Winged Demon


For 2010, the body of the 1st generation wall crawler will be scavenged for a Winged Demon Wall CrawlerThe 2009 model was based on an inflatable mannequin. The seams of this mannequin started to leak air and I was unable to fix it. Rather than throw it away, I stuffed the shell with crumpled news paper and plenty of duct tape.A medium gauge wire was duct taped to the arms, legs and torso to allow to posing.The 2009 model used a store bought mask and monster hands.Like I stated, it was ok, but I thought it could be way better.

Scavenge the Body

The 2009 wall crawler was stripped of the mask, gloves and clothing. A few layers of paper mached (water/glue mix, blue shop towels) were used to build up a bit of mass and definition.

The paper mache was covered with a very thin coat of liquid latex. This was part weather proofing, and part surface smoothing.

I tried a few techniques, including monster mud on the legs. The problem was that the MM became too brittle and started to flake off.

The whole body was painted flat black, with lighter highlights to follow.

Right now, the only scary looking part of this thing is the mess.

Demon Head

The head of the demon was a paper mached mould from a wig head. I reuse the wig head over & over for this purpose.

I cover the wig head with aluminium foil and then add on layers of paper mache.

Details such as wrinkles and skin lines are mache effects.

The eyes, teeth, and finer facial details are paper clay.

The whole head is painted to a tone I like.

The paper mache mould is cut in the back and removed from the wig head.

The cut is repaired with more mache.

Putting it Together

The head was slipped over the mannequin head and duct taped into place. A layer of liquid latex was applied around the tape and shoulders.

At the same time, paper mache hands were added. These were constructed the same way as my Frank N Stein creature

After the latex and mache dry, the areas were painted again to try for continuity.

Looking More Cohesive

Several layers of dry brush paint brought out details.

Since I didn't want a naked demon, He received a loin cloth.

Because there are some layers of paper on the exterior of the body, a sealant was applied to help with weather proofing.

The demon feet were made using the same technique as the Frank N. Stein feet.

Fly Away

The wing structure was made from coat hangers, straightened and cut to approximate the shape of a bat wing.

I used a drop sheet plastic as the wing material. The drop cloth was a 3.5mm thick clear plastic (vrs 0.7 to 1.0 mm that are more common) The thicker plastic lays straighter. The thinner plastic tends to look like garbage bags.

I duct tapped the wire to the plastic, then applied some liqiud latex to try and hide the seams.

A base coat of flat black paint was applied. The photo doesn't show well, but dry brushing grey, brow & green paint was applied to try to get a more textured look.

Putting it All Together

The wire from the wings were twist attached to the wire frame of the body.

A bit of liquid latex and paint, and the demon is done.
Here he is mounted on the wall.

2012 Update

The demon was another prop that required some touch ups.  In this case the elements were getting to it, so why not give a fresh look?The head was removed and replaced with a new sculpt and new look.

Some detail to the shoulders & chest were added with air dry clay

The overall color was altered to a green tone (as the grey seemed to disappear at night)

The new head was reattached to the body using my favorite super glue/filler/awesome Great Stuff.

More paint and a few layers of 'sculpt or coat' and liquid latex was added for protection.
The finished product looks more sinister IMO

What happened to the old demon head you may ask?In the best effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, the old head was reworked for a new purpose.  It's become, what I call 'Unfortunate Chad'.  The head of a prop that may show itself sometime in the next year. 
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