This, quite simply, is making up for my dead Ironhide I made this time last year. (LINKY!) I knew that the blue-jeans look was going to go, but after having done Leader Optimus Prime back in '09, I honestly wasn't looking all too forward to it (dear lord, the pins!). But once I got started, the whole thing just went easy. I know we've seen quite a few already, but here's one more: Paints used were Rustoleum Metallic Charcoal (the primary dull steel color for the legs), Krylon Fusion Hammered Steel (weapons, upper arms), and various uses of enamel and acrylic silver, aluminum, steel, gunmetal, copper and gold. Gloss blacks were used to make new 'truck' parts on his legs. The face and head were done using Tamiya Silver Leaf spray paint (sprayed into a cup and applied by brush), steel and gunmetal. The blue for the eyes was regular bottled Tamiya sky blue. I LOVE how his head and face came out. There's just so much detail there. Painting his one good optic came out absolutely fantastic with minimal effort. I think what makes it work best is the framing around his eyes is done in a dark gunmetal. Anything too bright (silver, aluminum) and it looks like he's wearing goggles. He just looks so alive when I take close-ups! Also couldn't help painting his eyes with neon blue underneath. Just for fun. And details... And, of course, FWI-02 weapons shots: (yes, kinda funny his mini-cannon is peeking out under his BIG cannon ) Plus, truck pics just to show how everything looks transformed. No mods to the truck mode (as in, I even forgot to paint his smokestacks...will definitely get that done) And, as an added bonus, in the attachments is the mini-comic I made featuring Ironhide in action. I'd say that definitely makes up for my last Ironhide "custom." edit: and they're too small, so here's part one, part two and part three.