Friday, 10 October 2014

Sonic Fighters Part 2: Cobra

Major Bludd
Excerpt from Major Bludd’s briefing to his troops
Location: Cobra Fortress, Brainwave Atoll, 8 miles South of Cobra Island.
‘’It’s only a question of time before the Joes show up on our doorstep. Vipers, man your posts and give our guests a taste of Cobra’s ‘’hospitality’’. Cobraaa!’’

Including Major Bludd in this project was a bit of a no-brainer. Initially, I was going to simply repeat my spare parts Major ( However, as the project progressed, the recipe changed bit by bit until I grabbed a spare DG Cobra Commander and noticed that the blue was very similar to the original SF Bludd. Even though some of the sculpted details didn’t match up, I thought having that brighter (almost electric) shade of blue was fun so I ran with it. The fact that he matches the aforementioned DG Cobra Commander is a nice bonus.

Doctor Brainwave
Excerpt from security footage found at the scene by GI Joe team leader Lt Falcon
Location: Cobra Fortress, Brainwave Atoll, 8 miles South of Cobra Island.
‘’(laugh)The Sonic Emitter is perfect, it is my best creation ever(laugh). This will teach those fools at the agency… they didn’t believe me… (laugh)

In the 80s, Brainwave was the prototype name for Dr Mindbender before it was changed. I wanted to do an evil genius for this project, but did not want to re-hash Mindbender or Venom, so I decided to create a new mad scientist. He is a member of my ‘’spare parts brigade’’. I started with the Freeze head and the obligatory lab coat. I chose the other parts to convey a heavy protective suit. I used purple to tie him to the Cobra Tech Corps. The tin foil hat was just for fun.

Excerpt from Cobra prisoner interviews
Location: Camp for Enemy combatants, Mojave Desert
‘’Our new Sonic Fangboats performed perfectly. The new cannons ripped a hole on the side of the Joe landing ship and nearly sent it to the bottom with just one shot. Unfortunately, it had already landed the Joe squad. So, we let it go and turned toward the inner lagoon to try to cut off the landing party before it could reach the fortress.’’

These were a happy accident. Originally, I was going to do 3 Joes for this project and stop there. I was playing around with fodder and stumbled on a couple of extra 25th Barbecues. I slapped a casted Aqua Viper helmet on them and realized that with a bit of blue paint, I had some decent Sonic Fighters Lampreys. That’s when the project snowballed…

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