Resting my brain from a Canvas tutorial to escape... here.
There must be a badly Google Translated thing somewhere where the Seekers are "Murder Hornets"...
I always had reservations about this mold, but i figured it'd make for an interesting project. Before all this quarantine hoopla went down, these had gone on sale, so I tried the mold out. I found I really enjoyed the dynamic, expressive mold (great range of motion in the neck, for instance, despite the somewhat meh headsculpt). Loved that you could get a ton of poses out of it, and that even neutral poses had a great vibe to them (the Skywarp one below is one I really like). Plus I'd always wanted tetrajets, so I got a couple of Starscreams and a Thundercracker (in retrospect, two Thundercrackers would have worked better for base colors) to mess with.
Decided to start experimenting with something I'd always toyed with: reducing the greebling. Didn't have enough putty or patience (or, ffs, skill) to get rid of all of it, so I just filled in and flattened out some of the steged-out bits here and there, to leave some blank spaces to let the detailing breathe more.
My mediocre sculpting skills kept this from being as clean and flat as I'd hoped, but did the job. Mostly did the shoulders, lower torso, some on the hip pieces, knees, and forearms; went back and did some more on the shins, inner lower legs. Once I'd finished wearing myself out sculpting, since the parts were disassembled anyway I went and repainted everything -- both to cover up the sculpting putty's gray color, and to bring the Seekers more in line with shades I wanted. Oh, and to make a Skywarp, because I sure as hell wasn't going to bother with such an elusive exclusive whose color execution I wasn't super into. Starscream got a darker blue, Thundercracker got a much lighter blue (my mind's-eye image of his cartoon appearance has an almost sky blue hue for some reason, so went with that), and Skywarp got a proper black (not charcoal) and a nice bluish violet.
Sculpting-wise I left the vehicle shells alone, except for the Toyhax add-ons that gave the tetrajet mode the familiar peak fin (I'm saddened to remember they're not doing the Black Friday sale anymore, as that was the only way the Rainmaker set was an even remotely feasible deal for these customs). I was surprised to find that such a small addition made the vehicle mode more appealing to my eyes.
Found that even the robot modes looked a little nicer with the add-ons permanently glued on, as the tiny fin poking up in the back reminded me of the War Within Seeker design and the fin being just visible behind the head. Really didn't like the Siege null-rays (I've got them all here, and will trade for better) and just used the Classics ones in the meantime (the pegs are a somewhat loose fit; what was with Classics and diverging from the standard 5mm?).
Finally, took a look at the vehicle mode shell. Decided to go the extra mile and paint them up to cover up the rubber-stamped battle damage, and bring the details and color distribution closer to the show.
I do wish my sculpting hadn't ended up so lumpy (ugh, Starscream's shins), but all told, not a bad experiment, and a nice way to get the tetrajet design into the collection.
Edited by lastmaximal, 02 June 2020 - 01:50 AM.