Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

This model is one I’ve had for a very long time, and is one of the remaining vestiges of the Squat detatchment that was part of my first Imperial Army/Guard force, that I sold as a teen to get the cash to buy my first Amiga Computer. It’s not something I regret as such, as I got a lot of use and enjoyment out of that computer, as well as it having probably been an important part of what has gotten me to my current professional position, but you fucking bet I wish I could get hold of those models again today.

Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

The paint here is actually a re-touch of my 2nd-edition-era re-tough of my original 1989-1990-ish Roghue Trader paintjob. I went over pretty much everything this time, making the tyres a dussty grey rather than the black shaded to blue that they originally were, redoing the padded flak armour from green and brown to the current brown, changing the boots, gloves and jacket to black leather, highlighting the helmet and bike parts a little more from the 2nd-edition Red I gave them, and then glazing with red to enrich the colour which had gotten a bit desaturated from the highlights. His lasgun got repainted from having bright red furniture to copper, still giving it a touch of colour but removing the gaudiness and the distraction that the red caused. Similarly, the shoulder studs went from bright yellow to silver.

Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

There is a little bit of very old freehand on the model that I left untouched. A rune of sorts on his helmet, shoulder and headlamp. It might be similar ot Khorne if you look at it a certain way, but it ain’t Khorne! I’d like to get more of these, but they’re like gold-played hen’s teeth, sadly. I do at least have a tiny stash of original Squats on foot that I kept from that sale – which clearly I need to get off my arse and paint!

…and yeah, I only spotted that touch of paint on the bottom of his nose from repainting his beard after taking these photos – it’s been fixed now!

27 thoughts on “Rogue Trader: Squat Trike (Michael and Alan Perry, April 1989)

  1. I have noticed several errors in my painting only when looking at the photo of the model rather than the model itself! I like this model, never owned one myself, but I did have the Epic plastic versions.

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    • Yeah, that does happen. This time it was because the nose/face was completed before I redid the beard – and then didn’t end up lookling at it from the lower angle until I took the photos. All good now, though!

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  2. Great work on what is now a classic model, the paint actually looked like extra shadow under his nose but as long as your happy with it that’s the main thing

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    • I’m still holding out hope that they get reintroduced into 40k outside of that one nod in Necromuna. That will be a day to celebrate. …and everything else that once was has seemingly returned, so…?

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  3. So nostalgic it almost hurts. It’s remarkable how well this model has aged; of course, your excellent paint touch-up has certainly helped it.

    I see that the marking on his right shoulder pad marks him as a member of the Trivial Pursuits Household.

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    • Hahah close but no cigar there. It’s a Dead Kennedys logo. 😉
      I have to say, the sculpt is rough in places but has a ton of charm and character to it – as did that whole range!

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  4. Squats are something I’d heard about in White Dwarf but had never seen until they recently returned in Blackstone Fortress. If this is what they looked like, then I can see why there is such nostalgia for them. This guy has a lot of character and looks perfectly suited for Warhammer as well. You did a great job touching him up and this is certainly a paint job that has stood the test of time 🙂

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    • They had a bit of variety within their tropes, but basically a combination of Fantasy Dwarves, Imperial Army/Early Imperial Guard – and the biker/mechanic look. They were great!

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    • Yeah, I check eBay on occaison but the combinaiton of their rarity, high price, the tanking AU$, and our shithead government deciding to implement 10% sales tax on eBay transactions even from individuals (as opposed to businesses) as a favour to one of the leadership’s big business buddies means I largely avoid eBay these days. It used to be a real trove of OOP stuff for me a few years ago… 😦

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    • Very true. I always wanted to rebase him as part of the process, but 40mm or 50m rounds didn’t seem “balanced” for the model, and I didn’t want to go too old-school with a horse base. Having access ot the different sized ovals did make a big difference to getting him out and done. About to do the same with a pair of old Boar Boyz as well…

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  5. Oh that is a beautiful old dwarf! I was about to say we’ll not see their likes again but GW have been raiding their back-catalogue so maybe someday, a man can dream anyway. Nice freehand there, good to see that the Dead Kennedys still have a loyal following in the far future!

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