Logo by David Bolack
Last Updated: 9/29/09
Kubo-style Kombat sketch added.
BACK TO DAVE'S KITBASHES
Modern Knights is one of the roleplaying games I've been working on for Plaid Rabbit
Productions, and I've done a little art for the characters in it.
- Tek-7 and Kombat: Tek-7 is your basic Fighting The
Conspiracy superhero gadgeteer, and Kombat draws on anime superheroes like
Goku from Dragonball Z. Picture copyright 6/7/96.
- Tek-7 Action Figure: This kitbash, made on
8/30/98, uses a Mortal Kombat Trilogy Cyrax figure as
its base...as you can see, the figure is halfway to being Tek-7 already. I
used epoxy putty to reshape the head and fill in the upper chest (and all the
black lines are lines carved into the putty), plus a little to alter the
armor apron. Then I used a LOT of yellow-orange paint, some black, silver
and red paint, and dark grey for touchup. The gun I built from Street
Fighter Guile's gun, with some putty added on and the whole mess painted,
dropped into a dusty corner by accident, and repainted.
- Kombat Inaction Figure: Last year, Viz gave
away a bunch of Dragonball Z mini-figures. Since Kombat was intended as a
Son Goku ripoff anyway (at least in appearance), I repainted one of the
mini-figures as him.
- Kombat in Kubo style: Sure, I could to a
creditable Toriyama-style Kombat drawing now, but what's the fun in that? So
I did a Tite "Bleach" Kubo style version instead. August 2009.
- Brightsword: Patriotic avenger type with a blazing
laser torch sword. Picture copyright 6/10/96.
- Brightsword Action Figure: A Spider-Man "Black
Cat" figure kitbashed into Brightsword. I lengthened the gloves because I
could only carve Black Cat's glove-fur down so far, and sculpting an elbow
was beyond my ability. I raised the collar to the neck joint because while I
got a pretty good match on the flesh tone, I didn't wanna push my luck. And
the domino mask was expanded so I wouldn't have to paint over the diamond
shaped Black Cat mask with iffy fleshtones. Image copyright 9/1/97.
- Brightsword Action Figure 2: Same base figure,
but this time I had a year's worth of practice with Sculpey and putty to call
upon. I carved the gloves down all the way and then rebuilt the arms with
putty. I opened the collar up since I now have a better fleshtone paint and
repainted the whole head (which meant I got the mask right this time). The
sword I built from part of the "Cat's Claw" crossbow missile Black Cat came
with, plus the blade of a sword that came with some knockoff transforming toy
I got a few months ago. Oh, and the boot swashtops are Sculpey, because I
cut myself in carving down the arms, and didn't want to wait until my thumb
had healed and I could use putty. Probably should have waited, the bottom
fringes of the boot swashes are fragile. Image copyright me 8/31/98.
- Brightsword Miniature: A Mage Knight Nightblade
figure heavily modified. The sword is actually a sewing needle, which I
blunted after having it stick in my hand a few times. 3/22/02.
- Doctor Eschaton: Embodiment of angst, mystic
entity. Responsible for unlocking the metaphysical door to the next world
once the universe ends, but until then he's got some time to kill. Still
looking for a kitbash base. Drawing copyright me 9/4/98.
- Doctor Eschaton Action Figure: Created using a
Happy Meal Frollo (Hunchback of Notre Dame) as a base. I heavily resculpted
the face and head, added pantscuffs, sweater details and filled in his pelvic
region (his legs hardly moved anyway), plus added some chest to the toy (the
original wore a non-removal robe, so details of the chest were unimportant)
and some shoulders. I built his raiments out of a piece of craft foam, some
short bits of goldplated chain and jump rings. It doesn't really look like
cloth, but it was the easiest medium to add the chains to.
- Solar Max: I repainted this Hulkbuster Iron Man
toy into a reasonable approximation of Solar Max's space armor. Iron Man is
TM Marvel Entertainment Group, this repaint is copyright me June 1996.
- Darkshield - Arch-enemy of Brightsword, his father was a Soviet agent who
posed as asupervillain to cover for his more espionage-related crimes. The
original Darkshield died in a fight with the original Brightsword, and now
the vendetta has hallen to the next generation. Darkshield's armor is
bulletproof and fist-resistant, plus it gives him control over
- Darkshield Drawing: Actually done after the
action figure below was designed. Design seen in the Modern Knights game
ignored this sketch and went for a more Soviet Bloc-ky look. Drawing
- Darkshield Action Figure: The base figure was a
Deep Space Iron Man. I removed all the gear from inside the backpack, filled
in some bits with putty and painted the whole thing gloss black. Then I
fused most of the joints of the figure and added appropriate detail with
epoxy putty, including building up the chest and covering the faceplate.
Much cutting and filing later, I painted the figure in a combination of gloss
and matte black, making scanning almost a moot point, but I gave it a go
anyway. Finished 9/21/98.
Miniature: A Katusha [sic] Rocket miniature from SuperFigs.net, painted gloss black with
metallic wash and highlights, plus garnet red details. Not exactly the
design seen in the RPG, but close in spirit. Painted 3/18/02.
- Darkshield and
Mooks, Front: The mooks are dark grey armor plates and flat black upper
arms, sides and feet, with metallic highlighting and color-coded stars so I
can keep them separate when using them as minis in a game. Back
view. Painted 3/18/02.
- Shade Action Figure: Shade is one of two "iconic"
characters created for Modern Knights by the artist, Mat Nastos. Shade fills
the basic Batman-like position, although his motivations and methods are
rather different. The scan didn't turn out as well as I'd like, mainly
because of the high contrast of the design. The cowl and back of the cape
are medium grey, the lining of the cape is white. The base figure was a
slightly chewed up and accessoryless animated Batman toy, I made the upper
part of the cape and his hair from putty. The "loose" part of the cape was
made from the same foam used in Dr. Eschaton and glued to the putty part.
The original design had the cape flaring over the shoulders more, but I
wanted to retain as much arm poseability as possible. Finished 5/5/99.
- Avatar Miniature: Avatar is the other "iconic"
character, and he's on the cover of the game. Your basic Superman type
icon. I used as a base the Lance & Laser "Omniman" miniature. Using an
X-Acto knife and various Dremel attachments, I removed Omniman's mask,
reshaped his cape so that it was held on by round clasps, and changed how his
boots looked. Finished 2/16/01