As luck would have it, I needed to paint up a pair of figures for the July Yaktribe competition. As I won the previous competition by entering Anamuria and her companions, I got to choose the theme for the current competition: Rise of the Machines. As I'd selected the theme, I figured it was only right that I entered. The rules are very simple: make and / or model an Artificial Construct of any type!
Introducing N.A.T.E. (Necromundan Artificial Tactical Enforcer) and C.U.R.R (Canine Utility Retrieval Robot). Cyber-mastiffs are used by the Adeptus Arbites and Enforcers throughout the Imperium. Some are fully artificial constructs, others are cyborgs, more akin to servitors. C.U.R.R. is the latter - a feral canine enhanced with cybernetic implants and simple tracking/retrieval programming.
|C.U.R.R. and N.A.T.E. - Adeptus Arbites Cybernetic Division.|
N.A.T.E. is somewhat more unusual - artificial intelligence is shunned and feared by the Imperium. Even the Adeptus Mechanicus rarely develop autonomous robotic constructs. N.A.T.E. was developed for the Necromundan Enforcers by Cybermyme, a shadowy tech guild, rumoured to be bankrolled by Lord Helmawr himself. N.A.T.E. is the perfect robot cop - able to respond to situational changes, immune to human error, clad in thick armour plates, and, or course, armed with the Arbitor's tool of the trade - the enforcer pattern boltgun.
|The Cybernetic Division successfully corners a dangerous mutie!|
C.U.R.R. is converted from an old Citadel AD&D Blink Dog. I chopped out part of the head and replaced it with a little part from a plastic Eldar kit. His leg is made from a plastic Necron arm plus some little random plastic bits from my bits box.
N.A.T.E. is a largely unmodified Citadel Paranoia robot, with the simple addition of a RTB01 plastic Space Marine bolter.
|An Arbite patrol, reinforced by the Cybernetic Division.|
The paint jobs were really quick and basic - I painted both figures in about an hour and a half. C.U.R.R. actually looks OK, although I think N.A.T.E. could probably benefit from some more highlighting, but I can always revisit them at some future point!