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“Robodogs Are Mechanical Canines…”

Updated: Feb 19, 2022


“…That are often used as attack dogs.”

These 28mm scale metal models of some Robodogs were produced by “Mongoose Publishing” and formed part of my rewards from the company’s 2012 “Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War” Kickstarter. Only one of the now long out of production (OOP) figures formed part of the company’s Renegade Robots boxed set, so I’m not quite sure how I came to own two of the figures – albeit the aforementioned Kickstarter’s infamously long method of dispatching multiple deliveries may well have caused me to be sent a second sculpt in error, or as a freebie (in lieu of my patience across the years).


Seemingly inspired by the classic “Judge Dredd” story “Rabid”, which featured in Issue 289 of the British comic book “2000 A.D.”, and was written by Alan Grant and John Wagner (writing as T. B. Grover), the mechanical killers actually took a little while to assemble due to them being multi-part castings. Once the pair’s separate hind and fore legs were super-glued to each torso though, they were soon primed in "Vallejo" Grey Surface Primer before receiving a double-helping of "Scalecolor" Emerald Alchemy.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - This Command Stand has had all its soldiers' trousers base-coated

I then shaded the Robodogs using "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green, before dry-brushing them with (more) "Scalecolor" Emerald Alchemy. To somewhat break-up the monotony of their all-green colour scheme, I subsequently decided to ‘pick out’ their tails and teeth with "Vallejo" Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil, as well as apply a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson to their eyes.


In addition to my latest entry for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC), I’ve spent a little time working on the 15mm plastic American Civil War Command strip which came free with Issue 393 of the magazine "Wargames Illustrated". I wanted to give this particular line of infantry a few layers, so as to help me gauge how best to paint the officers and drummers found on the Epic scale Napoleonic British soldiers I pre-ordered from “Warlord Games”.

"Battletech" WIPs - This Panther is slowly having all its metallic parts 'picked out'

For starters I strongly doubt I’ll be gluing such figures in future straight onto the front of their bases, as I’m finding it quite difficult to apply paint to some of the models without repeatedly catching the upright banner-bearer. This has already caused the pretty fragile pole to partially break a couple of times, and despite some quite copious amounts of plastic glue, I’m not confident I won’t have another accident in the near future. Indeed, I’ve even badly bent one of the end riflemen due to mishandling the base whilst ‘attacking it’ with my brush-tip…


Lastly, I’m working on the first of two (more) German War Walkers using a couple of “Catalyst Game Labs” models. These plastic “Battletech” miniatures will be added to the Luftwaffe force I aim to field for the opening scenario of my Weird War Two campaign using some homebrew card-based rules. This first ‘salvo’ will see a combined British-French expeditionary army trying to bolster Poland in their efforts to hold off both the Soviet and German invasion forces.

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undercoat2670
12 févr. 2022

Great metallic green on the robot dog. Really like your work there a lot. Top stuff!

I like the design of the Panther mech enormously. It looks terrific.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
12 févr. 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. Simple stuff on the two Robodogs but they look good together on the tabletop, imho. I like the Panther mech too. It's such a pity that you can't buy the mechs individually, or the same sculpt in boxes of 3 or 4. A few single figures are now staring to show up on eBay (where people are splitting the boxed sets up or still have stock left over from the Battletech Kickstarter from a few years ago. But they're asking silly prices for them (e.g. £10 each - when for an extra £10 I can 3-4 more models in a box).

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planetmut
10 févr. 2022

Once again that metallic paint has done a stand-up job! The robo doggie looks great, and even as a dog lover I wouldn't want to pet him LOL! Looking forward to seeing the new mechs and a game report :-)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
11 févr. 2022
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An invasion of Warsaw, Poland AAR should be posted soon too. I plan to do a campaign at some point, but for now will just be doing some set-piece scenarios to play-test my homebrew rules.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
09 févr. 2022

Great looking Robo dog Simon, hope the experiments with the ACW are proving worthwhile, and your learning lots in readiness for doing your Napoleonic's. Like the start of your German Mech

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09 févr. 2022
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Thanks Dave. The Robodogs were simple to paint as you may well have guessed. But should look good (and dangerous) on the tabletop. I'm just tinkering with the ACW Command Stand before seeing what the Cannon are like to paint - then it should finally be on to the Napoleonics with some gusto.


I've already finished two more German mechs for my Luftwaffe force, as well as a small-sized Polish war-walker and some accompanying infantry too. Should all be posted up over the next week or so. 😀

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