Thursday, 12 November 2015

RT601 - Adventurers - Eldar Trader

Hi Folks, 
I am finally getting back my Rogue Trader Adventurers, the project that this blog was originally created for and the latest miniature I have completed is the Eldar Trader from the RT601 - Adventurers range published in White Dwarf 99 back in March 1988.

Progress on my project can be seen here.

Eldar Trader - front

Eldar Trader - side
Eldar Trader - side
Eldar Trader - back
Now I don't like to gloat but this miniature cost me the tidy sum of $1 from eBay U.S, well actually $5 as there were 5 Rogue Trader Eldar in the auction lot and no one was buying so I had to rescue him as I did not have the time to strip my terribly enamel painted original from the 80's.  
I did really enjoy painting this miniature, he sports the obligatory Rogue Trader mohican (which I have talked about before) and is covered in the trappings of a swashbuckling spacefarering trader, tights, codpiece, jewellery and a discrete weapon. I went for gold jewellery as I imagine him landing on savage human fringe worlds and impressing all those greedy little eyes with all things shiny while relieving them of their rare xenos artefacts.  There is quite a wide gap on his base that is reserved for a Gyrinx (page 213 RT rulebook), I was given two suitable cat miniatures by Paul over at Sho3box a long time ago (be sure to follow his superb work)  but alas they are too big for the base and still sit half finished, I recently found a little present in a trade in the shape of a realistic tiny Squirrel miniature that fits the gap perfect and I am sure painted neon blue or something would pass as a Gyrinx.  I would like to get your thoughts on the Squirrel proxy before I commit (no Ptera-Squirrel on page 215 suggestions please that's just ridiculous :D).

Eldar Trader with proposed Gyrinx
Squirrel Gyrinx

I think the Eldar Trader miniature really captures the Rogue Trader universe as illustrated in the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader rulebook, a good example is page 188 of the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader rulebook which has similar character concepts that would not be out of place in the RT601 - Adventurers range.

Page 188 Rogue Trader Adventuers

I hope you enjoyed this post, please get following all you lurkers :D

More Adventurers on the paint station as we speak.
J

8 comments:

  1. He's excellent, I don't know why I'm still to paint mine, should have done that one ages ago !. I like the pale skin you gave him and the dark colours to get along. Funny you should show this picture with the adventurers from RT... I've heard rumours about them...

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    1. Hi JB, please tell me you or someone else is sculpting them or that a unreleased set exists

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  2. Pretty nice! I do like your choices here (btw, the Squirrel Gyrinx is pure genius!) :D

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    1. Thanks Suber, the Squirrel Gyrinx idea is not going down well at the moment I may be having a rethink :D

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  3. Reaper do some familiar sets with cats in. I bought a Stonehaven dwarf druidess for her weird little pet fox thing to use as a Gyrinx.

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  4. Great paint job on a great miniature. I love the skintone that you've given him. And the two-tone tights. No self respecting Space Aerobics Instructor would venture into the void without two-tone tights.
    But truly, I love old sculpts like this where the character isn't brandishing a weapon. His folded arms and sour expression are more menacing then any plasma gun. Can't wait to see more.

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  5. I really like this model; you have done a top job with him.

    I think the squirrel gyrinx is a fabulous idea!

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  6. Your use of colour here is good. The green, red and the purple work a treat.

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