I'm sure all of you fellow bloggers will be thinking of the same thing when you read the title. But don't fear, I'm not here to rant about those ******* bots that write those annoying messages or those that forced you to put measures on the comments on your blogs.
No, today I'll talk about decent bots. Rogue Trader robots, in fact (monocle on).
|I mean this|
|The only bots worth of our time|
I'm working on another project (will show soon!), but wanted something simple to paint, something I could start & finish in a few days in the meanwhile. I had these beautiful robots and felt like spilling some paint on them.
|Not looking impressive yet|
They are a Cataphract and a Colossus. You can see I had some bits missing and had extra right arms instead, so I had to provide a couple of arrangements to make this work. The Colossus is usually seen with a huge hammer on its left arm, but I didn't have any, so I used this Thunder Hammer from a modern Terminator. Here you can see the bare conversions:
|Not the same, but will do |
|Dreadnoughts' little cousin|
I thought of cutting and repositioning some arms, bending the elbows or something like that, but cutting just the first arm for the hammer was enough for me, so I went for the unmodified poses.
I know that nowadays everybody uses subdued palettes and desaturated colours, with tons of oils, pigments and so, showing all the minis like really battered and with heavy weathering. But really, what's the point of having Rogue Trader minis and doing that? I had a clear vision in my mind.
|Oldscholars fear not colour|
OK, I'l let you a few moments to breathe.
You good? Let's keep on. I'm boldly going where no one has gone in the last twenty years. Some washes and highlights later, they looked a little bit better:
|The hammer looks more convincing now, I hope|
|I've been always fascinated by the fact of these monsters bearing a mere bolter|
Now that I had started my path, it all was a matter of adding details. I painted checkers here and there and made the riskiest decision of this project, which was painting fierce faces on the lascannons. Many dioptres later I got some cheesy, stupid faces. Not what I aimed for, but at table distance you won't see the difference, trust me (I hope so!!)
|Damn, that area is small|
|Kind of Super Mario Banzai Bill vibe|
Well, little else. I thought I could use some Adeptus Mechanicus decals, and I made some extensive use of them! This is the final result:
|The author cannot take responsibility for any viewer's epilepsy condition|
|Decals, decals everywhere|
|Oh, no decals! Quick, keep turning!|
|Oh, there you are again|
A final size comparison shot:
|How come that guy looks so grey?|
I don't know how I'll use them, but the first thing that comes to mind is the retinue for a Rogue Trader. I'll give a thought to that.
In the meantime, praise the Omnissiah!