I took my time to create this latest custom – a Battle Damaged & Weathered Buster Optimus Prime.

It is my first battle damaged and weathered look for an Optimus Prime and it took some time to design the various elements.

While not particularly difficult, it takes a light hand to create the authentic weathered look. The entire process is very time-consuming and tedious.

But, I’m really happy with the result and it has inspired me to move forward with a battle damaged version of my custom Power Up Optimus Prime.

Once again, this is a hand painted custom of the standard plastic Takara Transformers toy of the Leader Class Optimus Prime (Buster Prime version). Here is the original:

Specifications are as follows:

Paint Job

  • Chrome Silver on various parts for accuracy
  • Red highlights over all red parts and front shoulder pads
  • Smoke coat over windscreen & windows
  • Black Wash over entire figure
  • Gold detailing throughout figure
  • Detailing of piping (copper), wires (green, red & yellow) and lights (clear blue and clear orange)
  • Painting of arm bands blue with red flames

Battle Damage & Weathering

  • Bullet holes in windscreen & windows, left hand/ forearm panels, left back panels
  • Laser slashes on right side of head, right forearm panel, ribs, leg panels and front wheel covers
  • Three-tone (black, gun metal, titanium silver) weathering throughout figure
  • Grass and mud textured effect on wheels, wheel covers and feet

Weapons

  • Weathered Buster Canon with Ammo Belt Chain
  • Custom-painted Swords (Flat black, gun metal dry brush, gold with clear orange coat)

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Check out the large photos on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/jcsum