Happy Wednesday folks, sorry it has been a while since I last posted – it has been a hectic couple of weeks! The big news is that I finally finished my Rogue Trader conversion, so yey! He’s based on the LE10 Power Armoured Trooper, and was one of the most complicated and detailed conversions I have attempted… more on that here & here. From a painting perspective, I was really inspired by the Inquisitor pictured in the Book of the Astronomican, and I tried to capture some of that vibe. My chap got white undercoat, and then the bulk of his power armour was coloured with yellow and brown inks, before I went to town on the freehand… I was right at my painting limits at this point! Then it was time to pick out the ridiculous amount pipes, cables, equipment and souvenirs that are festooned around his armour. The helmet face plate was glossed black, and after a few iterations I settled on a flaming red for his crest. A final round of tweaking and weathering was applied to bring him to this point:
And here’s the fluff:
At 42 years old, (standard Terran), Arturo Lamina is relatively callow for a Rogue Trader. He grew up on Feston III, a second cousin within the privileged Familia di Lamina – the hereditary ruling family within the sector. Traditionally, members of the Familia work their way through numerous positions within the administrative and military hierarchies of the sector, developing their political, martial and leadership skills as they progress… Arturo showed little inclination for such a life.
Wayward and rebellious as a youth, he was seconded into many roles within the administration, but his wilful disregard for tradition and propriety led to several embarrassing incidents. Eventually, he was posted as an officer within the PDF in the hope that this would ‘straighten him out’, but this plan backfired. Instead, Arturo used his rank and system-wide access to facilitate a profitable archeotech smuggling and drug running enterprise. This endeavour eventually came to the notice of the authorities, and the Familia were forced to intervene in order to prevent a scandal. By rights, Arturo should have been tried and sentenced to life a penal colony, but the Familia were able to use their influence and wealth to avoid a trial. They managed to secure Arturo a Rogue Trader Warrant, (through exorbitant bribery, blackmail and politicking), thus exploiting a legal loophole which allowed him to depart Feston III with his liberty. Of course, an abuses of power of this magnitude is impossible to completely hide, and such nepotism is fuel to the fires of opposition on Feston III, so the Famila had no choice but to excommunicate Arturo. He was gifted a small interstellar craft, along with some traditional weapons and heirlooms, and was duly ejected from the Familia to begin his new life – a situation which suits his wild and reckless temperament very well.
We join Arturo at the start of this journey, as he drafts forces to his service and begins to explore his new, (and greatly expanded), boundaries. There are many pitfalls to negotiate as he struggles to adapt to his new calling, for the path to success as a Rogue Trader is perilous indeed…
So, there we have it! I hope you like how he turned out – I’m pretty chuffed with him from a technical perspective, and I’m glad to get him finished… and not a moment too soon! He’s going into his first action this evening, against Inquisitor Emeric & Co… wish me luck!
Very cool, just the right balance of gaudy and grubby for a rouge trader. The armour reminds me of both space marine armour and thallax armour, which really ties it into 40k but avoids the problem of him ending up looking like a blinged-out space marine.
Thanks man – the base model choice was a tough one to make so I’m glad it’s worked out so well! ☺️
I love th emodel and I love teh background, just the kind of bastard you can build epic stories on !
☺️ and I intend to do just that JB – thanks for the kind words
This came together at the painting stage much better than I expected to be honest. It looks the business, heavy and covered in mysterious iconography, very Rogue Trader in atmosphere.
Hi Paul, thanks for your honesty – you and me both mate… Tbh, I wasn’t sure throughout the painting process either! Glad you like the finished article though, I do too, and I’m really glad I stuck with my vision.
Iron Commander said:
Brilliant work, it’s great to see this guy painted. The severed heads are the icing on the cake for me, very cool. Glad to see 8-Ball as well, good stuff!
😎 Thanks man, everyone knows that severed heads are cool, right? I imagine that they belonged to a couple of mooks who tried to pull a fast one on Arturo… there’s a mistake that they won’t be repeating!
Iron Commander said:
Haha, too right! A lesson to the others! Great stuff, brimming with character :D
Looking great brother, can’t wait to do battle later! Inquisitor Emeric wants to have a few words about proper conduct when representing the Imperium…
Thanks Brother, glad you like, and sorry for the late reply and for kicking Emeric’s butt the other night… trust an Inquisitor to bring a knife to a plasma fight… 😉
Really nice work!
Thanks dude, glad you like 😊
Outstanding work. The details are what do it for me (aside from the cool old sculpt and effective conversion). The grubby yellow armour, the freehanded eagles, scrolls and heraldry as well as the proportionate checkerboard patterning really makes it for me, and adds a strong RT flavour to the model. A fantastic and unique model. I also like the fact that you’ve paired 8-Ball with him as an offsider. Perfect!
Thanks for the kind words dude, high praise indeed! I must admit – the checkerboard was a pain in the backside! I’m glad that the effort was worth it though, even if it did stretch my sanity!
War on the Tabletop said:
Ok I know I’m way late in saying this, but this model has been a huge inspiration for me over the past few years – pretty much immediately after reading this I went out and bought two copies of LE10, chopped their legs off and tried (and failed) to get a similar look. This is a great ‘modernization’ of a classic mini.
Wow, thanks mate! Arturo is one of my faves too, so it’s lovely to hear you say that. Keep trying with those legs mate – I used a bit of wire to roughly pin the legs, but I deliberately left big gaps so I could make good with greenstuff. If at first you don’t succeed… ;-)