The Irondogs – Part 9

Some models are just so cool they jump straight to the front of the painting queue. As soon as I heard that my Goliath gang could have a pet crocodile accompany them through the Underhive I wanted one and the model, when it arrived, didn’t disappoint. There is something about a sumpcroc which is wonderfully in keeping with the concept and aesthetic of the Goliaths. You just can’t get more bullishly aggressive, more arrogantly macho, more imposingly belligerent, than walking down the street with a crocodile lumbering along at your heels. Plus I’m sure she counts towards Azazel’s latest monthly challenge! Meet Korak’s loyal pet, and the unofficial mascot of the Irondogs gang, “Snuggles” the sumpcroc.

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She really is a big beast, even in comparison to the rest of the gang. Next to a humble guardsman, who’s probably only moments away from being eaten, she’s positively gigantic!

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Of course, she’s not the only monster lurking in the Underhive… Watch this space!

40 responses to “The Irondogs – Part 9

  • Thomas

    Oh, it looks awesome! Fairly simple model but so cool. Good for you, picking it up straightaway. Sometimes you just have to go with it.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, too many cool models end up gathering dust until I get around to painting them, sometimes they just have to jump the queue (and if anyone is going to muscle their way past everything else on the painting desk it’s got to be a giant croc).

  • Alexis West

    Snuggles! ❤

    She's adorable! And thanks for including the comparison with the Guardsman as well. Really shows off both her size, and that of the Goliaths, since I often kind of forget about just how huge they are.

    • Wudugast

      It’s she the cutest?! Truly a face only a Goliath could love!

      Yeah, I sometimes forget what giants the Goliaths are until I see them next to a normally sized human. Even next to them though the croc is a big beastie. I wonder if the other pets will be fairly large too or if this is just a Goliath thing – I’ve been tending to assume that things like sheen birds and cyber-arachnids will be quite small but then again Macula is comparatively enormous as well.

      • Faust

        It’s sort of the way with Forgeworld. Most of the Blood bowl Star Players I got from them, are a bit too big. The Referee models were particularly off scale.

      • Wudugast

        Hmmm, that’s useful to know. I’ve been thinking about treating myself to Morg ‘n’ Thorg just to paint (dunno what it is about him but I think he looks ace – there’s so much character in his face) but he can get away with being a bit bigger than the rest. Quite like the look of Bugman as well but I’m not really that blown away by the other star players.

      • Faust

        I have Morg N Thorg. Lots of people were not too happy with his face. Here’s a good review, if you’re interested:

        Mike C mentions in there that Varag is too big as well, and I would agree. The Mighty Zug is probably one of the better looking Star Players they released around that time. Also, Morg N’ Thorg is so expensive, that it’s doubtful anyone would have the money to add him to a team (in game).

      • Wudugast

        That’s interesting, I’d missed that review, although personally I think they got Morg’s face spot on, whereas the models for Varg and Zug leave me cold. Just a matter of taste though really. Ironically even though Wyrd Zones didn’t give him a great review, the more I read the more I found myself wanting to buy the big lummox! 🙂

      • Faust

        Nooo, epic fail on my part!! Haha, it’s all good. If you’re happy with it, then that’s what’s best.

        Varag is ‘okay’. I think there is too much going on with the model, that he just kind of gets lost.

        Zug kind of leaves me cold too. Not sure what exactly. But scale-wise, at least he is more accurate. I think I prefer this image of him overall:

        Morg N Thorg, on the plus side, has both feet on the ground. This just reminded me, that technically I should be painting him up soon. As I want to paint all the Star Players that can play for the Dwarf team, and Morg can play for everyone but Undead and Khemri. Darn, that’s another that will have to be bumped up the queue!

      • Wudugast

        Well, he’d tie in nicely with Azazel’s December challenge wouldn’t he? 😉

      • Alexis West

        I really have no idea how big the Escher Phyrr Cats are supposed to be. The Cyberachnids and Sheen Birds seem like they should be smaller tho, yeah.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, the models they previewed for the cats looked fairly big but it’s hard to tell in photos from events, and they’re not making those particular ones now anyway (a fine move in my opinion – I’ve never heard anyone say they actually liked them). I always pictured them as about the size of a lynx or maybe a little bigger, but not as big as a tiger. Big enough to threaten a ganger and no more basically.

      • Alexis West

        That’s about the range I was thinking. My specific thought was a leopard, but that’s in more or less the same size category.

        Felines are kind of weird like that. The difference in size between the biggest and smallest cats is bigger than the gap for all but a few other groups of animals that closely related. It’s a body type that scales well, I guess.

  • Alex

    Brutal… ugly… the perfect Goliath pet! Nicely done dude 🙂

  • Jenn

    She looks really good!
    Thanks for showing how she compares size wise to a Guardsman too~

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nice mate and now looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve. Meanwhile please remember, Sumpcrocs aren’t just for Christmas!

    • Wudugast

      Wise words. Sadly many animal shelters will be glutted with sump-crocs in early January. On the other hand this leads to a rapid reduction in the number of dogs and cats needing rehomed, as well as the opening up of a number of staff vacancies – a fine employment opportunity for a young person with steely nerves and fast reflexes.

  • Mikko

    Great beast, love it. Massive too :O

  • Argentbadger

    Wow, that is great painting on a really lovely miniature. The second pair of eyes add a lovely alien touch.

    Certainly she looks like a super-charged version of the standard schemie rottweiler.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, the neds wouldn’t bother with you if you had this bad beast at your heel would they?

      Agreed on the second pair of eyes, it’s just a small detail but it really shifts the model into the 41st Millennium, rather than it just being a modern crocodile. Steady heads were a must for painting them though I can tell you!

  • Faust

    OooooooooAwwwwww! Sumpcroc!

    Nice paints, man. I like yours better than the studio model. How was the mini? I see one join near the base of the tail, but overall looks pretty spiffy!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 I did struggle with painting her to begin with but once pictures began to appear online of other people’s crocs I got my creative mojo back and turned her around quite quickly. Assembly-wise the model was great actually, especially given that she comes in about a billion different pieces. All the joins are really neat and precise though so hat’s off to whoever at Forgeworld is responsible for that. My one schoolboy error was sticking the lower jaw on at the start, should have left that off until I’d finished painting inside the mouth as that turned into a real headache.

      • Faust

        Oh yea, I can see how painting the inside of the mouth would be a major pain! I guess one could maybe hit some of it with an airbrush. But I don’t recall you mentioning having one before.

        Speaking of hard to paint, I started sub-assembly of the Escher models. I see quite a few spots that look pretty difficult. There’s that one with the eye lens that hovers over the eye, and a few others. On that eye lens, I’m tempted to just take it off, as I’m sure that will just break at some point anyways. There are a number of little fragile parts that I’ve nearly broken off just in assembly already. Hats off to you on wrangling those!

      • Wudugast

        Thank you! Yeah, the Eschers are tricky aren’t they? Both to assemble and to paint I’d say they’re amongst the hardest of the Necromunda models (and we’re talking about a range where each model comes in so many components that even the necks are often separate – hence the name “Neck-romunda”). At least with them there are lots of areas where the viewer is unlikely to be able to see properly anyway, unlike the croc’s mouth which is very much the focal point.

      • Faust

        Yea, with the flowing clothing pieces it makes them, I imagine it makes them much trickier to paint than the Van Saar. I’ve sub-assembled most of them now, but quite a few are in 5+ pieces. Even with that, there’s still going to be some tricky spots. Kinda insane.

      • Wudugast

        Another thing about them is the way they lend themselves to more exotic colour schemes, patterns and freehanding than the other gangs, which by it’s very nature pushes most of us into unfamiliar territory. Van Saar I think will be much easier to paint, at least in the scheme I’m planning, although I still think they’re the hardest to assemble.

      • Faust

        I’d say Escher is trickier to assemble. Though with Van Saar I had to keep track of the cyber braids and collar things separately. Escher are going to be a challenge for me to paint. I’m hoping to get them to a playable status in 2 weeks, but I kinda doubt that will happen.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very nice. I’m not lookingforward for my Van Saars running into one.



    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how she performs in the game, by the looks of the model she could bite a Van Saar in half but I’ve not seen yet whether that translates onto the tabletop.

  • imperialrebelork

    Oh wow haha she’s a beauty mate. Very, very well done on the paint work. She looks very realistic. I want her to eat that prick of a guardsman

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  • Azazel

    Still a great looking model! 🙂

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