Saturday 8 March 2008


Having the attention span of a fish, I recently got obsessed with a new army: the Red Shadows.
The Bad Guys from the 1980's Action Force toy-line.
As a kid I never realised there was supposed to be an entire army of the Red Shadow action figure (I had never seen the Battle Action Force comic until a month ago), and never noticed it was basically a nazi-uniform in read with a weird face mask. How evil is that! A red menace of fanatical terrorists in nazi dress.
So I painted a Warhamster fig and Em4 skeleton robots in Red Shadow colours and ordered some BTD (ex-Icon) Wehrmacht figs to convert.
I'll probably use a WW1 German miniature as a base for Baron Ironblood, the Evil Mastermind and Leader.

Some other people are working on similar projects, most notably Soapy (Gripping Beast sculptor) and you should see his brilliant conversions here.

There's a cool site called Blood for the Baron that has all the comics and pictures of the toys and their background. The most insanely brilliant comic story is were Action Force are fighting the Cobra organisation in the jungle and get attacked by dissident Red Shadows who have allied with Nazi's led by Adolf Hitler himself. No he isn't dead, it was a double who comitted suicide. The real Hitler is still alive in 1986 in a bunker in the south american jungle. Crazy!

This all leads to my new concept of Modern Pulp, that combines near-future and post-apoclyptic science fiction with 1980's trash and pop-culture. And zombies. Zombies, zombies. Lots of nazi-zombie figs were released the last few years that can all be painted up as Red Shadow zombies of the late 20th century.

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