Introduction: Gameboy Sculpting: "Bricking" Your DMG

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Ever wanted to do something to your DMG besides paint it? Me too, so I busted out my sculpting tools today and some Aves Apoxie Sculpt and went to town. My original idea was to just do some red Mario style bricks, but in tradition of the DMG's nickname "Grey Brick" I decided to do just that.

Step 1: Prepping

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I got this old DMG-01 from the goodwill for 4 bucks, so I wasn't going to be bummed if I screwed up somehow. Take your GB apart (assuming you know how and already own a tri-wing screwdriver) all the way down to just the face plate. Then carefully pop off the screen (good time to replaced your screen cover if need be). After you have it all stripped give it a light sanding (I had to go nuts since my $4 DMG was crapily spray painted black)

Step 2: Applying Sculpt

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Next I just evenly applied the sculpt all over the face plate, smoothing it out bast I could as I went (wearing gloved helps). Dont worry about the over hang and sloppy parts, you can take of them later and it will be easier as the sculpt sets up a bit more. I let it sit for about 15 minutes while it gets firmer and no so sticky.

Step 3: Clean Up Sculpt

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Now that the sculpt is a bit firmer we can trim it up and its more like soft wax and less like sticky play-doh. Trim around all the edges (I also chose to carve out the contrast pot) and also make sure you trim out a nice edge for your screen to go back on as well as nice smooth holes for you buttons. If its not perfect don't worry you can also re-work some ares after your cured.

Step 4: Starting Your Brick Pattern

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Now for the fun part, sculpting your brick (on your brick _ ). I have fancy sculpting tools, but I didn't even use them, the back of butter knife from the kitchen works very well. Just cradle the blade across the face to get those straight lines, thats it, just make sure they are evenly spaced.

After that, you do your vertical lines, we all know what brick pattern is so i wont break it down.

Step 5: Texturing

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This is when you ad texture to the brick and add realism while also making your lines look cleaner. See that Dremel bit hanging out of my D-Pad? I used that to roll around on the sculpt to add grain, you can also just use some gritty sandpaper or anything similar. Make sure you change direction and patterns a lot so you don't have in repetition in your texture.

Step 6: Painting

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Now your painting your DMG, I paint everything by hand cause I like to use my Vallejo Game Color Acrylic paint. Do the whole face plate it a solid dark Grey color (see image to the left)

Then your doing to dry-brush a lighter grey on to it. Dry-brushing is like dusting with a small amount of paint on your brush so it only picks up on texture. This technique will make the brick come alive!

Step 7: Optional Step

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Last but not least, we drill the hole for the "pro sound" Mod which only cost about 3 bucks to do

Step 8: ALL DONE

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Here is some completed images of the DMG, the buttons are from a NES controller (the A,B, and D-pad buttons all fit right in with no mods)


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Ayce (author)2012-10-15

This looks like one of the Gameboy systems that was featured in Nintendo Power about 20 years ago. Someone designed one that had a brick theme to it. I couldn't find an image of it but I always did like that design. Nice instructable!

Abby_Santi (author)2011-11-24

This is really kool i might do this to one of my game boys, i own three grey and two red game boys. Thanx for sharing this with us!

Oi23 (author)2011-07-23

Could you also brick the back of the DMG?

brox66656 (author)2011-06-09

do you know if the nes button mod would work with a gbc ?

WillTheRescue (author)2011-01-08

Just curious, is there any particular reason you didn't do the back of the Gameboy?

ReCreate (author)2009-07-05

What is a DMG? Also, I thought by the title you meant to brick the device, like rendering it so useless, that it becomes as useful as a brick XD ;)

Kyle Robinson (author)ReCreate2009-07-05

The original Gameboy is Model number DMG-01. It stands for Dot Matrix Gameboy. In the game community we simply refer to them as DMG's as apposed to "Original Gameboy" or "Classic Gameboy" And yes, the title was a play on words (hence the quotes) it was suppose to trick you ;0

ReCreate (author)Kyle Robinson2009-07-05

Wow, Dot matrix gameboy, Then the Gameboy color, That makes

quad64bit (author)ReCreate2009-07-09

You forgot gameboy pocket -- then the color :)

Or2 (author)quad64bit2010-06-17

You forgot the gameboy light

ReCreate (author)quad64bit2009-07-09

Gameboy pocket...rings a bell, I think O_o

Kyle Robinson (author)ReCreate2009-07-10

If you guys want to be super accurate... it would be DMGs, then Gameboy Pocket, THEN gameboy Light, then the gameboy color ;)

ReCreate (author)Kyle Robinson2009-07-10

gamyboy light?

Kyle Robinson (author)ReCreate2009-07-10

slightly bigger than a gameboy pocket, but its backlit

ReCreate (author)Kyle Robinson2009-07-10

i think the gameboy light is newer...

Kyle Robinson (author)ReCreate2009-07-10

no, the gameboy light is from 1997, the year after the pocket, yet before the Color

ReCreate (author)Kyle Robinson2009-07-10

Gameboy pocket?

Kyle Robinson (author)ReCreate2009-07-11

read that WIKI I posted... it breaks therm down in chronological order

ReCreate (author)Kyle Robinson2009-07-11


macmccune (author)ReCreate2010-01-21

well that argument took too long... hahaha

triggerhappymoron (author)2009-09-27

could you add a prosound mod tutorial as i cant find one that actully works plz

otoupalik (author)2009-09-09

Gotta love the ol "Brick". Very cool!

crickle321 (author)2009-07-19

Very impressive! With your detailing it almost looks photoshopped. I’m already looking around for items to try this on. The speaker area seems like a good place to replace with thick gauge wire for a jail window effect.

Kyle Robinson (author)2009-07-02

it was a reply to the first comment, I mis-replied.. my bad

ReCreate (author)Kyle Robinson2009-07-11


Rotten194 (author)2009-07-05

Hey, cool Instructables! Where can I get one of these DMG's? Ebay wants $5, plus shipping.

Rotten194 (author)Rotten1942009-07-05

Whoops, I mean $9. D:

Kyle Robinson (author)Rotten1942009-07-05

thats not a bad price, snag one on ebay or check your local craigslist or thrift stores

baneat (author)Kyle Robinson2009-07-06

Yard/car boot sales, or thrift shops can get you one for about $1 if you're really lucky. Cool result, but I'd never play an old-skool gameboy, when a GBC can play the same games and more.

Kyle Robinson (author)baneat2009-07-06

I wish i could find more of them for a and yeah, the DMG is not really for gaming, we use them for music since you can get the best sound out of them (and the retro feel dont hurt much I use a GBA SP and DSi for ACTUAL gaming

how do you get the music on the GB?

liammk (author)matstermind2009-07-09

how do you get music on them?

matstermind (author)liammk2009-07-09


Not for listening to music, I meant creating music. Using the tracker LSDJ you can read about it here. ad listen to TONS of gameboy musicians here

smeata (author)2009-07-09

nice job. what does that stuff feel like when it is set? how heavy/strong is it?

Kyle Robinson (author)smeata2009-07-09

THANKS... Apoxie sculpt cures rock hard, and is VERY VERY strong. Its fairly heavy. I would say sculpting this probably doubled the weight of the gameboy face plate

MLB Baseball Guy (author)2009-07-07

Wow.. were can you get one of those?? Cool info

sashadistan (author)2009-07-04

Fantastic dude. Good to find someone else who believes in the awesomeness of Apoxy clays.

craig3 (author)2009-07-02

thats god damn cool, i wish i could do stuff like that. What are the jacks on the bottom of it?

vanpaun (author)craig32009-07-02

Kyle said this in the wrong place: "Kyle Robinson (author) says: THANKS, the jacks are what is called the "pro sound" mod, its a stereo jack that gives you better mids and highs and more bass for line into your amp or mixer when composing gameboy music (chiptunes) on LSDJ (little sound DJ)"

craig3 (author)vanpaun2009-07-03

ah yeah ive seen things on that. how about a guide on how to install one of those kyle?

Kyle Robinson (author)craig32009-07-03

there is plenty that already exist... heres a good one

and you can just buy the LSDJ cartridge online here

then your making tunes in no time ;)

vanpaun (author)2009-07-02

Its itching for some red-brown paint.

Kyle Robinson (author)vanpaun2009-07-02

thanks for quoting my post, I goofed on the

vanpaun (author)Kyle Robinson2009-07-02

no problem, it happens.

theRIAA (author)2009-07-02

so awesome. 5* and nice pics

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