Wednesday, October 29, 2014

COBRA Druid - Aspect of the Owl

"Very little is known about the cabal of mystics Crystal Ball has assembled to assist him in his nefarious sciences. They come from a variety of backgrounds and every corner of the Earth to bring CORPSE their expertise in all things unnatural. In keeping with ancient traditions, they often don animal masks during their rituals to appease the Ancient Spirits of Evil they call upon. The Aspect of the Owl focuses on the supplication of wisdom and knowledge from the Old Ones."

I thought I'd seen most of the old GI Joe cartoon. Then I bought the excellent GI Joe Field Manual which collects characters and vehicle production art and discovered there was a treasure trove of episodes I hadn't seen and characters designs to inspire customs. Seeing the art for the original (and very different) ancestral mask for Destro, as well as the McCullen druids, I immediately looked up "Skeletons in the Closet" and was thrilled by the episode. I knew I wanted to try to incorporate the idea of COBRA meddling with a tentacled, mythos-esque monster in my 'Joe verse. Eventually, I've got a diorama set up I want to complete to house these COBRA Mystics, with a few more surprises. I also looked to The Spectre's amazing Cthulhu figures for inspiration on how to approach these druids. I substituted an Owl for the somewhat silly look Bird (Pigeon!?) mask from the episode.

Parts Recipe:
Mas Amedda - Base Figure
Night Creeper Leader - Head
Gandalf the Grey - Arms
Emperor Palpatine - Hands
Prince of Persia Dastan - Collar
Elis Helrot - Wrap
Cheap Owl Figurine - Mask

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