Sunday, February 27, 2011

A preview of things to come...

I have always enjoyed Transformers more than any other genre of figures. However, I have always felt my skills in painting them to achieve the look I have wanted has never come to fruition. Lately, I have been doing a ton of experimenting with new ways of painting and with using enamels, washes, and clear coats.

Another thing I have always wrestled with is taking pictures of my work, constantly fighting lighting and such. I finally settled on going back to using outside pics, with a simple glossed over piece of magnet that I had leftover from another art job I was doing at the time. The reflection will show way better in future pics...

I am very happy with how my efforts are turning out and am excited to get this piece finished, but I wanted to also throw up a quick WIP pic as a preview of things to come.

Lastly, kudos to my boy for helping out so much with parts finding (I have a huge bin of TF's parts and preivously failed projects) pics, his keen eye for detail, and being patient with me while we work the proverbial bugs out...

As always, comments/critques welcome!

Monday, February 21, 2011

GI Joe Wild Weasel

While sorting through my parts bins, I noticed how many of this guy I actually had, and thought it was time to update him. I have always hated the lower arms on this build no matter what figure it was, so the first thing I did was find some that looked better to me. Using the Lift Ticket arms had a bonus as the joints are already red in color so that made things a ton easier too. After that I decided to go ahead and give him a functional knife, and using a PoC knife sheath fits very well after trimming out the molded ones.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

GI Joe Firefly

This is my third rendition of this character now, and each time I have made him in the past, I have just not been happy with the end results. With this version, I am finally satisfied (I think).

Saturday, February 5, 2011

GI Joe Croc Master

Croc Master is one of the more obscure characters that I really like in the Joeverse. I can picture Cobra Command just letting him roam around the island rather than any kind of specific assignments or anything like that. This is mostly a re paint, but I added a usable knife sheath, a big ol survival knife to his boot, and some new hands. I also did some mods to give his head and ankles more range of motion as well. The crocs have been given the treatment as well, and instead of the plastic leashes, I gave them a chains from PoC Storm Shadow.

Friday, February 4, 2011

GI Joe SAW Viper

This is my version of the infamous Cobra SAW Viper. The goal in making this figure was to make a much more modern and darker look (the original was pink and purple for goodness sakes) yet still based on the orignal design. I feel the key element with this piece is the helmet, which I managed to get as close to the original design as possible using a variety of different parts, bits and sculpting. Overall I am very pleased with how this piece came together.