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HELLBLAZER: John Constantine ("Simon Bisley" art styled)


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Hey everyone,


Here's a custom I finished last week based on the DC/Vertigo character John Constantine from the HELLBLAZER comic series. While he's always had the trenchcoat, his actual style and look has varied alot over the years between artists. I really loved the gritty, strung-out look used by the cover artist Simon Bisley. It also influenced the books interior art, although not quite as extreme.






Constantine lives in the DC universe, although on the fringes (which is usually limited to offhand references to men in tights 'over in America'. Constantine's character is an almost archtypical trickster-mage, set in an urban fantasy context. John Constantine strives for the good of mankind in his own manipulative way against the dark beings and machinery of the universe.


So, that preface out of the way for those who don't know the character, here's how I made this rendition of John.


-DC Universe 'Signature' series John Constantine figure.


Yep. Crazy long monkey arms (+ hands with long wrists, making him nearly reach his knees), overly long pelvis, legs, & shins, huge seamlines running along the figure's head... the factory version was in serious need of an overhaul. It was also strange that they tried to walk the line between the clean-cut version from the 1980's (he was modeled to look like musician 'Sting') - but tossed in newer developments like the facial scar, and loose tie.


I switched the pelvis/upper legs with a Movie Masters 'Joker Goon'. The lower legs are modified DC Universe 'Star Man' pant legs, resculpted/modified to accept a ball-socket foot joint rather than an O-ring/cross bar version.

Shoes/ankles came from a MEZCO Heroes figure (the homeless guy who can turn invisible, played by Eckleson).

Forearms were cut off, and sliced with metal rebar into the forearms from DC Direct's Constantine figure (made back in the 1990s - the one looked like Mr. Bean!).


Trimmed off the molded in hands from that, dremmeled that out, and replaced them with fist-hands (inset) from another MEZO Heroes figure. I wanted John to have more of a brawler/rough look about him, so the dual fists worked well here. Resculpted the head with Kneadite (Citadel Green Stuff), and painted the figure head to toe (including the flexable trenchcoat) using Mr. Hobby Lacquer paint + thinner. Zero paint rub or cracking on the coat - the paint flexes along with the soft-plastic trenchcoat.


I did some additional work on Constantine's face with skintones (Mr. Hobby), and later with Vallejo Acrylics and Citadel Inks (black, Red, + combinations of these) to create a seriously strung out looking anti-hero, as Bisley drew him on the covers.


I've been customizing for about 5 years, but really haven't gotten around to posting here at ToyNewInternational before - so hi. :)


If you'd like to check out more of my work, I have my own website which includes a Work In Progress blog, a gallery, and other things. I also post regularly over at FigureRealm.



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