I have somewhat of an unhealthy obsession with both the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor and LEGO, so in 2015 when they released the first licensed set (76031), I bought it immediately. That set had quite a few things that I thought could have been improved (feet, upper arms, overall flexibility, etc.) but it was the first of its kind and has been on my desk ever since.
In 2018, just before the new Avenger’s: Infinity War movie movie was released, LEGO unveiled two new Hulkbuster sets. One of them is an ultimate collectors edition (76105), has 1300+ pieces, stands over 9 inches tall and is $120.00. (My personal man-childness is not quite at the level where I can convince myself that’s a justifiable purchase.) The other set (76104) ties directly into the Infinity War movie, was much more reasonably priced, and looked like it was enough of an improvement from the 2015 set that I went ahead and bought it.
Having now put them side-by-side, the 2018 set is a huge improvement in the feet and torso, but the legs seemed stuck in some half-squat position and the upper arms still seemed a little barren. So, I decided to cannibalize the 2015 set to make some improvements to the newer one. I was also away from my normal LEGO resources at the time, so I literally only had those pieces available to work with. Overall I think the legs are much better, I made some slight modifications to the scale and flexibility of the arms, and I added more details here and there with spare parts. Now the torso is probably too small for the scale of the limbs, but beefing that up will have to be a future project. This whole idea was largely inspired by the amazing work of flickr user ChubbyBots and his amazing work building custom LEGO mechs and improving official sets (like this!).
This weekend I had the chance to see Black Panther twice, and it was even better the second time. Can’t wait for Infinity War this summer!
Doodled in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.
For day three of Inktober, my prompt was comical. A few weeks ago we were goofing around with all the masks we’ve accumulated over the years and paired Chewbacca with Thor’s helmet. My son thoughout it was funny enough to draw, so I made sure to find a way to slide it in this month.
Groot was doing his best to aid in the fight, but once the bad guys noticed him and started heading his way, he thought he’d try out his new “cute little guy” defense to re-gain the upper hand.
Sketched out on paper and inked with brush pen, then scanned and colored in Krita on my Surface Pro 3.
This is just a little Rocket I doodled in a training meeting about HR stuffs. I’m excited for this next installment to be out in May, though Chris Pratt’s facial hair seems weird (pointy sideburns?).
Today’s bulletin doodle was the young Nova from Marvel comics. I decided to try rough coloring it real quick on my Surface, but the picture I took to start with wasn’t the best.
kid nova color
Windows 10 has a pretty nice screen capture capability built into the X-Box app, so I decided to record a doodle. I’m still trying to get used to the thing. I’m not used to having my hand in the way of my screen. I’m also going to have to switch some of the software I’ve been using. I could only get pressure sensitivity to work in 32-bit Krita and not at all in MyPaint, which I’m much more comfortable drawing with. Time to learn new tricks I suppose.
war machine (inktober)
After last night’s Agents of Shield episode I decided tonight to doodle War Machine from the last Captain America movie.
ghost rider (inktober)
I thought for tonight I would doodle the charger driving Ghost Rider from Marvel’s Agents of Shield. It will be interesting to see why they thought to wrap an entire season around that non-avengers character.
I’m trying to push my posing a little bit, so who better to start with then ‘ol crazy legs Spider-man. I built most of this in Inkscape trying to minimize the number of shape defining lines. I might find time to shade it someday.