AdrienVeidt Featured Customizer
Featured Customizer for 2011
AdrienVeidt inspires other customizers. He pushes them through his own work and through is unrelenting enthusiasm for customizing as a hobby. He's always willing to pitch in ideas or impart whatever knowledge of a technique he has. He takes characters and pushes them in directions most people would never think about. He takes a figure and chops it up to make it a better, more playable, toy. Check out his customs in the Gallery archive, the Critiques section and, of course, his Universe Asunder website.
What do you enjoy customizing the most?
New stuff. A character I've not done before, a new technique I'm trying out, a new line of crap I'm trying to uncrapify, giving Batman a new ride. I don't dig repeating myself, which is probably why I don't do sets of identical troopers; and probably why I'm so late in making copies of figs I've done as repayment to Liftoff for stuff he's found for me out in the stores.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
So long as its water-based, I'm not really picky. Having a variety of the 'same' color from different manufacturers is easier than on-the-spot mixing to get slight differences in tone, imho. But then, painting's my weakest ability so that may be more of a warning than advice, lol. Each brand has strengths and weaknesses to consider; Apple Barrel is a huge container of rougher-grain stuff that doesn't adhere well, while Citadel stuff is comparatively expensive for the amount you get, etc...
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
Since my Universe Asunder doesn't try to reinvent characters so much as to find the core qualities that make that character somebody I like and want in the UA, my inspiration to do a fig or item is not a lot more than that it exists out there in the aether, and nobody's made it/him/her to my satisfaction yet.
Now, I get real * excited * about doing a fig/item when I realize how it synergizes with some other character or item from a wholly different property, and the less obvious the synergy the greater my excitement. Since the creators of all our fave comics and movies and shows and games all grew up with the same comics, movies, shows, and games we did, the concepts in play are inspired by other stories and concepts. So similarities and synergies can be found because the writers themselves liked them before they even started typing.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
I doubt my toolkit is much different from the standard set. Dremel, jeweler's files, x-acto, real-fiber paintbrushes, superglue (although I use the Medium and Thick varieties of the Extreme Power glues at Hobby Lobby).
I do use a lot more fabric as integral parts of my figs than most; and I don't know that anyone else uses superglue-soaked construction paper as a sculpting/building material.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
There are lots of guys ballsier than I, but once I'm set on using something to make something else, I don't care how much the item cost me or how difficult it may be to pull off or how out-of-left-field it may be, but I'll destroy anything to make something else. I'm not a collector, I'm a customizer. It's not about the having, it's about the doing.
But that's not to say I don't regret destroying something if my custom fails.
For a better idea of how characters fit in AdrienVeidt's vision, go check out this article. B elow are just a few examples of his work.