Optimus Prime G1

3dprinting airbrushing painting retro cartoons

Here's a print and paint of Generation 1 Optimus Prime, from the TV show Transformers.


It's based on a model ripped from the game 'Transformers : Devastation' and modified so that it'll print. The paint job is a mixture of airbrushing and hand painting. It's about 8cm tall, so quite difficult to photograph without fluff and stuff appearing on the model.

I tried to keep the paint job simple to go wiht the cartoon, but wet blended a bit here and there and added highlights. I was contemplating trying a stencil-shader border effect, but chickened out.

Unfortunately while painting, the left exhaust did snap off - I'm going to print a replacement at some point, repaint it and replace.

Here's some work in progress shots:

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Who I am

I'm Blake and I like to tinker with things and make stuff. When I'm not programming or developing random systems, I'm playing with electronics, doodling bits of art, 3D modelling or sculpting and painting things or nerding out watching sci-fi or horror TV.

From 2001 I worked in the games industry, eventually specialising in tools to aid in the development of video games and their engines. In 2011 I left the industry and teamed up with a few other talented composers to utilise my knowledge to help build the company 'Spitfire Audio'.

I also periodically compose soundtracks for video-games and have worked on titles such as The Stanley Parable and Portal Knights. You've probably also heard my music in random TV commercials at some point.

What I'm using to create

I use various bits and bobs to craft my shiz.

  • Elegoo Mars 4 Ultra, Mars 3 Pro & Saturn 2 8k
  • Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4k & Mini 4k
  • Anycubic Photon LCD resin printer,
  • Phrozen Aqua Resin Grey 4k
  • Elegoo Resin Space Grey 8k
  • Phrozen Luna curing station
  • Vallejo Model Color, Game Air, various sets,
  • Iwata Eclipse HP-CS & Studio Smart Jet Pro Compressor,
  • Random cheapo airbrushes for base coats,
  • 3D Studio Max, ZBrush and Chitubox Pro.