Posted: 28. 04. 2022.
Tomb raiders from far corners of the Void land on Nekroplanet Grob to pillage its treasures. But the treasures are guarded! Grobniks - an army of androids built by the ancient extinct civilisation that buried their dead on the inhospitable Nekroplanet, still watch the sepulchres of their former masters.
In December 2021 Mammoth Miniatures released my first Grobnik sculpt in resin: the Heavy Trooper. I've sculpted a few more of these Sci-Fi robo skeletons since, each with its own combat role and design. If you follow me on Instagram you've likely seen most of them, but I reckon they deserve their own blog post.
Grobnik Trooper, a footsoldier robotic guardian of Nekroplanet's tombs.
Grobnik Death Ray. A small but deadly flying machine whose design is reminiscent of the sun rays, Nekroplanet's native sky fauna.
Grobnik Dragoon. Nekroplanet's robotic fast cavalry.
Grobnik Bulwark. This heavily armoured unit's purpose is to act as an immovable object. The Bulwark's massive body and hands block the enemy's passage, while the small cannon mounted on top can serve a barrage of suppressive fire to keep tomb raiders away from their prize.
The Assassin.This Grobnik targets the intruder bands' most vital members and takes them out quickly and efficiently. Highly deadly, but fragile.
The Trooper, Bulwark, Dath Ray, and Dragoon are already with Mammoth Miniatures for moulding and casting. They will soon be joining the Heavy Trooper in their online store! The Assassin is the first of the next batch, which I'm sculpting right now.
How do you feel about the new Grobniks? Let me know in the comments.
These guys are great!
I like the drab and ominous thing you have going, but I could see a talented painter doing them up in a colorful Dia de Muertos scheme…
That would be awesome! It’s one of the many joys of being a miniature sculptor: you get to see many other hobbyists’ interpretations of your miniatures.
Is gronik derived from the slag term gopnik? I just learned about that word a week ago and now grobnik gives me a smirk. Anyway, your sculpts are just badass, especially the dragoon.
Hahaha, nah. It’s derived from the word ‘grob’, meaning grave. Suffix -nik is common in Croatian language’s lexicon in diverse examples like: poreznik (=tax man), novčanik (=wallet), vojnik (=soldier), početnik (=beginner), ručnik (=towel), gromovnik (=thunderer)... It’s also common in other Slavic languages.
Great stuff, the good old school scifi look par excellence ... what magnificent ideas you have and how proper you implement them in miniature.
I love it!
Thanks a bunch, Frank!
These are so fantastic! Do you have any stats for them for Planet 28?
I don’t, but that’s just a matter of time. They’ll fit nicely in games of Planet28.