Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wild Boar (Iron Grenadier Vehicle Driver)

In the late 1980's, Hasbro introduced Wild Boar as the driver of the Razorback. I decided to expand a bit on the character and designate Wild Boars as the elite vehicle operators of the Iron Grenadiers. They operate, service and repair everything from Razorbacks to Dominators to Red Caps.

Parts: Head (Comic Pack Battle Armor Cobra Leader), Helmet (bbi Elite Force Soldier), Body (Comic Pack Battle Armor Cobra Leader), Gloved hands (bbi Elite Force Soldier), Belt (RoC Jungle Assault Ripcord).
Supplies: X-acto knife, paintbrushes, Testors paints and Testors Dull-Cote.
Reference: Photos of the vintage Wild Boar figure. Also refer to the reference section in the post for Voltar.
This was one of the simplest customs I've done in a long time! The only things removed from the original figure were the helmet, the hands and the belt. The helmet was replaced with one that I got in a trade. I'm pretty sure it came from a bbi Special Forces trooper. The gloved hands also came from a bbi Soldier. They are sculpted to simulate the nomex flight gloves favored by so many operators for the soft, thin leather used in the palms which allows for excellent dexterity. I repainted the gloves i
n a color more suitable for the character and was very happy with the way the turned out. I could have kept the same belt and modified it as I did for some of my other IG figures, but I liked the simplicity of the one I used. sporting a high-ride pistol holster, a radio and one hand grenade, it was perfect for a vehicle driver. One thging that doesn't really show up in the photos is the scar on his face. I used my X-acto knife to cut a shallow groove from his forehead down to the corner of his mouth, where it changes direction just slightly and continues to his chin. I then painted over the groove with pink paint, wiping away the excess so that all that remained was the pink paint inside the groove. It looks really good, in my opinion, but I just could not get it to show up in the photos. When I was done, I gave him a light application of Testors Dull-Cote.

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