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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:59 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
Time to finish the Wreckers!

31: SS-63 Topspin

- Robot Mode -
More so than any other figure I’ve worked on in the past, I went through a LOT of different blue paints before finding the base coat that was right for Topspin. After numerous combinations of no less than 5 different blue paints, I found a mix of Decoart ultramarine blue with a little bit of Folkart blue sapphire that I really like!

I added the usual gunmetal primarily to the chest and arms, and complemented that with silver, gold, and copper. Topspin has some of the better clear shots on screen, despite his relatively short screen time, that made detail work in robot mode that much easier. The “LOWE’S” text on Topspin’s right leg (actually just “LOWE”) was something I hadn’t planned on initially, but after my practice in numbering with Leadfoot, I felt confident enough to pull it off.

Topspin bot main real.jpg

Topspin bot main.jpg

Topspin bot L.jpg

Topspin bot no claws use.jpg

Topspin bot claws.jpg


- Vehicle Mode -

Much like Leadfoot, vehicle mode was the more challenging of the two modes to paint. This was especially the case with the numbering – rather than the flat areas for Leadfoot’s numbering, the areas around where the numbers go on Topspin are very cluttered. This made taping off the numbers basically impossible, so I had to freestyle them. It took several passes to get ones I was happy with.

The other most difficult part of alt mode was the red, silver, and blue curved sections (between the machine guns and the spoiler). Getting everything to line up between the 3 pieces found on that area was tricky, and I found that painting it in robot mode made things a little easier.

Topspin alt main.jpg

Topspin alt front.jpg

Topspin alt R.jpg

Topspin alt rear.jpg

Topspin alt back R.jpg



Paint used:
Testor’s enamels:
-Gloss white
-Gloss red
-Gloss yellow
-Flat sunflower
-Metallic silver
-Metallic gold
-Metallic copper
Decoart acrylics:
-Gunmetal
-Americana ultramarine blue (mixed w/ Folkart blue sapphire for main base coat)
Other:
-Testor’s spray gloss coat
-Tamiya panel liner
Last edited by EvasionModeBumblebee on Thu Aug 19, 2021 4:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:13 am

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
With Topspin complete, I wanted to get all the Wreckers together for some group shots!

Wreckers bot .jpg

Wreckers bot pose.jpg

Wreckers alt.jpg


Working on these figures was a very challenging but rewarding process. Each one introduced new and unique issues to work on - from the small sponsor logos to the larger ones and especially numbering, which I think became more difficult with each Wrecker. Learning how to do that has gone on to help me on other projects - especially Sentinel Prime and the flames on my upcoming update for SS-44 Optimus Prime!
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Thu Jun 17, 2021 3:50 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
Just to give an update, I intend to finish Hightower this weekend. Robot mode is nearly done!
Hightower tease.jpg

I was also just accepted to medical school - and not only that, but I'll do my clinical years where my family just bought a house! I've been praying for a long time about whether this was what I'm supposed to do, and God has blessed me in ways I didn't think were possible. Customs projects will be slowing down because of this, but I'll make sure to keep at it and work on some projects when I can!

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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby Tuned Agent » Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:07 pm

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EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:I was also just accepted to medical school - and not only that, but I'll do my clinical years where my family just bought a house! I've been praying for a long time about whether this was what I'm supposed to do, and God has blessed me in ways I didn't think were possible. Customs projects will be slowing down because of this, but I'll make sure to keep at it and work on some projects when I can!

Congratulations, that's awesome!!! :michaelbay:
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Sat Jun 19, 2021 3:18 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
Tuned Agent wrote:Congratulations, that's awesome!!! :michaelbay:

Thank you! I'm really excited and nervous xD

Getting Hightower's bot mode flat coated now, hoping to be on schedule for an upload tomorrow!
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Sun Jun 20, 2021 4:49 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
32: SS-47 Hightower

- Robot Mode -

In robot mode, I started with a gunmetal base coat (I feel like Decoart's gunmetal is my version of Bob Ross' titanium white), and painted over the yellow sections in white before going over them again with flat sunflower to get a lighter shade of yellow to match alt mode. Various silver and copper paint apps were added throughout as well.

The red and white caution stripes felt like a good inclusion after incorporating them on other Constructicons. I also went a little asymmetrical with the shoulders, having one in white to match the cab section on that side of the body. I think this adds a nice bit of variety to bot mode.

HT Bot 1.jpg

HT bot R side.jpg

HT bot kick.jpg

HT bot close.jpg

HT bot pose far.jpg



- Vehicle Mode -

For vehicle mode, I went with a lighter yellow base coat to better match the on-screen vehicle. I wasn't sure how to feel about that at first, but I like it and I think it adds some more variety to the Constructicons who have a lot of yellow going on. I painted the cab section in white, again based on the vehicle we see in ROTF, and added details primarily in silver and a flat black. The crane arm and the support thing behind it should technically be solid yellow, but I think I struck a good balance between the overall yellow color and detail work.

To finish up vehicle mode, I used panel liner to weather the main body of the excavator, and mud weathering on the treads to make them look dirty.

HT alt main.jpg

HT alt L.jpg

HT alt L side.jpg

HT alt R side.jpg

HT alt front.jpg



Paint Used:

Testor's enamels:
- Flat sunflower
- Flat gunmetal
- Gloss white
- Gloss red
- Metallic silver
- Metallic copper

Decoart acrylics:
- Gunmetal
- Lamp black

Other:
- Tamiya weathering kit
- Krylon spray flat coat
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Fri Jun 25, 2021 11:57 am

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Weapon: Plasma Cannon
Alright, so there's a slight change of plans.

See, I've packed up all of my Studio Series figures that have boxes. However, I got Offroad Bumblebee from a collector's store loose, so no box. Since I didn't think it would take too long, I'm going to get that project done before taking my break to get settled in at med school. I'll have it finished either later today (if the rain ever stops so I can flat coat) or tomorrow!
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Sat Jun 26, 2021 8:57 am

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
33: SS-57 Offroad Bumblebee

- Robot Mode –

It’s a little weird writing the robot mode section first, because I actually painted vehicle mode first and robot mode was a continuation of those decisions I made for alt mode. I started off with gunmetal (of course) and flat yellow over the yellow plastic sections to make sure they match the painted yellow areas. I also added some silver trim to the helmet and yellow armor pieces like we see in the movie.

While I did stick to the general design of Bee’s appearance in the movie, I took some liberties with the small detail work, since the original design didn’t have much of that. I primarily did this with copper in small accents around bot mode, but also some flat black and silver to help break up the gunmetal. I feel like I struck a good balance between detail and screen accuracy with this one.

My rule for weathering is that I’ll do it if the alt mode has weathering on it (Ex: DOTM Megatron), and Offroad Bee fit that category. I started with sponge brushing some gunmetal (a technique I’m starting to like more and more), and then used some panel liner. Finally, I used mud weathering on the chest piece, feet, and arms. Honestly, I went a little further with the weathering than what we see in the movie, but I’m still happy with it and I felt like it was good practice for those techniques.

OB bot main.jpg

OB bot side pose.jpg

OB bot front pose.jpg

OB bot crouch.jpg

OB bot close.jpg


-Vehicle Mode –

In vehicle mode, my first step was to paint over the yellow plastic in a flat yellow to better match the painted yellow parts of the figure. I then used flat black for the area behind the seats, the center of the tires, the dashboard, and the bumper. I added silver details for the various handles and pieces around the Jeep, and picked out the lights and reflective pieces in red and orange. Some flat rust for the straps and red for the markings on the gas tank finished off the detail work for this mode.

I then moved on to weathering, first with a sponge brush technique and gunmetal paint, and then with small amounts of panel liner to add a worn look. I then used a little bit of mud weathering on the tires, lower grill, and sides of the Jeep. Sealing all that up with flat coat finished this mode!

(Small side note, my Offroad Bee was missing the steering wheel when I got it, thus why it’s absent)

OB alt main.jpg

OB alt front.jpg

OB alt R.jpg

OB alt back.jpg

OB alt RB.jpg


Paint used:
Testor’s enamels:
- Flat yellow
- Flat gunmetal
- Gloss red
- Gloss tangerine
- Gloss white (used as a base layer for yellow sections)
- Metallic silver
- Metallic copper
Decoart acrylics:
- Gunmetal
- Lamp black
- Emperor gold
Other:
- Tamiya weathering kit
- Tamiya panel liner
- Krylon flat coat
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:33 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
Happy 10th anniversary of my favorite movie, Dark of the Moon! I grabbed a bunch of pics of my DOTM bots before I packed them all up, take a look!

Decepticons.jpg

Highway Chase.jpg

Mexican Standoff.jpg

Ironhide punches Sentinel.jpg

Shockwave v Wreckers.jpg

Bee vs Soundwave.jpg

Prime.jpg

Punch.jpg

PrimevsPrime.jpg

Ratchet Bumblebee.jpg
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:07 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
:michaelbay: 200,000 Views!!! :michaelbay:

We just hit another really big milestone!

Normally I'd like to have a poll or something to celebrate, but my options are pretty limited right now, I only have a couple figures with me currently. I can show you what's coming up next, though!
Next projects.jpg

Scrapper is the next project, which I've started work on now that I'm mostly set up here at med school. Not sure if Thundercracker will immediately follow, depends on when I get my hands on Grindor.

My plan is to swap out figures when I go home for break, so this Christmas I'll be able to take Scrapper and Thundercracker back and bring back some new projects, one of which will be Overload. I don't have another one picked to bring with Overload yet, maybe we'll run a poll to pick that project once we get around that time?

Thank you all once again for checking back on this page to see the updates, and I'm excited to finish this next batch of repaints and share them with you!
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:44 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
34: SS-60 Scrapper

- Robot Mode -

Scrapper was a fun one to work on, there's quite a bit of good reference shots of the ILM render which made detail work much easier. Scrapper has a lot of yellow going on, so I had to be a little more careful with my gunmetal work, striking a balance between solid yellow and going overboard with gunmetal. There were plenty of fun details to add, like the lights on the torso and red and white striping on the shoulders, and the wiring on the arms and legs. I was a little unsure of how to do the claw arm, but wsettled on a 2-sided approach that leaves the now silver painted sections primarily visible in robot mode, and the yellow side visible in alt mode to blend in with the scoop.

I used silver dry brushing to emulate the extensive paint scratches and scuffs seen on Scrapper's renders., and then intended to use panel liner for further weathering, only to find that my panel liner didn't survive the trip over here. I improvised some using some black acrylic paint and the corresponding thinner, and it actually worked out pretty nicely.

Scrapper main 1.jpg

Scrapper bot main 2.jpg

Scrapper bot claw pose.jpg

Scrapper bot L side 2.jpg

Scrapper bot close.jpg


- Vehicle Mode -

I don't have as much to write about for Scrapper's alt mode - it's pretty far removed from the actual construction vehicle, so there weren't as many opportunities to incorporate details from the real thing. I picked out the ladders in silver and a few details on the cab section, and used gunmetal on the teeth of the scoop. I continued the weathering from robot mode using my homemade model wash, silver dry brushing, mud weathering on the sides, and sand weathering on the tires.
Scrapper alt main.jpg

Scrapper alt L.jpg

Scrapper alt front.jpg

Scrapper alt back.jpg

Scrapper alt top.jpg


Paint used:

Testor's enamels:
- Flat yellow
- Metallic silver
- Metallic copper
- Gloss tangerine

Decoart acrylics:
- Gunmetal
- Lamp black (combined with acrylic thinner for model wash)

Other:
- Folkart acrylic blue sapphire
- Tamiya weathering kit
- Krylon flat coat
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Re: EvasionModeBumblebee's Studio Series Repaints

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Sat Aug 28, 2021 5:14 pm

Motto: "Are you telling me you could've been a Camaro this whole time?!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
Hey everyone! It's been a little while since the last update, so let me fill you in on how things are going.

First off, I've been working a little bit on Thundercracker over these last few weeks. I'm really not sure about it though, the Allspark blue accents were originally intended as showing stored-up electricity (with a name like Thundercracker and the lightning bolts on alt mode I figured it would make sense), but I think it makes robot mode a little too much. I'd really like to hear some feedback on this!
TC Prototype.jpg


With test 1 down at Med school and my prior project completed (a 1/72 Bandai Resistance X-Wing), I finally got a chance to start paint work on Grindor! I'm going with a lighter gray base coat and a darker gunmetal for the core robot, similar to the original ROTF voyager. Here's a look at the head sculpt so far:
Grindor head.jpg


Not sure which of these I'll finish first, but I am working on them!
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