G.I.Joe Armoury

G.I.Joe Armoury

I’ve been commissioned to create an Armoury for the same customer whom I built the Cobra bunker for a couple of years ago.


Building the scene

This piece is made from foam insulation board, the base, walls and the steps I have used 10 mm foam board.  The basic structure is there, time to build upon this before adding LEDs and casting weapons.


I placed magnets in the walls to hold it together. Using two strips I have separated the armory into three sections, in between the strips are three more panels which I will mounts weapons onto before fixing them into place.


Shaping the partitions to not look like slabs of foam, I then scored in 2″x2″ tiles into the floor. In each of the partition wall I will be casting weapons, at the moment I’m just getting an idea of how they will be placed.


I made 8 small holes in the roof and slid in 8 leds.


I’ve built a cover to hide the LEDs, cables and battery pack. I’ve placed a Cobra emblem over the centre, when painted will become a permanent fixture.


With the overall build done, now it is time to shaping and making it look like an 80’s cartoon Cobra armoury.

Using pottery carving tools to score into the foam and spiking holes into the foam on the back wall.


Casting Weapons

I am using blu-stuff to make molds of the weapons. I’m only making half cast because these will be permanently fixed to walls.

Made a few more molds before making the first batch of weapons. The plan is to make at least three batches of weapons to fill out this armoury.


I’ve put together a variety of cobra weapons spanning the years, I think you can guess who or what year they have come from.


I made two more batches of weapons and with some left over resin, I made another Cobra symbol.


With the extra weapons I am able to fill the walls. My client has requested that I leave space on one of the walls so he is able hand some removable weapons.


Now I’ve completed the casting I can start painting.


Black undercoat applied to the model


To begin with, I am base coating this model with a medium grey.

The rack walls with white and the guns with a coat of GWs Leadbelcher



Base coated the inside of the walls, second coat for the rack walls.


I’ve used Games Workshops Nuln Oil over each of the guns and a touch of Steel Drab on the three shotguns.

Base coat complete.


I have dry brushed Games Workshops Necron Compound over all surfaces except for the rack walls. Glued six of the guns into place and just in the process of arranging the back wall.



Instead of gluing the guns into place, I’ve been asked to add pegs for the guns to sit on.


The pegs are made from wooden toothpicks, cut down to size. To paint them, I’ve stuck them into a piece of foam board and sprayed them black.


Final Pictures





Tiger Force Outpost

Tiger Force Outpost 

Back in 1984 & 1986 Hasbro released a little battle station play-sets for Action Force/GI Joes one was called Missile Defence Unit and another called Outpost Defender. 

1986 Outpost Defender

 It’s a nice little set which would work well in a diorama, which leads nicely to my next project!  I had looked at purchasing this set but found sellers were asking a ransom price for it, so what am I to do but to make my own!

Demolished wall front
Demolished wall rear





To start off this project I built a wall similar to the Missile Defence Unit, the idea was to combine the two play-sets together.  With one wall built, I moved onto the Outpost, looking at pictures of the original toy I saw that the sides are made from “wood”.  This gave me inspiration to use bolsa wood, cutting out the 2 lengths 2.5″ x 4.5″to build the sides, a 1″ x 1″ square to join the sides together, it is now starting to take shape!


Filler was used around the edges of the base to cover up the layers of foam board. While the filler is drying, first coats of paint have been applied to the brick wall and Outpost.


I wanted to try and make the outpost as close the the original as I can, to do this I needed to create sandbags the surround the front of the structure.  Using Apoxie Sculpt I have individually created each sandbag a placed them around the front of the outpost, building it up until it reaches below the gun emplacement.  This has been left to cure for the next 24 hours.


Next a coat of aluminium paint was applied to the roof of the outpost.

Moving onto the scenery, I used filler to build up contours onto the landscape or otherwise the terrain would be unnaturally flat.  While it is drying I have gently rubbed down the surface to smooth out the terrain.




After sanding down the filler, I made up solution of water down PVA glue (7 parts glue to 1 part water), mixed with ordinary dirt from the garden because it’s free.  A heavy coating is applied to all the fillered area’s and a lighter coating over the rest.  Further dirt is applied to enhance the raised areas, the wall was put into place to bed into the scenery.  Foliage, twigs and root were dotted around in areas and modelling stone ballast was sprinkled over areas to give the impression of a track and down the centre of the lowest level (in case I wanted to use that as a track also). 


After 8 hours, a few washes of different tones of blues were administered to lower level.  A rippled River water sheet was mounted on top, turning it into a stream.  I’ve place the Tiger Shark on top, impressed with how it looks.  The next part will be removing the excess dirt and administrating a coat of glue over the rest, adding more foliage to the top mound.

Using a combination on tan brown and black washes, I weathered both the wall, sand bags and the Outpost.

A layer of PVA glue and dirt applied to the base of the lower level, where the river sheet meets bank to blend the sheet into the scene.

I added more foliage to the top of the river bank and a combination of grass and moss from my garden where applied to the hill linking middles section to the top. Using moss, bits of twigs, grass and roots, I dresses the large rock opposite the wall using PVA.





The small hill at the very top, I took away the loose dirt and stuck more foliage down.

Once all the glue has dried, the next job will be using hot glue and applying it to around the sides of the river sheet and trimming off the excess and then painting the base. Almost ready for my Tiger Force Joes to take their positions to defend their outpost.

After finishing the final touches, it is with great pleasure to announce the completion of the Tiger Force Outpost.




 I will be exhibiting this and a collection of my other works this Sunday at Bradford Unleashed.