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"Robots With Emotional Problems."


"They all go crazy."

This 32mm* scale FKMSA Failed Experimental Battledroid Series 1 - B is produced by "Papsikels Miniatures" and was downloaded for free as part of a set of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files from their "Patreon" RoboCorps March 2023 subscription service, The model was produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer and is clearly inspired by one of the "Roboflops" depicted in Irvin Kershner's 1990 science fiction film "RoboCop 2".


Having found the previously version of this figure rather delicate to pick up, paint and game with, courtesy of the cyborg's tiny pistons, cables, circuitry and wiring, I initially decided to upscale the 3D print from its original 28mm size to a more hefty 32mm using "Chitubox" Basic. However, despite its 108.41% adjustment (measured using the company's Colonist Marine Cyborg Hero E-900 Exterminator as the new eye-line height - also known as 'Arnie Scale'), it still looked a little fragile. So I actually upped the miniature's size again to 115%.

"Papsikels Miniatures creates fantastic Cyberpunk, Fantasy Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Models."

Furthermore, I felt it would be prudent to attack a large rock sculpted by "C27 Studio" behind the Battledroid's legs, as it's insanely thin ankles looked very vulnerable to snapping. Shockingly, even this precaution didn't work, as the model snapped apart whilst being dry-brushed, and only stood reasonably firmly upon its base after I've applied a considerable amount of super-glue to the break, surrounding joints, and every contact point imaginable between the lower limbs and the aforementioned rock.


Robocop 2 was primed with "Citadel" Abaddon Black and then treated to a couple of layers of Scalecolor Thrash Metal by "Scale 75". I went with this particular metallic as I wanted the cyborg to appear a little different in hue to the (smaller) incarnation of FKMSA Failed Experimental Battledroid Series 1 I'd previously pigmented. The 3D print was then drowned in "Citadel" Nuln Oil - the new formula version which I'm still somewhat getting my head around using. The entire ensemble was later dry-brushed with (more) Thrash Metal by "Scale 75".

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - A Matilda II tank undercoated with "Vallejo" Leather Brown surface primer

With the basics all finished, I applied a little "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the miniature's helmet and could have settled with that. But the model looked decidedly bland, so having spotted a couple of colourful wires poking out from the mechanical police officer's official movie stills, I decided to 'pick out' several on the model using combinations of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, Heavy Blue and "Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats" Skulker Yellow. These areas were subsequently treated to a splash of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, Drakenhof Nightshade and Reikland Fleshshade respectively.


Alongside this latest addition to my ever-increasing collection of painted science-fiction film inspired "Papsikels Miniatures", I've also started work on a pair of old Matilda 2 tanks by “Pendraken Miniatures” which I recently unearthed. I was actually hoping to use these two 10mm metal British armoured vehicles for my 'Battle Of The Bulge' project. However, I've since discovered that they weren't present during the Ardennes Offensive, and indeed only seemingly saw action during the Winter when used by the unimpressed Soviets. Unperturbed, I've decided to therefore start a non-Winter force of Allies and Axis forces in the scale, basing them with green flock...

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undercoat2670
Apr 24, 2023

Nice job on Robocop 2. The metalics are too notch as usual and picking out the sides and cables was worth doing as it really enhances the paint scheme. Shame you had some issues despite taking precautions, but you got there in the end.

You really seem into your 10mm tanks!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 24, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I thought the cables would just break up all the silver enough to make the cyborg a little more interesting - though Duncan's Skulker Yellow really steals the show - it's so intense it dominates the Vallejo colours. LOL.


I may have a few more 10mm tanks (and other vehicles) to come, as they've definitely caught my imagination currently. 😉

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Apr 21, 2023

Great work on the Robocop 2 Simon, and good idea to strengthen the legs, the Matilda's are off to a good start too.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 21, 2023
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Cheers Dave. Robocop 2 is a little frail still. But will hopefully survive some tabletop action when needed. The Matilda IIs are now finished - after a repaint, as I initially primed them with "Vallejo" Heavy Grey and it simply wouldn't stick to the metal for some reason - a problem I've had with all these old Pendraken sculpts I recently unearthed.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Apr 20, 2023

Robocop2 failed bot is another great addition! Shame about his design flaws making him so fragile though!


Matilda 2 was indeed primarily an early war tank, featuring in France with the poor BEF versus the Blitzkrieg and then 1940-42 in North Africa. (It was very slow and under-gunned and was replaced ostensibly by the then new Churchill tank design and Lend Lease Shermans after 1942.)


BUT


The Matilda 2 continued service in the pacific in the Australian army versus the Japanese until I believe the end of the war! Apparently they performed admirably against the much lighter Japanese tanks.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 20, 2023
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Thanks Dai. I think quite a few 3D sculptors tend to forget that their pieces are predominantly used by wargamers, so some sturdiness in the figures pose/design is required. A good many of the Papsikels Miniatures seemingly suffer with this problem, most notably their Terminators - as I've recently had to super-glue half a dozen back to their bases where their super-thin ankles have snapped or their gun-hands have broken off at the wrist/elbow.


I love the Matilda IIs so am planning to add a few more to my collection at Salute this weekend, along with some other British early war tanks for my new Summer WW2 project. Spookily, I've just found and finished painting a pair of Churchills -…


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