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The Predator of Byzantium (First Crusade, 1098-1099)


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The Predator of Byzantium (First Crusade, 1098-1099)

 

 

"The atrocities encountered by Muslim traders in the weeks preceding the fall of Jerusalem July 15th 1099) are often attributed to the invading Frankish armies on Crusade. However, accounts discovered in a Byzantine monastery (c.1098) describe a demon that stalked the trade routes along the Mediterranean. These accounts culminate in 1098 with the massacre of Jerusalem y the invading Frankish army. Historians have explained the grotesque dismemberments, and display of Jewish and Muslim civilian’s corpses as driven by "isolation, alienation and fear" felt by the Crusading army so far from home. This fails to explain the presence of skinned corpses, hung from unreachable archways throughout the city."

 

Recipe:

-UFC figure (torso, dremeled down & heavily resculpted)

-McFarlane Predator (partial head)

-NECA Predators Tracker (partial head / dreads)

-NECA 'battle damaged' Predators P1 Predator (partial mask, resculpted, partial neck-fan)

-NECA Dante's Inferno figure (legs, partial flexible hip-skirt, Crosses/Rosary x2)

*+ inset joint from Dantae figure, spliced into UFC figure's torso/ab crunch area.

-NECA AvP2 Predator (x2 cross straps, gun, partial right hand, left hand, duplicate forearms/resculpted)

*NECA 'Predators' arms spliced into x2 left AvP2 gauntlets. Left hand NECA balljoint spliced into AvP2 pred hand/resculpted.

*AvP2 Predator feet spliced into HML Iron Man wrists & inset inside Dante's Inferno leg to add swivel/rocker articulation to the ankles.

-McFarlane Prince of Persia figure (swords, carved down handles)

-Pirates of the Caribbean cutlass belt + Jack Sparrow hair beads

-Mezco Necromonger shoulder pads (resculpted/modified)

-Assorted NECA Predator and McFarlane accessories (bones, back pouch, upper-back armor, etc.)

 

All sculpting done using Aves Apoxie Sculpt, and Kneadatite. Painted with Mr. Hobby lacquer paints/leveling thinner, Vallejo acrylic, and Citadel inks/washes. Sealed with Mr. Hobby Super Clear Flat spray & Citadel Gloss varnish.

 

Articulation:

-Double ball joint head/neck

-Swivel/hinge shoulders inset

-Back/forward assembly for shoulders

-swivel/hinge elbows

-balljoint left hand

-swivel joint right hand

-ab crunch

-waist swivel

-T-hinge hips (NECA/DCUC style)

-Swivel/Hinge knees and ankles.

 

To check out all the posted pictures of this figure, check out the Procustomizers.com contest entry.<br style="color: rgb(28, 40, 55); font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(250, 251, 252);">For more discussion on this figure, check out its Figurerealm posting.<br style="color: rgb(28, 40, 55); font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(250, 251, 252);"><br style="color: rgb(28, 40, 55); font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(250, 251, 252);">For other custom figures I've made, visit my website's gallery: http://blayne.dark-w...v2/Gallery.html

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