Custom Archangel Tutorial

Ok, you're wanting to make your own Archangel figure with poseable wings right? This guide will show you how. I use to use Bionicle joints but since that line is defunct you can use the new ball joint kits for this.

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Grab a base body and fix anything that needs to be fixed tightening joints, shaving off plastic flash, and removing the head after heating it with a hairdryer. Use a marker or scribe in with an Xacto knife a pattern on the shoulders where you will use your Dremel tool to cut the holes out for the ball-joint bases. Carve out and attach your He-man head now if you want, or later.

Wing Assembly

Carefully take your Bionicle ball-joint and cut away at the bottom shaping it into a rectangle. Use clippers first then shave down with your xacto knife. Cut and flatten the long tab-sections that sprout from the base of the wings that use to attach them to the Redeemer character's body. Half way up you'll take your Dremel tool and carve out a rectangular notch to fit the base of the balljoint in. Test fit it and when you're happy, glue it in place with the Plastic Welder.

Cut out the pattern-sections you marked on your figures back with your Dremel and test-fit the ball-joint bases until they fit, using Plastic weld again to glue them in place. You may need to eliminate the swing-out shoulder joint to get these to fit. Now fix it all up with Milliput and make it look nice, you can even sculpt in tiny feather-lines to help mask where you've puttied over.

Painting time

Got everything glued and sculpted to your liking? Everything ready to be painted? Wash your wings and body in warm soapy water and get all the mold release and hand oils off. It's base-coat time! I won't go into great detail about how to paint a figure, just check out my painting guide for that. :)

Congratulations you're done! You've created your very own Archangel figure! Now you can find him a base, hang him by a line up over your desk, or just play with him. His wings will have full articulation allowing you to give him some very dynamic poses. Check out my Archangels below!

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