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Old 12-28-2012, 09:50 AM   #1
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Venom

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Mechanical purple scorpions, built by the intergalactic bounty hunter Shogun, that appeared in Konami's (published under the Ultra label) 1990 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game cartridge (which is an enhanced port of Konami's 1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coin-op arcade machine). Venoms are one of several new enemies that can be encountered by players in the two extra levels that were added to the NES version of the popular title. Specifically, these robotic arthropods are found in Scene Six: "Let's Defeat The Enemy's Ninja Magic!!", which, confusingly enough, is actually level nine.

While their pincers may look fearsome, Venoms never employ them in battle. Instead, the machine relies entirely on its ball-jointed tail for all of its offensive needs, either impaling opponents with it or firing off searing beams from the laser blaster concealed inside the pointed tip. A Venom's steel alloy exoskeleton can withstand a moderate amount of punishment; the Turtles must successfully land a total of six blows in order to destroy one. These units also have impressive reflexes; a Venom can instantly leap several feet backwards to dodge incoming attacks, much to the frustration of their terrapin adversaries.


Materials:
Newsprint, tissue paper, white glue, super glue, acrylic paint, and ink.

Dimensions:
4.0 cm / 1.6 in. x 3.1 cm / 1.2 in. (widest point x highest point)

Time:
Two days: December 7 and 9, 2012.
I modeled just about everything but the tail on the seventh and finished the figure up on the ninth.











Black and white Venom artwork from the NES instruction manual.


Animated gif I made of the Venom sprite walking and striking with its tail.


Screenshot of Leonardo fleeing from two Venoms; the lower one has just extended its tail in an attempt to impale our hero.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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This looks amazing. Love to see some of the lesser enemies from the NES days represented. Also thanks for including the pictures for reference, its been so long since I've played the NES version that I didn't remember them, but when I saw them in action I went into full NPTSD
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:33 AM   #3
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This grabbed my attention!

Cool project, Patraw!
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
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I adore it, your work is awesome-sauce as expected.

I wish Playmates would make some enemy fodder figures from the games of old
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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Great job! The display is excellent. Are you making any other video game cannon fodder?
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:18 AM   #6
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Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Slythe: I don't have any immediate plans to make more TMNT video game enemies, but Frosty the Hit Man and Fire Freak are two other characters that I have considered making in the past. I may also make Vincent Van Growl someday to finish off my Shogun & Underlings set.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:23 PM   #7
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Looks great very interesting to see those lesser known characters.
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