You know, I'm surprised there aren't more customs of this figure. I've seen some around here (a couple of good ones, too!) but not as many as I thought I would. Well, here's one more, at least. Knew this guy was going to get painted up when I first saw pics of him, and I'm happy with how he turned out. I decided to go with a thematic that was mostly movie, but a paint scheme that kept closer to G1 since that was where the toy was originally going. So no flames (bleh), standard red upper half, blue lower half look, nothing to mess with the truck mode if it could be helped. Complete with Faith Leader rifle: You can see in the lower legs that there's very little "steel" coloring on the outside, as I wanted to keep that G1 feel on him. I did paint a lot of the inside cavities of the lower legs to give a bit of that 'inner workings' feel similar to the Leader toy (the way all the blue panels are all folded up around the leg with the steel underneath). Same with the feet--while they would work well in all silver or steel, I wanted to keep that blue look. Sort of went half and half as a compromise between the G1 look and the movie style, so there's some steel painted in the middle and around the ankle tilt. All gray plastic got the Rustoleum hammered steel application, with a dry-brushed application of Tamiya's murky transparent "smoke" paint for darkening and details: Also a boring helmet, so had to fix it (Tamiya silver leaf): Comparison shots for a before/after feel. Blandimus is missing an arm because the one I was first working on for the custom wrenched off. The hat/disk inside basically locked up when I was turning the arm around, and it just twisted off. Plastics in these toys have me a bit worried. His thigh disks were showing stress marks as well, to the degree I had to take the legs off and put RC motor grease in them so they wouldn't be so tight (which worked great). And just for proof of concept, truck mode pics so you can see what shows and what doesn't. For the most part, the "G1" scheme is well preserved. And pair-up shots. Suddenly the deluxe version fits right in. Hope you enjoyed!