Jul 072017

Welcome to Friday, it’s a swell day, especially with a mash-up to share. Let’s get to that.

Juri is…I have no idea. She was introduced in Street Fighter IV and from her demeanor I’d say she’s one of the bad guys. As with Ibuki, I chose her as one of the least over-the-top costume choices that still held some interest.

Here’s Chae as Juri. I chose what I felt was one of the more striking poses I saw for Juri. I don’t feel like I quite did it justice though it turned out fairly well all the same.

That’s it for this week and for the Street Fighter revisit. We’re going back to the space age next week. Check it out on Friday. Have a great weekend!

Jun 302017

Greetings and good Friday to all the Top Men and Top Women out there. I’m having a nice low key morning and it’s time for this week’s mash-up.

Dhalsim is from India and he’s a yoga master. To be honest, I had no idea that yoga skills could translate into fighting technique. Still, Dhalsim was one of my favorite characters in the game even though I wasn’t very good with him. Yoga Flame!

Here’s Skitter all decked out as Dhalsim. Obviously it’s a really simple costume. But with chipmunks being so small, what could possibly have skulls so small for him to wear around his neck?

This is a new piece so there’s no original to compare to. That said, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend folks!

Jun 232017

It’s Friday morning and it’s time for a flashback. Have a great day everybody!

I don’t know anything about Ibuki. I needed another female character so I looked through the roster to find one that had an interesting costume that wasn’t over the top. Ibuki was the best I could find at the time. That’s really it.

Sass is back as Ibuki. I based the pose on the bishoujo figurine because it looked really cool. I had to fudge a little with the pants because the toy was too cheesecake for what I was going for. I looked around for some other ideas and found some pictures of Ibuki wearing the one piece underneath and that worked fine.

Here’s the comparison to the original. The arms of the original are really wonky, especially when it comes to elbows.

That’s it for this week. Next week we get to see the first of the new pieces with Skitter and Chae. See you next week!

Jun 162017

Hello and happy Friday to all my Top Men and Top Women out there. Here’s to a great weekend but first let’s check out a flashback!

Vega is also known as Claw, but originally he was named Balrog. As part of the rotation of names when the game was ported from Japan to the US, Balrog’s name was given to M. Bison so that it wouldn’t be as blatantly obviously that they were trying to ape Mike Tyson; M. Bison’s name was given to Vega because Vega didn’t sound threatening enough; and Vega’s name was given to Balrog because it sounded more Spanish. Cute huh? Vega is the only fighter with a weapon in Street Fighter II and is quite the pain to fight…as are all the bosses really, but I had a lot of trouble beating Vega.

Here’s Cyran returning as Vega. Whereas Vega’s claws are a slashing weapon, Cyran’s wrenches are more to bludgeon folk. How does he keep that mask on?

Here’s a comparison to the original. The view is a little different and the paw rotation is less awkward in the new piece at the cost of not seeing all of the wrench weapon.

That’s all for this week. We have one more flashback to go before we get to the new Street Fighter material. See you next week!

Jun 092017

Hello! It’s Friday and that’s good for flashbacks. Let’s get to it.

Balrog is a boxer and apparently he was heavily based on Mike Tyson, hence why he was named M. Bison in the original Japanese version. He was renamed Balrog to make things less obvious. He was one of the three bosses you had to fight before reaching the big boss…M. Bison (Vega in the original).

Here’s Barnaby ready to get in the ring. I like how the boxing pose turned out. I tried something new with the mouth to try to make it look like he was sneering at his opponent.

Here’s the comparison to the original. There was definitely something off about his belly in the original and his paws were way too small.

And that’s all for this week. Next Friday is…another day.

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