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Offline ZeroTwentythree

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After the Death of Warhammer, I started painting and writing down my own ideas for an alternate timeline/background that I refer to as Althammer. I entertain myself with the wordplay of alt being "alternate" as well as "old".  :roll:

So I'm finally venturing back to the world of sci-fi. I'm think I'm going to keep this plog separate from my fantasy stuff.

Although I loved the concepts of Rogue Trader, the rules always seemed... difficult. For me, the heyday was small scale games of 2nd ed. which started to lose their appeal as the larger scale, tournament focused games of later 2nd ed and 3rd ed became the standard. That's as far as I got in 40k. I loved the original Necromunda, and more recently enjoyed some modern Kill Team. (Also bought but have never played the Shadow War retro-munda rulebook.) I'm also looking into several alternate sci-fi rules -- in particular solo rules like Five Parsecs. One of the frustrations of post-Rogue Trader 40k (for me) has been the rigid adherence to cliche & "canon."

Thus... Alt Trader: In The Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want.

I think I summed up my revelation pretty well on my blog. https://www.zerotwentythree.com/2020/09/sci-fi-future.html I think GOTHMOWER is a pretty strong contender for the name of my project and may replace Alt Trader.

Lately, though... I started painting!

Testing out the one paint style for space elf pirates, the crew of the Cold September.




Starting to paint the Meat Hating Robot Pirates, including kitbashing a kids yogurt pouch cap into a flamethrowing hoverbot.



Also, demo-bot is still here and waiting for action.

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Re: Alt Trader (My Sci-Fi plog)
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2020, 06:55:15 AM »
Looks like a great start! :icon_biggrin: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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Re: Alt Trader (My Sci-Fi plog)
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2020, 07:38:15 AM »
Those look great!
I really like what you have done with that yoghurt cup :-)
And from what bits is the Demobot made off?
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Re: Alt Trader (My Sci-Fi plog)
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2020, 05:40:15 AM »
Thanks!

More progress... Mostly WIP. Blogger is acting wonky, just going to post the progress pics for the moment.






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Re: Alt Trader (My Sci-Fi plog)
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2020, 01:20:57 PM »
This is coming along wonderfully! :icon_biggrin: :::cheers:::
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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2020, 06:30:15 AM »
Thanks!  :::cheers:::

This project has been simmering for years without progress so I hope I'm not being over the top with posts now that I've started. Another work in progress.

The concept is that this guy along with the previous two are non-combatant 'bots who escaped their servitude and joined the pirate crew. He's a loader/porter, joining the nurse & harvester above. Since he os machine, yet (generally) anthropomorphic I combined the idea of a hi-viz vest with hazard striping from machines & inanimate objects. (The painting of which I need to clean up a bit  :icon_redface: )




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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2020, 08:25:50 AM »
Looking good :-)
What range are those miniatures from?

Just a question, why would a robot crew need a nurse? Don't they need an mechanic?
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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2020, 12:52:56 AM »
Loving that Demo-Bot!
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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2020, 03:09:59 AM »
Bases done.



Prepped the next few figures. Being cast adrift for 40,000 years of unappreciated gardening can unhinge even the most peaceful of 'bots. (Er, "drones”).




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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2020, 01:11:45 PM »
Those look familiar. Are they sourced from something?

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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2020, 07:00:35 PM »
Everything keeps looking awesome, well done!

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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2020, 04:17:18 AM »
Thanks!

Those look familiar. Are they sourced from something?

The figures are based on a trio of "drones" from the '70s sci-fi film Silent Running. My take on them is about as far from the film as you can get.  :icon_lol:


I forgot to share this, I painted it weeks ago. I opted for a simple paintjob to let the (great) sculpt be the star. Wanted a simple utilitarian or maybe military look.



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Re: Alt Trader: In the Grim Darkness of the Future, I Do Whatever I Want
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2020, 12:11:31 PM »
Looks like he could have a wicked right and left punch. You’re right, great sculpt and cute to top it off.
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Hey, I'm not going to be updating this PLog anymore and probably won't be coming back to the site much, if at all. If anyone is interested in checking in on my painting/gaming projects, I'll still be posting at the Lead Adventure Forum (which has usually been a copy-paste of what I post here anyway), on my blog, Instagram, and on Facebook (mostly in various Oldhammer type groups, but also some others). Ooh, and the Old World Army Challenge! I'll still be following other people's projects in those places too.  :::cheers:::

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Oh that is a bummer.  Will miss having you around here and all your artwork updates.  Live a good life, and hope to see ya around!
"Not all who wander are lost ... " Tolkien

"... my old suggestion is forget it, take two aspirins and go paint" steveb

"The beauty of curiosity and creativity is so much more useful than the passion of fear." me

"Until death it is all life." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra