Heavy/Scratch: Classics IDW HardHead

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  1. RodimusDawg

    RodimusDawg Well-Known Member

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    Finished this a few weeks ago but I just finally put the last touches on it in the form dry rub transfers. Inspired by Tsangkin's similar custom and FrogDNA's awe inspiring painting technique.

    This is the Classics Hardhead/Onslaught mold with the electronics from TFTM Leader Brawl. A work in progress video showcasing this feature is at the bottom.

    And here is the WIP Thread : HardHead (WIP)

    I am going to start differently this time and start with the Alt mode pics first.


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    After wiring and getting everything together I base coated and airbrushed the Military green color "Medium Green" and drybrushed the silver. I used as much reference from the IDW spotlight as I could and I loved the copper rims the cover had. I used an military font stencil dry rubs to give it the final touch. The 87 is for the year the original toy was released.

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    The head is a casted Alternators Hound and the visor is styrene and the painting was heavily inspired by FrogDNA with the animation reflection. I did this so that the visor wouldn't be just a bland single colored piece.

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    This is my favorite part of the robot mode is the chain/mini gun that also came from the Leader Brawl figure. The only thing that could top it off is the bullet belt.


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    Here is the WIP video showcasing the feature : HardHead Cannon Fire Video


    As always C&C but mostly enjoy. :D 
     

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  2. dsn1014

    dsn1014 41:75:74:6f:62:6f:74

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    crazy sharp man, love it!
     
  3. plowking

    plowking I'm with ErechOveraker. Veteran

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    This is awesome. I love the paint work....not too shiny you know?

    And Hounds head with the visor suits him just fine. Fantastic work :thumb 

    Bonus points for making the cannon sound work too.
     
  4. bellyboy

    bellyboy working working working

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    i love this one

    god i wish i never sold my onslaught
     
  5. Nemesis Predaking

    Nemesis Predaking Offical Enforcer WTF@TFW Veteran

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    This looks great.
    I would have loved to see some more detail in bot mode,
    But I understand why you didn't as it would have taken that clean/simple Military look away
    from Alt mode.
     
  6. mugen_prime

    mugen_prime Well-Known Member

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    This is definitely the best Hardhead from Universe Onslaught that I've seen so far. VERY well done!!
     
  7. stratonrye

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    RodimusDawg this is simply amazing! these Hardhead customs are really making me a huge fan of this trigger happy Autobot. i pretty much just love everything you to this guy. I really like the cell shaded style reflections on the visor, definitely a great idea. Damn, i really want him. Could you just sent him to me, I'm kind of low on cash now. THANKS!
     
  8. Cyber-Kun

    Cyber-Kun UNLEASHED!

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    sonafa... that head is perfect! I never would have thought of that, great looking custom!
     
  9. RodimusDawg

    RodimusDawg Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Dsn. :thumb 

    Yeah I was going to go completely flat but I wanted I bit of a shine to get the contours to pop a bit more.

    And the wiring for the cannon noise was the hardest and longest time consuming wise thing I have done in customizing yet. I think it took about 5-7 hours of trail and error of test fitting and running the wires and soldering, removing solder, re-soldering. But mostly treating burns. :lolol 

    I thought the onslaught was a terrible mold before I got my hands on a HardHead. Now I am regretting not picking on up at the store and gobs of time I saw it.

    Exactly. I too feel it is simple in paint scheme. I was going to add some other colors here and there but it would have been on the edge of a technicolor tank of death. And almost laughable more than intimidating.

    Thanks Mugen.

    I was racking my brain and thinking it was impossible to do anything beside just paint it a single solid color. Thanks to FrogDNA's animation painting technique/style I was saved from having to delay this even more. And sorry I believe this one is possibly staying in the collection not quite sure yet though.

    Thanks. And Tsangkin hit it dead on using the same I almost tried hunting down a Alternator Swindle to try and combine the two being that swindle already has a visor but I alas had no luck. : (
     
  10. AutoBobby

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    That has got to be one of the coolest customs I have ever seen.Very clean,and I love all the guns on him.I've been wanting to try some customs and seeing this makes me want to try it even more.
     
  11. KINGBOTZ

    KINGBOTZ www.KINGBOTZ.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Awesome look on this guy, great paint-job & I love the cartoon shading on the visor
     
  12. eisen

    eisen "CUT ME SOME SLACKS!"

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    yeah! way better than the official repaint!
     
  13. spoonman

    spoonman Kitbasher extrordinaire!

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    Damn! That's perfect in every way! The turret, paint job, headsculpt.....all I can say is Perfect!!
     
  14. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    WOW! That is sweet.
     
  15. Altitron

    Altitron Commercial Artist

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    It's staying in your collection until pictures are taken with him and my custom Autobot Headmaster together. :D 

    - Alty
     
  16. the (H)i(GH)con

    the (H)i(GH)con raver-in-diguise

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    Love the new cannon. Great paint job too.
     
  17. Sy-Rein

    Sy-Rein Rogue Stunticon

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    Looks great! Fantastic job overall. Really like the head, suits HH very well.
     
  18. wylungz

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    damn for some reason i freakin love this custom alot!
     
  19. Wheel_Jack

    Wheel_Jack pitying fools

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    that's so tasty. came out really nice. I might have to put this on my to do list.
    he's perfect.
     
  20. Houndvoice

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    You make this look like a completely new mold...
    Love EVERYTHING!
     

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