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"With Greater Autonomy Than A Basic Unit..."

Updated: Jun 18, 2022


"...This machine has been programmed with tactical information and strategic knowledge."

This 28mm scale metal model of an Argonaut Commander is produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought as SKU: MINI 231 Argonaut B from their Villains and Monsters range. The kit comes with two separate heads, one of which bares a striking resemblance to the Twelve Colonies' robotic foes in Glen A. Larson's 1978 American science fiction television series "Battlestar Galactica". However, as I wanted this particular figure to work alongside my previously-painted Ancient Greek-flavoured mechs, I pinned its bearded head in place instead.


Reaching a height of 36mm, the automaton represents one of Doctor Ulysses Argo’s more sophisticated metallic minions for the second edition of the skirmish rule-set “7TV”, and appears in an official paint-scheme of bright gold and black. Despite being tempted by this palette, I really wanted it to closely tie in with the two somewhat larger Titans, so decided to stick with something more in keeping with Talos' appearance in Don Chaffey’s 1963 film “Jason And The Argonauts”.

"The battle for Europe had begun in earnest."

Resultantly, the entire miniature was primed in “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and later layered with Bronze. It was then shaded using plenty of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, before being dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Bronze. Lastly, I applied various amounts of “Citadel” Nihilakh Oxide onto its numerous joints and ridges. These areas were later blended in with the rest of the miniature with a (third) dry-brushed of “Vallejo” Bronze.


With all of the Argonaut Commander's metal work completed, I moved on to pigmenting his boots, trousers, hands, arms and torso with "Citadel" Abaddon Black. These areas were subsequently treated to a dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal and splash of "Citadel Nuln". I then applied some "Vallejo" Matt Varnish over the ensemble, and afterwards looked on in horror as I realised that some metallic flakes of "Vallejo" Bronze had transferred all over the rest of the miniature. Grumpy, I decided to simply repaint all these 'ruined' areas with (more) "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and would just let my finger oils add some highlights to the model when handling it in the future.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - This space marine sergeant has been primed, shaded & dry-brushed

Alongside the latest of Argo’s henchmen, I have also finished the last three plastic 15mm models produced by “Battlefront Miniatures” I need to field a full sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon for "Flames Of War". The Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), Machine-gunner, Reloader and their Einheitsmaschinengewehr (Universal machine gun) were all painted in precisely the same manner as all the other teams I have completed for my German Beach Defence Company.


Finally, I have dug out a 28mm plastic Sergeant Space Marine from my "The Horus Heresy: Burning Of Prospero" set, and after adding a Sons of Horus resin shoulder-pad and helmet by "Forge World" to him, have set about applying some "Games Workshop" Sons Of Horus Green layer paint to his Mark III armour. The multi-part figure certainly took some time to assemble, as even its legs and backpack came in two pieces. But now its been primed, shaded and dry-brushed, I'm hoping to make some significant progress on getting the traitor table-top ready...

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undercoat2670
Jun 17, 2022

Great weathered metal on your argonaut. I keep looking at him and just see a cylon body though, especially with all that black.

Great looking Germans, but that brutal looking space marine is the star. Blimey, he looks mean. Great model and a great colour this far. Cracking stuff.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 17, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I think the Argonaut Commanders might lose some of that Cylon look once partnered with their larger Titans. But I do plan to paint a pair as BSG inspired robots too at some point.


Pleased with how the Germans turned out - just took so long, and looking forward to getting some infantry finished.


Love the Mk III armour. Its super-cool, especially with the Forge World additions.

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wsd50
Jun 17, 2022

Nice work on the (not) cylon mate, looks great in that colour, as said below your Germans always look good, and nice to see you finish the platoon.


Oh god am I going to have to put a "Space Marine" in you top ten this year! that is a fine looking Sargent, here's hoping you cock up the painting! 😁


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 17, 2022
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Thanks Roger. I do have some more to paint which will have the Cylon head etc.


Pleased to have got the German HMG platoon finished, just need to get the second infantry platoon done, then the anti-tank guns, and then the actual tanks... LOL!!! Still a long way to go. Goodness knows how people playing the Soviets paint all their soldiers.


I'm hoping to have lots of Space Marines finished over the next few months. Lots. So hopefully the odd one might make your Top Ten. 😉

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planetmut
Jun 16, 2022

Love the Argonaut, Simon, again you've got the aged/weathered bronze look spot on!


The Germans look as good as always, and that Son of Horus is really interesting and I can't wait to see what you do with him!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 18, 2022
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Yes. The Horus Heresy: Age Of Darkness set is actually released today. Its the start of an entire new plastics range for Warhammer 30K.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 16, 2022

Great work on the Argonaught Simon, the weathering ties in well with the other living statues you've done.

Another great looking German stand, and must be great finishing this platoon.

Great start on the Sons of Horus model, and the addition of the Forgeworld pieces adds to the identity of the model

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 16, 2022
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Thanks Dave. Got the second Argonaut Commander almost finished too, so hopefully he'll be posted up soon. Super-pleased the sMG34 Machine-gun Platoon is now finished, just a load more infantry in the pipeline now, LOL!!!


Love the MK III armour for the Sons of Horus, and I have plenty of FW bitz to help break them up from the usual plastic kits.

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