Tuesday, October 25, 2011

COBRA Smoker

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

While I wanted these zombies to be recognizable as infected COBRA troopers, I also decided to omit the COBRA symbol so they could be used as more generic zombies with a headswap if I ever had the need. The Hunter's uniform has blood over his symbols, while the Smoker's uniform has been torn in the spots the Cobra emblem usually appears.

Parts Recipe:
Cobra Bazooka Trooper - Base Figure
ROC Storm Shadow - Untucked Pants Leg
Shipwreck - Bare Arm
Anakin Skywalker - Grabby Hand
Ten Numb - Smoker Tongue
Build N Brawl-based custom zombie head by DarkHorse


COBRA Boomer

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

I had fun modifying the legs and feet to make it look like his toes were bursting out of his boots. This was one of those customs where I wasn't sure he was coming out like I wanted, but when I got him painted up I was quite happy with him. I think he could use a little more bile dribbling down his shirt, perhaps.

Parts Recipe:
Shipwreck - Hands
Sgt. Bazooka - Boots
Cairo Henchman - Toes
Gamorrean Guard - Lower Arms, Hips, Legs
Dexter Jettster - Torso, Upper Arms
Orn Free Taa - Head

COBRA Hunter

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

I had fun trying to make the COBRA uniform recognizable but disheveled. I also discovered brown makes a far more convincing gore than dark reds and dirtied up the hunter quite nicely. Also in researching the head (using the helmet to evoke the hooded look of the L4D hunter)I leanred that hunters have no eyes!

Parts Recipe:
Cobra Bazooka Trooper - Base Figure
ROC Storm Shadow - Lower Legs
Cpl. Breaker - Elbows
Mace Windu (Unsure which version) - Head
Hrcheck Kal Fas - Hands



COBRA Roamer

My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

The roamer here is just a background filler zombie, done in Cobra colors so he can work as both a civilian zombie or a Cobra-themed zombie. Just your standard shambler!

Parts Recipe:
Avatar Jake Sully - Body
ROC The Doctor - Head


COBRA Tank


My COBRA zombies are based on the infected from Left4Dead, and were a fun way to use up some fodder. Most of these parts were ones I had laying around, I tried to only use existing fodder for my zombies without having to obtain new parts. They're quick and dirty but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, especially as a set.

Not a perfect Tank, as he really does still look a lot like just a Grey Hulk, but it works for the parts I had, and I felt the texture of the Maestro Hulk was especially fitting. I was worried the 6" scale upper torso would look out of place, but it seems to be pretty close to the proportions of the L4D tank.

Parts Recipe:
Marvel Legends Maestro Hulk - Torso and Arms
Marvel Universe Grey Hulk - Head, Neck, Lower Torso, and Legs

Frank West - Dead Rising

"I've covered wars, ya know!?"

Frank West is, of course, the protagonist of Dead Rising which is still just about the most fun I've ever had playing a zombie game. Nothing against Chuck from the sequel, but Frank was a great character and despite the DLC and rerelease of Dead Rising 2 with Frank in the starring role, we haven't seen nearly enough of the guy. He'll always have a home in my zombie-verse though!

Parts Recipe:
Shipwreck - Torso
Cpl. Breaker - Head
ROC Cobra Commander - Legs
Dr. Henry Jones - Coat, Arms, Feet
LEGO Camera

Thursday, October 13, 2011

COBRA Missile Silo - Video Display

Here's the video from the display of my recently posted COBRA Missile Silo project. I plan on extending it as I build out the project, but here's how it looks for now.

The video was entirely created in After Effects, with the first audio section taken from the spoken portion of the old GI Joe cartoon intro, garbled and stretched. The rest of the audio is an old number station recording found here!

The Dictator - ARES Luxury Command/Parade Car

 I can't believe I hadn't uploaded this yet! It's one of my favorite custom projects ever! Another "years in the making!" concept that lingered in the planning phase for a long time!

"Built by Automotive Research and Engineering of Scotland, the 2011 Ares Dictator is the final word in class and comfort for today's VIP. The classic curves and retro elegance hide a formidable armored chassis for supreme protection, while an incredible engine based on high speed sentry tank technology powers this beautiful beast of a machine. The roomy interior can hold four comfortable, or six with the rear canopy retracted for crowd pleasing "parade seating." Each vehicle is custom tailored to the style, personality, and demands of our clients and the organizations they represent, which makes owning an Ares Dictator a truly unique experience.

The Ares Dictator:
Rule the Road,
Rule the World."
-ARES marketing material

This particular model was presented to Cobra Commander as tribute from Destro upon MARS's reintegration into COBRA."




Parts Recipe:
The Shadow Mirage SX-100 - Base Vehicle
Cobra Stinger - Wheels and Dashboard
Maisto '69 Barracuda - Interior
25th Serpentor Staff - Cobra hood detail
Overkill v2 knife hilt - Cobra gearshift
Alley Viper v5 shield - wheel covers





COBRA Missile Silo - Phase 1


Wow. I've been planning this thing for... probably a decade? And it wasn't until we had a "found object" assignment in my first level sculpture class that I decided it was time to finally tackle it. It was an ambitious timeline, as we had about one and a half weeks for the assignment. A lot of features got dropped along the way, and the day before it was due was a mad rush of stress, but I ended up with a presentable display piece and solid first step in the world of serious diorama building.

When I started up, all I had done was collected my main, larger components and done a base spray coat in blue. A lot of the work went into the detailing and bits of weathering... I think each little "section" on the side wings took at least 2 hours each. Surprisingly, the MDF frame only took a few hours... but that's more a testament to my father-in-law's woodworking skills and amazing shop than anything else.

The mounted monitor (which will be flush with the back wall in v 2.0) plays a 3 minute clip I made, which I'll upload soon. I want to flesh out the video feature extensively, but am pretty happy with how well it works.

Plenty of details to add, spots to clean up, weathering effects to paint, and other ideas I want to incorporate. I'd like to add some walkways so COBRA troops can be inspecting or working on the sections of the large rockets that open, as well as give the missiles a fresh coat of paint and some water slide decals.

For now however, it's a solid first step into a display I've wanted to make for a long, long time!

Parts Recipe:
MDF Frame, sprayed gray and buffed with steel wool
Small DVD/Monitor Combo
"Granny Grating" or Plastic Canvas
Rolling Thunder - Missiles and support structure
Defiant - Backdrop and side elements
Satin ribbons with iron-on design - Banners
Lego elements and halbreds - Banner rod