by Davy Stone
Another example of concurrent evolution, my Ray figure was made from a Marvel's Most Wanted X-Man body and a Buccaneer Batman head.  I thought this custom would required minimal work... heh, little I knew.

Thanks to advice from Jamie Bramble, I removed the X-Man jacket before beginning any major work.  I boiled-and-popped the X-Man head from the body.  Unfortunately, Batman's neck peg was nowhere near the same size as X-Man's.  So in order to maintain articulation, I had to perform minor surgery on Batman's head using a dremel (how many people can say that?).  But hey, it worked, and his head still moves.  For all this work, it must be obvious by now that articulation is pretty important to me.

Next, I started cutting and sanding the kneepads off.  I also sanded down some "stripes" on his arms, as well as some detailing around his neck and gloves.  Then, I created boot-cuffs with a rubberband, and using thin wire, I created a ridge on his arms for his jacket's sleeve.  To sculpt details on the helmet (including the fin, which I feared would be delicate and fragile), I used my free sample of Magic Sculp for the first time.  Not bad stuff at all.  It cured extremely solid, and it doesn't appear like it's going to break at all. 

Finally, I began painting.  Let me advise everyone to thouroughly scuff up the figure before priming and painting.  I had a hard time getting paint to stick to this one, and I'd yet to touch the jacket!  Once I painted the body, I put the jacket on him and started painting it.  Finally, I began a long retouch process.  I want to remind anyone trying this figure that paint sticks to the jacket by faith alone.  Scuffing it probably wouldn't hurt either, but delicate handling after painting is a must.

And that's it.  This figure is extremely posable, even if he's somewhat twisted at the waist.  When displaying him at home, I keep him posed in the kneeling position shown in the second picture above.

Parts Used:
Body: Marvel's Most Wanted X-Man
Head: Bucanneer Batman
Head Fin: MagicSculp
Sleeve and Boot Cuffs: Thin wire and rubber bands
Links in this table will connect you to customs made from other parts of same figure.

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