Category Archives: Comicbook Concepts Series

Hearts of Steel Bumblebee

What with the recent Infestation 2 event and Cyclops due to make an appearance soon, I’ve been messing about with a bit of scratch-building whilst I’ve been working away from home and stuck in hotel rooms. So, here’s a start on Hearts of Steel Bumblebee. He’ll be leader-sized, so as to be in scale with Cyclops.

It doesn’t look like much at the moment, just the basic shapes, although these curves are real tedious to do in styrene. There’s quite a few layers of scored and curved styrene under there to help it all stay rigid

Next will be the leg mechanism now that I have access to my joint bin.


Pimp My… Devastator!

Hearts of Steel Devastator

I picked up this monster from a cheap store for the equivalent of $10. I really do hate PCCs with a passion, but Steamhammer and his drones have some lovely detail on them. I’m desperate to go to work painting him up, but could never do it while he remained a stumpy, walking clothes line. Ergo, he had to die, to be reborn as… Steampunk / Hearts of Steel Devastator!
HoS Devasator is primarily a heavily modified Steamhammer mixed with a RotF Scavenger, PCC Groundspike and random oddments from the bits box. You’ll notice that the torso has been increased in height to make it more imposing and better proportioned. Shoulders and elbows are ball jointed to replace the poor/non-existant articulation in the original model. The torso now has a swivel joint at the waist and a tilt and swivel joint at the ribs to allow for a bit of chest pumping and/ or bending down to squash some poor Autobot.
The neck and wrists are also ball jointed, and I’ll be adding some feet, again on ball joints. I have also started articulating the fingers, as the original hands were too good to lose. In all, this will be a well articulated Devy, able to bust all kinds of moves 🙂
There’s still a fair amount of work to be done; finishing off the arms, modifiying the head and providing some kick-ass weapons, but I can’t wait to paint him up. If you have an opinion on what colours you’d like to see (G1/G2/other?) then post me a comment here, or Facebook!

Steampunk Ravage on eBay

Only a few hours left to get yourself my second Hearts of Steel custom! Go bid now!


Introducing Steampunk Ravage!


More images tomorrow once the gatling guns have been painted…


Now on eBay & introducing Fracas

The auction is up and here’s a sneak peak of Scourge and a bonus auction item, Fracas…

Fracas was Scouge’s targetmaster partner (a robot that turns into a weapon). In the Hearts of Steel continuity I have reimagined him as a gatling cannon that turns into a robotic spider. Each of the legs is a barrel of the cannon; once straightened out they flip up forwards and the head flips back to become a control panel.

Check out the auction, ending Sunday! Steampunk Contest Win!

1st place baby!

Congratulations to all the participants in the Steampunk contest; there was some tough competition and I didn’t expect to place in the top three, never mind win the thing 😀

Full details of the custom are on the Procustomizers website. There’s also a slideshow over at photobucket.


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Hearts of Steel : Seekers


I bought a half dozen ROTF Ransacks way back and I’ve always intended them to be a quick and easy fleet of seekers and rainmakers. I could never decide on how close i should make them to the concept art of the comicbook. The partial head sculpt you see here was done ages ago to replace the skeletal visage of Ransack, but I have always had issues over the gangly arms making a straight headswap unappealing. After all, if you’re going to do something, you may as well do it right.

So I’ve finally decided to do away with the under-arm kibble and do a semi reconfiguration of the mold. This involves taking the shoulder off from under the wing and screw it into the hole where the upright support once was on the fuselage. The engine bay has been trimmed to make space for the new head and the lower wings are joined up to give a similar look to the comic book seekers. The wheels have been removed, trimmed and mounted backwards so that the lower wing can drop down against the legs. The wheels can now also be flipped upwards to give a wider shoulder look.

This is as far as I can get with the stock mold. I will now shorten the existing arms and sculpt something a bit more substantial over their skeleton. The back of his head needs finishing and various bits of plastic from the now-redundant wing clips can be removed. Get a few heads cast, repeat five times and then it’ll be painting time!

One problem I foresee. . . I think one hand got used on a DotM Shockwave custom scout. Anyone got a spare? 😉


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