Hey guys - thanks so much for all the feedback! I'm glad this one seems to have been received well so far...
Dan - Thanks for the kind words... I still remember that awesome Nautolan you made a little while back Irisa Nim, right? I know I saved a pic of that one. That one definitely inspired me to look beyond the typical parts choices and ideas for variations of a species.
I'm pretty happy that the new Xizor head seems to work well enough. It doesn't have all of the bump and creases of the normal figure sculpts, but the actual shape and forehead, etc seems to mimic it fairly close. Plus, seems like a lot of times in nature, the male seems to either be showier, or in some cases I guess, uglier, so I thought that she could be the tiniest bit prettier than the rest of the Weequay boys.
The outfit colors kind of just came from the parts I was using... The arms, thighs and torso all had a lighter purple to them... I basically drybrushed them all to match better, and then went with the tan for the "swimsuit" (Thanks, Scarlett!)... Basically has a McQuarrie color palette I guess.
Luke - I had no idea what the bike was originally from - someone over at RS ID'd it as "Stormhawks".... I picked it up at a local goodwill for about $0.25... Yeah, as much as I love the articulation of the Joes, I wanted to keep the visually identifiable parts as minimal as possible.
Incom - I appreciate it! Here's a parts breakdown... Oh, and In Rem, the swoop was pretty simple... I initially was gonna do it the hard way and give it a whole new paintjob. I'm glad I opted out, instead focusing on the battle damage.
Swoop - some motorcycle from "Stormhawks" The colors were already pretty nice: tans, browns, and a few bits of red. I just did some washes and battle damage mainly. Removed the wheels, put the engines up front, added the steering fins, saddle bags, and the weapon bin on top.
Head - CP Xizor head. I had wanted to buy the set for the Leia - think she might go a long way towards an updated Medal Ceremony version, but couldn't make myself buy it just for her. Then after seeing the CW cartoon, I remembered that ol' Xizor almost had a feminine look to his face, so I did a quick photoshop of color to see if it might work, and decided to bite the bullet and pick 'em up. In addition to paint, I sliced out his eyes very carefully with an X-acto knife to get that slit look. I still don't like how they've given the Weequay more human-looking eyes recently. I just like the dark slit, that gives the impression that their eyes are set back a bit. Gives more credibility to their rough, weathered look.
Upper Torso - Dark Woman from one of the earlier CPs. It was kind of hard to combine, and once I had it painted -- - it wasn't as smooth as I initially thought it would be. Thus the reason for a new belt. Unfortunately, I also lost the extra torso joint as during the process.
Pelvis/Thighs - GI Joe 25th CP Scarlett, along with the help of a TFU Evo troop's accessory to do away with the regular knife. I suppose it could have been a "vibro-blade?"
Arms - McQuarrie Han
Backpack - McQuarrie Leia
Boots and Belt - Deena Shan from the new CP
Hey Chewie - nice to have feedback from ya buddy! Yeah, now that you mention it, I think it does have a very SOTE feel. I guess that was kind of before too many new creatures, systems, etc came out. I haven't looked yet, but the old Swoop trooper would probably be a nice fit for this bike too.
Thanks again guys, hopefully I'll finish off some other stuff I fiddled around with and get some pics taken some time in the next couple of months. Hope that we get a bunch of entries for this one... There's a lot of potential for some more cool customs.