UPDATED WITH NECK MOD TUTORIAL< PG 3 Hello one and all! I love these forums, and I'm excited to show you guys my take on The First Decepticon, The Fallen, from ROTF. He includes the staff and he's sporting a new super-articulated neck. Ok...so, let's see. After taking him apart, lightly sanding the parts and then washing them, I painted everything silver. Then, using Tamiya clear orange, I painted all the fire-detail line work. Then, I dry brushed the entire figure with Testor's Model Master gunmetal. After that, I went back in with silver and orange and cleaned up any fire details. Once the gunmetal was finished, I went back to dry brush in silver, because the step after that was dry brushing over the silver highlights with clear green, clear blue and flesh wash, to really give him that ancient, worn look, yet provide some grimy color as in the film; I wanted him to look filthy, yet still metal underneath it all. The neck was constructed using a cool little ball joint with a hoop, which I'll post in WIP shots later. I then encased the neck in a knee-wrap from a WWE figure, to give it this cool hose look. Check out the pics...I absolutely LOVE the way the neck turned out. He can look every direction possible, even straight up. It allows him to pose all crouched over like in the film, see above pics. I'm also very proud of the way the staff turned out. The translucent dry-brushing really gave him this patina, opalescent appearance, but not on every part, didn't want to over do it, in the film he's filthy, and the color is sparse, although it's there. The inferno effects really shine like crazy. I even tried to work in a couple of Cybertronian symbols into the staff. The end result captures the film version of the Fallen, a dirty, ancient gunmetal look, with translucent dark green, blue and rusty highlights, yet still with some silver metal showing through. The translucent, reflective inferno effects were lastly highlighted in the center areas with some light yellow. The staff, in the film I simply remembered is as looking like a gnarled staff, not unlike a wood-texture, with a few random glowy-spheres planted into the staff. I recaptured it from memory, using a piece of metal coathanger, then encasing it with Apoxie-Sculpt, and implanting some cool little blue and clear orbs as I went. I then painted it in the same fashion as the Fallen himself. It connects to his creepy little hand using a very strong rare-earth magnet. It was many, many stages of painting and clean-up, but it was totally worth it, as I think it came out looking far more like the screen-version than the bland military green figure to begin with. He retains all articulation and transformation.