Tuesday, 8 May 2018

D.A.P.P.L.E. (Wasteland Walkers Pt. 3)

Hi all! We are back to the wasteland walkers project today.
Once  I had Don Quirixote of Manchae Prime finished, I begun to think of his faithful companion, good, old, level-headed Sancho Panzer. Though my first thoughts were oriented towards a tiny Warmachine Jack, I had a (hopefully) better idea. I had this Kinder Surprise egg (you know, those toys inside a chocolate egg; I still cannot understand why they are forbidden on the US). Anyway, I then used not one, but two Warmachines, so I got this chubby quadruped:

Is it comical enough?
This is how it looks like next to RhoCII:

Suitably scaled
So it seemed to be a proper starting point. It was then just a matter of greenstuf fand bits!

Instead of a saddle, I opted for a full seat, to make it look even more different from RhoCII. However, I was fond of the head concept I used for the other mount, so I somehow stuck to it. Once again it's a serum vial top.

Totally un-epic
I enjoyed adding silly details, such as a headrest. It's a nail; I cut two tiny pieces and then added the headrest itself using greenstuff. The rest of the nail was used as an antenna on the head of the mount:

Don't know why, but it has some kind of Akira Toriyama vube to me
Time to pay some attention to Sancho Panzer himself! I couldn't resist the idea of a rogue Squat engineer, an outcast from his people, wandering through the galaxy until he found someone who could offer him the taste of adventure and the promise of a proper reward. I used a plastic WHFB Dwarf:

Sancho Panzer the man! Errr, the Squat!
In the end this was more or less the result:


I enjoyed thoroughly adding all kind of wires and bits. The tow was something that came to mind when delving into the bits box. I imagined the whole thing as a civilian utility machine, just the kind of vehicle a regular guy would have in a backwater world to help him with his regular duties. So this is how I envisioned the Dynamic Appliance for Plural Purposes and Leverage Endeavours (D.A.P.P.L.E.)

Yeah, I know, I know. If you can come with a better name be my guest! :D
The name of course gave me the hint for the colour... somehow.

No, seriously, how do you paint 'dapple' colour?
It's the &%$#ing same mini, just different light. Sigh
You can see where I am going with this. Here you have the final result:


"He cannot gallop in the air: but on the Emperor's highway, he shall pace ye with the best ambler that ever went on four legs".

About Sancho Panzer himself, being "a peaceful man, a harmless quiet fellow", he left his old, boring life out of the thirst of adventure Don Quirixote offered him, as well as the promise of endless rewards, the rule of a space fortress maybe, for "then the squire might promise himself to be made governor of the place". His loyalty beyond any measure might not always be rewarded as expected, but he simply cannot understand life in any other way. "A child may persuade Don Quirixote it is night at noonday, and he is so simple, that I cannot help loving him with all my heart and soul, and cannot leave him in spite of all his follies". Now, both lord and squire wander through the galaxy in search of adventure to live, injustice to be undone and immortal fame.

Here we have the happy couple:

Let us seek for adventure... in spaaaace!
 ...

"What Gargants?" said Sancho Panzer.
"Those thou seest there," answered his master, "with the long arms, chainswords and guns, and some have them nearly two leagues long."
"Look, your worship," said Sancho; "what we see there are not Gargants but moisture vaporators, and what seem to be their arms are the sails that turned by the wind make the engine go."
"It is easy to see," replied Don Quirixote, "that thou art not used to this business of adventures; those are Ork Gargants; and if thou art afraid, away with thee out of this and betake thyself to prayer while I engage them in fierce and unequal combat."
So saying, he gave the spur to his steed RhoCII, heedless of the cries his squire Sancho sent after him, warning him that most certainly they were moisture vaporators and not Ork Gargants he was going to attack. He, however, was so positive they were Gargants that he neither heard the cries of Sancho, nor perceived, near as he was, what they were, but made at them shouting, "Fly not, cowards and vile beings, for a single knight attacks you."

'Those are moisture vaporatooooors!' (should photoshop the room out and place a dark sky there!)
 This will be all. For today at least! The perspective of building a whole Quixote ambientation in a Rogue Trader-like setting is really (really!) tempting, but it totally scares me! :D
Let me make some progress on other projects and might come back to this. Or I may organise a contest so you build silly stuff, instead of me, haha! :D

Now, please pay a visit to the amazing Alien Wars project on Death of a Rubricist. I hope these two fit in the whole plot, as a couple of desperado rogue adventurers seeking nothing else than justice to be served, damsels to rescue and good deeds to be done, against whoever dares to cross their path with Don Quirixote of Manchae Prime and Sancho Panzer! [epic background music]

PS: And of course go read the Quixote in case you haven't!!

36 comments:

  1. Brilliant! So much fun!

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    1. Thanks! It all started as a silly idea and I tried to keep that vibe in mind :D

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    1. Thank you! Not at all, I'm just learning! :D

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  3. Absolutely incredible! The theme and story-telling is fantastic, and the modelling is top notch. All the little greebling has made for a very believable miniature. I love his padded seat too!

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    1. Thank you! You can see it's all a silly, fun idea, not to be taken too seriously; that's why it works, I think :D

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  4. That is absolutely brilliant!!!!!

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    1. Thank you! But it's nothing else than a lot of bits and bobs glued together!

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  5. Oh man, so good! Your way with bits and greenstuff is something else!

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    1. Thank you! The good thing with RT style is that you can glue a lot of rubbish to a piece, wire it... and it will work! It wouldn't be so easy with oher ambientations, but in Warhammer, the dirtier and sillier, the better :D

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  6. Is the sweet maiden Dhulcineah, from craftworld Tyobos (although some say she's a Dark Eldar), on your sights?

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    1. Oh, man! Look what you have done! Now I DO HAVE to look for such a mini...

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  7. Dude, this is just amazing - I love these walkers so much!!

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    1. Thanks! They've been terribly fun to build, each one in a different style. I'm trying to resst the temptation to build more! :D

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    1. Thanks! I have to design scenarios for them, haha!

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  9. Wow!! That is the best use of a Kinder Egg that I have ever seen!! Amazing stuff mate!!!

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    1. Haha, thanks! Now I have more excuses to pamper the little Suberling :D
      (No, darling, I'm buying all these just for the kid, that's right, yeah...)

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  10. Ha ha – fantastic homage that fits in beautifully with the setting. Cheers for getting involved – particularly with material of this high quality. Love the little touches, and the broad strokes (of having Panzer be a squat, for example) are well-fitting to both the 40k and real world inspiration.

    If you fancy writing a guest post, let me know – I'd be very pleased to share your stuff :)

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    1. Oh, please, I'd love to! I'm enjoying thoroughly the stuff you are doing on the Alien Wars event!

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  11. Wonderful. What a perfect focus on something absurdly narrow and of questionable utility.

    Exactly what the miniature hobby needs more of! He's a perfect companion.

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    1. Haha! That's the key to it, isn't it? :D

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  12. Really fantastic Suber. Your a bloody genius with the GS man, really awesome build.

    Well done :)

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    1. Thanks! But you can see, in a Warhammer 40,000 setting, particularly a RT one, the weirder stuff always works better!

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  13. Another cracking custom build mate. Paintjob is top notch love the pilot!

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    1. Thank you very much! I did enjoy the whole process a lot, now the challenge is to resist and not to build the whole Rogue Trader Quixote Edition! :D

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  14. oh joder, que guapada! me encanta!! :D

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    1. ¡Jaja, gracias! Es una ida de pinza muy seria...

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  15. You are a genius, Suber. Seriously, I am in awe of your conversion skills. But best of all is to use them to recreate the two best characters in Western literature.

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    1. Thank you very much, I feel humbled by your kind words. It is part of the Rogue Trader spirit to bring icons from popular culture to the setting, and I felt this was an unique opportunity to translate such underrepresented characters into sci-fi. I'm so glad you like them!
      Now I'm trying not to think of Don Quirixote charging against a flock of squigs -or groxes!-, the Penal Legion with Gines de Pasamonte, another walker for Bachelor Samson Carrasco, an old Necron artifact by the name of Clavileno, Battlestar Barataria... Oh, the possibilities are endless!!

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  16. Suber ... the end result looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!! In terms of creativity I would rate your conversion an 11 out of 10. Superb painting too.

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    1. Haha, thank you! It simply grew as I was adding stuff to the main piece. It's quite a chaotic way... ehhrm... I mean an organic way to develop it, but it's tremendously rewarding. Glad you like it!

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  17. One word .... Eccellente :):):)

    Keep it up
    Z

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    1. Hahaha, thank you very much! It means a lot coming from a true master of scratchbuilding like yourself!!

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  18. I've always admired scratch build models and this is an excellent example of how good one can turn out. A marvelous idea and so well executed.

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    1. Thank you! I really didn't know how was it going to look in the end, I simply let it happen as I went on. It's kind of therapeutical! :D

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