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Da Robosquig - project finished on 10/04/2010

 

Even after my Squig Mob project, I still can't get enough of the little guys. I'll be building a Mega-Armored Warboss at some point and frankly, a standard attack squig just ain't gonna cut it. I mean come on, if the Boss is stomping around wearing a couple metric tons of armor, it would stand to reason his attack squig should be similarly equipped. Hence, the Robosquig was born.
 

 
Design and Construction

I took the body of a standard squig, chopped off the legs and filed it down to make the sides smooth.

Once the legs were off, I drilled a hole through the body at the rough area where the hip joint would be and inserted a length of brass rod to act as a hip 'axle' of sorts.

From there it was time work on the legs.

For the legs I actually started from the ground and worked my way up.

I started with the feet to get the size right. Squigs have oversized feet, with some pretty massive claws, and I wanted to make sure they looked the part before I did the legs. I used sheet styrene of roughly 1.5mm thickness.

Once I had the feet the way I wanted them, I worked my way up with styrene tubing of various gauges to make the legs, knees, and hip joints.

next up were the 'Urty and Worky bitz on the rear of the squig.

The armored hip guards are the spiked plastic shoulder pads from the Ork Boyz sprue.

The engine is the worky bits from the 'cahinsaw' choppa on the Ork Boyz sprue, with an extra exhaust pipe made from styrene tubing.

Lastly, I worked over the squigs face to make him look more menacing.

The armored visor/face plate is made from greenstuff, and the iron gob is again from the Ork Boyz sprue (damn, I use that sprue a lot). The extra 'scope' over the left ear is actually a chunk of the control stick from a pair of IG Sentinal driver arms.

The power cable is a length of guitar string, bent to shape and glued on.

Next up... paint!

 
Painting

And here he is all painted up and ready for the tabletop.

The squig skin is done in the normal Blood Red tone that I use for the rest of my squigs, and the metal bits use the same 'rough metal' technique seen throughout my Ork Army.

Here he is from the back. Now all that's left to do is to build him a Mega-Armored Warboss to follow around...

... and here's the Boss.

I converted this model back in the day when they had rules in a White Dwarf for using different Ork Klans. Back then, a Bad Moon Warboss could have a Kustom Mega Blasta on his arm.

Hence, the fancy gun.