Discussion in 'Creative General Discussion' started by payton34, Aug 15, 2009.
This has always been one of my fave Prime repaints Methusalen....mighty fine job man.
Coming from you, that's one helluva compliment! If it weren't for the encouragement from other kitbashers/artists like you, Jimmyjimjim (who whipped up some kick-ass photoshop jobs that *inspired* me to start), Ezilla82 (I hope you've finished or get the 'Tin Can' done sometime!), Dec0y13 (with his offer to assist w/ a set of Reprolabels), Bobby Lemain, Kouri, autobotx23, Nemesis Predaking, Redline, and SQ7 (even *if* I called him SuperSquads for the longest time before he corrected me!)...
If it weren't for all the kind words, advice, and encouragement I received throughout the process of making this figure; I'd still be sitting on the sidelines looking at 'all the pretty figures that other people are doing' and wouldn't have gotten the guts to try it myself! -And *THAT'S* a testament to the Radicons group we have going on here!
Not to side-track the thread, but since we're talking about our first projects? What about the rest of you? What/who do *you* remember was the driving force behind your progress on your first project(s)?
This Guy, and the dinos is my first attempt. Almost done too. Just a few more tweeks and he will be finished!
The thing that inspired me was Zobovor's old kitbash page with his toon-accurate repaints, hence the Soundwave piece waaaaaay back 12 years agi. I think his page was taken down since then, which is a shame, because although some of his stuff would be considered minor by today's standards, remember, 12 years ago, not as many people were customizing.
The Artist/Custom that inspired me to take a crack at this hobby of ours was Lobo and his Alt Soundwave Reshell.
My first was Bumblebee.
Drybrushed without a black basecoat (and without washing the parts) and in matte finish because I couldn't get Krylon crystal clear to go on properly. Tons of superglue was used because the paint just kept coming off.
I didn't really know Radicons exsisted before Burnout was already done, in fact I didn't really even KNOW where I was going to go with Burnout when I started that project. All I had was a badly scratched up Movie Camshaft who looked like absolute crap and I was determined to make something worthwhile in that damn peice of plastic crap.
Considering Burnout is now staring in my latest photocomic story (see sig pic, that's him under the Master Chief), I'd say I acomplished that.
My first custom was this here 07 Optimus Prime Leader with added trailer
And after all of that, you forgot to thank ol' supersquads! He'll for sure come get you now!
Jokes aside, my heart really reached out for you, man. I know you worked your rump off on that Armorhide trailer. I'm really glad that you didn't let that or other things hold you back. I'd agree with plowking that your custom from that Prime is a favorite of mine as well. It's very well done, plus there's a lot of heart and personality to it. I think some Radicons could stand to learn a lot from that custom, your work, and your perseverance.
(btw, you're not sidetracking this thread at all )
Zobovor is currently in the process of rebuilding it. He's one of my chief inspirations (see Binal Tech Phantom). He's been one of the mainstays in the Transformers customs community, despite what some may think of his work (not many may be into PVCs or Robot Heroes customs, but that certainly doesn't negate his creativity or his skill ).
All of Lobo's Alternators kitbashes continually inspire me. I know other things in his life keep him away from making as much lately and being involved in the customs community as he once was. Many of his pieces continue to fuel my work today as well
I really can't point to any one artist and his/her work that got me going. When I started my own work, I know that the Alternators customs were really hopping. I saw it as something I could do, and my interest level was higher that it ever had been in any one line, including G1. I first had the idea of just wanting to make one police car from the Viper mold, and figured Dead End would lend himself well to a simple parts swap, with just a few additions (white parts to paint, a light bar, and a custom police deco). It was the leftover parts that really kept me going, though. I wanted a Sunstreaker, but knew we'd get one from Hasbro eventually. I used my leftover parts to make a "Diaclone deco" styled Sunstreaker, of which plowking has in his collection (pk and his work have meant a LOT to me over the years, and it was a Christmas/appreciation gift for him ).
I must say that one person really kept fueling my inspiration during the process of making customs, and that would be Viagra Prime. We became friends early on, and found out that we got into the same things nearly the same time (he's got a couple months on me I believe). He was doing or planning to do much of the same things I wanted to do as well (Alt Seekers, for example).
The main thing I can say is that despite mentioning a few people in this post, this hobby has enabled me to make some very dear friends, all who have greatly inspired me in one way or another. I've always felt that a group of friends who are peers has continued to strengthen Radicons into what it is. No other place I know of has this, and that's something I'm very proud to say
As much as i hate to admit it...
...I got my inspiration to start from seeing Clay's Alt Insecticons on TFArchive.
Although that really had no impact on my first customs, they were just made because i was trying to get the clear Strongarm and had doubles. It did inspire me to make my classics Insecticons, though.
Still my favourite one I've done too
I was gonna post a similar thread...but low and behold. Let's get this thread kicking again. Here's my first ever custom below:
I'm not 100% sure what my first customs were, as they were so long ago, but I'm reasonably sure they were repaints of Bumblebee and Cliffjumper. I originally wound up getting the red Bumblebee and the yellow Cliffjumper. A few years later I managed to snag a yellow Bumblebee, so I eventually decided to paint my Cliffjumper red, and my red BB became a new character. He got painted black and became a Decepticon saboteur called Hardshell.
I have no idea what happened to the original version of him, but I did update him about three or four years back (maybe a bit longer), so here's that version: Harshell v2 - Generation 1 Customs - TFW2005.COM
Back in 2004, I was a member of TFmaster's Transtopia site, I attempted customs, but I had absolutely no patience at all back then, they were various Energon customs, was attempting to do a Soundwave from Eng Ironhide and an Astrotrain from Eng Jetfire, but because I didn't really know what I was doing, I lost pieces, like pieces to ratchet joints and of course screws.
My first "official" custom was done in 2009, which can be found here: Battle Damaged Deluxe Classics Optimus Prime
I decided to rethink how to go about my customs, decided to start very minor, did some minor battle damage to Dlx Classics OP, and then did a minor weathering job on him. Then a few months later, I did the same to the Megs that came with him, except I actually painted him silver. Though I used Testors enamel, so the paint is a bit think in a few spots, but I was very proud of them both. I still have Optimus, but Megs was dismantled for parts, well for what parts I could salvage from him since the enamel actually started eating the plastic in certain spots.
WAY back when (like '94-'95) I turned a busted up GI Joe into a Cyborg Superman, and modded/painted a few others and what have you. Then moved on to Warhammer 40k and made some wicked looking Dark Angels and Chaos Marines for a few years. My first TF custom was the Vortex repaint I just did
Inspired by the guys on transtopia such as: TFMaster , Viagara Prime, Plowking, Etc.
my first paintjob, i used an airbrush and cans of propellant spray. never did paint the red part in the back of this shoulders. you can tell i used an alt silverstreak.
Super fun project. Makes me miss the days of alternators.
Thanks for making this thread, ive never looked at my alt purple-bot and thought aout how he started this hobby of mine. Thanks for making my appreciate my repaint from 5+ years ago.
Nothing like some nostalgic Alternator love.
I like it....purple looks nice....can I have it?!!....
I bet that purple would look killer on a Jeep.....with a Canadian Flag decal laid over it.....
This was my first custom.
I was on a Beast Wars kick, and could not find a suitable Terrosaur for my display...in desperation I turned to the interwebs for knowledge and came across people doing Transformer customs...I was amazed...
I had always been into building models and such, so it didn't seem much different to me, and it was suddenly like a whole new world had been opened.
I said F it...researched a base figure, and painted him.
I don't believe I ever posted the work....
This community, and the people that do these customs have had a major influence on me, and both my custom TF's and my model kits have greatly benefited from everything I've absorbed here.
boy, I don't even remember my first custom, I think I tried my hand at painting a G1 Magnus cab into Prime, but that was Milena ago now.. The first one I REALLY tried my hnd at was taking a gundam wing: wing gundam 1/100 scale, and turning it into a G1 Galvatron.. I wish I could get my hands on another MG kit to start over using what I've since learned about things.. That and I started my G1 Prime at the same time. boy that was back in... about.. '04.. Don't even have any decent pictures of it to boot..
i cant remember if it was classics jazz or classics insecticons?
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