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Interview With Pecovam

We love to interview anyone that is into minifig customization, and get their views and inspirations. One name that is mentioned over and over again is Pecovam, so we thought we should seek this custom minifig legend out and he was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:

1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?

I got into customizing about 4 years ago. I got Gears of War 1 on xbox and my mom called me and told me she found all my old lego and she was going to throw it away! So I went and picked it up and on my way home I thought, I wonder if anyone makes Gears of War Lego creations. So I looked it up and saw the old AMA stuff, and from there the rest is history. I took about a two year break and then came back last September and it really took off from there.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

All of my ideas and inspiration mostly come from my favorite video games like Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty etc. But sometimes I will literally just go to google images and type in sci fi armor and see what I find. There are some great concepts from some very talented artists on the Internet that anyone can draw inspiration from.

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

Yes there are customizers that inspire me all the time. The main ones I would have to mention are Pedro-79, Geoshift, Jasbrick, and Studio Rayman. These four people are not only some of my good friends but I am constantly looking at their stuff for ways I can improve my painting, decal application, modding, etc. Basically the “four pillars” of customizing hahahaha. A good customizer can adapt to the material he is using and bring out it’s utmost effectiveness.

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

What I think about the collectible minifigure series is that they are great except they are yellow hahaha. I don’t like the old yellow look of Lego minifigures. I think it takes the realism right out of it. But yes I love the idea because with each new series, Lego is releasing new parts for guys like me to use which will only help our figs look better. And some of the figures are actually cool enough that I have some assembled on my “customs” shelf for display. That’s hard to do to get me to like a yellow minifigure hhaha.

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

Yes I am currently on a very large sculpting project for next years starting product for me and Pedro’s company Genesis customs. I will not say WHAT it is that I am making but I will say that there is going to be more Gears of War items(after all it is my favorite game!) and a few other things that I KNOW fans of custom Lego have been hoping for for a while now.

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Interview With KalSkirata

Here at Custom Minifigs we want to meet as many people as possible who love minifig customization, and get their views and inspirations. KalSkirata was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:

1. How did you first get into custom minifigs?

That’s quite a long story. I was a real clonetard at the beginning, painting the with markers and so on. Then (I don’t know how it happened) I got into the field of decals, and started searching them on the Internet. While doing that, I stumbled upon the CABG, which was still called Clone Army Builder Guild back then.

While wanting to do my application for getting into the guild, I got to know flickr. At first, I was a total fanboy of all the great builders, and the two major decal experts I knew:
Chaotic Good and Dutch, I don’t know their actual names today.

On flickr, I got to know Roaglaan, whose decals I tried out first. But after finding out that I was pretty much a noob with that, I stopped it (and still didn’t come back to it today, one of the reasons being that absolutely NO store in my town and the surrounding ones has decal paper).

Then I, not knowing what was awaiting me, I saw a comment of Geoshift somewhere. I clicked his icon because I liked it, and what I saw was overwhelming. He did really much camo’d minifigs back then, and that was exactly what I wanted. So I went to one of my local toy stores and bought two cans of tan Revell paint, one light and one dark. They weren’t fitting (one was glossy, the other matt), but I didn’t know anything about painting yet.

Hell, I even bought a Indy set, just to get a fitting torso with breast pouches! After finishing it, I bought another matt dark tan paint and overpainted it.

Then came my second fig. I asked the store owner what would be good for woodland camo, and I took the three cans. Then came more and more, I started to make my own weapons (from official Lego weapons) and I made different colored figs. I got to know the community better, and saw what others were making. Then I got my first BrickArms stuff, and I was absolutely astonished. The weapons were just so fitting, so perfect for Minifigs.
I remember spending about 100$ in my first order, because I couldn’t decide, and so I took just all of them that I thought I could find use for.

I got a bit better at making figs, and then I got my first Minifig.Cat order. That was where it got serious, and I still don’t regret buying the stuff (it was a few B12 vests, some IBH helmets and NVGs, as well as an M4). I also attempted to get a collective order at BrickForge, but that somehow never worked.

I got to know the good customizers on flickr, and became friends with some.
Then, another crack in my career. Pecovam sent me some Tiny Tactical stuff, and I got to know a whole other level of customizing.
Now it wasn’t only putting parts that were already there together to a fig, but also modifying these parts. And that’s about the story how I got into customizing. As you can see, it’s been quite a long way (I started at maybe 15 with clones, 16 with painting, and I’m 18 now), but I don’t regret one part of it.

Sadly, there is one thing though:
I have to do it all secretly. My parents are both against anything military, and, more importantly, Lego. They don’t like it in any aspect and think it’s childish. That’s why I often make only slow progress. Don’t get me wrong here. I have great parents, and they’re really nice and supportive, but there is just this one thing.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

That’s quite a bunch. First would surely be video games. I play lots of shooters, my favourite is still Modern Warfare 2, and now, Modern Warfare 3 (though I only played the campaign two times, and I didn’t come to playing multiplayer now).
Another big one is Halo. I only made one Halo fig yet, but I was desperately searching for any BF spartan armor I could get.

Some other games that inspire me:
-The whole Call of Duty series (I know I said some of them above already)
-The whole Battlefield series, by that I mean only the modern shooters (there’s a more military aspect to it than to CoD)
-All Halo games
-The Splinter Cell series
-The Ghost Recon series
-Operation Flashpoint (while they aren’t that good games, I like the characters, they inspired me to make my first version fireteam)
-Metal Gear Solid 4 (Splinter Cell is still better)

Another big point is movies:
I’m not a big watcher of war movies, but I do watch some. And of course all kinds of action movies. Here are some examples (I don’t guarantee they’re good, but they inspired me):

-Jarhead
-A-Team: the movie
-Shooter (still my favourite, Mark Wahlberg is a genius)
-Smokin’ Aces
-R.E.D.
-Battle Los Angeles

And not to forget the books. Yes, I do read books, even English ones (what some might not know is that I’m German). My favourite author is Matthew Reilly, and he made a great Character with Shane Schofield aka the Scarecrow. I read all of his books, and I can only recommend them to anyone who wants to read a book that could have been an Ego-Shooter too. They may be violent sometimes, but they are good to read and hell, they are the fastest books ever.

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

Ooooooh yes. I think I know every big one in the community, and I think I can call some of them friends.

Here’s a list (not sorted)
pecovam. Still my greatest idol, I absolutely love every fig of him and can’t wait until his store opens.
Shobrick. He had some great ideas (he’s a bit inactive right now) which really inspired me.
Family Bricks. Definitely my favourite style of figs, and I guess the one that’s most similar to mine (his are way better though).
Geoshift. A big thanks to him, he was the one who brought me into customizing first, and he still inspires me today.
PEDRO-79. Similar to pecovam’s style, though I don’t know him that good. Great figs.
eclipseGRAFX. Although he makes not that much figs for himself, he was still one of my main sources of inspiration back in my starter days, and I’m still talking with him on Skype today.
-JD from Toywiz. I really got into weapons painting lately, and JD is a real boss in that field.

There are some more of whom I get my inspirations, but these are the main sources.

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

I think it’s a good idea. There is some really cool stuff for customizing in there, which is especially good for people like me who can’t buy at third party vendors regularly. I’m especially looking forward to that Space Marine in the new batch. But they are a little overpriced in my opinion. I’m not the guy for reading the barcodes, and so I rarely get what I want. I think the last one I bought was over a month ago.

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

That’s also a long story.
Yes, I do have several projects, that’s what they are:

-MW2
I wanted to do as much figs as I can from MW2 (the ones that I liked at least), and these are:
-Cliffhanger Soap
-Loose Ends Ghost
-Just like old times Shadow Company, two different ones
-Just like old times Price
-A Cliffhanger Spetznaz remake
-My own version of Roach
-Maybe a Spetznaz from the Washington levels
-Maybe an Army Ranger
-And now definitely a Juggernaut from the SpecOps
I got a bit stuck here, I’m running out of torsos to paint, and I just get new ideas of improvement everyday, so I somehow don’t get to an end.
I’m also trying to do a Sandman, but I have to get a good MultiCam pattern first.

Battlefield 3 Multiplayer characters:
-The complete Marines batch (assault, support, engineer, recon) and the Spetznaz assault. I still need some parts for that though.

The Meta
This goes to all Red vs Blue fans. Everyone who watches the series should know the Meta, that cool guy in the white armor with the EVA helmet and that huge badass brute shot.
I have to mold the brute shot myself though, since I don’t like the firestar toys version, and there are no alternatives.
I also want to thank all the guys who support me with parts here, I think you know who I mean.

That would be about it. I’m making some figs here and there, but these are the main projects.
I won’t be so productive in the near time though, as I only have a half school year left, and I don’t know what I want to do afterwards, so that’s a bit hindering me.
I also got lots of fig requests lately, which is holding me up a bit.

In the end, I also want to thank everyone who supports me, who comments and faves my pics and simply everyone who likes my figs. I’m constantly trying to get better, and I hope I can achieve that somewhen.

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Interview With Bricker

Here at Custom Minifigs we want to meet as many people as possible who love minifig customization, and get their views and inspirations. Bricker was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:

1. How did you first get in to custom minifigs?

I just wan’t to give a quick shout-out to all my friends on flickr, whom have inspired me, and kept me going, thanks guys!

I first got into customizing when I stumbled upon Jasbrick on flickr. He inspired me so much, I finally decided to “give up” some of the pieces from my collection for customizing, then everything started from there.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

Most of my ideas come from several video-games and movies. But when I don’t have an idea, I just sit-down, paint a few parts, and something usually comes to me.

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

There are many customizers that I look up to. My all-time favorites are Jasbrick and Pecovam. Their work has inspired me ever since I first joined flickr.

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

I think they are a great idea. There so useful too! They are a great source for special accessories, parts, and pieces.

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

I have a few projects planned. My current projects are Wallcroft and “Soap” MacTavish from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series. I also have a few others in mind.

Thank you so much for this opportunity!

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Interview With Cmorgenweck

Here at Custom Minifigs we want to meet as many people as possible who love minifig customization, and get their views and inspirations. Cmorgenweck was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:

1. How did you first get in to custom minifigs?

I first got into custom minifigs when I was looking through flickr a year or two before I made an account and saw Catsy’s and Jasbrick’s work on here. I felt instantly inspired.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

I mostly get my idea from friends, video games, movies, or even my dreams.

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

I am inspired by the work of quite a few people, but the people I am mostly inspired by are The~Bricker, Catsy, Jasbrick, Pecovam, and Geoshift. They make great customs and are amazing painters!

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

I think it is great! I am horrible at designing decals and I can’t print them properly, so all the printing has really helped me out. If I do not like something I simply mod it. I am horrible at sculpting, so the new and extremely detailed accessories help me out a lot, too!

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

Yes, actually. I am working on many of the characters from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. I have most of the ones I am doing done, but have a few more I need to finish or even start.

Thanks so much for interviewing me!

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Interview With TheJaxternator

Here at Custom Minifigs we want to meet as many people as possible who love minifig customization, and get their views and inspirations. TheJaxternator was kind enough to agree to be interviewed:

1. How did you first get in to custom minifigs?

When I first started on Flickr, I mainly just built MOCs and purist minifigs, but as I viewed more photos, I noticed that custom built minifigs were a growing trend, so thats where I began, mainly with small scale things, like helmets, and then onto full custom minifigures.

2. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?

My ideas are mainly from other people, but I have created characters in the past, which I decided I would make into minifigs, because I thought that people would like it, and it seems a lot of people like the minifigs I build for my Storm Legends series, all of which are my own characters.

3. Are there any customizers that you look up to, or inspire you?

Definitely, the big one would probably be The Chef, he has always provided me with inspiration, and he often does Apocalypse themed minifigs. The others would be McLovin and Sander, because their works are always top-notch.

4. What do you think of the Lego Collectors series?

I think it provides lots of new parts that we haven’t seen before, which in turn provides builders with a larger variety of items to build with. My only issue with them is the lower quality plastic, and not knowing which minifig you will get.

5. Are you currently on any new projects?

I have a couple in the making, mainly for some stop-motion animations and my Storm Legends series, but I’m always thinking of ideas for new minifigs, and often write or draw my best ideas on a sketch pad.

Great interview – thanks!

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