Throwback Thursday: Rogue Trader Predator

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Tasting Notes

Conceptually, I think the Rogue Trader era predator is superb. The design evokes so much of the blocky, utilitarian aesthetic found in all imperial tanks. The sponsons, a design abandoned in most tanks within the first quarter of the twentieth century, seems to have finally found its place in the far future. But wait – there is a nod to progress; the domed turret and a pair of equally curved mountings to house the lascannons stand proud on that chassis of stubborn edges. The result is both incredibly archaic and oddly reminiscent of 50’s sci-fi.

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Acquisition and Assembly

The XVII Legion needed armour, so immediate ebayage was necessary. The two models I received were in bad shape and needed some serious restoration. They were carefully disassembled and given a good soak in Dettol for about two weeks. After cleaning and drying, the reassembly phase revealed a new host of problems: Attaching the track sections to main hull exposed gaps where the plastic had either degraded or warped over time. Plenty of green stuff and a few choice accessaries later, the pair looked fairly presentable and I deemed them to be ready for priming.

Here’s how they came out…

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…and together

Theoretical

It was the inspiration to run the Armoured Breakthrough Rite of War that originally led to this purchase. With this ROW the predators become fast vehicles with scoring that can also be taken as Troops. One of them is automatically boosted to a ‘Super Heavy Command Tank.’ Nice! The 24” re-roll for leadership is useful, but with the Word Bearers rolling 3D6 and selecting the lowest two already, this is formidable, as is the BS2 upgrade.

The predators’ purpose is clear: To keep their distance, stay alive and secure late game objectives with a well timed flat out move. Should I opt to be more aggressive, they could tear up the enemy’s flanks, drawing away other units from my core, or position themselves midfield for those opportune rear and side armour hits.

And Finally

This is another miniature that I badly wanted when I got into the hobby in the mid-nineties but was sadly unavailable. Now, thanks to the wonders of the online marketplace, they are finally mine. I’m really pleased with how they have turned out and integrated into my army of 30k Word Bearers. Their comparatively small size initially gave me pause, but since they are ‘Fast’ owing to the ROW, they now fit both aesthetically and thematically.

At the time of writing they are unbloodied, but they don’t have to wait long – I’ve got a 3,000 point game scheduled tomorrow against World Eaters.

Oh,

and Angron’s coming…

NEXT WEEK ON THROWBACK THURSDAY

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3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Rogue Trader Predator

  1. Alex

    Nice restoration work on those Predators mate, they really do look the part! I always did like the domed turret on these oldies… you’re right, it sets up clash of styles that is really very pleasing 🙂

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  2. WestRider

    I badly want to get one (or more) of those Predators. I got into 40K shortly after you, and was always kind of disappointed in the metal hybrid Predators compared to the pics of the older ones in some of the books. Haven’t managed to run across a decent deal on one while I had spare cash yet, tho. Some day.

    Great job you’ve done on them, too. I wouldn’t have suspected they were second-hand.

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    1. darkfuture Post author

      I had one of those metal hybrid predators of which you speak – horrible looking things. I’m not sure I’ll ever experience any particular nostalgia for that aesthetic. Such a huge part of this hobby is realising things that I aspired to accomplish as a twelve year old! I hope you find one soon. Remember, Dettol (simply green) is your friend. Good hunting on the ebays and thank you for your comment.

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