Thursday, August 9, 2018

The newest GRAYSKULL!!! This is Grayskull job 29!

Hi all,

Been so busy. I can't seem to update with all the jobs I have done. It is crazy.

Here is an important one. A major one. This is the first full deluxe Castle Grayskull job I have done in a while. Normally, I get basic commissions for Grayskulls. But this one...this one I was tasked to paint EVERYTHING for the first time. And we, the Lords of Castle Broskull, did just that!

*Lady Broskull painted the weapons. :)


Here it is. The Dragon Bone Castle!

Painted with almost 10 layers of paint. Browns, blacks, greens, reds, oranges, yellows, blues and purples!




With all the fix'ns!

Above you will see two pictures taken inside with natural light. You can see all the time that went into this.

I painted it with a black undercoat and a brown base. I added so many colors. And then did a lava flow down the sides. So I added even more colors and texture and shimmer!

The colors in the roof are meant to look like dragon scales and they color shift a lot. So depending on the light or angle you look at them they appear more blue or purple. It is a cool effect.

Below is the castle photographed outside in the sun and 100 degree heat...lol.

Pointed Lizard Tongue

The figure was alive before the photos...the heat killed him!
I added moss, skulls, treasure chests, gems, keys, a skeleton and more. It has all sorts of fun additions from the Castle Broskull vaults!

Some of the accessories.

Fully painted and customized weapons rack and weapons.

Aged to perfection!

Gun was made to look metallic and rusty.

Trademark Castle Broskull add-on Skeleton. He was painted to look charred.


Tower and gun.

Painted the throne in the same color as roof to match dragon scales.



Skulls are hidden all over. Inside and out.

Interior details.

That treasure is a trap!


So this was a big job. Full deluxe and themed job. I was sent the castle and all the parts and I worked very hard on it for over a month. I think it turned out great and might be my favorite one of all the Grayskulls  have done. It turned out to be the 29th one commissioned and finished.

Hope you like it.

So the next one, the 30th Castle...will be a prize for a contest on FB. Be sure to look for updates.

Thanks all!


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Chuckles Force is at Castle Broskull!!!! Exclusive!

Hi all,

Very proud to announce and show off these treasures from the vault. Brand new! Exclusive to Castle Broskull!!! It's.......... CHUCKLES FORCE!!!


Here is the current line, with more to come. With over 700 likes on FB (and growing)...


Chuckles Force Awe Striker!

Chuckles is ready for battle and vacation. Suns out Guns out.
The Chuckles Force Awe Striker comes with surf board and is painted in his style. It is SO RAD it is nearly impossible to look away from.



Chuckles Force APC - For Army Builders or Surf Competitions.

This APC can house a army of Chuckles.

Crisp style painting.

Minimal interior details to keep it real.

Surf Boards added on back or sides.
The Chuckles Force APC is a thing of beauty. Painted in his style and ready to roll. It can carry troops, babes, surf boards, coolers....etc.

These are just the beginning and they were the prize in an awesome contest.

Chuckles Force 2018 - Castle Broskull
Look for more vehicles and fun add ons. Also, if you want one of these, or any JOE toys painted up in Chuckles Force style, please contact me.


Thanks all!

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com





Monday, July 23, 2018

Castle Broskull has jets and figures and trucks and tanks and.... Business is booming!

Hi all,

Back from taking a few weeks off from blogging to focus on writing my novel. And getting projects done.

Not to mention, lost a few days....with like 8-10 migraines this month... yuck!

Regardless, lots of new finished projects to share. Many thanks to the Lady of Castle Broskull, who has been painting up a storm too.

So let me get right to it.

Let's start with MOTU.

I was hired to make a MOTU crossover with DC's Black Manta. I knew this was gonna be fun, so I hit ebay and found some parts. Basically, this is a FAKER body with an existing Black Manta head. Getting them to fit together was the hard part. I manged to do so...and the head still tilts up and down. Very happy with that.

Black Manta!





Next up, is my restore job of an old MOTU Windraider. It was broken and in poor...poor condition. I cleaned it. Stripped it of its old stickers, primed it, undercoated it and then hand-painted it.

I waited like 2 months for some repro stickers.... all I wanted to do was put the computer panels in. That's it. So here it is finally finished.

Love this restore job - and I am keeping it!

Favorite part? The ice on the wings.



Okay! You know Castle Broskull loves crossover projects. So I bought (2) broken Soundwave G1 Transformers. One to restore and do something RAD with. Another to make into a Cobra Battle Android Trooper.

Yes, that is a Fallout PVC figure head. I needed to find this thing a new head, it had NO head!!! So, I went online and looked and looked. Finally, I found something that was the right size and style. People love it. So do I!


It transitions perfectly!

Look at it!


So much fun and it got a TON of likes on FB. Several hundred.

Side by Side comparison.

Look, it could be the Joe figure's daddy. LOL.

Want more? Well, since everyone loved the Thundercracker GIJOE- Transformer crossover...and we here at Castle Broskull loved making it... We went forward and made SKYWARP!!!

You know, the 2nd one is always better than the first. It's like you learn the first time around and then knock the 2nd one out of the park. This SKYWARP is a good example. I think it turned out amazing!!!

AND!!! I am making two more of them for custom orders. I can make more...just message me and ask.


Love this pic!

It's wicked!



Okay, that's it for now. I will share more later. I am finishing up a CHUCKLES Force GI JOE set. Which if you follow me on FB you have seen some of already. I also did three customer appreciation projects. These projects were to give back to three of my big commission customers. I did three small free projects and shipped two of them out today. I will show them off next week.


Thanks all!


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Prime Time! Optimus Wimp to Optimus Pimp. Castle Broskull style.

Hey all,

It's PRIME TIME!!!!

So, I was sent this 2 foot tall plastic Transformers Optimus Prime kid's toy. I mean it looked like a kindergarten toy.

Dull. Boring.

I was commissioned to make it look bad ass. I did just that. In fact, my wife did most of the work and she made him look JACKED.

Yes, if you did not know it already, the Lords of Castle Broskull work together as a team on some projects. Lady Broskull does a lot of fine detail and quality assurance while Lord Broskull gets down and dirty with the building and rough and tumble goodness.

Here is what the Prime looked like when he first arrived. Plastic and lifeless.

Kids toy...
So we got to work.

Since the chest opened up, I decided to make a Matrix of Leadership that matched the style of the toy. Kinda cartoonish.

Clay - started off... but yeah...no.

Plastilina. Looked better to start...but needed lots of work.
I tried to different materials and went with the plastilinia. (spelling?) And after some paint and a stained jewel in the center it looked right. See below.

Looking good.

Lady Broskull started painting. Adding shadows and depth. When she was done, I started adding wear and tear and metallic shine.

Jacked.

Bad ass.

The New PRIME!
Lastly, I popped the finished and painted Matrix of Leadership inside. Yep, that was the cherry on top. BOOM!

Come at me, Bro.

Go ahead, try and take the Matrix!

He turned out great. Very happy with the results. So, I took my photos and made a side by side comparison. NOW you can see. Look how he went from Optimus Wimp to Optimus Pimp!



This was a simple job that we went the extra mile on. This is how we do things at Castle Broskull....with style.


Thanks all!


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Monday, June 18, 2018

Castle Broskull reveals a giant Transformers - Joe Robot mashup

Hi all,


The "Devastator" Giant Robot commission is REVEALED!!!

This was a secret project for Justice Cury. I was hired by his wife to make him a gift. No pressure, right? LOL.

So, once I was commission for this job, I had to come up with some sketches.

early sketches

I had a real clear idea in my head, so I looked on ebay and found two lots of Joe beater vehicles and several single auctions that had what I wanted. So, I snatched them up.

Once all the toys arrived, I laid them out on the floor and started seeing if my design would work. There was a point where the Skyhawk was the head. It looked cool... but then the APC mask really felt right. Even wanted to use JOE helicopters.

Planning Stages
I built the legs first. And then the body. Then put those two parts together. Then head. The arms were last, because they would require braces, armature and welding wire to hold them in place.

Legs are solid.

Once he was fully built with vehicles, I added wires and nuts and bolts to cover some of my work... and make him more interesting. I also painted some spots to blend it.

FYI - At one point I added clay to blend the parts of the body together....it did not work, and it set me back a week.

So, when it was done, I got a water pistol and modded it and painted it black. This creation needed a gun.



With arm raised up in a "YO JOE!", this thing stood almost 3 feet tall. And was NOT easy to ship.

I had to have the entire post office help me pack it and the box was huge. I was worried some of the glue would not hold during the trip.... always seems something gets loose with all the jostling around...
Workspace: Kitchen

Looking good.

So, Devastator took me well over a month and more HOT GLUE sticks than I can count.

It was created with the following:

(2) Snow Cats. (2) Triple Ts (2) Sluggers (2) HAVOK sleds (2) Armadillos (1) Sharc (1) APC front. (1) Flagg mini vehicle. Several Bomb Disposal unit parts, and a Piece from the HAVOC. Some random parts of different JOE toys here and there. Wires. Nuts. Metal plates. Etc. 





It turned out great. See the pics. I am very proud of this and hope to make more. 

Man. Myth. Legend. And he loves it!

Thanks all for checking it out. I imagine I will see some copy cats soon. LOL. 


Kevin James Breaux