Thursday, March 29, 2018

Still doing Grayskulls. Always! Here is a new one! Fisto's Castle

Hi all,

This is my newest Castle Grayskull custom job. I was hired to make a castle for Fisto. I was asked to paint it purple and silver....that's it. Well, I came up with a genius idea (one I expect the copycats to be stealing)(you know who you are...).

My idea was to make a monument that commemorated Fisto's victory over Jitsu. So I bought a junky Fisto figure and a Jitsu hand. Yes...just the hand.

See what happened below!

Castle Fist-skull!

Love this shade of purple!

Silver looks good too!

See the monument?

He stands victorious!

Here is a shot of the statue by itself. I painted him to look like an old marble statue. And I glued his fist up, but left the raised arm with the glove loose. So you can position it however you want. Well, not you...but the guy who bought it. :)

I love this. I really do.
Hope you love this new castle as much as I do. It was so much fun. I took a simple order and made it a themed one. BOOM!

Thanks all!

Kevin James Breaux

Monday, March 26, 2018

Yo! Hellish Nightmare JOE! This HISS tank is right out of NO PLACE LIKE SPRINGFIELD!

Hi all,

I can't keep up. I am about two weeks behind on posts. I have a lot of customs to show off.

Here is one of the new ones. It's a Hiss Tank in the same line as the AWE STRIKER...but kinda not. The HISS is right out of some hellish nightmare!!!

I made this from a HISS tank and some nice little goodies. Like skulls and bones, and scraps of metal and extra missiles. 

Rusty colored like the AWE Striker.

Bones and skulls!

Monkey Wrench taking it on a test drive.

What do you think? Want a cool custom HISS?  Let me know!

Kevin James Breaux

Monday, March 19, 2018

YO Post Apocalyptic JOE! Check out this awesome Mad Max style Awe Striker!

Hi all,

I am proud to show off another finished piece.

This is just one in a series I am doing for Brett. It is a post apocalyptic AWE Striker from the classic 1980s GI JOE toy line.

I loved and still love GI JOE cartoons, comics and toys. It was my favorite line growing up and I just started collecting it again. I mean, I'm getting SO many JOE toys in to paint and customize that I had to buy a lot or two on eBay to work with and keep for myself too! :)

Here is the Awe Striker.

You know me by now. YES, I primed it first. Oh look! Trooper Skulls!

Then I undercoated it black.
I found some good parts to add on didn't I?

So, I painted 5 coats of different color paints. I was going for rusts and reds. Then, I added some leather, I every movie I see set in some sort of "wasteland" has a car with a tarp or cloth, or leather flap. Adding that really made this project sing!

And now for some finished pics.

And close ups!

Hood ornament! Blood-covered saw!

Extra armor plates.

Battle Damage!

Blood splatters.

Shredded leather.
Do the Dreadnoks approve?

Damn right they do!

Hope you all enjoyed. This kinda project is about $50 plus shipping IF you send me the toy. Otherwise I have to buy the toy and charge you its shipped cost in addition. It took me about a week to complete. Only because I was being really careful with what I was adding to it. And letting it dry between coats of paint.

Please follow me on Facebook at CASTLE BROSKULL.

Thanks all!

Kevin James Breaux

Monday, March 12, 2018

Zartan's Lair is done! Big reveal of a new Custom Castle Grayskull unlike anything you have seen!

Hi all,

This was a big job for me. I was approached to make a Dreadnok style Castle Grayskull. I immediately had an amazing idea. I wanted to make Zartan's Swamp Lair. And I knew just how to transform the Castle Grayskull to make it work.

I don't want to reveal all my secrets. But....

I used gravel, leather, sand, stickers, paint, lights, treasure chests, jewels, and MUCH MORE!

Here are some of the finished pictures.

Yes, that is leather on the face. I wanted the skull to look like the Dreadnok logo.

I sculpted this moat and it holds water.

Lights work!

Computers with screens!

Treasure and a place to sit back and have a beer.

Zartan on this Throne of Dread.

Gators are big in this swamp.

So what do you think?

This is a deluxe themed job. So something like this will cost $400-500. Depending on what you send me. Like if you send me a Grayskull shell or not. I had to buy some parts here, and buy clay. This took a long time to make. But it looks perfect.  I am 1000% happy with this job and so is the guy who commissioned it.

Thanks Brett! You are a great guy and fun to work with!

Kevin James Breaux

Monday, March 5, 2018

First Custom Snake Mountian is revealed!

Hi all,

So, Andy, who commissioned the Mossman-themed Castle Grayskull, was so happy with my work he commissioned a second piece.  We spoke on the phone and he shared his vision with me. He wanted me to take a Snake Mountain and transform it into a Thundercats playset for his favorite toy: Snowman.

This being my first Snake Mountain custom job, I had a hard time visioning it at first. But once I had the Snake Mountain at my house, it all came together. Yeah, after HOURS of work. lol.

I took my time on this one. I mean...I really did. I think two weeks. I mean...look at all the parts! It's intimidating at first. Which is one of the reasons why my Snake Mountain customs will cost almost double my Castle Grayskull ones. There is just so much to paint, so it takes longer, and a lot more supplies are used.

Lots of parts to gesso. Lots...
Here WE go!
After MANY layers of gesso, I started painting it. First, I did it white undercoat with blue brushed on top. But that did not work. Then, I did a bright teal blue as an undercoat, with white on top. That worked. And when I added a second, darker blue, it started to REALLY define. Here is an early shot of the work in progress.

Work in Progress... still needed MANY more layers of paint.
I painted and painted and painted and painted.... So many layers... But that is what it needed and it started to come alive!

Getting closer...
After this pic, I added glossy accents to the eyes to make them look shiny and have an "iced over" feel.  I added sand on the pathway. I painted the heart several times... I even added spray snow....


Big mistake....

It all flaked off. Yuck.

But my painter friend had some PAINT-ON snow, which added good 3D depth. So I added that and some icicles. I even found a cool skeleton at a party shop and painted him frozen over.

This guy most be from the East Coast where all the snow storms are.
Mind you, I was in constant contact with Andy through this process. I must have sent him 30-50 update photos along the way. So he really went through this journey with me. And I think he agreed with 100% of my decisions along the way. #teamwork

In the end, it came out perfect. Exactly how I wanted it to look. I am very happy with this project and so is Andy!

Added a few arctic animals in this pic for fun.

The gate was my favorite part. I added some wet ice accents on it. Some gloss and some sparkle.

See the eyes now? And there is the hand painted Thundercats logo.

Heart and frozen Skeleton.


I packaged this one with such care(and worry) was crazy... And it arrived to Andy with no issue.

Live and looking good!
I am very happy I did this project. It was a learning experience for me. AND I grew as an artist. I can now offer Deluxe Custom jobs like this one. And like the one I am finishing this week. It's a cool Zartan Lair...

So please take a look at these pics and let me know what you think. Want a Snake Mountain custom? Contact me here or on FB. Most likely, I will need you to send me the shell and parts. I do not stock theses, only Grayskulls.

Thanks all!

Kevin James Breaux