IRONY MAN - IRON M & M (TONY 'TOON)

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    ...It was billionaire industrialist Tony Stark's OTHER addiction that inspired the colour scheme for his most famous Iron Man specialty armour...

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    In the Marvel Comic limited series Iron Man: Hypervelocity #5 of 6 it's suggested that Tony Stark got his colour scheme for his armour from his elementary school colours.

    Fair enough! They'd know. But a while back I saw a terrific picture that fellow Iron man fan ElDave posted in his photostream:

    www.flickr.com/photos/eldave/471883835/in/set-72157600123...

    (Ta ElDave, this one's for you and your Invincible Iron Legion!)

    Anyway, that got me wondering where Tony REALLY got his signature colours from.....

    Well, okay, ya got me. It's supposed to be red & gold, but, strewth, what's a variant foil cover between fans, y'know? That's the eternal decision that faces us Shellheads, yellow or gold?

    Well, until they make metallic M & Ms (or I spraypaint some gold!) for the sake of the gag it's yellow, mm'kay?

    I suppose, to be patriotic, I should have used Smarties, the chocolate treat that pre-date M & Ms, that have been popular in Australia since the 1930s, and upon which the U.S candy is modelled. Somehow, Iron Smarty doesn't quite have the same ring to it.... ;)

    Anyway, my sculpt of an Iron Zombie action figure proved a little more complex than I initially thought, the Super Sculpey not being tough enough to articulate without breakages I've had to make moulds of my sculpture and am casting it up in strong thermosetting plastic. So, while I'm pottering away with that I wanted to build something that would take a little less time and this is what came to mind.

    Bemusingly, I know precisely how much time it took to sculpt Iron M & M since I whipped him up whilst watching an episode of the new British Robin Hood series, a fantasy time travel show called Life on Mars and a cracking good documentary on Atheism by the courageously rational Richard Dawkins. So, around two and a half to three hours, all up. Since I didn't need to articulate this wee bloke, the Sculpey was perfectly up to the task. Yes, I know Tony doesn't have his moustache and eyebrows on the outside of his face plate! It's a caricature, right?

    Painting took a bit longer, since I used the Humbrol range of model kit enamels, which I thought would adequately replicate the toy/chocolate candy gloss that I wanted.

    Yes, the back is detailed, and I even got carried away with the boot jets, but you'll see that in another photo soon.

    The biggest problem with the photoshoot (which I wanted bright and comically lit) was making sure that nobody ate the bloody M & Ms (me included!). As it was, I ended up with one less red one than I needed to spell out TONY STARK, but then, that's what Photoshop is for, eh? Of course, I can stop eating these things any time.
    Any. Time. Soon. Justonemore. 'N one after that for the road.....right?

    Now, I wonder what a War M & M Machine would look like done like this? Hmm!

    Why Not Studios, ElDave, and 12 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. zero g 94 months ago | reply

      Ta for the fave RodyNung!

    2. Matt West 94 months ago | reply

      Sweet. Now that's what I call candied camera. If only the movie's producers would hire you to oversee the script-writing... ;O)

    3. zero g 94 months ago | reply

      LOL. I'm confident I could iron out the flaws Matt! Cheers! I'd offer you an M & M but I'm afraid they all gave their lives in the course of the post photoshoot wrap party....

    4. LinBow 94 months ago | reply

      I find the image and the making of it very fascinatiing,another fantasy favorite!

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    5. zero g 94 months ago | reply

      Thanks very much LinBow, 'twas lots of tasty fun!

    6. Pockafwye 94 months ago | reply

      You are a wizard of sculpey!

    7. zero g 94 months ago | reply

      LOL pockafwye, the Wizard of Oz or just plain Odd?

      "PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT IRON MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!"

    8. Ann Riggleman 94 months ago | reply

      I just like it OK? I think you should add a few more tags tho! *LOL*

    9. zero g 94 months ago | reply

      Ta very much Eowyn831.....

      I'd add more tags but Flickr won't let me! :)

    10. zero g 93 months ago | reply

      Ta for the fave Tama Leaver!

    11. yeuxrouge 92 months ago | reply

      Bonjour, je suis un administrateur du groupe bikini bottom club, et nous aimerions beaucoup que vous ajoutiez votre photo à notre groupe.

    12. zero g 92 months ago | reply

      Thanks yeuxrouge, I've done that!

    13. Krakitt 91 months ago | reply

      ha ha ha - the facial hair ON the mask is such a great touch :D :D :D

    14. zero g 91 months ago | reply

      He's obviously been drinking chocolate milk Krakitt! :)

    15. zero g 89 months ago | reply

      Cheers for the fave ecatoncheires!

    16. ecpica 88 months ago | reply

      Such a fun photo! I'd like to take a nibble...on second thought, maybe I'll just pop him in my mouth :)

    17. zero g 88 months ago | reply

      Thanks ecipa!

      I bet you can't stop at eating just one! ;)

    18. zero g 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the fave gofaga1!

    19. zero g 82 months ago | reply

      Ta for the faves:

      SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 2009,

      jpamitrano,

      vipmib,

      Vidgamer838,

      and

      BLACK ARMOR!

    20. edward night 65 months ago | reply

      Truly art, can i eat it. This sir i say is thoe to be one of the treasures of the candy universe.

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