Stig of the Dump

Ever since Gang War 4 was released I’ve been pondering how to make house brutes for each of my gangs. Although my intention at the moment is to get my existing Necromunda gangs up to fighting strength I’ve been feeling the pull of House Cawdor and the desire to build an army of the faithful. By way of scratching that itch in the short-term I started putting together the bits to make a Stigshambler, the lumbering brutes employed as living weapons by the pauper house.

For those unfamiliar with the background, House Cawdor take a dim view of all mutants, knowing that any aberration from the human norm is proof positive of a corrupt and evil soul. As with so many Imperial institutions however their tolerance increases markedly if the individual can demonstrate their usefulness. Those on the borderline are “Stigs”, marked by the stigma of mutation but not true mutants and thus spared the pyres so long as they can work towards the greater glory of Him On Terra.

A Stigshambler combined two such Stigs; one physically frail but intelligent, the other bulky and strong but lacking in the wits needed to survive long in the Underhive. Indoctrinate Master-Blaster into a life of religious fanaticism and you’re most of the way there.

A couple of days ago I was able to show you the “thinking half” of the partnership, but here he is again for those who want a reminder.


And here he is now riding in pride of place on the shoulders of his gigantic sidekick.

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Together they tower over the other members of the gang.

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They even stand taller than the local Goliaths!

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At the moment the only change I’m thinking of making is to turn the little guy’s clenched fist around so that he’s mirroring the big guy a bit more closely. As ever  though, now is the time for feedback if you have any, before he goes to get painted.

43 responses to “Stig of the Dump

  • theimperfectmodeller

    I didn’t quite get the little fella the other day but now I do. They make a neat double act and look good just the way they are to my mind. Looking forward to seeing the painted version in due course.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I figured he wouldn’t really mean anything to anyone who wasn’t steeped in Necromunda. Being a new unit without a model to represent it a lot of people are trying to work out how to build their own Stigshambler, I just wanted to throw in a little “teaser” that I was working on something myself.

  • castigatoruk

    Oh, I’m liking this.
    I agree that positioning the little ‘un’s fist to mirror his ride would improve the composition but it looks pretty much perfect to me.
    Great work!

    P.S. What body did you use for the little ‘un?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 I’m getting very differing opinions on the little guy’s arm so I’ll consider it all and then go with my gut. The little one’s body is from the Ogre gnoblars, he’s a lookout (I think from the Leadbelcher kit).

  • Argentbadger

    Sweet, just like Master-Blaster. The PP miniature Dozer and Smiggs has a similar style too.

    • Wudugast

      Ah, I hadn’t seen them, I’m a bit out of touch with the PP range these days. Just looked them up now and they are rather nice, I’ve always fancied the look of the trollbloods.

  • krautscientist

    Huh, I guess your guys and my own Brothers Galth could be friends…or even relatives?! 😉

    The big guy is a great bit of kitbashing!

  • Alexis West

    Nice work! I got where you were going with the preview, but he looked kind of awkward on his own, so I wasn’t sure how well it was going to turn out. But when he’s actually on top of the big guy, the pose works perfectly.

    The hair on the little guy really reminds me of Moe from The Three Stooges. Probably too late to do a head for the big guy that looks like Curly 😉

    I do think it would work well to change the angle on the hand so they match. Like they’ve been working together for so long that they move in unison now.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I knew when I posted the preview that he wouldn’t really make sense on his own but by then the big guy was at a stage where I was sure it was going to work so I thought I’d just go for it!

      You know, that’s just a standard Cawdor head on the little guy. Which means it’s theoretically possible to work in other stooge-like heads elsewhere in the gang. 😉 Who knows what might happen when I get around to them…

      • Alexis West

        Now that I look at it again, I can see that, but the way the mask hangs, with the bare plastic, I thought at first that it was still the Gnoblar head, with a Cawdor hair transplant. IIRC, in the actual GW pic that used that head, it was blonde, which reminded me of Mike from Something*Positive instead.

      • Wudugast

        Of course – it’s Mike! You know, it’s been bothering me since I first saw the Cawdor that I couldn’t think who he reminded me of. Haven’t read Something*Positive for years but I remember the early stuff being good for a laugh.

      • Alexis West

        I still keep up with it. It’s changed, certainly, and the updates have become even more irregular, especially since he and his wife had a kid, but it’s still often very good.

  • Andrew

    Amazing idea and an amazing conversion!

  • Pete S/ SP

    “Who runs Barter… I mean Necromunda”

    He is really cool- like a fleshy Sentinel walker.



  • caseyrog

    Looking really awesome! I’m undecided if the whole basket looks a little too high up though.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 Regarding the basket I wanted it worn high, so that the big guy was taking the weight on his shoulders and the gun was as far away from his ears as possible. Not that he isn’t undoubtedly half-deaf and with a knackered back by now anyway, and health and safety isn’t really a big thing in the Underhive, but I wanted to at least pay lip-service to it to show that these guys are still (relatively) concerned for each other’s wellbeing. Plus when it came to putting the model together it made my life a hell of a lot easier (which of course is the real reason I do everything) 😉

  • heresyofus

    Great conversion mate really liking it. I think his hand position is fine the way it is.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate 🙂 I’m getting really mixed messages about that hand now, about half the comments have been “leave it” and the other half “change it”. I think I’ll have to do the sensible thing and sleep on it instead!

  • Scion

    Really really great stuff, avoiding lots of greenstuff too!
    I do think you should rotate the fist though if you want to make the mirroring clear…

  • James

    Might get some cawdor to make stormcast cultists. Will probably get into necromunda when they release a rule compendium

    • Wudugast

      That could look amazing actually, I can imagine all kinds of rag-tag individuals following the Stormcasts around. I’d really recommend Necromunda but yeah, hang fire for now, there’s a rules compilation coming soon (probably in the next month or so I reckon).

  • Faust

    That’s great, man! I’m not too familiar with the minis, other than the Cawdor head. The hunched big guy was an awesome choice, not too big to be unrealistic, and the hunch makes me a bit sympathetic for him. The two together look really good from all the camera angles you shot. I’m not sure about the hand re-positioning, in a ‘puppeteering’ sort of way, it would make sense. On the other hand, I’d be worried that it will upset the pose, with the mimic’d positions. I think my only niggling complaint would be the weapon in his right hand, I don’t quite feel it. I think I expected something a tad heavier like a mace with a bigger head. But looking at it again, I think it was a good choice for a weapon. Certainly different than what you usually see.

    Way to go!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate 😀

      Originally I thought the little guy would be tugging on a chain to steer his big sidekick (not exactly puppeteering I suppose but still controlling him). However I decided I preferred the idea that one isn’t dominating the other, after all they’re both men of profound faith working together for the good of their house. Instead I reckon they’re both shaking their fists at their enemies.

      Originally I did plan for the big guy to have a bigger club but in the end I decided I preferred the more natural proportions of this one, still big enough to flatten you but not so big it’s outlandish. I also bought the big guy with the intention of turning him into a Goliath Zerker or Servo-Ogryn, only to discover he’s much too small (those really do need to be ridiculously big). Not to worry, I have plans for those too!

      • Faust

        I like your train of thought. I really do think it’s pretty brilliant as most would have been tempted to use a much bigger big guy model.

      • Faust

        Damn, didn’t finish…if they working together, then I think I would leave the positioning of the arms as is.

        I also think you’re right about the weapon. I don’t like the overly huge weapons that they often slap on models. I think I just expected something of a different shape, but damned if I know what that is.

  • Thomas

    Masta-Blasta! Two men enter, one man leaves.

    I love the fact that mutant is big, bigger than any man but now over the top enormously huge.

  • imperialrebelork

    Very bloody cool mate. You’ve nailed it from the hulking brute right down to the choice of shield. Well done

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man, have to admit he’s one of my favourites right now. Really want to get him painted but I’m trying hard not to be too much of a hobby butterfly, there’s quite a few half-finished models waiting for attention.

  • Alex

    Aw, wicked mate – how did I miss this the first time around?!? I’m loving this pair – who runs Barter Town??

  • Azazel

    A very cool and effective take on the Master Blaster trope. 🙂

  • Bartek

    Nice! Where does the upper part of big guy comes from? Legs looks like from the new orcs, but corpus, hands and head i don’t recognize.

    • Wudugast

      Let’s see, most of him (the legs, torso and right arm – our left) is from the new orcs (ironjaw brutes). The head and the spiked axe are from the blightkings. The arm with the shaking fist is from the ork nobs. Then the little dude is a knoblar lookout from the ogres, with a cawdor head, and the rig on the back is a mix of ogre lookout, space marine centurion and imperial guard bits, with the heady stubber from the orlocks.

      • Bartek

        Thanks! I thought about using maneater as a base, as he has this cawdor-style hood

      • Wudugast

        Ooh – that is a good shout! I’ve often fancied painting that model and he’d tie in nicely with Cawdor. Kind of pricy for a single model though but a beast of an idea. Good luck if you do it 🙂

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