WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Yet another WarZone model today. This one is a 2nd-generation Cybertronic Chasseur resculpt that came out towards the end of 1st edition. The original Cybertronic Chasseurs tended to be bare-chested or singlet-clad bald guys with guns. They were also one of the better-looking factions in terms of models back then (to my eye, at least) and as one of the gaming group of the day elected to run a campaign, and Imperials were already taken (by two other players – who used different aspects of the Imperials – Berets and Trenchers from memory) I went with the Cyber-boys. As they were generally half naked, muscular dudes, and we were in the midst of the nWo era of wrestling at the time (leading into the “Attitude Era”) my Cybertronic (and other) guys ended up with some wrestling influence.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

As I had a bunch of the original Chasseurs that I was already using as my Chasseurs when these new Chasseurs came out, I decided to use the new Chasseurs as Chasseur Sergeants. This model being the only one of these that got even this far painted. Then again, I don’t recall my army composition from 20-whatever years ago when this all happened, so…

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker HobbiesIn any case, I followed the nWo theme, and this model was named “Chono” in honour of Masahiro Chono, a wrestler from New Japan who was a leader of the nWo Japan chapter of the nWo. The model’s pants have the lighting bolts on them in homage to Chono.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

As part of my upgrade and update, I’ve added an Iron Warriors icon to his shoulder pauldron, and also marked out the skull on his helmet in a more obvious manner (it was originally black). I also gave him an industrial base to further tie him in with my Iron Warriors and changed his eye lenses from their original red to the cold blue that my IW use. He’ll either be a Traitor Legion Astartes in a stealth-type squad, or a cultist leader. Once again, these models are still available from Prince August. (and nope, I’m not getting any kickbacks for all these plugs – I wish!)

22 thoughts on “WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

  1. See, I think is one of the cases where the model is actually still awesome and has managed to age really gracefully (except maybe for that ever so slightly dodgy weapon design). Great Paintjob, too, although I don’t care too much for the wrestling reference (NWO was after the time where I watched wrestling, really. The freehand is really well done, though).

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    • Thanks! These chasseurs are still pretty good models, and as you say – they’ve aged better than a lot of others. The weapon design is actually pretty good as well, though perhaps it doesn’t show well on this particular model and/or with the angles of my photos here.

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  2. Excellent work on that skull. Great attention to the transition of beige to a brown, making it look like aged bone. The freehands are also very nicely executed and I also appreciate the wrestling references. Not a fan myself, but it is cool that it influenced your work at this stage in your life.

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    • Thank you. Once I get some of the other, less great sculpts, updated, it’ll be clearer as to why I ended up giving them a wrestling-influenced look.

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  3. Now that looks great! The other Warzone stuff, your paint was good, but the sculpts had aged poorly. With a solid sculpt underneath, it comes out amazing!

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    • Excepting the guy with the giant gun, I feel like the other sculpts are still as good as they ever were. In that they were always decent models, but a bit off proportionately or had other flaws – just as a lot of Citadel’s 4th-6th edition WHFB models looked off even at the time they were released. We just have a lot more choice these days, so we don’t need to settle nearly as often. 🙂

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      • That is a good point. I recently saw one of the earlier Warmachine Casters, and wow that sculpt has been left behind by the improvements over the last 20 years.

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        • Yeah, I liken it to the fact that a lot of Jes Goodwin’s RT-2nd edition Eldar and Marine models still stand up or even look better than any number of resculpts done through the years since. Some of them might be a bit “flatter” because of the limitations of metal, but so many of them still look better than subsequent metals, as well as a huge number of the plastics.

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    • That’s true – actually, it’s true for quite a lot of these random models. Necromunda or 40k bounty hunters, space scum, Rogue Trader troops, Mercs and ex-military/PDF/etc

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    • Yeah, updating a lot of these old-school models to 32mm bases really makes them fit and feel better, and the IW are slowly coming along with these supplementaries. Need to do some more “proper” stuff for them again soon. ish.

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        • True, especially for the GW ones. These Heartbreaker/WarZone models though are a mixture of soft lead and the hardest bloody pewter known to man. Ones that will crack a tile before softening a hard edge!
          Still, A wider base works wonders for both kinds. Protecting the model or at least the paintjob (and the floor!)

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