Monday, 4 December 2017

Alpha Squad Jinx, Sandstorm and Freedom.

Well the funk is over kind of I ended up having some time off work due to a persistent lurking cold turning into something proper. Silver lining allowing me to get some painting done this week in between feeling achy and shivery lol!

So first up is a Ninja for the Alpha Squad Project. Again one I never really had as a kid but was in the GI Joe movie which I watched far to often. The female ninja known as Jinx. More recently she was in the second Gi Joe movie Retaliation. Jinx is from the same ninja clan as Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow and from memory is a blood relative (cousin) of Storm Shadow.



Next up is a pair of animal companions something that they often released with the various Action Figures was some sort of animal sidekick. The more famous ones being Timber (Snake Eyes) and Polly (Shipwreck).  These have been lurking around the paint table for a while now. They are Reaper Bones figures from the Familiar Pack 1 its a funny material. I cleaned them up ok and spray primed them without issue but couldn't get in the mood to paint them.

I picked this set up mainly for the Hawk to use as Freedom (Spirits Companion) yes I know he is meant to be an Eagle but I was unable to find a suitable eagle sized model and this looks the part really. Also in the set was a fox which I thought would double up as a Coyote whom I could use to represent Sandstorm who accompanied the later versions of the Desert Trooper Dusty.





30 comments:

  1. Wow! Great additions, Simon. Good to see "G.I. Joe" getting some more love too - wonderful sculpts, and some top paint-jobs too :-)

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    1. Cheers Simon. I have some more conversions coming soon providing I can get the time to work on them.

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  2. Cool looking figures. I like the ninja best of all.

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I must admit the ninjas are fun to paint. I have spotted the Warlord Test of Honour ones which are on my radar.

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  3. That is all kinds of awesome! Dusty and Spirit were two of my favorite figures growing up (along with Storm Shadow of course!).

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    1. Thanks Ivor. Yeah I always liked the original Dutsy that came with the Famas rifle (one of my favourite style of guns).

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  4. You seem to have been far busier than I have. GI Joe leaves me cold but that aside I have to say what great additions. I am sure I could find a use for them in other games.

    Excellent

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    1. Aye that is fair enough. Its not for everyone I have fond memories of a kid and scratches the modern itch without it being to serious.

      Only had free time last week due to being a bit poorly.

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  5. Played with GI Joe as a kid, great to seem them in 28mm. Very nice painting job.

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    1. Yeah same here had very fond memories of Gi Joe so was good to be able to get hold of some spare castings.

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  6. Beautiful figures, and this ninja is most impressive, wonderful colors...

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    1. Thanks Phil. Colours purely chosen by the action figure.

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  7. They do look good. But you've now got me trying to remember the name of the first ever Action Force figure I got. British Army squaddie. Footloose was his name, if I remember right (probably not). Oh, just Google'd it and I was right - though then found out he was originally an American GI and simply 'made' British for Action Force. There goes another childhood memory lol.

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    1. Cheers Roy. There was a lot of conversion of the US Character to the UK something about them not being popular. Scarlett's counterpart was Called Quarrel and Roadblock had a different alter ego.

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  8. I'm no fan of "GI Joe" - it's just one of those things that have passed me by I suppose, but I can STILL appreciate these for what they are :-)
    Great work Simon, get well soon buddy!

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    1. Thanks totally I get where your coming from. This is a bit of a dream project really. I am constantly thinking about how i can make Joes from figs I see.

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  9. This is so great. For me this blast to the past is absolutely exhilarating. Seeing all these characters in 28mm is quite an experience!

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    1. Thanks Suber. I am finding them immensely enjoyable to do.

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  10. Wow, you've surpassed yourself with some of the detail on "Dusty" (lost if the photo isn't enlarged), Good job to on the 'dog' and bird - I'm finding painting animals much more difficult that humans.

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    1. Thanks Joe yes indeed. I find those with more texture far easier. Those such as horses or bull terrier are far trickier with there smoother surfaces.

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  11. Great work! Especially on Freedom and Jynx

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    1. Thanks dude. Jynx was a pleasure though I am not 100% happy with the dragon motif.

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  12. I don't know GI Joe (not beyond the fact of its existence, anyway), but I do like these figures. Especially the critters...

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  13. It's great that you can get work done in between your bouts of cold. When I get the sniffles (which is a lot due to my sinus problem and allergy to dust) I just 'gone'. I tried painting on once despite the allergy but gave it up after a persistent period of sneezing ruined my work ... lol ... :)

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