Saturday, 25 July 2015

GI Joe Resurgence II Day 25: Steel Brigade Squad

''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…''

Steel Brigade Squad 5-pack - Limited Edition multi-figure pack
''Cobra's new threat - the SWARM - has been repelled for now. GI Joe liberates infested regions and deploys their rapid response team - the Steel Brigade - to restore order, peace and and stability.'' 

From the desk of Oreobuilder:
In the early 2000s, the Club made the Steel Brigade an international security and peacekeeping force for their Convention set. This idea stuck with me and over the years, I’ve added a few Steel Brigade customs to my ranks.

I started from this idea: ‘’The Steel Brigade is a paramilitary team that follows GI Joe into SWARM infested areas. The Steel Brigade is responsible for mopping up SWARM stragglers, securing and holding areas, law enforcement, crowd control and insuring relief efforts for the affected populations.’’ I then set about creating team members that fit those roles.

Filecards by Raptor


From the desk of Oreobuilder:
Peacemaker was the first member of the team that I created. Before starting on Resurgence 2, we brainstormed possible specialties that had never been done in GI Joe. One idea that came up was that of a diplomat/negotiator. For a Steel Brigade peacekeeping force, having a negotiator on the team would be important. He can meet with government officials and community leaders to insure that the Brigade can operate smoothly in conjunction with local authorities. Peacemaker can also bring different warring factions together at the bargaining table to hammer out ceasefires, treaties or agreements.

Head: 25th Matt Tracker
Helmet, legs: PoC Steel Brigade
Torso, arms: RoC Destro

Buffer Zone

From the desk of Oreobuilder:
If Peacemaker is the dove, Buffer Zone is the hawk. He was the second member and the commander of the team. I tried to create a look that stayed true to the spirit of the original Steel Brigade figure. I gave him the traditional colors, kneepads, the bandolier and an SBD helmet. Of the five members of the team, I tried to make Buffer Zone the most realistic military. He has the least amount of blue, wears the heavy field jacket and has the most ‘’grounded’’ accessories.

Head: 25th Flint
Torso, arms: RoC Zartan
Legs: PoC Dusty
Helmet: Steel Brigade Delta
Bandolier, backpack: PoC Steel Brigade


From the desk of Oreobuilder:
I worked on Comlink, Suture and Riot at the same time. I wanted to make them all unique, yet have similar features that would tie them all to a Steel Brigade squad. Comlink started out very differently. She was supposed to be a ‘’he’’ that specialized in Communications. After playing around with fodder, I decided the team needed a female member and changed her specialty to reconnaissance. I added the visor to the helmet to change it up and give it a bit of a Clone Wars feel.

Head: Star Wars
Torso, upper arms: 25th Lady Jaye
Lower arms: Ret Alley Viper
Legs: 25th Cobra Trooper
Vest: PoC Steel Brigade
Helmet: DTC Steel Brigade modified.
Backpack: Star Wars


From the desk of Oreobuilder:
One of the roles of the Steel Brigade is to provide medical support and humanitarian relief. For this, I made up Suture, a doctor. I kept the recipe simple and tried to give him a lighter uniform that the rest of the team. For the color, I added the white to differentiate him even more. Finally, I kitbashed a rescue pack for him using a Retaliation Trooper backpack and other bits and pieces to complete the look.

Head: 25th Cobra Commander
Torso, arms: 30th Renegades Trooper
Legs: PoC Lowlight
Helmet: PoC Steel Brigade
Backpack: Ret Joe Trooper


From the desk of Oreobuilder:
Riot started off with the helmet. I was playing around with fodder to modify the base Steel Brigade helmet to get different looks. After I glued the Retaliation Joe trooper’s gas mask to the helmet, I thought of making a crowd control specialist. I figured it would be a useful specialty in urban areas that had been destabilized by a SWARM invasion.

Head: Star Wars Mace Windu
Torso, upper arms: Ret Joe Trooper
Lower arms: Renegades Firefly
Upper legs: 25th Gung-Ho
Lower legs: 25th Airborne
Vest: Ret Ultimate Duke
Helmet: PoC Steel Brigade (modified)


  1. Again, I have to kind of thank you guys for not showcasing real products because I would be seriously broke. This set is excellent!

  2. Nice Steel Brigade squad! I like the variety of specialties you have here. When making Comlink, did you have any worries about the arms?

    I just added them to the Resurgence animated series fancast I'm working on.

    1. Thanks! I had to trim some material around the elbows to get the forearms to fit the elbow sockets and ended up taking a bit to much off. They still hold firmly, but they have gaps at certain angles.


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  4. Thanks guys! I can't believe the month is almost over. Only a few more days to go.