Thursday, 29 March 2018

Alpha Squad Mercer



Whilst I am in the mood to finish off figures on the paint bench I have got another Alpha Squad figure finished. Again he has sat a while part done on the paint bench. This is Mercer an ex Cobra Viper and the only known Viper to of defected to the Joes and survived. Mercer is a member of the Renegades a group of individuals lead by Sgt slaughter they don't answer to anyone but themselves and are a bit of a loose cannon.



The figure itself is the Green Beret from Rogue Miniatures repainted in a suitable scheme. The advantage of doing Mercer is to test out a colour scheme I hope to use for  the Cobra Vipers that I plan to do at some point. Interestingly the card art never matched the action figure. The hairstyle was correct but the colour was sort of a strawberry blonde. The figure I had and in the cartoon he had brown hair so that is what I went with. Googling some images I can see later figures all had brown hair as well with the later ones adding a beard and changing the hair style. I use to have a flat top as a a hairstyle growing up as well so it was kind of like having a mini me.





I had Mercer as a kid and he also had a role in GI Joe the Movie in storming Cobra-La alongside the other renegades and the other new recruits. So had that bit of extra character compared to the other Joes I had. I want to make the remaining two renegades Taurus and Red Dog. Taurus I think I can make from a Hasslfree figure with an added beard and some new weapons. Red Dog is far trickier and I am pondering the choices for him.


 

26 comments:

  1. I have no frame of reference for this chap, but it looks good anyway. :)

    And I’d put money on the fact that you have never looked anything like this.

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    1. Thanks. I had the same hair style and the imagination of a kid. I looked like everything from a Green Beret to superman.

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  2. Very cool figure - you have to get a hovercraft too! :) BTW, I grew up with the bigger GI Joes - wish I kept the stuff.

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    1. Lol I can get a 3d printed one. If I end up being able to make the Pilot Cutter then it will erode my resistance for sure.

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  3. Great work on Mercer Simon, do you have a full picture of red dog in case I spot a relevant figure for you ?

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    1. Thanks Dave! Similar to the below image. It doesn't have to be 100% if I can find a body donor and head details can be added etc.
      http://gijoe.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Dog

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    2. No problem will keep an eye out for you

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  4. Another nice addition to the crew

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  5. Oh, I remember these, I had them too. Nice approach on Mercer, looking forward to seeing what you make up for the other two.

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    1. Cheers dude. The figure for Taurus is on my shopping list from Hasselfree. I need to ponder Red Dog some more.

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  6. I don't remember these three, though they look design-wise to be of the same time frame as the later Dreadnocks (Who I did have, and their car with bonnet-mounted gatling guns)?

    Either way, I think you've found a good fig to represent Mercer. What I really like about him is how you've painted his anti-Cobra tattoo on his arm! ^_^

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  7. Lol cheers Dai . I repeadtly watch the movie on VHS as a kid so can remember them all coming to the rescue. The tattoo is a transfer with me painting a circle and crossing it through.

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  8. This is a very fun series of posts. 😀

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    1. Cheers Stew. There are quite a few if you take a look at the Alpha Squad and Serpent Fanatic tags :)

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  9. Good choice of figure to represent Mercer and great paint-job.

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    1. Thanks Joe. Its been nice to find one and not have to mess besides deciding colour scheme :)

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  10. Great muscles and splendid job Simon!

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    1. Un touched apart from paint. Going to get another and change gun and add a new head and make Muskrat.

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  12. Nicely done Simon! And if you ever need a Duke Nukem proxy or even a John Cena proxy you have this mini at hand ^_^

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    1. Thanks buddy, OMG I had not thought of those!

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