So, now I think, how am I gonna do this?
I can handle all the mechanical aspects, no problems.
But artistically, I’m pretty hopeless. I can design buildings and furniture (I have done both) but human forms and cool stuff? Fuuuuggggggetaboutittt!
Photoshop - I know my way around the program, but I’m amateur hour compared to some people.
So I need some assistance.
The first guy I hit up is Jeremy, a top ranked pinball player from Wellington. He’s just a clever dude. I had spoken to him about this project a while back, and a few weeks ago he told me that he will be tied up for most of 2019 working on the new Avatar movies, so the time was right to get this thing started!
Jeremy will handle the photoshop aspects of the project, mainly altering the PF graphics to the new theme.
Then I needed someone with real artist skills, to bring the backglass and plastics to life.
I mentioned the project on the Head2Head podcast a few weeks back, and got an email from a talented guy Stateside who is both an artist and a pinball player, and a LZ fan.
Meet Brad Albright, from Dallas, Texas.
Making this retheme a truly international event!
So the first step was to remove the PF, strip it down to the timber and scan it for Jeremy.
I also decided that I will add another pop bumper to the playfield to spice things up.
This is next to the collect hole, and near the right spinner - so if you have poor accuracy, you will get punished!
Also - 4 band members means 4 pop caps, right?
You can see the wear track on the PF from the left flipper to the scoop. The pop will be situated so that the scoop shot is clear, but don’t miss!
The PF was scanned with my hand held scanner. Not really ideal, a flat bed would have been better, but I didn’t have one to hand. Scans came out pretty good.