Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Work of Jay Moffat Pt 4
Here are some more images of the work of Jay Moffat and here in his own words is his description. This is a combination of two kits, Frankenstein and The Victim, both from Moebius Models. These were originally issued by Aurora (I think) in the 1970s, and Moebius used the original molds. As such, the detail and molding on both are not up to current standards, but OK for their age.
Both figures have had some re-working. The girl is pretty much a complete rebuild from the original, which was dressed in 70's "Daisy Duke" shorts and a tank top and not really properly positioned to lay in The Monster's arms. I wanted something that was more of a throwback to the Mary Shelly novel and the old black and white films from the 1930s, so I repositioned the figure and created new hair, Victorian-style night dress and slippers using Milliput and a few bits of wire. The Monster was less work, with just a bit of putty added around the collar, wrists and pant cuffs to improve the detail. Fortunately, the Frankenstein kit comes with two sets of arms, straight and curled.
Both figures were painted in artists oils - I went with a yellowish-green skin tone on The Monster to mirror more closely Shelly's description of him. (The green skin tone that is sometimes represented on The Monster comes from the posters of the day, which had a bit of artistic license.)
The base is foam core board with the stone pattern cut in. The clapper board was done on the computer, and put on a piece of Styrofoam.