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04-06-2013, 11:05 AM
Decided to move this to it's own thread. I had been posting it in the Shadow Pred thread as it's a customized Shadow Predator. I still have some further work I want to do including getting a mask for him and painting it. I'm also considering making a custom spear using the long blade from the Berserker gauntlet that I'll never actually use in the gauntlet.

Here's a quick rundown of the story so far.

I started with this:

I bought Noland's belt and Berserker's gauntlet:

I removed:
- the fur
- the left shoulder armor
- the right leather gauntlet
- the whole belt assembly

First I took the creature skull he comes with and cut it up. I tied the lower jaw to the right shoulder. I made leather armor for the left shoulder basically by tearing thin leather I have and then hand dying it. I then attached the upper part of the skull to the leather armor.

I then repainted the Noland belt I bought. Basically I repainted all the metal parts dark bronze and glossed the "leather" parts. I added leather panels to the front and back using the same method as for the shoulder armor.

I added an additional leather belt.

I then made a leather sheath for the sword he comes with by sewing together some more leather. I attached that to a shoulder strap made from string soaked in paint. I used some of the bones and skulls he came with to decorate it.

I planned on making a real leather gauntlet for the left arm but just couldn't get it to work so I just replaced the string with my paint soaked string which I think looks a bit better.

I wrapped the right arm under the blade gauntlet with paint soaked lace webbing.

I made from scratch the bone daggar pictured above and made a leather sheath for it and tied that to the left leg with leather lace.

I also just made a variety of miscellaneous bones from scratch including the claw hanging from his belt on the front and the three bones hanging from his belt on the back.

Progress pics:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8618244970_20b77c2567_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8618244970/)
IMG_9742 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8618244970/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8523/8619376261_0ec44c9e53_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8619376261/)
IMG_9745 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8619376261/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8260/8620479712_1de058b535_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8620479712/)
IMG_9751 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8620479712/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8523/8619376261_0ec44c9e53_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8619376261/)
IMG_9745 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8619376261/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8260/8623312852_d3cfd96e55_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8623312852/)
IMG_9767 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8623312852/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8119/8623311918_ac011ddcde_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8623311918/)
IMG_9766 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8623311918/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8622210811_15e39556c8_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8622210811/)
IMG_9768 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8622210811/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr

04-06-2013, 11:05 AM
IMG_9764 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8623316464/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8389/8622291323_3670d3bb04_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8622291323/)
IMG_9769 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8622291323/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr

04-06-2013, 11:13 AM
Cool, looks great! Have you given any thought to some kind of bone bio?

04-06-2013, 12:02 PM
Great custom..the looks is fantastic

04-06-2013, 12:33 PM
Danke talyer, I may not be able to wait for you to finish the shoulder cannon before ordering a mask. :)

Hellion: I plan on buying tayer's Beast mask which I'm thinking might look cool with the more organic parts painted bone and the more tech parts painted bronze. Might look weird but I think I'm going to give that a shot.

04-06-2013, 05:22 PM
This one is really nice! Really like how you kept him in the Lost Predators style. Reminds me the Heavy Predator from the AvP2 game, he had one huge bone-shoulder plate too. Nice. Try to lower his neck thou, it will make him even better.

I wish ADI would make with predators something that creative instead boring berserkers.

04-06-2013, 08:53 PM
The armor look fantastic. Hope you can do bone bio too.

04-06-2013, 09:24 PM
Danke talyer, I may not be able to wait for you to finish the shoulder cannon before ordering a mask. :)

Hellion: I plan on buying tayer's Beast mask which I'm thinking might look cool with the more organic parts painted bone and the more tech parts painted bronze. Might look weird but I think I'm going to give that a shot.

His bios are awesome! I had the Shadow Pred and had the viper mask for him, great quality and so many more details in hand!

04-07-2013, 08:37 AM
Hey that looks amazing.

Reefer Shark
04-07-2013, 09:55 AM
Looks great dedguy! Your changes have really transformed the figure into something new, I love it. Can't wait to see how it looks with a new bio.

04-07-2013, 10:15 AM
Great work.

04-13-2013, 08:45 PM
your imagination and your small details work are both sooooo cool.
what you do seems to be easy, but it demands very accurate working with small details.
leather/bone work is the best there ) if you made items for sale, they might be popular. HT figures miss lots of movie details, and you can make them.

04-13-2013, 08:52 PM
That's an amazing custom! :clap

04-13-2013, 09:13 PM
p.s. and i'm definitely stealing your idea of using that skull for armor )
i have one extra and couldn't imagine what to do with it.

04-13-2013, 10:57 PM
Awesome custom, nice work. Everything you added just seems to fit right.

Uncanny Web-Slinger
04-14-2013, 10:44 AM
Love the machete sheath and the dagger. great work Dedguy

05-15-2013, 07:41 AM
Now that I got a helmet on this guy he's basically finished and I find myself wanting to do another custom dude. I'm going to hold off for awhile on that though as doing custom Hot Toys Predators can get expensive quick.

Took some quick pics this morning before work. Will probably take some more pictures after the sealer on the helmet is fully cured. Right now it's a bit glossier that it will end up being as well as being slightly milky. Seems to take about 2 days to full cure. Not sure how well it comes across in these photos but the helmet has some silver detailing around the mouth area and a few other details on the helmet.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7288/8740532843_03f407b635_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8740532843/)
IMG_9848 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8740532843/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7283/8741651536_6f6b403c11_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8741651536/)
IMG_9851 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8741651536/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr

05-15-2013, 07:52 AM
Amazing craftsmanship. Well done ! :clap
Biomask looks super cool.

05-15-2013, 07:54 AM
Oh I should definitely note that the mask is a custom mask from taylerdurdem (http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99339) though the paint is done by me.

05-15-2013, 07:57 AM
I know but i like your paint job.
PS: Check out my custom jungle base for Classic Predator

05-15-2013, 08:11 AM
Thanks dude. Yeah I just wanted to make sure to send any business I can his way. :)

Base looks good. I thought the Classic Pred came with a base similar to the original P1 release but I guess not. It comes with the big animal skin thing.

05-15-2013, 11:31 AM
Nice custom bro :clap

05-15-2013, 07:39 PM
Some more detail pics of the mask. I'm pretty happy with the way the paint came out.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7289/8743536914_6c524c2d5d_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8743536914/)
IMG_9869 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8743536914/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7287/8743538180_46cccae625_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8743538180/)
IMG_9875 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8743538180/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7293/8742421825_17a7683fc3_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8742421825/)
IMG_9884 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8742421825/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr

I camp dbs
05-15-2013, 08:19 PM
very good job, how long roughly did that take?

05-15-2013, 08:26 PM
To paint it? Probably about two hours but that included waiting for the acrylics to dry. Sitting in the chair actually painting it only took me maybe 10 minutes? The waiting for paint to dry aspect is what I find most frustrating about painting.

The whole figure I did over several days but overall probably a few hours. I like to work on stuff and then walk away and clean, write, illustrate, watch a movie, etc, and then come back and work on it more. I also really like working on stuff where I can take a day before coming back to it since that time to think and the perspective it gives you can bring on new ideas or solutions to problems.

I also do A LOT of research. Probably half the time I spent on this custom was just doing research. Spending a lot of time looking through concept artwork and screencaps from movies and games as well as fan art and fan sculptures.

05-16-2013, 03:42 AM
You should take some pictures in bright daylight.

05-16-2013, 08:09 AM
Were the pictures too dark? I didn't realize until after I had taken them that I had dropped the aperture back down to 1.6/ƒ so they have very short depth of field. For macro stuff I usually like to do at least an 8/ƒ.

05-16-2013, 08:38 AM
Here's some more clear photos.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7289/8743729047_44116b2c25_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8743729047/)
IMG_9903 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8743729047/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7294/8743728657_dd03c6b75e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8743728657/)
IMG_9897 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dedguy/8743728657/) by dangercorpse (http://www.flickr.com/people/dedguy/), on Flickr

05-16-2013, 10:20 AM
Dedguy, you got me really wanting to try this with my Shadow. It's a great custom with exceptional character design!

05-16-2013, 11:02 AM
If you specifically want to do the thing with the skull, it was really hard to pull apart and cut. I had to add additional sculpted bits to the underside of the skull so it would fit on his shoulder. The jaw had to be heated up and re-shaped as well.

I thought it was going to be a lot easier than it was.