Once again, I find that I'm falling behind in my intended schedule of blog posts. To try to regain some lost ground, here's a relatively simple post about my robot models.
Didn't we already do robots recently? Well, yes - here - but those were really mechs. I'm not sure that I really understand the difference, but I know it when I see it. Perhaps a mech has built-in tools/weapons appropriate to its function, whereas a robot is more general purpose and can use regular human devices? Whether this is a reasonable distinction or not, in this post, you'll find real robots!
Until Star Wars came along, I think that Robbie was possibly the best-known robot in science fiction. He made his debut in Forbidden Planet, but has since appeared in a number of cameo roles in other films (such as Gremlins).
Of course, this model isn't really of Robbie. Rather, it's the Classic Robot from Black Cat Bases. The model does bear an uncanny similarity to Robbie, though...
My next machine is also from Black Cat Bases. This one looks remarkably like the Robinson family's machine from the original TV series of Lost in Space (not the more recent film with Gary Oldman as the villain). It must be just a coincidence that it looks so similar, but nevertheless...
In homage to the TV show, I've added a young woman called "Penny" to this set. However unlike the original Lost In Space, my version of Penny has a remote control for the robot, rather than the machine being completely autonomous. Penny is a converted em4 plastic ganger.
Of all the robot models I have which portray a film or TV character, this is the only official one! It's a servo robot from Black Tree Design's licensed Doctor Who range and it faithfully replicates the cutting edge special effects from a 1960's BBC TV show. 'Nuf said.
I'll be back!
Here are some more models from em-4, these bear a passing resemblance to the T-800 from The Terminator. Of course, the idea of a skeletal, metallic robot isn't exactly unique, but I do like these ones a lot. That doesn't mean I've ever used them in a game, of course...
Even 1 of these looks frightening, so I'm not sure what effect the entire range of 5 models would have on any players. Very menacing!
The Elephant in the Room
There is, of course, a rather large manufacturer who have a range of robots amongst their products. This is Games Workshop (as if you didn't know!); here are some examples of their basic Necron warriors.
Personally, I don't think that the bandy legs and oversize weapons do these models any favours. Still, I suspect that I'm outnumbered in this by tens of thousands of teenage boys across the world. Ah, well...
Of course, this collection doesn't even scratch the surface of all the robot models that are out there. They do give me some options for games though: I could run a classic Terminator scenario, or add a robot as an impassive (& malfunctioning?) sidekick to any science fiction skirmish game. One of these days I fancy running a game of All Things Zombie set in a science fiction convention (like Night of the Living Trekkies); a couple of home-built robots would be brilliant as props or accessories. Of course, I'd need to build a convention centre model first, so this might have to remain a pipe dream for now!