|Katana (aka Nocturna Models Soum, 13 Moons) work-in-progress: sword, right hand and mask|
|Katana's sword is painted in two-tones to depict a sharp edge not unlike the real thing|
|Suicide Squad Katana herself is more or less done so all that remains is to put the vignette together|
A key bugbear for me is the slight bend in Katana's sword which becomes more pronounced at certain viewing angles. As the sword is made out of resin, I did try to straighten it as much as possible with the help of a hair-dryer. In fact the bent was actually far worse than it is now. I managed to straighten it somewhat but obviously not enough. But I've made my peace with it so unless I can figure out a way to straighten the sword even further it'll have to do.
|From this angle, the slight bent in the sword becomes more pronounced|
|Back view of the completed Katana figurine sans base|
As this Japanese Samurai sword belongs to Suicide Squad Katana, I painted it in a color scheme that is as close as possible to what I saw in the movie. That meant a hilt with a black grip and a sword blade that has a gold band at its base. Luckily for me the sword this figurine is holding is similar physically to the one Katana has i.e. a samurai sword (or a katana, the main character's namesake).
|Yet another angle in which the bent sword blade is noticeable|
|Color scheme of the sword was painted to resemble the one used by Katana in the movie ...|
|... for example, the gold band at the base of the sword is unique to Suicide Squad Katana|
To give a sense of edge (or sharpness) to the sword, I painted it in two metallic tones with one brighter than the other. In addition to that, I also painted a thin line of extremely bright metallic grey at the very edge of the sword to amplify the sharpness of the blade.
|Katana's right hand holding on to her sword, which was painted in two tones to reflect a sharp edge|
|Katana's iconic face mask was sculpted using Citadel Green Stuff|
|Katana's iconic face mask, after a fairly simple paint job|
While the mask isn't exactly to scale (it's a tad bigger than it's suppose to be) it should be good enough for the vignette. Moreover as the mask will likely be placed a fair distance away from Katana's face, any discrepancies in scale won't hopefully be too obvious. All the disparate parts of the Suicide Squad Katana vignette have now been painted. Once they are put together I should be able to post the final photos as well as video of this project ... the first of 2018!