Today I decided to share the custom features I added to my "Raven" Commander to be. I've added extra features to hopefully make him look more like an assisting commander or "buffmander" and less like a combat commander, and here's what I've done.
The extra fin I added to the top of the Commander's helmet is just an arm fin from the Coldstar components included in the Commander kit. Since this is my second Commander, and I didn't use them on my first one, I luckily had some spare. Before adding the fin, I tested out a customised drone antenna, but it just didn't look as great, and so I found this instead.
I really wanted to give this model as many fins and antennae as I could, so I found this component. It's not actually from the Commander kit, but rather the Broadside kit. I generally don't put all of this extra stuff onto my models, as you may notice with my Crisis suits not having shoulder pads or jet pack mounted support systems, so it really comes as an aid to have this kind of stuff leftover from previous kits. I carved out a comfortable little slot in the top, and just glued it straight on.
This is my favourite custom job. I'm really big on WYSIWYG, so I HAD to use the Enforcer suit jet packs, and not the Coldstar engines, however I wasn't satisfied with any of the possible attachments I could put onto the jet packs. I wanted something with less or no lenses, but had an awesome presence. And then it hit me! Why not take off the Coldstar fins, and put them onto the regular jet packs! oh creativity, you truly are my friend
Having done this does give me less options for adding future attachments, but I'm very certain I won't want to add jet pack mounted attachments in the future anyway. I will be adding the hand magnets, so that I can just stick on some weapons if I ever want to alternate from the Raven Commander configuration. It's all about versatility
As for the rest of the model, I've added all of the regular Coldstar fins, as despite the fact that they look very aerodynamic, they also kinda look like antennae as well, so they fit in well with the Raven Commander style, or at least I think so anyway. I've base coated all of the components, now let's see if I can come up with the motivation to paint it before I start university!