Nova Featured Customizer

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Featured Customer (3 of 3) for October 2008

The last Featured Customizer for October is a personal favorite. Nova is a pillar of the community. While he is probably most widely known for his Crystal Army and related Crystal Ball customs, but he is also a revolutionary, "out side of the box" customizer. He is always on the look out for new and improved ways of doing things. Whether it is color changing paint, chroming parts, or switching lower arms around, the guy isn't just a customizer, he's a scientist. What we have in the gallery for him is just the tip of the iceberg for what he has done, but it is still worth browsing through. To see some of his latest work please view his most recent critiques thread.


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Which style of figures do you enjoy customizing the most?

ARAH...It's where I started, I've got more parts in my fodder than I could honestly ever use up...When I can buy a pound of Fodder for $10...I just can't contemplate switching to a newer medium


What brand of paint do you prefer?

I've recently started switching over to Tamyia...The durability I'm seeing out of the Yellow I used on Clamps has sold me on the brand... I guess I have to mention Krylon as well...Almost all of my customs start with a base coat of Krylon...usualy Flat white, or Semi -Flat Black.


Where do you find inspiration for your customs?

I can't begin to tell you... It's usualy pretty random, often times I'll come up with an idea just going back and forth joking around with other customizers. A lot of my ideas would seem really quite absurd...but then so would 200+ Crystal Balls If I think a custom might earn a laugh or two it's worth the effort.


What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?

1 has to be an Exacto Razor Saw...just as useful as an exacto but in different ways.

2 is my Dremel Stylus... It's wireless and ergonomic form make it easy to sit down and dremel almost anywhere.

3 is Coolchem.com's Cyanopoxy System... Might be the greatest glue I've found...sets quick and is super strong... Best $20 I've ever spent.


What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?

Certanily it's not finishing....The 100+ wips or ideas I've got peiced together testify to that. I think getting that initial 75% of the custom is were I'm best. the place where everything you really makes a difference and improves the look of the figure. Once all the sculpting and carving, and other mods are done paint really dosn't change a figure THAT much...especially because I try to work in as much LBC as I can.

After the base-coat has been sprayed the final touches and detail work are really tough for me to get finished...If I get a custom to that point...I must really like the custom...so when you see a bio for one of my customs it really is a sight to see.

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