Minor/Repaint: FOC G2 Prime Custom (Matte finish)

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  1. blaynescott

    blaynescott Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone,

    Thanks to the magic of Mr. Hobby paints and Matte Spray, a relatively simple custom turned out better than expected. I'd intended this just for my shelf, but wanted to share how it turned out.

    The matte light reflection effect (similar to FrogDNA's cartoon customs) really come across well because of the effect "Mr. Hobby UV cut Super Clear Matte spray" has on plastic & paint. It's replaced my use of Citadel matte spray permanently. Really nice stuff! It also makes the figure feel really good in-hand, and there's no paint or sealant rub even after repeated transformations. :) 

    The reds/blues are actually just the factory plastic color with panel lining. Silvers/metallics are Mr. Hobby Super Metallic Chrome Silver, and in some areas that mixed with their glossy black for a darker gunmetal effect (legs, hands, biceps). I removed the original faction symbol with Mr. Hobby thinner and Q-Tips.

    Prime's head was the extra one (without the screw-assembly) provided with MakeToys Battle Tanker - hence the 'G2' in the title. I didn't have any G2 faction symbols, so I went with the smaller reprolabel G1 metallic ones.
    Modified the torso a slight bit to allow clearance for the larger head, and near the torso balljoint for better mobility.

    Weapons are from the Infinity War II set (Junkion Blacksmith), and the gun game from a TF Prime FE figure. The small sword in the larger assembly (I believe) was an Energon figure's weapon. I'd love for some identification on that piece though - it'd be fun to source the same sword out in different colors.

    Hope you like the pics. :) 

     

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  2. Bossguy

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    Lookin' good!
     
  3. XxsnipersnakexX

    XxsnipersnakexX the G1 prick

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    looks fantastic
     
  4. deliciouspeter

    deliciouspeter Back in Black TFW2005 Supporter

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    Looks great. Thanks for sharing the materials used as well. Nice work.
     
  5. Rexidus

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    That head looks so much better than the default one.
     
  6. thyvipera

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    looks GREAT!
     
  7. prime326

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    looks good
     
  8. kregon

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    Very awesome, I love a matt finish paint job! Great work!
     
  9. Phil

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    Amazing what even a new paint job can do for a mold, looks great.
     
  10. Todd Hakusho

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    oh that is seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeexyyyyyyyyy O.O
     
  11. MasterxBlaster

    MasterxBlaster THUGFORMER

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    Man thats an awesome technique man, this looks like a FULL repaint, what a coool illusion haha!! Panel Lining and Head Details are sick man! great job!!
     
  12. Vinjax01

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    I did that to mine too!!! How did you fix the ball joint for the head?? Mine is still a little bit iffy. I filed it down but it still pups off. Recommendations welcome!! =)
     
  13. soymonk

    soymonk Mathematical!

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    Looks gorgeous! Love matte finishes on customs!
     
  14. blaynescott

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    I dremmeled the peg out large enough to accept the FOC body's neck joint, and allow for some posability. Then I used a very small dab of hot glue in the head, and
    Ressed it down wile turning. After it dried, i trimmed the excess and wiggles it around - solid fit. It's an old go-to trick for non-Transformer customizing, since most head sizes between 6" scale action figures vary wildly. :) 
     
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    The paint looks great. I just don't get a G2 feel from this at all.
     
  17. Megatron31

    Megatron31 I Belong to Nobody!

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    Nice work Blayne

    It looks so much better than what hasbro gave us
     
  18. blaynescott

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    I titled it 'G2' only because of the head design. Since it's from the Maketoys Battle Tanker, which emulates the G2 'Hero' Prime / comic style -- it makes more sense than just saying "Fall of Cybertron Prime Custom". If I had G2 faction symbols, I'd have decoed him with those too. I have way too many Optimus Primes in my collection now - I'm always looking for ways to differentiate them. :) 
     

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    How on Earth does one create such fine panel lines?
     
  20. blaynescott

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    Sorcery.

    But, failing that - 0.1 black markers. I bought a few sets from Staples, tested them over plastic/paint (hint: they work better over plastic, but with effort, over paint), then spray-sealed them to see which brands ran, and which stayed fixed in place.

    There's also another technique using a mix of black and burnt umber (a sort of brownish-red) that I saw over at CollectionDX when I guy was doing a build-guide on a Macross plane. The end result for that was pretty clean, although the wash tinted-down the white, turning the plane a weathered grey-white.