Marvel Comics 48652
Every now and then I like to give myself a break from military
modeling and seek out an unusual subject.
I am lucky enough to work in a hobby shop, and I will sometimes see
a model that strikes a chord from childhood. Recently, 'The Thing'
came into the shop. As a kid, I loved Fantastic Four cartoons and
comics and The Thing was my favourite character.
The kit was very basic. It was originally designed as a “snap-fit”
model with moveable limbs. I chose to finish mine in a fixed pose by
applying Liquid styrene cement and filling the inevitable gaps with
Once the parts had set I sprayed the figure in a base coat of brick
red with my Aztek A470 airbrush.
I then added a black wash between the ‘rocks’, and began drybrushing
in different earthy tones – reds and oranges.
This was left to dry for 24 hours, then I painted facial detail and
those lovely blue pants. No wonder he is so angry!
The base is scratchbuilt from DAS Terra Cotta modelling clay,
Firestorm Bricks, balsa wood and crushed up housebricks to depict
the ruins of a building that he has demolished.
I had a lot of fun building and painting this figure. Now I am
eyeing off The Hulk as my next project!