The Petrushka is based on the Thanatar Siege-Automata from Forgeworld, and I did not change much of it at all! A few symbols were removed, some servo-skulls replaced and the legs sawn off so he could stride through the ocean, which was made with Green Stuff and Polyfilla.
I chose this model because I wanted something big, crude and brutal - the Robot I wanted for the Russian Coalition rather than the more... ornate Svarog-class. My initial experiment, the Arktica Ice Breaker, was great, but far too small, and I continued my search across several different companies. Eventually I settled on the Forgeworld Thanatar, as it had everything I wanted, with very little need for conversion.
While the conversion was fairly quick, the painting took a great deal longer - over fifteen hours, which for me is an absolute lifetime. The scheme follows the standard grey of the Russian fleet, with brass, bronze and rusted metal. The wrist-mounted cannons were highlighted close to white to match the turrets of the other naval vessels, and a pair of lenses add some colour to the beast.
Onto the pictures and my own home-grown narrative...
|The wrist-mounted cannon is several times larger than the turrets of a White Navy Battleship, capable of obliterating a small vessel with a single tank-sized round|
|An incredible feed system keeps the wrist-mounted cannon firing - a true wonder in an age where belt-fed gunnery is still in development|
|Significantly lower armour on the rear portions of the engine reveal potential weaknesses|
|Rending claws prepared to eviscerate enemy Battle Robots and naval vessels|
|Radiation and effluent from the Sturginium-powered Bombard stains the brass and pollutes the ocean around it|
|The immense war machine uses a number of lenses, mirrors and spy-holes to give the crew maximum visibility without compromising their safety or the armour of the Robot|
|The Hochmeister-class Dreadnought-Robot prepares to defend itself|
|It will have to be quick and strike true to slow the beast|
|Though shorter, the Petrushka is nonetheless significantly bigger than the Prussian Robot|
|Black Wolf Mercenaries struggle against the monstrous Battle Robot|
|The mighty Asgard-class Fleet Carrier suffers the attentions of Petrushka|
|Danish vessels realise at their peril they are far too close|
|Donner Squadron moves to assist the beleaguered Havel-class Light Carrier|
|Escorted by the Pevek Cruiser Squadron, the Petrushka marches to battle|
|Even the mighty Moskva-class Dreadnought looks small compared to the war engine|
|The Petrushka, ready for war|
|Already weathered and beaten from exhaustive testing, the beast is finally ready to join the World War|
|Side by side, the Dreadnought-Robots dominate everything else in the theatre|
Thanks for reading,