A black operation or black op is a covert operation typically involving activities that are highly clandestine and often outside of standard military protocol or even against the law.
Black ops missions often fit into the plausible deniability category, in which there is no claim of responsibility for the action, and/or a false flag operation is used to give the appearance that another actor was responsible, or – most often – black operations involve extensive arrangements so as to be able to hide the fact that the black operation ever occurred. Black military operations, or paramilitary operations, can be used by various secret services to achieve or attempt to achieve an unusually sensitive goal. [source: wiki]
The methods used in black operations are also used in unconventional warfare. Black operations may include such things as assassination, sabotage, extortion, spying on allied countries or one's own citizens, kidnapping, supporting resistance movements, torture, use of fraud to obtain funds, use of child soldiers, human experimentation, trafficking in contraband items, and false flag operations, among others.
This kitbash Black Ops operator is possible thanks to a good friend and 1/6 collector Tang who offered to repaint one of the masks from the Loading Toys Hot Masks set (pictures of the original masks HERE and HERE) for me. The original mask didn't look this good :) Now it just looks so bada$$! Once again, a BIG Thank You to Tang is in order
This is just a pretty straightforward kitbash of a man in black, more specifically a Special Forces operator about to engage in some black ops activity. Nothing elaborate, mainly wanted to show off the mask that Tang painted ;p
And here are some close-up views of the repainted mask from the Loading Toys Hot Masks set (pictures of the original masks HERE and HERE). This mask certainly deserves a second look up close.
Some close-up pictures of the Kitbash 1/6 scale Black Ops Operator 12-inch Figure with repainted mask from the Loading Toys Hot Masks set.
The background picture is actually taken from the inside front cover flap of the box packaging for Loading Toys 22 SAS Regiment Tactical Clothing set (reviewed earlier HERE). Quite a number of 1/6 scale manufacturers are now adding background scenes to their box packaging so that 12-inch figure collectors can use them to create their own dioramas. Another company to do that recently was DAM Toys. More on that later.