BadAsh Featured Customizer
Bad Ash - Featured Customizer for October 2009 BadAsh exemplifies quality over quantity. He doesn't have the body of work some customizers have, but with each one you are going to find excellent craftsmanship. Here has the creativity to find a good mix of parts that work perfectly for whatever character he is putting together. Go check out some of his work in the Gallery
Which style of figures do you enjoy customizing the most?
Even though I love ARAH, I've started to really enjoy customizing with 25th. There is more of a variety of parts to work with and sizes. I still do ARAH customs when I think that the parts are right for the idea and there are still things I haven't tried yet with the style, like lower arm swaps.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
I started out using only Appler Barrell/Folk Art because it was cheap and decent and there was a large variety of colors to choose from. But over the past year or so, I've branched out to using Citadel and Reaper paint. Reaper paint is decently cheap and works great. You get a good "spread" with it as you do with Citadel. I also am a big fan of using Krylon spray paints.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
I am a very creative person, and in that, I can see a part that might be "different" and then wrap the other parts around it to make something interesting. I try to watch a lot of movies and flip through comics and art. Just stuff that catches my interest I might see something in it that puts an idea in my head. Kind of like for the BatCommander I made.
I kind of got the idea from those Magnetix figures that you could take apart. I bought a bunch of high powered earth magnets and experimented with him. Making the arm and hand joints magnetic to swap out. Did the same with the arm attachments.
First Joe custom I ever did.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
I use a variety of "normal" tools to work with in customizing. I love using sandpapers, dremels, picks and whatnot, but my fave is my razorblade knife. I got it as a gift from my boss a few years ago. I put down the X-acto blade and started using it instead. Works great to crack open the 25th torsos, use it to cut off stuff on legs and whatever, and use it to help sculpt with. Plus it's a lot cheaper to replace blades for over X-acto blades. ;)
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
This one is hard for me to pick. I asked a few what they thought was my best area. Creativity, thinking up parts to use for certain ideas (do a lot of helping in chat), but I think one of my better areas is sculpting. Mainly hair. heh. Animal Handlers GP HogWild