Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Cheetahs on the prowl (and Strike Squad Redux)
I did a partial repositioning of the Arrow Jaguar's head and missile launchers. Initially, I wanted the model's front view to look as similar to the old RPG art as possible but unfortunately the pose overall suffered IMO. I took off the head and missile launchers, scraped clean the superglue, and repositioned them to look a little more like I initially intended. I imagine the advanced tracking systems on the Jaguar have the missile mount on that side turn to where his sensor cluster (the head) is pointing so I turned the one mount and left the other facing straight forward (but still at the RPG tilted angle from the vertical.
Next up, I worked on some cheetahs. These guys were less time intensive as I didn't thankfully have to (so far!) worry about mispacks and the conversions were relatively minimal. I clipped and repositioned the normal cheetahs arm to infront of him and added a Blitz scale dagger to liven up the pose a bit more. As usual, I swapped out the curved rocket pack for an angular one. Additionally, the pic showed me that I missed some spots when stripping and reposing this model so I'll have to go back and do some concentrated scrubbing tonight.
The second model from the recon squad was the strike cheetah. Whereas the normal cheetah is a mix of Electronic Warfare and defensive capability, the strike cheetah focuses more on the latter and adds some offensive punch. Initially, it was an aidrop capable unit but strangely it has been split up into three separate bazooka cheetahs, only one of which is airdrop capable. Either way, here is my Metal Cat/Strike Cheetah/Para Strike Cheetah/Silver. The changes to the stock model were adding a pack gun to the left hand, swapping out the Rapid Fire Bazooka for a Light bazooka, and the rocket launcher swap.
Next up will be the White Cat Cheetah variant and some group photos!