Minor/Repaint: Kingdom Galvatron face/helmet mod

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  1. Thundercracker Blue

    Thundercracker Blue Well-Known Member

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    UPDATE: I also removed his battle damage and painted his cannon treads grey to better match his animation color. See below

    Kingdom Galvatron is a great CHUG figure, and the best mainline Galvatron figure ever released. But there are a few things about his head and face that bug me:

    1. I find his head to be 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.

    So I went to work:
    1. Filed down his egg-head to reduce the overall length and create a more conventional and proportional helmet/head shape.
    2. Filed the bottom of the helmet so the cheek-guards/lower rim slope up and away. I think this adds some dynamism, too.
    3. 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).

    Before:
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    (Red lines demonstrate approximate location of cuts)

    After:
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    I may tweak it a bit, or sand/buff some more, but I probably won’t. This is pretty much exactly what I’m looking for in a mainline Galvatron head.

    Hope this was of interest!
     

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    Last edited: Jul 10, 2021
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  2. Uniswipe1984

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  3. shiftypenguin

    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

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    Nice work!
     
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  4. cyberpredicus

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    Looks great, I wish I had the courage and skill to do it
     
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  5. hXcpunk23

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    Nice work! I like seeing subtle fixes that change a figure for the better. :cool: 
     
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  6. j.a.f.o.

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  7. setsuna

    setsuna Well-Known Member

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    Wow thats a big difference! Good eye!
     
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  8. neurowing

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    Great work. I'm still waiting for my Galvs and planning to do a head mod...and a full
    purple repaint.
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  9. Shepard Prime

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    Niiiiice! When I saw this the other day I couldn't figure out what you did. But when I saw the comparison pic today it clicked. Lots of subtle tweaks that makes it so much better. Great job!
     
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  10. Lady Slipstream

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    This is exactly how it should have been from the start. Great work!
    I still don't get why hasbro botched a handful of the faces from the TFTM cast (Looking at you, Cyclonus, Kup, Rodimus Prime, and Gigachad Blurr) by giving them long proportions.
     
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  11. MarinerPrime

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    Might have something to do with them working from early model sheets rather than working from the final designs as drawn in the film.
     
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