Heavy/Scratch: Beast Wars Redesigned

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  1. Obliterator999

    Obliterator999 Well-Known Member

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    Well it's about time I get around to talk about this huge project I have in the works.


    1) INTRODUCTION

    Let me start off by tell you that Beast Wars was and still is my favorite Transformers series. Back when I was a young teen, I would not miss a single episode and everytime a character got a new form I thought they looked glorious! I liked everything about the show and the toys were no exception. (I cannot begin to understand how it went from BW's fantastic toys to Armada's mediocrity).

    However, looking back today, some of them are actually pretty flawed or show inacurate or simply hindered by ill conceived gimmicks -- I'm looking at you Depthcharge! So, my hopes with this project is to breath a new life in these toys and characters. I've virtually spent hundreds of dollars acquiring figures and countless parts for this project. (Thanks to all the people who contributed, btw!)


    2) OBJECTIVES

    - Repainting some figures in their accurate color-scheme, or a entirely new original one
    - Improving a toy's overall articulation and appearance by drastically altering parts of the mold
    - Continuing the series tangent and creating new characters and toys as Fuzors or mythical creature.


    3) COMPLETED

    - G1 Transmetal Megatron
    - Blackarachnia
    - Jetstorm


    4) IN PROGRESS

    *** Terrorsaur ***

    - Completion: 95%
    - Toy(s) / Part(s) used: Animated Swoop
    - Description:

    05-10-2011: Nearly complete! Just a few minor details to paint and seal.
    01-21-2011: Currently painting! It's really taking shape! However I've decided to alter both his hands and feet to make him look even more like his BW self.
    01-17-2011: I really wanted to make a great Terrorsaur but his original toy was far too lacking to pull it off so I turned to Animated Swoop. However this figure, as with all Animated toys, has a very stylish, cartoonish and ultra slim look that doesn't quite fit the Beast Wars toyline. And Terrorsaur has a very athletic build in the series so I somehow had to give the figure a more hefty appearance and less cartoonish. You can see below what I've done so far using the miraculous product that is Ares Apoxie. It's still pretty rough but I'm liking it and can already see a much more menacing and intimitading figure... You toughts?

    *** Retrax ***

    - Completion: 50%
    - Toy(s) / Part(s) used: BW Retrax, BW TM2 Megatron, BW Cybershark
    - Description:

    Retrax, ridden of all the crappy srping-loaded hinges and silly flappy hands. The beast mode head and tail ends are actually ment to be detached while in robot form, but they can still hold just fine like this as you can see.
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    Gave Retrax ball-jointed ankles to give the figure some much needed stability.
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    Added some facial features to give the character some personality. The original head looked way too dopey.
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    The chest is part of TM2 Megatron which I modified to fit on hinges. The arms are part of Cybershark.
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    This is what it looks like underneath when in beast mode.
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    Some slight improvement of the beast mode.
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    Added a spike on the back to hide the gap left by the missing gimmick pieces.
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    The piece that hides the robot head in beast mode no longer holds to anything so I devised some pegs to hold it into place. I still need to attach the beast leg to the whole thing still.
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    For these 2 pieces, my intention is to have them attached together to create a shield Retrax can hold. I image him as a defence specialist.
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    5) COMING NEXT

    - Transmetal Tigartron
    - Rhinox (Mega size)
    - Transmetal Scorponok


    6) WANT TO CONTRIBUTE?

    Ideas, suggestions and constructive criticism is always welcome! However if you feel like contributing just a little more, I am always in need of parts and figures, no matter their condition. Anything you can offer will be put to good use!
     

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  2. f-primusunicron

    f-primusunicron Unicron Herald BladeZero

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    how about optimus primal transmetal as apeface?
     
  3. MrSoundmeister

    MrSoundmeister Bang,Bang Boom!

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    and what bout you do G1 Quake from Armada Rhinox,giving him this double targetmaster buddies from a couple of pcc minicons? and Needlenose from Armada Terrorsaur?
     
  4. destrongerlupus

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    Liking where you're going with this, I agree that BW was pretty much the crowning achievement of TF storytelling with a nearly-perfect toy-range supporting it. Patching over the rough sports and bringing out the true potential is a wonderful idea!

    LOVE how Meggy looks so far!

    D/L
     
  5. galvascream

    galvascream Apple Junkie

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    Red Primal with blue legs, Starscream colored Waspinator, and K-9 repainted green with Universe Hound's head.
     
  6. f-primusunicron

    f-primusunicron Unicron Herald BladeZero

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    hey, transmetal waspinator as g1 starscream(it even has as third mode a jet)
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  7. MrSoundmeister

    MrSoundmeister Bang,Bang Boom!

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    Well,dont forget to give it the Traditional Seeker Head.

    also i can Draw a couple of head Designs for the retooling,Obliterator,Sharing a Couple of ideas are always nice.
     
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    I really like this idea, your taking this concept to good places ^^
     
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    ThaConqueror Rock! Robot Rock!

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    I'd like to see you improve Retrax. He looked pretty badass in the IDW comic, if you can make the toy look like that and gut the retarded ball gimmick, you would be really awesome.
     
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    this this this! Retrax was nice in comics, not in toy =P
    it would be cool to make that fake fuzor Gorilla-Eagle that was in a fanart that I saw somewhere in this forum (it was supposed to be Primal)
    this one: [​IMG]
     
  11. Obliterator999

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    Yeah, I've seen these pics before. I'd love to attempt to make them, but I could use better pictures if anyone has some, or knows the artist that made them.

    And btw, thanks for all the great suggestions, a lot of them I wouldn't have thought of. Looks like my next few months are booked doing this! xD

     
  12. Superquad7

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    I think your work is looking fantastic so far. I am not a Beast Wars fan, however. :) 
     
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    I'm not as much of a Beast Wars fan as I was at the time, but cool toys is cool toys. Jetstorm was always one my favourites, too, so I love what you're doing with him! :) 

    I've never seen those concept pics before, but they look pretty awesome. I love the TM Tigatron art, and is that a Transmetal B'Boom I see..?
     
  14. Obliterator999

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    Updated! Now have Terrorsaur in the works...
     
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    Damn. Now i'll have to find a spare Armarda Predacon.
     
  16. Obliterator999

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    Progress updated.

    I also wanted to come back on some of the suggestions made so far.

    Hmm, interesting, I might consider that.

    I might do a red and blue TM Primal just for kicks and to go along with my G1 Megatron. Hound is also a pretty good idea, I'm noting it. :) 

    That's an excellent suggestion. I remember that episode in which Waspinator got possess by Starscream, it was pretty memorable! One could pretend the possession caused Waspinator to become a transmetal... Oh and the jet mode is just perfect!

    As a matter of fact, I recently acquired Retrax for that very purpose! Rejoice! :D  ...But I won't lie, it's going to be a heck of a challenge. I'll have to study the figure a bit before I can really start 'fixing' it, lol.
     
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    This thread should have more interest but the animated hype is reignited. thanks to BOTCON.
     
  18. jazz89

    jazz89 i'm rockin' moon base 1.

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    dude you should try and replicate how Silverbolt's wings fold back in the show cause the way the toys wings look is somewhat disappointing.
     
  19. Obliterator999

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    Whoa new update! Still unfinished however.

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    Also, I'd like to start painting Jetstorm but I'm unsure of the colors I should go for. I'm not really liking his original color-scheme. Actually, I was looking at pictures of dragonflies a moment ago and really liked light blue/dark blue/black (sorta like his G2 decepticon self) or green/blue/black. Any thoughts?
     
  20. Sideways77

    Sideways77 some garbage is okay

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    Oh, boy. I can't wait to see how Retrax comes along.
     

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