I know some people don’t care for the addition of guns to their fantasy worlds. I tend to agree, but after seeing the trailer for the new “Dark Tower” movie, I couldn’t stop thinking of adding a gunslinger to my ML display. This character’s name is actually a not-so-subtle nod to the main character in that series.
For my gunslinger, I envision him as a seasoned knight who has traded his blades in for bullets. I wanted him to have some of the hallmarks of a gunslinger character (the coat, the guns), but also those of a traditional knight. This combination of two specific genres of characters helped drive many of the decisions I made in his recipe, and helped me create one of my favorite and most unique ML customs.
You can read this character's story on my Instagram page.
I started this custom with a fully armored knight’s body. I liked the idea of my gunslinger having once been a high ranking, golden knight, so I used the arms and legs from Sir Gideon Heavensbrand. The torso is from a Gold Knight legion builder and the faulds were something I had in my fodder box (from the Knight Builder Kit). I gave all of these parts a paint job to add a look a wear and dust and dirt to them. I wanted the armor to look like it has seen better day and has been through many travels along the way. You can see a comparison shot of my dirty armored gunslinger next to a normal Sir Gideon to get the sense of how this armor was customized.
The gunslinger’s coat came from a Marvel Select Gambit. I actually considered a few different coats before landing on this one. Honestly, I love how it looks on this figure! The back part of the coat billows out, which looks fine when the figure is standing, but which also works perfectly well when he is seated on his horse! The coat falls over the back of the horse as if it was actually sculpted to do so. I did not expect that when I selected the coat, so it was a nice surprise to find that it was so versatile.
A big part of this figure is obviously his weapons. The guns all came from a McFarlane Toys Billy the Kid figure. I found one on eBay that included all the extra guns from the “6 Faces of Madness” accessory pack. The holsters are glued onto the faulds and jacket, but they look really good and natural. I even added one onto the horse so the gunslinger would have access to that weapon as well. The bullets across his chest also came from Billy the Kid. I added a little glue to the bottom of those belts and the tops are held in place by the jacket.
For the head I turned to the Four Horsemen’s work on the Masters of the Universe line. I love using MOTU heads on Mythic bodies. I find that they scale well with ML, and there is such a variety of characters and heads to work with in the MOTU Classics line. Finally, because the 4H sculpted all of the MOTU figures, they have always felt like a natural fit alongside Mythic Legions. Looking at that MOTU line and trying to find a good head to use for my gunslinger, I selected Rio-Blast since he is the gunslinger of the MOTU universe. I was worried that it was a little to “on-the-nose” and obvious, but that head had the look and attitude I wanted for my character, so Rio-Blast it was!
Finally, the horse is a ToyBiz Lord of the Rings toy that I had available. The horses from the LOTR line are perhaps a tiny bit undersized for Mythic Legions, but not by much, and I like how this pair look together, whether Sir Roland is riding the horse or standing beside it.