Sunday, 18 November 2018

Alpha Squad Muskrat and Recondo


Muskrat spent his formative years up to his knees in one swamp or another, hunting raccoon, possum and wild pig. He was able to hold his own against poachers, 'gator skinners, moonshiners, escapes from the chain gangs, and smugglers. Ranger school and JWTC* seemed like summer camp to him. As far as he was concerned, they weren't teaching him anything exotic at all!

"If I had to go chase down Muskrat in the swamp, I'd give up before I started. He'd be sprinkling cayenne pepper in his tracks to throw the dogs off, laying false trails into water moccasin lairs, rigging deadfalls, setting snares, and having himself a good ol' time, never even workin' up a sweat. I'd just as soon go home and watch TV."
* Jungle Warfare Training Center

This is one of my more memorable characters. I picked up the action figure of Muskrat and several others whilst on holiday in Greece one year a when I was 9 years old. It was my first holiday abroad and going on an aeroplane. Whilst there we found a small little shop in the nearby town which had several Gi Joe figures for a really cheap price so spending some of my hard earned pocket money on them bought a good few of them. I got one of the Cobra Divers as well a Hydro Viper and with Recondo on his Surf board had many battles in the swimming pool back at the hotel. Which at the time there was very few children so I had to myself!

Muskrat is another conversion which I based off of the Rogue Miniatures Green Beret with a Anvil Industry Boonie Hat head. The  RPK  the original model had has been trimmed down in to pump action shotgun shape and a spare sword reshaped into a machete. I think it does the trick quite well. I shan't be dong a surfboard for him though lol!

Slightly tilted him so you can his face better.


Nobody feels more at home in the jungle than Recondo does. He is completely in his element there. While other troopers might consider the jungle to be hostile and unforgiving, to him, it is like a friend and anyone else who breaks in are intruders. Even when outnumbered by enemies, he often finds a way to use the dangers of the jungle against them. His vast experience has earned him an instructor status at the Jungle Warfare Training Center.

Recondo was one of the figures I always wanted but never had. So its been nice to make a 28mm version of him for this project. I have been pouring over all figures from lots of ranges to use for conversions but then stumbled across the base model sitting in my lead pile primed black! So in the strip pot he went and a little bit of converting and he is done. Recondo is a Wargames Foundry Backstreet Militia all I did was a simple head swap again for an Anvil Industry Boonie Hat Head. The hat isn't quite right but its close enough for me. I had thought of using one HF Troopers heads but didn't want to spend that much on a figure just to use the head.

I decided to keep the fatigues the same as his comic counterpart. The Green bothers me a little bit as its perhaps not quite khaki enough. The original action figure had some camo patterns on his trousers but I felt using the same green as his hat and back pack might of been a bit to much. Once I've had a browse for some more paints I may return to him in the future but for know he is finished and ready for gaming with.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Serpent Fantatics Tomax and Xamot

Another firm favourite of mine from the Cobra high command are the Crimson Twins Xamot and Tomax.

The Paoli brothers speak in notable accents which show they are from Corsica. The brothers were at some point members of the Unione Corse (Corsican Brotherhood), served in the French Foreign Legion's 1erREP in Algeria, then as mercenaries in Africa (Congo, southern Africa) and South America, before changing careers and becoming bankers in Zurich, Switzerland. happy with the world of corporate finance, the brothers found the opportunities available in international terrorism far more suited to their abilities, and joined Cobra. Their specialities are in infiltration, espionage (military and industrial), sabotage, propaganda, and corporate law.

Like the Crimson Guard that they lead, Xamot and Tomax also lead the "respectable" corporate face of Cobra as the founders, owners, and CEOs of Extensive Enterprises. When not engaged in terrorism, they efficiently manage Cobra's business affairs in shirt and tie. Their preferred mode of attack is through brains over brawn, using the law to serve the purposes of Cobra. They have covered their paper trail and connection to Cobra so well, that it is thought to be impossible to prove a connection between them and the terrorist organisation.

The twin brothers are mirror images of each other; Tomax's hair is parted on the right side of his head and Xamot's on the left;, the piping on their uniforms goes up the opposite side on each twin; the brothers' names are mirror images of one another. The only distinguishing mark between the two is a scar on Xamot's right cheek. Tomax and Xamot share an empathic connection commonly known as "The Corsican Syndrome" in which identical twins are believed to be psychically bonded, in a manner similar to The Corsican Brothers. While this is often useful, as it allows them to communicate wordlessly and finish each other's sentences, it is also a liability as they feel each other's pain

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Serpent Fanatics Crimson Guard

Been quiet lately due to my mobile phone packing up and having to use an old handset with the crappiest camera ever. So have been unable to take pics or browse blogs etc as often as I normally can. 

Anyway after Zomtober finished I was left wondering what to do next. So decided rather than starting anything new it be better to have a crack at the lingering miniatures sitting in my stash it has grown quite large this year as interest has switched between projects.

So returning back to my GI Joe and Cobra Project I decided to tackle a squad and a few more characters from it.

The Crimson Guard represent several steps forward in the evolution of the Cobra Trooper. They are considered the most elite troopers of Cobra's army and possess a fearsome oath of loyalty to Cobra Commander that only few non-Siegie (phonetic for the Crimson Guard initials, C.G.) troopers can match. Aside from the standard infantry training they receive, each Crimson Guardsman is expected to specialize in a civilian profession that may be considered as mundane by most. Specifically, most of them hold degrees in law or accountancy. Upon graduating, many are sent out to the world at large, posing as doctors, lawyers, executives and even infiltrating the higher echelons of politics. More than just undercover agents, the Crimson Guard goes deeper, earning the trust of the gullible public who don't know their true loyalty...

One of the first action figures I owned as a kid back in 1985. I often used this one to drive my Cobra Ferret ATV.

First up is a squad of Crimson Guard. Pics are a bit dark so if I get chance this week I may retake pics in better lighting.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Zomtober Week 4

Final Zomtober weekend of 2018. Its been a great month of entries with some really cool minis being painted up and finished off to shamble or try and survive. Today also happens to be my birthday so I've had to scrabble around a bit this week to get my entry finished as I knew this weekend would be a busy one and hobby time limited.

Anyway for this weeks entry I've managed to get the final 3 St Searle's girls finished. I have some teachers to sort out of the lead pile and paint up. But what I have so far gives plenty of choice for a 30 or 40 rating cast.

 Misty, Bins and an unnamed Sixth Former who is a slightly converted Hasslfree figure.

The twelve girls I got finished for this Zomtober.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Burrows and Badgers Luna the Bat Mage

Another Burrows and Badgets mini finished off the paint table. Having decided to got for a black bat and painting all the St Searles with the black and greys helped this one a long at the same time.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Zomtober Week 3

Cor this week has been busy and I've really had to knuckle down and make myself spend time getting these done. Its been worth it even just getting one or two steps done at at time has allowed me to get the painting finished yesterday and then varnished/tufts etc added this morning.

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Friday, 19 October 2018

7TV Apocalypse Kickstarter

 Just a shout out that the 7TV Apocalypse Kickstarter is running currently. Its a new core box themed around the Apocalypse covering all sorts of Apocalyptic tropes and characters.

You get the core rules, new Countdown, gear and mutation decks nearly 120 character profiles and new vehicle rules and mods.

Some more information about why and what fors :)

So if your after picking up the rules this is whats in the box.

These are the casts that are currently available. More are available to be unlocked as well as come cool freebies if you have Deadset Pledges and above.

Here is whats been unlocked so far and that includes 4 free Character figures!!

 Edit Junior has been unlocked this morning after writing this blog post. Next Stretch goal are the Savages!

Helps If I put a link in!!