“Please put down your weapon. You have twenty seconds to comply.”
This rather dated and crude yet decidedly fun model is a “Chaos Dreadnought” released as part of the GW/MB Space Crusade boardgame in 1990. I picked up a copy of that game in 1993.
In Space Crusade the dreadnought model had some associations with the “Chaos Android” model, which is a prototype Necron. I used an android as one of my test pieces for this project (and I have a few more due to be finished up soon). As both model designs are already associated and both designs also feature daft robotic skull faces I decided to include this liked but neglected model in this project.
“You are in direct violation of Penal Code 1.13, Section 9.”
I figured that I could extend the concept from the Necrons and other skeleton robots to this guy, who easily fits in as some sort of Skynet Hunter-Killer (HK) or Necron canoptek unit like a wraith or whatever. Add to this that I have been wanting to paint this figure since I first bought it (a staggering twenty years ago. Christ. I had twenty years to comply) and it all starts to come together.
“You have five seconds to comply. Four… three… two… one… I am now authorized to use physical force.”
Further fudging the inspirations and influences for this sub-project is the ED 209 from the original Robocop movie. Robocop was released in 1987 and the visual similarities between the ED 209 and the Chaos Dreadnought designed and produced a couple of years later are obvious.
I wanted to give the model a little bit of the Omni Consumer Products look if possible, but without throwing it too far out from my more standard scheme for this project.
The more metallic look that I have gone for looks a little more like the design from the Robocop remake than the pale grey of the original ED209, but it fits better with the the other miniatures in the Necron/Skynet project this way.
The new design for ED209 from the upcoming Robocop remake.
The arm weapons on the model point slightly upwards due to their design and manufacture, which is a little weird. Not weird enough for me to bother modifying the fitting so that they ended up parallel with the ground or anything though.
I magnetised the arm weapons instead of using the weak clip assembly. Various combinations of the three arm weapons are visible in the photos above. Allowing the weapons to swap out is theoretically useful in games of Space Crusade, so retaining that functionality was fun. The weapons on ED209 will be interchangeable with any further similar models in this project.
Skeleton Robot Assault
Lastly, I normally avoid square bases on my figures. Circular bases just look better as far as I am concerned. The square base on the Chaos Dreadnought is convenient in games of Space Crusade however, so I kept it.
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