Saturday, 21 March 2020

#1082 GIJCC SWAT Bullhorn





The 2008 GIJCC convention set is still one of my favorite o-ring sets. The GI Joe side is especially excellent in my opinion. During the last Custom Celebration (2018), I built and painted modern era versions of the Club's Shockwave and Lowlight. I wanted to add Bullhorn to the team as soon as possible.

Bullhorn is different from the other members of the team as he sports two tones of green. I did not match the Club's colors. I chose slightly brighter ones and matched my previous Shockwave and Lowlight customs. For parts, I considered simply copying my previous original colors Bullhorn, but decided to try to match the Club's recipe instead. That meant using Resolute style legs. Also, Marauder MTF offered harness options to better match the web gear.

Head: Retaliation Flint
Torso, arms: PoC Steel Brigade Delta
Legs: PoC Kickstart
Webgear: Marauder MTF

Thursday, 19 March 2020

#1081 GIJCC SWAT Shockwave





For Customs Celebration 2018, one of the challenges was to propose figures that the Club had not done or that had been done poorly during their Figure Subscription Service. This led me to re-do my customs of my DEF team. However, the Club had kinda done DEF with one of their o-ring convention sets in 2008. The SWAT 3-pack was a solid set, so I figured that I would remake some of the team with modern parts.

I made a custom of SWAT Shockwave when the 25th was first being released. Since it was a very old custom, I basically only re-use the vest and hat and rebuilt the rest. I gave it a brighter color green than my previous custom.

Head: PoC Beachhead
Hat, vest: 25th Shockwave
Torso: 25th Greenshirt
Arms: 50th Steel Brigade
Upper right leg: PoC Cobra Trooper
Upper left leg, lower legs: Retaliation Firefly
Belt: 25th Hawk (modified)
Backpack: 50th Falcon

Saturday, 14 March 2020

#1080 GIJCC SWAT Lowlight

#1080 GIJCC SWAT Lowlight








For Customs Celebration 2018, one of the challenges was to propose figures that the Club had not done or that had been done poorly during their Figure Subscription Service. This led me to re-do my customs of my DEF team. However, the Club had kinda done DEF with one of their o-ring convention sets in 2008. The SWAT 3pack was a solid set, so I figured that I would remake some of the team with modern parts.

This one was quite simple. I have recently made a vintage-inspired Low Light custom that I like. I simply copied the same recipe and gave him matching colors to my GIJCC Shockwave custom.

Head, goggles, vest, upper legs, accessories: 50th Low Light
Lower legs: Retaliation Firefly
Torso, upper arms: POC Steel Brigade

Friday, 13 March 2020

#1072 to #1079 Customs of Resurgence Revelations

#1072 Mastermind (inmate uniform)
Mastermind was one of my favourite new characters to come from Resurgence 3. Since he was a character that I had in mind for several years and one that I had made a custom of very early in the 25th years, I was happy to bring him into our story in 2016. At the time, he got a makeover based on early concept art for Cobra Commander.

While putting together this latest chapter, Resurgence: Revelations, we wanted to bring back as many Resurgence characters as possible. Also, I wanted Flint to interrogate at least one Cobra. Mastermind was a great fit, since, as Cobra’s strategist, he would have been privy to some of Cobra Commander’s plans.

The custom is a simple head swap. The body was previously painted to make an Action Pilot for my 50th Anniversary Tribute project. That was a few years ago now, so the paint is showing a bit of wear and tear. Still, it was a quick and easy way of making an inmate uniform.

Head: DTC Guillotine, modified to make the previous version of Mastermind.
Torso, arms: 25th Wild Bill
Legs: ROC Storm Shadow







 
#1073 Night Crawler (inmate uniform)
Night Crawler was created for Resurgence Night Force. At the end of that story (spoiler alert!), he surrenders to the Joe team. I made the custom before writing the script and shooting that story. I did not expect the character to be as important as he ended up for that chapter. All that to say that I was glad to have an excuse to bring back the character for Resurgence Revelations.

The custom is a simple head swap. The body was previously painted to make an Action Pilot for my 50th Anniversary Tribute project. That was a few years ago now, so the paint is showing a bit of wear and tear. Still, it was a quick and easy way of making an inmate uniform. 
 
Head: Marvel Chameleon 
Torso, arms: 25th Wild Bill 
Legs: ROC Storm Shadow

 
#1074 Agent Faces
Agents Faces played a role in the previous Resurgence chapter - Night Force. In it, he and Chuckles helped steal vital information from Cobra Mountain. He had to make a return appearance in Resurgence: Revelations to help piece together Cobra’s final plan. That meant making a version of the character in his regular uniform (he appeared disguised as a Crimson Shadow Guard previously).

I have an older Agent Faces custom that I made a few years ago. However, that custom is showing its age and it was actually packed away. For fun, I attempted to build a quick version using only Marauder MTF parts that I had handy. It turns out that, thanks to some cool Contract Ops parts, it was pretty simple. I may keep this version to replace my older custom.

All: Marauder MTF






 

#1075 Agent Blue - Committee President
The Committee is an urban legend in political centers, a story to scare younger members into toeing the party line or simply to play a practical joke. However, unbeknownst to most, the Basis for those stories is real. Little concrete information is known. The Committee works from the shadows. Members hold a multitude of different positions from judges to Wall Street tycoons and politicians. One thing is for certain; nobody refuses an order from them. They are rumoured to control several World leaders. Their ties to Cobra are unconfirmed but likely.

Agent Blue is the current Committee President. There exists no solid intel on him. It is rumoured that he is a high-ranking senator in the United States. He may also have distant ties to James McCullen, aka Destro.

Customs-wise, this is about as LBC as it gets. The Marauder Agency Ops bucks are pretty much perfect suited figures, so no modifications were necessary. A simple head swap and a new character is born.

Head: ROC Destro
Bodies: Marauder Agency Ops





#1076 Agent Red - Committee Security Adviser
Agent Red is the current Committee Security Adviser. Like all members, there exists no solid intel on him. It is rumoured that he is a high-ranking agent in CIA or NSA.

Customs-wise, this is about as LBC as it gets. The Marauder Agency Ops bucks are pretty much perfect suited figures, so no modifications were necessary. A simple head swap and a new character is born.

Head: Star Wars Hux
Bodies: Marauder Agency Ops





#1077 Agent Green - Committee Treasurer
Agent Green is the current Committee Treasurer. Like all members, there exists no solid intel on him. It is rumoured that he is the CFO of a multinational tech corporation.

Customs-wise, this is about as LBC as it gets. The Marauder Agency Ops bucks are pretty much perfect suited figures, so no modifications were necessary. A simple head swap and a new character is born.

Head: Marvel Chameleon
Bodies: Marauder Agency Ops




 
#1078 Serpentra
In our Resurgence-verse, Serpentra was created during the events of Resurgence Adventure Team. She will be properly introduced and play a more important role in Resurgence 4. However, we wanted to include her in the story before then, so a placeholder custom was created.

The custom is very simple. It was created by combining a bunch of black parts from different figures. The goal was to create a figure with a feminine silhouette that was meant to be photographed in dimly lit scenes to keep the air of mystery. No paint was used.

Head: ROC Snake Eyes
Torso, arms, legs: ROC Scarlett
Hood: Ret Kamakura
Cape: Star Wars Vader



 
#1079 Agent Faireborn
Bucky, DanoftheDead, doe138 and I have wanted to put together a GI Joe Resurgence recap for a while now. Rather than just slap together some existing pictures in a montage, we decided to frame it within a story. That is where Agent Faireborn comes in. He was picked to be the outside observer that could help the Joes piece together all the events that happened during the previous chapters (Resurgence 1, 2, 3, Night Force, Adventure Team and Redemption). The story would serve to recap events, but also set up Resurgence 4.

The idea is that Flint left the team when it got disbanded a few years before our first Resurgence chapter. He got recruited into the CIA or NSA or a similar agency, then approached by the Shadow Committee.

The custom itself is a simple head swap. During the story, Flint wears a few different shirts depending on what time of day it is when he is conducting his investigation.

Head: 50th Falcon
Everything else: Marauder MTF Agency Ops