Saturday, 18 June 2011

The Spikey Rat Pack Captain GaGa [40K:RT]

The absolutely stunning Captain Gaga, sculpted by Mikko Luoma and painted by Kari Hernesniemi.

B&W preview shot of Captain Gaga | via Spiky Rat Pack

Little did I realise that when comparing Lady GaGa to the Sisters of Battle (more likely than not themselves inspired by the post-apocalyptic visions of the Atomic and magnificent Debbie Harry), elsewhere, on the other side of the Warp, a hugely talented pairing of sculptor and minis painter were working on a 40k influenced miniature of LaGaGa. And I'd have remained ignorant, but thankfully Kari joined the Zhu-tang Clan and inadvertently created a slavering fan-boy.

It's massively cool to see that John Blanche has been following the progress and giving encouragement to their project over on the Spikey Rat Pack blog. The influence of Johns Femme Millitant range is quite clear, and there is more than a slight nod to Amazonia Gothique. But more than this, for me, this is taking Warhammer back to it's Pop Culture roots, can anyone doubt that the Rat Spike crew are worthy of a 'Eavy Metal special? It's all to easy to be cynical about GWs direction these days, and it's good to see the faith is still kept by the hidden masters...

Also on the comment is the watchful eye and constructive feedback of ex-wargames factory, ex-games workshop sculpt-droid (to paraphrase the 2000ad) indie master Steve Buddle (just look at his cleric - pure gritty old-school) is also enlightening to read. Should I ever attempt to push putty I'll be scouring his comments for top tips.

Without further ado, here's some stats I made up for 40k Rogue Trader / Warhammer Fantasy Battle 2/3rd Edition / Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness / Old-School Sci-Fantasy Battle. In no way official or endorsed by anyone involved in the project.


Captain Gaga

4 5 4 4 2 3 5 3 9+2 7 8+1 9+1


all creatures within 4"/8 yards must make a WP test or move adjacent to GaGa, after which they stand transfixed, unable to react. [RoC:LatD]

One Eye

Ballistic Skill has been dropped by 50% [RoC:LatD]

Radio Gaga

Captain Gagas backpack constantly emits a form of psychoactive euroclash inspired plasti-pop soundwave which sends her followers within 12" into a Frenzy, they may also make 2 ranged weapon shots per turn, but at a -1 to Hit, as they tend to be dancing around whilst wildly firing weapons rather than taking aim. [40k:RT:WaaarghtheOrks]

Radio Gaga also has the effect of jamming all radio communications within 36" - this will have various nullifying effects on Robots and Support Weapons. [Zhu]

Enormous Noise

Each turn roll 1D6. On the result of a 6 Captain Gaga emits a mind-wrenching warble that disturbs everyone within 12" to  the depths of their psyche. All rolls must be made with a +1 or -1 penalty to their detriment. Followers and allies are accustomed to the sound, and are quite unaffected.[RoC:LatD]


Needle Pistol

Short Range: Long Range: To Hit - Short To Hit - Long Damage: Save Modifier
0-8" 8-16" +2 -1 1 -1

Displacer Field 2PV

Save on 4+ move 1d6" in a random direction. [40k:RT]

+++ But I'm still in love with Horus, baby, Hor-uh-us, Hor-uh-us +++

So I compel you, in my best Bene Gesserit Voice go see what the Spikey Rat Pack are up to, it's rather cool.

1 comment:

  1. Superb post man. Mad props for the support too! This just gave us lots and lots of positive energy in our battery-backbags.

    When I first wandered in the Realm of Zhu, I felt that this is one of those blogs that I'll definitely check out every morning for new posts.