If you have ever visited Joecustoms.com's custom gallery, you have certainly come across some of DanOfTheDead's awesome work. Last week, on the last day of Resurgence, Dan sent us some digital repaints that he did using photoshop and pictures from our reveals. After that, GITrekker, our filecard expert, took the time to write new filecards.
Here, in his words, is what he came up with.
From the desk of Danofthedead:
I've been following the Resurgence
project with a great deal of interest. I love large scale projects, and
I have admired the work of many of the involved collaborators for a
while. I knew I wanted to offer my support beyond telling them all "Good
job!" I know projects like this can be draining, and there's a sadness
to see them draw to close and letting go of them. I tried to think about
the kind of support I find most fulfilling, as well as what kind of
response Resurgence deserved being presented as a real toyline that
could have / should have been.
I came up with the idea of digital
repaints. It's a close to customizing these virtual offerings as I
could come, and I believe that customizing is one of the highest
compliments a toyline can get. It says, "this thing you made makes me
want to make things." I showed the Resurgence gang my first two ideas,
mostly to get their blessing because I didn't want these to come across
as trying to "fix" their ideas... then built upon their concepts, and
Hasbro concepts, to celebrate what I love about G.I. Joe, customizing,
and the Resurgence project.
"Revenge of COBRA" 7 Figure Box Set, $41.99 MSRP
COMMANDER is back with an onslaught of reinforcements! These COBRA
troops are re-armed and ready for battle. Deploy them with the rest of
your G.I. JOE: RESURGENCE action figures, vehicles, and playsets and
find out if G.I. JOE has what it takes to defeat COBRA, once and for
"Crimson" Cobra Commander
The obligatory red-repaint figure. I knew I wanted to do a 7 pack, like
the recent online exclusives, and while my goal was to do a repaint of
each of the COBRA army builder figures, I needed one more to finish off
the set. The original Resurgence color scheme is beautiful, and one of
the most eye catching customs I've seen in a long time. Initially I
thought to give him the "Back in Black" treatment, but realized that
"just paint it black" is a bit of a crutch to make a figure look "cool,"
and one we've seen an over abundance of in lines like Rise of Cobra.
Resurgence is notable for it's use of vivid colors, so I decided a
crimson repaint, with a few black detail areas, was more appropriate.
Motor-Viper (Track-Viper Repaint)
A simpler idea than most of the others, and one I don't feel came out
particularly well, I tried to do the Track-Viper in the older
Motor-Viper color scheme. I think the Resurgence Track-Viper is such a
spot on update of the original figure that there's not much room left to
play... other than another Python Patrol repaint.
Cobra Air Crew (Gyro-Viper Repaint)
The Gyro-Viper, like the Track-Viper is such a spot on update of the
original figure that I didn't see much room for altering it without
trying to make it a distinct trooper. I also wanted to address the odd
color scheme of the Gyro-Viper, which seem to fit in with either the
blue and black of most Cobra Troops, or the Black/Gray/Red scheme common
to many of the pilot figures. I thought perhaps this blue repaint would
serve as crew/gunners for vehicles like the Venom Chopper.
Black Light IG Flamethrowers (Pyro-Viper Repaint)
When I showed the Resurgence crew my first two concepts, I asked if they
had any ideas for other repaints and Oreo Builder suggested trying an
Iron Grenadiers color scheme. This was also a chance to flex some
photoshop muscles to see if I could convincingly turn a primarily white
figure black, which I think came out pretty well.
I couldn't resist trying another Python repaint after the Viper came out
so well. This one is based on the Python Trooper (which confusingly
uses the Officer body) and was another interesting challenge to try and
take the black parts and make them believable gray.
This was the second figure I played with recoloring, and came out good
enough that I decided it was a concept worth following up on. It's also
one of my favorite Resurgence figures. The Resurgence Viper is a great
update to the original. Recognizable, but nicely tweaked for a bit more
Stealth B.A.T. (Classic colors B.A.T. repaint)
By far, my favorite Resurgence figure. The new BAT design is great,
playing up the robotic elements and giving him plenty of firepower. And
the red looks great too. The color scheme reminded me of the Inferno
BATs, so I had to try and take a step back along their uniform history
to see what this new design would look like in classic black.