Sunday, August 12, 2012

Completed Batboat!

I just realized this weekend that I failed to post the photos of the completed Batboat model.






I'm currently starting the Batcycle, will post something soon.

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Green Arrow is Dead

It was with sadness that I removed the New 52 Green Arrow comic from my pull list this week. I really had hopes for that book, but after sticking it out for 12 months I had to conclude that the writer and editor had no clue who Green Arrow was.

Like many of the New 52 heroes, GA came through Flashpoint a younger man than he was previously. But that's not the problem with him or his book. Sure, he's got a three day growth of beard, not his famous Van Dyke beard and mustache, but that's not the problem. I can deal with him looking younger. What I can't deal with is his lack of a personality. Or the personality he has always had.

Oliver Queen has functioned as the DC universe's social conscience since his road trip with Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) back in the 70's. Ollie lost his company and really got in touch with the real world and problems like homelessness, poverty, and drug abuse. That last because his own ward, Roy Harper (Speedy) was found shooting heroin.

But Ollie was in many ways more "real" than his compatriots. As he concludes in the Archer's Quest storyline, he has always been his own worst enemy. He screwed up his relationship with Dinah Lance (Black Canary). He was distant from Roy/Speedy and Roy turned to drugs to fill the void. He lost his company.

Prior to the New 52, GA was shown in the Brightest Day storyline that preceded the Flashpoint event that became the New 52 universe. In Brightest Day, Ollie was living in the forest in Star City, keeping company with a homeless man who called himself Galahad. His dual identity was no longer a secret, but he continued to wear his mask out of habit. Dispossessed of his company and his secret identity, Ollie still strove to be the hero that Star City needed.

In the last 12 months, the GA book has had 3 different writers, which tells me that DC is also not happy with the state of the book. While I'm sure DC doesn't need or want my advice, it would be, "Get Ollie back to his roots. Give him some reason to do what he does. Make him more than a guy in a mask with a bow and quiver."

Sorry, Ollie. I'll be back if you ever come to your senses.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Batboat in the final stretch

Almost done with the boat, despite the long hiatus. I tried to post last week when I began work again and of course the BlogPress app crashed, losing my post.




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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Putty The Seams

Not much done today. Just putties the main seam around the top of the boat. I need to give it 24 hrs to dry.



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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Batboat Progress

Finally making some real headway. The boat is going together and the display stand is painted. The remaining pieces are also painted. Left to do: fill the gaps with putty, sand and repaint, then put the final parts on and and the decals.



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Monday, April 23, 2012

Batman & Robin

It's taken a few days, but the Dynamic Duo are finally done. Lots of fine detail work and some re-re-repainting to get them just right.



I have spent the time between painting the boat pieces. Tomorrow the boat should go together fairly quickly.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

To the Batboat, Robin!

It's been some time since my last model, but I picked up a Batboat at Planet Comic Con last month and have been itching to get started on it. The most intimidating part is the figures of Batman & Robin, so I'm starting with the figure-painting.



I'll be posting more as I go along.

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