Some half life battle fodder and a little doofer grot.
When playing Gorkamorka a couple of years ago, I noted that it would be convenient and kinda funny to have a dedicated model to represent “Da Captive” that crops up in a few of the scenarios. After the days gaming was done, while we sat in the man-cave having a couple of drinks and shooting-the-shit, I dug around and found an old Heroclix “Beast” miniature that had a scampering, tail-between-its-legs look that seemed fit for the purpose.
The model was missing its left foot as it had been used to convert this figure, but the scampering pose looked amusing and appropriate for an ork captive. I added a choppa handle to make a peg leg (a common appendage on GorkaMorka) and a standard ork head. I also hastily scraped a butt-flap (I dont know what they call those things, but thats what George of the Jungle calls them) into the arse region and added a couple of “buttons”. And that was where work on Da Captive ceased for two and a half years.
Last December I started working on my ork miniatures again and decided that Da Captive needed to be part of the current wave of ork enthiusiasm. I painted the unitard that Beast had worn like a pair of long-johns, with the red used in my Bigdogz ork forces appropriate for making the model look like its wearing dirty, somewhat somewhat Western themed undergarments.
It has since been suggested that a prison jumpsuit orange might have been a fun approach too, but I didnt think of that at the time for some reason. Sticking to the palette meant that the figure got painted faster and as part of a batch anyway, plus the Wild West look of the red long-johns is just as appropriate I think. An ork in a prison jumpsuit does sound like fun too though.
Its part of the weird but oddly appealing range of Golgo Island miniatures that I picked up from East Riding Miniatures. I bought the figure with plans to use it in post-apocalyptic/sci-fi western games where it would form the strong arm of the law in the Standard Falls Sheriffs department.
While that use remains valid, Robosheriff will also serve well as a proxy Guardian robot in Malifaux games. Thats why the figure got bumped to the top of the painting queue recently, seeing as Malifaux is the new black at Chateau Sho3box.
The sculpting on the figure really is pretty crude, which made painting it a little less enjoyable than I would have liked. Therefore I went for a simple and quick drybrushed metal effect rather than doing anything too fancy, as I figured that it wouldnt be worth the effort.
Sculpting aside, the rigid pose is quite suitable for an obviously not-very-bright robot and the clunky design and lovable dopey expression make it a fun figure to put on the table: it always gets a laugh. That definitely counts for something.
This is how the rather tall figure scales up with some rootin’ tootin’ Mali-folk. L to R is The Judge, Robosheriff, Santiago Ortega. The boys are on 30mm bases and the Robosheriff is on a 40mm. Would I watch a movie that had the above image as a poster? Damn straight I would.
Edit: a helpful Malifaux player knocked this card up for me so that I can use the figure as a proxy Guardian with minimum fuss. Very kind.
PB and MT visited a few weeks back for a gaming weekend. In addition to the boardgames that we had planned we also wanted to get a game or two of the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game and In the Emperors Name played.