standards have changed. Previously, I had started everything as a QC -- I was really looking for opportunities to share easy recipes for fast results. But I started to find that I was often unsatisfied with the results.

My slow growth as a MiniMate creator is a double-edged sword when it comes to output: on one hand, I'm learning more and getting more efficient, but on the other hand my increasing standards are causing me to take longer to e.g. get decals right, or experiment more with custom bits. For example: I'm branching out into decals for non-standard pieces, and trying to conceive of new ways to cut & glue pieces to better approximate certain looks in 3D.

What I'm most excited about with the next batch: Lots of very colorful characters, many or most of whom you'd only be familiar with if you were a fan of the theme. I get a kick out of giving these deep cut characters a moment to shine, and  sharing them with people who might not have seen them before. Some are just plain cool designs that Marvel could probably do more with if they wanted to.

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