Gyre : Action Force’s battle ready archivist

Gary “Goggles” Head was burst on to the G.I.Joe community scene sporting the username of “Gyre-Viper” on  most notably, the hisstank.com forums.  Gary started sharing prototypes, breaking news, and uniting long disconnected members of the hobby, as his passion was contagious.

It was my privilege to know Gary, and to argue with him a few times!  While I knew of Joe Declassified before Gary, it was he really brought it to the forefront, and got me hooked.  It’s thanks to Gary’s encouragement I continued podcasting when I split ways with the rest of the crew who made up nerdversity101 (it ended up being a multiple way split, and not pretty) When Patrick Stewart, now of Articulated Points, came on the Nerdahtio podcast, that was think to Gary, and we never got to record a planned episode on the Age of Apocalypse, one of his favorite comics.

I was at Joe con, when the Sightline figure was announced.  There were tears.

I still remember the message from Gary Godsoe, from WOJM, letting me know of Gary Head’s passing.   The community honestly hasn’t been the same sense.   With G.I.Joe back, I’d love to see Sightline again, but I’m not sure we will, the folks who knew of Gary have moved on, and DePriest and Weber seemed to have had to convince legal to let them get away with naming a new figure after a real person, and conceded making his last name Goggles on the file card.    Given Gary’s love of former Joe designers Boss Fight’s Kickstarter,  and the more modern to near future , yet grounded style of Action Force, that more matched Pursuit of Cobra- through the 50th which Sightline was a part of, I decided awhile back that I had to create an Action Force version of Gary.

I present Gyre: Action Force’s Archivist. Steel Brigade trained so that he gather intel from action battlefields, both after, and during combat.

Here is Sightline (from yojoe.com) with one of Valaverse’s Steel Brigade. (Which you can preorder here )

Here are some in progress shots Continue reading

G.I.Joe Classified Glenda digibash (digital repaint)

After Quarrel, of course I had to do the Argentina version of Scarlett, Glenda, which also saw a nod in the 25th line as “pilot Scarlett.”

Here we have the original Argentina version of Glenda, with the upcoming Classified Series Scarlett.  (Glenda image mirrored from YOJOE, and was contributed to YOJOE by Anthony Mirro

Here is an in progress shot:

Here is a final version side by side with Glenda.

Here she is with Scarlett from the classified series so you can see the work I did on her.  I gave her a different eye color and earring color to Quarrel, but kept the same hair, and removed freckles. Outside of the Black and the very light blue, everything was changed. Zipper was colored in, just like on Quarrel.

For fun here is a comparison shot with Quarrel from my last post.

Here is my 2nd take, a more classic unitard version.

Here I have added a metallic effect.

With the original again:

And a comparison shot between the two versions. I much prefer the modern, and haven’t mastered the metallic effect yet, but I know it will tickle some folks nostalgia.  I could not get the black areas of the boots and gloves fully white without loosing detail, so I settled for a light gray.

Next up I plan to post some of past digital recolors, and my next new recolor will use a Valaverse Action Force body.