The Masterpiece Appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Superquad7, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. M Alex

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    I think these pics are ok, though I don't like the fact that the whites are so bright compared to other colors. Its because I use natural lighting. I think I have to invest in some lighting equipment, but I want to keep it cheap.

    Technical mumbling aside, the Datsun's remain a great mold. there are some issues that could be corrected - particularly if the front hipskirts moved. But still
    BTW, Prowl was my first official MP. And one of my first G1 figures back in the day. Still one of my favorite characters.

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    Nice shots! You don't need extra equipment. Just adjust the highlights/whites and pump up the shadows/midtones. It might also help to separate each subject onto different layers so the adjustments won't effect the other or mask it. White is a tricky color to get right. Also, when shooting try to lower the gain as well so your highlights won't get blown out.

    Experimentation is key and have fun! Love the separation you are getting here along with the poses ;) 
     
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  3. M Alex

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    Thanks :) 

    I think I also have to stop using the jpgs, and use the CR2s. My camera (like most, I think) does some basic 'postproduction' on them, and they often have a higher contrast than the CR2s. That's a bit of laziness on my part, particularly as DPP (Canon's program for editing CR2s) has some great tools for that.
    I typically use gimp for tweaking, and I think I have to start doing what you said about separating the objects into layers. I'm always a bit afraid that I'll go a bit to far and make it look unnatural. But I honestly enjoy playing with it, so there will be a lot of experimentation! :) 
     
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  4. Robotmonkeys

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    I’m selling off some non+ masterpiece figures as well as some non masterpiece.
    Check out the link in my sig.

    Here’s some ‘preciating of my new + prowl and streak.
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  6. TigerBlade

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    Late to the party with Bluestreak +. Nearly passed but my god he's glorious in hand.

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    Absolutely adore these slavish cartoon paint schemes and the matte style is the icing on the cake.

    We are so spoilt for choice right now.
     
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  7. Satomiblood

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    And these photos are why I'll never switch over to the + versions of Prowl and Streak (no offense to those that dig them). I love the more polished finish of the originals. It's a wonderful hybrid of toon and real world accuracy.
     
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    So many great shots lately! Keep it up, everyone!

    Sam's right, Satomiblood. I have the original recent and the first reissue but not the second most recent one. Besides having a more pearly as opposed to silver face, the reissue also fixed the sprue marks on the top of the forearms that the og had. Not only that, but the mold was tweaked with the hip skirts modded so that they didn't get in the way of the cab turning in alt mode.

    Ultra Magnus' articulation is indeed limited, but it's amazing how expressive and poseable he is nonetheless. Like Sam I'm an articulation junkie but this figure still manages to be one of my absolute favorites. Incredible presence, character, gimmicks, and his transformation is very fun and very easy. Highly recommended!

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  9. Satomiblood

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    Yeah, I love him. Great presence.
     
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    Season 2. Gotta love the variety. As much as the Ark crew are iconic this group are arguably a better looking ensemble.

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    Just a Defensor away to completion.
     
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  11. convoy84

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    After my recent trip, I find that I still have some change to throw (if I decide otherwise suddenly, I get paid next week). What's a good, recent MP I could get right now and not spend too much?
     
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    On the fence about selling this guy... I honestly don't have a ton of connection to BW, at least the classic CGI show, thoughts anyone?
     
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  13. Prime of Shadows

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    MP-20+ or MP-18+. I love their color schemes and Bluestreak has some great faces/blast effects.
     
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  14. REMINATOR

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    Don't tease me with my boy UM 2.0/3.0 Armor Version, unless you want to be feed to the Sharkticons!
    Sigh....still wishing upon the star for an MP G1 UM Armor to exist...........some days.....
     
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  15. atomD21

    atomD21 Not made of sterner stuff...

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    How much would you miss him if he were gone? If you wouldn't miss him much or at all, I would sell him and buy a figure you'd rather have.
     
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    That's a good way to look at it! I feel that if he were gone it wouldn't be a huge loss. :D 
     
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  17. CooljazCustoms

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    What about Perceptor, Blaster and Warpath :p 
     
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  18. convoy84

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    I would be interested in Wheeljsck. Tell me more?
     
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    Here’s a couple stock photos:
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    I like him a lot more. He should be available from some of the standard retailers, around $85. And he comes with the Immobilizer that Exhaust came with.
     
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  20. TigerBlade

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    There's always one......

    They're the other side of Metroplex but I think of the first 2 more as Movie cast.
     
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