Friday, 31 October 2014

Night Force Week - Day 5

Day 5: Air Operations

Filecards by GITrekker
Packaging mock-ups by Sam

Night Tomahawk w. Lift –Ticket by Oreobuilder
In my Joe-verse, Night Force is not a standing unit. I imagine, every Joe has his ‘’standard’’ uniform as well as a Night Force uniform for night operations. In the same vein, vehicles get special mission-specific paint jobs as needed.

When the Tomahawk was released, I knew I wanted a black one in my collection, although I am not the only person to make one (I'm, at best, the 43rd person to do so lol). I was fortunate to find a couple on clearance at Toys R Us, so I picked them up and set about painting it. For Lift-Ticket, I used a PoC  LT as a base. This allowed me to make him using very little paint.

Night Star w. Blast Off by Oreobuilder
Another relic from ‘’Project 96’’, the Stellar Stiletto was a good candidate for a repaint in my opinion. Since I did not have the original missiles, I had to use some from the old vehicle weapons pack. Luckily, the Triple-T missiles fit perfectly.

When we were brainstorming potential members for the Night Force team, I used Bellomo’s guide as inspiration. Looking at the Mega Marines, I realized that, with a few tweaks, Blast Off’s colors worked well for Night Force.  Also, (going by his name and not his ARAH specialties) he was also a pretty logical pilot for the Stiletto. 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Night Force Week - Day 4

Day 4: Heavy Weapons
TEAM Heavy 2-Pack

Filecards by GITrekker
Packaging mock-ups by Sam

Short Fuse by Dusty79
OB and Bucky wanted to expand the Night Force project and they hit me up to do a couple of figures to contribute to the 2-packs. Bucky suggested Short-Fuze and with some bouncing ideas back and forth between us, this figure became a combination of pieces of various versions of the character from the past. The emphasis here was to give a modern update as well as make him Night Force. I tried to keep certain cues from the character, such as the blond hair, the glasses, and a webgear that resembled his previous Night Force version. Then it was just a matter of arming him with some fitting artillery equipment.

Barricade by Oreobuilder
Barricade is a ‘’relic’’ of Project 96, what eventually became GI Joe: Resurgence. When Bucky and I started on that project, we looked at which Battle Corps figures would have possibly gotten repaints. Barricade was one of my favorites from Battle Corps Month, so he went to the top of my list.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Night Force Week - Day 3

Day 3: SEAL Operations

Filecards by GITrekker
Packaging mock-ups by Sam

Night Raft w. Tracker by Bucky
As the idea behind a Night Force reveal being separate from Resurgence developed, I was stuck on characters to include. There are a lot of joes out there, but finding ones that can be made through modern era tooling and still look decent can be a tricky challenge. The idea to do tracker came about with finding the raft last fall at dollar general during a sale, for $2.50. I thought that'd be great to do an updated Tracker. As time went on, the idea behind the figure sat around as I worked on new sculpt, and then Resurgence. Every time I went back to start him, I wasn't happy with the colors to bring him into the modern era. That problem was solved by adding him to Night Force, allowing me to tackle the figure and not worry about how to get past the originals colors. The glasses were a decent substitute for the originals visor, which is huge on the modern era heads.

Night Devil w. Shipwreck by Oreobuilder
When Bucky and I started this project, we were looking for some vehicles to repaint that were not the most common. We wanted them to be a bit different than the ones we see most often, so we went into the vehicle archives and picked some out that had not seen many or recent releases. I had a spare Devilfish in my fodder box and it seemed to fit the bill.

When it came to the driver, Shipwreck was not the first character that came to mind. I looked at Torpedo, Wetsuit and Beachhead, but all of these were not ideal for various reasons. Shipwreck made sense and was possible to make in an LBC-ish manner.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Night Force Week - Day 2

Day 2: Emergency Response

TEAM EMS 2-Pack:

Filecards by GITrekker
Packaging mock ups by Sam

Barbecue by Oreobuilder:
Although I could not find a good reason for Barbecue to be in Night Force, he was one of my favorite figures when I was a kid and was one of the first characters I wanted to add to the team. GITrekker’s excellent filecard actually found a pretty good justification for his inclusion. I picked up a few BBTS Marauders 7-Packs for fodder, so I have a bunch of Spare Barbecues. He will probably show up in some other sub-teams very soon.

Bullhorn by Oreobuilder:
Bullhorn was one of my favorite customs from last year. When this project came along, it was a good opportunity to look at a fresh color scheme for Bullhorn. I changed out a couple of parts to keep him modern.