Back in 2014 my mind was blown when Steve Casey showcased the unreleased Rogue Trader Adeptus Mechanicus figure on his Eldritch Epistles blog. The figure was from the collection of Bryan Ansell and I instantly both desired it and resigned myself to never owning it.
Happily I was recently able to acquire my own copy of the figure and wasted no time in painting it up!
The unreleased figure has a disturbingly bio-mechanical look with its alien skull face and odd robe decoration. I figure it must be a xenobiologist - one of those peculiar members of the Adeptus Mechanicus who is obsessed with alien genetics. That will explain the wyrd-wood staff and those peculiar organic features.
I kept to a traditional Mechanicus colour palette with the red robes, pale flesh and cog hood decoration.
All the odd details were actually quite tricky to paint and work out. I wonder whether the spiky organic apron would have been better painted as a cured alien hide rather than matching the red robes, but I was concerned that it would have made the figure too busy and hard to read. I may yet go back and repaint those parts.
In spite of that. I'm delighted to have the figure in my collection!