Going Primal

Ah another toy salvaged from…..not my toy box this time, but at a carboot sale months back. I saw this at a toy stall in the carboot indoor market that was in a spinning case for many months. I just had to get it!

Looking pretty worn out with missing parts (his transmetal ape head is missing sadly, so no animal mode for this post), this is Optimus Primal, a Maximal who leads his bots to fight against the evil Predecons led by Megaton (namesake descendent) on planet Earth in the past. Because Earth was quite high on energon radiation, the bots took forms of animals to protect themselves from excess overloading.

Anyways you didn’t come here for a 1990’s history lesson, your here for my painting work! Before that, check out some unintentional equipment attachments that primal can carry! I am Megtron! ‘Monkey noises’

Super-primal-power-force-combine-maximal-transform!!!

Now, here’s what I’ve done with the toy after painting it.I’ve used a brown shade to run through the recess areas, to make them stand out along with details that were not visible. Then I drybrushed his grey parts in light silver to bring out the raised areas, making it appear like real metallic arms.

For the purple areas, I’ve used a purple shade to darken the areas and Male the fur recesses more visible. The eyes were painted in layers from orange to white, similar to how his eyes glowed in the animation.

Did you know he can use a hover board as well?

For the metallic blue I just used a blue glaze, as the metal was worn near the edges of the recess lines.

Another toy painted!

How many more can a ruin?

I think I’ll go back to the 80’s and pluck a toy from the range. G1 Galvatron anyone?

-Bjorn

Another bot painted

Today I’ve got another Transformers toy to show you guys, I’ve forgotten the name of this particular one, but it was part of a duo set I got over a decade ago. This one was one of my top ten favourite Deception toys because of its design and flexible poses, it’s simple but visually awesome as a villain toy. I wasn’t a fan of the alternate mode as it looked pretty generic, but I can forgive it in terms of its design.

What let’s this toy down is the coloured plastic as it looked plain with a lot of details sadly hidden by its plain colour application. Like Quake, it just lacked that extra detail and eye popping presence that would’ve made it come to life.

With my paints, brush and inks I went to work on this toy. Here’s the results!

Now it looks really impressive with more features visible and highlighted, vents, doors, mechanical lines and parts defined for a crisper finish. I went the extra mile by adding drybrushing effects for the mud that would be part of the vehicle mode, and rust texture to represent its duo state of a disused military vehicle and the Decepticons long drenched life in a never ending war. Bullet holes, rust and grime show an aspect of experience and decay fighting against the Autobots.

Other parts I’ve painted were the gun, which I used from Quake’s toy, giving it a much more realistic paint job.

For the vehicle mode the mud and rust would be seen in the point of view as an old military vehicle left to rust in a museum or scrap site. This would help the Decepticon blend in to disguise itself in abandoned places, situating itself near military bases to either surprise attack the humans or collect intel back to base.

That’s all from me for today. I might do one more toy to paint if I can find any suitable candidate. I might risk one toy in particular that Beast Wars fans will either hate or love the finished results.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Adding painting improvements to Transformers Headmaster Quake

Last year I painted a Cyberman toy as a test experiment for fun, which turned out really well. Now, I did some test work on some toys I had left in a box for awhile now, judging by the paint work from production, I thought they lacked a lot of things that would’ve made them look much more appealing. The plastic is dull as the details aren’t visible enough, and certain areas looked lazy with no appropriate colour.

So like any silly Brit on too much tea, I’d decided to paint these toys myself!

Here’s Quake, a Transformers Headmaster toy from the Titans Return range that I got a year ago. At first it looks pretty cool, but soon enough not much to look at when it’s on your shelf looking pretty plain.

Using acrylic paints and inks, I went to work on shading, drybrushing and detailing the toy for roughly 4 to 5 Hours of painting.

I started with the Headmaster to do some tests, here’s the original head with one badly painted eye from toy production.

Here’s what I did after painting it.

Here’s the finished result!

Now that’s a display toy I’d paying for! Look at the details on his canon, it looks way more intimidating than the gloss black version. Areas that didn’t have details defined are now more crisper and sharp with added highlights. The treads were painted black to make them stand out much more than just a lazy all grey colour.

Quake wasn’t the only not to receive a paint update, my Headmaster Crashbash also got some love too!

Before

After

I’ve really enjoyed this side project yesterday, it got me thinking on what else I can do with some toys I have in my collection.

If have you have any ideas or suggestions, post a comment below and share your ideas.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

12 days of winter [day 8]: New Retro Gorkamorka (or is it Morkagorka?)

made using Procreate app

The Destruction God of AoS has been rebuilt by the planet Eating Chaos bringer, Unicron. Now, Gorkamorka (or Morkagorka) is reborn as a tetchy upgraded monster with more dakka lasers and ultimate strength compared to the punny Ironjaws Warboss.

(I very much doubt this will happen, but you never know……..😏)

Thank you for checking this post out. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thank!

-Bjorn

Titans Return: Soundwave (a rambling of a Soundwave fan)

Titans Return: Soundwave (a rambling of a Soundwave fan)

If there’s one thing I love most apart from table top hobby, it’s big metal alien robots from another planet. Or to be more specific, the Transformers franchise!

I still love the franchise even to this day, although I’m out of the loop when it comes to the latest releases and tv shows. But what has been on my mind since my younger days is that I seriously wanted a toy of G1 Soundwave. It got so bad that I’ve even considered it in my bucket list before I die, just to have Soundwave on my shelf would be an achievement in itself.

But now it’s finally happened, after nearly 15 years of waiting and searching, I’ve finally got Soundwave!

Ah yes, the alt mode of a giant caset player, nobody will notice how big it is…

The toy itself takes a lot of inspiration from it’s G1 origins, from the chest function, to the way the toy is designed. The visor colour is the exception, as originally Soundwave had a red visor. But I’m guessing the yellow is more contrastable than red compared to the dark blue body. 
The caset storage function is a nice gimmick in my opinion, it would have been even better if Ravage and Rat Bat were included in the set πŸ˜₯.
Poseing wise, the toy certainly gets it right in the way you can pose the toy. I’ve gone for the cowboy style shooting pose, which looks great for Soundwave (if he wasn’t a Uncharismatic bore). 

I don’t what else there is to say to be honest, I’ve certainly enjoyed having sound wave in my collection. Now that the new film is on the horizon (which I’ll certainly not watch for my sanity), I might possibly buy one of the dinobots, the design on those guys are pretty sweet. 
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I hope you guys have enjoyed this post, if you want me to do more post like this one on my TF collection, post a comment below if your interested. Also, if you have any questions, post it in the comment section and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

Have a great day guys!,

-Bjorndovah