|The Nefarious Doktor Nefarious surveys the ruins of Ah-Pul-Sh'Napps with his towering automated bodyguard.|
Coming from a long and proud military heritage as I possibly do, I often find it impossible to resist the urge to rummage through boxes of brightly coloured plastic beads.
If any of you are Sandhurst men, I'm sure you understand...
|Beads, Sir. Dozens of 'em.|
Anyway, I was cheerfully rummaging away the other day, intermittently humming 'Rule Britannia' and having a delightful conversation with myself about the shocking price of cheese these days (as one does) when I gasped in astonishment!
"Gasp! I'm astonished!" I gasped astonishedly, "That there pink beady-thingy looks exactly like the torso of one of those late nineteenth-century steam-driven self-motorvating legionnaries what gave our lads such a hard time!"
And of course, I was right. Keep reading - I can prove it.
|The 'torso' beads are trimmed into shape to create a neck line, and abdomen and hip beads are attached. Neck pins are shoved into heads...|
And so, I present to you another of The Nefarious Machinations of the Nefarious Doktor Nefarious...
The Legion of Steam-Driven War-tomata!
(not to be confused with your salad.)
|3.2mm square tube is cut to create leg sections, jointed with tiny round beads.|
This little gang was a nice distraction from Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically-Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile (more on that very soon) and were also super cheap to create.
|Trangular sections are cut from square tube to create the feet. The squad is glued to washers, with packing under some feet to support action poses.|
As you can see, I used little round beads for all of the joints. By so doing, I gave myself limitless options for poses. I wanted the unit to look dynamic and active - not your typical rigid robot-soldier poses.
|Rivets and rods are added to 'flesh out' the legs. The same detailing will be added to the arms. The hips are armoured with plastic tube.|
|Arms are added, and shoulder armour is cut from round plastic tube.|
These were fast and fun to build, although making ten of them for the sake of fielding a full squad was almost a drag at times.The lengths of plastic rod lining the arms and legs were the trickiest and most time-consuming part but they really bulk up the models.
|Ray guns are put together from 1mm plastic rod, diamond-shaped beads and tiny rouns ones. Model-making doesn't get simpler than this!|
|'Hands' in place. The models are almost finished.|
I wondered about hands, and decided to go for a simple claw on one arm and ray gun on the other. After all, these are supposed to be Victorianised Retro-Robots... Whatever those might be!
|A finished War-tomaton, ready for painting. The crest on his head is a slice of plastic tube, cut open and stretched into place.|
|Centurion (note ribbed shoulder and diamond-emblem on his head); NCO (round emblem on head); and Legionary. The chimneys (and boilers) were made from plastic tube and a tubular bead.|
I think these do rather well as 1960s-style robots with a VSF twist anyway.
|NCO (left) and Legionary (right)|
The finished unit was given a simple paint job of copper with gold details, green eyes and red ray guns. Easy!
|The completed unit, ready to smash all who stand in their way!|
So there you go: Fast, Cheap, Simple and Dangerous!
|The Nefarious Doktor Nefarious leads his warriors to assured victory.|
Next post: More on Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically-Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile (... I'm really getting bored of typing that...) and TWO more super-duper-secret side projects coming soon!
All the Best!