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A Look at the Kastelan Robots and Cybernetica Datasmith



The first wave of Cult Mechanicus hit yesterday with the pre-orders of Kastelan Robots and their Cybernetica Datasmith controllers. Although there has been a mixed reaction on whether or not the aesthetics of the new robots are liked, those like myself love the new look.


As always here is a good look at the Kastelan Robots through the GW release video called
Warhammer 40,000: Cult Mechanicus: Kastelan Robots


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  1. It's different, but not bad. The head is what's throwing most people it seems, but hopefully there will be a chance for some good conversions or even some good paint jobs to make the aesthetic a little less retro 50's style robot. I personally am not the hugest of fans, but I do think that there's a little bit more of a cool factor there than people are giving them credit for.

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    1. well the only people in which credit is due is from those whom enjoy the model, those that don't will not appreciate it even if it deserves more love than it received.

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    2. Dont you just want to bend his legs forward and sit that robot on youre Stormraven ;)

      Zoooooom!!!!!

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    3. ^ i do now that you've mentioned it. ;)

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  2. Personally I just thought they were ridiculous when they first got leaked, and while I still don't think they particularly mesh with the rest of their army, I do appreciate that GW has actually given their faction a unique look. There's always a worry that everything will be too uniform and bland, which is only exacerbated by how many dozens of space marine armies there are. So yeah, I appreciate their aesthetic. It's good for the game.

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  3. I just appreciate that they didn't overly ornament these with the gothic details we're used to from the terrain and certain Space Marine chapters. These aren't even steampunk like the Skitarii.

    The Kastelans are from a prior epoch of humanity, so of course they look radically different. They reflect an era that placed more emphasis on utility, instead of what amounts to religious relics favoured by the A:.M:. and Space Marines. (I tend to think in anthropological terms with things like this.) My point is, considering the background the models are a perfect fit.

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    1. Utility?
      Like in short fingers that cant grab anything? Big fat bulky body that gets in the way?
      What utility are you thinking about? Underwarter use?

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    2. The same could be said for the spine breaking contortionist technique required to wear Terminator armour but no one complains about that. It's a game dude, and its set in the far distant future. It doesn't have to be super realistic.

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    3. Google larp Terminator armour.
      People have actually build TDA no spin Borken.
      This robo is based on 50tys scifi ideas of robots. We have current robots in real life that "Work" and most scifi Art of robots is like that becaus its plausibel

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  4. On the red ones I would paint the "eyes" golden.
    On dark ones, I would paint the "eyes" in glowing red.
    I like the Retro Style.

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  5. I think we will see some nice conversions for that head. Less happy space robot and some more optics, maybe servoskull or something make it more 40k.

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    1. Shouldn't have to polish a turd.

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    2. Eh, just skip the robots entirely, Johnny. Vote with your wallet, as they say.

      Plus, it looks like there will be plenty of other great kits coming soon anyway.

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    3. @ Johnny say that to the DA and chaos players....i am sure they'll agree with you. i for one like the models. nothing my hacksaw cannot fix, and before you say what you did before "you shouldn't have to polish" well i would do this anyway (convert/kitbash)

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  6. I think they look cool. The design is derivative but it does it so well that it can claim it's own aesthetic. I'll get sone of these.

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  7. I think they look cool. The design is derivative but it does it so well that it can claim it's own aesthetic. I'll get sone of these.

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  8. They look good but i thing THEY COST TOO MUCH! 190pln or 118$ looks like forgeworld price FOR TWO CENTURIONS AND A TECHPRIEST. I was thinking about skitarii to ally with guard but i wont buy them. For that price i have A VALKYRIE.

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    1. Get used to it. This has been GW's way to deal with inflation. Instead of increasing prices across the board every two to three years like they used to, now each new release costs a wee bit more than the last one.

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    2. They're the size of Contemptors, somewhat larger than a Centurion, for what it's worth.

      A normal Dreadnought is £30, these are £10 more for two bigger models and a Datasmith. S'not that bad either way you cut it.

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    3. Wow, that's actually very large.

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    4. I'm not sure what you're arguing here Jakub.
      $118 is the Australian price.... which you'd never want to pay considering the US price is $69.
      The Polish price is 210PLN (not sure where you got 190 from) which converts to $73AUD...

      So if you're complaining about how Australia gets screwed again... I agree. That's why I buy all my stuff is Poland.

      Otherwise, the price is actually pretty good. These guys are dreadnought size not centurion size.
      And they are heaps better than a valkyrie.

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    5. essentially aussie prices it is $15 less than a dread by itself if the kastelans were individual, or if it were dread prices it'd be including a clampack $178......so really there is no real issue of aussies getting screwed here. i feel bad for Polish people and all, as well as all people from countries affected worse than us (Canada included with some items) but if it was priced as dreads (which essentially what they are) then it'd be much more expensive and you betcha i would be bitching....but at a $60 less difference....i am happy enough.

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  9. By mistake i put the price in australlian dollars in US $ they are 69

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    1. I thought you were referring to the Australia prices. Still, the price creep on new releases will continue regardless.

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    2. Monetarily, they're actually not too bad of a deal compared to other models. Without upgrades, they cost $0.24/point. That's better than non-upgraded SM Assault Terminators ($0.25/point), Tactical Marines ($0.28/point), a Land Raider ($0.30/point), Centurions ($0.41/point), and Sternguard ($0.42/point). Their rules may even be good enough to justify their points value.

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    4. True James. Canticles of the Omnissiah may make or break these.

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  10. Just a heads-up that the Haemonculus Coven book has been brought back in softback. They kinda sneaked it in there among the Knights release!

    Already bought mine =D

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  11. I keep going back to the GW site to look at them, to see if they've grown on me. :/ They haven't. I want to love them so badly...

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    1. Go to the FW site instead, the robots are better in every way. Actually, everything is.

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    2. Actually already have a Castellax on order. First FW order! Exciting.

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    3. Kindly disagreeing. I think the Castellax look small and uninspiring compared to the Kastelans.

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  12. I've seen a few comments here and there about the twin linked heavy phosphor blasters being quite ridiculous, seeing as they're magazine fed and the Kastelan has no hands in this load out to reload them. That may be the case, but nobody kicked up a fuss over the Castellax having powerblades and wrist mounted magazine fed bolters...

    Anyway, its awesome to finally have an official and accessible Mechanicus army for 40k. Bring on the Battle Servitors! As much as I love the robots, the Servitors won me over straight away.

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    1. was was it they say....."equating real world instances with fantasy ones...some thing or other.....can't compare the two"....but in this instance i do otherwise agree with you. i like these bots better than the FW ones because even if i did like the FW ones i'd never buy them (hate resin- thank you GW for releasing failcast, and blew any interest i had in FW products) so i am happy to convert/kitbash these bots into something spectacular.

      and as they say "ignore the haters, haters gonna hate"

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    2. I've had mixed experiences with FW resin. It was and still is a love/hate relationship. Of course being products based in a very sci-fi setting there will be oddities and things that don't make sense, I just found the selective hatred for the Kastelans quite amusing when GW have made some questionable choices in the past. As you said though, no harm in breaking out the bits box and green stuff and making them unique

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    3. To be fair, they do have a robed servant to reload weapons, change protocol wafers, spit 'n' polish them for the Omnissiah, that kinda thing... :]

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    4. Change the heads, add some skulls, scrolls and gothic stuff to the armour and I actualy reckon I'd love them. The basic, bulky shape is pretty badass, I just hate the weird penis heads and I like stuff dripping with gothic details =P

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    5. I plan on converting them so that the phosphor blasters are either underslung on the powerfists or recessed in the palm of the hand, then getting some glexible ammo belts from zinge industrues or zealot studios and making a back mounted anmo hopper

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    6. I thought I read somewhere that with most Servitors and robots it was basically a case of if they ran out of ammo they automatically stopped what they where doing and returned to the nearest field technician for a reload.

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  13. I don't mind the look, even though I agree FW Castllax look better overall. I'm not a fan of resin though and having to spend $350 to get free shipping or spend money for the model + almost same amount for shipping is not desirable.

    I like their rules and think they'll be a welcome addition to my growing Skitarri / Ad Mech army. Now if I can only paint things fast enough to keep up with these releases.

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  14. Is this not a rumor site?

    The vid was and always is up on the Day the minis go on preorders. Its all there at the same Time.
    Why Report 2 times or more about a releas we all know is comeing from the Minute the WD leaks happen?
    Feels like advertisment for GW

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    1. Then go somewhere else, seb. Please, for all our sakes', go somewhere else.

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    2. nope it's not a rumor site....it a rumor and news site. so on the one hand we have upcoming releases and on the other we have entertainment in the form of relevant video content or other such material. sometimes it seems more rumor, sometimes in what i expect to be the downtime between rumor is more user/reader content and/or official video content from relevant websites.

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    3. hell, "news" comes before the word "rumour" in the page banner. it just so happens gw puts out very little "news" items, other than the once a week releases and mostly short videos

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    4. It's just a point of discussion Seb, as the 50 or so posts about it seem to indicate.

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    5. Its not really News the 2nd Time.
      We dont need two postes for any of the reasons you guys mentioned. Besides everyone knows this stuff released 2 days ago.
      How about new rumors instead? Or news about other companies. Like rageingheros or puppetsofwar or hi-tech.
      Copypast from GW site twice is not so cool.

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  15. Heheh, I love how they use 40k videogames OSTs for these videos, did they ever use the Ultramarines OST?

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    1. You mean the Ultramarines movie? I don't think they ever have, which is a wise choice. Even thinking of it makes me cringe. As for the Space Marine OST and the DoW stuff, it's superb and appropriately dark and brooding. Beats 'generic rock track #4108" any day.

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    2. The Cult Mech teaser video last week used music from Ultramarines if I'm not mistaken.

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  16. Going to get one and convert it as a Grot bot,

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  17. Love the scoring on the paint job.

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  18. Any other rule leaks? Like the destroyers/breachers?

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  19. they look good but GW prices are too far out of my reach. i'll keep painting my old BA army, even if no one even remembers blood angels still even exist...

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