Stronox Featured Customizer
In 2010, Stronox was a good customizer. In 2011, he was a really good customizer. We expect the February 2012 Featured Customizer to be a premiere customizer before the year is out. He's already made a huge name for himself in the Star Wars community. If the JCA nominations so far are any indication, he has become a JC favorite too. While you can see the influence of Sith Fire's work, you can also see he's learned from the master and yet branched off to become completely distinct. His painting is impeccable, his sculpting is production, and the way he brings life to these little plastic figures is breathtaking. Here's his work in the Gallery, and below are some of his thoughts on the hobby.
What do you enjoy customizing the most?
4 inch figures and I would say GI Joe and Star Wars pretty equally. I have also always enjoyed the post apocalyptic settings and wish I had more free time to explore further into that genre. I tend to switch my interests pretty frequently, and will tend to be into one genre for a month or so and then go to another in the next.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
After trying a few brands, I really like using Testors [Model Masters], though I have to thin it down quite a bit. I feel it has a superior coating and lasting adhesion to others I have tried.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
Everywhere! My son also contributes quite a bit as an adivsor as to what would be cool in his mind. He is very detailed like that. We both share a vision of taking the best elements from various versions of characters and try to blend the best of those into one piece. This method stands out the most with my Joe themed customs I think. I also take quite a bit of inspritation from the community, as I enjoy seeing what other customizers are producing. I love that there are so many people who are into this hobby.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
I have a detail paint brush that I have used for 2 solid years now. It is pretty shabby yet I just keep going back to it. As it falls apart more and more I keep changing how it is used. I also would consider my dremel tool, wire cutters, and x-acto my other primary tools that I use almost daily.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
I enjoy painting the most, hands down. I find it very relaxing to just sit and try different paint schemes on things. On the other hand, it is the building portion I find the most mundane and frustrating at times.