Saturday, November 22, 2014

COBALTs mk II - Blue Lasers Massive Mobile Armor

After I completed the original COBALTs, I discovered the same figure had been released in 6" scale. I tracked some down and went about making big brothers for my original design. It wasn't quite as easy as I expected, as the right and left arm sockets are different, to prevent the arms from inadvertently being swapped when assembling the Build A Figure, but a few cuts and dremeled out sockets let me put them together with the reverse torso and swapped arms of their smaller counterparts. I went through a lot of ideas for their gear and how to handle the large opening left by removing the head and neck plug, but settled on using up some out spring loaded accessories. I've been snagging some LEGO elements that aren't completely obvious like the hoses, and was able to tie everything together when I settled on a shoulder mounted rocket system for the "backpack".

Parts Recipe:
Iron Monger (BAF) - Base Figure
War Machine - Smaller Cannon Barrel, Larger Cannon Side Engine
Rahm Kota's Militia Elite - Larger Cannon Barrel
Arena Conflict Accessory Set - Rocket Launcher Pack
Metal-Head - Missiles
Heavy Duty - Larger Cannon
Agent Helix - Smaller Cannon
LEGO - Hoses, Connections, and Details





Thursday, November 13, 2014

DanOfTheDead - Laser Wars Field Engineer

The year is 20xx. The Laser Wars rage on!

Over at joecustoms.com, 36 customizers have randomly been assigned to two teams to see which group can submit the most customs to the joecustoms.com figure gallery by the end of the year. Started as a challenge between bucky and joemichaels70, it looks like we're off to an amazing start with almost 200 new submissions currently in the queue for the gallery! Team members assign either a "redlaser" or "bluelaser" tag to their submissions, and the side with the most at the end of the challenge will each get a custom made by a member of the losing side. It's all in good fun to promote activity on, in my opinion, one of the best hobby sites on the internet, and I'm excited to be part of Team Blue Lasers!

Of course, I began to wonder just who the Blue Lasers were after the team leaders each made mascots for their side(here and here), and suggested bolstering our ranks with characters based on shades of blue. Here's me as the Blue Laser's field engineer, responsible for keeping units like the COBALTs up and running. I came up with the look immediately after seeing Edge of Tomorrow, and like the heavy-variant of the power armor worn in the film. I decked him out with an array of tools and weapons to help keep his comrades up and running, and keep the Red-ites on the run.


Parts Recipe:
Wreck-It Ralph - Torso
POTC Gibbs - Head
Iron Man Mark 1 - Legs
Roadblock - Arms
War Machine - Gauntlet
War Machine - Missile Launcher
Mutt - Glove
Techno-Viper - Big Wrench
Cobra Commader - Arm Cannon



Darkwing - Terror in the Night

slim19722 over at joecustoms.com recently showed off an incredible custom of The Shadow, and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make a human version of the Disney Afternoon character Darkwing Duck. He was a quick figure to put together and I'm VERY pleased with how he came out... and I'm thinking I might have to tackle a few more de-animalized Disney Afternoon characters.

Parts Recipe:
Cobra Commander - Base Figure
Iron Fist - Head
Cad Bane - Hat
Lando Calrissian - Cape
Agent K - Pistols

The Carcosan - Pit Monster

I thought I'd seen most of the old GI Joe cartoon. Then I bought the excellent GI Joe Field Manual which collects characters and vehicle production art and discovered there was a treasure trove of episodes I hadn't seen and characters designs to inspire customs. Seeing the art for the original (and very different) ancestral mask for Destro, as well as the McCullen druids, I immediately looked up "Skeletons in the Closet" and was thrilled by the episode. I knew I wanted to try to incorporate the idea of COBRA meddling with a tentacled, mythos-esque monster in my 'Joe verse. I eventually want to make a diorama for this guy and the COBRA mystics to populate, but here's the beast beneath the McCullen ancestral home. Having also gotten into True Detective and The King in Yellow mythology, I imagine this thing to be a guardian of a portal to Carcosa and a herald of the King in Yellow.

Parts Recipe:
Large Pacific Octopus toy - Base Body
Eye-Tentacle Costume Accessory - Big Ol' Eyeball

The King In Yellow - Bearer of the Pallid Mask

I was recently on a classic horror and mythos reading kick while also getting into True Detective. I started reading some of the short stories of Ambrose Bierce and Robert W. Chambers and fell in love with the sparse references to The King in Yellow and Carcosa. I was concurrently working on a set of figures from an interesting old episode of from the original GI Joe cartoon, and decided to take a stab at designing a figure based on TYK. I'm a fan of more obscure physical representations of the esoteric (the floating shape over the labyrinth of Hell in Hellraiser 2 being a personal favorite) but I decided, based on the few excerpts from the PLAY "The King in Yellow" that perhaps this entity had a humanoid form it would take on in dealing with people. Initially, I had the bone necklace on upside as a sort of crown, but when I inverted it over the eyes it had a wonderfully creepy "veiled" look that reminded me of the art of Gerald Brom or "Pyramid Head" from Silent Hill.

Parts Recipe:
Emperor Palpatine - Head, Hands
Mas Amedda - Arms (shoulders and forearms swapped)
Po Nudo - Base Figure
Teebo - The Pallid Mask (bone necklace)
Prince of Persia Dastan - Collar