Sunday, 19 July 2015

GI Joe Resurgence II Day 19: Groundpounder & Sun Devil

''Following the disastrous events of Operation Waterfront where several Joes were taken prisoner by Cobra, General Hawk has tasked Chuckles to put together a team to find and rescue his men. Meanwhile, a new group of GI Joe recruits are tasked with finding out what Cobra’s new plan is. Little do they know that both missions will lead them to Gold Springs, a nice little town in the desert…''

Forward Operating Base - Mail Away set
''The mission to liberate Gold Springs has begun! GI Joe has set up the Forward Operating Base in the desert outside the town. From there, they strike Cobra targets with the mortar and resupply their assault force with fuel and ammunition. Includes desert trooper SUN DEVIL and infantry specialist GROUNDPOUNDER.''

Filecards by Charles Cushman (Raptor)

From the desk of Oreobuilder:
The Bivouac is still one of my all-time favorite small playsets. I never had it as a kid, but one of my friends did. I have fond memories of playing with our Joes together. I was always using the Bivouac as a small outpost to spy on Cobra or lob mortar shells at the bad guys. When I started collecting Joes again as an adult, I picked up a couple of used Bivouacs on eBay. Since I was planning on painting one in desert colors, I figured it would be fun to include it in this project.

Ever since I made Groundpounder in his green fatigues last year, I have wanted to make a desert version. Since the base Duke body was already tan with really nice camouflage, I kept it and simply changed the accent color and some of the accessories. In our story, Groundpounder captured in ‘’Operation: Waterfront’’. However, he got rescued in time to take part in the assault to liberate Gold Springs.

Tent, weapons rack: Vintage Bivouac
Barrel, jerry can, laptop, crates: PTE
Radio: 50th Night Landing
Mortar: ?
Binoculars: 25th Duke

Head, helmet: PoC Dusty
Vest: RoC Pit Commando
Everything else: Ret Ultimate Duke

From the desk of Bucky:
I enjoy revisiting characters I have created (with the help of our filecard writers), and the chance to work in Sun Devil again fit perfectly with the Mail Away storyline.
I might be the only one that will remember him in a year, but that's ok. Instead of a Straight repaint (since Sun Devil was a desert trooper already in part 1), I used the Duke Base to match his partner for the set, GroundPounder. I used the red again that I used in part one, and gave him some different webgear and a desert themed top. An untold story from Resurgence 1, is that I spoke to Gary Head on Facebook when we were first kicking the idea around, wanting to know if he could give us some insight on what might help us. Try as I might, I'm not sure I could articulate what we were going to attempt to do, so I feel as though I rambled on. His response-"I totally get what you are trying to do". He informed me the person that could give us some sound advice was Patrick Stewart, whom I talked to then, and gave us fantastic advice regarding a large amount of figures-make them colorful, and make them stand out. If you have a large amount of figures released in a year and line them up, you'll notice a large variety of colors. That thought process, as simple as it sounds, was incredibly helpful and I never got to thank Gary for pointing me in the direction of Mr. Stewart.

This figure is for you Goggles!

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