Monday, October 24, 2011

Iron Wolf Brigade (Destro's Cold Weather Unit)

This was a joint project I completed with my friend and fellow HissTank member KingBiohazerd. We'd recently been discussing environment-specific variations of Iron Grenadier vehicles and decided to create an IG Cold Weather Brigade, including an arctic variant of the D.E.M.O.N.!

The King provided all of the vehicles and the figures, so he'll be the one to keep them now that they are complete.

The base vehicles were not changed in any way, we just repainted them. For the D.E.M.O.N., we used pre-cut strips of painter's tape to make the camouflage pattern. While it's official name is the D.E.M.O.N.- AV (Arctic Variant), we figured that the troops of the Iron Wolf Brigade would have nicknamed it the Yeti, after the legendary snow demon of the Himalayas.

The Despoiler was also painted white and silver, but was not given the same camouflage treatment as the Yeti, because we figured it would actually make the vehicle more visible during flight.

The King had recently discovered the Cobra Black Dragon Trooper (which is a re-paint of the original Ferret figure) online and really liked the look of it. The color scheme for the Arctic Ferret was taken largely from that figure. The other Iron Wolf Troopers were painted in a manner that matched the Ferret, more or less.

We had a blast making these, so we really hope you enjoy them!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Skidmark (G.I. Joe Vehicle Specialist)

I recently accepted a commission from a fellow member to make custom figures of Muskrat, Cross-Country and Skidmark. I already had a Muskrat custom that I was happy with, but I decided to make my own versions of the other two figures while working on the commission pieces. The biggest change you'll notice with Skidmark is that I eliminated the orange from his color scheme. The dark green sweater and the green trousers were color-matched as closely as possible to the original ARAH figure. However, I decided to go with more practical colors for the helmet, vest, boots and thigh rigs.

Parts: Head (25th Anniversary Breaker), Body (25th Anniversary Beachhead), Vest (25th Anniversary Outback), Sunglasses (RoC Baroness v13), Helmet (bbi Elite Force).