Tuesday 29 August 2017

Serpent Fanatic Baroness

The second of the Lethal Ladies I started and finished off the Baroness quite quickly. I tried to give her suit a sort of purple hue by washing dark grey with a purple wash before then darkening it with a dark tone wash.

This one of the most Iconic characters from the Cobra list and really love the pose.

Friday 25 August 2017

Serpent Fanatic Scrap Iron

I must admit I was not to famaliar with this character until mentioned to me by Pulp Citizen and after reading up on him and Scrap Iron appearing in some of the comics I've been reading I decided to have a crack at him.

This is a conversion from the Department X list and is the  X Commando Technician sold with the Advanced Weapon Team. The head is also from Crooked Dice this time the helmeted goggle wearing Military Man head.

The position of the figure and the details though not perfect was very close. All I needed to do was file off the Department X symbol on the left sleeve and add some grenades to the chest (Space Marine Scout sprue).

The more difficult bit was find a head and I searched for ages but was unable to find one close enough. I already had the military man head and decided to have a stab at modifying it. The easy bit next was to pin the head onto the body. Next come the difficult bits I then needed to reshape the helmet. I first filed down the helmet rim. Then I cut two lines using a sharp scalpel from Front to Back keeping them as straight as I could. I then used some needle files to slow file the sides down. Finally I used Milliput to extend the helmet sides slightly and add the ear muff type sections. Once cured I then filed it down into a smoother shape.

Simple enough in the end and pleased with the end results. Next up was to make is missile system this was trickier and I searched high and low for 15mm tank turrets and all sorts eventually settling on an ebay find of the Missile Launcher from a Games Workshop Imperial Guard Sentinel kit. The Tripod again GW I believe is from a Cadian or Catachan heavy weapon team. Assembly was simple removed it from the sprue. Cleaned it up gluing the two halves the exhausts and then the missile pods. The only thing I removed was a single skull from one side. The Tripod already had a mounting hole and the lug on the missile launcher fitted perfectly so just a bit of Polycement and it was done.

The tripod was bigger than I hoped so had to put it on a larger 40mm base luckily I had some in my bits box from another project.

 The finished results added another Cobra Decal to the helmet.

Monday 21 August 2017

Alpha Squad Lady Jaye

First female Gi Joe character finished this week. I was so excited when I saw the green for this figure Lady Jaye is one of my top TOP Joes! I am so chuffed with the pose and love the back pack with the different javelin tips. The action figure had an odd baseball cap which I never liked so was glad the figure didn't have it.

Working my through the original comics she does look kind of cool with the cap on. So maybe it was just the way the action figure looked.

More figures for this project incoming :)

Friday 11 August 2017

Serpent Fantatic Firefly

Camping was awesome and we had good weather. Back to home and getting back into the normal routine booo.

Anyway myself and Pulp Citizen played our first two games of Squad Wars this week by Kitbash Games (click the name for the blog or (Link to Facebook page) written by the talented Pulp Citizen himself. It was to be our first outing of the rules and all the Gi Joe and Cobra figures we've been working on hitting the tabletop.

Squad Wars is a modern set ruleset designed to act out pulp, movie type skirmish games aimed at being fun and yet still be a good tactical simulation. The game itself is set around a few types of character broken down as follows. Operators (your main characters), Solo's (infiltrator/assassin types), Grunts (your standard soldier).

They can be grouped how you like so you can mix/make up squads of grunts (made up of riflemen or support types RPGs, GPMG's, medics, officers) whom can  also be led by Operators. Operators can be formed into mixed squads with different skills buffing everyone.  Solo's are stand alone specialists assassins etc.

It alternates play between players activating a single unit at a time or sometimes more but at a cost in Moxie (Action Points). It plays quite fast and after some tweaks we shall be upping the game to larger scales. to see how it handles. Anyway more on that later as we shall do some battle reports.

In my previous post you saw my Serpent Fanatic Infantry which was a good start for Cobra but what was needed was some leaders and characters. Pulp Citizen has already done Destro and Major Bludd  who are both leader types but what was need was someone with a bit of offensive capabilities. My next lot of figures arrived whilst camping so diving into the bag I spotted Firefly and thinking what a perfect addition and also a simple scheme minimal paint scheme.

So Monday morning I set to getting him started and hopefully finished for Wednesday nights game. I pretty much stuck to the colours of the Comics with the weapons and grenades and other gear picked out in different colours just to make them stand out a bit more. I also had a play with my decals on his shoulder patch not having used any for years. They are small but were simple enough to use.

Pulp Citizen's awesome 4x4 ft table prepared for our games of Squad Wars

Wednesday 2 August 2017

Serpent Fanatics Squads

Managed to get these finished Thursday evening and Varnished Friday morning. So we now have some force for the Alpha Squad to vanquish gloriously. I managed to take some snaps before leaving Saturday and am writing this post whilst I am currently camping down in South Wales lol.

This sizeable chunk boosts my tally for the year so far upto 65 finished figures I was lagging quite badly up until the Beat cast for the 7TV day and these.

There are three sets here. Command and Support and two sets of riflemen. They all have separate heads. So the Riflemen have different facings.
 Squad leaders with red face masks, Medic in the rear and two RPG's

 Two sets of Riflemen fanatics with M16s. There is a set with AK47's which I haven't got but having read the comics may pick up some and do as Serpent Paratroopers. With some back packs added.
 All my Serpent forces so far. We can now get some games in as Pulp Citizen has done some Serpent Characters. You'll notice that Professor Beattie has sneaked in. I Painted him years ago for zombie gaming but he makes a perfect stand in for Dr Venom so joins the Serpent ranks.

 Squad A
 Squad B
Dr Venom

I am still having camera issues. I may end up having to source my own phone. My old camera is great for photos on holiday but pants for taking figures of photos I can't get the settings correct for it now.