Sunday, May 29, 2011

Iron Grenadier (Dog Handler)

This is the first in a series of Iron Grenadier support troops based on the characters found in HissTank's RPG. I thought it might be fun to create a group of soldiers who fulfill specialty functions to assist the regular IG combat forces.

Head (25th Anniversary Iron Grenadier), Body & Webgear (RoC M.A.R.S. Trooper), Submachinegun (25th Anniversary Specialist Trakker), Dog & Leash (RoC Night Adder).

Flash-Drive (Data Retrieval Specialist)

Having made figures of my son and daughter, as well as more than a couple figures of myself, it was inevitable that I'd get around to making a figure for my wife, Jenny. Flash-Drive is a data retrieval specialist. You need info? She'll get it. While Flash-Drive doesn't normally operate in the field, she has been known to accompany teams in cases where first-hand knowledge is required to get a job done.

Parts: Head (Star Wars Deena Shan), Body & Laptop (RoC Cover Girl), Belt (RoC Reactive Armor Duke), Backpack (RoC Gung Ho), Cat (Golden Compass figure).

Monday, May 16, 2011

Iron Grenadier (Heavy Assault Troopers)

Like most Iron Grenadier fans, I've been looking forward to the release of this figure. While I love everything about it, part of me wishes that it had been done in the classic color scheme. The urban camouflage has grown on me, but I decided to see how he looked in black armor with red and gold trim. I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out. I'll definitely keep some of these guys as they come out of the package, but I think I'll probably end up repainting an equal number like this.

EDIT: 05/29/11 - I painted a second one of these guys to match the first. This one is the squad machine gunner, so he kept the "Smart Gun" that he came with. The more I dabble around with these guys, the more I think that I will repaint all of the ones I buy. I'm really liking the way these look!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sgt Humpty (Iron Grenadier)

This is now the third version of this character I've done. This one is a bit different, though. I haven't abandoned the back story for the previous Joe-based versions - I just re-imagined the character as an Iron Grenadier. In keeping with my actual military background, IG Sgt Humpty is a mortarman and forward observer. He is assigned as the Fire Direction Controller for Castle Destro. He sees to the day-to-day training of the mortar crews, as well as the pre-plotting of all defensive targets around the Castle grounds. In combat, Sgt Humpty accompanies the IG leadership into the fight to coordinate on-the-spot fire support, while leaving the actual supervision of the mortars to his hand-picked team leaders.

Parts: Head (Sgt Humpty), Entire figure (25th Anniversary Iron Grenadier), Load Bearing Equipment (25th Anniversary Short Fuze), M1911 Pistol (RoC Breaker), Holster (PoC Night Fox), M41A Pulse Rifle (Marauder, Inc.).

Banshee (Iron Grenadier Assassin)

Last month, I debuted Cheesehead - a character based on my son Adam. While I was working on that figure, I was also making a figure based on my daughter, Kate. Kate is definitely a Daddy's girl and usually wants to be involved in whatever I'm doing. She knows that I am a member of the Iron Grenadiers team in the role-playing game on, so when I asked her, she immediately decided that her character should be an Iron Grenadier, as well!

Head (RoC Cover Girl), Helmet, Pistol, Sword & Swordbelt (25th Anniversary Iron Grenadier), Torso (RoC Baroness v13), Arms & Legs (RoC Agent Helix).


Code Name:


File Name:

Maue, Kathryn A.



Primary Military Specialty:


Secondary Military Specialty:



Paris, France


E-4 (Corporal)

Like most of the Iron Grenadiers, not much is known about Banshee prior to her involvement with Destro’s organization. It is believed that she was a freelance assassin-for-hire, amassing a nearly perfect record over a ten year period. At some point, she was recruited by the Baroness to be one of the first in her “Iron Maiden” program.

In Irish mythology, a banshee is a feminine spirit, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld. Banshee’s many targets could attest to the appropriateness of her code name – if any of them were still around to do so.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Castle Destro

Any longtime readers of my blog know that I'm a big fan of the Iron Grenadiers. To date, I've made 18 custom Iron Grenadiers. I figured that it was about time I created a home for them. Castle Destro is the ancestral home to the McCullen Clan, who have designed and sold weapons for centuries. The current Laird of the Castle, James McCullen Destro XXIV, usually referred to simply as Destro, is the CEO of M.A.R.S. (Military Armament Research Syndicate). This project took almost a month to complete and the step-by-step construction details can be found here.

Ground Floor (Tracked Vehicle Bays):

Second Floor (Wheeled Vehicle Bays):

Third Floor (Destro's Office / Command Center):

Fourth Floor (Hangar Bay):

Roof (Battlements / V.I.P. Landing Pad):

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rug Rat (Dreadnok)

Rug Rat was one of the Dreadnoks introduced during the DDP comics run. He was a diminutive character recognizable by his ever-present hat and sunglasses.

Parts: Head (Slayer Design Studios), Body (IJ: KotCS Mutt Williams), Vest (PotF2 COMMTech Han Solo), Rifle (25th Comic Pack Ripper).