Spectre Featured Customizer
As the August/September 2010 Featured Customizer, Spectre might not have much in the way of customs in the Gallery, but he's shown off a galaxies worth of customs in the critiques section. He takes characters and ideas from all over geekdom, including GI Joe, and meshes them into his vision of the Star Wars universe. You can read more about his thought process for how he goes about doing that here. In the mean time check out what he has to say about customizing and see a few of his favorites.
Which style of figures do you enjoy customizing the most?
Modern "Star Wars" figures are my format of choice, but I will use just about any 3 3/4" figure that fits the particular vision I have for any particular custom. Aside from "Star Wars" figures, I have been known to utilize modern (i.e. 25th-POC) "G.I.Joe", "Indiana Jones", "Pirates Of The Caribbean" and others if they had parts I could use.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
I usually go cheap on the paint and use craft store paints. Apple Barrel, Americana and DecoArt bottles can be found in abundance in my paint boxes. I do, on occasion, utilize some Testors enamels for spot deco applications but prefer not to use them as main colors since they do not ever dry fully on the PVC-like material that modern action figures are made from. I use Testors Dullcote to seal everything.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
Everywhere and anywhere. Although I primarily work within the established "Star Wars Univese", I feel that the universe is big enough to have other concepts imported into it without disrupting or corrupting anything that is official canon. There is plenty of room for Doctor Who and others to exist side-by-side with Han Solo and Luke Skywalker :)
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
My fodder boxes, without question. I have several hundred pounds of fodder for everything from the smallest accessories to large diorama pieces in my storage room. If it was released in 1/18 scale and has even the slightest bit of sci-fi potential, you can bet that I have several of them in one of the boxes.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
Some people would say that my ability to convert even the oddest of ideas into something that fits seamlessly into the "Star Wars Universe" to be my strongest customizing skill, but I would have to consider my painting skills to be my best area. Despite having tremors in my hands, I still manage to paint even the tiniest of wires/buttons/switches in a custom's sculpt without slopping any paint over the defined edges of the items being painted.