Sunday, 23 July 2017

Short Fuze (G.I. Joe)

Short Fuze marks my ninth Joe character finished, and eleventh mini for the project as a whole. I started this one a whole ago but slowed down as I found a few bits awkward to paint. I picked him up again this weekend and was able to make more headway, enough to want to finish him.

Most of the original G.I. Joe team had very similar uniforms, so expect a few more that don't look too dissimilar before too long in among the more varied later characters. Regardless of the uniforms though, I will probably mainly stuck to the same base green colours for fatigues and helmets to add a little coherence. The original figure had black webbing straps and a green backpack; I decided to go for a dark olive colour as a bit less stark than black. In my overall painted minis tally for the month, quarter and year, I am counting Short Fuze and his mortar as two separate minis - that seems fair as they are on separate bases!

Short Fuze was the team's first mortar specialist (but not the only one!). In the canon he is a solider from a military family, with a logical and thoughtful side although with a noticeable temper. Reading the comics, he is certainly not a top tier character, and is generally just 'there' in the wider ensemble.

In developing Squad Wars, Short Fuze gives me a chance to try out the rules for mortars which naturally have a few wrinkles to them.

G.I. Joe Minis Painted (11)
G.I. Joe team: 9*
Cobra: 2**
Arashikage: 3*
Iron Grenadiers: 1**
Oktober Guard: 0

18 comments:

  1. Cracking job dude love the visor.

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    1. Cheers mate. Pretty happy with how he turned out, and I can replicate what I did with the visor on the other original Joes and Grenshirts. :)

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  2. Very nice indeed, PulpCitizen. I'm enjoying this guide to G.I. Joe very much, so long may it continue. Good work on the mortar as well, they look good together :-)

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    1. Thanks Blaxkleric. :)

      Expect more than a few more Joes and Cobra in the near future. :)

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  3. Fantastic work like always!
    warm regards

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    1. Thanks for the very kind words Michal. :)

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  4. Another Joe I never heard about, but you did a cracking good job on him.
    The visor and separate mortar are a great touch.

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    1. Thanks Wouter. :)

      The design is very much in keeping with the original action figure, and thankfully the mini came with its own mortar. :)

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  5. Well worth the effort as the finished result is great.

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  6. "...make more headway, enough to want to finish..." is a mantra I should be repeating to myself to get my minis completed ^_^ Nice detail work by the way.

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    1. Cheers FourEyedMonster. :)

      Motivation to finish is definitely something i struggle with.

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  7. Still no idea what these guys are supposed to look like, but he looks good anyway. :)

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  8. I'm really enjoying these posts, Leon, as every time one pops up, I think "oooh' I know that one!". When will we be seeing some of the opposition though? The standard Cobra troopers were a little 'blah', but some of the specialised troops had pretty cool designs.

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    1. Thanks Jez, I am glad you are enjoying the project! :)

      Next up I am working on Steeler for the Joes and Red Viper Ninja for the Cobra side. I have a few more Joes I have part-painted and want to finish soon (Duke, Gung Ho, RockN'Roll) and Baroness has been started.

      Some of the future Cobra characters especially may end up as slightly obscure or whacky choices simply due to expediency of minis choices/availability/conversion options. :)

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