This was another old-school design I'd created in my early teens & opted to give him the canne'boid pirate treatment. His original back-story was he died at sea, but having no desire to stay dead, re-animated himself & joined Capt. An-grrr's crew. I liked how half his face was hidden behind an old pirate flag (maybe from his original ship?) and he had barnacles growing all over him. I remember being proud of thinking up the name 'Shipwreck' and completely forgot about the G.I. Joe character of the same name, so the name has to be changed. I never drew a picture of what he looked liked without the flag, but I always assumed it was scarred & disfigured. You know, seeing as he didn't even have hands, that must have made re-loading his cannon arm difficult.....ah well, it was a cool design anyway.
I went with the name "Keel'ovr" (keel over) as it's an old nautical/pirate term for when someone is killed/dies so the name seemed appropriate given his back story. Changing him over to a canne'boid didn't take too much work, but unfortunately I had to go with a darker shade of blue as I couldn't find anymore of the blue that matched his original drawing much better. I also opted to give him one real hand and changed his anchor hand into a harpoon one. I was going to sculpt him a pirate flag to cover his skull face but I might just put some black cloth around it to make it appear his skull face IS the skull & crossbones from a pirate flag. I may also give him pants or some similiar clothing as he's looking a little incomplete to me. Maybe some red clothing to tie back into the original drawing?
"The undead canne'pirate!"
"Ten years ago the canne'boid now known as 'Keel'ovr' was killed in battle by a blaster shot to the head. The blast took all the flesh off of the right side of his face leaving nothing but the bare bone exposed. In an odd turn o' events, this canne'boid was not wantin' to remain dead so Keel'ovr's soul re-possessed his water-logged body and he rose up from the depths to live again. As he is one of the undead, he can not be killed by conventional means & shrugs off most forms of injury like a wee guppy biting a whale. Since his left hand was blasted off during the attack, Keel'ovr grafted the tip of an old harpoon onto the stump to provide himself with a weapon. He joined my crew to find his killer so his soul can finally rest. Keel'ovr is a valuable warrior to me ship so I'm not too keen on loosin' him as a warrior. Unknown to everyone it was I, Capt. Spakk Jahroh, who killed Keel'ovr those 10 years ago. The bright flash from the blaster shot at such close range must have temporarily blinded him and kept my identity hidden. Not even Shriekbeak knows this secret, and I will never tell a living (or dead) soul this for fear of loosing my undead warrior...or my own life. I killed him once before...but how ye be killin' something that be already dead?"- Excerpt from Capt. Spakk Jahrohs Log Book
I have at least 2 more canne'pirates to sculpt up to finish the good Captain's crew, so keep an eye on the blog for updates.