Dusty79 Featured Customizer
Put the November 2013 Featured Customizer in the "Rising Star" category. Dusty79 hasn't been on the forum very long but his work has quickly garnered positive attention by his peers. He's able to see the potential in the parts and make the most out of all the accessories for each character. His painting is clean. His sculpting, especially facial hair, is really good. his vehicles while good customs, have the added benefit of looking like fun toys to boot. Go check out his customs in the Gallery archive and the Critiques section of the forum. Then read below for what he has to say about his customizing.
Which style of figures do you enjoy customizing the most?
I am definitely a 25th or newer kind of guy. I prefer the removable and swappable accessories on the new figures as well as the overall aesthetic, not to mention that other than my childhood ARAH figures, it’s basically all I have. I have never even experimented with other types as a customizer. Except for way back when with some ARAH, switching parts around as a kid to give a figure bare arms or a different head. I also, as a kid, spray painted a Bazooka black to make a shadow/ghost version of him for my Joe forces to have to contend with. I think he was invincible though, if memory serves.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
For vehicles, Tamiya and Testors model sprays are my preference depending on the color I need. Those brands spray on very fine and very even and are very durable. And I spray all vehicles with Testors Dull Coat over top of the stickers or waterslides to make everything blend as best it can.
For Figures I mainly use the Michaels brand. I like them because it makes it cost effective to have an enormous color palette and for my level of customizing they work fine. I do have some Games Workshop paints that I picked up to try out and they are great.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
I mainly find my inspiration right here on Joe Customs. I see what other people have done or what they are talking about and it gives me ideas. Maybe one aspect of a custom will strike me, like a web gear painted a certain way, and that will trigger an idea for a completely different character using that paint scheme or that web gear painted similarly. Reading through the critiques also gives me ideas. Sometimes a suggestion for someone else fits what I am doing perfectly and I say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” On one occasion I even asked what to do with a parts combo. I liked how it looked, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. The inspiration from the answers to that question led me to my Dr. Venom and Overkill customs, two figures I would never have made without input from members on here.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
For me, the tool I most rely on is the exacto knife. For vehicles or figures, I spend a lot of time cutting and shaving plastic with multiple size knives and different types of blades. I even use the heavy duty version to crack chests open. The only tool I spend more time with is a paint brush, but that isn't nearly as much fun.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
This is a tough question. I’m not sure how other people see the various areas of my customizing. I definitely think I am better at vehicles than figures, and when it comes to vehicles I like to think I am good at taking pieces from different vehicles or sources and modifying them so they look like they belong together. At least that is what is the most fun for me and what I get the most satisfaction from. The rotating turret on my Hound, for instance, is my absolute favorite thing I have ever made. It was so much fun piecing it all together and shaving/cutting/sanding the parts to fit together. Even if it’s not considered great by other people, it gives me a lot of satisfaction to look at it and it’s wanting more of that feeling that comes from designing and bashing things together that keeps me doing this. So, I guess that must be my strength if it is what drives me forward.