Minor/Repaint: Thunderwing IDW colors

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  1. Unicron9

    Unicron9 Chaos Bringer 9

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    The new Thunderwing figure has an all new alt mode but the robot mode looks more like the IDW comics. Soooo I gathered a few reference pics, shaved down his missiles, and repainted him to a more IDW scheme.
     

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    wow how do you get those black between the cracks for details?
     
  3. hXcpunk23

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    Black wash or pen

    As for the custom, nice work! The paint apps are clean and the colors look nice on him. The wash helps bring out the details even better.
     
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    thnx now I go to sleep, but Metroplex will be my first try at giving a detail boost :p 
    Other tips? :)  Any good tuts or vids here on the boards?
     
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    I don't recall seeing a video or tutorial (but I haven't actually searched for one here yet). You can do it in a couple of ways. If you are wanting to bring out details in a light colored piece like Thunderwing up top, then you can use black or gray paint, thinned down, then touch your brush tip into the grooves and let the paint flow with a capillary action into the grooves. Then wipe away excess. Or you can dip your brush into the paint and literally paint along the groove lines and wipe away excess with your fingers and a paper towel. I've used both methods in the past and they work well.

    As for pens, you can use Gundam markers (used to do details on Gundam model kits) or you can try other pens like Pigma Micron pens. I've used them both and they work well. For the Micron pens, you'd need a very small/tiny tip. Keep in mind that the Micron pens can wipe away if enough pressure is applied, but it's very rare that you'll be reaching into the grooves or wiping any away. If you do, just reapply it. When you're done, clearcoat it and it should be good to go

    (sorry for the hijack--just helping a fellow customizer with a tip or two I know)
     
  6. Unicron9

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    Heh, thanks for covering that for me. I used the first method but I sometimes use gundam liner pens too.
     
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    Anytime, man!

    It looks great and it makes these bland molds look so much more detailed and nice. If you don't mind me asking, what did you use for the purple?
     
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    Nice custom!:thumbs2: 
     
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    dyingwill3rd Life is a fabled mystery

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    Sweet dude, just awesome.
     
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    Its a trade secret so don't tell anyone or share it on message boards. :) 
    Krylon silver (or aluminum for even shinier) then let it dry for 10 min and hit it with Krylon X-metals. I've only ever seen X-metals red, purple, and blue so I smile when those are needed for a custom. I've layered them for or used them over gunmetal or white for different effects too.
     
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    Beautiful work. I've seen Thunderwing panel lined before, and people always seem to use too dark a shade, so it looks a tad strange. What you've done here is just about perfect. The purple you've used is fantastic as well. All in all, great job :thumb 
     
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    LOL

    Cool deal, man. I've seen them, but haven't tried them. The only Krylon I've used so far is the Ultra Flat Camo Black and the Satin White. I also picked up some Outdoor spaces Watermelon to possibly use on my upcoming Arcee custom, just not sure if it's the right shade I'm looking to use on her.

    The X-metals look great though, man. I may need to try 'em sometime.
     
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    Awesome work. I wish I had painting skills like this.

    One suggestion I have is to pop the head off and shave down that turtleneck though. I started to on mine but my dremel battery went kaput. From the little I've done to mine it makes a LOT of difference as far as giving him some more range of motion in the neck and a lot more personality. I've yet to see anybody try this on the boards (although i could have missed it).
     
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    I actually thought about that too when I saw he had a ball joint neck for no reason thanks to the neck around it.
     
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    great color choices, looks really good
     
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    Thanks guyz. I added 2 more shots to the start post.
     
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    Wow even better.. and thnx for the tips ;) 
     
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    GRR! I was just about to skip him! now that I have seen the wicked cool paintjob you've done, I want him to pencil line again!
     
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    Actually I used an ink wash. He really is a cool toy.

    Just put him up on the Ebays.
     
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    almost makes me want that mold...

    can't get past the "no, really. i'm a jet, not a jet with a robot underneath" design
     

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