Tuesday, 25 July 2017

All the Short Men - Ratling Kill Team (Part 2)

You may have read my previous post about the inception of a new, shorter statured Kill Team.

The subject of Part 1.


I'll be using the troopers in support of an Inquisitor and the closest members of his retinue. And here they are!

Ordo Xenos Inquisitor Denjon Meister and his retinue.

As soon as I decided I wanted an Inquisitorial Kill Team, I knew the ratling Inquisitor had to be an imposing figure, in spite of his small stature. He needed to be clearly an agent of power, rather than a figure of fun. To my mind, nothing says 'imposing figure of power' more than some really decent robes and a custom suit of armour. Similarly, I wanted a hard-as-nails right-hand man for the Inquisitor to represent the Crusader (a heavily armed hand-to-hand fighter in carapace armour).
 
Full ostentatious mode for these Inquisitors.

 
My starting point for the Inquisitor and his crusader was this pair of figures - a chaos familiar and a Halfling blood bowl player.
 
 
 
I wanted my Inquisitor to evoke the Ordo Malleus Inquisitors, so I sculpted a robe and changed the shape of the helmet. The backpack is from Denizen's 25mm range I think, while the chest piece is a cut down gasmask from Victoria Miniatures. The Inquisitional symbol came from my bits box (not sure of the source), while the little creature is hamadrya who usually accompanies Huron Blackheart.
 

 
 
The crusader also had some extensive conversion work. The familiar was really too small and slight to be used unmodified, so I removed the head and replaced it with a plastic Admech Skitarii head. I bulked out the breastplate and gave him bigger boots. I also, sculpted cloth over the chainmail loincloth (not pictured below), swapped the sword for a power maul and added a storm shield to his back.
 


 
 
I think the resulting pair look pretty rock hard. For ratlings that is. I suspect you'd think twice before messing with them!
 



Crusader Mhyke and his Inquisitor, Denjon Meister.
 

The next pair I painted up were a personal robot and psyker. Both are unmodified figures - Panadol, the psyker was the original starting point for the group, and is by Four A Miniatures. I simply painted her in the same blue/yellow/grey as the rest of the team. The 'bot is a much more venerable figure - it's part of Citadel's 15mm Traveller range c1983. He's rather nicely sized for a ratling scale robot I think.


The final member of the team is the ratling from the Rogue Trader mercenaries range, know as Shorty. It may not be immediately apparent, but my Shorty isn't as short as all the other Shorties out there. I never really liked the fact that Shorty was shorter than the other ratlings, and that his feet emerged almost directly from his belly.

To rectify this, I cut off the figure's feet below the knee pads, and pinned them back to increase the height.


After a bit of greenstuffing, Shorty was a tad taller and roughly comparable to all the other tall ratlings.


Looking at the comparison photos now, I'm wondering if it was a lot of hassle for fairly minimal gain!

 
 
I hope you like the resulting Kill Team. They'll be in action this weekend - I can't wait to see how they get on!
 

24 comments:

  1. Just brilliant! Love the conversion work on the inquisitor and the crusader.

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    1. Thanks! I think the Crusader is my favourite of the bunch. He looks like a ratling who really could knock you about.

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  2. Can't wait to see these in person.....so good!

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    1. Only about 50 hours or so to wait :)

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  3. I think that the subtle conversion to shorty was well worth it. I have the same figure, and always thought he was far too small to fit in with my other ratlings... mayhap he needs to have a leg lengthening experience too.

    As always, I appreciate the use of dingy yellows, particularly for the robot (another crusader?)

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    1. Thanks. The leg length really did bug me, so I'm glad I persevered with it.

      The robot has an as yet unidentified role - but he'd be a fine crusader I suspect.

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  4. That Inquisition icon is from the Eisenhorn 54mm set.

    As I've said over on FB: brilliant and yet hilarious! ^^

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    1. I wonder where the icon came from then? I don't recall ever owning Eisenhorn ;)

      Glad you like them :)

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  5. Wow! A lot to get through here Jon. That Ordo Malleus is pure genius, I would never have seen the gem hidden inside that BB mini. The Familiar conversion is tops, all your choices to improve his bulk have worked out a treat. I never got into traveller, so I had no idea about that bot...he fits right in with the gang. Oh, and I think it was worth the extra work on shorty, some of those minis, dwarfs/squats included, suffered quite a lot from the "no leg" syndrome.

    All round kick arse work Jon. I can't wait for "Mmmmmm potato chips" to meet them....and mash'em into the dirt! :)

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    1. Thanks buddy :) The post was a bit of an explosion of all my thoughts on the process over the last couple of weeks! There is another, slightly fatter BB Halfling that I may get round to going something with at some future point too!

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  6. Mate, you constantly impress with your converting skills. Once again, amazing finished minis.

    One thing I can't help imagining though is if these little buggers go up against an Ogryn, he'll be punting the wee Ratlings all over Armageddon!

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    1. They'll keep running back to try and bite that ogryn's ears though!

      Glad you like them :)

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  7. Top shelf stuff and unique in many ways. We're just a few days from the gathering now !

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  8. Excellent idea and great execution ! Love it.

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    1. Thanks! They've been a lot of fun!

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  9. Nobody expects the Ratling Inquisition! No, really, this is a piece of genius, it would have never ocurred to me, you really made my day :D

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    1. Thanks Suber. I realise this is a silly project, but hopefully it has just the right level of gravitas too :)

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  10. Love them great conversions really creative and brilliant colour choice.

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    1. Thanks John. I think the yellow/blue combo is pretty eye-catching.

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  11. They are all superbly painted, don't get me wrong but my favourite hands down is the psyker. I'm assuming the psyker is a she and she looks fantastic! :)

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    1. I'm very fond of her too! Thanks :)

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