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Custom LEGO post-apocalyptic flight-soldier

by admin on May 8, 2012

in Featured Creations

When I saw this custom LEGO minifig from PEDRO, I knew I had to share it with you! I introduced you to PEDRO’s custom LEGO creations some time back (read here: Featured LEGO-Fan: PEDRO). This latest LEGO custom from PEDRO is a post-apocalyptic flight-soldier he made for a friend.

You can click on the picture for a better view. Also, please note that the image above is a composite of the same custom minifigure from different angles. Although it would be nice to have a whole army of these guys! 😉

Here are the specs on the custom LEGO flight-soldier:

  • Wings: jointed and movable (the wings are third-party)
  • Minifigure arms: jointed (meaning the arms can move in more angles than back and forth like normal LEGO minifigure arms – see picture)
  • Helmet: modified LEGO helmet
  • Visor: custom opening visor (sculpted)
  • Armor: modified and part-sculpted Amazing Armory armor, using BrickArms items for enhancement
  • Vambraces: part-sculpted BrickForge vambraces
  • Weapons: modified BrickArms weapons
  • All custom painted to create a rusty and weathered effect

💡 Amazing, huh? PEDRO also freely shares some of his tips and tricks to create this amazing custom LEGO minifig:

FOR SCULPTING parts and enhancements PEDRO uses Milliput. Milliput is an epoxy-putty available at hobby and home improvement stores, and great for all kinds of repair work. And of course hobbyists love it too! Milliput is initially soft and pliable, then gradually hardens to a rock-solid state  (at this point it can be drilled, filed, sawn, sandpapered and painted). If you can’t find Milliput locally, you can also try another brand called Green Stuff. You can also pick up both of those brands on Amazon:

FOR PAINTING the parts Mr. Color paint in Dark Iron was used as the base color. For creating the rusty effect PEDRO used Citadel paint; using a mustard color in the deep cracks, then mixing in some brown and a little orange (not completely mixed to keep some of the orange and brown separate). PEDRO used a small sponge dipped into the paint (and dabbed on the side of the pallet to loose some of the thick paint) and applied at the minifigure randomly, focusing on the deeper cracks to keep the effect more realistic.

FOR THE GUN some LEGO and BrickArms parts were cut, then glued together using Superglue and smoothed out with modeling-clay.

One of the wonderful things about LEGO customization is the collaboration of LEGO customizers. They share their LEGO customs, critique each other and also give suggestions for improvement. This process makes LEGO customization an exciting and always evolving hobby.

In regards to the custom LEGO flight-soldier, PEDRO got some feedback that the LEGO bone attached to the bladed-weapon looked too white; clashing with the overall rusty look of the minifigure. In response to this PEDRO tried something new. He didn’t want to paint the bone, as paint would easily rub off once the weapon is attached to the minifigure’s hand. So instead, he lightly scorched the LEGO bone using a flame to see if he could make it look more realistic. Below is the result. As I have said; minifigure customization is an incredibly creative and always evolving hobby! 😀

So what do you think? Are you inspired to create your own LEGO customs? Let me know in the comment section below. Also, if you are interested in LEGO customization you may want to head over to the Forbidden Guides section, or check out the following posts:

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

NRG kai May 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM

awesome soo cool i love them

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gid617 May 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

The soldier does look good, especially with his visor open. It does seem to me that the white bone was too bright; but the six- shooter is awesome!

–google ron paul–

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING May 8, 2012 at 7:26 PM

really cool

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The Ultimate Spinjitzu master May 8, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Wow. Just wow. I’m more than just inspired!

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Pedro May 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

thank you so much for posting and blogging my custom minifig. I love the hobby and im glad i can inspire as i am inspired by others with other ideas.

-Pedro-

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admin May 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

So nice to have you, Pedro! You have been a great inspiration to me personally from the first time you showed up on Flickr, and I could blog your stuff all day! 😀

BTW, yesterday someone asked me if your BrickLink store will be open anytime soon with your customs. If you have a chance please let me know. Thanks! Happy customizing! 😉

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Nitch May 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

This is amazing work. Very nice job.

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samuel May 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM

how or where did he get the wings

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admin May 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Samuel, PEDRO did not mention, but you can ask him. 😉

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samuel May 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

what BrickArms weapons did he use?

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admin May 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Samuel, as you can see in the pictures PEDRO used a modified BrickArms minigun. 😉

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LIRING54 May 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

SO COOL!!!

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LIRING54 May 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I know right!

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LIRING54 May 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

LOLZ

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studless June 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM

where did he get the wings.

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admin June 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

They are from an action figure modding website, if I remember corretly. 😉

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Pedro December 15, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Is it for sale

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admin December 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Hm… your name is Pedro too? I don’t know if this particular figure is for sale, but PEDRO does sell custom figures and custom parts in his shop. 😉

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Rene Chu October 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM

VERY nice, very cool paint job, love the wing design! Kindly email me with some prices, look forward to hear from you! Sweet work! BR Rene

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admin October 16, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Rene, I’m not sure what you mean there by prices. 😕

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eric.da.kinda.genious March 7, 2015 at 9:38 PM

What is the website that Pedro sells his custom creations

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admin March 8, 2015 at 10:22 AM

He sells on BrickLink. His story is currently closed, but here is the link: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=Pedro_79

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dany.da.kinda.genious March 8, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Thanks anyway

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dany.da.kinda.genious March 8, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Did Pedro by any chance show the pieces of this custom build before he did any custom work on it

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admin March 8, 2015 at 1:32 PM

I don’t think I understand the question. Would you please rephrase what you would like to know? BTW, you can also ask questions from PEDRO through his shop. He sometimes closes it temporarily when he is busy, but you can still send him questions, etc.

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dany.da.kinda.genious March 9, 2015 at 3:41 PM

I want to build this just with my own custom paint so I want to know the pieces he used to build this custom build

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admin March 9, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Oh, I see what you mean! Now your previous question makes a lot more sense. I was just reading it really wrong. PEDRO heavily customizes parts, and this figure in particular is fully sculpted and customized using both LEGO and third-party elements. In the list above you can find which pieces he used as a base for each section, but if you are not familiar with them let me know.

The only piece I’m not sure about is the wings. PEDRO simply mentions that they are third-party, but never specified the brand. I know that he regularly incorporates pieces from various action figures, so they are probably from something like that. Fairly recently LEGO also started to make wings, so you might consider using those as an easy substitute. The manufacturers for the rest of the parts are mentioned in the list, but again, if you are not sure, just ask. Again, even those parts are heavily customized, so you will have to do quite a bit of cutting, gluing, and sculpting to achieve a similar result.

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dany.da.kinda.genious March 11, 2015 at 8:18 AM

Thanks admin that was usful beside I’m a GUNDAM model kit customizer

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admin March 11, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Oh, nice! Yeah, if you have skills for Gundams, you should be good to go! 😛

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jacky.da.retars March 12, 2015 at 5:07 PM

This is cool noway that a retard like me good do this or close to this

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