Remember my four Mech Rough Riders?
Well the squad needs 5, but I had spent all my creativity on those four, so I forgot about them. Until I started trading with someone on the Barter Bucket (From the Warp on Saturdays), who wanted to trade some stuff and gave me an Rogue Trader Imperial Guard Biker. Yep, the guard used to race around on Indians and Harleys. Here's a product sheet of that model, it's all the way on the bottom, I think I have the guy on the right.
The sculpt is not exactly detailed, but I was super excited to make this into something fun.
My model didn't have a steering handles and the rider had no arms. I actually used Spacemarine arms with Guard hands, it came out surprisingly good. I also added a little console/dashboard above the steering bars. Here's the model before painting.
I had to go with a round base because of the unit coherency but it really needed a long one, it looks a little cramped.
Here it is painted.
Check out the bolters in the front wheel..
I gave him a backpack from some cheap toy soldiers that John has a million of (box on the flea market), the backpacks on those models are great.
The gerry can is leaking....I gloss coated it but the picture doesn't do it justice, that part actually came out quite good.
Although there is loads of things to complain about with this model, you cannot deny the character and charisma that this guy oozes. Very sweet indeed!
Here you can find a great catalog with images of all the old OOP GW minatures. I can only implore you to check it out, find a model you like and hunt it down on Ebay or the Barter Bucket!