DTN8 Remote Mine Droids

Sometimes you’re playing your favourite science fiction miniatures game, and the random wargear tables generate a result for which you don’t own the miniatures. EVEN WORSE, the miniatures don’t actually exist. They were never made. Anger sets in. You feel yourself about to explode.

You refuse to reroll the result. You refuse to represent the wargear with a cardboard chit. The only option is to spend a whole year of your life learning how to sculpt so you can design your own version. After that, vacuum cast them in high quality resin so they’re proper playable, paintable miniatures.

Ontos DTN8 unpainted product shot

I digitally designed these mine-droids as five pieces, so each droid could be assembled a bit differently, with bodies leaning at a jaunty angle, and turning heads.

DTN8 Assembly diagram
DTN8 construction diagram.

To direct the trio of droids, I converted a Space Marine Comms Officer from Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader, adding a pair of aerials to his backpack with lengths of wire and plastic rod.

Brother-Mechanic Kailogue controlling DTN8 units Snap, Crackle and Pop.

Here they are trundling across a battlefield of the far future, bringing their payload of high explosives into the heart of an enemy formation. Their armoured shells protect from light arms fire until they detonate with the power of giant fragmentation grenades. They can be programmed to explode at pre-set co-ordinates, or piloted remotely, allowing them to respond to shifting battlefield conditions, and even sadistically chase a retreating foe.

Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep .. BOOM.

Right, I can finally get on with my game now. I had to cast a few sets up, so expect to see some painted in other colour schemes soon.

Ninjabread out!

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Curis has painted for Games Workshop, Forge World, Warlord Games, Mantic Games, Avatars of War, Wargames Foundry, Studio McVey and many others. He's won at Golden Demon and Salute. He publishes monthly painting tutorials on Patreon.

9 thoughts on “DTN8 Remote Mine Droids

  • August 16, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    They are so cute and lovely! The inspiration is truly RT, they are simply perfect. Oh, and no doubt you took the only reasonable course of action. Using cardboard would have only brought dishonor! The only reasonable solution, I say!
    Seriously, they are fantastic, I love them.

    • September 13, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks Suber!

  • August 16, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    They’re awesome, love the old Bombots. I used them in a game once, you could put any grenade in them & I used Rad grenades to leave areas of radiation forcing my mate to avoid them or suffer wounds. He was so impressed y the tactic, kept saying how genius I was until his turn & somehow he’d stumbled on exactly the same tactic when coming up with his army list. No idea why we chose to do the same thing that game.

    • September 13, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      Pretty cool. What minis did you use to represent them back in the day?

  • August 17, 2021 at 3:46 am

    3D print files?

  • August 30, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Wowwww 😃 these are so great! I love that you designed them from the ground up. By making them multi-part, you managed to make what are essentially tin cans on treads highly poseable. And of course your paint jobs are fantastic; I love that high-contrast green. The super old school Marine is just an added bonus, although of course he’s perfectly painted too…

    • September 13, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks Allison! I like to think they can bend forward to look quizically at things, BB8 style.

  • September 9, 2021 at 4:16 am

    As others have said, they are really adorable. I’m sure the grinding sound of their tracks as they steadily mosey towards their prey might make them less so. I’ve never seen them before and yet they still give me nostalgia.

    Designing a 3d figure like that is a pretty nifty skill. I’m almost inspired enough to go find out how bad I would be at it.

    • September 13, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      Maybe their tracks make a cute squeak squeak squeak noise as they pootle over …


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