Blood Brigade Featured Customizer
The Featured Customizer for June 2014 has been putting together a division's worth of vehicle customs lately. Blood Brigade is the master of taking two or three vehicles and mashing them together in a way that makes it hard to tell it didn't come that way to begin with. The simplistic designs betray the underlying skill required to do something like take a set of wings and put them on a helicopter and not have it look like a 3rd grader's art project. Take a look at his work in the Critique's Section and then see what he has to say about the hobby below.
What do you enjoy customizing the most?
Vehicles are my thing, I always liked building model kits of cars and tanks as a kid. This combined with my collecting of ARAH was a natural progression. I try and create new vehicles that I would have loved to have as a kid. That's why I try and keep them looking like toys and less like models.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
I use a lot of Krylon Tamiya and Model Master paints. I also use some automotive paint and primer.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
I'm a huge ww2 fanatic. I love looking at all the wild tanks and vehicles from that era. I also look at vintage and modern construction vehicles. I also take ideas from Science fiction movies. Thanks everyone I hope you enjoy my customs I have so much fun building them.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
There's two, a nice straight ruler and a very sharp hobby knife. You have to have straight lines and clean cuts. I also use a Dremel and a Hack saw.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
I'd say it's design. I try hard to keep them all looking like you could have bought them off the shelf back in the day. Some people would describe my customs as simple and they are in some ways but it's the idea that's the hard part.
I just want to say thanks to all of you for all your comments and ideas, there Is so much talent on JC. I often get asked for tips on vehicles so I will offer this. Take a vehicle strip it down to a bare shell and only add back what you want to keep. Often a subtle change makes a big difference. Also some of my favorite customs have come from just throwing random vehicle parts together and just saying I'm building something out of this no matter what, you'll be surprised what you can come up with. That's how I made my Tundra snowmobile and my Black Bird Bomber plane just to name a few.
The Future and photobucket
Some of my future projects include customs based on some of the larger G.I. JOE vehicles. I also really want to try some futuristic type vehicles so be on the look out for those. Here's the link to my photobucket account.