Watchmen is one of the most iconic graphic novels of all time and is universally loved by comic fans, although it’s unlikely to ever get official LEGO sets. That hasn’t stopped the Instagram community from stepping in, however, as shown in this week’s Custom Corner from Blocks, the LEGO magazine for fans.
Today’s figure, by @salaciouscustoms, is another statue figure, this one based on the iconic panel of Rorschach posing on a rooftop. The base is made from official pieces and painted with an incredible weathered brick effect, mimicking the look of the artwork. The figure’s legs are bent, sacrificing moveability for accuracy, and painted with thin purple lines to represent Rorschach’s classic pinstripe trousers. The main attraction of this figure, though, has to be the trench coat – it’s expertly sculpted as if it’s blowing in the wind, and with a fantastic paint job to top it off.
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The coat is made from a combination of paper, modelling clay and electrical tape, but blends in perfectly with the ABS plastic of the minifigure. For authenticity, the belt was made from a separate strip of paper and added on later and its knot is intricately sculpted. The cuffs are also raised, giving the figure a real three-dimensional feel that just isn’t possible for official minifigures. The coat’s wrinkles are shaded, mimicking the texture of leather, and the whole thing has a dark brown border, reminiscent of the comic book art style. His scarf is sculpted under the coat, also well-shaded, and his mask features the iconic symmetrical black and white pattern that Rorschach is named after. The fedora, painted in the same shade of brown as the trench coat, ties the figure together nicely. @salaciouscustoms has many great custom minifigures and their page is definitely worth checking out.