Table Ready: Ghost Rider

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He’s riding through your town with his head on FIRE!

What can I say? I was drawn to the darker super heroes as a youth, like Batman. Some of those “heroes” walked the line of anti-hero, and sometimes even danced across that line, like the Punisher. One that has always held a special spot in my dark little heart is the embodiment of the Spirit of Vengeance himself, Ghost Rider.

“Ghostrider, Ghostrider, Ghostrider, Ghostrider keep riding” – I know the Rollins Band song isn’t about the comics but, I can’t separate the two anymore.

As a stunt man, Johnny Blaze put himself in harms way repeatedly, but never more so when he made a deal with the devil. As such deals usually play out in fiction, he didn’t get back all that he hoped for and brought along a little friend; a demon of sorts came with him and he is consumed by hellfire when close to evil-doers. He takes it upon himself to rid the area of said evil-doers in a dramatic and fiery fashion.

When his battle against evil hits the inevitable highway, Ghost Rider takes chase in a fire-limned chopper, leaving a trail of flames in his wake. I always loved the connection between Ghost Rider’s flaming motorcycle and that of the classic Nightmare, a black horse with a mane and tail of flames.

The model was easier to build and paint than I expected. The chain whip was a little tedious, both to build and paint, and was not always easy to work around. I did the whole model with Contrast paints and managed a decent fire effect with layers of color. At one point I had a glow effect on the pavement below his bike but was so unhappy with it that I repainted the base

“Ghostrider, motorcycle hero” – Henry Rollins, image copyright Marvel

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Obsessive and neurotic collector of little plastic men, novels about the same little plastic men and paints to make the little plastic men pretty. Married to Kera, who puts up with him and pretends that she doesn’t hear him speaking to the little plastic men in between making pew pew noises in the hobby room. Requires adult supervision. A menace to himself but rarely to others. More beard than man

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