Run, run, as fast as you can, don’t get caught by the Tick-Tock man! He’ll burn your flesh and smash your head, and grind your bones beneath his tread
(Praetoria Prime – Underhive/Sump nursery rhyme)
Happy Friday folks – third post this week! Yey! I’ve made a solemn vow to clear some projects that are ‘in progress’, so as part of that, I’ve been working on finishing the Tick-Tock man this week. Just to remind you, Tick-Tock was started before I went on my holidays. He was bashed together using the free AoS model that came with the White Dwarf mag a few weeks back as the base. I then added various AdMech components (most notably the arms & flamer), plus a load of watch parts. I wanted to make it look like a clockwork automata, (largely inspired by the lifeless facemask), that has been added to and ‘improved’ over time. I really tried to emphasise that there is no biology inside the suit, (I hacked out bits of the chest and abdomen and inserted watch parts in the holes for example), and I’m particularly pleased with the ‘key’ that protrudes from his chest.
Paint-wise, I pretty much followed the suggested paint scheme for the AoS Stormcast Liberator, but substituted bronze for the usual gold. This was a deliberate move on my part – I want the origins of Tick-Tock to be a bit enigmatic… maybe the shell of a slain Liberator has been ripped out of its own time and space and ended up in the 41st Millennium, where it was salvaged and turned into the automata? Or maybe, the spirit of said Liberator is actually still trapped in there somewhere? Who knows, perhaps the resemblance is purely coincidental! Anyhow… The rest of the paint scheme involved weathering, weathering and more weathering – I wanted Tick-Tock to look old and worn out… neglected even. Finally, an application of blood and gore makes it clear that this is one piece of clockwork that you don’t want to wind up! (badum tish!)
Game-wise, I can use this guy in a number of ways. He’s equipped correctly to be used as a Kastelan in 40k – I have a half formed idea of a rogue bAdMech robot maniple, hiring itself out to the highest bidder, so that is one option… but my main plan is to use him as an NPC in Rogue Trader – either as a mission objective, or as an environmental hazard. Either way, I’m sure I’ll have fun J
Anyhow, enough chit-chat, have a butchers:
I’ve been waiting for you to finish this model and I’m not disappointed to see what you have done. It looks absolutely smashing. Great work all round.
Thanks dude, glad you like :-)
Quality work brother! I really like how you’ve repurposed this guy, and put your own spin on him. The level of detail is great, and the little key has to be my favourite touch! He makes me think of a steampunk style Mean Machine.
Oh yeah! Hadn’t though of MM – he’s definitely heavy enough in the arm department! Glad you like him dude – coming soon to a scenario near you 😉
Excellent idea, I love the model and its slight steampunk vibe and th eidea to use it as a NPC, it’d truly add a good load of mistery and fright on the table.
Thanks dude 😀
You know I’m just a little bit in love with this model right? Makes me think how cool it would have been if the official Stormcasts had shared a little of this one’s ‘ghost trapped in a clockwork giant’ effect (although that would have been rather more in keeping with the grubbiness of old Warhammer than AoS’s shiny heroics). Anyway, a damn fine model made even better by being painted. Nice one :-)
Thanks dude, I must admit, I’m pretty pleased with it 😉
This guy is very cool. Love all the detail. Did you actually use real watch bits? If you did that makes me like this guy even more!
Thanks dude, glad you like! yes, they are real watch bits – available by the bag in a few places online. I find them too fiddly to use widely, but some bits work out well… the rest end up on bases 😉
That’s fantastic. I’ve used bird from around the house and work etc but never thought of watch bits. Really cool.
Joe B. said:
Fantastic! The automa look really comes across and I like the idea of the Liberator out of time and space – fitting that your nursery rhyme reminds me of Doctor Who anyway :-) Great work on him.
Thanks mate, interesting you picked up on that! I certainly count the good Doctor in my list of influences 😊
Ann Wycoff said:
Always great to find good uses for a free model. :)
Free is my favourite price Ann 😉
Wow! Found this from joe’s blog! Just awesome work!!!
Thanks mate, glad you like ☺️
How did I miss this one until last night? Tick-Tock turned out amazingly well and looks the part of an AM (presumably) automaton. Quite the inspirational figure, and I’ll probably be drawing direct inspiration/rip off ideas from it down the line when I get to my own figures.
Go for it dude, looking forward to seeing what you create with the new AoS stuff 😎
This is awesome Alex! So happy to finally stumble upon your blog.
Wow… Migs, I am flattered! Thank you, and welcome :-)
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