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Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014
Date: Sunday, February 16th 2014 5:23am CST
Categories: Site News, Transtopia
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Transtopia

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I wanted to call this the Valentine edition, but there's so little that fits the theme that it really would not make sense! So in the middle of the chaos of the Toy Fair (and what a sweet sweet chaos it is) take a breather and look at what Transtopia has to offer this week. Remember to check out the individual threads too, by clicking on the images!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Here's a reminder for everyone: Do you have a creative streak? Would you like to get paid for your work? Maybe even see it on t-shirts or prints? Check out the WeLoveFine Transformers Design contest!

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


CUSTOMIZATIONS

frenchguy - Frenchguy Project

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


Blurrz - MTMTE Cover 1BProject: Ratchet

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


Banjo-Tron - Classicsverse Powermaster Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


MrDeflok - A Magnus Who Can Deal with It

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


warzon3 - Generations G1 Rodimus

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


BUILDING BOTS

Tresob - Kreon Upgrade Parts

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


Noideaforaname - Kreon Customs

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


SHAPEWAYS STUFF

GlauG - Shapeways Thread

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


wulongti - Minibots Wave 1

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


FAN ART

Galvanitro - Vanguard Series: Character Models

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


gema's wife - Beast Wars Artwork

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


Bryan Sevilla - Fan Art

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


G1bo23 - Fan Art

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


FAN FICTION

Henry921 - Scorponok: The Reckoning

PHOTO BLITZ

paul053 - When cat's away, the mice will...


Godzillabot-2 - Photocomic Epic-ness | Digibashing Service

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


keelo1027 - My Pics: Valentine Edition

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


MagnusLabel - Hear the bots & cons sing, buy their albums...

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


Henry921 - Revenge of the Photocomic: Act One

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014


Va'al - The Amazing Adventures of Dennis and Bruce!

Transformers News: Creative Roundup, February 16, 2014

Victoria Toy Fair 2011 Coverage - eNcliNe desigNs

Transformers News: Victoria Toy Fair 2011 Coverage - eNcliNe desigNs
Date: Sunday, October 16th 2011 5:14pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Site News, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Blurrz

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The classy customizer eNcliNe desigNs was back at the main show, showcasing a ton of his projects. Of note, he's got his custom Leader Shockwave on display, a scratch-built Generation One Optimus Prime with over 70+ points of articulation, and a pimped out Revoltech Optimus Prime. Check it all out below!

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All of eNcliNe desigNs' customs can be found in his event page, which will be updated shortly!

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Victoria Toy Fair 2011 Coverage - eNcliNe desigNs Pre-Show

Transformers News: Victoria Toy Fair 2011 Coverage - eNcliNe desigNs Pre-Show
Date: Sunday, October 16th 2011 2:25am CDT
Categories: Event News, Site News, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Blurrz

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Customizer eNcliNe desigNs may not be a third party, but the artist was able to make it to Victoria, Canada for Cherry Bomb Toys' 8th Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair! He brought along with him a bunch of his custom pieces, including a custom Leader Shockwave, battle-damaged Sentinel Prime, and Breast Cancer awareness Optimus Prime. Check out the masterpieces out below!

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Another tidbit regarding eNcliNe desigNs, as he'll be combining his efforts with garage kit maker Renderform and third party Mastermind Creations to produce a figure that will likely please many fans. Stay tuned to Seibertron.com's event galleries for more of eNcliNe's figures on showcase tomorrow!

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Move Aside Kre-O - Fanmade Lego Blurr!

Transformers News: Move Aside Kre-O - Fanmade Lego Blurr!
Date: Sunday, April 10th 2011 1:52pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Brickshelf

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Here's a little creativity on a slow day! Brickshelf user chingfat has recently updated his creations with a sweet custom of G1/IDW Blurr. This custom features transformation without taking pieces apart, and looks mighty stylish in the process. Certainly Blurr isn't the only showcase of chingfat's collection, as he's made among other things, fully combinable Predacons into Predaking. They certainly put the upcoming 'Kre-O' sets to shame. Be sure to check out his other customs here!

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Keep it at Seibertron.com for the latest Transformers news on the net!

Transtopia Newsletter - January Edition

Transformers News: Transtopia Newsletter - January Edition
Date: Sunday, January 11th 2009 2:19am CST
Categories: Interviews, People News, Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Stormrider

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It might be cold outside but the activity at Transtopia has been hot. This edition features the creative work from December. Check out the latest customs, artwork, painting guide, and contest. We also have exciting news in the wings - two new sections will roll out next month: Fan Fiction & Artist Interviews. Make sure to read about the details below so you can part take in the action and possibly get featured. And in March, get your cameras ready for another creative section. Remember, to visit Transtopia periodically for the latest work.

-Stormrider



How to Showcase Your Work
The newsletter is your opportunity to show off your work and talent. We rely on your articles, artwork, and customs to make it interesting. Entries will be reviewed on a monthly basis. You can submit your work here:
Repaints, Kitbashes, Scratchbuilds
Fan Art, Fan Fiction, Guides


Make a Difference, Join the Newsletter Team!
Want to contribute to the Seibertron community? Why not join the newsletter team? We need a few more volunteers for our crew. Duties require a few hours each month, consistently. Roles include layout & design, overseeing sections, and formatting. If you are interested send me a PM: Stormrider.


Newsletter Credits:
Newsletter Editor - Stormrider
Guides Editor - Dead Metal
Interviewer & Columnist - Burn
Fan Fiction Editor - Sledge
Customs Formatter - Mattyc1007




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Prowl by Sentinal Supreme
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Movie Starscream by Omega666
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Thredbolt by Sentinal Supreme
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Classics Armada Wheeljack by Grimlockprime108
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TF Legends Wasp by Grimlockprime108
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Movie Accurate Ratchet by Sabsabby85
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Movie Beachcomber by Leobreaker1977
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Movie Trailbreaker by Leobreaker1977
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Movie Sunstorm by Downshift7
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Longarm by Flix
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Stockade by Flix
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Movie Megatron by Mykltron
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Movie Breakdown by Sentinal Prime
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Breach & Tick by Sentinal Prime
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Sliver & Headmaster Matey by Technically Weird
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Chuck Close is a famous and very talented painter from Monroe, Washington, United States of America. He was part of the Photorealism art-movement from the US in the 1960's in which the artists based their paintings on photographs. He was one of the greatest of this art-style; but after he was paralyzed from the neck down he really rose to fame. He managed to still paint but being unable to move his arms properly he created a completely new technique of painting to achieve photorealism. He achieved this by painting in grids similar to pixels so when looked at from afar it is indistinguishable from a real photograph.
He paints to this day in this art-style.

As the first Transtopia "How to .." painting guide fellow Transtopian, The Freezer, shows us how you can paint your favorite Transformer in the style of Chuck Close.

Painting Guide (Chuck Close Style)

I had a spare day at college a while back and did this.

1. Find a picture of your desired Transformer and then grid it.

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2. Get a canvas or a peice of paper masking taped to some board.

3. Grid said paper or canvas. There MUST be the same amount of squares as on the original gridded picture.

4. Paint the squares in block colour using a mix of the colours in the square on the original picture. For example- original pic- red and black your painting- very dark red.
The end result should be like a pixelated image.

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5. Now we add the detail, this is done by painting small shapes in the coloured squares to look like the corresponding square on the original pic. Close up its jibberish but back away and you should see it.

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6. Fill in the back ground squares with more funny shapes.

7. Stand back and appriciate your work.

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Do you want to contribute to the Transtopian guides? Then send us an e-mail: Transtopia.Guide@gmx.de You can find the guidelines by clicking here.



Featured Artwork
Cyber-Kun is this month's featured artist. Cyber-Kun gives us his rendition of Animated Jhiaxus. It is interesting to see how the color scheme, vehicle mode, and transformation were carefully considered during the execution of this piece. You can post your comments about this featured artwork here.

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Honorable mentions goes to Zero-Kaiser for his Scourge/Nemesis Prime. To all of you modest artists out there, make sure to submit your artwork for the next newsletter here by January 31st. Submissions are open for all Transformers artwork (new & old pieces).



Fan Fiction
Okay Transformers Mythos Writers here's your chance to be featured in the next newsletter! Starting in February, the Transtopia Newsletter will feature a Fan Fiction story written by one of you. Seibertron member, Sledge, will be directing this new ongoing column and select one story each month.

Entries will be reviewed monthly. Make sure to conform to the guidelines below. Submissions are open for new and old stories. There is no limit to the number of stories that you can submit, but please do not resubmit the same story twice. Post your entries here.

Guidelines:
1) 10,000 word limit. Rough guideline to start with, I won't be automatically disqualifying anything that comes in over.
2) Decent spelling, grammar and punctuation. People need to at least run a spell-check over the thing before submitting it. This isn't me being a grammar Nazi, it's just difficult to get absorbed in a story if you're constantly being jolted out of it by bad spelling.
3) Be specific as to where/when the story is set. So what continuity is it in (G1 comic, G1 cartoon, Armada comic, etc) and where is it set? Before the events of the show or comic, after, during? If during, where does it fit?
4) Fan characters are fine, but I'd prefer people avoid making them those annoying "I am more powerful than any other Transformer!!!" types. Also, consider if there's an under-used existing TF who'd fit the needs of the story just as well as someone new. Existing characters are almost always more interesting to everyone else.
-Sledge




Artist Interiews with Burn
G'day folks, Stormrider's asked me to throw a blurb together to introduce myself and to also introduce another new part to the monthly Transtopia Newsletter.

My name, obviously, is Burn, and I've been handed the duties of having a chat with one (or more, depending on interest and time) of our many artists that frequent Seibertron.com and Transtopia.

The aim of the monthly chat is to get to know a little more about our creative geniuses, more than just their finished pieces of art. I'm sure many of you have looked at a kitbash or a repaint, or a photoshop piece or even read a fanfic and wondered who the person is behind that.

So that's where this little feature intends to come in. We'll get to know the people behind the art.

Some of you may be wondering, "Why you Burn?" Well Stormrider and First Gen were busy doing other stuff, plus I have done my fair share of creating things.

Some of you may remember a few of my characters from Seibertron.com's Heavy Metal War game. I'm the guy responsible for creating such characters as Gore, CATalyst, Slice, Dice, Dead Reckoning, Cannon Fodder Lemming, and the midget clone every body loved to hate, Mini-Maximus Prime, together they were better known as "The Freaks". I've written a number of back stories for some of these characters, and kitbashed nearly all of them (along with a number of other characters, including Autobots, plus a couple of characters created by Whisper and War Hammer).

So where did it all begin for me? Looking back it really began a bit over two decades ago around the age of 10. Al Gore had yet to really invent the internet, porn was still predominantly distributed on VHS, and Optimus Prime was a truck and Megatron was a gun.

I had never even heard of the term "kitbashing" and my skills up to that point in my life had been basically assembling model aeroplanes, which also often resulted in my fingers being glued together more than the planes themselves.

I also, it seems, had a fascination with the colour "black".

I'd take junker toys, including some busted TF's, and just cobble parts together. If anything these "creations" were the original "Freaks", because that's what they were, freaky looking things, I was a young Dr Frankenstein to plastic toys.

Who liked to paint things black?

I should also point out that at that age too, kids really shouldn't play with sharp knives.

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Over the years though I drifted away from Transformers, blame High School. It was only a few years ago that I got back into TF's and in my quest to acquire many missing figures for my collection, I gathered up a nice pile of junker TF's.

This was the early days for kitbashing I might add, Transtopia didn't exist, and many of the major TF forums dedicated very little space to kitbashing. But I had all these junkers and influenced by the few artists that were around, I decided to try my hand.

In no way do I consider myself to be a great kitbasher, (and even less of a writer) but I do have a number of figures I am proud of, and then there are those I just don't even want to talk about!

If I was to say the one thing that is important to me when it comes to kitbashing and even writing, it's to create an original character. Canon characters just aren't my thing, I like creating a character from scratch, defining its personality, and making that personality match the figure.

I also rarely do a straight repaint. I always feel the need to modify a figure in some way to set it apart from the original mould. Whether it's something minor like a weapon change to something extensive like articulating a brick, anything to make it just that little bit different and unique.

So that's me, I'm sure Stormrider was hoping for some shorter, but I had to do SOMETHING while Dexter downloaded!

So this is where I turn it over to you guys, if you've showcased any form of artistic piece here on Seibertron.com recently, be it a repaint, a kitbash, a piece of fanfic, a photoshopped pic, or anything else that you've posted, and you're interested in being interviewed just drop me a pm and we'll get the ball rolling: ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&u=4677

-Burn




Banner Contest:
Hey all you savvy digital artist. Do you enjoy whipping up signatures and showing them off on the Internet? Well, here's your chance to put your skills to the test. Create a banner for the Transtopia Newsletter and become the ultimate show off.

Additional banners are needed for the newsletter. Create one or several banners and enter for your chance at fame and glory. The deadline is January 31st. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. The winner(s) will have their banners proudly displayed in the newsletters and receive credits and bragging rights.

Create one or all four: (Banner titles)
"Artist Interview"
"Featured Artwork"
"Fan Fiction"
"Photo Blitz"


Requirements:
1. The banner should be 500 pixels wide x 165 pixels high.
2. You can only use pictures or artwork that you have received permission for. You are welcome to use the images from the Seibertron galleries for this contest.
3. Each banner should have the title in the bottom center.
4. Submit your entries in jpeg format.


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Submit your entries here.

Transtopia: Fix Universe 2.0 Ironhide's "Low Self Esteem"

Transformers News: Transtopia: Fix Universe 2.0 Ironhide's "Low Self Esteem"
Date: Saturday, October 25th 2008 12:32am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Geekee1

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Seibertron.com member Geekee1 has taken time to show all you Ironhide loving TransFans out there how to do a relatively simple modification to Universe 2.0 Ironhide. This fix will eliminate the "hanging head" problem. Here's what he had to share"

I will post this in both the kitbashing forum and the toy forum, as I believe more people will see it there.

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Poor ole Ironhide. he just can’t catch a break with his head can he? For as long as we’ve known he’s gotten screwed when it comes to his head. First he had no head, then he had it blown off in the movie, and now with Universe the poor bastard just can’t stop looking at his boots.

If you’ve been wanting to fix this as much as I have then I have some good news for you, and I have some bad news. The good news is that it can be fixed! Yes, yes hooray, you may love me now. The bad news is, is that it is a fairly extensive (albeit overall easy) mod that takes a good deal of cutting and sanding. Booo! You suck. I know.

So if you’re still with me (and if you love Ironhide you’d better be) here’s what you need.

First tools. Not a lot really. You’ll need a small phillips head screwdriver, and X-acto knife, some sand paper, and a small flat surface like a popsicle stick to wrap the sand paper around.

There are three major culprits in Ironhides head tilt, and how this got passed engineering is beyond me. The first is his “lower spine.” This piece folds down and presses against his rear bumper in robot mode. The problem is that there is too much plastic to allow it to sit flush, so that has to go. First partially transform him and then remove the three screws that hold the roof on like so.

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You will also find it easier to work with him if you remove the “lower spine” from the upper body. Just pull the pieces apart.

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It may be a little tight at first but I have removed and put this piece back together at least fifty times and it still works perfectly. Now carefully cut and sand the shown areas until you can push the spine to the bumper and his head sits flush when you reattach the spine. Remember to go slowly with the cutting and the sanding. You can always take more off, but you can’t put it back on. It took me a good hour to get this how I wanted it, granted I was being supremely careful.

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Now it would be nice if that was the only problem, but unfortunately it’s not. We have two other problems to deal with. The next one that we will deal with is the hinge that is between his headpiece and the roof of the car. The problem here is that when his wheels come up into his backpack the wheel wells hit the underside of this hinge. What needs to be done here is to cut out a triangular shape on both sides so that the wheels can slide into them. I marked where the pieces were hitting with a marker and went from there. After finishing I’ve found that a good place to cut is parallel with the second “line” on this hinge as shown. The other cut for this triangular piece should be at about a 45 degree angle to the first cut. Once again you will have to keep test fitting until you get it just right, and again slow and steady.

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Now onto the last problem that we have that’s got ole Ironhide lookin’ down. Remember those three screws that you took out to take backpack off? You can get rid of two of them because they are part of our last problem. The two screw pegs on the outside of this piece are keeping the tire from fully coming up into his backpack. They’ve got to go. You can cut these little buggers completely flush to the larger piece of plastic and then sand them smooth.

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Do you have to take them all the way off you may ask? The answer is yes you do, and I should know, I spent about two hours carefully sanding these down little by little, fitting and refitting to see if they could still be used. They can’t. Don’t worry about the roof no longer being secure either. It is still plenty sturdy with just the center screw in there, and if it bothers you that much it can be glued on too.

Now put all pieces back together and voila! No more looking down for Mr. Hide. Now a few additional notes. The head won’t be quite perfectly flush, but it’s damn close. Also if you look at the rotating pelvis area it won’t go quite the whole way back, as it’s hitting the automorph bumper. Honestly this isn’t at all noticeable unless you’re looking at him from underneath. I didn’t even notice it for a couple of hours after I finished the mod.

Lastly I would highly recommend clear coating the backpack pieces. Mine were scarily tacky right out of the box, and I haven’t had that problem on any of my other figures. I recommend Testors Dullcote for this. I used it and it worked great, and the sheen on the figure isn’t that different either. Remember to mask of the windows though or you’ll end up with foggy ugly windows. I also painted his face silver with Games Workshop boltgun metal, followed by chainmail, but you can use whatever you want.

I would consider this mod to be of intermediate difficulty only because of how much plastic you’re actually getting rid of. It’s more time consuming than anything. I also may be a little biased having about 25 years of model building experience, but I’m sure that if you’re careful anyone can do it.


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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #98 - Combiner Wars
Twincast / Podcast #98:
"Combiner Wars"
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Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014