Monday, 12 June 2017

Joff Zuckerman - RogueTrader


Rogue traders, the last front... oh wait, I'm getting things mixed up sorry. Rogue traders yes, what more iconic character in the 40k universe than those that gave their title to the very first edition ?
There are a few which have had their name written in the stars of g33k fame but this one is probably my favourite.
Joff Zuckerman is the iconic rogue trader descirbed in the Book of the Astronomican, the first supplement to Rogue trader. Amongst the various lists and profiles for imperial agents, you get this bad boy in the coloured pages :


A tad over the top ? Without a doubt. What would you expect from a man who can summon companies of marines and Imperial guards in the blink of an eye ?
Now Diego from Knightmare miniatures has had the good idea to ask Kev Adams to sculpt his interpretation of the character for us to paint.
This one was one I've been thinking about kitbashing but so far laziness had always prevailed so when the model was announced, I jumped on the occasion.


The model is not exactly scaled like the usual Rogue Trader model but a tad bigger like what you'd find in later editions, it still is a very fine and extremely pleasant model to paint and Kev Adams still has magic in his hands I can tell you.

Picture borrowed from AREA 23 (check this blog, really)
You might have noticed I did alter the backpack a bit to stick a little more to the original picture and to make it slightly less imposing, it's just a section removed on the upper exhausts and the lower ones removed but I find it does make a difference.


Luckily enough for me, the original picture depicts one very grim character with a fully worn out and weathered armour and gear so I could get a little messy myself !


This one didn't take long to paint, maybe 3 sessions at worst and it was a fairly straightforward process helped by the fact I just had to replicate the original colour scheme (there is a joy from time to time in turning your brains off).

Anyway, I'm chuffed to bits from having this guy ticked off, these sort of projects are very rewarding for me !
Hope you like him !

41 comments:

  1. I love this model! I backed the kickstarter but have not painted mine yet. I have issues with the way the backpack fits so I will be altering mine as well. The paint job is awesome. Joff Zuckerman is the best Rogue Trader ever.

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    1. In all fairness, I even considered doing another smaller backpack but I was too eager to paint the model so just filed it thinner to make it fit with modified exhausts.
      Cheers !

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  2. Damn, that is one fine miniature! Major kudos to Mr Adams! <3

    I was looking to build him last year myself for the INQ28 Ready Your Retinue, but never really found the impetus to carry it through. Is this a one off batch or do you think it'll be peddled at BOYL17?

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    1. Don't think it will be a one time thing but I don't believe Diego is attending BOYL so a quick PM might answer al those questions ! ^^
      Cheers Becca !

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    2. Sadly I don't know the guy, so I don't know who to PM, plus it'd be a little improper to ask him straight off the bat! :p

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    3. I asked him a little while ago if he would be attending BOYL this year...the answer was that he couldn't make it :(

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  3. Hige fan of Kev Adams and I think this is great. Was a mold made, or is this totally one of a kind?

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    1. Can't say for certain but i'm pretty sure this one will be sold on the online store at some point.

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    2. Nice. And "hige" = "huge" for those baffled by my typo. :)

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  4. Brilliant faithful homage to the illustration in sculpt and paint. I actually like the sculpt a lot in hand - it feels right for a RT sculpt

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    1. It's quite heavy and displays everything you'd expect from an oldschool model, the pleasure of painting is here for sure !

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  5. Very impressive. Both the creation and the execution!

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  6. Avec un traitement chaud des teintes il aurait été bien gouleyant aussi. Beau boulot, tu captes une bonne ambiance sur cette sculpture très sympa :)

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    1. C'est vrai qu'au final il est un peu terne car je voulais pas partir dans qqchose de trop riche mais la teinte jaunâtre de l'armure et les teintes plus chaudes de la peau auraient pu être intéressantes.
      Merci !

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  7. Wow, great figure, and an amazing paint job. I particularly like the bionic arm, something about that weathered industrial yellow is really appealing.

    The left forearm is a bit hard to make out, is there some more detailing there too?

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    1. The left one is kind of hard to understand, I get from the picture it's leopard skin or something of the kind but it's sculpted with recesses and weird shapes so I just followed the sculpt.
      Thanks !

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  8. Truly fantastic. I haven't (already) got that mini as I'm still climbing the lead mountain, but I no doubt plan to have one of my own. I guess I'll use yours as a reference, it looks gorgeously badass!

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    1. You've got even better with the illustration !
      No doubt this one would fit in your collection !
      Cheers amigo. ;)

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  9. Very cool.. mine is in the queue, though when it gets to the front of the line is anyone's guess!

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    1. I have no idea why it jumped to the top like that after waiting for a while, the stand alone caracters do have that palette cleansing ability in between bigger projects I reckon.
      Thanks a lot !

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  10. I like how you paid special attention to the faint detail i.e. the green triangles on his cheeks & forehead. If you don't squint at the illustration you'll miss them :)

    The backpack design in the original sculpt is way off I reckon. I think you've managed to improve it though JB.

    Looks like there's a few others commenting about having a crack at making him too! I better get a wriggle on and finish mine huh :)

    You did a great job painting him JB, very close to the illo, well done mate :)

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    1. I only noticed the triangles late in the process and felt like "oh no, please, face tattoos really ?"
      Thanks alot, I'm eager to see yours mate !

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  11. Great model I will have to see if I can get it at some point. Great paint job too!!

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    1. You can hardly be disapointed by an Adams sculpt really.

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  12. Hmm... after some initial disappointment re the figures size I'm warming to it again. That's all down to you JB.

    Good work!

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    1. Blame it on the guy who got me that model.
      *drops mike and leaves*
      ...
      ...
      ...
      *comes back and gives a thank you thumb up)

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  13. Superb stuff mate! Was in a similar boat as you and had planned a kit bashed project of him somewhere down the line. Relieved that K.A. has saved me a laborious job. There's been one or two fine efforts (yourself included) in the last week or so and a very high bar has been set.

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    1. Funnily enough it seems many of us are/were all working on it at the same time, I think we can expect more of them. That shows how badly we wanted that guy on a tabletop I guess.
      Thanks Ed !

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  14. What a classic representation of a super cool illustration. Really like how close to the art your paintjob is. Hope he'll get an appropriate retinue to go with him?

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    1. He will have to get a fitting retinue indeed, I have a couple of guys in mind. :)

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  15. Great work JB. I like the power glove in particular, and that headband... Jeesbus. He's a figure I'm most eager to paint, now more so after seeing your take on him. TOP. DOLLA.

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    1. He's as RT as you can get, you'll have plenty of fun with him !

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  16. Fabulous model, a pity I missed the opportunity to collect it. Superbly painted! I knew exactly what I was looking at the moment before the original art.

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    1. Thanks, can't think of a better thing to read about him !
      You should be able to get one on the store soon I believe.

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    2. Oh? I misread the kickstarter comments - this is good news. Shall wait like a kid watching cake in the oven ;)

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    3. Might be wrong but I'm pretty sure he's waiting for the "official" paintjob to put it on the store which shoudl happen soon. ^^

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  17. I had never heard of Kev Adams until now. Thanks for sharing ... you are right, the sculpt looks great and you worked your usual miracle on it with a great paint job!

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    1. Well if you were into GW during the old days, you might have had some his fantastic orcs and gobelins, he's sculpted plenty of classics honestly !
      Thanks a lot !

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