Minor/Repaint: The Last Knight: Optimus Prime

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  1. WorkbenchManiac

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    Edit: Starscream pictures added further down the thread.

    I had a bit of fun with TLK Prime.

    Vehicle mode:
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    Robot mode:
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    Isn't he just the cutest rage-filled murderer?

    And I hear he is a knight now. A knight of this stature neeeds a shovel sword!
    (and flames on the shoulders, for radical-ness and more bad-assitude)

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    Now he is ready to go out and fight for chivalry take some faces.
     

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  2. konrathink

    konrathink Jared Magnus

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    Absolutely love it! Great job with the paint on such a tiny figure. You have me reconsidering these tiny turbo changers.... DAMN YOU!

    Scratch built sword?
     
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  3. f-primusunicron

    f-primusunicron Unicron Herald BladeZero

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    thats BADASS AND CUTE AT THE SAME TIME
     
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  4. Preventer

    Preventer Well-Known Member

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    I'm loving the repaints of these. I'm curious though as to how the vehicle mode looks from all angles now that it has a spiffy new paint job!
     
  5. WorkbenchManiac

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

    Yes, the sword is build from scratch, plastic rod for the hilt and crossguard, sheet styrene for the blade. Quick and easy, done in 30 minutes.

    Give him your FACE! For HUGS!

    Ask and ye shall receive...

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    Preventer Well-Known Member

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    Wow! That all hides away way better than I thought it would. Fantastic!
     
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    f-primusunicron Unicron Herald BladeZero

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    wonder if you going to do others, because damnit tyou did a great job with prime
     
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    So awesome, killer work
     
  9. WorkbenchManiac

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    Thanks!

    I didn't intend to, but this was fun and not too time-consuming. I'd be open to do another, any suggestions?
     
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    f-primusunicron Unicron Herald BladeZero

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    starscream,
     
  11. WorkbenchManiac

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    Alright, let's do the old whiner next. I'll see if I can nab him next time I'm shopping.
     
  12. Preventer

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    Starscream definitely poses an interesting challenge. His bot mode only has his eyes painted, but the Jet mode has what might be the most detailing of the entire first wave, since they actually gave him his glyph tattoos from RotF and DotM.
     
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    konrathink Jared Magnus

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    I keep coming back to this thread. So damn good.
     
  14. j.a.f.o.

    j.a.f.o. Just Looking, Not Buying

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    Given how small this figure is, I'd say this is one of the most impressive custom repaints I've seen...ever.
     
  15. WorkbenchManiac

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    You're too kind, sir.

    Then it is high time for me to add more content!

    ... but I kinda have to do a commission and paint boring non-TF stuff this week. I don't think I'll have the time to spare until next week.

    I got Starscream today, though. That's a start, right?

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    To make up for the tardiness, how about I photograph the process and share some tips and tricks for painting small detail?
     
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    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

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    Nice paint work on that little guy!
     
  17. WorkbenchManiac

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    Okay, I'm a bit late, but I don't come empty-handed.

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    I changed his midsection, so he has that canopy-belly of his.

    And since Optimus got a sword, Screamer needs a little something, too. I also widened the shoulder sockets to improve the range of motion.

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    They even mount in jet mode! And a cheeky little hole I drilled into Starscream's bum allows him to use a flight stand.

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    I could not be arsed to paint on his friggin' tattoos. I'm not about to double the time investment for this, when I have commissions to finish - stuff I actually get paid for. So imagine him being from the first movie, or something.

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    I promised some painting tips, and I took WIP pics and everything. I will post them later, right now I need a little break.

    Hope you like the little fella!
     
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    Adorable!
     
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    konrathink Jared Magnus

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    Love the Starscream as well. Plan on more?
     
  20. WorkbenchManiac

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    No, I honestly don't plan on doing another one of these. It's been fun, but I got it out of my system now. And I really don't like the look of the rest of the line so far. MAybe Wave 2 will have something that tickles my fancy, who knows?

    But for now, as promised, a bit of a tutorial:

    First things first: Clean-up. Take the figure apart and use a sharp blade to trim down mould lines and any random letters or numbers on the sculpt. You don't want Optimus shoulders to read "L2" or whatnot. Then give the model a quick wash, the primer will stick better to a clean surface.

    Then prime the model in thin, even coats. Let it dry completely and apply the basecoat afterwards.

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    I wanted Starsceam to be bit dusty and grimey-looking, so I gave him a diluted wash of brown-grey. This is not so much to establish shadows yet, but more for texture and weathering.

    Then paint on all the metallic parts. I used gunmetal and brass.

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    Now it is time for the actual shading. Take black ink and dilute it well. I tend to mix in some alcohol, as well. Carefully shade the recessens and panel lines. This is not a wash, do not slather the paint on. Apply it deliberately and carefully.

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    Next I use some graphite dust ( for example, from a simple pencil), that I dab onto the figure for some weathering. You can use a little sponge, a q-tip, a brush or even your finger. Keep in mind that the stuff needs to be fixated, so add some varnish on top, to keep it in place.

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    I decided the model needed a bit more highlights, so I added some very light silver paint to the gunmetal parts, some light gold to the brass and a light grey to the, well, grey parts. Less is more, you don't want to overdo it. Focus on the edges and rims.

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    Lastly, we need to paint in the eyes. Redo the black, it will have gotten graphite on it. Paint red crescents into the lower halves of the lenses, and blend it into the black. I added a little red line in the middle as a "pupil" or something, to make the eye more expressive and alien. Lastly, we need the reflections. Paint a white line onto the bottom of the red crescent, and another onto the opposite upper edge of the eye. A little white dot on the highest corner of the eye rounds it all out. Now take a bit of black, and tidy up the seams of the eye, that little black outline makes a world of difference.

    Hit the dude with some varnish and reassemble. Then watch as Starscream takes over your desk with an iron fist!

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