HULK VS. SILVER SURFER


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Incredible Hulk and Silver Surfer, from two Toy Biz models.

"Hulk smash!"

"Never shall brute strength triumph over the power cosmic!"

"Hulk smash!"

"Oh, how I yearn for the freedom of the universe, where I can surf the solar winds in solitude! "

"Hulk smash!"

Both the Incredible Hulk and the Silver Surfer were creations of the immortal Kirby.  The Hulk is the archetype of the tormented soul, feared and misunderstood and the cause of numerous insurance claims.  The Silver Surfer is the archetype of the surfer dude, and likes to go around saying "The board and I are One".  Actually he's a thinly disguised Sir Galahad.  The two characters have squared off in the past.  The Hulk has fought just about every character in the Marvel line up at one time or another, so you could put just about any Marvel character in here against the big guy.

I spent a lot of time with the putty and sanding on the Surfer, these Toy Biz models are a real pain in that regard.  He was first painted in a steel color, by mixing a little black in with the silver.  Then I added the drybrushed pure silver highlights.  It's the best I can do to bring out the contours in a completely silver guy.  It does make a difference in how he shows up.  I debated using metal foil on him, but decided it would distract from the rest of the model scene and make him look like he came pre-chromed.

I wanted a good composition on combining the two models. The Surfer only comes with a stand for his board so I used the Hulk base, left the clutter of twisted wreckage in the box, and filled in the various holes.  I built the two figures and did some moving around, finally finding just the right scene.  The board was attached to the base by a thick rod (a piece of plastic tree), going into a piece of old ruin that hides it.  It was important that I got the illusion of flight, so I used the hole on the right side of the board bottom where the stand originally fit, and when viewing it actually looks like the board is hanging in midair.

The Hulk wears purple pants, that for comic code reasons will split everywhere but the crotch when Bruce Banner changes into the big green guy.  I used my patented three-layer drybrush on every part of him.  Start with a dark base coat (green mixed with a lot of black for the skin), then an overall drybrush in the main color, then add some white to the mix and lightly hit the high spots.  I left the big feet loose until I knew where he was going to be on the base, they needed a little putty and adjusting.  

By combining them I turned two rather boring models into one dynamic fight scene.  It doesn't take a lot of effort to "work" with a model in this way, a little imagination and you can have your own original composition.

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