This is a repaint I started a couple of months ago and pretty much dropped after countless hiccups along the way. There's stripped screws, tons of contact/rub points, ball joints that I couldn't help with any amount of sanding or coats of Future polish, and conceptual headaches (ie. color scheme). It became more frustrating than fun, and with ROTF toys aching for new paint jobs, I just gave in, at least temporarily. I was initially inspired by Spurt Reynolds' Universe Lio Convoy. I looked at my Cybertron "ape" Optimus Prime and noticed it had an insane amount of detail sculpted into both modes, and I don't remember seeing too many repaints that highlighted that detail. I decided I'd make him into Optimus Primal, since I've got lots of Primes, but no BW leaders on my shelves. I started with a black base coat using Chaos Black by Games Workshop. Let me point out how awesome this mold looks in flat black! I knew I wanted a silver-back gorilla look, but really wanted to bring out the detail of the sculpted hair, so I used some dark gray washes and very light drybrushing. After watching some videos online about blending techniques used by miniature painters, I went to work using thinned coats of metallics for the chest, and non-organic parts on his arms, legs, and back. It turned out pretty cool in that those parts look silver/gray from above and metallic blue from below, though I don't think the pictures show it too well. I jumped ahead a bit and added some detailing with the eyes, ape teeth, and that sort of thing just to feel like I was getting somewhere with him. He was looking decent in beast mode, but I stalled out when it came to his 'bot mode. I wanted Primal to have his blue helmet, but the cartoony aesthetic of the solid blue seemed to clash horribly with the metallics. I had the same problem with the 'bot feet. Doesn't look right, does it? So that's where this monkey's stuck. I welcome any feedback and suggestions from the Radicons to help me get him back on track some day. Thanks for looking (sorry 'bout the giant pics).