The latest (and slightly incongruous) addition to my skeleton robot/Necron/Terminator project is this robotic dog, Toby.
Toby is an unusual character from the well regarded “The Ballad of Halo Jones” story written by comics legend Alan Moore in the eighties. The character was visualised by Ian Gibson. I wont spoil the story (even if it is thirty years old), but I will say that Toby is a talking robot dog with some security duties.
I have had the Toby model (which came from the Wargames Foundry 2000AD line) for a while but I hadnt worked out what to do with it. While I enjoyed the Halo Jones stories, they dont lend themselves to miniature gaming in any way that strikes me. Toby is the only figure available from that strip anyway, so the model languished unloved for a while.
This bugged me as as I really like the crazy Ian Gibson design which was in turn translated extremely well into miniature by sculptor Tim Prow. The problem was that I needed a gaming role for the figure or else I wouldnt paint it.
Then as I was working through my skeleton robot project I had an idea that I could fit Toby into that.
Among other things I plan to use the skele-bots as Necrons in future 40k skirmish games. The modern take on Necron Lords is that many of them are aristocracy preserved for eons in mechanical bodies while their already tenuous grasp on reality degrades over time.
The ruleset that I plan to hammer into shape around my 40k skirmishing features an “Unhinged Toff” archetype as a bad guy leader. In that rulebook the silhouette of the Unhinged Toff is shown with a pack of hunting dogs, so I decided that my Unhinged Necron Toff should have his own pack of robo-hounds, of which Toby is the first.
Toby a reasonably large model, mounted on a 40mm base.
The original strip that the character featured in was black and white, so few colour images of Toby exist. Those few colour images that are around are contradictory in terms of his colour. The character tends to be portrayed as either silver, gunmetal or blued steel. I went with the silver interpretation so that he would fit seamlessly in with the skelebots, in colour if not entirely in concept. I also used some artistic licence to colour Tobys nose and ears black, to help him to fit in that little better with my skeleton robot scheme.
I have another four robo-dogs from a couple of sources to add to Lord Hector Decimals hunting pack. They should be quick to paint and will hopefully show up here once I have made a dent in my Dreadball stuff.