Today I have a quick WIP picture to share with you, and then I am going to hand the reigns over to brobotc from Minimate Multiverse. So what is the WIP exactly? Well, I won’t say exactly what I am doing yet, but you can probably guess by looking at the picture:
Check back in a few weeks for an update on this mysterious project! And now for your guest post:
Hello, this is brobotc from MMV and I would like to introduce a new segment I would like to call “Building A Better Minimate”. This article is about remaking original detail-impaired Minimates (such as the rock minimates and CTHD Minimates). If any of you Minimate collectors have seen the amount of detail on the rock or CTHD Minimates compared to modern Minimates, faces on the old 3-inchers had very few curves or additional details. So I would like to remake Powerslave Eddie down to a 2-inch scale with a removable mask to reveal Eddie’s face, which will have loads of detail compared to the original. So let’s get started!
First you will need:
– Source art of the original Minimate
– Source art of the character
– 2-inch Minimate
– Painting tools
– And the right amount of time
First you should look at the original source to remake your Minimate, so you can say “oh the Minimate is missing what the real concept has such as…..”, this is where a good eye for detail comes in handy. Take note of what is wrong with the Minimate so you won’t make it look like the old one. For example, the real Powerslave Eddie has a old decrepit look is, and all the detail the official Minimate had was just his eyes and mouth, and some thing I learned is for an old/dead/scary Minimate is never just paint a mouth and eyes! You don’t want to miss the opportunity to add all of the gristly details. Here is the original 3-inch Minimate for reference:
Now it’s time to move on to the painting! So what I have is:
– 2 golden bracelets with chains on it
– a normal 2inch Minimate
– a carefully cut Minimate mask
– and the Minimate body
First I carefully cut the mask of PS Eddie. Then I paint it a flesh tone color and leave it to dry.
Customizing tip: I use a sand man base to put my Minimates ready to dry on, you should try this, it really helps!
Back on track, now that the mask is done, I put mummy wraps on it with a nice tan/orange color. Now I start on the head which I just have to paint a darker flesh color. Then when that’s dry, I paint the detail on his face, and now I let it dry. But now I must introduce you to the super glue method: when you have a Minimate with a slip on mask, but with a custom face, put super glue on the head CAREFULLY! Make one mistake and the project could go really wrong. I wanted a removable mask on Eddie so he can have a nice detailed face, so I put super glue on the head after I finished painting it. It is really important to do this after, because if you do it before, the paint will scratch off. To do this, you should have brush on super glue, which would really help the super glue method.
Next, I started to paint the bracelets he has gold, and when I was done, I put it down to let it dry. So now I started painted the chest fleshtone. I decided not to put a spare chest piece on the Minimate because I think all the old 3inchers had un-necessary parts. So while I wait for the chest piece to dry, I paint the arms and legs. When you have a lot of the same color pieces drying at once, just kick back or get a snack, or you could check your source material to make sure nothing’s going wrong. Now that everything is done, apply all the necessary detail.
After you’ve applied all the necessary detail, put the entire Minimate together. Do you like it? If not, then you can always change it. Just figure out what you don’t like about it and start from there. But for now here is my finished product of Powerslave Eddie. I hope this has helped you!