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Adeptus Mechanicus - project started on 5/23/2012
 

Back in 2000, the gang at GW implemented the Skulz rewards program, where you earned Skulz tokens by ordering through Games Workshop Mail Order. You would then exchange these tokens for some pretty cool prizes. The more money you spent, the better the prizes.

One such prize was a set of previously unreleased Adeptus Mechanicus Miniatures. These were the predecessors of the Techpriest Enginseers you now see in Imperial Guard armies. They had a lot of character, and are some of my favorite models ever produced by Games Workshop.

How much did I have to spend to get these things? A lot. I'll let you guys dig up a White Dwarf from that time period and do the math yourselves.

Fast forward to today, and I'd almost forgotten I had these guys in my collection. It had been quite a few years since I'd seen them last. It's amazing what you come across when you start cleaning up the 'ol workshop. I figured it was about time I did something with these guys.

Whether I'll just paint these guys up as a 'one off', or use them as the starting point for an entire Adeptus Mechanicus army is still up in the air. If I do decide to do an army, I'm not even sure what codex I would use to represent them... probably Imperial Guard or maybe Grey Knights.

Regardless of the choice of rules, I know for a fact that the vast majority of the army would have to be heavily converted. The models in the Skulz set, as well as a few other models in the GW range, would account for the characters, but the rank and file would have to be kitbashed from a number of different sources.

At any rate, lets have a look at the models...

 
The 'SKULZ' set

Here are the models from the original 'Skulz' set, circa 2000. The sculpts are a bit primitive by todays standards, especially the servitors, but the faces on some of the engineers are way cool. The metallic skull faces with hoses sticking out them are very iconic... and downright sinister when you look at them.

I mounted all these guys on my Sci-Fi/Tech bases (which can be found in the Store) because they fit the character of these models.

Here is the 'Magos'. He comes with a small 'flunky' who is meant to be mounted on the same base. I wanted to keepmy options open for this model, so I used magnets to make the little guy removable.

Here is the 'Artisan', very reminiscent of an Enginseer, just with facier robes and less cybernetic gear.

Here are a couple of the 'Engineers'. Referred to as 'Enginseers' nowadays, these guys are the iconic figures of the Adeptus Mechanicus.

Long robes, servo arms, mechanical bits and big halberds are typical of what people think of when you mention the Adeptus Mechanicus.

A couple more 'Engineers'.

Here are the Servitors. As you can see, they are a bit primitive when compared to today's models, but it's cool to see how the machine/man concept has evolved over the years.

That's it for the brief tour of the old models...

... now it's time for some paint.

 
Painting

I used one of the Engineers as my 'color test' model. The Ad Mech is known for it's red robes, black clothing, and metallic gear.

I really like how this guy came out, time to paint some more.

 
To be Continued...