The first thing I do with any figurine is remove all the removable bits. Like with Superboy Prime I removed his cloak but for a figurine like Jean Grey you can remove her arms and then it's just a case of re-gluing them. The reason why arms and things are removed is because it makes filling 100 times more easier. Once you've removed all the bits get the DC fig off of his base because this again opens up new angles for filling. Continue to clip off/file all the unwanted bits of the base figurine. Be careful though as when clipping pieces of metal will fly all over the show.
TIP: For filling I don't recommend sandpaper! As I find it takes away the finer details and loses a lot of the base figurines muscle definition. Instead I use the 3 shape file set from Gamesworkshop.Once your happy with the shape of your figurine you can then begin claying! Now you must look hard at your desired character and see what you need to add. So in the case of Nova Omega I added a belt, his mask and a new hair style... As the photo below shows.
TIP: I do smear a lot of my clay into position and use tools like toothpicks, pins and wire to get that fine detail.
Once you are 100% happy with all your clay work open up the oven or do what I do and turn on the hairdryer. Leave it for a good 10/20mins so your figurine in piping hot! Wait till he cools down and then you can begin to add most delicate bits like in the case of Nova Omega his Star on his head... I used cardboard.
TIP: I have never in all my customs removed the original paint work of the base figurine. I find no need to get this off before I begin painting.
I go straight into a full, all over coating of Black paint as my base colour (fig 1). Once this is dry I start a very light drybrush of the main colour and in Nova Omega's case it's blue (fig 2). I then lighten the blue with white and drybrush this on. I keep adding more and more white to my blue colours till I am almost putting on 100% white paint. But each time I drybrush I dry the brush on a tissue so much it's like I'm hardly putting on any paint!
Once I'm satisfied with the main colours I move onto the next most common colour on my custom and here it was yellow. So I used my darkest yellow first, drybrushed this on and then drybrushed on a lighter yellow and finally used a light drybrushing of Orange. Drybrushing yellow onto black mind does take quite a bit of paint but it does give off a cool gritty effect.
TIP: I always work from the head down when painting!
So with each main colour areas are to your satisfaction you can then begin adding details with a fine brush.
That's pretty much it. Every customiser is different and will use different techniques. All the above works well for me and if any other customisers have any tips then please share them. Soon I will continue this on a 'live' video over the web showing you that I can and do paint all my customs. It may also help you to see my painting style so then what I do may help you out with your customs. I'll post more on this once I am ready and set-up for a live custom painting. I'll be painting Silver Centurion from his first base colour right through to the finished product.
Next week see some new customer pieces... Another scratch (with a difference) and look out for Hawkman's MMO!