Friday, 21 December 2012

GI Joe Dino-Hunters

Looking back at 2012, one of my favorite projects was the GI Joe Dino-Hunters Group Project over at Starting from a concept based on a pretty obscure 1990's era playset, the guys at JC and I got the chance to expand on the theme. I'm pretty proud of this project for a couple of reasons. First, I like they way these customs came out. Second, I got to write the project introduction and guidelines for us to follow. I'm copying them here for everyone to read and go over to to check out all the entries:



From General Hawk'sTranscript:
''Cobra is up to no good again. Our spy satellites have spotted activity on one of the small islets a few miles south of Cobra Island. It seems that Cobra has set up a large compound consisting of a laboratory and research complex, barracks, an armory and a large fenced-in pen.''

''Our Intelligence confirms that Dr Mindbender has been experimenting with dinosaur DNA with the goal of creating some sort of new Cobra weapon. He has apparently been injecting DNA into wild animals to create animal-dino hybrids. He's also combined dino DNA with that of a human to create Cobra Dino-Vipers. And, lastly, he's managed to re-create complete dinosaurs. We're not sure what the purpose of these are, but it won't be good for us, that's for sure.''

''Our mission is to infiltrate the island of Dr Mindbender, destroy the lab and research complex and to hunt down, capture or kill all of the prototypes. We have to knock out Cobra's ability to continue this research at all costs. Be extremely cautious, the complex has a full staff of scientists, technicians, dino-wranglers and security personel, not to mention several different types of creatures. We don't know much about these creatures, but if anyone can take these things on, we can! We're the best! Yo Joe!''

The Badger Mk II is one of the Joe's most versatile vehicles. The Mk II retains the remarkable off-road capabilities of its predecessor, but being smaller and lighter, it can be airlifted into action. It also brings some heavy firepower to the battle. It is armed with one Mk19F 40mm launcher capable of firing a variety of grenades - high explosive, fragmentation, gas, smoke and even flashbangs. The Badger Mk II also comes equipped with several hardpoints to attach all kinds of mission-specific gear.

Dr Link Talbot attending to a velociraptor

Gung-Ho keeping watch

Outback preparing to sedate the beasts if they act up

GI Joe Reservists, nicknamed "Greenshirts", are culled from regular US Forces. They are the best that all the branches of the armed forces have to offer. Reservists have different specialties and act as support staff for GI Joe. Soldiers, cooks, mechanics, computers techs, they can be called up to fight in every environment.

From left to right: 2 GI Joe Reservists, Dr Link Talbot, Gung-Ho, Outback and another Reservist

Dr Mindbender's latest experiment, the Dino-Viper is created by infusing Cobra "volunteers" with dinosaur DNA. This human-dino hybrid is faster, stronger and nastier than standard Cobra troopers. However, so far, they have proven more difficult to control. Mindbender's research continues.

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