Hi all, I have a little bit of daftness for you today – a small experiment if you will. I have been unlucky enough to be a bit ill this week, but it was the best kind of illness – the kind that keeps you off work but doesn’t stop you painting! I decided to experiment with a few minis that are not 40k/RT, or even sci-fi, and attempt to make them usable as RT civvies. Firstly, I quickly converted and painted up these two characters – anchor woman ‘Rhonda Burgundy’ and her trusty cameraman, bringing you all the latest news and traffic from the hive cities of Spero Secundus. Rhonda really likes to stand out from the crowd with her outrageous outfits, and is a big hit on the upper-Spire vid feeds – channel 80. Some die-hard brat-fans have adopted her style, and refer to it as ‘80’s fashion’ after the channel. The minis are from Moonraker’s ‘suits and street people’ range – they got a bit of light 40k-ification to help them to fit the setting a little better, and then a quick brush-job to get them on the table. It’s all very tongue-in-cheek and a bit of fun :-)
Next up we have Dr. ‘Hraxi Jonas’ (centre), the famous xeno-archaeologist and galactic adventurer. A little known fact about Jonas is his hatred of a nut based delicacy on his homeworld of Hrax, called ‘Nutzi’… Hraxi Jonas is accompanied by his trusted assistants ‘Knuckles’ (left), and Samwise Short-Round (right). Knuckles isn’t the sharpest hyper-scalpel in the box, but he’s loyal, and as strong as a Mukaali, (which comes in handy if ‘The Doc’ needs some heads banged together). Short-Round is a sneaky little bugger, adept at getting into places where he shouldn’t be – usually with a view to relieving people of their property. Short-Round is also bizarrely obsessed when it comes to academic achievement and status… He insists that strangers address the Doctor by his professional title, and has been known to punch them in the unmentionables if they don’t!
Hraxi Jonas is the Archaeologist from the old Talisman Timescape range – he’s a stunning piece, and one that I didn’t want to mess with at all… why would you, right? Short-Round is fantasy Halfling ‘Willy’ from WD 96 (£2.50 for 7!!!)… Short-Round got a mild bit of conversion, but nothing heavy. Knuckles is another mini from Moonraker’s ‘suits and street people’ range, no conversion work here, just a quick and easy paint job.
So there we go, a little dip into the slightly daft. One last picture of Rhonda interviewing Hraxi Jonas:
Rhonda: “So, ‘Hraxi Jonas’, what can you tell channel 80 News about the alien artifact that you’ve discovered?”
Short-Round: “You call him Doctor Jonas, lady!”
Hraxi Jonas: (mutters) “Nutzies… I hate Nutzies…”
Great set of models here. Bringing those old model up to modern-retro is a great idea, and done well. I especially like the cameraman!
Thanks mate, just a bit of fun tbh… I did enjoy the old Citadel minis though, tons of detail on the halfling, and Indy’s face is fantastic… incredible given their age really! If only they could do hands back in the old days… ;-)
Just paint them as gloves to help “hide” the oversized nature of them. Slightly. Indy wore gloves sometimes, after all… ;)
Great models, they’re absolutely nice to add some fun in a skirmish game. Colin from the Leadpile and Paul from Sho3box used the very same camearman and anchorwoman in a game and it was excellent to see here get on the way of the players by asking question all the time !
Ah, so I’m in good company! That’s a good idea on how to use them, I am sure Rhonda will manage to be a huge pain in the ass 😉
Another great selection of models Alex, well done. Your output is irritatingly frequent ;)
There is at least one sub-plot in the charts in the back of the RT book that mentions camera crew. Im fairly certain that Colin got the idea from that. The photos of that game back in 2014 are here if you want a look :)
Thanks mate – I’m happy to be irritating in this regard ;-) Lovely read & pics from 2014 dude, very inspiring, makes me even more determined to make it next year!
Ha! I like it (it’s full of puns – how could I not!). The subtle 40k-ifying works really well (the Halfling especially is spot on).
Hadn’t come across Moonraker before either –some of their stuff looks cracking. I think an order might be heading their way shortly…
😊 Thanks mate, I had good fun writing it. You’re spot in about Moonraker, they have some beauties!
Hahah great stuff Mate. I like the denim wash on the camera mans jeans. I want to know more about Jonas too!
Thanks mate, the jeans were easy – Draken-whatsit wash over white 😊
My brother in-laws name is Jonas haha
Is he a famous xeno-archaeolgist?
Haha could be. He certainly has many talents