Monday, 16 October 2017

Jinx

This week's Zombtober entry is a little late as I got sidetracked with house bits and Blade Runner 2049 yesterday. It also isn't the figure I was intending to post as I was also working on some Plague Zombies from the latest 40k starter set... hopefully they can become this week's entries instead. For now we'll have to have another "could-be-a-survivor".

Jinx is another one of the excellent sculpts from the GI Joe commission. In the Marvel comics continuity she is Storm Shadow's cousin and part of the Arashikage clan; training wth the Blind Master and teaching Billy (Cobra Commander's son). Later she became part of Ninja Force with Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and a number of other Joe ninjas.

This isn't a figure I had when I was a kid; I guess because she was never in any of the comics I owned at the time, so she wasn't of much interest.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Major Bludd

In the continuation of the newly formed Joetober... today we have Major Bludd, a notorious mercenary wanted for crimes against humanity and poetry...

"When you're feeling low and woozy / Slap a fresh clip in your uzi / Assume the proper firing stance / And make those suckers jump and dance."  - Major Bludd


I don't really remember Bludd from when I was a kid, but he seems like a typical villainous type and will be equally good as a Star or Co-Star in 7TV2. He will be a good foe for Action Force, or Destro's forces as neither really like him.

He was part of the original Battle Action Force stories in the UK and seems to be one of the few characters that survived the transition over to the main Hama continuity without any issues


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Laird Destro

I havn't yet painted a zombie for Zombtober... maybe I should rename it to Joetober?

Following on from the Baroness, I had to do Laird Destro at the same time. They are an iconic pairing of villains who seem to have consciences; Destro more than the Baroness. As an international arms dealer, war in any form suits him; with Cobra or against... whichever has a higher profit margin.

The character Destro did also exist in the Battle Action Force comics for a while before they transitioned into the Action Force series, but the character was very different. Rather than a Scottish weapons dealer, he was a Latvian who defected from the Russian army to Action Force and then over to the Red Shadows. Once with the Red Shadows, he took the name Red Jackal.



I'm not sure why the toy specifically listed him with a Cobra affiliation, given his mercenary tendencies. MARS would have been a better affiliation for him. Speaking of which, I need to sort out some figures for his Iron Guard at some point.



Thursday, 5 October 2017

Baroness DeCobray

Next in the Action Force painting queue is Baroness DeCobray, or  Anna von Stromberg if you followed the Battle Action Force origins (which doesn't tie into Hama's GI Joe continuity at all).



This is a really characterful figure that almost painted itself. While painting the Baroness I learned a quick, effective way to quickly paint black cloth that actually looks nice in person and seems to work in photos as well. Black undercoat with a Medium grey drybrush and a light grey highlight brush. Then, rather than black washes that I've tried before, which just make the dry brushing look worse, some glazes of thinned black paint over the top, with neat black being added back in for the deep shadows. I was tempted to try a blue glaze over the top to give it that blue highlight that the comics have, but decided not to in the end.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Zombtober 2


Just to make sure I manage to get something in for this week, here's the next survivor to roll off the painting table., all neatened up after the photos last time revealed some painting mishaps on the creamy body armour.



The figure is one of the Sons of Ragnarok figures from The Others boardgames. I didn't back the game, but did pick up this group as who doesn't want a set of tooled up angry bikers to use in a zombie apocalypse?

Monday, 2 October 2017

Flashbacks

Painting some 28mm Action Force/GI Joe figures recently has sparked a train of nostalgia, which has ended up in reading the old comics in the proper order and, today, watching the animated movie from many many years ago. The difference between the British and American themes is... interesting. I remember the British/Action Force theme tune being quite catchy. Sorry all you Americans, but your intro to the movie is cringe worthy... Let me rephrase that. In comparison to the one I grew up with, the US theme is really jarring and doesn't feel right at all. I can't tell if the British one is just better, or if it is nostalgia that is driving me towards the Action Force intro music instead. You decide

GI Joe - The movie

Vs Action Force, The Movie


Having checked youTube, I can safely say that the TV series intro, even though it shares most of the same lyrics, also seems miles better. The other question that comes up, and was valid back in the day too, who thought Starscream's voice was a good choice for Cobra commander? The guy was an ex-salesman/car dealer and was supposed to be charismatic enough to have formed a mahooosive underground army, just not all that good at military tactics and a bit stroppy... not a whiny idiot. Also... why does Destro, the white guy in a mask, sound like he should be Shaft?!

Aaaaanyhoo.

The comics, however, are actually very good, though some of the stories are different to those that I remember reading when I was a kid. In a cleanup over the weekend I found some of the old issues and discovered why things didn't quite match up. It seems that the UK comics had a slight restructure of the plotlines, with some extra sections added in to allow much quicker turnaround on some of the plots. Well worth the read so far. There are 155 issues of the original series by Larry Hama. So far I'm up to about issue 55 and I think I've just about reached where I originally read up to, so everything from here on is new to me until we reach the new Hama comics. Still no Red Shadows or Baron Ironblood though... pffff. Not proper ;)



Zombtober take 1

Thanks to some technical hiccups yesterday thanks to the iOS 11 upgrade, I missed the first Zombtober deadline. So a day late, here is the first of the survivors from Zombicide season 3 kickstarter, Lucius Leon.



The zombivore version of him has gone into the pool of zombies as we tend not to use the zombivore mode. At some point he'll be done up in black and white like all the others to appear as an VIP so we don't have quite so many of Elvis wandering around.

One down... many many many more to go.

I did paint up another figure, but the photos highlighted a few issues with the paint job, so he has gone back to the painting table for later in the week.