OK so I still ache (thanks for asking 🤕), so as I still can’t sit comfortably for more than a short period I thought I’d so something that wasn’t too taxing painting wise, and also something that qualified for Dave’s challenge. Now I think I’ve probably mentioned on this blog before that I’ve loved the board game “Robo Rally” ever since I played a few games of it waaaay back in my club days, and had been after a copy of it for the many, many years since, that is until last year when I came across a second hand copy on the “bring and buy” table at the Phalanx wargames show for £25.00. Bargain! It turned out all the years I’d been banging on about how good this game was to my wife and kids was justified as they all loved it too, honestly if you want a good fun game to play with either gamers or family I can’t recommend this highly enough.
Now as is my want, (and my kids will attest to this!), that even though they are described on the box as “8 pre-painted plastic robots”, a very rough dry-brushing with some silver paint is a bit of a stretch to “painted” in my mind (see left), so I had to get the little robot figures out and paint them properly at some point, and as they were thus on my list of things I wanted to get done this year, and qualified as “stuff I’ve got”, and as they were all different and pretty easy to paint in short “stints” they seemed perfect for my purposes.
So without having to mess about assembling or basing them it was just a case of spraying them all black and then dry-brushing them in chainmail (this was actually pretty much as they were out of the box (see above), but I hope I did a slightly better job of it). Then it was onto painting them up in differing colours to make them easier to identify on the board and give them a little personality.
Now I’m not going to go into a long winded description of how I painted each robot, I will however give a general overview of the colours I used, so “Twitch” I decided would be the most “bling” of the lot so I went with shinning gold over bronze for most of his body work, and added the odd panel in copper. “Zoom Bot” on the other hand I thought I’d go with Ruby red with pink burgundy highlights then add some flashes of coffee and cream, on the raised sections to form “go faster” stripes.
“Twonky” I think is supposed to look a little like an old monitor, so I thought beige was the way to go (I’m old enough to remember when computers and the like were this colour!), so after saddle and Eurasian flesh were used on the edges of his casing, I used more Eurasian flesh highlighted with cream on the panels themselves. “Hammer Bot” was simply royal purple with plum highlights on his casing, and the central stripe was lilac with lavender highlights.
“Trundle Bot” was next, and I wanted an industrial look to him so went with citrus orange on his body with lemon yellow highlights, I then added some chevrons in black highlighted with dark grey. “Hulk X90” looks like a toy tank so it was pretty obvious that he had to be green, deep bronze green to be exact, more of the same mixed with some stone green provided the highlights, then I went in with some more saddle again highlighted with Eurasian flesh to do the camouflage stripes.
“Spin Bot”, probably my least favourite figure Spin Bot was firstly painted in metallic blue that I then highlighted/dry-brushed in steel blue, then after I’d considered that he looked too plain I added the ring at the base of his “dome” and the surrounds to his eyes in ruby red with bright red highlights. Lastly we have “Squash Bot”, probably the simplest paintjob of the lot yet one of my favourites, I just painted his bodywork and feet in orange then highlight this in more of the same lightened with a touch of cream. After all of these were dry I lightly re-dry-brushed them in chainmail again to give them a slightly worn look, then added their “eyes” in either porcelain blue, orange or matt lime.
I then gave them all a coat of “Quickshade” light tone to protect their paint as much as for shading them, I then added the highlights to their “eye’lights” in either light green light blue of orange mixed with a little white respectively, their bases I did in mid grey and a final “blow over” with some matt varnish finished them off, strange to think that of all the figures I paint this year, these will probably see the most time in actual “game usage” 😁.
Till next time, Cheers Roger.
Wonderful work on your robots Roger, they certainly qualify now as painted, rather than what came out of the box. Hope you feel better soon, and try not to aggravate the rib injury as they are no joke.
Thanks Dave, my eldest has said do I intend to re-do the tracking sheets in the game to match them! I said that looks like to much work for me!
Yeah I thought the term “painted miniatures” was a bit of a cheek! 😉
I had hoped I’d be feeling better by now (well better than I do at least), as I said last week, getting old is crap! 😁
These are great, Roger! 🙂 Robo Rally’s a brilliant game, made all that much more difficult to play if you’ve had a couple of beers! And I can remember beige computers!
Thanks John, you are so right, I’d put it right up there with “Star Wars outer rim” and “Talisman”. Fortunately no one in our immediate family drinks (sad lot that we are!), but I struggle enough sober so can’t imagine what it would be like under the influence! 🤣🤣🤣.
Beige PC’s were the best mate, at least they had CD rom’s and floppy drives in them!
Very nice Roger. A game I’m yet to play.
Thanks Pete, you really should pick it up if you see a reasonably price copy, it’s a great fun game, simple to pick up but complicated enough to keep you thinking and coming back.
100% better, nice job mate & glad you’re on the mend 😊
Thanks Alex, |I’ve got another board game that I got for Xmas that needs a paintbrush applying t the figures too. But that will have to wait till the correct themed month rolls around! 😉
Not strange at all. The painted tanks that get the most use by far are those from the Memoir 44 game!
Thanks Dave, sometimes its just so much easier to play a board game rather than all the effort that’s needed to set up a table for a wargame, plus it’s a fact painted figures are just better!
Nicely done mate and hope you get back to being fighting fit soon. Always good to have a game the whole family can play too. 🙂
Thanks Dave, luckily we are a family of gamers of one sort or another, one son is a big board and war gamer, the other is a board and table top card game player, so when we all get together (like at Xmas) every evening is just games, games, games!
Hehe a fun little project and they definitely have personality now
Thanks Luke, quick and easy stuff mate, just what the doctor ordered. 😉
Excellent work Roger, I honestly can’t say I have ever heard of this game. Sorry to hear about the ribs!
Thanks Steve, I have to say6 I think this would be an excellent game to play at your school “Geek club”, as it gets the players thinking logically.
Ribs are a little better, I actually managed to sleep on my back for a little while last night!
They’ve certainly gone from “pre-painted” to pro-painted LOL! Lovely work on them, Roger, they’re cute little minis and you’ve given them each a personality.
Thanks Matt, it was a fun little diversion to be honest.
These have come up very nicely, Roger! Love the personality you’ve given each one with their distinctive looks and schemes.
I’ve got the game but sadly have only managed to play it a couple of times. The regular gaming friends we had kinda drifted away just before Pandemic so it’s a 2-player situation we have here now for the most part, and co-op gets the most time in. Something to look forward to playing again, though – and perhaps to paint up as fun models like yours one day.
Thanks Azazel, yep know what you mean most of the time it’s just me and my youngest, but when the older son comes home it’s usually a game fest till he goes back!