Thursday, December 20, 2012

Twi'lek Citizen

Another figure that's been sitting on the shelf unfinished for a while, I decided to finish her up for the current Yakfinities project, Ladies of the Galaxy.

Parts Recipe:
Darth Talon - Head
Uhura - Dress
Leesub Sirlin - Arms, Legs

R'neemyra - Wookiee Huntress

Made for the first Yakfinities I've been able to participate in a while, Ladies of the Galaxy, I opted to create a female wookiee.

Parts Recipe:
Rorworr - Head
Aurra Sing - Hair Plume
CW Chewbacca - Body, arms, hands, legs
CW Plo Koon - Arms Wraps
Wooof - Leg Wraps
Chewbacca - Feet

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Genghis Rex - Tyrannos Leader

Rex is another 80/90's toon villain I've been wanting to tackle for a while, but kept going back to the drawing board because I couldn't find just the right parts. He's the big bad from Dinosaucers. The Amazing Spider-Man Lizard figure proved a "good enough" base, though I'm disappointed he lacks the standard Joe torso and hip articulation. He's got enough armor to hide those short comings though, and really came to life when I started to detail him. I opted for a more subdued brown and purple over his toon gear's blue and orange, and went with a darker, truer red for his skin tone to make him a little more viscous.

He was made for the big Group Projects recap at joecustoms.com, and you can read how I wove him into the "Dino-Hunters" project here.

Parts Recipe
Jurassic Park T-rex - Head, Feet
Jurassic Park Velociraptor - Hunting Raptor
ASM Lizard - Base Figure 
Pablo-Jill - Hands
Nemesis Immortal - Chest Armor
Storm Shadow - Lower Armor







Mumm-Ra, The Ever-Living!


Mumm-Ra, host to the Ancient Spirits of Evil, from the Thunder Cats. Thunder Cats maintained an odd mythology to me when I was a kid... the world building in it was very specific, but unlike Star Wars, GI Joe, or TMNT, there wasn't a ton of back up material to fill you in, whether or not it adhered to the same canon as the 'toon. As I kid, I always took "Third Earth" to mean the 3rd planet from the sun, and that it was our Earth, but either far in the future or far in the past. And I loved that... the Egyptian imagery was so creepy and cool, and Mumm-Ra and his transformation was one of the few cartoon villains that I remember actually scaring me a little bit back then. At any rate, he's always been a favorite and I wanted to incorporate him into my custom collection.

He's not radically different than his original cartoon design, but I think this is him either long before we see him in Thunder Cats, before his "real" form has decayed into the small, shriveled mummy... or maybe even after, and he's able to maintain the form of "The Ever-Living" and is constant host to the Ancient Spirits of Evil.

Parts Recipe:
Frost Giant - Base Figure
Serpentor - Wrap
Nikto Gunner Nysad - Headpiece

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cobra Commander Vanity Statue

So one of the things I really enjoy doing is mashing together COBRA with real world images of power, like with my ARES Dictator and the COBRA Missile Silo. I love the idea of Cobra Commander having all this art made of him in various styles that he'd have shipped to whatever base he was working out of. Eventually I'd like this to be housed in a little museum diorama with all of his old costumes, cases with his original pistol and spoils of war, portraits on the wall... But here's the start, I'd imagine it would be titles something like "Cobra Commander Receives Divine Inspiration" or something nice and Renaissance-y like that. I just love the idea of Cobra using that period's imagery, and the elements it inherited from classical sculpture, to play up his own self importance. Originally I thought he'd be holding a globe, but once I realized the connection with the serpent imagery, I knew it had to be an apple. It's interesting trying to bridge the gap between the hobby and art worlds... often one group doesn't have the visual vocabulary of the other so there's a lot of issues with accessibility I'm encountering as I produce these and try to push them a little further into the realm of art. Ultimately though, it's about playing with the imagery and ideas of toys and just having fun with it... so I felt like it was at least successful on that account.

Parts Recipe:
Namor - Base Figure (with new hands joints filled to create a static pose)
Zartan - Base for sculpted hood
Wedding Cake Toppers - Pillars
Wooden Candle Stick Holder - Base

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Wasss once a man!" - Transformed Cobra Commander

Had some left over pieces from another reptilian custom, and decided this would be a fun and easy project. It's inspired by Cobra Commander's transformation into a giant snake from the old animated G.I. Joe movie. Though I'm not particularly crazy about Cobra-La and Cobra's mystical origins, the rest of the movie is some of the best 'Joe animation we've ever gotten, and the Commander's betrayal and disfigurement has always stuck with me. I think in my Joe-verse, maybe it's the rest of experimentation with Compound Z rather than the mutation spores of Cobra-La, and I'm thinking I might have to do a few more stages of his transformation, but I'm pretty happy with how he looks!

Parts Recipe:
ASM Lizard - Full figure (I used 2 of his skinnier forearms, moving the thumb on one to make it a left hand)

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Most Interesting Man In The World

Iron Will over at joecustoms.com hosted an incredibly fun customizing contest called "Mascot Madness." It's actually the second time he's run it and there were some REALLY amazing entries, all based on incorporating various product/license/franchise mascots into the GI Joe mythos. My "Most Interesting Man In The World" managed to snag a 3rd place tie (shared with an amazing robotic Kool-Aid Man). Big thanks to Iron Will for running such a fun contest, and especially for the extremely generous prizes. Be sure to head over to the forums there to get info on the next round!

Here's some of the flavor text I submitted with my custom to fit the Dos Equis mascot into the Joe-verse.:

"He'll fight for freedom where ever there's trouble...
...and where everything's okay.

Any firearms he carries on assignment are unloaded...
...he just likes the way they look with his suit.

His file card lists his primary military specialty
...as everything.

He is an honorary member of the Dreadnoks...
...despite having put them all in prison at least once.

He thought Snake-Eyes' real name was actually "Classified"...
...so the commando had his name legally changed to that out of respect.

He has defeated an entire platoon of COBRA soldiers...
...just by sighing and telling them "I expected better of you."

He is immune to the effects of Compound Z...
...but not to the effects of a beautiful sunset.

He is...
...the Most Interesting Man in the World."


Parts Recipe:
Dr. Henry Jones Sr. - Head
Shipwreck - Torso
James McCullen XXIV - Arms, Legs
MIB Agent K - Jacket

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Best of all Possible Timelines

I've been meaning to post about the chain of events set off when I posted my Inspector Spacetime custom figure. I shared a link to him over at Reddit the same day, and was immediately contacted by Mark from PixelDrip Gallery asking if I'd be interested in exhibiting the Inspector and Constable Reggie at the Six Seasons and a Movie Art Show in Los Angeles.

I had about a week and half to get the figures packed up and shipped out, and meanwhile the wife and I were trying to decide if we should make a last minute trip out to LA to present for the show and reception. We came to the conclusion that there's not a lot of guidelines out there to tell when you're "successful" at something as niche as custom figure art, and that this certainly seemed like as good a goalpost as any. So we arranged to meet some friends out in California and went for it.

It was an amazing experience. You can check out coverage of the show here and it's really worth a look for all the amazing art that the show Community has inspired. There were sketches, paintings, nesting dolls, dioramas, pixel art, comic books, and even a playable "Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne" video game. I got interviewed to for the documentary about the event, we met some great peole, and saw some amazing art.

And that was just the daytime gallery exhibit. That night, there was a reception for artists and special guests. We saw Gillian Jacobs (Britta) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley)being wonderful and gracious to the artists and fans. We bought some prints of Annie and Britta by the amazing Megan Lara. I got to sign the giant thank you portrait for show creator Dan Harmon. It was a really amazing day.

The ONLY downside was, and I guess is, that I'm still learning how to deal with my hearing loss. In normal day to day situations, it's easy enough to adapt. I've still got most of my hearing in my left ear, so it just takes a little maneuvering usually to find a spot where I can hear well. In any sort of crowd though, all I get is noise, which made mingling in the busy evening reception almost impossible. It was a bit of sucker punch to have come all that way to feel so cut off from everything going on around me, but we made the best of it. I wish I could have mingled a little more with the other artists, and would have had the nerves to tell Gillian and Yvette thank you in person, but being functionally deaf in that situation is just something I haven't learned to navigate yet.

We had a great time, I got to show some dear friends what it is I do, and really left the whole thing feeling like I was starting to figure out where I can go with this whole hobby/art thing.

But there was another surprise waiting! Travis Richey, the actor who plays Inspector Spacetime, had seen the figure and even commented on it! He really did use it as his Facebook profile picture! And best of all, in some of the footage from the event, you can see him inspecting the Inspector up close and personal (right around 2:05 in the vid)!

Anyway, school starts back up tomorrow and I wanted to take the time to document my thoughts on all this and brag a little. It's always exciting when this quirky little hobby of mine gets recognized by strangers as something fun and worthwhile, and I'm incredibly thankful the chance to participate in such an amazing event!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Doctor Venom - Evil Scientist

I'm working on expanding the science division of my COBRA collection. I thought the Volcano-Viper, Hazard-Viper, and Techno-Viper were all amazing additions to the line, as well as the Zombie-Vipers and Compound Z accessories. I'm enjoying filling out COBRA's research ranks with incorporated characters like Miles Mayhem and Doctor Scarab but wanted to get some of the classic COBRA science characters back into action.

I actually really liked a lot of what the Club's version of Dr. Venom looked like, and when it was pointed out that the head actually a retooled Liu Kang I knew I could make my own. I think mine has a few improvements over the official release, and I was extremely happy with how the test tubes came out. They're lightsaber tips with the top flared out by pressing it against the metal tip of a hot glue gun, and the result is pretty convincing! Going to try to get a quick tutorial up on how easy they are to make soon, as I plan to do a few more scientist for my collection.

Parts Recipe:
Liu Kang - Head
James McCullen XXIV - Torso/Tie
Shipwreck - Legs
Rex "The Doctor" Lewis - Labcoat
Wedge Antilles - Arms
Dr. Mindbender - Laptop
Red Skull - Luger (in holster)
Lightsabers - Test Tubes

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cover Girl - Armored Vehicle Expert

The era between the original ARAH style GI Joes and the current style figures was pretty unimpressive to me. Hasbro was trying to decide where to go with the style of the figures, and while there were plenty of missteps, there's occasional figure that was a precursor of what Hasbro could do when they put their mind to it. Cover Girl's updated look got a lot right, and other than updating her articulation there's wasn't much I thought needed to be improved upon. A similar take will be available through the fan club's subscription service, but I've decided make my own. While I'm glad I tried to adapt her torso to fit on the new hinged lower body/waist, ultimately I think it would have been fine to keep the o-ring waist here. It was a learning experience, and while I like to keep my Joe figures as close to the standard format as possible, I don't think makes that big of a difference with the way her untucked shirt works.

Parts Recipe:
Agent Courtney Krieger - Head, Torso, Arms, Boots
Cournet "Cover Girl" Krieger - Legs, Boots

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Slice - Arashikage Mercenary

If you asked me a few months ago if I thought I needed more Ninjas on my GI Joe shelf, I'd have told you no. Then the Retaliation line hit (before it was pulled) and my surprise favorite was the Red Ninja. It could be that I just never found Renegades Storm Shadow and didn't realize what an amazing sculpt Hasbro had come up with, but I ended up getting a few of them and loved how well they posed. With the accessories from the Ninja Shodown set I had an instant Arashikage army, and finally found myself interested in the martial arts aspect of the GI Joe universe. Slice was an obvious choice for a quick custom to add a leader to the group, and I stuck pretty close to the original look with a few added accessories.

I see what's left of the Arashikage clan working as mercenaries along side COBRA's own "in-house" martial artists, with Slice being the de facto leader of the Red Ninjas.

Parts Recipe:
Red Ninja - Base Figure
Ninja Showdown Red Ninja - Mask and Sugegasa
GI Joe Trooper - Cloak

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monkeywrench - Dreadnok

Monkeywrench's 25th style release in the Rise of Cobra line was a pretty major disappointment. Considering that almost every other Dreadnok release we've gotten before or since was much closer to their original design, I decided I needed to make some improvements. Not a major project, and I know I'm stealing the head choice from someone else (probably multiple someone elses, though I can't remember who at the moment), but it brings him a little more in line with the original figure. If I can get some more Tunnel Rat bandannas, I'll add them to his jeans.


Parts Recipe:
Monkeywrench - Torso, Upper Arms, Dogtags, Bandolier, Hip accessories
Zartan - Arms, Gloves
Accessory Pack #6 - Rifle
Torch - Legs
Crimson Guard - Boots
Croc Master - Pistol
Obi-Wan Kenobi - Head
Luke Skywalker - Vest

Scorch - Dreadnok

Scorch is an update of the 2005 version of Torch. I decided that other than their similar weapon, this version was rather distinctive from the original character so I made him a new character when I translated him to the current body/articulation style.

Hired muscle from Juarez, New Mexico, "Scorch" ran with various smuggling operations before he hooked up with the Dreadnoks. Having passed initiation, he decided to challenge Torch for his title. You ever seen two men duel with flamethrowers? It ain't pretty. Torch managed to defend his title and keep his name, which earned him the right to pick the new recruit's handle. As a sign of respect for his skill with fire, Torch dubbed him "Scorch." The two maintain a bit of a rivalry, but Scorch is now a trusted asset among the original Dreadnoks.

It was fun to take the parts and elements I liked from the 2005 figure and tweak the rest. The flame pattern on the older figure is a great idea, but poorly executed, and it was a fun challenge to try to improve upon it when I designed Scorch. I was especially pleased to learn the flamethrower backpack actually fit into Barbecue's harness, making adapting it to fit the new torso much easier.

Parts Recipe
Torch - Head, Arms, Belt Buckle, Tanks and Flamethrower
Beachhead - Torso
Resolute Beachhead - Collar
Storm Shadow - Legs
Sgt. Airborne - Hands, Feet
Barbecue - Tank harness

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Frank - The Manipulated Dead

I'm really pleased with how this one came out. It was my first attempt to really sculpt something. I've added details like hair, pockets, buttons, and collars to figures before, but this marks my first real head sculpt. I'm disappointed I lost the detail in the teeth, and it's certainly not perfect, but it's a very encouraging first attempt.

Frank is the temporally displaced "Manipulated Dead" from Donnie Darko, who has to guide the Living Receiver into restoring the Primary Universe before the Tangent Universe collapses... I think. It's all rather confusing. But it's an awesome character design.

Parts Recipe:
ROC Cobra Commander - Head (beneath the sculpting)
Storm Shadow - Feet
Havok - Internal Balljoint Hips
Chewbacca - Modified Body
Prince of Persia Dastan - Head


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Inspector Spacetime

"The question isn't where, but when!" The Inspector and Reggie just might be some of the most obscure characters I'll ever tackle, but I'm pretty proud of how they came out for less than 30 seconds of screen time to work from.

Six seasons and a movie!

Parts Recipe:
Animated Riddler - Bowler Hat
Naboo Royal Guard - Head
Renegades Cobra Commander - Torso, Coat
POC Cobra Commander - Legs
ROC Duke - Arms


Constable Reginald Wigglesworth - Inspector Spacetime

"Blimey, Inspector!" Constable Reginald "Reggie" Wigglesworth is an Associate of Inspector Spacetime... you know what, if you don't know who this is, and you probably don't, this probably won't help much anyway.

Parts Recipe:
ROC Destro - Torso
Renegades Cobra Commander - Arms
Capt. Ace - Gloves
POC Cobra Commander - Shoes
Shipwreck - Lower Legs
Neo-Viper - Thighs
Roth-Del Masona - Head

Thursday, May 24, 2012

David Dunn - Unbreakable

It took me around 10 years from when I first saw Unbreakable to when I was able to finally realize my custom of Mr. Glass. I was thrilled with the result, but was worried it would be another 10 years before I figured out how to do the film's reluctant hero, David Dunn. The key piece was a head sculpt from a military toy line that was obviously based on Bruce Willis... but I wrestled with how to do the rest of the figure. And then, one morning I woke up and headed straight to my work room and it just happened. And in a fit of creative inspiration, I decided to try and make it so the figure could represent some of his different looks. There's the fully cloaked Hero, the jacketed security guard look, and then an open-cloak version as well. The cloaks are a little short, but I think passable. I wanted to keep his color schemed to the subdued earth tones, yellows, and greens that identify him in the film. Had I managed to make the arms interchangeable, he could even have a Pre-Train Wreck version... something I might have to tackle later.

Parts Recipe:
Bruce Willis look-a-like - Head
Mutt - Torso
Roth-Del Masona - Arms
Neo-Viper - Upper Legs
Logan - Lower Legs
Tunnel Rat - Shoes
Rebel Fleet Trooper - Jacket
Orrimaarko - Open Cloak
Mon Mothma - 2 Part Cloak
Rebel Fleet Trooper - Ballcap
Resolute Storm Shadow - Hood

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Deena Pilgrim - Detective

From "POWERS", Deena is a homicide detective in a world of super heroes and works cases involving superhumans with her partner, Christian Walker. Well, until things go really, really bad for her. But seriously, go read Powers.

Parts Recipe:
Starkiller Hero - Head
Padme Amidala - Upper Torso
Renegades Scarlett - Lower Torso, Upper Legs
Cover Girl - Arms
Cobra Commander - Lower Legs (shortened)
Specialist Trakker - Sneakers

Darklon - Destro's Bodyguard

Nothing too fancy here... I needed to add Darklon (Destro's "distant cousin") to my rank of Cobras, but knew he needed an updated look from his original garish toy debut. The military long coat Destro from Resolute is awesome, but doesn't quite fit with how I see Destro's character... but with a little added color and detailing, I think it works great for Darklon. I see him more as a would-be rival of Destro, honor bound to serve the head of the McCullen Clan and MARS as Destro's body guard, but harbors a lingering resentment that his branch of the family tree hasn't inherited the prestige and power Destro has.

Parts Recipe:
Darklon - Head Resolute 
Destro - Base Figure

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hunt for the Holocron - Bando Jinkuru

Hunt for the Holocron is a Star Wars film my friend Martin has been working on for 10 years. We're determined that this year, no really, it will finally be complete. I'm helping him create ship models for the effects shots and we hope to have the film done and ready for viewing Decemeber, 2012. There's a lot of work to do, but I'm confident we can pull it off.

Of course, ever since he showed me a rough cut, I've been dying to make customs of the film's main characters!

Bando Jinkuru is a pilot and Sahn's older brother.

Parts Recipe:
Antares Draco - Head
Ki-Adi-Mundi - Legs
Wooof - Torso
Biggs Darklighter - Waist and Holster
Indiana Jones - Arms

Hunt for the Holocron - Sahn Jinkuru

Hunt for the Holocron is a Star Wars film my friend Martin has been working on for 10 years. We're determined that this year, no really, it will finally be complete. I'm helping him create ship models for the effects shots and we hope to have the film done and ready for viewing Decemeber, 2012. There's a lot of work to do, but I'm confident we can pull it off.

Of course, ever since he showed me a rough cut, I've been dying to make customs of the film's main characters!

Sahn is a mechanic and the younger of the Jinkuru brothers.

Parts Recipe:
Mas Amedda - Smock
Ki-Adi-Mundi - Upper Arms
Wedge Antilles - Lower Body
Mutt Williams - Head

Hunt for the Holocron - Ariah Duen

Hunt for the Holocron is a Star Wars film my friend Martin has been working on for 10 years. We're determined that this year, no really, it will finally be complete. I'm helping him create ship models for the effects shots and we hope to have the film done and ready for viewing Decemeber, 2012. There's a lot of work to do, but I'm confident we can pull it off.

Of course, ever since he showed me a rough cut, I've been dying to make customs of the film's main characters!

Ariah Duen is an ally of the Brothers Jinkuru and Jedi E'Din Kyle.

Parts Recipe:
Padme Amidala - Arms, Legs, Lower Torso
Sabe - Torso
Storm Shadow - Lower Wrap
Deena Shan - Head

Hunt for the Holocron - Dagan Accour

Hunt for the Holocron is a Star Wars film my friend Martin has been working on for 10 years. We're determined that this year, no really, it will finally be complete. I'm helping him create ship models for the effects shots and we hope to have the film done and ready for viewing Decemeber, 2012. There's a lot of work to do, but I'm confident we can pull it off.

Of course, ever since he showed me a rough cut, I've been dying to make customs of the film's main characters!

Dagan Accour serves as Lord Drger's lieutenant.

Parts Recipe:
Rabe - Base Figure
Zam Wessel - Head
Cocnept Starkiller - Harness
Uhura - Arms
Beachhead - Collar

Hunt for the Holocron - E'din Kyle

Hunt for the Holocron is a Star Wars film my friend Martin has been working on for 10 years. We're determined that this year, no really, it will finally be complete. I'm helping him create ship models for the effects shots and we hope to have the film done and ready for viewing Decemeber, 2012. There's a lot of work to do, but I'm confident we can pull it off.

Of course, ever since he showed me a rough cut, I've been dying to make customs of the film's main characters!

E'Din Kyle is the story's Jedi hero.

Parts Recipe:
Joclad Danva - Head
A'Sharad Hett - Torso,Lower Robes, and Scarf
Ten Numb - Arms and Legs
Ki-Adi-Mundi - Gauntlets
Pons Limbic - Boots
Boss Nass - Shoulder Plates

Hunt for the Holocron - Dregr Jarrat

Hunt for the Holocron is a Star Wars film my friend Martin has been working on for 10 years. We're determined that this year, no really, it will finally be complete. I'm helping him create ship models for the effects shots and we hope to have the film done and ready for viewing Decemeber, 2012. There's a lot of work to do, but I'm confident we can pull it off.

Of course, ever since he showed me a rough cut, I've been dying to make customs of the film's main characters!

This is Lord Dregr Jarrat, the film's antagonist, portrayed by Martin.

Parts Recipe:
Zartan - Head
Sith TrainingDarth Maul - Torso
Tunnel Rat - Scarf
Naboo Royal Security - Boots
Captain Typho - Gauntlets
Lord Maleval - Front Lower Tabbard
Darth Maul - Belt and Back Lower Robes

Monday, March 12, 2012

Infected Infantry

Keenan over at joecustoms.com hooked me up with some great zombie heads and grabby hands he casted (and did a beautiful job of it, too). He's got a pretty great and grizzly photo-comic about zombies and GI Joe called End of Days that's worth checking out if you're interested in either of those subjects!

Anyway, those odds and ends are just the pieces I need to finish up about a half dozen background zombies I've been parting together, and this is the first one! Just a generic grunt succumbing to the Green Flu.

Parts Recipe:
Zartan - Base Figure
Keenan Kasts - Hands, Head

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Z.E.D. - Agent J

The ZOMBIE ELIMINATION DEPARTMENT, or Z.E.D. for short, was formed when the United States government recognized the need for a centralized resource to prevent, control, and eliminate all possibilities of an undead breakout on American soil. Agents are recruited from various law enforcement and military backgrounds and are trained in all aspects of zombie threat assessment and management.

Agent "J" is an exemplary Z.E.D. field agent and accomplished marksman. Z.E.D. considers her to be one their most valuable assets in the zombie war.

Parts Recipe:
Lady Jaye - Head
Scarlett - Body, Upper Legs, Hands
Dialtone - Upper Arms, Badge
Tunnel Rat - Lower Legs, Feet
Mutt Williams - Forearms

Self Portrait in Plastic

I had to do a self portrait for one of my college courses, and decided on shooting some of my custom figures. I had wanted to try to shoot everything I'd made to date, but I just don't have the lens to shoot a setup like that and get the detail I wanted, so I tackled a smaller subset: me and all my zombie figures. I think it came out pretty well!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rocksteady - Dreadnok

This is Rocksteady (the rhino) from the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon re-imagined as a Dreadnok from GI Joe. I figure he's some poor slob who was too dumb to make it in the Army and got booted out for being more of a danger to friendlies than the enemy. The 'Noks can always use more hired muscle, especially if they've (barely) passed heavy arms training.

Parts Recipe:
Ripper - Torso, Upper Arms, Belt, Thighs
Dusty - Lower Legs
Serpentor - Head
Tunnel Rat - Ammo Belt and Gun
Duke - Helmet
Hondo Ohnaka - Goggles

Bebop - Dreadnok

Bebop is a re-imagined version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character from the cartoon, done as a Dreadnok instead of a mutant warthog. Dumb and scrawny, Bebop barely survived as a goon in the criminal underworld until he hooked up with the Dreadnoks. He was in the right place at the right time when the 'Noks needed another hired gun for a job, and has survived by pure dumb luck long enough to run with the gang full time.

Parts Recipe:
Ripcord - Head
Baroness - Glasses
Outback - Torso and Upper Arms
Storm Shadow - Legs and Feet
Torch - Vest
Tunnel Rat - Bandanna
Major Bludd - Bling
Mystique - Bling Skull

Friday, February 3, 2012

Shambling Sally

Sally's been through a lot, she's been parted out for planned customs more than once, but eventually found her way back together while I was on a zombie kick, so she gets to finally make her debut. Experimented with resculpting her jaw and mouth, dry brushing, painting a little gore, and coating. I spritzed her with Future Floor Wax to see how it would act as a sealant, and it's not too bad other than being too glossy for my taste.

Parts Recipe:
Marion Ravenwood - Base figure
Agent Helix - Head
Greeata - Hands

COBRA Infected

Just burning through fodder to keep busy, practice techniques, and make some Horde filler for any future zombie dioramas. A very simple design of a recently turned and intact roamer.

Parts Recipe:
Cobra Trooper - Base figure (or equivelant reused molds)
Shipwreck - Hands
Rex "The Doctor Lewis - Head
PoP Dastan - Scarf

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Infected Scientist

Working on some more zombies and infected for my collection. Nothing too fancy, but it's always fun to come up with some new types of shamblers to roam around. This one is supposed to look like he's wearing a torn lab coat, and might be one of the egg-heads responsible for the outbreak! Used my COBRA blue for his lower half so he could fit in with a horde of COBRA infected if needed.

Parts Recipe:
Renegades Duke - Base Figure
Ric Olie - Head
POTC Zombie - Coat, forearms, and hands

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mercenary - Bravo

Just another simple head swap to make a background filler mercenary.

Parts Recipe:
PoC Dusty - Base Figure
PoC Zartan - Vest
Terminator Barnes - Head

Mercenary - Alpha

The Captain America Crossbones figure fits in great with the 'Joe line, but I had no need of the character. Made for a good excuse to update a unique RAH style head to with a ball socket and a new paint job.

Parts Recipe:
Zangief - Head
Crossbones - Base figure

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Shadow Tracker - COBRA Jungle Tracker

Just some minor tweaks here and there to make this guy a little less neon. COBRA doesn't often get new individual characters, so I'm always happy to induct interesting new personalities into my collection. I swapped his gear with Spirit's darker colored arrows, removed a layer of his dreadlocks, and opted to remove that mask to find out what was beneath. While the initial effect of the death's head obscured by the translucent yellow mask was neat, I loved how grim the skull face looked.

Maybe he actually looks like this, the result of a serious explosion of some sort, or perhaps it's more like the Scarecrow from Batman and he uses toxins to confuse and slow his prey, often causing them to hallucinate.

Parts Recipe:
Shadow Tracker - Modified and Repainted

Lord Mirdalan - Walon Vau's strill

Just a simple addition to my Walon Vau custom, I had to make his hunting strill, Lord Mirdalan from the Republic Commando novels. I always envisioned Mird as a cross between a dragon and hairless cat, which might not be entirely accurate but there was never a whole lot of detailed description offered and I'm fairly certain there hasn't been any official visual depiction of the creature.

Parts Recipe:
Avatar Viper Wolf Repaint - Entire Figure