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Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:59 pm
by jscott991
I have been very slowly opening my Mythic Legions. There were a few of them that I knew I would mod in some way. I painted Delphina and Ravaena's necks (Delphina worked out a lot better). I put together my Knight Builder using the alternate torso (not a mod, I know, but I had been worried about it for weeks). Now I'm on to my biggest project.

I love the look of Azza, but I can't stand all the body painting or tattoos or whatever they are. I originally thought I might try to paint over it, but that's going to be impossible to do on the face. So I was pretty resigned to probably not opening any of my Azzas.

Until the Transformers Siege line of figures came out. For those that don't know (or care), the Siege figures are G1 designs that have one controversial feature: they are slathered with battle damage. It doesn't bother me, but it bothered a lot of fans. So much so that many people have posted tutorials on how to remove it. Basically it's paint on paint, just like Azza.

The recommended method is to use alcohol on a cotton ball and just work on it slowly but surely.

Would this work on Azza? Is there still too high of a risk that it will strip off the underlying paint?

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:57 pm
by garyl
There may be some washes and thin paint on the surface you could successfully remove on certain figures, but I don't see being able to remove a solid black paint like what's on Azza without taking off the paint under and around it.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:22 am
by jscott991
garyl wrote:There may be some washes and thin paint on the surface you could successfully remove on certain figures, but I don't see being able to remove a solid black paint like what's on Azza without taking off the paint under and around it.


Yeah, this is my fear.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:41 pm
by Satam
Yeah, I'm with garyl on this. Big risk.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:43 pm
by zombie13
Probably safer to just repaint over those tattoos. I'll see what paint I have and any mix ratios I have to do to match it and let you know if you want. If you use any kind of paint remover chemical you're going to be left with the white plastic underneath as all these figures are painted and almost none of the parts cast is any color of plastic.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:17 am
by jscott991
zombie13 wrote:Probably safer to just repaint over those tattoos. I'll see what paint I have and any mix ratios I have to do to match it and let you know if you want. If you use any kind of paint remover chemical you're going to be left with the white plastic underneath as all these figures are painted and almost none of the parts cast is any color of plastic.


I haven't tried to match the blue yet. It looks like it just might be a matter of adding a little white to a Vallejo blue. There's plenty of big, easy to paint space to play with though (the legs, stomach, and back). The problem is that I don't think I'm skilled enough to do the face.

I was hoping to just rub this off carefully, like people have been doing with the Transformers battle damage, but I think the tattoos are more heavily painted on.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 8:26 am
by SalemCrow
The battle damage paint on the TF figures are over a cast plastic color.

If zombie says the figures are all painted over cast white plastic, I would trust him.

If you have a spare piece, you could try a magic eraser sponge to try removing the tattoo paint.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 10:44 am
by jscott991
I definitely trust him.

I have a lot less use for Azza now. It's a shame. I love the mold.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 4:05 pm
by zombie13
Want me to repaint it for you?

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 4:13 pm
by jscott991
zombie13 wrote:Want me to repaint it for you?


Intriguing idea. I'm going to contact you off the forum, if you dont' mind.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 1:17 pm
by garyl
I assumed I would like Azza better without the tattoos, but, having seen them side by side on Zombie's instagram page, I prefer the tattooed version.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 9:20 pm
by jscott991
garyl wrote:I assumed I would like Azza better without the tattoos, but, having seen them side by side on Zombie's instagram page, I prefer the tattooed version.


To each their own.

The tattoos, to me, ruin an excellent mold and color scheme. Despite Azza being one of the figures that caught my eye during the kickstarter all that time ago, I would never have opened her if zombie hadn't offered to repaint her.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 4:19 pm
by zombie13
Here's the pictures of how the repaint on Azza turned out with no tattoos.

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Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 4:40 pm
by Satam
Considering she's all blue and mysterious looking, I actually kind of like her better with the weird tattoos, but you did a damn good job on that, my friend.

Re: Removing Azza's Tattoos

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 7:40 pm
by zombie13
I like her both ways. Kind of a Powered Up and powered down version. Here's the broken down figure for painting.

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