It was well over a year ago that I was cruising through my endeavour to make a modern version of all the old G.I. Joe Ninja Force* figures. I think I bumbled my way through Dojo and T’Jbang before making some that I actually liked, like Tiger Claw and Kamakura.
I was gung-ho for the rest though, such to the point that I had the parts all picked out for each one and in their own plastic compartment in my morgue-like customs container.
Now, nearly two years later, and I’ve gotten a workspace set up and have reignited the passion, and Jinx was my first jump back into the fray.
*Yes, I know she wasn’t technically “Ninja Force” but she’s a ninja and… a force… and needed an homage. Shoosh.
Naturally since the SDCC versions are absolutely fantastic and don’t need a thing done to ’em, this one is based off the Valor Vs Venom (VVV can bite my ass) Agent Jinx, that came in a 2-pack with a weird-looking Slice. The figures were, yeah, weird, but the card art was cool and she was kickass in the cartoon.
I don’t even have the figure (can’t find one cheap enough on eBay) so I had to work off of pictures I found on YoJoe.com and such.
And one off this trading card, though I’m not sure where it’s from.
Part of what took me so long to even attempt a Jinx was that I had NO idea what I was going to do for parts and, more importantly, a head. No way in hell I could afford an SDCC version just for parts and I wasn’t up to scratch with modding/painting a Scarlett or something.
I had pretty much planned to wait for my skills to catch up or just get braver, or both. Ha!
Couple of years ago, I had one of those rare moments where my father actually sent me money for my birthday like I’m 12 and I very uncharacteristically spent it on myself. I’ve always wanted to be one of “those guys” that can just buy an SDCC or some sort of HTF figure and then play with it. I know this isn’t the Holy Grail for anybody, really, but being able to pick up the red AND the white SDCC Jinxes was a situation I’ll probably NEVER be in again. I’m pretty damn happy I could though!
‘Cept the white ones feet don’t bloody stay on her stand, dammit.
And they went right ahead and made the Retaliation Jinx the exact same mold as the red one, cheeky buggers. If I’d known they’d do that, I’da just painted a RET one. Heh.
Luck shined when I won an auction from some caster on eBay. I picked up an SDCC-style Jinx head for $4 (I think) and put here in the parts box.
Then stalled. And procrastinated. And waited.
So yeah, two years later and I’m all full of piss and vinegar, ready to paint a flat-grey head!
Which, holy shit, was not easy. I read Jin Saotome’s tutorials on painting eyes and shit, I hit up HissTankers for advice, I Googled and I practiced and nothing could have prepared me for not only the steadiness needed for that intimate level of detail but also making her Japanese!
I stayed off the coffee though and gave it a solid go, bringing it to my Chief Art Director Wife to see what she thought. While terribly sweet and supportive, there was a lot of “Not Asian enough” and “her hair needs a different treatment, some sort of layer or wash” (Ha! I just got that! Wash!) and “is she half-Japanese? Because that could pass…”
And pass it did, because I was happy and was getting seriously scared at fucking this thing up (“Don’t overwork it!” they’d cry in my art classes).
- Head – Custom cast from Unknown off eBay (from SDCC Kim Arashikage). LOVED that it was cast off of the SDCC, but there was a huge glorping fault along the inside of her ponytail that took some work to clear out.
- Torso – Resolute Baroness. Chose this one for the collar aspect, though it took a LOT of painting on Liquid Green Stuff and sanding and sculpting and sculpting and sanding to get rid of the snake scales and the cobra logo embossed on her chest.
- Upper Arms – ROC Scarlett (Impact Armour). I had some other arms picked out that SO did not work. Can’t remember why I made half of the parts choices I did, but I’m glad I stopped smoking so much crack.
- Lower Arms/Hands – ROC Baroness (Paris Pursuit). And the bracelets are just electrical wire I snipped off a broken toy my 4-yo had.
- Skirt – POC Storm Shadow. I trimmed a seam out thinking I’d make it more petite and finish it down the side, but I totally forgot to make it flexible for movement. Sure enough, first time I posed her, I “snapped” that seam back open. It looked alright enough, so I left it! Holy shit though, would I have LOVED to have known about the indomitable Vortious Custom Accessories. He’s got this belt, that would’ve been fkn PERFECT. Think I might order it anyway and revisit this Jinx custom again someday.
- Upper Legs – ROC Baroness. With some sanding and modding. The original legs I had picked were 25th Ann Storm Shadow’s (I used the lowers) and they just… wouldn’t… FIT. Then, remembering I no longer smoke the crackrock, I put some female legs on her and it all worked out. Hell, they had the leg strap things too! HOW did I miss that the first time I was selecting parts?!
- Knees – Renegades Firefly. Think they’re also off the Resolute Cobra Troopers, but I had an extra Firefly, so there you go.
- Lower Legs – 25th Anniversary Storm Shadow. These got sanded and shaved and sanded and the texture was just perfect. Though, in hindsight, I might’ve just gone with the ones off the Retaliation Jinx (for whatever odd reason, I had extras) but I kind of like doing it my own way…
- Feet – ROC Scarlett (Impact Armour). Again, I had others picked out and NO idea why. These worked for the “boot-like” look of her ninja kickers, and that’s just a spare bit of plastic I’d carved off of a rocket launcher or something glued to the top of her feet.
- Naginata (staff) – Retaliation Jinx. Painted the grips and blade.
- Sword – POC Snake Eyes. For whatever reason, I had an extra one of these. SCORE. The scabbard is just glued on.
- Knife – Renegades Firefly. I think. I can’t remember, but it’s close enough to his. The scabbard is black electrical tape.
- Blindfold – Straps from the fencing helmet that comes with Retaliation Red Ninja. I had a couple extra of these, one of which had no mask, so it was easy enough to cobble them together and make a strap all the way around the head. Wrinkled fabric casts are VERY forgiving sometimes, so I didn’t have to sand/glue too much.
Probably her skirt. The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that I’m going to order that belt from Vortious Custom Accessories and rework that thing. Overall though, I’d like to be a bit more pedantic about the paint and trim and such.
Think I did alright on her head. First time I’d ever attempted painting a face and eyes and such, so I’m pretty pleased how she turned out. Though you can see the obvious discrepancies between her eyebrows and eyes and such. I’m still happy though, maybe my standards are just low!