THE WORKSHOP – DIY Mini Bertie Custom (PART 5 of 5) by markovengine

We continue with the final of our 5 part tutorial series by markovengine! It’s been a great ride!

If you need to catch up:

Part 1 – DIY MINI BERTIE CUSTOM PAINT TUTORIAL

Part 2 – PAINT BODY AND CREATE DECALS

Part 3 – PLACING DECALS

Part 4 – Weathering – 1

Enjoy!

– Knives

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PART 5 : Weathering-2 (FINAL)
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Continuing our with our weathering, I mix some brown and black to make a darker brown paint.

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I paint with this closer in to edges and seams where I’ve sponged on my lighter “rust” .

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Paint and erase until you are satisfied. Take your time, this little guy isn’t going anywhere.

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With our sponge work completed, I decided to hit the bertie with a little yellow to closer match his big brother.
Repeat Step 4-2~Step5-4  until you are satisfied with the result.

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Here is the what the final painted rust looked like before the final step.

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I then use an airbrush and hit the bertie with a little clear flat matte coat to protect my work so far.

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Now I want to go back and wash the grooves with black so the details really pop.
It’s a pretty easy process. Just dilute some black with thinner and run your brush over the various grooves and other areas you want to be darker.
I also painted a little oil dripping from the eye hole using the same method. You can also dab a little dark paint at random points of your figure for more variety in his paint texture and weathering.

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Finally! My completed Mini Deep Powder Bertie!

Here are some variations I created using several of the same practices. Thank you for reading my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it!

We’d love to hear from you and check out what kind of customs you’re working on! Send us a shot of your latest custom work with a brief description to radtoyreview@gmail.com. 

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THE WORKSHOP – DIY Mini Bertie Custom (PART 4 of 5) by markovengine

We continue with part 4 of our 5 part tutorial series by markovengine! 

If you need to catch up:

Part 1 – DIY MINI BERTIE CUSTOM PAINT TUTORIAL

Part 2 – PAINT BODY AND CREATE DECALS

Part 3 – PLACING DECALS

Enjoy!

– Knives

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Part 4 : WEATHERING

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These are the colors and brand I like to use for weathering figures.

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You can apply your paints separately or mix them together. Before you start painting you need to really dilute the paint with paint thinner. You just want a very watery thin base coat. If your application is too dark, just wipe it off with a cotton swab.

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Work over the whole piece with diluted brown/black paint. Be sure to get into the crevices until he looks something like this.

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Next, we start working on our rust technique.
I used brown and a piece of sponge. Different sponges will give you different texture.

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You’ll want to cut the sponge shape sharp.

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Get a dab of your paint on the tip of the sponge. Wipe off the excess with a cloth. You won’t need a lot of paint.

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Very lightly press the sponge to your figure using mainly the edge. The idea is to capture the tiny splotches on the sponge and not a solid mark.

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Apply your “rust” as you see fit. Check out reference photos to see where rust my creep up on a robot or machine. Rusting near joints and grooves would be common as well as any are that might be consistently splashed from the ground.

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Here’s bertie with just one layer of weathering complete. Not bad?

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Next up the final piece of the puzzle!

Part 5 :Weathering-2

We’d love to hear from you and check out what kind of customs you’re working on! Send us a shot of your latest custom work with a brief description to radtoyreview@gmail.com. 

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THE WORKSHOP – DIY Mini Bertie Custom (PART 3 of 5) by markovengine

SDCC delayed our Workshop posts. Today we continue with part 3 of our 5 part tutorial series by markovengine! Part 4 is coming very soon as well!

If you need to catch up:

Part 1 – DIY MINI BERTIE CUSTOM PAINT TUTORIAL

Part 2 – PAINT BODY AND CREATE DECALS

Enjoy!

– Knives

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PART 3 : “PLACING DECALS!”
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There’s a couple different ways I like to apply decals.

You can apply your decals directly to your bertie’s surface using printable fake tattoo seals. This works well, but requires a little guess work as to how your decal will actually look on the surface after it’s laid down. To make it a little easier to get the exact placement, you can put the tattoo seal on a clear decal sticker before you apply it.

Left : Tattoo seal pack front.
Center : Tattoo seal pack back.
Right : Clear decal sticker pack.

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Since techniques can vary depending on the type of printable tattoo sheets and clear decal stickers you have, so read their instructions!
Make sure you print your tattoo decals in reverse – (words should read backwards on sheet) Left to right, right to left so that when you apply them they will read the correct way.

Left : Decals printed backwards on tattoo sheet.

Right: Clear Adhesive sheet

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If you’re not worried about fine tuning or adjusting your decal after you place it, you can apply the tattoo decal directly to your figure.

Left : Cut the tattoo seal to the right size. In this case, the upper arm.
Right : I peel off the transparent sheet and apply the adhesive part decal down.

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Left : Wet the base of the tattoo sheet with water.
Right : After a certain time (read tattoo sheet’s instructions) base sheet may be separated.
Your tattoo/decal is applied!

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If you are unsure and want a little more flexibility in your decal placement you can use the clear sticker sheet to help out
Left : Cut the tattoo seal to size
Right : Put decal down on clear sticker sheet.

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Left : Wet the tattoo sheets base with water.
Right : Remove the base sheet after a set time (read tattoo sheet’s instructions).

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Left : Carefully cut the decal. Be careful as the surface is not protected.
Right : Apply your decal like a sticker.

Easy peasy.

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Here are examples of the complete decals. I used a mix of direct and indirect application.

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After all the decals are set, I used an airbrush to apply a clear gloss in order to protect the surface.

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Now our mini bertie is ready for some weathering!

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Continues to Part 4 : “Weathering-1”

We’d love to hear from you and check out what kind of customs you’re working on! Send us a shot of your latest custom work with a brief description to radtoyreview@gmail.com. 

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THE WORKSHOP – DIY Mini Bertie Custom (PART 2 of 5) by markovengine

We continue with part 2 of our 5 part tutorial series by markovengine! 

If you need to catch up:

Part 1 – DIY MINI BERTIE CUSTOM PAINT TUTORIAL

Enjoy!

– Knives

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PART 2 : PAINT BODY AND CREATE DECALS

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Now we need to tackle the base coat.  This will vary depending on the final look you’re going for. Since I’m doing a Deep Powder Bertie I went with a very light gray, almost white.

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Use the handles we made from extra model shell clippings hold your pieces and help you cover every bit. Bertie should look something like this when you’re done. Let it dry before moving to the next step.

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To get the blue-green base color on shoulders and lower body, I mixed the colors below.

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The finished look of the base coats. I started a decal freehand on the shoulder at first to mark it’s placement.

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To create the decals I used Adobe Photoshop. If you’re going for an exsisting bertie colorway, use the magic of the internet to hunt down the appropriate logos or if you have the correlating figure, scan what you’re able to from he packaging itself.
I made various copies of the decals, as well as a few different sizes to give me the most options.

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To get the snowflake decal I wanted I simply scanned the real Winter Bertie. Nothing fancy, but it worked!

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To get the correct sizes may take some eyeballing on your part. Print a few different sized logos to help dial in the ones you’ll need.


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Cut out the paper and temporarily put them in place using some double-sided tape.
Try out different sizes to see which looks the best on your bot.

Thats it for now!

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Coming Soon! Part 3 : Finalize decals

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We’d love to hear from you and check out what kind of customs you’re working on! Send us a shot of your latest custom work with a brief description to radtoyreview@gmail.com. 

Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter pages to stay updated whenever we post new Workshops and epic toy reviews!

Until next time!

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