The classic Rogue Trader adventurers range is full of iconic miniatures. Most are individual characters, but there are a couple that are crying out for some companions. The Ventolin Pirate is a great example, and Aidan Boustred over at WarFactory has digitally sculpted some fantastic homage figures - the STLs are being made available as part of a fundraiser for Ukraine. Check out the details over at: WarFactory
|5-man squad of Ventolin Pirates.
There are currently 11 different digital sculpts available for download - 6x troopers with las rifles, 1x laser cannon, 1x missile launcher, 1x sergeant and 2x leaders. I've painted up a squad of 5 and am currently working on the remaining 6 figures.
- Undercoat Citadel grey seer
- Paint red armour with Citadel flesh tearers contrast
- Drybrush red armour with a mid orange
- Paint all remaining areas black
- Drybrush boots, pack, pouches and helmet with a light grey
- Paint guns, grenades and details dark metallic silver
- Wash black and metallic areas with a black wash
- Paint eye lenses with a pale blue (Citadel blue horror)
- Add Citadel nihilakh oxide around lenses
- Spot highlight metallics with a bright silver
All in all, I'm very happy with the results - the figures are nicely eye-catching, but didn't suck up a huge amount of time. I'm looking forward to finishing the other squad.
|Comparison of the original 1980s physical sculpt (left) versus the digital sculpt.
|Aidan has done a great job, not only in matching the details, but also matching the proportion and chunkiness of the original.