Squads – LRRP
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.
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