Aleph in the Shell (Part 2): Batou
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:
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.
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:
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:
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!