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Meet Kilo Squad!

Gears of War Judgment: Campaign PremiereMeet Baird, Sofia, Paduk and Cole, the members of Kilo Squad.

Baird: The smart-ass engineer of the squad.

He may be a pain at times, but you’ll be happy to see his sentry go into action if you’re in battle

Cole: Eternal optimist and cheerleader. Happy to hand you some ammo if you run out.

Sofia: Halvo Bay native and war correspondent, Sofia believes in fighting wars ethically.

Paduk: Former enemy of the COG, this Gorasnayan fought against the COG during the Pendulum Wars.

Gears of War Erector Sets – We’re Giving One Away!

Erector unleashed its Gears of War range in August 2012, featuring a selection of highly detailed models of the C.O.G Armadillo APC, C.O.G Centaur Tank and C.O.G King Raven, plus a highly detailed diorama of Locust vs Delta Squad Battle set. The sets are available exclusively at Toys “R” Us. 

Today we’re giving away the Erector Gears of War Battle Set – Locust vs. Delta Squad! The set includes a watchtower, tanks, and crates. Then choose your side: the COG army with the Armadillo and enter the battle! Set comes with six figurines (Anya Stroud, Damon Baird, Marcus Fenix, two locusts Sniper and a locust drone) and eight weapons. Building instructions, tools and stickers are included. For children from 8 years old and collectors! The set comprises around 200 parts.

There are several ways to qualify for our giveaway and each one counts for an entry – so the more you complete the more chances to win. The giveaway is open now and will run through Monday, October 15th. Use the widget below to enter!

Update: Congrats to our winner Jason B!

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Gears of War Jeeps

Epic Gamer and Gears fan Brandy recently sent us a tweet with a picture of her and her father-in-law Rick’s Gears of War Jeeps. We thought they were fantastic and wanted to see more, so I got in touch with Brandy for more pictures and an interview.

Rick’s Jeep is a 1947 Willy’s CJ2A and Brandy’s is a 2006 Wrangler X.

Flak: How long have you two been playing Gears of War?

Brandy: I have been playing Gears of War since just before Gears of War 2 came out. My friends were extremely excited for Gears of War 2, they suggested that I go out and buy Gears of War and run through the campaign with one of them before Gears of War 2. I went on my merry way to the store and ever since then I have been hooked on Gears. When my husband, Chris, would play Gears (especially Horde) and step away from his Xbox for 5 minutes max he would find his dad, Rick, playing for him.

For the Gears of War 3 launch I decided that I “needed” the console; so Chris and I bought the console, retro lancer and the Epic Edition. On Rick’s birthday we bought him Gears 1&2, we also gave him my old console since I’d bought the Gears console. Chris’ brother, Tom bought him Gears of War 3.

F: Do you play together?

B: Indeed we do. Horde is by far our favorite thing to play and we usually try to get through 1-50 once before we have to call it quits. Chris’ mother, Tammy has also become a ravenous fan (she rarely plays anything else) and she also decided that they needed the console as well.

All four of us now play Gears of War 3, Rick and Tammy are also planning on picking up Gears of War: Judgment on launch night just so that we can take both of the Jeeps out.

F: What made you decide to make the Jeeps?

B: I had originally wanted to get the crimson omen on my Jeep before Gears of War 3 launched; I have the Oregon rain to thank for that not happening. I was also trying to come up with the best way to do it, I thought about having my work make a stencil for someone to custom paint it but Tom said that it would be difficult with the image I had provided.

He suggested using vinyl instead which is infinitely cheaper and if I didn’t like the way it turned out we could always take it off and try again. It ended up being perfect. That weekend I drove the Jeep to Rick and Tammy’s, they loved it.

In between the Gears launch and me getting the omen on my Jeep, Rick had bought his Jeep. He wanted to get the omen on his Jeep as well. Little did I know that he would one up me by getting Delta Squad put on in addition to the crimson omen.

F: How long did it take to make them?

B: Tammy, Chris, Tom and I all work for the same company: PVS In-Store Graphics (www.pvsinstore.com). If it weren’t for our work’s love of creative people, sweet machines, cool owners and plethora of materials it probably wouldn’t have been possible. The crimson omen on my Jeep is printed and was then cut out. Doing it this way definitely didn’t take as long and it’s easy to apply.

When Tom made the one for his dad he created the file in Illustrator. He had to cut down some of the complexity of it to cut it out of vinyl on one of our machines at work (the I-Cut); this was also fairly easy to apply. Making it look exactly how it does in the actual image would have been painstaking with vinyl and would have required Tom to layer it. For Rick’s Jeep, Tom has also made custom COG emblem floor mats and COG emblem vinyl to replace the stars that are on it currently. The crimson omen took around 45 minutes with file prep and the floor mats around an hour with file prep. I have two ideas for my Jeep and Tom is helping me make it happen. We are also trying to figure out a way to make a vinyl Vixen Gnasher for the back of Tammy’s pickup but it’s been hard finding a good image of it.

F: Do you ever get any comments on them?

B: We do. A lot of people point and stare, while others think it is cool but have no idea what it stands for. Rick has gotten Gears of War yelled at him while driving his Jeep. One of our friends at our local GameStop, Andrew, has also shown it to fellow Gears lovers and of course they liked it.

Brandy also told us that Rick is still working on his Jeep, and once he is finished he’ll be taking it to car shows in their area.

Thank you for the interview Brandy!

Available for Pre-Order: Gears of War Vehicles from Erector

Erector unleashed its Gears of War range, featuring a selection of highly detailed models of the C.O.G Armadillo APC, C.O.G Centaur Tank and C.O.G King Raven, plus a highly detailed diorama of Locust vs Delta Squad Battle set. The sets are available for pre-order at Toys-R-Us.

Robert Grey, Director – US, Erector Toys (HK) Ltd, said: “We’ve taken a step in a completely new direction with the epic gaming Gears of War to enhance play value, we’ve created two inch tall articulated figurines of the games’ favourite characters and their weapons, which are included in the construction sets.

“Our vehicles are packed with action features that will satisfy even the most avid fans.”

The C.O.G Armadillo is designed for fast transportation and features three rotating gun turrets, a trap door, six wheels and a mobile front tread. The set comes with two figurines and three weapons. Building instructions, stickers and tools are included and with more than 80 parts the model is suitable for children from 8 years old and collectors.

The authentic C.O.G Centaur Tank recreates battles between the Delta Squad and the Locusts. The Centaur is a battle and assault tank. It has a hood-mounted 360° rotating turret with a mobile cannon, four real-working large wheels and a mobile front tread.

The set comes with four figurines and four weapons: Marcus Fenix and Augustus Cole from the Delta Squad and two locust drones. Building instructions, stickers and tools are included and with more than 120 pieces the model is suitable for children from 8 years old and collectors.

The C.O.G King Raven is a transportation and assault helicopter for the C.O.G army. The helicopter features rotating propellers, two mobile doors and retractable landing gear. It is equipped with a machine gun for air attacks. The set comes with four figures (Marcus Fenix and Clayton Carmine from the Delta Squad, a Locust Drone and a Locust sniper) and six weapons. Building instructions, tools and stickers are included and the model is suitable for children from 8 years old and collectors.

Recreate a battle scene between the C.O.G Delta Squad and the Locusts, including a watchtower, tanks and crates. Then choose your side: the COG army with the Armadillo and enter the battle! Set comes with six figurines (Anya Stroud, Damon Baird, Marcus Fenix, two locusts Sniper and a locust drone) and eight weapons. Building instructions, tools and stickers are included. For children from 8 years old and collectors! The set comprises around 200 parts.

Epic Gamer Artists: Noe Leyva

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Epic Gamer Artists,” where we feature fan artists and their showcase their work. Tim from Team Epic Gamers here to introduce to you Noe L. from California.

Arukun14: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Noe Leyva ArtNoe L: I was born and raised in Southern California, on the border with Mexico, in the scorching heat of Calexico. I recently moved to San Francisco to continue my art education and hopefully land a job pertaining to what I love doing, with that being art of course.

A: What do you do? From the work I see in your page, it looks like you’re a painter.

N: Currently, I have a job in retail (need to pay the bills!) I don’t do painting professionally, but I do commissions from time to time.

A: Do you prefer working traditionally? Digitally? Both? What are your tools of the trade?

N: I like to keep a  balance between the two. I feel a strong background in traditional art helps when transitioning into digital work. I tend to do most of my traditional work in class, and my personal work is mostly digital. I use anything from pencil, ink, oil paint, and watercolor. For my digital work, I use Photoshop with my trusty Intuos 4.

A: Your entry to the Gears United contest has a very painterly feel. Really love the contrast and highlights on this. Mind if you tell us a little bit about this?

Noe Leyva ArtN: I knew there would be thousands of entries to this contest, so I wanted something that stood out in terms of contrast and color, even in thumbnail form. I used a custom brush that gave it that “brush-stroke” look.

I wanted to give our heroes the strongest colors and intensity because it helped balance their calm demeanor. I wanted to show a moment that could end up good or bad for our protagonists. The end result would be up to the viewer.

A: Are you a gamer? Do you play Gears of War?

N: I’ve been playing video games my whole life. They got me into drawing and hopefully one day I’ll be contributing in the making of them. I do play Gears of War, I will admit that I did play Gears 1 and 2 considerably more, but I did make it a point to complete the campaign in Gears 3. Noe Leyva ArtI’m definitely looking forward to Gears of War: Judgment!

A: Anything to say to your fellow Epic Gamers and aspiring artists?

N: Keep supporting Epic Games. They release consistently good games, and the industry definitely needs more of those. For the aspiring artists out there, I would encourage you to go out there (or Google it) and find things that inspire you. When I get artist’s block, I often find inspiration from nature, things around me, and other artists. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share a little bit about myself!

Thanks for the time, Noe! Hope to see more from you. You can check out more of his work at his blog or his deviantART page. And remember to visit the Epic Gamers group on deviantART for more awesome fan art in the Epic Community.