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The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby Black Hat » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:48 am

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So this is a thread for anyone to talk about ideas for customs- be it sharing ideas they've had, asking for help on a good mold to make a particular character out of, or inquiring as to what to do with a particular figure they want to customize. Got an Energon Roadblock you don't know what to do with? Want to make a new version of Shockwave but don't know what mold to use? Have a great idea for a custom you'd love to share? Just finished a custom and want to know what to do next? This is the place for you!

I'm going to start the ball rolling with some custom ideas I've had, and a question.

In terms of customs already on the go I'm making a Universe Dropshot into Megatron, a CW Skydive into Starscream, a broken Skrapnel into an OC called Cherrybomb (basically a homage to the Beetras Beet-Papil figure that never got made), an also broken Animated Arcee into Minerva (gotta source some forearms first) and an Alpha Bravo into an OC female Autobot called Sonar (she'll turn into a deep-sea submersible with clamp arms).

And now for a question. So I have some CW figures that I don't know what to do with. As mentioned above, I'm making my Skydive into a Starscream and my Alpha Bravo into a semi-OC Technobot named Sonar but I still have a Dragstrip, a Firefly and a Silverbolt I don't really want to keep "as-is" (I have a Rook too but he's too cool to customize). So anyway, what should I do with them? I'm thinking of potentially putting Rook in with them and having them be an OC Autobot combiner team of some form, but I don't really have any ideas for identities, colour schemes or physical mods. Any advice/bursts of inspiration would be greatly appreciated.

Anyway, let's get brainstorming!
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby ZeldaTheSwordsman » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:12 pm

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Weapon: Galaxial Rocket Launcher
You could maybe turn Silverbolt into Vector Prime?

I've had plenty of ideas, some of which I've made reality (albeit with less than ideal skill), some of which I'm working on implementing currently, and some of which I don't have what I'd need to implement.

Here's one in that last category: Legends-series Godbomber has a few issues. One that affects all modes is that the God Cannon is a dummy, it doesn't fire like the one from the original toy did. However, there is actually an existing piece that should lend itself to kitbashing in to change that: the missile launcher from a G1 Ratchet or Ironhide. It's small and short so it should be fittable without too much trouble.

An idea I'm currently working on is doing Minerva using TR Nightbeat for the face, but with some modifications. One was filling in the rageface mouth and cutting a neutral expression.. The other was getting rid of the faux-helmet detail since I'm going to build a real helmet.

An idea on the to-do list is bashing my TR PMOP's cab into a transforming one inspired by PC-16
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Vector Prime's Cyber Key
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby Black Hat » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:29 am

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Vector Prime? Hmmm, that could potentially work. It'd need a lot of modification/resculpting (Cyclonus would make a better base mold but I don't own him) but it might work. I'll see.

Another stupid idea I had: Remember that awful Bludgeon combiner FunPub gave us? Well I reckon there's a good concept in there somewhere. I'm thinking of taking a CW Onslaught as the base (as no way am I modifying an expensive Club figure) and doing the following:
>Replace the wheels with (static) tank treads, possibly from small model tanks.
>Modify the turret to look more like a tank and less like a folded up mush of combiner kibble
>Give him a proper cannon
>Give him a katana
>Give him a new head and combiner noggin (obviously)
>Give him a new chestplate, possibly based on a set of robotic ribs
>Make him look more samurai-y in general
Of course there's no point having a Bludgeon combiner torso without a team to go with him. I don't fancy the Mayhem Attack Squad route so I'm thinking of giving him some more thematic limbs, be they OCs or existing but fitting characters. Banzai-tron from the Brawl mold might work but beyond that I'm not sure. Any other thoughts on character concept ideas? I want to keep the Japanese theme, so keep that in mind.
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby ZeldaTheSwordsman » Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:57 am

Motto: "It's unnerving and insulting when people in a toy-based fandom, whatever it is, make statements to the effect that general consumers and fans of lesser financial means should be deprived entirely of the ability to partake of the primary market."
Weapon: Galaxial Rocket Launcher
Well, I thought of Vector Prime because he and Silverbolt have somewhat similar transformations.

Here's an idea I wonder if anyone's tried: Replacing Leobreaker's arm mode plug with a Combiner Wars one.
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Vector Prime's Cyber Key
RID Ruination/G1 Bruticus/KO chestplate & helmet
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby Glarryg » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:35 am

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Black Hat wrote:Of course there's no point having a Bludgeon combiner torso without a team to go with him. I don't fancy the Mayhem Attack Squad route so I'm thinking of giving him some more thematic limbs, be they OCs or existing but fitting characters. Banzai-tron from the Brawl mold might work but beyond that I'm not sure. Any other thoughts on character concept ideas? I want to keep the Japanese theme, so keep that in mind.


You could turn a plane figure into Deadlock, and have him adopt the samurai/sword theme before becoming an Autobot.

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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby Black Hat » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:08 am

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Glarryg wrote:
Black Hat wrote:Of course there's no point having a Bludgeon combiner torso without a team to go with him. I don't fancy the Mayhem Attack Squad route so I'm thinking of giving him some more thematic limbs, be they OCs or existing but fitting characters. Banzai-tron from the Brawl mold might work but beyond that I'm not sure. Any other thoughts on character concept ideas? I want to keep the Japanese theme, so keep that in mind.


You could turn a plane figure into Deadlock, and have him adopt the samurai/sword theme before becoming an Autobot.

Glarryg

That's actually not a bad idea. As it happens I've already come up with 4 OCs but I might go with that if one of them doesn't work.

Anyway, those ideas (feel free to steal):

Limb 1: Immolator. A sadistic brute with an Engex addiction problem who believes only by purging the Autobots completely and razing everything they hold dear to the ground can the war be ended. Themed after an Oni, and transforms into a flamethrower tank. Uses the Brawl mold.
Limb 2: Night Dragon. A master of stealth and evading detection, Night Dragon is an expert at targeting Autobot commanders and leaving the enemy leaderless. Themed after a Ninja (and named after a cyberattack ala Nitro Zeus) and transforms into a car. Uses the Dead End mold.
Limb 3: Agent Orange. Highly knowledgable on chemical warfare in all its forms, be it poisoning a single individual, tainting the water supply of a human city or carpet-bombing a bastion with acid. She appears a sultry, charming individual, but this is a facade for the vindictive, vicious and utterly evil 'con she really is. Themed after an Oiran (a Japanese ultra-high-class courtesan, think a Geisha but with even crazier hair) and transforms into a jet. Uses the Air Raid mold.
Limb 4: Bodyslam. A slow and generally calm robot, Bodyslam is normally very relaxed and chilled out guy, but if you make him angry he will crush you. Nearly indestructible and immune to pain, he is a force of nature on the battlefield. Themed after a Sumo wrestler and transforms into an armoured...thing (I still need to decide on that). Uses the UW Nosecone mold (heavily modified as I have a spare one, but the drill mount and one of the hands is broken).
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby ZeldaTheSwordsman » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:22 am

Motto: "It's unnerving and insulting when people in a toy-based fandom, whatever it is, make statements to the effect that general consumers and fans of lesser financial means should be deprived entirely of the ability to partake of the primary market."
Weapon: Galaxial Rocket Launcher
After acquiring Krok, I realized that he or Skullsmasher would be a good starting point for a custom Horri-bull/Bullhorn. The transformation scheme is largely the same, and the reptilian detailing works nicely too.
Looking for:
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Vector Prime's Cyber Key
RID Ruination/G1 Bruticus/KO chestplate & helmet
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:20 am

Motto: "I will be your blade. I will be your shield."
Weapon: Armor Axe
I'm currently finishing two CW firetrucks. One is an evil Decepticon that love to add gazoline to the fire instead of extinguishing it. The other will be Hotspot, but white.

The real project will be the next one, converting four CW deluxes. One "Lamborghini" will simply be repainted red and have it's head preplaced. However, the other 3 will become "Mad Max" vehicles. They will still be able to combine and becoming either arms or legs, but the wheels, arms, and most panels of the bots will be replaced to become post-apocalyptic vehicles made out of junk. Really "heavy metal" style. All characters will be OCs, of course.

And now that I finally have the Thunderwing Titan Master, I can convert my TLK Nitro into Thunderwing. The basic gray of Nitro will remain because the color is close enough and I don't want him to be a goopy mess. All black parts will be painted carefully. I only have water based Tamiya so I hope I will not mess up. The black parts of the arms will be deep purple, the weapon parts will be lavender, and the chest parts will be forest green. That's the only parts I will paint. Finally, I have some spare Reprolabels for G1 Thunderwing that I will use on him. The final results will be a modern take on Thunderwing, kinda like RTS Lugnut. And the fact that he's a Titan Master is perfect as it represent the inner bot.
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby MagicDeath » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:36 am

Motto: "Oversight is the root of all failure."
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I haven't done any customs yet, but I thought my T30 Jhiaxus could make a nice (Senator) Ratbat. Any thoughts?
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby Rysquad » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:10 am

ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:After acquiring Krok, I realized that he or Skullsmasher would be a good starting point for a custom Horri-bull/Bullhorn. The transformation scheme is largely the same, and the reptilian detailing works nicely too.


Looks like someone has done it: http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/threads/t ... l.1085887/
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:42 am

Motto: "I will be your blade. I will be your shield."
Weapon: Armor Axe
MagicDeath wrote:I haven't done any customs yet, but I thought my T30 Jhiaxus could make a nice (Senator) Ratbat. Any thoughts?


Oh, definitely. The head should be swapped for something appropriate though.
Oh, and be very careful with the painting. Not making a goopy mess is very hard and bright orange will be hard to cover up. Better ask some tips on how to properly paint because it will be the main and hardest part of your custom.
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Re: The Transformers Custom Idea/Inspiration Thread!

Postby MagicDeath » Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:16 pm

Motto: "Oversight is the root of all failure."
Weapon: Hypersonic Concussion Blasters
-Kanrabat- wrote:
MagicDeath wrote:I haven't done any customs yet, but I thought my T30 Jhiaxus could make a nice (Senator) Ratbat. Any thoughts?


Oh, definitely. The head should be swapped for something appropriate though.
Oh, and be very careful with the painting. Not making a goopy mess is very hard and bright orange will be hard to cover up. Better ask some tips on how to properly paint because it will be the main and hardest part of your custom.

Yeah, I’ve been doing a lot of research while I build up funds, supplies, ideas, and time. Some primer should do the trick. Probably won’t be my first one, either.
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