More sci-fi civilians, this time grimdark representatives of a dogmatic, galaxy spanning bureaucracy. One of them has a finger like a vegetable and another is a walking dot matrix printer gimp.
My Sci-Fi Non-Combatants project has been growing in a pleasing fashion for the last six months or so, primarily via the Construction Crew and the Protesters. The project has leaned a little towards a pulpy, bright Mega City One sort of look. Thats perfectly fine for my purposes, desirable in fact, but all the same I felt an urge to add some civilians more obviously connected with the 41st millenium.
Although rarely seen on the gaming table, the Adeptus Administratum is one the largest of Imperial institutions, the pen pushers that keep the Imperium staggering forward (or staggering backward less slowly maybe).
In a galaxy that regards a right hand that doesnt know what the left hand is doing as virtuous, these guys are petty, blinkered bureaucrats on a par with the Vogons.
There havent been many Administratum miniatures made throughout the years. Other than some of the scribe/sage figures from the early 2000s Witch Hunter and Daemon Hunter ranges, arguably the only one was the “Official” in the Adventurers range (top row, number three in the image above).
I tracked that model down recently and was very happy to add him to this project. I added the Administratum symbol as seen in Rogue Trader to the shoulder pad (it looks a little less dodgy actual size).
I figure that the Official is some sort of Ordinate: a middle management sort that I imagine is a little higher up the bureaucratic hierarchy than the robed, more monk like Administratum types.
The illustration above defines the look of the Administratum as far as I am concerned. For years I was disappointed that a character type that prevalent in the background stories in the 40k setting was not represented in miniature.
It was therefore bittersweet to find out on Eldritch Epistles back in 2013 that a model associated with that illustration had in fact been made and even cast back in the eighties (Hooray!) but that I would likely never get one as it was unreleased (Boo!).
Like many of the miniatures from that era, the sculpting style is a little more quaint than generally seen these days, so perfectly suited to my aging hipster toy soldier tastes. The newly christened “Lord Revelation” here has an immense left arm and a finger like a zuccini. While that might make him popular with Lady Revelation, it is a little goofy.
Note however that on some level the Lords asymmetry appeals to my retro-chic/nostalgic old bastard tastes. Cognitive dissonance FTW!
The remaining three Administratum figures are from the early 2000s Daemon Hunter/Witch Hunter Citadel ranges. Like the Adventurers range shown earlier, the the Daemon/Witch Hunter range is a contender for my very favourite miniature range ever, but for strangely opposite reasons to the Adventurers.
The Rogue Trader Adventurers represent a gigantic, loosely defined universe, where each one of the models suggests its own history and stories. I like that, it appeals a lot to the part of me that enjoyed playing with Star Wars figures and Lego when I was a kid. The looseness is a boon.
The Witch/Daemon Hunters ranges illustrate a more strictly defined Imperium, where each element of their uniforms and accoutrements has been considered and refined over years so that they fit perfectly into the modern 40k setting. While in some ways limiting some of the expression as a result, this defined approach also appeals to me, in the same way that a genre defining film like Bladerunner or Mad Max: Fury Road can drop you into a believable world with minimal exposition. Thats these guys, telling the viewer ample about the setting at a glance.
Look at this guy. He tells the viewer a whole lot very quickly.
Thats the end of these for now. I have come up with ideas for a few more models to add here though, so I might get back to them.