Though of course the Adeptus Mechanicus does run the monopoly of technology around the Imperium, there is a number of menial works that don't usually draw the attention of a tech priest, nor even a novice. The crews of ships need to have some most basic skills, as not every spaceship in the galaxy can afford to have a Mechanicus Adept on board.
Such certified mechanics thrive all over the galaxy, specially on remote worlds, where the grasp of the Omnissiah is not that firm. Though they can barely do anything more complex than refuelling small vehicles or basic nut-screwing, they are essential for the survival of civilization, as they can patch ships up or make elemental repairings on infraestructure, until a more qualified hand can arrive to take over the situation.
|More qualified? I'm the boss here!|
In places like the Eastern Fringe, pilots and captains, as well as local dwellers, tend to address these rogue professionals, as they are way more approachable than the Adepts of Mars, or even sometimes they are the only option available in the middle of nowhere. It is said that some of them have amassed knowledge enough through the years to enable them to make more complex works that not always the Adeptus Mechanicus would gladly approve. They might agree to improve your ship... for a price.
|Whatever, but I want my ship fixed, I'm in a hurry|
They all need to be authorised by the Adeptus Mechanicus to perform their duties, and are usually monitorised by an Adept when available.
|However, they can handle minor repairings on their own|
|Not authorised to screw smaller nuts|
I didn't see the point of painting these red or pretend them to be Mechanicus-like or whatever, as I did with these other fellas. They had a totally different vibe, so I painted them in earthy colours:
|Come on, people, the client is waiting!|
|This pic would make much more sense if they were looking at a ship or something|
|O, fine noblemen, would you assist this errant knight?|
These Astropolis minis are a real treat, so expect the rest of them during the next weeks!