If you’re reading this site, then you already know I’m a big fan of Bruce Timm’s artistic style. I am fortunate to have some prints of his work. One such print features three female analogs to the WWII era “Invaders,” consisting of Captain America, Namor, and the original Human Torch. It hangs in my studio, and I was inspired to craft some custom figures of the characters.
Before I discuss the recipes, I should explain that I made/assembled/sculpted/customized each of these with only the print on my wall as reference. Imagine my surprise when, shortly after I finished the dimensional work but before most of the paint, I learned these three ladies had appeared in a comic and had names! @BruceTimmCollector on Instagram happened to share some art from the comic entitled “King Fu Bible Stories.” It was an anthology book released during SDCC 2014. It features a Bruce Timm story starring “The Fightin’ Femmes of WWII.” And thus I officially met Devil Doll, Neptuna the She-Serpent, and Vicki Victory. With this new reference I was able to make some changes to the figures, though some aspects were locked in.
Neptuna was built on a TNBA Batgirl base. I chose Batgirl because there was a minimum of detail to be removed, and she already had the pointy fins on her arms. I swapped her head for a casting of TNBA Ivy, and gave her new epoxy hair. The fins on her legs are cut from vinyl.
If you look closely, you can see she has areas of scales here and there. I applied these via slide-on decals. What a pain! I’ve used decals successfully in the past, and they are never easy, but this time seemed particularly difficult. I’m not sure why. Maybe because the scale areas were so small. Regardless, I hit a minimum level and gave up. For every decal applied, I wasted four. Maybe next time I’ll just paint the little buggers!
Created Spring 2019