Rebel Grot Commissar: Getting started

Hello all,

Last week I put it to you to decide my next project.  I got a handful of votes and of the three project I proposed the Rebel Grot Commissar won out.  Although I never posted it this is actually a model I started working on during a business trip a few months ago.  I haven’t made a lot of progress since then but I can show you what I have so far.  The pictures are lower quality than usual because I took them in a hotel room using a cheap camera.

The first picture just shows what I brought with me for the trip.  Some bits, super glue, a little green stuff, and a few tools.  I stuck with the least threatening implements so I wouldn’t have trouble getting it on a plane.

Commissar on the go (1)

Next is the rough assembly.  The head, legs, and right arm are from the Warhammer Fantasy Goblin Regiment.  I trimmed the bow down but left enough to represent the handle of a bolter.  My Rebel Grots are usually a bit taller than a typical Grot or Goblin and I wanted a more dramatic pose than can be easily attained with the standard Goblin torsos so I decided to sculpt one from scratch.  I formed the basic shape from green stuff and pressed the plastic bits into it before it cured.  He is currently wielding a Space Wolf power fist which has a position I like.  It is comically large for him but no more so than Yarrick’s klaw.  I plan to replace it with a custom fist or claw that is somewhere between this and a Cadian fist in size.Commissar on the go (2)

When I base him I plan to have him standing on a severed Ork head, firing his bolter down range as he waves his comrades forward.  I used a lump of clay to mock up the position while I was working to get the rest of the pieces in place.Commissar on the go

Since taking these pictures I have shaved the top nub of the bow flush with the top of his thumb and glued an old bolter in place.  I’ve started a little work on the new fist but haven’t made it far.  After that he’ll get a base before I start working on his coat and hat.  I’ll probably give him a bionic eye as well.  It will look cool, and make him more suitable to represent Yarrick if I should want to.

So there’s the start of my Rebel Grot Commissar.  What do you think about the fist, is it good as is or should I go with something a tad smaller?

  • I like the pose. It’s a nice dramatic stance.

    I’d keep the fist as-is. I love oversized stuff like that. Nothing says 40K like a ginormous power fist!

    • Thanks. I wanted something that would stand out nicely from the rest of the grots. You’re right about 40k and oversized weaponry going hand in hand (no pun intended…) Plus, keeping the fist would be a lot less work than making a new one!

  • I really like the powerfist…it is ridiculous and thus perfect for a grot.

    • I liked it at first. I liked the looted marine fist as a mirror to Yarrick’s looted claw. Then it started to look like a bit much. Then I took another look at the Yarrick model and thought “oh, yeah, they’re supposed to be ridiculously large!” Now I’m starting to like it again…

      • I just like how it instantly tells a story. I see him being passed a mug of fungus beer and it just exploding in his fist, and then him yelling and demolishing the bar.

        • That kind of rage does make for a good commissar!

  • khorneinquisitor

    He should be standing on a dead grot….sort of indicative of his commissar/disciplinarian role.

    • I was thinking Ork head to symbolize their rebellion, but your idea is much better! It would look like he’s just delivered some “motivational incentive” and is now waving the rest of the squad back into the fray!

      • khorneinquisitor

        It would be cool if he was holding a pole or banner or symbol as well. Sort of a shooting the coward and holding the previously held symbol, urging (or threatening) his grots on.

        • That could work if I made greater use of icons/banners in the rest of the army. I’ll leave that out for this one but I might use it for a second commissar later on…

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