|Edith Higgins, Officio Medicae Virologist|
After his success with the Curse of the Alabaster event, Jonathan Hartman (known as shibboleth02 of Instagram), decided to host a new event, this time set in the Lesotho 2-12 laboratory complex, a labyrinth research station that has been overrun by zombies! If you want to know more about the narrative of the event, Kristian Simonsen, of the Secrets of the Void fame, wrote two exciting yarns, one introducing two Inquisitors interested in doctor Ignace Valantion from Lesotho 2-12, the other dealing with an old guard veteran trying to escape being trapped with the research complex. Being intrigued by the event, which you can watch unfold by following the hashtag #lesothotwotwelve, particularly by the excellent civilian scientists from WilhelMiniatures, I decided it would be fun to build my own NPC scientist for the event!
|Higgins' laspistol was converted using a Dark Eldar Splinter pistol as a base.|
To create the model, I used one of the retinue members from the Death Korp Quartermaster set from Forge World. Specifically, I used the medical servator, but removed all of her bionic servo arms and reduced the size of her backpack. This simple modification worked quite nicely to distance the model from the stock Forge World one, while keeping the iconic surgical robes that I thought were quite well suited for a simple lab coat. I replaced her arms with Death Korp ones, due to their long sleeves that fit nicely with the rest of the coat. I built a small servo arm that sprouts from her backpack with one of the tiny servos from the Rust Stalker kit. I took the small computer panel from that very servo arm to create a dataslate that she is now holding. Finally I converted a laspistol from a Dark Eldar splinter pistol that I dramatically cutdown. I decided to keep her finger on the trigger, to convey her inexperience with firearms (poor trigger control!), as a researcher is typically far from the front lines of conflict.
|Instead of doing the traditional white lab-coat, we decided that blue might stand out more, marking her as a virologist.|
|A bloody hand print (and drawn pistol) is the first evidence that something is not quite right in Lesotho 2-12.|
|In a nod to graduate work as a biologist, we made her gloves purple, mimicking the colored nitrile gloves often found in labs.|
- Adam Wier