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Skyfall and Top-Heavy by Kingoji Skyfall and Top-Heavy by Kingoji
Originally done for one of IDW's old monthly line-art competitions, I actually totally redrew this image from scratch. I just wasn't very happy with how thick and cluncky the lines were on the original, and it wasn't even a decent resolution.

Anyone who knows me even kinda a bit knows I've had a lifelong(ish) love of this particular Autobot Action Master. I used to make a point of including him in any and every crowd or battle scene I drew for TFs. I gave him a prominent role in my first full-length fan-comic. And every single time I used him there would be SOMEONE asking who he was.

Then James Roberts wrote him officially as part of the Last Stand Of The Wreckers epic, and now it seems like everyone knows who he is. I should have seen this coming, as in a conversation with LSotW co-creator Nick Roche (long before the book started coming out) he mentioned he had a particular love for the character as well.

But he'll always be MY character, dammit! ;P

Tried something a little different with the backdrop for this. More pop-art than my usual "fill it with a blurry photo" method. Think it looks fairly slick, myself.
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JAXIMUStheFORGOTEN Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2018  New Deviant
is skyfall holding his gun sideways

(GANSTA STYLE)
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JohnnyFive81 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Boo Hiss, it's the killer of Ironfist (hey, that kinda rhymes, it's like the way Wheelie chimes)! An awesome pic nevertheless - any chance of Treadshot or any other Action Master getting a pic?
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
After I did this, I really wanted to knock out a series of them, at least covering my faves and those of a few mates. Alas, life and other commitments get in the way.
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JohnnyFive81 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe one day....
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TF-chaser Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
cool
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hellbat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Cool!
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Are you comfortable with the characterisation of Skyfall as an opportunistic jerkass in Bullets?
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I don't think he would have been my first choice for the role, but I'm happy that such an obscure character got any official characterisation at all!
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Doctordid Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
which ones skyfall
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
The dominant one.
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Doctordid Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
is that the red one
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palmaay Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Artist
Skyfall is awesome, He's one of only 2 actionmasters I still own (Unless you count a Krok with 1 arm and no legs...), The other one being Optimus Prime, from my mint battle convoy set:)

Ol' Skyfall will forever be riding shotgun with Prime. Good Times :)

Sam.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Want mint Battle Convoy. Mine is not a healthy survivor of my childhood.
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palmaay Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Artist
If it makes you feel any better, It came in a random toy box one of my housemates gave me for nothing, which contained not only a mint, complete battle convoy, but a mint complete Thunderclash, a near mint complete Turbomaster Boss, a mint complete G2 Calcar and 2 mint complete G2 Skyscorchers. Also in the box was some pretty trashed Batman Returns figures and Batmobile, so I can see where his childhood priorities lay! Haha!

I'm assuming you'll be at AA sir? We'll have to have a chat :)

Sam.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I'm also Proud owner of Thunder Clash, as well as all of the Turbomasters and Predators, as well as Overlord, Lightspeed/Braver and Ironfist of those Euro Exclusives. :)

I think I must be at AA, since I've already drawn so much for it. ;)
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palmaay Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Artist
I'm pretty jealous of Overlord, They had a whole bunch of them at AA last year, maybe they will this year too!

Sam.
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Iksuik Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
epic.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
:)
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TF-Desolation Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great stuff - especially the colours and background.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
:D
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WhiteRabbitInk Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011   General Artist
I have also long-harboured a love for this guy (which is why it was so fun to force so many people to draw him in that cover contest).

Had the toy when I was a yard-ape, y'see...
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
If I remember right, that was Skyfall, Carnivac and Misfire, right? I recall being rather gutted that I didn't come up in that selection. :)
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WhiteRabbitInk Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011   General Artist
Hah, sounds familiar... not that it's not a bit hazy at this point. Hell, it was already hazy the morning after we'd been up all night cooking all those batshit-random character combinations up! :P

And hey, no one's stoppin' ya from giving it a go!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
This is true...
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MikePriest83 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Watch out! Skyfall might take credit for this after you're dead.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I DID THIS, ME.

IT WAS A SELF PORTRAIT. TOP-HEAVY BUGGED ME TO PUT HIM IN IT, BUT IT'S STILL A SELF PORTRAIT.

-SKYFALL.
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chainclaw1976 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
:)
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GrahamThomson Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, yes.

And I approve of the new take on the backdrop!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Cheers, bro. I like it more the more I look at it. First it bugged me as it felt a bit lazy. :D
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GrahamThomson Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Heh!

I love it, I really do.

Hmm.. I wonder if any of the "new character" Action Masters will make any appearances in TF #81-100?
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I certainly hope so! It would be a damn shame if so many of them are forever to remain as "random background participant in firefight"!
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The TCC's been doing a not-bad job of featuring some of them. I'm rather fond of Over-Run, Jackpot, and particularly Sprocket as a result.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Sproket! There's one who ALWAYS slips my mind!
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blacksquareart Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sprocket is forever bestest.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
No U
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GrahamThomson Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Too, true.

I am sure Krok will feature.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Didn't Tradshot and Rad cameo as well?
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GrahamThomson Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think so. And I think Rollout was in the background at some point as well.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Ah yes, was he not present in the drink-flinging meeting?
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
We still need to finish our other fancomic... darn all you people for having lives. X3

Honestly I like your/our take on him better than LSOTW's anyway... (Le gasp, a complaint about LSOTW? Say it isn't so!)
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Funnily enough, I was looking at some of my old sketches for that just yesterday... I can't imagine how different they'd look now!

And thank you! It just never struck me that he could be duplicitous until Bullets...
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, if Pietre ever gets unbusy, maybe you'll have a chance to try it again after all... although at this point you have your own little comic-creating biz going on all on your own. I already get to say I knew you before you were famous.

Yeah. It kind of reminds me of the whole IDW Arcee thing, where it was actually a good story concept, it just didn't feel like it fit with the character they chose to give it to.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Nah, I ain't famous at all, you silly bean! Just doing a bit of unofficial convention exclusive stuff is nothing and most people at AA won't know me from Clyde. :)

I see what you mean there, never really thought of it that way. Though if I'm honest I'd say I feel that applies to Skyfall moreso than Arcee, who's only previous personality was "the girl".
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debureturns Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece; i really like the clean lines and colours! The background is nice as well - i use photos as backgrounds in my artwork, but i've been looking for alternative background techniques (straight gradients feel a bit half-hearted to me).
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Yeah... I don't think I've ever used *just* a gradient for a backdrop. Always looking for a way to make even simple pieces look a tad more polished.

Glad you like it!
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