I have tons of ideas that fly through my head for customs and repaints but most of the time I lack the skill to make those ideas come to life. So after seeing Mrdeuce1018s post about some commissions he had done by the incomparable Shawn Tessmann and the great review he gave, having had a similar experience as Mrdeuce had, I just had to contact Shawn to bring some of my ideas to fruition.
Like many, I have admired Shawn's work on his BotCon custom class figures. Speaking as someone who's tried to make customs of his own, with some coming out pretty decent and others being total disasters, I can say that Shawn makes it look extremely easy.
I sent Shawn a message and told him about some some simple customs I wanted to get made and sent him the figures for him to work his magic. Throughout the entire process Shawn communicated with me regarding every step or detail that he was working on and he constantly asked for my input trying to ascertain what direction I wanted to go with for some of the customs.
I have always been a big believer in Combiner Teams having extra members, which stems from the days of watching syndicated rerun episodes of Victory (Noooooo!!! Why was your life cut so short Deathcobra?!??!!) as a kid in the 90s. Then Combiner Wars and Kabaya made it happen in toy form. Guys like Rook, Alpha Bravo, and Offroad were a dream come true. I desperately wanted Heatrock and Skyfeather to be a reality and when I saw SteamShields kits on Shapeways, I was a step closer to making that a reality.
Shawn did an amazing job recreating the Kabaya kits color scheme on the Brawl mold. It is truly amazing stunning work; words cannot describe how giddy I was when I opened the package and saw the end product in hand. While I had seen pictures of the work throughout different stages, as well as the final results, the pictures truly do not do justice to the outstanding work Shawn did on the figure.
I highly recommend hiring Shawn to do commissions. Not only does Shawn produce top-quality professional work, almost official Hasbro/Takara level in my eyes, he is a very down-to-earth guy. As I said before, he is in constant communication with you and truly listens to your ideas. I have been burned in the past with customs and Shawn made this entire process work so smoothly I could not believe it was actually real. I half-expected to wake up and find out that it was all a dream at times. Thats how great the experience has been. I have so many other customs that I want to get made that I am being very careful in not flooding Shawn with them in fear that hell throw me out on a curb.
So there you have it, Shawn Tessmann is a world-class guy and top-notch customizer that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking to bring their custom ideas to life. One things for sure, with me he's gained a customer for life.
You can contact Shawn via
- Shawn Tessmann on Facebook
- Delta Source here on the Allspark
- sdtessmann on TFW2005
Edited by SoS, 14 May 2017 - 06:25 PM.