Nemesis Enforcer – Visionaries Style 11/10/16

Posted November 10, 2016 by themayor36
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It is hard to remember where this idea came from. Could have come from Sgt. Savage (which are 4.5″ figures like Visionaries) or from the Visionaries figures Chad and I hacked up for Joecustom’s Group Project Alien Invasion – Star Brigade Redux.

Where ever the idea came from, I am glad it stuck. I had originally planned on submitting this for the Joecustom’s Group Project Spirits vs Corpse, but like so many of my projects, it did not get finished.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. Rambo over at O-Ring Warrior Nation posted this incredible Predator custom using a Visionaries Cravex for the base. It got the juices flowing.

Some background on this project. If 3.75″ Joes are 1/18th scale, then they would stand 5’7.5″ tall in real life. A 4.5″ figure would stand 6’9″, thus making it possible that Visionaries and Sgt. Savage figures are compatible with 3.75″ Joes. Basic construction is where fairly simple. I went with the Goro head to pay homage to Pythona. I then toyed with using non-modded parts for the figure, but wasn’t happy with the direction. I started sculpting the legs and waist, which I was pleased with. But then came the torso…and the wings. I tried sculpting the torso, but just don’t have the patience. More on that later. I scoured the web (and brick and mortar stores) for wings that could work. Nothing satisfied. Fortunately Chad took it upon himself to custom make these wings for me. I can’t remember the exact process, but I think he made a skeletal structure out of styrene and covered it with latex. And the last shout out goes to Livevil, who sculpted the torso, and man I am glad he did. It really sells the figure.

Well, enough of my ramblings, here he is.

Head: MK Goro 95 (modified with Zanzibar hair)
Chest: Visionaries Cravex 87 (modified by Livevil)
Biceps: Visionaries Lexor 87
Forearms: Visionaries Leoric 87 (modified with Razorclaw blades)
Waist: Visionaries Cravex 87 (modified)
Thighs: Visionaries Cravex 87 (modified)
Feet: Visionaries Leoric 87 (modified)
Helmet- Toy Biz Magneto 91 (modified)
Wings- Custom (by chad_ghost)

Liberty: 2215 – Serpentor, Mindbender, Billy, and more!

Posted September 10, 2016 by Smelcer
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These are my four entries for the Liberty: 2215 Group Project at Joecustoms.com.

To see parts and bios for these figures, go to the Liberty: 2215 Group Project page here.

Liberty: 2215 – Mainframe, Boone, and Lady Goins

Posted September 9, 2016 by themayor36
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Joecustom’s Liberty: 2215 group project is a continuation of Liberty: 2198 from way back in the early 2000s. To read more about this project and the project(s) that inspired it, visit here

For this project I created a holographic and robotic Mainframe and two Outbackers, Boone and Lady Goins. Click the link above for their backstories.

 

Squads: Flaming M.O.T.H.

Posted September 5, 2016 by Smelcer
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Range-Vipers and Flak-Vipers are my two favorite Vipers, and they happened to get released as a two pack by Master Collector in 2006.

For this group, I decided to take my three other favorite Cobra troopers: Astro-Vipers, Shock-Vipers, and Night Creepers. I tried to mimic the color pattern from the Flaming MOTH set the best possible.

The base color, of course, was the most difficult to produce, and I am still not 100% content with the outcome. Trying to recreate the marbled look was not easy, and I used a lot of drybrushing and a lot of colors. The paint is fairly thick on these overall.

For the filecards, I scanned the Range-Viper and tried to match the fonts to create matching cards.

GROUP SHOT!

Squads – LRRP

Posted September 5, 2016 by Smelcer
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Snake Eyes v3 and Storm Shadow v2 are my favorite versions of those characters, but I have never found a good version of Stalker to go with them.

I have been wanting to use the Convention Rock N Roll for Stalker because the colors were much more versatile than the other two arctic rangers. Stalker’s head was also used in a desert set with Duke parts, and the short sleeves seemed more appropriate for a team like this.

The colors really work with the green Storm Shadow, from the Cobra Ninja Strike Team, and the Snake Eyes, an unproduced figure.

The artwork for the filecard was created from the Battleground game. Roadblock arms were added to the Stalker artwork, and the entire color palette was changed.

I wanted to make Wade Collins so he could be reunited with his old LRRP team. The head really made this figure happen. I struggled for a while trying to determine the base figure. I based the idea on his appearance in Marvel issues 95-96 where he wore camo BDUs with short sleeves. Luckily I was able to hunt down a Sgt. Misha figure and switch out his lower arms.

Wade’s accessories are an homage to his time as a Crimson Guardsman.

The artwork for the filecard was created from the Battleground game. Fred’s head from a Crimson Guard was added to Col. Brekhov artwork, and the entire color palette was changed.

Billy has always been one of my favorite characters. Since I was trying to recreate the six-man LRRP team that Snake Eyes, Stalker, Storm Shadow, and Wade Collins were part of, I needed to find two other members. I had decided on Recoil and Sidetrack, but something just was not right. I went back and forth until I noticed the Parachute Dusty figure. To me, he made a great Sean “Throwdown” Collins from the IDW series. Since he was Snake Eyes’ apprentice, I wanted to include Storm Shadow’s.

If you have ever made a Billy figure, then I am sure that you struggled finding a good headsculpt that did not look like another character (think Anakin Skywalker). After hours of searching, I picked up the comic pack Double-Clutch head. After removing the beard, I tossed the head in boiling water. When it softened, I squeezed the head from the top and bottom to squish the proportions a little. With some putty for an eye-patch and some thread cover in Mod Podge, Billy came to life.

The body is simply a Big Brawler with ARMY removed and a hexagram on the forearm, but I think that he looks great with his new team!

The artwork for the filecard was created from the Battleground game. One of Billy’s heads was added to another Billy artwork, and the entire color palette was changed.

Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Sean Collins round out the team, though they were not included in the project (only Storm Shadow and Sean Collins had some minor paint work).  Snake Eyes is actually an unproduced figure.

To see more of these, go here: http://www.joecustoms.com/projects/projects.php?p=squads

Squads – Urban Assault Squad

Posted September 5, 2016 by themayor36
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As I was submitting my Liberty: 2215 group project last night, I remembered that I had not posted my Joecustom’s Squad customs here. Take a look at the whole project here.

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Alley-Viper v2 is one of my favorite figures, so to build a squad around him was a no brainer to me. That along with the fact the Dr. Mindbender v2 had yellow Viper legs.

Rock-Viper is my favorite Cobra trooper, so for this I wanted to play up his sniper side. Painting yellow can be a pain, so I found that the black and gold from the Python Patrol Rock-Viper lending itself nicely to the Alley-Viper scheme.

Shock-Viper was a late addition. I originally planned for this slot to be filled by a Saw-Viper, but my Joe Urban fireteam didn’t have a machine gunner. The early 2000’s repurposing of Ice Cream Soldier as Shock-Viper sparked my interest. The file card is more of a flame trooper, but the Pursuit of Cobra Shock Trooper was more of an urban assault trooper, so the name worked for me as a door kicker.

Lastly is Tele-Viper. My Joe Urban fireteam didn’t include a communications guy. However, the yellow parts on the Python Patrol Tele-Viper caused him to be included (even though I repainted the yellow parts).

Here a finished shot of the group.

UrbanAssaultSquad

Funskool and Brown Vamp II Clutch 4/26/16

Posted April 26, 2016 by themayor36
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Finally, the last two of the Clutch series that started in 2012. In India, a bright green Vamp was released. Since we received a tan and brown Vamp II, figured a brown Clutch would be appropriate.

And, in case you missed the rest, here are all the Clutch’s done for this project.