Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stuff from the hard drive part 3 of 4: Sculpted by Jeff Yeagher

These are kits sculpted by actor/writer Jeff Yeagher, one of my favourite sculptors. At the moment he is busy working for Sideshow Collectibles and Moebius Models, but still finds the time to crank out a garage kit or two.  I still have more than a few of his kits in storage waiting for paint. Somewhere down the road I have to reshoot (and repaint) these kits to let them shine more. They deserve it!

Yeagher Classic Ardeth Bey, 1:6 scale resin kit released by "Tower of London"

James Bama Aurora box art tribute kit, 1:7 scale resin kit released by "Monsters in Motion"

James Bama Aurora box art tribute kit, 1:7 scale resin kit released by "Monsters in Motion"

"Curse of Frankenstein" Christopher Lee Monster, 1:6 scale resin kit released by Mr. Yeagher himself.

"Shadow of the Vampire" William Dafoe, 1:6 scale resin kit released by "Monsters in Motion"

"Teenage Werewolf", 1:6 scale resin kit released by Geometric Designs.

Base sculpted by Mike Parks.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Stuff from the hard drive, Part 2 of 4: Nosferatu!

Now a whole lotta Nosferatu images, one of my favourite characters and modelling subjects ever.

The first entry is Dave Grasso's first take on Max Schreck, 1:6 scale resin kit. A little Photoshop composite added based on the image Mr. Grasso used as reference.

Sculptor Jeff Yeagher used the final death scene in the movie as template for his awesome Nosferatu kit, released by the "Tower of London" company. Again, resin, 1:6 scale and a little Photoshopping.

From Great Britain comes Mooncrest Models 1:5 scale bust of Count Orlock, sculpted by Gary Hilliard.

Mike Good did this 1:5 scale bust for Jaguar Models.

My customized version of Monarch Models first release: Nosferatu! I added the hat, a few centimeters to the legs and reworked the nameplate. It's an Aurora 1:8 scale styrene plastic model kit.

Again, a ”Tower of London" release of William Paquet's terrific 1:3 scale resin bust of the count.

And finally, a bad picture of Amazing Figure Modeller Magazine's Nosferatu kit sculpted by Staffan Lindner of Sweden. 1:8 scale resin kit.

More to come!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stuff from the harddrive.... Part 1 of 4: Thomas Kuntz's Artomic creations

Over the Easter holidays I'll post forgotten pictures of Garage kits I found on my hard drive. Some picts good, some mediocre, some low-res, but all painted by me.

First part are kits created by Thomas Kuntz, artist extraordinaire from Los Angeles. He started making GKs in the very early 90ties, based on German silent films, including »Der Golem und wie er in die Welt kam«, »Nosferatu«, »Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari«.

He did some commercial assignments for other GK Companies in the following years (some STAR TREK TnG figures and a Lugosi as »White Zombie« among them), until he concentrated his talents to create unique automatons, with spectacular results.

He attending Resintopia Model & Statue Expo in late June this year, promising to unveil a new Garage kit for sale. You can see ( and buy) his works of art here on his website, including videos of his fantastic automatons.

First pictures are from his marvelous »Abduction 1919« kit based on »Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari«.

Great likeness to German actor Conrad Veidt as »Cesare«, the deadly sleepwalker under the spell of the Mad doctor Caligari.

It's a 1/6 scale huge resin kit that needs lot of preparation work, but it's worth it.

This is a dramatic close up of his Golem full figure kit, sporting a good likeness to actor and director Paul Wegener.

The next ones are pictures of Thomas's 1:4 scale bust of Gywnplaine, the »Man who laughs« from the silent film based on Victor Hugos novel. Again, its showing Conrad Veidt with make up by Jack Pierce. Word is, that it inspired the Joker's appearance on the Batman comic books.

Finally, again Veidt, again »Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari«, this time a single, full 1:6 scale figure.

Stay tuned for more!