Friday, 6 April 2012

Demoncon III Iguanodon

Maidstone's comic shop "The Grinning Demon" is having its third Demoncon convention at the end of this month.
"Stone", a comic of Maidstone's own superheroine will be launched at the event, the brainchild of Graham (shop owner) Dan Abnett (prof comic book writer and local boy) and numerous artists (all local boys) and looks to be really good.
I wanted to do something to support the event and i asked Graham if there was any monster, craft or gadget in the comic that maybe i could have a go at making?
Yup, there's a monster alright.
One of the very few positive things Maidstone is known for is the discovery of the very first Iguanodon ever found just outside the town. So, the strip has the beastie coming to life and bursting out the musuem.
So, that's what i thought i'd have a go at and initially i was going to go for a full-size head sculpt and have it mounted on a plinth, much like a stuffed trophy.
But then Graham sent me the design sketches:

and told me the scale of the fella...
Okay that's that idea nixed - far, far too big and far, far too smooth surfaced for me to be able to replicate.
Changing tack, i then thought why not buy an Iguanodon figure, adapt it, then put it into a scene to give it scale? If so, why not the comic shop? That's it then, that's what i'd do.
Trouble was, looking around for a suitable figure, the best are in the US and the clock is REALLY ticking on this one and i couldn't risk it not arriving in time.
Instead, i went for the best i could find over here, which is this one:

Not a very good pose but at least its accurate. I'd have to change that accuracy though - the comic version has a much shorter snout and a very pronounced, almost parrot-like beak.
First step was to snip off most of the snout:

Then it was to make a new beak from Green Stuff and to start to add spine fins from the same.
Here i am halfway though that and here he is in his lil' scene of distruction.
Picture frame for a base and i've used the Tamiya Wall Set to give me the remains of the shop. The shop has an alley way at the side of it and i wanted to incorperate that, so have a bit of the next building too:


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