Saturday, 16 July 2016

GI Joe Resurgence 3 - City Strike Centurion w. Mudflap

GI Joe Centurion by Oreobuilder
"Cobra is no match for Joe’s roving vehicular fortress! This imposing urban assault carrier steamrolls over Cobra’s forces! The GI JOE CENTURION rolls on land and floats in water! It carries and deploys the GI JOE STREET FOX into battle! Includes driver MUDFLAP!"

Packaging by Sam Panico

For Resurgence 1, I made the Crusher Tank. For Resurgence 2, I made the Cougar IFV. For part 3, I felt the Joes needed an armored personnel carrier. Since PTE makes a decent one, I started there. I removed the "buckets" that took up all the interior space and modified the inside to fit the quad. Finally, I added a hinge on the back to make the door.

Initially, the Centurion was to be a simple Armored Personnel Carrier. I wanted to modify the back with seats to carry troops. Once I actually got around to making the changes, I realized that it would be a lot more fun if it carry a small vehicle, similar to the Cobra Anaconda last year. This time around, I wanted to keep the vehicle believable (as opposed to the Splitjaw Recon Bike last year), so I immediately thought of the PTE quad. It is a fun, sturdy and compact vehicle that would have seen a lot of play if I had it as a kid. Fortunately, it fit perfectly into the back of the Centurion.

The Centurion started out medium gray. I quickly got bored with such a simple color scheme and decided to hand paint some urban camouflage onto the chassis. Unfortunately, that went sideways really quickly. The camouflage did not come out as I hoped. I tested a few other options that did not really work out. That's when the idea of painting it up as the '83 APC struck me. The original APC was my very first GI Joe vehicle. I remember getting it for my birthday in 1983 (along with Flash and Grunt), so it holds a special place in my memories. I think the PTE version repainted works well as an updated version.

Mudflap is a character I created for one of my very first customs several years ago. At the time, I was still experimenting with paints, brushes, painting techniques and spray paints. I never really created a personality or characteristics for him aside from his specialty. The original custom’s purpose was simply to find a use for spare ARAH fodder parts as well as practice my skills. However, looking back, I still like some of the ideas I had at the time and thought it would be fun to revisit and complete the character with what I know now.

Filecard by Sam Panico

Head: RoC Duke
Helmet: VvV Greenshirt 6-pack
Torso, upper arms: 50th Lowlight
Lower arms: Marvel Hydra Trooper
Belt: DG Duke
Knife and sheat: Marauder Task Force
Upper Legs: Ret Kamakura
Lower legs: 50th Hawk

Chassis: PTE
Turret: Captain America vehicle

Street Fox
All: PTE Quad with added gun and rear rack removed

Next: Aleph and BRAHMA from bucky

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