Minor/Repaint: Universe Snapdragon and Apeface

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  1. Giga Leo

    Giga Leo I know and you know...

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    More Headmasters, because I'm obsessive that way. I created these, along with Skullcruncher long while ago, but am kind of happy with them. I really wanted to give them minicon partners painted up in a matching color scheme, (Terradive for Snapdragon, Thunderwing for Apeface) but I may go back and do that later. My idea, storywise, would have been the Decepticons getting better at the separation process, granting the Headmaster beasts more independence, and granting their headmaster partners their own alt-modes. Their skills and battle prowess increase the closer they are to one another, which would keep either from totally abandoning the other.
    The idea was partially influenced by the episode of Family Guy in which Stewie and Brian wind up glued to together, manage to get the glue dissolved, but hold hands anyway :) 

    I'm pretty happy with Snapdragon, I think the Grimlock head really worked as far as the basic shape goes. I like to pose him hunched over in dino/dragon mode, I don't know why, I think it works a little better for him. With the idea of a minicon partner, I had thoughts of using the post that normally holds the knife-gun as a launch pad for Spasma.

    I used Cybertron Primal as the base for Apeface. In an attempt to be ambitious, I noticed a striking similarity in the head design for Movie Dropkick and the G1 Apeface and hoped to just swap the heads out. Big mistake. Dropkick's head is too detailed and too small. Plus the neck stalk on Cybertron Primal is kind of long since it ends in the middle of Primal's head. Dropkick's head-hole, for lack of a better term, is lower. The result is a bobblehead effect that I wouldn't be able to fix without some modding I wasn't quite sure how to do at the time. Oh well, lesson learned.
    This project will also teach me to take the time to learn how to do pin removal and thin my paints, because ApeFace's hands snapped at the connection points due to me trying to move them once my clumpy paint dried!
    I consider Apeface to be a failure, but a good learning experience.
     

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  2. Motor_Master

    Motor_Master Lets the balls touch TFW2005 Supporter

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    I like those, they really came out nice and fit the characters very well.
     
  3. bellyboy

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    i like snapdragon
    nice color app
     
  4. Deadpool.

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    Snapdragon looks good! Its kinda surprising how well the Classics Grimlock mold works for it...
     
  5. kaotic504

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    i like the paint apps. i think it worked out nicely. good work.
     
  6. destrongerlupus

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    So glad to see these two on their own now!

    Snapdragon is almost a PERFECT match for that mold, I never would have seen it, good eye, buddy!

    Your work has gotten SO good too, very very impressed :) 

    D/L
     
  7. spoonman

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    I Luuuuuv that group shot! These look great!
     
  8. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    Very cool set.
     
  9. Pun-3X

    Pun-3X Well-Known Member

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    I'd never thought of that with those two. That's a great idea, and you did really well in pulling it off. :) 

    Now, makes some jet modes for 'em :lol  :lol 
     
  10. big hank

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    I like 'em! I also like your back story where they can still be 'Binary Bonded" yet separate. Having their power increase the closer they are to each other! Very cool! Something about the paint on SnapDragon's head reminds me of Tracks, Alternators maybe, can't place it. Looks great anyhow!:thumbs2: 
     
  11. Paxtin

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    Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking. Very cool concept.
     
  12. Rotorstorm

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    having the former headmasters still wanting to have their old partners around makes sense, it even fits with the Botcon comic as if i recall correct Weirdwolf still talked to himself as if there was someone else still there.
     
  13. Superquad7

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    These all look really nice. Now, bring on the binary partners!!!! :) 
     
  14. dsn1014

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    awesome, really nice work, this is a pair close to my heart.
     
  15. gargunkle

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    Nice work. I always liked these characters/toys.
     
  16. Skylock

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    Nice job, I can't think of any better molds for this.
     
  17. REDLINE

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    love those colors. nice and clean paint job, too.
     
  18. antapp

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    Both great, especially Snapdragon.

    Love the Skullcruncher too.
     
  19. Giga Leo

    Giga Leo I know and you know...

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone, it is much appreciated! Also, thanks for the kind words on the paint apps! I'm still trying to work out the whole paint thinning thing. Just wondering, what's the opinion on airbrush vs paintbrush? I've been thinking about getting a small starter kit just to see how I like it.

    I was amazed at how well so many molds fit them, especially since I couldn't think of *one* after Botcon '07! You know, I've discovered the most difficult headmaster to find a match for is friggin Cancer! Everyone else has at least one mold from another line that I can jam a homage into, but he is killing me slowly.

    Hehe, if only I had the engineering mind for that!

    I think that was one of the things I loved most about the story behind poor Weirdwolf, it added a hilarious quirkiness to his already quirky attitude. That and I can't help but chuckle at the thought of Snapdragon walking hand in hand with Spasma.
    And I agree about the white of the head, it's *really* bright white, maybe a little too bright!
     
  20. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    I think personally you did a helluva great job bring back the Headmasters, but it a different way. And thats thinking outside of the box, so you get two big thumbs up from me.
     

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