Monday, May 25, 2015

Salvage Robot Team

For the Rogue Trader scenario I'm working on, I needed four non-combat robots.


These models are very old Gamma World miniatures by Grenadier. They appealed to me because they are from the same era as my other models and fit in very well stylistically. They were essentially identical with separate left arms. I set about converting a few to add variety and create a narrative. The tracked robot has a servo-claw from a tech-priest model... no idea what the track bit was from! The command robot has a comm pack from the Imperial Guard Cadian sprue.

In my scenario, these robots are tasked with the recovery of valuable (?) cargo that may have survived the crash of an Aquila Lander fleeing from an Imperial patrol in orbit. Conditions on the planet play hell with comms so I'm going to limit the ability of the robot tech to change their orders - he must be within 12". However, he may relay orders an additional 12" from the command robot (the spiffy yellow guy), increasing the possible range up to 24". If anything happens to Hart, Marko Steelknife may broadcast a recall command that will order the robots to return to Natasha's Luck, but that is the only command he can issue.


Point Values were calculated using the rules on page 58 of the Rogue Trader rule book. As non-combat robots, they are not armed with range weapons but may be ordered to charge (if Tech Hart is in range) and they will automatically defend themselves in close combat if attacked. The Fusion Torches equipped on the red robots are treated (and priced) as Power Swords.

I'm full steam ahead on this project and the next few weeks will be mostly dedicated to the models I need to complete this scenario!

10 comments:

  1. Great retro feel. Reminds me of the old 'Lost in space'. What did you use for the character sheets?

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    1. Thanks! I made the character sheets in CorelDraw...

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  2. Outstanding presentation of the character sheet's! I'd love to know how you did it too?

    Well done :)

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    1. CorelDraw, but I'm sure they could be made in a dozen different programs. I imported a page from the original army lists and used it as a template to create the frame and text boxes. After that I edited the photos of the models in Photoshop to remove the background and make them floating images. Then I imported them to CorelDraw and dropped them in place.

      Im a professional illustrator and graphic designer, but anyone should be able to achieve similar results with the right program and a bit of patience!

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  3. Those are nice! Are they still in production anywhere?

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    1. I have no idea. I've seen them on eBay, but I've had these models since the 80's... Holy crap, do I feel old!

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  4. Great choice of minis - great paint job (such perfect primary colours!) - and great rules. You've got a hat trick.
    They remind me of the Paranoia Robots (but probably were not as hideously expensive on eBay). In any case, I always really enjoy your posts.

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  5. Love the figures and really love the character sheet. I'll have to appropriate your idea.

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