Salvaged by the crew of HMS Nautilus from an Enlightened vessel adrift in the Mediterranean, Drum was discovered in a shipping container marked as ‘Aberrant Technology’ – likely to be examined and disassembled. This large Automata was apparently built for mechanised labour but Erasmus Darwin made the contraption his own personal project, tinkering for hours on end. He envisaged the machine being used by the Nautilus to operate in the deepest parts of the oceans where no human can travel safely, let alone explore or recover wreckage. After several weeks, Darwin managed to coax the temperamental machine back to full operational capacity albeit with more than a handful of glitches. His barrel-like carapace earned him the nickname of ‘Drum’ and it was clear that he exhibited a sense of self-awareness that Erasmus and the other engineers had never seen in any Automata before. Fascinated as to the nature of this ‘personality’, Captain Nimue offered the Automata the opportunity to join her crew. Surprised at being treated like a human, Drum paused momentarily before enthusiastically choosing to stay and make the Nautilus his home.
Drum is naturally very resilient, having a ‘skin’ of thick brass and copper and its strength is that of ten men. While seemingly a gentle giant where the crew of the Nautilus are concerned, he has no compunction in enthusiastically defending himself or his allies in combat. Drum can often be found stationary on the bridge of the Nautilus in an unending vigil, though if the word is given he is happy to venture off the vessel and join the crew in their adventures on land or as part of a boarding party. The Captain’s favourite trick is to have Drum walk along the seabed to the far side of a ship while the ship’s Chowkidar marines begin boarding actions, only for Drum to ascend on the far side of the enemy deck and cause havoc from this unexpected quarter.
The Drum of the Nautilus kit contains one multi-part resin miniature
- 1x Drum of the Nautilus
- 1x Base
- Miniature is supplied unpainted and some assembly will be required.
- Character Unit Cards are not included and can be found on the Wild West Exodus website.