Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Star Wars Display at Pinney Branch Library

I was recently asked if I'd be willing to set up some of my Star Wars toys (both customs and non) at the Madison Public Library's Pinney Branch.  So early this morning, my wife and I hauled a few boxes in and set up a display.  If you'd like to view the display in person, the address is: 204 Cottage Grove Road Madison, Wisconsin 53716.  Here are some photos my wife took after we finished setting up:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halo 4 Spartan Warrior

I tend not to change my in-game armor set up very often, but recently I decided to do exactly that.  Being me, I then needed to create a figure to represent my new armor.  The base figure is the same Warrior figure that I dyed black last month.

He is armed with a Battle Rifle, taken from a Halo 4 Soldier.  My friend Josh made several casts of it so that I could arm custom figures.  His secondary weapon is a Plasma Pistol, taken from a Halo 4 Grunt.

Last time I did a Warrior repaint, I used thin strips of masking tape to get the lines straight.  This time around, I went free-hand.  Hope you dig it!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hollow Point (Range Officer)

Hollow Point was originally released with the Locust Helicopter in 2003 as part of the Built to Rule line.

According to his file card, "when new weapons become available, Hollow Point is responsible for training the G.I. Joe team on their use, in addition to advising mission teams on the optimal use of terrain, firing points, and correct choice of ammo. Before joining the G.I. Joe team, Hollow Point taught the Range Officer Course at Quantico and served with the Marine Expeditionary Unit."

Those of you who follow my work know that I'm a Marine, as because of that I really can't resist the Marine Corps characters.  Hollow Point was one that I didn't have in my collection, so I set about giving him a modern upgrade.

The base figure is just a repaint of PoC Dusty.  I trimmed away the large armor pieces on his hips, but otherwise the base figure was not modified in any way.  He was given a new head and a removable soft cover (from Raginspoon).  Because he is supposed to be an exceptional marksman, I armed him with a scoped M14 (from Legion XIV Productions).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Night Force Vehicles

These two vehicles were done for a friend.  He wanted a couple of vehicles in colors that would work well with his 2013 G.I. Joe Convention Night Force figures.  I just shipped them off yesterday, and as of this posting, he hasn't seen them yet.  I took much longer to finish these than I should have, so I hope he's happy with them!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Spartan-III in Mark V Armor (Halo: Reach)

This is the first in a series of four.  My wife and kids have become my favorite squad mates while playing Halo, and I thought it would be fun to do a custom repaint of the armor 'worn' by each family member when we were playing Halo: Reach.  To be honest, I'd rather do a group of Halo 4 Spartans, but since so few of them have been released (none of which are female), I'm working with what I have available.

This is the armor set-up I used for Halo: Reach...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Halo 4 Spartan IV Warrior

I've long been a fan of the Halo Universe, but only recently started playing the games.  Of course, that immediately led to a desire to make Spartan figures with the 'in-game' armor I use when I play.  This is the Warrior armor worn by Spartan IV characters in Halo 4.  The base color is brick and the accent color is yellow.  He's armed with a Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) featuring the Noble weapon skin earned by completing the Wetwork specialization.  His secondary weapon is a Magnum pistol.

While this was just a repaint, it was by no means simple.  I can't begin to tell you how many hours I spent masking the armor (and later the DMR) so that the paint apps would be sharp and the lines straight.  Hope you dig it!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ghostbusters' Ecto-1

This is a Hot Wheels Ecto-1 that I detailed for a friend.  The car came with all the items on top molded in solid black plastic.  He wanted a little more detail and asked me if I could take care of it.  It only sat on my workbench for two years before I got around to it...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lady Jaye (Covert Ops Specialist)

Since it was originally unveiled, the common knock against the Retaliation Lady Jaye figure was that her face sculpt looked 'mannish'.  This got me wondering as to whether she might not have simply fallen victim to the same fate as the reviled Rise of Cobra Baroness figure.  Some time ago, I stripped all of the factory paint from a RoC Baroness head and found a really nice sculpt underneath.  When I compared Lady Jaye's head sculpt against photos of the actress, two things really stood out.  The first was that the figure had very red lips, whereas the actress usually wore a lighter color of lipstick.  I fixed that with a tiny bit of paint (Country Colors #2300 - Painted Desert).  The other issue was that the actress always seemed to use a lot of eyeliner, yet the figure had a very thin line above each eye and none below.  Again, a simple fix with a bit of paint (Country Colors #2477 - Real Black).  As soon as I finished adding the eyeliner, not only did she look much more feminine, but I could see a very strong resemblance to the actress.  I hope you dig it.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sgt Humpty's Buy / Sell / Trade List

NEED / WANT: (None of the complete figures need to be carded. They are all going to be opened)
1986 Leatherneck v2 X1 (loose, complete)
1988 Gung Ho Miniature X1 (loose)
1997 Gung Ho v6 X1 (loose, complete)
2001 Gung Ho v7 X1 (loose, complete)
2001 Leatherneck v4 X1 (loose, complete) 
2002 Gung Ho v8 X1 (loose, complete)
2002 Gung Ho v9 X1 (loose, complete)
2002 Gung Ho v10 X1 (loose, complete)
2003 Gung Ho v11 X1 (loose, complete)
2004 Gung Ho v12 X1 (loose, complete)
2004 Gung Ho v13 X1 (loose, complete)
2004 Gung Ho v14 X1 (loose, complete) 
2004 Gung Ho v15 X1 (loose, complete) 
2004 Leatherneck v5 X1 (loose, complete) 
2005 Gung Ho v16 X1 (loose, complete) 
2005 Gung Ho v17 X1 (loose, complete)
2008 Leatherneck v6 X1 (loose, complete) 

FODDER NEEDS: (These are all needed for custom figures)
25th Lt Torpedo (or RoC Deep Six) head X5 RoC Dusty v13 X1

GIJCC Membership Figure Iceberg
Dollar General Snake Eyes (repaint) 
1982 MMS Die-cast miniature
Accessories & Fodder: I do a lot of parts trading and my 'inventory' changes very, very frequently.  I do my best to update the photos with every trade completed, so please bear with me if I forget to add or subtract something in a timely manner!

Toxo-Viper (Cobra Hostile Environment Trooper)

Another simple custom, my Toxo-Viper consists of a 30th Anniversary Techno-Viper that was re-equipped with Toxo-Viper gear I got from Raginspoon.  There are other figures that might have matched the uniform a little more closely, but all of them would have required me to paint the purple uniform.  Using the Techno-Viper, allowed me to just paint the accessories and not worry about the paint rubbing off at the joints.  At the end of the day, I was more interested in the final product than how creative I needed to be to get there.  All in all, I think he looks pretty good.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Heavy Duty (Indirect-fire Weapons Specialist)

The base figure here is the RoC Heavy Duty and the only thing I did to modify it was add the baseball cap and paint the vest.  It's ridiculously simple, but it fills the gap in my collection!

Ninja Force Zartan

It has been a couple of months since I finished anything new, so now that the workshop is back in order I wanted to start catching up.  This is a modern era take on the classic Ninja Force Zartan.  This one was requested by a friend and I'm ashamed at how long it's taken me to actually get it done.  Tomorrow, he'll be on his way to Connecticut!