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CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby cooperboy1976 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:24 am

This is my custom PRIMUS.
He took quite a few months to finish and was stripped back to its individual parts before spraying with a black primer. Most of the custom was done by dry brushing, and the surface of cybertron used three different shades of silver. I tried to add detail and highlights throughout the custom, using my imagination as the plan for design. Peaugh on Youtube commented that PRIMUS has a Nightwing look to him, and I suppose I can see his comparison. If you want to check out the Youtube video please go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDQMphqm ... ture=g-upl

I would love any comments or feedback.
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby Mykltron » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:52 am

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That is absolutely beautiful! I've always wanted to paint mine but I keep doing smaller projects. He looks amazing in planet mode! His robot mode is also great but planet is best.
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby vwpbl » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:45 am

Motto: "My mind rots in the black house of crooked angles."
I have a Primus that has developed a small issue. I think a spring in one of the double barrel gun emplacements on his arms is no longer 'catching' and it does not 'click' back into its retracted state any longer. since you took apart your primus and reassembled, do you think that kind of problem is repairable?

so Primus can be disassembled without breaking any of the plastic parts? I may at some point do this to see if it can be repaired, and also am interested in customizing in general so have some questions regarding that. I have painted up a few Legends class characters but am interested in moving on to larger projects. what brands/kinds of paints did you use? airbrush or regular brush? (I don't have an airbrush kit and am wondering if I should get one) do you have a general overview of the steps involved? if you had to re-glue some parts together, what brand glue did you use? if you had to take apart glued together parts, how did you do that safely? or is that step inherently unsafe? :)
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby Noideaforaname » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:27 am

Wow, that paint job is just incredible. Love how all the little details are brought out.
Got to echo Mykltron with the planet mode being the better mode, though the bot mode is by no means weak.
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby kirbenvost » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:04 pm

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Wow, so much detail! Amazing job. :D
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby atomicgoofball » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:19 pm

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this is absolutely phenomenal! words cannot express how incredible this masterpiece is! I would hate to be a bother, but i would love to custom paint my primus, would you happen to have some tips or maybe a tutorial on how you got such great details? esp the face region and the "rust" look
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby cooperboy1976 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:08 am

Thanks for your positive comments so far, they are very much appreciated.

To answer a few questions that I have been asked I shall try to answer them to the best I can (or remember):

In reply to vwpbl:

I have a Primus that has developed a small issue. I think a spring in one of the double barrel gun emplacements on his arms is no longer 'catching' and it does not 'click' back into its retracted state any longer. since you took apart your primus and reassembled, do you think that kind of problem is repairable?

If you mean inside the turret then I'm afraid this is one part that I didn't take apart, however if you mean the whole turret in its retracting into the arm then please see the attached picture. There is a small black catch that is triggered by the use of a cyberplanet key, this may have come loose. If you do mean inside the turret then I'm pretty sure this could be an easy fix, as this can be taken apart as this is held to gather with screws.

so Primus can be disassembled without breaking any of the plastic parts?

Mostly yes, although there are some glued together parts (such as the spring loaded shoulder covers). These are best left alone and not taken apart. There is also a big rivet that hold this piece together, so if you don't want any damage, leave alone.

I may at some point do this to see if it can be repaired, and also am interested in customizing in general so have some questions regarding that. I have painted up a few Legends class characters but am interested in moving on to larger projects. what brands/kinds of paints did you use? airbrush or regular brush? (I don't have an airbrush kit and am wondering if I should get one) do you have a general overview of the steps involved?

I use Games Workshop Citadel acrylic paints and brushes. If have toyed with the idea of using airbrush, but have been put off by the maintenance of them swell as having to be ventilated at all times. I start myself by spraying the complete model (parts) in matt black paint from aerosol, and then I dry brush. Its takes a long while using varying shades of some colours, but it has worked out well for me so far.

if you had to re-glue some parts together, what brand glue did you use? if you had to take apart glued together parts, how did you do that safely? or is that step inherently unsafe?

I always work by a simple rule, that if you can't unscrew, or easily pull apart something, then don't. I never want to damage anything only to have to repair it afterwards.

In reply to atomicgoofball:

would you happen to have some tips or maybe a tutorial on how you got such great details? esp the face region and the "rust" look

As mentioned above it is all about priming your model first, I find black to be best. After that I hand paint any flat areas and then dry brush in a lighter shade of the same colour. For a metallic look I use many stages of dry brushing, often in different shades of silver (Primus used 3). When dry brushing I found it always best to take your time and found that the extra details are best left for the lighter shades of the chosen colour. As far as the rust look goes, once again this is dry brushed on, using stages of bronze and gold until I got the required effect.

I hope this helps out, and once again thanks for your comments. Any other questions then please ask.

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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby paul053 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:36 am

Beautiful. :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:

I did my Unicron but always think I can leave Primus alone. Your work is certainly great.
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:29 pm

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Can't think of anything else to say that everyone else hasn't already said, but for what it's worth: awesome job, man!

This is seriously a thing of beauty.
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby Asepticon » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:01 pm

The word "Grand" comes to mind. Filling in all those little details really gives the immense aspect of Primus. Kudos bigtime.
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby Dinomask » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:54 pm

Absolutely awesome!
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Re: CUSTOM PRIMUS

Postby FortMacs » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:54 am

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Looks amazing.
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