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Old August 7th, 2013, 11:29:48 PM   #21
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Wow! Great work! Keep the pics coming!

This reminds me I still need to get Scorpion and Kraven!
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Old August 7th, 2013, 11:42:10 PM   #22
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Wow Great Pics!!! Wish I can take pictures Like you do!!!
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Old August 8th, 2013, 09:47:36 AM   #23
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One of the best threads on this site! I LOVE the brick work!!!
Thanks Al. Come October I'll do a new shot with GG and Hobgoblin.

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Wow! Great work! Keep the pics coming!

This reminds me I still need to get Scorpion and Kraven!
Thank you very much. I think you will find Kraven pretty easy to find and not too expensive. I haven't seen many Scorpions around. Good luck!

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You can! I felt the same way looking at other members' photos here. Just do some reading and then practice. One of the nice things about digital is you can take hundreds of photos and it not really cost you anything.


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Old August 9th, 2013, 03:16:44 PM   #24
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Great photos of your statues love the X-men set.
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Old August 14th, 2013, 12:08:31 AM   #25
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Bowen Designs Dr. Octopus Statue


Bowen Designs Electro Statue


Bowen Designs Scorpion Statue


Bowen Designs Kraven Statue


Bowen Designs Lizard Statue


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Old August 14th, 2013, 12:12:09 AM   #26
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Feaking AWESOME!!!!!!!!! nice pics Blindzider


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Old August 14th, 2013, 12:20:03 AM   #27
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WOW! Wish I could do that. Incredible noir pics Blindzider!
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Old August 14th, 2013, 09:24:26 AM   #28
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Thanks guys. I'll do a couple more in this series. I may redo the Scorpion one. Didn't quite get the light the way I wanted it.
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Old August 14th, 2013, 02:03:57 PM   #29
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Wow, very nice effects! I have always wanted brick walls as the back drop. You have done well!
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Old August 14th, 2013, 09:16:39 PM   #30
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Wow, very nice effects! I have always wanted brick walls as the back drop. You have done well!
Much appreciated. If you are interested, let me know and I can give details on how I made mine. It isn't too bad.


I added a few more pictures to the Noir section.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 12:35:20 PM   #31
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Much appreciated. If you are interested, let me know and I can give details on how I made mine. It isn't too bad.


I added a few more pictures to the Noir section.
I hate to trouble, but I really would like to know the secrets behinds those walls!
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Old August 15th, 2013, 02:23:47 PM   #32
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Here's how I made the brick wall background for my Spider-Man statues. This fits into a curio cabinet and serves as a background/diorama for the Spider-Man villains. I watched lots of videos online about model railway and miniature gaming to learn how to do this, since I had never done it before.

1. Buy some foam: This is the pink insulation foam not just regular packing styrofoam. At Home Depot, you can buy the large 4'x8' sheets used to insulate walls, or they have small project panels that are 2'x2' and cost about $5. They are called Foamular by Owen Corning.
Owens Corning 2 ft. x 2 ft. Project Panel-PP1 at The Home Depot

If you live near an area with construction, you may be able to find some scrap pieces.

2. Draw your bricks: You obviously want these to Bowen scale. I just measured the bricks on a couple statues and I cut 1" x 3/8" bricks. Get a ruler and a pencil and draws these out on the foam.

3. Cut your bricks: Next I used a utility blade and ruler to cut these lines out. I started with the long horizontal lines first. As you cut them, use the blade to push up and down to widen the cut. This will create the gap between the bricks. Next come back and cut the smaller vertical cuts. Obviously, each row you should offset by half the brick size. After I was done I later read that you could use a pizza cutter. This may be better in that it cuts into the foam and widens the cut at the same time. I haven't tried that yet. Using a wooden pencil to run through the gap will also widen it.

4. Add Texture: Now you want to add texture to the bricks. Get some broken up kitty litter or small rocks and roll them with your hand over the foam. This will create small indentations/pits in the brick. I actually used some granola, believe it or not. You shouldn't have to press too hard. Do as much or as little as you would like.

5. Press Bricks: Get some wood scrap or something else that is the size and shape of your bricks. One by one, and randomly, press a few bricks in. It should hold itself slightly below the other bricks. Again, this gives the wall some dimension and variation. Do as many or few as you like.

6. Add destruction: You have some freedom here and is totally optional. Simple gouges can be done using the utility blade. Nick the foam, scrape it, whatever you want to see. I used my fingers and a blunt wedge shaped object to 'rip' some bricks out. This will leave a rough surface underneath as if the bricks were placed onto a mortared surface. Maybe not realistic but it is similar to what you see on the Vulture statue. You can also poke something like the top of a paintbrush to make bullet holes.

7. Paint: Grab some acrylic paint from a model store or plastic model paint like Testors. Just make sure it doesn't have a solvent or it will eat away the foam. It'll probably take a couple coats and it dries pretty fast. Experiment with mixing brown and red to get the color bricks you want. Also, use a slightly darker color on depressed bricks or cuts to help create shadow and depth. Add some graffiti if you like.

8. Miscellaneous: I cut a couple "doors" in the back walls, mostly so I wouldn't have to cut more bricks! I also added a wooden dowel on one wall to represent a gutter. I had originally planned to put windows in, but with the scale and size I couldn't make it look right. Add additional pieces for outcroppings. I looked at lots of pictures of brick wall alleys to get inspiration. I may cut out small pieces of broken wall to lay around the statue bases to cover them up.

That's about it. It really isn't hard and is mostly time consuming because of the scale and size of my panels. Hope that helps someone else and I look forward to seeing what other people make.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 04:15:21 PM   #33
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Sounds fun! No glue needed?
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Old August 15th, 2013, 08:42:47 PM   #34
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Sounds fun! No glue needed?
Nope. You can certainly glue additional pieces on if desired. The vertical column, in the middle of the back wall, covers the seam between those two pieces. I used a few toothpicks to attach the column to the back wall. This way I could break it down and move it easier.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 12:40:57 AM   #35
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Ever since I saw JoeChristo's pictures of the Sinister Six, I had to own them.


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Bowen Designs Statues: Dr. Octopus, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman, Vulture, Kraven


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Bowen Designs Statues: Spider-Man, Dr. Octopus, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman, Vulture, Kraven

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Old September 1st, 2013, 05:05:03 PM   #36
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These photos didn't come out as cool as I had imagined them in my head. I had planned to add some ninjas stars but couldn't make the in the right scale to my satisfaction. The lighting was terrible and had to resort to some photo editing. And unfortunately, I don't have a Wolverine in a brown costume. I may revist this "set piece" in the future.

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Bowen Designs Daredevil Statue


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Old September 2nd, 2013, 02:51:51 AM   #37
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Really cool photography fella, it's dead impressive
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 08:11:57 AM   #38
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Thanks for the kind words blacko!
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 10:44:02 AM   #39
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where did you get the brick background?
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 10:53:49 AM   #40
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where did you get the brick background?
I had to make them. Check post #32. I detailed how I did it.
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