Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Evil Robots

A group photo for the album

I picked these guys up a few weeks ago for two reasons.

Firstly, I thought they looked really creepy.

And secondly, because I thought they’d do well as a sort of an undead analogue for games of Stargrave. My take on Stargrave is going to be effectively turning it into the light Warhammer 40K roleplaying game with miniatures that I’ve been scratching around for since the mid-nineties. I really enjoy the setting and while I love Blackstone Fortress, that game is a bit too limited for what I want to mess around with.

Us evil? A nasty prejudices caused by hurtful stereotypes about skulls

I had thought at first that these were conversions of old Space Crusade Chaos Androids with some Necron parts added, but looking at them more closely they seem to be a mixture of Marine parts and Necron parts with a few other odds and sods thrown in.

Those really are impressive claws

I’ve been messing around with Stargrave for a bit and it seems to be solid. I’m not completely sure as I haven’t played a face to face game yet and no game really survives until players have been let loose on it.


Dakka dakka dakka

I think this particular piece, the gun arm specifically, comes from the old Space Crusade Dreadnaught but I'm not 100% on that. It does occur to me though that a man who was concerned about verisimilitude in his Evil Undead Robots might wonder where exactly the ammunition hopper for those rotary cannon is.

But that would the thought of a churl and a nincompomp and therefore is beneath consideration.

A skull bathed in eerie orange light? That must be Henry

I suspect these fellas will be appearing on some sort of desolate planet or in a deep dark vault or possibly in a derelict starship stuffed with secrets that man was not meant to know.


"Whirr - clank - evil cackle"

They really are quite big

I could see these working quite well in some sort of solo scenario as they could be pre-programmed to act in a particular way, perhaps with cards or a simple table of instructions that you roll on to select what happens.

The elder lemon

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This chap is a Space Crusade Chaos Android. These were in the dim and dark past of Warhammer 40k corrupted robots possessed by demonic intelligences crafted by Squats that had been seduced by Chaos. They never had official figures behind these plastic Space Crusade figures and some Epic figures, but I've always had a weakness for them.


  1. Interesting minis! I think I can recognise a few bits -but not all of them. I'd like to try Stargrave too, I'm looking forward to your impressions!

  2. Evil robots indeed, very scary looking! Excellent paint job on them too.

  3. That is a wild looking bunch! Perfect for Stargrave.

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  5. Yes, the Chaos androids fit the part. I still have my Space Crusade boxes.

  6. They have a "Mexican Day of the Dead" vibe to them. Excellent! Their nemisis should be a James Bond figure or a Vindicare Assassin running about on collapsing rooftops :-)

    Regards Chris.

    Reqards, Chris.

  7. I always liked the Gretchins with their blunderbuss type weapons. I still have SC (bought in the '80s) along with the expansions. Haven't played it in about 15 years.

  8. Dear Conrad,

    They have a very "Day of the Dead" vibe to them. Robots also come in Giant and Stompy versions. Evil Giant Stompy Robots are the best!

    Kind Regards,