Aleph in the Shell (Part 2): Batou

Hi everyone!

This week we’ll keep up with Ghost in the Shell’s Section 9 for Infinity from Corvus Belli. Everyone who has seen the anime agrees that the most warring member of the team, besides Mayor Kusanagi, is Batou. Like Motoko, he has a full cybernetic body, and also ocular implants to improve his aim and perception. However, unlike the Mayor, Batou is a carefree and a show-off, making him more human than his boss.

I’ve based this conversion on his depiction in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, the second part of this anime, and also the game First Assault: Ghost in the Shell. Here’s a picture of him for reference:

Image from First Assault: Ghost in the Shell’s website.

I wanted to get a miniature that implied both a strong, professional soldier, and also that air of bad attitude that Batou has. After taking a long look at their range of miniatures, I decided to use another Aleph trooper known for his arrogance and ‘frontal attackness`: Eudoros. Another serious contestant to this one was Phoenix, however his pose with the rocket launcher and his other arm extended was not too much appealing to me.

Eudoros leading Aleph’s Assault Sub Section. Image from Corvus Belli’s online store.

First thing I did was to remove the sword (nobody uses those in the Section 9, only knives), then I modelled the hair, his cybernetic eyes, and I also used some remains of hair from another miniature to make his ponytail:

The ponytail on the original anime was not that thick, but I liked it that way, so it stayed.

This conversion was almost finished. However, while deciding what to do with the hand that was previously holding the sword, I had an Idea. Batou is usually the spearhead of Section 9, so I decided to give a more aggresive stance to this frontliner:

Not in my neighbourhood, punk!

The gun was made with just a scrap of metal that joins both feet on most of Infinity’s miniatures, I just filed it to shape and used some green stuff for the details. I modelled a CZ100, the standar issue pistol for Section 9 agents, but then I realized later that Batou uses a Jericho 942 pistol, but the diference is barely noticeable at this scale. As you can see, it was not a complex conversion, but sure it is striking, and gives a lot of charisma to an already stunning miniature.

With this one there are two members of Section 9 already done. Next week we’ll see what was hiding behind that blurry picture from last week. Don’t miss it!

‘Till next time!

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  1. 5 December, 2017

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