Now here's a young man who has a talent and is putting it to good use. Mark Patraw has a knack for creating amazing miniatures, mostly based on characters from your favourite video games. Let's have a look at some of them, yes?
Just a couple of notes before we start here:
-I don't know Mark, I just happened across his site whilst looking for Decap Attack merchandise (of which there is none, besides the stories in Sonic The Comic).
-Over the past decade, he's sculpted over 300 figures, as well as drawing some nice comics.
-None of it is done for profit, as far as I can tell. As these are mostly based on "intellectual property", he's not selling anything, just building and sharing. I repeat: AS FAR AS I CAN TELL.
-This is a shame, as they're all amazing!
Right, let's have a look at some of them. First up, the endless menagerie of monstrosities that is Konami's Castlevania series:
Here we have the Fishman from Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Mr. Hed from Super Castlevania IV, Mud Man from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse and a Ghost from... all of them?
Next, there's his Final Fantasy stuff.
This lovely looking bunch consists of Aegil from Final Fantasy III, Blobra from Final Fantasy VIII, Fire Flower from Final Fantasy Legend, and Anemone from Final Fantasy IX. Never played a Final Fantasy game myself, not really my "thing" - but I'll always love their monster designs.
The Lovecraftian horrors of Quake are all the more terrifying when presented in miniature form:
Behold! The Shambler, the Vore, Shub-Niggurath, and a Rotfish.
There's even some cutesier stuff, like this lot from the Mega Man series:
See? Charge Man, an adorable Atomic Chicken, Elecn and Launch Octopus.
Some miscellaneous favourites of mine now:
From top-left to top-right, we have a Cave Needle from Altered Beast, Demon Candle from Dragon Quest, Hell Hound from Splatterhouse 3, and Wormhead from Silent Hill. On the bottom row, left to right, there's a rabbit from Phantasy Star, Zeela from Metroid, the Harpy from King of Demons, and Chuck D. Head from Decap Attack.
If you head on over to Mark's website, there's all sorts of stuff going on. To get straight to the figures, go to the Master Figure Index. Clicking on each figure opens up a whole gallery of different photos, along with information on how he made them, and a bit about the actual character as well. All in all, amazing stuff, and I wish I could do that. Ah well.
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