Minor/Repaint: DOTM Leader Optimus Prime w/ magnetic abs

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  1. tfcrafter

    tfcrafter Customizer and LEGO MOCer

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    This is my take on the DOTM Leader Optimus Prime. I started working on this figure in 2009 (this was my first experimentation with customizing) and when I watched Dark of the Moon, I knew I had to get the abs in. I cut a section from the terrible looking Ultimate Prime, and I used magnets to attach it to the Leader figure. I chromed some bits like the bumper and window guard things, and I weathered the rest of the figure. Bullet holes were made by pressing a glue gun against the plastic, partially melting it. I then detailed it with silver and black. Swords were painted to make them look fiery. I also replaced the hands with the TFTM Leader Prime's articulated ones. I tried to make this as screen accurate as I could with my limited abilities. That said, this custom makes the Buster Prime look like a cheap KO.

    Let me know what you guys think!
     

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  2. tfcrafter

    tfcrafter Customizer and LEGO MOCer

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    I would appreciate some feedback please.
     
  3. Alloy Alchemist

    Alloy Alchemist Decepticon sympathizer

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    Looks good , love the in scale matrix .
     
  4. tfcrafter

    tfcrafter Customizer and LEGO MOCer

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    Thanks, I painted it from the HFTD Battle Blades Voyager Optimus.
     
  5. TFXProtector

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    Pushy (which I'm pretty sure skirts the rules a bit), but alright.

    I like the attention to detail given to the battle damage. I like the pinstriping detail on the flames. The UFO hands would've allowed for a bit more articulation and emotiveness, but using the first movie Op's hands was a smart move. That being said, while it's very nice and you put a lot of work into it, but it does not make Buster Prime look like a KO. Both versions have much to offer, the Buster as well as your's.
     
  6. tfcrafter

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    I wasn't trying to come off as pushy. That said, I feel that the Buster Prime's colours are too bright. Looking at it in person, I feel like the colours should have been dulled down a bit. I appreciate your input though.
     
  7. prime326

    prime326 Autobot Leader

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    nice job
     
  8. tfcrafter

    tfcrafter Customizer and LEGO MOCer

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    Thanks dude! :) 
     
  9. Braddock

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    Looks good, especially the head, but I would only say that the weathering obscures a lot of what must be some excellent detail you have put a lot of work into.
     
  10. tfcrafter

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    I agree. I think I did too much in some areas, and I might remove some of it with alcohol and redo it.
     
  11. SonOfNemesis

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    How did you go about painting the robotic parts? Did you just paint right over the plastic with silver or did you prime those parts first?
     
  12. tfcrafter

    tfcrafter Customizer and LEGO MOCer

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    I primed it with a thin layer of black first, then I put the silver over.
     
  13. SonOfNemesis

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    Ah, ok. Was silver the only metal color you used for the parts? Sometimes I will do a flat black base coat (primer) and then start dry brushing multiple metal tone colors. For example; flat black, then 70% titanium, then I'll do like 20% steel, and then maybe finish off with 10% chrome or something. These are all dry brushed one layer on top of the other and the higher the layer, the less amount used - hence the percentages as the example.

    It helps to create a better level of depth in the metal robotic parts. Just a tip if you wanted it :) 

    Otherwise looks good.
     
  14. tfcrafter

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    Ok, thanks, I'll try it out next time. It's always good to accept advice from customizers I look up to! :) 
     
  15. SonOfNemesis

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    Thanks man, anytime :)