I really enjoy making these. Bobby Vala and the sculptor’s he hired really made a wonderful template in the Steel Brigade model. This time I went with what I call the Infinaught (get it, infinity, naught as in astronaut , but also naught as in not.)
Thanks to Bobby Vala I have much higher res versions to work with, but I noticed it didn’t have a pistol and holster from the front view, so this time I pulled it from the standard images to put on on int he full geared up mode.
The light blue strap in the middle of chest armor is meant to mirror Buzz Lightyear’s Star Command logo. It’s a clear homage, but with differences in the helmet, and sculpt, I think it’s distinctive enough that if Bobby were to do something like this, it wouldn’t be an issue with Disney, hence I left out buttons and the lightyear name badge and star command logos. To be clear, I’m just doing these for fun, but I wanted it to be believable/doable and Bobby has 100% permission to reuse any of my recolors in anyway he wants if he wants. Me ? I’m just day dreaming, and hoping to inspire some physical customs and more sales.
Here is with his gear off:
I have to think our FB’s page resident crap poster and my go to fb group admin Jonsey for helping me make some color choices on where to place the red on the weapons, and his visor color.
Here are some early wip in progress shots: Continue reading
Long time Joe fan Dacre Bush noticed something interesting about the art first used as a poster at New York Toy Fair, and now used on the back of the G.I.Joe Classified series packaging. Take a look at Snake-Eyes, notice anything different about him?
The art did change from the original poster to the packaging backing, but only slightly. Gung-Ho seems to have lost his undershirt, and many fans rejoiced about that. Neither SE seems to show a red dot like the wave 1 figure will above his visor, but interestingly it appears that this SE, is actually dark green with black camo. The head appears black still, but the body definitely seems to be a different shade. I’ll admit it may be just a trick of how the image was captured, but it peaked Dacre’s curiosity, and mine too.
I recreated it below, but didn’t stick with being too close to how the image appeared. I included the head, and it felt wrong not add some brown on the arm guards, knee pads, and shin guards to help show the different detail in the armored bits. Nunchuck, Hit n Run and some Sigma Six designs where in my head while I was at work.
here he is without camo:
To do the coloring, I used the image 2dtoys released here: I’d recommend giving him a follow, and I really enjoy his work.
You might notice I intentionally altered a couple of things, removing some cracks in the armor and the Arashakage logo on the webgear doesn’t have a box around it clearly anymore, as it wasn’t sculpted and I had to copy and paste a shrunken version from the scabbard.
I had intended on doing a sticker sheet version of SE next, and he is still soon up, and I know have this SE with the background removed, but I think I”ll continue to switch between Joe and Action Force, so another Steel Brigade is likely next.
Bobby Vala fom Valaverse.com gave me a better starting image for my digital recolors of his action force lines, and I after having just completed a Destro in “pimp daddy” style, (See this post for that, and the origin of the name) I decided he wasn’t the only one who could party!
with the a more classic, non detailed helmet to better mirror the source material
Many folks have complained about the brighter elements on the Classified series Duke, so I did a little digital recolor when I made the new banner for the Classified Series Discussion group.
the actual banner is here:
I put these up on Facebook and Instagram, some time ago, but in an effort to keep all my work in one place, here are digibbashes of modern 6″ versions of Ozone and Airtight. I used Action Force’s Steel Briage as a base. You can check out more of Action Force here.
I’ll start with what were actually my second version of each character
some wip in shots:
I pulled this off of a video review of Classified Series Duke, by Fwoosh Robo. Thought I’d save it here in case anyone else wants to you use it.
Given social media these days, I was slow to catalog this here, and it showed up on instagram, and facebook first, still yet, I like to put everything I do here.
When I saw this base image, I got to work right away.
In 1997 there was nearly a very odd looking Destro released at TRU, to find out more you can head to yojoe. The crazy leapoard print caught fans attention, and he was dubbed “Pimp Daddy” Destro. Hasbro caught wind of the fan interest and it even got made officially in 2007, although using the then current construction style. (this image from BBTS.
So with some photoshop wizardary, I turned the most hi res photo of Classified Destro into his more Flamboyaunt self.
Some in progress shots below for those who like that kinda thing. Continue reading