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“It’s Me! It’s Walter!”


“Walter is a good wobot… Walter loves humans… Weally he do.”

This 28mm scale metal model of Walter The Wobot was produced by “Mongoose Publishing” and formed part of my rewards from the company’s 2012 “Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War” Kickstarter. The now long out of production (OOP) figure was originally part of the company’s Justice Department release as Code MGP10217, but was later made available by “Warlord Games” as blister Code JD20161.


“Originally a robo-servant at the Grand Hall of Justice”, the multi-piece figure was originally primed in “Vallejo” Gunmetal. However, having read up on Judge Dredd’s house robot, it became clear that the droid with a speech impediment was grey in colour. As a result, the miniature was re-primed using a coat of "Scalecolor" Thrash Metal.

"Power Fists smash the enemy at close quarters, and Autocannons and Heavy Bolters cut them down at range."

Walter was then washed him with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, dry-brushed with (more) "Scalecolor" Thrash Metal, and had his large video screen pigmented with a combination of “Citadel” Nuln Oil and (later) Ardcoat gloss varnish. I also 'picked out' his supposed "I'm Walter Try Me" sign using some "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. In an effort to make the wording a bit more legible I later returned to it with a further, delicate application of (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Red.


Alongside this entry into both the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) and Dave Stone’s Paint What You’ve Got Challenge, I have also painted another couple of 6mm Conqueror Robots from the long OOP Epic range by "Games Workshop". These two miniatures were painted to represent the Ultramarines and Imperial Fists space marine chapters, so were predominantly pigmented in either a permutation of "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade, or "Vallejo" Sun Yellow and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - These Panzergrenadiers have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

As with the other “hulking automations with limited scope for tactical manoeuvres” the pair’s Lascannons and Heavy Bolters were later picked out with "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. However, rather than simply pigment the barrel of the Ultramarines’ “formidable Laser Weapon”, I ended up applying paint across the entire “favourite anti-tank weapon of the Astra Militarum.”


In addition, I’m continuing to work away at my backlog of “Battlefront Miniatures”, and have decided to extend my time working away on these 15mm plastic figures for the entirely of my fourth AHPC painting block. This is so I can hopefully get a few more stands of Grenadiers finished for my “Flames Of War” force German Beach Defence Force, as well as add some camouflage marking to the four-model strong Panzer IV Tank Company I built and primed last week...

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undercoat2670
Jan 17, 2022

I like Walter, very nice. Those robots look ace too, I prefer the yellow one I think as it just pops a bit more. More Germans is always good!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 17, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. Simple stuff on Walter tbh. I'm rather pleased with how the yellow turned out, as plan to use it as my Imperial Fist recipe for the future. Lots of FoW Germans coming - as I've finished loads now.

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wsd50
Jan 15, 2022

Nice work on Walter Simon, that's quite a nice figure actually, better looking than most of the images I've seen of it. The 6mm robots are a good as ever (the yellow one looking particularly effective) as too are your Germans.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 15, 2022
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Cheers Roger. The hardest part of Walter was assembling him, as one of his hands had the tiniest of connect points I've seen with a metal model, so I ended up making sure it was connect to his body too to reinforce it. Plus there was a lot of miscasting on his side - which I initially thought was a super-glue spill from my gluing.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 14, 2022

Walter has turned out great Simon, and a fitting depiction of the character, the epic robots look great too, and nice progress on the Germans

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 14, 2022
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Thanks Dave. I was pleased I went with the Thrash Metal in the end, definitely has a more grey look to it than Vallejo Gunmetal - which seemed to suit Walter better. I love the Epic Robots. They're such fun to paint - could easily do an army of them alone, LOL!! Hopefully, I can get plenty of FOW infantry done this week, and get a tank or two finished too.

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