Wow, it has been ages since I last posted anything – and with good reason I’m afraid, because I haven’t had anything good to show! My studies continue to dominate my life outside of work at the moment, but I did find time to do some building over Christmas… happily, I have just finished painting the first 5 models of my current project. Here they are:
So, what we have here is the result of a lot of thinking, and no small measure of ingenuity on my part. They are unarmed, general purpose servitors for the 40k/RT universe – part of my long running goal to populate my imaginary world with non-combatant figures. Logically, there should be unarmed servitors all over the Imperium in 40k, kind of a Borg backdrop to the main action. I always really liked the idea of the Borg in Star Trek, kind of undead in SPAAACE! I love how they just ignore the away team when they first beam on to a cube, but then mob them when they start presenting a threat – that would be a really cool mechanic in-game.
I’m determined to push myself as a painter this year, and I made sure I was doing so when painting these, (hence they took so damn long!). I experimented with how I do black and took a very different approach to the flesh tones, and I’m quite pleased with both. Also note the dead white eyes… I’m really pleased with how they turned out :-) Overall, I’m happy, though I may revisit them & add some light weathering in the future, just to tie them in a bit more with their role.
Anyway, here they are again with my old Agentia Scrutator team, (Salvage Agents), just doing servitor shiz:
But… ‘Hey you, where the Jeffing-hell is this ingenuity of which you boasted earlier in this post?!?’ I hear you ask. Well, thing is, these are more than simple servitors… Regular readers of this blog will know that I really do like a bit of reusability in my projects – like my techno-barbarians that also work as a fantasy Frostgrave warband for example. Time is precious y’awl, so if I can get a number of functions out of each mini then so much the better… I think I may have kicked the arse out of it this time though, because this:
Yup, that’s right peeps, my servitors are designed to double up as Blood Bowl players – specifically, they are proxies for Zombie linemen from the undead team roster – servitors are practically zombies, so it kinda works I reckon! I also built & undercoated the rest of the undead player types needed for a team over the holidays – but again, they are all intended to also work as servitors in their own right. I don’t mind showing you the WIPS for the rest of the team now that the cat is out of the bag.
First up, we have the Ghouls, (scavenger class servitors):
Next we have the Wight blitzers, (security class servitors):
Finally some Mummy blockers, (heavy duty servitors):
And the whole team – provisionally called the ‘Clockwork Oranges’ (fluff pending):
Well, there we have it – this project has been bit slower than usual, but hopefully worth the wait. I’ll be getting the rest of the team painted up slowly over the next several weeks before moving on to something new and rather exciting… More on that in the future, but meanwhile, you know the score folks – thoughts, comments, questions & feedback are always welcome :-)
Peace out dudes!
You desire to turn fantasy games into sci-fi ones is consistent, Ill give you that.
Clever but weird Blood Bowl perversions aside, I really absolutely love these. Servitors are the general purpose meat robots of the Imperium and we really should see lots of them around the place. These are really gorgeous examples too, well done.
To date I have only ever painted two servitors, but the Borg influence was high, as I want to be able to slot them in as Borg if I ever manage to get some Star Trek gaming in.
Great work Alex!
Haha – cheers mate, glad you like ’em
– I totally agree, they should be ubiquitous, (lugging ammo crates, carrying equipment, doing mainenance tasks, etc.) I really like your take on it with the two you did – I would’ve gone more black if it wasn’t for this damn weird Blood Bowl perversion! ;-)
Brilliant mate – very clever. Absolutely agree that we should see more servitors (and servitor manned equipment) in 40k – they’re ubiquitous in the background (read a Black Library novel and you’d think that most space marines don’t actually know how to fight without slaughtering a bunch of servitors by way of a warm-up) and yet on the table they’re next to non-existent.
I remember years ago, long before Codex Skitarii was even a twinkle in a developer’s eye, that one of the GW old-hands (Jervis Johnson maybe??) said that if he was to work on Ad Mech he’d go to the Vampire Counts as a starting point for inspiration. Goes to show that even GW aren’t immune to regarding servitors as space zombies.
Excellent work on the painting as well (are those pupils in some of the eyes? Maniac!)
Hope the studying is going well!
I know, right? Maybe GW should do a generic servitor kit… I reckon that would sell well… converters would love it!
Thanks for the kind words mate, and yeah, studying is going well – not long to go before graduation!! Roll on May :-)
I’ve been considering a band of RT thugs to be used as an underhive BB team !
They look ace, due to both modelling and painting.
:-) Cheers JB, and yeah – do it! There should totally be Blood Bowl in the grim darkness of the far future…
GENIUS! I love the colour scheme and the whole concept. How do you make the little claws? Or are they from a particular kit? The dead eyes have been very well executed. The mummy blockers look very cool and I think will be my favourites. Great “provisional” name too man.
:-) Cheers mate, much appreciated. Which claws are you talking about? The clawed hands are from Rust Stalkers, while the little ‘nipper-hands’ are from the big tracked dudes… basically it’s all the AdMech kits plus odds & ends ;-)
Very ingenious creations Leady! I’m not a BB fan, but I can dig awesome conversions no matter what :)
I, as others have already stated< think it's cool to have servitors as slave labour on the tabletop too. More of them I say!
Cheers mate :)
Cheers dude – I’m not sure I’m a BB fan either tbh, I’ve only played a couple of times and found it really annoying! Still, got to have a team, right? ;-) And yeah, always good to have peeps to carry stuff on the battle field :-)
You clever git you! Love the BB team lineup but I’d run Necro instead as they’re the best deadman team :)
;-) Cheers matey – I’ll take your word for it!
Undead is so conventional and slow while necro has faster and more versatile positionals
Conventional & slow?? That pretty much sums me up mate! :-D
Very cool, very clever! JB and I were talking about doing a Speedball / Necromunda-bowl type thing last year, and you’ve just gone and done it brilliantly already!
I know you said “AM bits” for the little guys – any chance of a full parts breakdown? I’m not familiar enough with the kits to ID stuff :)
Thanks Jon, glad you like ’em mate, and I’d be up for a game of that!
So, the linemen are Skitarii bodies (with the longcoats trimmed short), heads are mostly from the Kataphron set, and the arms are a mixture of Skitarii, Kataphron & Sicarian bits. The most fiddly bits were the legs believe it or not – loads of flat areas where the coats were supposed to be. Other than that it was pretty straight forward :-)
You’re like: I got nothing to show.
And then – BAM! So cool droids. Awesome. And clever blood bowl team too.
;-) Thanks mate, it has been slow going by my usual standards, but still ticking along… Glad you like ’em dude
Excellent work on these. They really look the part as servitors, and the Blood Bowl Team angle is a great surprise dual-use!
Thanks Az, it’s certainly a bonus ;-)
Excellent. 40k does need to have a crowd of servitors in the background of every scene, with some regular humans mixed in… when the shooting starts the servitors keep working while the norms panic and try to run.
Exactly as I see it mate… GW should really do a menial servitor kit imo, it’d be solid gold for the kit bashers!
Haha, this is so genius! Not only the fact of having servitors -which is a win by itself. But the dual use of your stuff! So cool!
Lol – cheers dude, I’m off to tell my wife that I’m officially a genius! ;-)
Borgbowl! Great stuff. Immediately recognisable as Borg. Good luck with the studies too ;)
Haha – Borg Bowl!! Love it mate & thank you :-)
Great work Alex! From the lovely bright oranges to the multi-use idea, these are really lovely. The bright orange combined with robotics always reminds me of Neill Blomkamps stuff, Chappie being a prime example (http://brainblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/Chappie-Poster.jpg).
Thanks Mikko, glad you like ’em mate. I do seem to be developing a thing for orange, don’t I? I’m certainly happy with any accidental similarity to Blomkamp’s work :-)
Joe B. said:
Great work on them Alex. The re-use of them for blood bowl is genius and I like the different creations you plan to use for the team.
Cheers Joe – time frugality is my mantra :-) I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the other positional players turn out as good!
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Great looking servitors and the Blood Bowl team is inspired!
There is one very simple rule in life, you can’t have enough orange….. specifically that 1970s shade that was on everything from lampshades, curtains and cars and has now reached it’s apogee on creepy robo-men!
Haha – thanks mate, I hadn’t thought about that, they do look s bit 70’s now you mention it… Hey, retro is cool, right? ;-)