Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Figma Rogue 2nd version

Back in the day I made a couple of custom X-men figmas. One was of the character Rogue and the other was Dark Phoenix. I was satisfied with my work on them and I knew that I would go back and redo them someday. So last month I actually went and redid Rogue.
I took my original Rogue apart, sanded the paint off as much as I can, and then cleaned her. I then tried my hand at sculpting her lower body area so that I can get rid of the plastic undies. After a couple of attempts I think it turned out alright. WIP pics were not taken so all the pics here are of the after.
I bought a love plus figma so I could use the head. I painter her bangs white to make her look more like Rogue. I think her face makes her look like a Rogue that came out of a moe anime adaptation.
I also sculpted in her boots' knee guard and the end of her gloves. I let all that I sculpted dry and cure. I then primed all the pieces and painted them yellow. I painted on the green using a brush afterwards when the yellow dried.
There's still a little bit of cleaning up to do on some parts of the paint but, all in all I'm quite happy with this version.

Monday, July 23, 2012

WIP TF Prime Megatron 2

Last night I finally found that neck joint that I lost. It was just in time too since I was ready to put Megatron back together. Here's the result thus far:
Vehicle mode looks pretty good. The undercoat shading effect is subtle and it still gives off a nice detail. On to the bot mode:
One thing a lot of folks have noticed is the detail in the eyes. Too bad that there was not paint applied to make it stand out more. So I put in a white base coat and carefully painted it orange. Now his eyes are accurate to the show and stands out more.
The eyes make him look even more menacing. Very fitting for the character and shows that Megs is not to be messed with.
Knockout: "Lord Megatron! You look absolutely fabulous!"
Megatron: "Grrr!"
Megatron to Megatron: "Hmm, looks good. I think I shall under go the process next."
The only thing left to do with this project is paint his cannon purple and add some small paint details to the body. That should finish it up.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

WIP: TF Prime Megatron

Anyone who has bought the voyager class Megatron from Transformers Prime would have noticed how lacking in paint the toy has. The mold itself is quite good and captured his appearance in the show quite well. I liked the engineering of the toy and the texture of the body panels. However, I felt that the bare plastic look was a detriment to my enjoyment of such a great toy. So, what's a fan like me to do? I chose to take it apart and prep it for paint.
Taking it apart was simple enough. Unfortunately, I lost the neck joint due to carelessness. I guess it's been a while since I've taken something apart and forgot the basics. Anyway, after washing all the pieces in warm soapy water and letting them dry, I masked the legs so that I can preserve the purple color. I then sprayed a base coat of black, then let it dry. I then carefully sprayed a couple of light layers of silver to each one. Here are the pieces drying in my window.
While the leg bits were drying I went to work on the arms and chest. Same process as the last. Base coat of black, then light coats of silver, and let dry by the window.
After hours of letting it sit and dry. I test fitted the pieces back and then put those pieces together. This way I won't lose a screw or pin. I purposely left some of the black base coat show to add to the detail of the toy. Of course my aim is to have Megatron look as silvery as I like, so not much of the base coat really shows.
The work I've described till now was done on Tuesday. Today I went to work on the rest of the pieces. Here's what I have so far.
Now I'm just gonna let the paint cure and maybe test fit it tonight. By then, Eight hours should have past since I finished painting these parts. My biggest concern now is finding that neck joint or going ahead with modding a new neck joint for Megs. Until next time.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Time for a revival.

It's been over 2 years since I've actively posted on this blog. Major life changing events has happened that took my time and attention away from my hobbies and as a result this blog. Now, I'm going to try to resurrect this blog as a way to chronicle my customizing progress. Even though I don't have as much time as before, I still occasionally work on customs. My Transformers hobby has seen more of my attention in customizing, so I will show more of those customs. I still do figma customs, but not as much as before. I also still work on Gundam model kits, but not as often as before as well. Anyway, I hope I can devote some time into bringing this blog back. Wish me luck, lol.