Privateer: Designing Kommander Andrei Malakov

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Kovnik Andrei Malakov takes on a new title in the new edition – with a new model to match.

A lot of characters are getting awesome upgrades and new designs with Mk III. Ed Bourelle tells us about Kommander Andrei Malakov’s new look…

via Privateer:

We wanted to reflect his relentless desire for power by using Irusk as an influence for his new look.

In this final concept by Andrea Uderzo, you can see Malakov is dressing the part of a great leader, as if his shiny new armor grants him entry into the ol-’caster- club.

Does he look like less of a selfish $#!% after art director Mike Vaillancourt gives him some color? Nope!

Oh, what the hell? The illustration by Svetlin Velinov really showcases what a jerk Malakov is. I’m here to tell you, he isn’t trying to save that poor Winter Guard. Do you see why I consider Cryx the heroes of the setting? Do you?

Sculptor Carlos Castaño has done an excellent job of capturing everything we love to hate about Malakov in the rendering above. Don’t you want to punch him in the face? (Talking about Malakov here, not Carlos Castaño.)

And with the final figure in hand, painter Dallas Kemp brings him to life in all his anti-glory.

In reality, creating characters like this is a lot of fun, and you never know, maybe Kommander Malakov will get his redemption story. In the meantime, you can put him on the tabletop and turn him loose on your friends after you pick him up at Gen Con or the Privateer Press Online Store!

What do you think of the Kommander’s new look?
  • Horus84cmd

    Very busy sculpt and looks like a discount Street Fighter M-Bison.

    • zeno666

      I agree. Also the pose is odd, who stands like that? 🙂

      • Horus84cmd

        Yeah the pose seems awkward. PP do some nice pieces, but this one fall short.

        It just hit me; it looks like a poor cosplayers cross-over costume attempt for M-Bison – crossing over Streetfighter and Steampunk!

  • Aezeal

    The legs are in a weird position for someone in an action situation. He also has a lot of stuff around his hips and a rather thin chest (though that might be compared to space marines) he looks like he has a female pelvis.

  • Seb

    I get they’re aiming for a character who is posing for his troops as an unfettered leader amid the fray – unfortunately; it doesn’t translate over. There are some great poses to be sourced via Commissar Ciaphas Cain, a master at looking the hero yet a complete self-serving skulker.

  • georgelabour

    In a setting where one’s importance is indicated by the size of one’s shoulder pads….

    His are awful tiny.

    • The state of the art has moved on. Now it’s not how big your shoulder pads (or hat) are; it’s how big you flag is. See: Irusk 2, Striker 3, alt. Ashlynn, Harby.

  • euansmith

    I think it is such a shame that they didn’t model him “saving” the Winterguard; that would have made such a fun and characterful model.

    The pose as it is does look rather weak, especially for someone who is obsessed with looking the part as a glorious leader. They just needed to put right foot on the severed head of some enemy Warjack, and he’d have been great.

    • zeno666

      Yeah, that would have been much better considering his fluff and rules 😉

    • Azrell

      Baby steps baby steps…. PP still hasn’t managed to make a warjacks that dont all have arms at a 90% angel. “action poses” are still a bit out there.

  • Koszka

    Brah. Don’t skip leg day.