OK, this really is the last figure of 2015! I don't have any more spare evenings between now and the New Year, but I did manage to paint up this guy on Friday evening while my wife was out at her Christmas work do.
This last figure for the year also rounds out the Rogue Quest adventuring party, with all the original classic archetypes represented. Ironically, I've always identified with Rangers more than any of the other classes. The only real reason for leaving the Ranger to last was because I hadn't got round to finishing the conversion!
The model I selected for my Ranger isn't really of the same vintage as the rest of the warband, having been assembled from the torso of a Mutie raider (produced for the Gorkamorka expansion, Digganob, in 1998). The legs are somewhat more modern, coming from the plastic Skitarii kit, while the armour and satchel om his hips are again from Victoria Miniatures. I added a backpack from Denizen miniatures, then covered all the joins with greenstuff. He also got a spacer of plasticard to elongate the torso.
|Dodgy phone pics of the unpainted conversion.|
|And the rear, with some filler sculpting on the satchel.|
When it came to painting the figure, I eventually decided he was an alien, rather than a mutant. It appealed to me to have a xenos scout with enhanced olfactory senses and wide-spectrum vision acting as my Ranger.
I decided to use the same blue spot colour for his skin, as used elsewhere on the adventurers. Teamed with white hair, cream trousers and some earthy browns, I think he looks pretty striking.
The metal got some brown and black washes to make it look worn, with a slight patina. I'm not entirely sure what event led to him losing his lower legs, but he has clearly been able to invest in some top-notch bionic replacements! Business must be going well.
Algaarg is from a race rarely encountered in the Imperium. Little is known about this blue-skinned Xenos species - they are motivated by cash, make excellent trackers, but not nothing is known about their origins or homeworld. The most notorious of this race was Oolgorg the Cruel, one-time leader of the Iron Claw space pirates. Little is known of his fate, but many colonies on the Eastern fringes shudder at the mention of his name.
|Algaarg and Goedes fend off a rioting mob of Imperial workers.|