BLOG: The Mass Effect Mega Drive and other crafty console paint jobs
21st Jan 2013 | 14:45
Last week we showed you the amazing custom console designs by 'Zoki64'. Inspired by his excellent work, we've scoured the globe to find you the finest custom console paintjobs, the sort of work that would have Neil Buchanan nodding sagely.
For more insane custom mods - including the PlayStation toaster - check out last year's best console mods gallery.
DeviantArt user Thretris calls himself a Game Boy Artist but he does a mean NES too. Take this brilliant Kill Bill design, for example.
In our eyes, French designer Oskunk is the best in the world at customising consoles. Take this fantastic Metroid SNES, for example. This won't be the only time Oskunk's designs appear in this feature.
DeviantArtist Red-Revolver bought an old PSOne for $5 from a friend and did this with it. Money well spent if you ask us.
The crew of the SSV Normandy may be living in the year 2183, but it seems someone there still has an old CRT telly lying in a cupboard. How else would you explain this Mass Effect Mega Drive by Ricepuppet?
British gamer Joshua customised this PlayStation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Metal Gear.
The enigmatic Kevin from Video Game Rescue customises NES consoles with an interesting two-layered technique, giving his designs this nifty cut-out look.
Here's another from French designer Oskunk. We love that he's created his own art style and hasn't just copied a picture off the Crash Bandicoot game box.
UK artist Fern (find her on DeviantArt) is probably the best sister in the world. Her brother asked her to paint something on his Xbox 360 and so she did this. Awesome.
Sometimes simple works best, as this red and white SNES proves. It's got a real Famicom feel to it. Top marks to French designer neocustomoldies.
There was once an officially licensed Hello Kitty Dreamcast but oddly the same hasn't happened with the Xbox 360, so here's an unofficial effort by DeviantArtist Ricepuppet.
Here's another creation from Game Boy artist Thretris, the same chap who created the Kill Bill NES. If you're wondering what the deal is with those two metal things on the top of the Game Boy, it's a special Game Boy that's used for playing chiptune music.
According to DeviantArtist talesofsilence, this Silent Hill PS2 is painted with a material that deliberately rusts. Despite this, they promise it still works.
After seeing a few custom consoles online, Paul Burke looked at his spare Mega Drive and wondered what he could do to it. Realising the black ring on it would be perfect as the Sonic logo, he got to work.
Berlin-based airbrush artist Torsten Rachu has been airbrushing consoles for years. Remember that Deathtrap Dungeon PSOne he made? Don't lie. Anyway, we're sure you'll agree this Shenmue one is an absolute cracker.
Let's take it properly old-school now. German artist Thomas Boisse's hobby is buying old Commodore 64 computers and painting them. This Donkey Kong one is definitely our favourite of the bunch.
Here's a final effort from our favourite custom artist, French designer Oskunk. Custom Game Gears are pretty rare, so thumbs up to him for thinking outside the box. Incidentally, we challenge anyone to have the bottle to customise a 3DO.
Canadian artist SamuraiSmurfette creates all manner of things, from Star Fox plush toys to USB sticks shaped like Sylvester the Cat. It's this Spyro PlayStation that caught our eye, though.
This God Of War PSP was created way back in 2007 to celebrate what was the then-upcoming Chains Of Olympus. It was airbrushed with a deep metallic bronze then strategically tarnished to look battle damaged. It sold on eBay for over $1200.
How many customised Dreamcast VMU (memory cards) have you seen? Now you've seen this brilliant Jet Set Radio one by Hyoko-x3, chances are you won't need to see any more.
Indie developers and artists Team Lando designed this Zelda Nintendo 64. It may not be to everyone's tastes but there's no denying it'd catch your attention if you were in the same room as it.