Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Evil" Death Troopers Custom Star Wars Action Figures

While there seems to be a glut of zombie media today, I prefer the more unorthodox stories that put a twist on the genre like Marvel Zombies, the Resident Evil Games and the movies Shaun of the Dead, and especially Evil Dead. So when I heard about the new Star Wars novel Death Troopers and saw some of the fan made films, I was very excited.

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Soon afterward, I created these. While anyone with an extra Stormtrooper figure and a dremel
can conceivably make a Death Trooper, I put a lot of thought into these. Of course they would start out as regular Stormtroopers fighting off the zombie hordes, so what kind of wounds would they get? Would they accidentally shoot each other? What pieces of armor would be peeled away by hungry zombies trying to get to the flesh inside? And after they became zombies, would they chew through their own helmet?

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I've seen a lot of custom zombies that look like someone basically slapped a bunch of red paint on them. So I took a lot of care making the blood look like it was real; the splatters needed to look like they occurred as they were fighting and the drips and pools as they were stumbling around around bleeding from their own wounds. Had gangrene set in?


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These were also my entries into the "Zombie" contest on Good To Go Customs Forum. Here's the write up I included with the entry. Bonus points if you can figure out the movie I'm referencing and the joke in their names. (Hint: It's one I listed above.)


Evil Death Troopers

TK5TU3PY and TKLU3PY were your average "I can't shoot straight to save my life while wearing this awkward helmet" Imperial Stormtroopers. Assigned to Endor during the battle of the second Death Star, these two saw the tide of battle turning and fled. They walked for days across the tree covered moon until they came upon what looked like an old house. They decided to rest and spend the night. Unfortunately, TK5TU3PY came across an old data tape recorder and decided to play it.

Several days later, the sole survivor of a nearby Ewok village arrived at Chief Chirpa's feet wounded and exhausted. He said that the neighboring village was destroyed by two Stormtroopers who had terrible powers and could not be stopped with arrows, rocks, bolas, or even swinging logs. The survivor died the next day from his wounds.

THE END?


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There were a lot of cool entries but the fans chose them as the winner. Thanks to everyone who voted for them!

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I have plans for more variations on this theme that pick up where my little story left off. If you'd like to commission a piece, contact me at eric@insidious1.com

3 comments:

  1. Awesome... What? No zombie ewoks?

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  2. Hmmm...do you by chance have ESP, Charles?

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  3. Thanks again for the Custom work!

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