Minor/Repaint: Behold . . . Kingdom Galvatron!

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by Thundercracker Blue, Aug 22, 2021.

  1. Thundercracker Blue

    Thundercracker Blue Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2017
    Posts:
    1,883
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Location:
    USA
    Likes:
    +6,026
    Kingdom Galvatron is a great CHUG figure, and the best mainline Galvatron figure ever released. But there are a few things about him that bugged me:

    1. His head is too long and too cone-shaped.
    2. The bottom of his helmet seems to sit too low and be too square.
    3. The mouth sculpt looks off. It isn’t that it’s too neutral/stoic, but that it’s too thin, too … pressed. He looks like he’s holding something back and keeping a “stiff upper lip”. Very un-Galvatron.
    4. While I generally like silver paint, I find his face to be a bit too shiny and bright. The chrome-iness also seems to wash-out the recesses of the sculpt itself.
    5. I didn’t like the choice of black for the tank-tread housings
    6. After I removed the awful battle damage, I still felt like he wasn’t finished. While I didn’t hate his purple color, the more I looked at it the more it seemed … off. Just too “grape” for me, and that’s not how I see Galvatron in my mind’s eye.

    So I went to work:
    1. I filed down his egg-head to reduce the overall length and create a more conventional and proportional helmet/head shape.
    2. I re-sculpted the bottom of the helmet so the cheek-guards/lower rim slope up and away. I think this adds some dynamism, too.
    3. I sculpted a slightly deeper, thicker, and wider mouth. I did so mostly by sculpting in a shadowed upper lip, and drawing-out the corners.
    4. Painted the face with a grayer shade of silver, to take away the sheen and to better match the rest of the bot’s color palate. I also used darker hues to achieve depth and to bring out the sculpt (and add to his sinister look)
    5. Painted the tank-tread housings a silvery-grey. Also painted his “belt-buckle” red.
    6. Took him (mostly) apart and gave him a new paint job. The result (to my eye) is closer to his ‘86 movie animation color. I also made the cannon barrel a bit more of an opaque orange. 07B4CE36-591A-4D7E-8317-ECF7AD893A04.jpeg 86A7B200-1D6C-41F9-B4EE-F76C77BD6BDB.jpeg 06E1CAE2-301A-4988-802F-E21221544BF6.jpeg D728FED4-3B27-4983-ABE6-C0E384367AE5.jpeg B2F5A5D5-F693-4F41-9C84-CB614A809F34.jpeg
    15D29778-525B-4F48-BC97-08B30EB134CF.jpeg

    Still not satisfied, so I did the following:
    7. I decided to make the cannon a bit more opaque with a metallic orange color over my original paint job.
    8. Went with a lighter grey for the face.
    9. Added the ZX upgrade kit (longer feet and taller back spire). I painted the longer spire to match, and I painted the upgraded feet (and stock “toes”) the same flat black.
    10. Removed his stock fists and replaced them with semi-articulated hands from a KO Warbotron junker figure.

    FE70EEA3-7CCA-4650-A247-A42D1F0CF0DC.jpeg 73F40F22-F424-4A67-91CD-020F2CB4C6CA.jpeg
    CF6CCE36-2520-4770-B0CE-1FDB551A7EA7.jpeg
    ED83DEE1-6F58-46CA-8BB4-6F310F79A10F.jpeg
    B2188662-6CA6-490B-81C6-09A228AEB15C.jpeg

    I previously posted a thread demonstrating some of the earlier sculpting changes:

    Minor/Repaint: - Kingdom Galvatron face/helmet mod

    Hope this was of interest!
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2021
    • Like Like x 82
  2. Dadicus Prime

    Dadicus Prime Well Known Dad

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2020
    Posts:
    286
    Trophy Points:
    122
    Likes:
    +527
    Dude you nailed it
     
    • Like Like x 9
  3. Venixion

    Venixion Its always the middle of the night in Moonside

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2013
    Posts:
    20,899
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    327
    Location:
    California
    Likes:
    +31,537
    He looks very nice. If I hadn't been told so, I'd never have realized he had work done at all, its so smooth looking. :thumbs2: 

    Haha, does this make you a "plastic" surgeon?
     
    • Like Like x 8
  4. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2007
    Posts:
    3,051
    Trophy Points:
    247
    Location:
    Canton, GA
    Likes:
    +173
    Ebay:
    Facebook:
    Instagram:
    This came out great! Nice paint work & details to make this much better than the original release. Awesome! Still working on some details on mine & some mods. Got the blue mostly done, but still have some detail paint work to add & the mods to wrap it up.....soon, hopefully!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  5. TARDIS06

    TARDIS06 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2021
    Posts:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    17
    Likes:
    +76
    Tumblr:
    Absolutely bombastic my guy
     
    • Like Like x 2
  6. Fuhzimota

    Fuhzimota Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    Posts:
    290
    Trophy Points:
    182
    Likes:
    +548
    Beautiful work!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  7. BlaminisPrime

    BlaminisPrime Nyon Denier

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2020
    Posts:
    428
    Trophy Points:
    132
    Likes:
    +673
    Twitter:
    This looks official! How do you paint so good?
    I think even after this, we've encountered another problem of him being a little tooooo blue
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Thundercracker Blue

    Thundercracker Blue Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2017
    Posts:
    1,883
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Location:
    USA
    Likes:
    +6,026
    Thanks, dude! You painting your Galvatron definitely got me inspired to finally commit to painting mine.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  9. shiftypenguin

    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2008
    Posts:
    7,153
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Location:
    Iowa
    Likes:
    +3,936
    Perfect! Very nicely done!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. autobot prowl

    autobot prowl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2007
    Posts:
    7,266
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Location:
    Gainesville Fl
    Likes:
    +6,123
    Looks great!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. nemisispringer

    nemisispringer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2008
    Posts:
    5,779
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +12,756
    That's spot on, what brand/shade of paint did you use?
     
    • Like Like x 2
  12. MalgusPrime

    MalgusPrime Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2021
    Posts:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    7
    Likes:
    +6
    Instagram:
    YouTube:
    Wow this is absolutely amazing, he looks like a 3P figure now!
     
    • Like Like x 3
  13. SuperSlacker

    SuperSlacker Guy who lives in Nemesis Prime's sleeper cab

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2015
    Posts:
    590
    Trophy Points:
    172
    Location:
    Upstate New York
    Likes:
    +1,445
    “Looks like it’s straight from the factory official” and “This is how they should’ve done it” are two of the highest compliments a customizer can achieve, and you deserve them both! This is excellent, and I’ll def be using it as a reference (as I’m sure many others will too) :buttrock 
     
    • Like Like x 4
  14. trence5

    trence5 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2005
    Posts:
    4,910
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +5,111
    Nice work :thumb :thumb 
     
    • Like Like x 2
  15. NemesisJazz

    NemesisJazz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2015
    Posts:
    2,791
    Trophy Points:
    222
    Likes:
    +13,808
    What is the likelihood of the paint chipping during transformation? I really want to do this but i worry about damaging the paint :( 
     
    • Like Like x 2
  16. THE 1

    THE 1 GUNFIGHTER

    Joined:
    May 23, 2015
    Posts:
    291
    Trophy Points:
    117
    Location:
    Chicagoland area
    Likes:
    +163
    That looks supremely sweet. Fine bit of work you've done here. And I would definitely encourage u to slap a Deception logo on that bad boy. Thanks for sharing.:thumb 
     
    • Like Like x 2
  17. Murasame

    Murasame

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Posts:
    23,807
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Location:
    The Lost Light
    Likes:
    +10,065
    That's what I expected him to look. Very nice. Now only his feet still suck. But if he looked like that, right out of the box, I would have bought him. I generally agree with all you said, but that is too much wrong in this figure for me to buy.

    But cool some people are able to get the figure right. He looks so much better now.

    Sigh. These photos make me sad I cannot go and just buy this exact figure like that ;) 

    I cannot stop looking at the pictures and how beautiful the figure turned out. And it hurts this is only because of your awesome work :D 
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2021
    • Like Like x 2
  18. STRAKER454

    STRAKER454 Police Box Traveler

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Posts:
    628
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +332
    Wow. That shade of purple looks really good on this mold. It's a color scheme I really hope Hasbro releases this figure in.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  19. ldl0021

    ldl0021 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Posts:
    115
    Trophy Points:
    137
    Likes:
    +130
    Ebay:
    this looks awesome... This is the way he should of came out of the box. That and better screen accurate feet! and there was no reason they couldn't of given him articulated hands.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. Thundercracker Blue

    Thundercracker Blue Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2017
    Posts:
    1,883
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Location:
    USA
    Likes:
    +6,026
    UPDATE:
    I decided to make the cannon a bit more opaque with a metallic orange color over my original paint job. Applied clear coat and transformed to alt-mode: E5B2E960-1833-4B41-B507-032F310CA6DB.jpeg C2FF6908-82B6-41A4-B845-57DBE0EEAB15.jpeg D74066FD-668D-4FD1-8686-949498813051.jpeg
    I put a Reprolabel Decepticon symbol on him, but I don’t like the way it looks. I’m ordering water slide decals, which I think will look better.
     
    • Like Like x 16