I picked up this pair and three others from Ebay for a bargain price (mainly due to them missing their cards and one model missing an arm - more on that in a future post), and I started with these two because they struck me as the quickest wins.
The Primate of Science is one of the leaders of the A.R.C. (along with the Primates of Mystery and Nature), and unlike the leaders of other factions is in no way a heavy hitter, more a support piece, and only a Level 1 character.
Given his scientific focus, I've gone for a Tron-vibe with him, doing a simple base of contrast black and picking out details in electric blue.
For Ape-Bot I was struck by how the armour playing and star on his shoulder reminded me of my Soviet Tanks, and so I decided to run with it. This idea makes 'sense' in that the A.R.C. appear more than a touch communist in their outlook ("Apes together strong!"). The vehicle numbers also imply that Ape-Bot is simply one of many constructed for the cause.
This has also given me the idea to go for a military theme with the rest of the models, with the aim of suggesting that this is a fully mobilised ape-insurgency. Obviously the Primate of Science is an exception to this, but he's in charge, he gets to design his own uniform.
It's nice to get painting again because the last few weeks have seen the tally moving in the wrong direction. Sadly, this has continued with my purchase of six dinosaurs...