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Re: Spy Team HQ
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2020, 04:26:21 »
The spirit of childhood play is alive in this picture.  :cloud9:

Thank you, Macruran!  This is the greatest compliment I could wish for, regarding this piece.  That's basically what I tried to do: capture the archetypal essence of the 'fortress', particularly from a boy's perspective, who are usually very keen on war games and 'defend-the-castle' type of scenarios ( 'territorial defense', shall we say ) — a place where they would want to project themselves, and play, mentally.

Note: The fortress is a recurrent motif in boy toys and paracosms.  Elements one can typically expect inside such toy- or 'pretend' fortresses, whatever their form ( castle, base, actual 'fort', etc. ), are: 1) a detention area, 2) a secret treasure spot, and 3) some kind of command / decision center   ...and 4) loads of weapons ( + occasionally, traps ), of course.  Like many — most? — boys my nephew's age ( he is 9 ), I used to draw these kinds of things as a child ( sci-fi bases, mostly — cross-sections! —, filled with weapons and counter-measures to defend against ubiquitous 'bad guys' ), and also build them as toy dioramas ( action-figures, Lego, Playmobil... ).  Age 9 happens to be the peak age for worldplay ( a.k.a. 'paracosm play' ), according to child development research.  Thankfully, that worldbuilding spirit never left; though spending time around my young nephew definitely inspired me to formalize some of the elements we had talked and played about, checking with him from time to time as I went, to gauge his reaction and make sure I got it right.



MARX TOYS Navarone Playset ( 1976 )



LEGO Nexo Knights — The Fortex ( 2016 )
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Re: Spy Team HQ
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2020, 19:24:45 »
Oh man I remember those plastic toy soldier forts! Amazing nostalgia. And yeah I built/designed a few forts or bases in my time too...I remember I made one side cutaway drawing of a multilevel underground base staffed by Pac-Man ghosts  and being invaded in real time by Pac-Man commandos!

I note the one thing left out of the fort elements is a restroom - best invest in some of those portapotties!  :lol:
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Re: Spy Team HQ
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2020, 16:00:10 »
Fantastic!
As a big fan of the Top Agents theme and spy action, this thread hits all the right buttons.

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Re: Spy Team HQ
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2020, 08:39:59 »
I remember I made one side cutaway drawing of a multilevel underground base staffed by Pac-Man ghosts  and being invaded in real time by Pac-Man commandos!

I note the one thing left out of the fort elements is a restroom - best invest in some of those portapotties!  :lol:

...Awesome!  'Love the idea of the invading Pac-Man commandos!  So the ghosts were the good guys?  :lol: ...Do you still have it?

Re. restrooms: Yes, you're right; I remember always putting restrooms in my cross-section bases, as a kid.  I should have mentioned them in the list of key fortress elements.  Call it 'waste disposal', broadly speaking.  Though, in the Spy Team base, they are included ( inside the barracks containers: set 5051 / 3260 ).

Re. Navarone playset: it was a source of inspiration for Mattel's Castle Grayskull playset ( see: The Toys That Made Us series / He-Man episode, on Netflix ).

For laughs, here is a self-burying base I did 4-5 years ago, to inspire my nephew into thinking about drawing his own, reminiscent of the kinds of base/fortresses I used to draw as a child.  Though back then, I'd draw them in 2D and with weapons.  Note: I initially nearly put a canon at the top, instead of the radar, but changed my mind in an attempt to set a good — pacifistic — example ( I was wrong! )  ...Toilets included, of course!  :lol:

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Re: Spy Team HQ
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2020, 16:51:27 »
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Wow. I admire people who can draw...
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Re: Spy Team HQ
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2020, 17:50:55 »
I no longer have my drawing, it's looong since gone, though I can still see it in my mind's eye. As I recall I came up with the idea because I had acquired an alphabet stencil on which the C and G made acceptable Pac-Mans - I think the ghosts were stencilled too somehow. I used colored pens. I think the Pac-Men were the good guys actually as they were getting the better of the ghosts. The Pacs were definitely on the road to victory.

Great drawing of a mobile base, and interesting info about the Grayskull castle.
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Re: Spy Team HQ
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2020, 09:10:39 »
 I love these small insights into the childhoods of Playmobil collectors!  ;D
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