Archive for the ‘Matthew's Customs’ category

Nemesis Enforcer – Visionaries Style 11/10/16

November 10, 2016

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 – Mainframe, Boone, and Lady Goins

September 9, 2016

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 – Urban Assault Squad

September 5, 2016

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

April 26, 2016

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.

 

Kre-o SNAKE Armor

December 26, 2015

A few more that have been finished for a while. Helmet, armor, an accessory kits that would fit on a Cobra Trooper and Stinger Driver. 
   
     
   
 

Kre-o Class of 1984

March 6, 2015

I originally hadn’t planned on making any customs past 1982, but some of these came together way too easy. Deep Six, however was the missing piece of the puzzle.

Deep Six: Diver

Chad and I brainstormed this guy for a while, first trying to use a Battleship Alien with no success. Really wanted him to have a larger appearance, so I added foot weights, wrist gauntlets, shoulder pads, and front/back armor. I added his pump for good measure. Base is Firefly with camo removed, Zartan shoulder pads, Ace helmet, and Flash head.

Ripcord: Paratrooper

I’m not a huge fan of the original figure, but love him in the comics. This one was straight forward, but didn’t feel complete until the addition of the pouch sticker from the Wolverine. Torso is Battleship, arms and legs are Land Adventurer, and Flash head.

Spirit: Tracker

Spirit uses more Lego than I’d prefer, but very needed. Head is Tunnel Rat, torso is Cutter, and legs are from Doc. Hair, loin cloth, and eagle are Lego.

Thunder: Artillery

Thunder was the easiest of the bunch. Ace head, Star Trek Nero torso and arms, with Tunnel Rat legs.

Kre-o Class of 1983

March 4, 2015

As with 1982, Hasbro gave us many characters from 1983. In fact, the only G.I. Joe character Hasbro did not make was Cover Girl.

Cover Girl: Armor

Cover Girl was made from Star Trek Nero, Lady Jaye’s head, Doc’s legs, and Lego hair. Although I’ve digitally designed a lot of custom torso stickers, this is the only one that was necessary to print for my 1982-1984 project.