Cybernetica Datasmith

You’ll be pleased to hear that over the weekend I managed to paint up quite the horde of Orks as part of the Orktober painting challenge. Naturally you might assume, based on that provocative opening statement, that I’m going to show you some painted greenskins today – but you’d be dead wrong about that. You see, several months ago I swore an oath; to paint something for my Adeptus Mechanicus army every month of 2021 and I shall hold to that, come rain, shine or even hordes of Orks.

This month I’ve tackled another specialist tech-priest, and a model almost as fiddly as last month’s Tech-Priest Manipulus, the Cybernetica Datasmith. The Adeptus Mechanicus have always had an uneasy relationship with artificial intelligence. On the one hand armies of robots would be great, seeing as they’re durable, remorseless and wonderfully easy to mass-produce. They don’t have families waiting for them back home, they don’t need to be fed or paid and you don’t have to worry about them returning from war injured or traumatised. On the other hand, as anyone who has seen films like the Terminator can attest they do have the troubling habit of going rogue and removing problem elements (up to and including the entire human race). In the backstory of Warhammer 40k humanity tried having armies of robots and the battered survivors swore never to do it again. Nowadays the Adeptus Mechanicus keeps a very tight leash indeed on their robots and the men who hold those leashes are the Cybernetica Datasmiths. All this does have a downside of course, if the Datasmith happens to die – always a risk when you’re on a battlefield – the robots under his command will continue to follow their last instructions, at which point you’d better stand well back until they run out of batteries – however long that takes. Still better than letting the damn things think for themselves though!

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Ready to march alongside my Datasmith I have a pair of mighty Kastelan Robots but they’ll have to wait until Orctober is over. I do plan to add them to the army by the end of the year though.

16 responses to “Cybernetica Datasmith

  • Alex

    Brilliant job mate, I love that model – mine ended up donating various bits to various projects (in a very AdMech kinda way) but I do want to go back and make/paint one as it should be… yours hasn’t done anything to dampen that desire!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate, I’m the same but ended up going in the opposite direction – I liked the model too much not to just paint him “as is” but I really want to get my hands on another and do some kitbashing. 🙂

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nicely done mate as always but if you lose out to IRO by one Orc come the end of the month you’ll have some explaining to do, just saying. 😉

  • Pete S/ SP

    That is a great figure- really like it.



  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Oooh, I like him! That is a really “busy” figure with lots of detail, so well done! 🙂

  • imperialrebelork

    That’s the weirdest Ork I’ve ever seen mate hehe. Nah he’s brilliant and although I’m impressed that you’ve stuck to your oath I can’t help but feel you’re just showing off ie You painted a horde of Orks and this chap over the weekend! Bastard *cough* haha.

    • Wudugast

      Haha! Maybe I’m just trying to let you get ahead so I can lull you into a false sense of security? 😉 He is a pretty weird looking Ork isn’t he – but so long as you’re happy to count him as one…

      I saw your comment to TIM where you said you feel as though you’re running your own race now and I know exactly what you mean – I’m enjoying the contest but to be honest I don’t really mind if I paint more or you do, I just care about painting more than I think I can. Every time I find myself thinking “I reckon I could paint x number of orks here” I then put some more down on top of that and say “Let’s try and do all of these then!” It’s like we’re both racing against ourselves, but together if that makes sense (and doesn’t sound too pretentious). Obviously I’m still going to thrash you though! :-p

  • Kuribo

    Wow. What confidence or cheek to take some time out from the competition to paint something Ad Mech 😉 No green skin in sight on that guy! I really like the look of him. He looks a bit scary and grimdark as Ad Mech should! You will have a full-on Ad Mech army one of these days and I look forward to seeing it 😀

    • Wudugast

      Haha – it is a little cocky isn’t it, like deliberately giving myself a handicap. 😉 I have a lot of Ad Mech plans to attack once the Orks are done though so fingers crossed you’ll be seeing that army sooner rather than later. 🙂

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