Saturday, 22 October 2016

Valor vs Venom Recondo and Double Clutch

The last couple of weeks have been really busy. With the arrival of Fall, there is a bunch of stuff to do around the house, so I have not had time to continue posting my finished customs. These two have been done for a few weeks.

Recondo originally started out as a part of PHX Customs Resurgence 3. I was looking for a jungle specialist to include in the project and thought that this version of Recondo could fit the bill. Through parts swaps and changes in the project, the figure morphed into a whole new character and became Underbrush. However, I still had a partial Recondo WIP on my desk, so I decided to put it back on my slate. I kept the original legs, but almost everything else about the figure was changed.

Head: PoC Recondo
Torso, upper arms: 50th Hit & Run
Lower arms: PoC Hawk
Legs: Resolute Snake Eyes

Double Clutch (from the Valor vs Venom line) was originally a repaint of Spytroops Recondo. Both were included as vehicles drivers of different versions of the Desert Coyote, so once I found a good recipe for VvV Recondo, I adapted it for Double Clutch. Since this custom, as well as the original figure it is based on do not fit the way I imagine Clutch, I decided to rename him Pit Bull. This comes from the prototype name for the Desert Coyote in 2003.

Head: RoC Zartan
Torso, upper arms: 50th Hit & Run
Lower arms: PoC Hawk
Legs: Resolute Snake Eyes



Thursday, 6 October 2016

DTC Guillotine

I got back into collecting Joes at the tail end of Valor vs Venom. As such, I consider the DTC line as a bit nostalgic for me. It includes a few new characters that have stuck with me. Guillotine is one of them. The Steel Brigade from that pack still rank among my favorite figures (wonky proportions and all). Since I troop built them, I ended up with a few Guillotines and I’m glad I did. The Plague was one of the great ideas that came out of that era. I started with Guillotine, but eventually, the other Plague Troopers are on my (very long) To-Do list as well.

Head, torso, arms: 50th Bazooka
Legs: Retaliation Roadblock
Backpack, mask, sword, gun: DTC Guillotine



Sunday, 2 October 2016

Z-Force and SAS Team Pictures

Here are pics of my Action Force teams to date. I still have other members in the WIP pile, but I figured that it would be fun to see where I'm at, so here we go.

From left to right: Scout (Minesweeper), Infantryman, Breaker (Radio Operator), Gaucho, 2 Para, Doc (Medic), Steeler, Tracker (Sapper)

From left to right: Stalker, Blades, Beaver, Hunter (needs updating)



Saturday, 1 October 2016

Action Force Beaver (SAS)

This is my 2nd version of Beaver. My first version was an LBC and I never liked the life vest. Fortunately, the theme for the last Custom Celebration (2016) was Action Man/Action Force and Hypnohustler made a great custom using Airtight’s vest modified into a life vest. That inspired me to update my own custom.

Head: DTC Steel brigade
Torso, arms: Retaliation Firefly
Legs: RoC Snake Eyes
Life vest: 30th Airtight modified



Thursday, 29 September 2016

Action Force Doc

Doc was the Z-Force medic. My version is a pretty straight forward re-do of the original. Finding parts that had similar characteristics was not all that difficult and the recipe came together rather quickly. That said, I started this custom in February 2016. I got it 95% done and got lazy when it was time to paint the cross on his chest (I also got really busy with Resurgence 3). The custom sat on my workbench until the end of the summer until I decided to grab the bull by the horns and get him done.

Head: RoC Pit Commando
Helmet: Captain America
Torso: RoC Snake Eyes (Paris Pursuit)
Arms: Retaliation ultimate Firefly
Upper Legs: 25th Dusty
Lower legs: 25th Beachhead



Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Action Force Gaucho

This custom has been done by several customizers already and the Club is releasing their own, but I wanted one to add to my Action Force ranks.

Gaucho acted as the Z-Force mechanic and was included in the Action Force HQ. My version is a straight forward re-do of the original. 50th Gung-Ho is an awesome figure so repainting it from head to toe with no mods was fine. I darkened the skin tone a bit to reflect Gaucho’s Mexican roots and removed the tattoo to make him different from Gung-Ho.



Monday, 26 September 2016

Action Force Steeler

Like his American doppelganger, Steeler was Z-Force’s tank commander and was included with a repainted MOBAT. So far, all official modern era Steelers have been disappointing (at least to me), so I decided to rebuild him from the heels up. I used an obscure head to give him a different face from my 25th version. I use these as two different characters.