Minor/Repaint: HOTLINE (from Siege Red Alert)

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  1. saucesmithco

    saucesmithco Well-Known Member

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    What better way to welcome in 2021 than going back about 30-odd years to a time when neon colours burned your eyes, Lamborghini's ruled the roads and 88 mph seemed fast!

    Time to see some serious sh*t...
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    Hotline is a mercenary, a gun-for-hire specialising in rapid-fire carnage for anyone who is willing to pay the right amount of Shanix. (And they'll do it to a killer soundtrack too!)
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    In bot mode, Hotline prefers to dual-wield to take out as many targets as possible, but in alt mode their weapons combine into a mounted machine gun for shooting 'on the go'.
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    Red, white and black? How original...
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    There's no such thing as too many colours!
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    Notes: All the paint apps were removed from Red Alert using a combination of isopropyl alcohol and careful sanding. He was then dip dyed into various combinations of pink and teal, though only his forearms, thighs and shoulder mounts really took to the dye.

    For the head, a scalpel/metal files were used to create a more angular face/pointed chin. New ears were molded out of Miliput and everything was blended using sandpaper.

    Painting began with a primary coat of pink spray paint but these required numerous touch-ups over time. The florescent magenta and cyan accents were added, with a final touch of deeper pink to add a little variation to the alt mode.

    (The guns come from Combiner Wars Leader-class Megatron.)


    I hope you like Hotline and can already hear the synthwave soothing your ears! As always, feedback is welcome and appreciated! Happy new year everyone!

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  2. robotmel

    robotmel *All must transform*

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    Wow!
    That looks awesome Phil! I like the effect on the thighs which seems to strobe into neon once it reaches the knees!
    I think i had a pair of socks that colour back in the early 90's! :p 
    Nice work! ;) 
     
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  3. KibblerGrrrl

    KibblerGrrrl Rejected mini-cassette prototype

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    Looks pretty darn sweet!
     
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    Oh my. You've made my morning.

    90's color schemes are my bag, and the name "Hotline" reminds me of those late night (late nite?) TV "call" ads that you'd see when you've stayed up on a Jolt cola and pixie stix binge.
     
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    Thanks Mel! The gradient on the leg was a bit of serendipity from manually dipping them in the dye. Was going to paint the band in between but I ended up liking the look. (Also, pretty sure I had a shell suit this colour as a kid!)

    Cheers! Glad you like it!

    Yeah, that's definitely relatable! That - and the fact that it has made your morning - has made my day! :) 
     
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    KibblerGrrrl Rejected mini-cassette prototype

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    Makes me want a "Crockett" and "Tubbs" pair of 80s bots.
     
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    I love this so much and thank you for bringing this into the world!!
     
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    SG hailstorm JaAm aficionado

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    oh HELL yes! i love everything about this!
     
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    Wow. Looks great. The whole thing being dyed is also impressive. The theme is great. I might need sunglasses though...



    (If you dont mind: What are the dimensions for the .gif to work as a thumbnail?)
     
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  10. saucesmithco

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    I wish the dye had been effective across the whole toy (that would have made it much easier) but sadly most of the white plastic proved quite resistant! :( 

    As for the Gif, this is my first go at it! My main issue was keeping the file size down (it started as a high res MP4 video).
     
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    It needs some purple grid decals in places and a "Miami" numberplate to complete the look!
     
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  12. saucesmithco

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    One of them would definitely be a speedboat, right? :cool: 

    In lieu of that though how about...

    HOTLINE AND COLDCALL!
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    Hotline is all about how fast he can rack up those kills. Coldcall is patient, methodical, willing to spend days on a single mark. They may not agree on the best way to make a kill, but when they're together, they always hit their target!

    You're welcome, just happy to share!

    That's the kind of reaction that makes it all worthwhile! :D 
     
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    Made me think of this:
     
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    That video's not showing for me. What is it?
     
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    oh my god, this is amazing! i wish i had the courage to do customization and do stuff like this. but with the thanks of new factions (i.e. Star Seekers, Mercenary), it allows more creatvity. we can do with more 80s characters, OCs or officials!
     
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    Cool

    Ok... Make the TV show.
     
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    This. Is. AMAZING :bay :bay :bay :bay 

    And that gif! How did you make it??
     
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    Love it!
     
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    Aww, I love Hotlink already! That pink really does make him pop out, and that 80s vibe gif, I love those so much because of that strange yet calming ambience. That or I've been listening to a lot of Japan's City Pop. I think Codecall is a great partner for him; you've written such a great concept for those characters!
     
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  20. saucesmithco

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    Yeah, have definitely been padding out the official Mercenaries with OCs!

    Pretty easy, with a few twists! The moving background I just got from an image search, put Hotline in front of the computer screen (on a reflective surface) and filmed him.

    Trimmed the video so it looped, converted to Gif, reversed it (realised the car would be going backwards otherwise!) and then compressed it enough to meet this site's file size limitations.

    Thanks!

    Hotline is definitely a synthwave kinda bot, though would definitely fit in with a neon Japan aesthetic! :D 
     
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