I’m a big fan of the classic Dan Dare strip as drawn by Frank Hampson and its iconic line up of characters and possibly the most obvious stand out is the Venusian ruler of the Treens, the Mekon of Mekonta. Originally starting in 1950 the strip was very much a British product with a stiff-upper-lip attitude and a complete lack of anyone getting killed, the story was full of incredible designs and had a gentle steer into scientific plausibility by the hand of Arthur C Clarke but it wasn’t until nearly halfway through the first story that the Mekon finally appeared.
With his bulbous head and tiny body, he has become a bit of an archetype for the evil science villan and one is the product of thousands of years of genetic engineering. The Mekon is also a title, rather than a name, given to the leader of the Treens and its commented at one point in the first story that that there won’t be another one ready for 50 years. Floating around on his magnetic hover board, getting dragged off it every other episode by either Dan, Digby or any other Earthman passing, he seemed to spend at least one episode being carried around as a hostage before being rescued by his Treens. The refusal of any of the Earthmen (theres only one woman in the Dan Dare universe and she has more qualifications than all of the men put together) to hurt him and somehow let him escape is the flipside of the number of times heroes are captured but never killed by villains but shows the morality of the characters. I’ve probably made him sound a bit rubbish but the Mekon was/is a very interesting character. So much so that I’ve started my own little Mekon to pull off his chair whenever he gets a bit bossy.
Lets start with a wireframe shall we? First up I measured out some sketches to workout his size and pose. To be honest the Mekon has two poses. Sitting on his chair with his arms resting on his knees and slung over Dan’s shoulder. Not hard to pick which pose I’m going for.
Slapping some Milliput over wireframe so the Sculpey has something to key to when I start. I’ve not put the arms in place yet as I’m hoping to do this as a multipart kit.
When I put the wires together I should have made the head removable, as it was I part baked him to harden him up a bit then took him him out and gouged out chunks of his neck to get to the wire/milliput skeleton, clipped it and popped him back in the oven. Once he was fully done I drilled out his neck and top of his body, fitted some brass tubes in and milliputted (is that a word?) him back up. The head now slots nicely into his neck.