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2017


From outdoor adventures to indoor dioramas. From Ohio to New York to California. 2017 was a hell of a ride. Here are my favorite shots from the second season of Plastic Battles.

 
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Diorama explorations

The year started off with my first explorations of re-creating that classic vibe in G.I. Joe catalog inserts from the 80’s. Using pizza boxes, I managed to capture some of the look I was shooting for on a tight budget and with limited space.

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Hardball is well aware of how ridiculous a grown man looks riding a Power Wheels sized 3-wheeler, but he's simply having way too much fun to care.

08.30.17
 

"The views here are as beautiful as they are dangerous. It's hard to believe this island didn't even exist until a few years ago." (Stephen A. Ferreira, Combat Journal Entry [2], Friday September 18, 1992)

09.25.17
 

Claymore makes short work of Mindbender's Battle Android Troopers. "All too easy."

03.08.17
 
 

"Lightfoot has elevated being careful to an artform. You might say he's a Zen fussbudget. His eyes sweep the ground before him in measured quadrants, alert for tripwires, signs of digging, and out-of-place vegetation. He sniffs the air for that tell-tale plastic explosive smell of 'dead rubber.' Lightfoot may take twice as long to clear an area, but at least you won't get any nasty surprises." – Duke's personnel files; February 19, 1988.

06.04.17
 
 

Anitoly secretly meets Hawk near Crimea and hands over documents containing solutions to their mutual problems. "For the good of both our motherlands, comrade."

02.11.17
 

"After huffing it through the bush alone for over four weeks, Outback's ride home has arrived at last."

08.27.17
 
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“By all accounts, Repeater should be an officer by now, but getting kicked upstairs would take him away from the action. He's no desk jockey, and he'll fight and claw to keep his boots on the ground until his superiors are forced to staple his butt to an office chair.”

04.18.17

 
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"Copperheads prefer terrestrial to semi-aquatic habitats, which include rocky-forested hillsides and various wetlands. Adult copperheads are primarily ambushers. When attacking large prey, the snake bites and releases immediately; later stalking its prey as the venom takes effect." – Monev, Archibald. The Definitive Guide to Venomous Reptiles, Volume I. Springfield: Arbco Publishing, 1982. Print.

03.23.17
 
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Cross Country was out creating some HAVOC on an otherwise uneventful, overcast day.

04.11.17
 

"The sword is the soul. Study the soul to know the sword. Evil mind, evil sword."

04.30.17
 
 

For the Dreadnoks, there's always time for grape soda and donuts.

04.17.17
 
 
 
 

The Pacific Northwest: Zarana stops to admire a billboard for the women's motorcycle gathering she's riding to. While these events are typically meant to be fun and carefree expressions of sisterhood, all it takes is a single misplaced comment about her hair color to turn 'The Dream Roll' into a 'Rolling Nightmare' for everyone involved.

03.20.17
 

These Crimson Guardsmen decided to try to take down Budo with some good 'ol fashioned hand-to-hand combat. BAD IDEA.

04.09.17
 
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Long way up…longer way down.

09.08.17

 
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January 7, 1986: From the depths of the Terror Drome, Dr. Mindbender rallies his genetically altered AVACs before their first Firebat atmospheric test flight.

06.30.17
 
 

A single arrow is all it takes to change one's destiny.

06.29.17
 
 
 
 

The Pacific Northwest: Zarana stops to admire a billboard for the women's motorcycle gathering she's riding to. While these events are typically meant to be fun and carefree expressions of sisterhood, all it takes is a single misplaced comment about her hair color to turn 'The Dream Roll' into a 'Rolling Nightmare' for everyone involved.

03.06.17
 

Lady Jaye satisfies Ace's massive ego by shooting some footage as he boards the new Conquest X-30 for a test flight. He loves playing the star in his own imaginary movie.

05.03.17
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The California big trees are sacred to the Mono Tribe, who call them "woh-woh-nau," a word formed in imitation of an owl's hoot. Bad luck comes to those who cut down the big trees, or shoot at an owl, or shoot in the presence of the owl.

07.23.17

 
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"FRIEND."

05.04.17
 
 

Cobra's artillery overshoots their mark as the forward observers look on in stunned disbelief. Super Trooper is calmly marching ahead despite the relentless shelling, and nonchalantly adjusts his cap. He'll soon be engaged in brutal close quarters combat...his favorite kind.

03.21.17
 
 
 
 

"Eye of the tiger, Skoog. Eye. Of. The. Tiger."

04.07.17
 

"Hang back, fellas! I don't like the smell of this."

03.16.17
 

Maverick gets himself acquainted with Cobra's next generation B.A.Ts.

7.01.17
 
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It’s a proven fact that following some S.N.A.K.E. Armor onto a smoldering battlefield vastly improves your odds of survival.

12.04.17
 
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As rare as a Bigfoot sighting, catching a glimpse of Crystal Ball in the wild is the stuff of lore amongst Cobra’s troopers.

11.27.17
 

Discussing battlefield strategy with the legendary General Voltar is something most Nullifiers only dream about. An incredible honor that this Nullifier will tell stories about until his last days.

12.10.17
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Bad dudes wear pink.

11.08.17

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Yosemite National Park

 
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Sensors have picked up suspicious movement outside the Weapons Manufacturing Cave on the North side of Cobra Island. The Baroness leads an elite team of Vipers on a recon sweep of the area.

10.11.17
 
 

“At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desperate joy we go back to the fight.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

10.25.17