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"Roger! Roger! Protective Protocols Engaged."

"Weapon systems online! Stand down masked citizen!"

This 57mm tall resin multi-part model of Big Bot is manufactured by "Kitbash Games", and was produced as part of the company's highly successful Supers Unlimited Teamstarter 1: Aegis "Kickstarter" campaign in October 2020. Originally built by Robokid's parents and later transformed into a "self-aware robotic protector" by the boy-genius engineer, I actually plan to use the sculpt as a British super-hero known as Tin-Man for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules.


The mechanical construct was first assembled using several pins and plenty of super-glue, before being undercoated with "Citadel" Abaddon Black. The entire ensemble was then given a double-layer of "Vallejo" Gunmetal, thoroughly shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and heavily dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal.

Tin-Man helps the Soviets in their battle against the Axis forces on the Eastern Front

I had initially planned on making the super-strong robot extremely rusty, and a far cry from the colourful blue and red palette used in it's 'official' illustrations. However, having already applied a somewhat 'distressed' colour scheme to my Battle Engine, I thought I'd instead take the opportunity to paint the figure up as one of my self-created comic strip characters known as Tin-Man; who in the July 2014 adventure "The Guernsey Guerilla" actually travels back in time to the Second World War so as to defeat the Teutonic terror, Zitadelle.


This meant I needed to somewhat haphazardly 'pick out' various armour plates, limbs, gears and even the mechanoid's chin with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and Brass. These numerous areas were subsequently washed with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and 'highlighted' with a carefully-placed application of (more) "Vallejo" Brass.

"Yes, Sir. Theta Section, quickly."

As the final steps I 'tidied up' the robot's joints with pure "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and dotted its eyes with a mixture of "Vallejo" Turquoise and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade. I had actually contemplated using a red paint for this job, but felt the light(ish) piercing blue made the super-hero appear much more friendly...


Having completed Big Bot, I also found the time to also complete a FedSec Trooper by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". I actually swapped out the goon's gas-mask wearing head for a balaclava one instead, and pigmented him to represent one of Supreme Commander Servalan's minions from the BBC television series "Blake's Seven".

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joehcc
joehcc
Apr 15, 2021

:Big Bot' reminds me of a large bot from the 2000 AD comic of many years ago and is an excellent model; tyou've done a great job with the colour selection and it's much better looking without the rust imho. The fedsec trooper culpt is excellent too, I can;t remember there being any ;'duff' sculpts in this range.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 15, 2021
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Thanks Joe. Are you thinking of Hammerstein perhaps..? I'm certainly pleased I didn't go with the rust effect now too. Personally, I don't think there are any duff sculpts in Crooked Dice's old Freedom Fighters range either, and there are still plenty more to come from that genre too.

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undercoat2670
Apr 01, 2021

Tin-man looks great, really cracking paint job. I don't recall seeing him in the Clone Wars going "Roger roger" though! Blimey he is a chunky boy! He is huge! Really like him.

Nice job on the FedSec trooper too. I like his face, especially the eyes. Nice.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 01, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. The quote is taken from Big Bot's statistic cards. One of the things I like about "Kitbash Games" backgrounds is that they pretend the character has already appeared in a comic book series, in this case "Robokid & Big Bot" #1, and use some of the dialogue from it. The mini is indeed a brute of a size though, and the tallest one I've so far finished painting.


I was pleased with the eyes on this particular FedSec Trooper, as they tend to turn out rather doe-like on my "Crooked Dice" figs. But this one wasn't too bad.

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wsd50
Apr 01, 2021

I thought this was going to a post about me at first! fortunately it was much more interesting that that would have been 😁. I hadn't realised what a whopper Tin Man was till the pictures with the other heroes! Great metallic's on him too, and as said the eyes really draw your eye. Top stuff mate.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 01, 2021
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LOL Roger!!! Thanks very much, I thought some 'showcase' pics would help put this resin model's sheer size into better perspective. He really is a beast of a size and I'm super-pleased as to how the eyes turned out.

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planetmut
Mar 31, 2021

I really like the muted metallics on this one and the blue eyes add a good touch of contrast.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 31, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. I think Big Bot's size alone helps mark him out on the tabletop, and I eyes definitely draw the attention. Glad you like the contrast.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Mar 31, 2021

Great work on Tinman Simon, the pops of gold add interest. Nice progress on the Fedsec trooper

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 31, 2021
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Thanks Dave. This is the second time I've made a proxy of Tin-Man from a figure (the first being an old Super-Figs robot), and have always liked the way a silver(ish) metallic and Brass have contrasted with one another - especially when the areas are symmetrical down both sides of the model.

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