JimmyBoy Featured Customizer
Featured Customizer for November 2010 JimmyBoy often flies under the radar because he doesn't show a new customs that often. However what he lacks in quantity he makes up for with originality. He pays homage to the original line and to his friends. The best part is that you can see the guy's work getting better over time. He participated in the Group Project, Operation: 84 with his Big Ben and Sci Fi entires. You can see more of his work in the Critiques Section. Here's what he had to say about customizing.
Which style of figures do you enjoy customizing the most?
First of all, let me say that I am shocked and humbled to be chosen as the customizer of the month for November. In my honest opinion, there are so many other great deserving customizers out there. Me, I feel like a novice in this field.
As for sculpt, I prefer working with RAH figures for customs. Style--that's a tough one. I enjoy making military style figures most of all.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
I like a cheap white paint for primer. My favorite paints are Krylon Fusion (mainly the ultra flat camo colors), and the black Testors acryl paint pen. I have been using apple barrel and model master acryl as well.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
I find inspiration in different places. An ongoing long term project is trying to make old style Action Force figures in RAH form. Other inspiration comes from pictures (see Dosser), figures that members like (see Alleybender), but a lot of inspiration comes from the old Marvel comic run (see Sea Rattler).
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
The tools that I would not customize without are hemostat clamps, vice grip pliers, and size 0 brush. The clamps fit across the T-bar, and in the torso of RAH figures. This allows for better control in painting and handling. I've also developed an appreciation for the Dremel and the different bits.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
I think my strongest area is detail painting when it comes to vehicle customizing. I enjoy detailing the interiors of vehicles. This comes from when I used to make WWII 1:48 scale bombers. Beyond that, my strongest area is just having fun and making customs of figures that I'll never acquire (White Mortal and Abutre Negro).
Here is just a taste of some of JB's cooler looking work.