The Irondogs – Part 11

I don’t know about the rest of you but at this time of year I always feel a drive to try and clear my desk of half-finished models ahead of the new year. Of course the best laid plans of mice and men and all that, what with the way in which work is always at it busiest in the run up to Christmas, and then spending time with family over Christmas and New Year itself, all adds up to make this more of an aspiration than a reality. Nonetheless with the genestealer cultists finished for the moment I grabbed the chance to squeeze in a couple more models and get these two Goliath gangers finished.

Last time we looked at the gang the focus was on bitter misfit Max. This time it’s the turn of his cool-headed brother, Dekker, a man burdened with the unenviable task of preventing his recalcitrant sibling from pushing Korak’s tolerance beyond its limits. Somewhere up in the manufactorums I imagine a Goliath mama informed him in no uncertain terms that he needed to look after his brother and Dekker is still trying his level best to do exactly that.

Necromunda Goliath Convert or Die Wudugast (1)Necromunda Goliath Convert or Die Wudugast (2)Necromunda Goliath Convert or Die Wudugast (3)

Whilst all the senior members of the gang went to the Feast of Khorg, the likes of Max and Dekker were left behind to guard Ironhouse. Leadership of this skeleton crew was given to Spike and as a reward for holding the turf even after news came of the massacre at the feast Korak has entrusted him with a grenade launcher.

I’m aware that this pose isn’t all that popular amongst Goliath fans, and certainly the fact that this is pretty much the only way to position the grenade launcher without going to a lot of work is slightly unfortunate, but all the same speaking personally I think it looks excellent.

Necromunda Goliath Convert or Die Wudugast (4)Necromunda Goliath Convert or Die Wudugast (5)

For now this is pretty much the complete Irondogs gang. I have one more gang member who I had hoped to have finished by now but at this rate will probably have to wait until the new year. For a while however I’d like to switch my focus to some of the other houses, probably starting with a few more Eschers. Fear not though, I will be returning to the Irondogs at some stage as I continue to explore their lives in the deadly warrens of Ironhouse and its surroundings. In the meantime here’s a group shop of the Irondogs ready to defend their turf from xenos interlopers and rival gangs.

Goliath Necromunda Convert Or Die Wudugast

As usual I suspect I won’t be posting much here over Christmas but I will be working away on a few projects when time allows and you can expect to see a roundup of this month’s Skaven and perhaps even a self-indulgent look back at the year before we rumble into 2019.

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35 responses to “The Irondogs – Part 11

  • Alex

    Great way to wrap up the year mate – the Iron Dogs project is superb, and these two are great additions 🙂 Have a good one dude!

  • Pandoras Bitz Box

    This war band looks really cool man

  • FirBholg

    Wow, the gang is looking great – I think Spike’s pose works well too, especially with the personality you’ve given him (or did it work the other way around?). Hope you and yours have a great festive period, and enjoy your hobby time!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! It varies from model to model, sometimes I have an idea for a character I want to create and then I build a model to suit it (as with the outlander Goliath Kutter for example), sometimes when I’m building the model a personality suggests itself (as with Bosrak and Gabe). Spike was really a mix of the two.

      Likewise hope you and family/friends have a great time over the break (and the rest of the year for that matter!)

  • Alexis West

    Looking good! I can totally hear Dekker’s “Dammit, Max…” grumble when he has to go cool his brother down or bail him out of something *again*.

    I don’t mind that pose on Spike in and of itself, but the fact that it’s the only reasonably easy way to position the Grenade Launcher annoys me. I think it looks particularly good with one of the unmasked, yelling heads.

    • Wudugast

      Aye, exactly, I’m loving adding these little snippets of character, they really bring the models to life for me. I’m curious to see how these relationships start to play out when I finally get some games in. Will Max get his act together? Is he actually a more useful person to have around than everyone gives him credit for (or at least than he believes everyone gives him credit for)? Will Dekker manage to come to his rescue every time – or what if he can’t or doesn’t?

      Completely agree on your second point too; I love that pose but I’d really like it if there was another way to model the grenade launcher that wasn’t such a faff. It doesn’t help that some of the weapons in the Forgeworld sets only lend themselves to that pose too.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Fantastic- love the face mask on the first model.

    A tough looking gang when they are all lined up.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! They’re starting to feel like a real crew now, a bunch of characters with their own personality, and an imposing looking mob, rather than just a little group of models.
      I do enjoy painting those masks, I had to really overcome the temptation to use them on more of the gangers.

  • Mikko

    Really digging this project, must be the loveliest Goliath gang I’ve seen!

  • heresyofus

    Excellent stuff! Your painting has really come along as well with this project. Keep up the good work mate and have a Merry Grimbo!!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks very much – I like to keep pushing myself to improve my painting and converting with every model, glad you think it shows 🙂 Hope yourself and family have an excellent time over christmas and New Year too!

  • imperialrebelork

    A nice end to a great year of output man. Why don’t people like the position of the grenade launcher dude? Is it because he’s not firing it? I like it. He looks ready to use it which can be just as cool as actually using it. Well done sir

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Honestly I’m not entirely sure why it get’s such a panning in some quarters, beyond the fact that it’s really the only way to pose the grenade launcher which means that every Goliath with a grenade launcher ends up looking pretty much the same.

  • Azazel

    That’s a great looking completed* gang. The two new additions look the part and I’ll definitely be revisiting them when I (eventually) get up to doing my own Goliaths.

    *because we know that minis projects are never truly completed.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you. I’ve really enjoyed this project and I’ll definitely be returning to it in the future (I think of it as just resting – like an out of work actor), just need to put in some work on the other gangs first.

  • Faust

    First off, congrats on an awesome looking gang. It’s been very fun watching this band take shape.

    I recognized the arms on Dekker right away, as those were the ones giving me some trouble before. Turned out you have to slap a shoulder pad on the right arm to make that one look right. Guess which part of the mini I always tend to loose first?! ;P

    I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve seen your Goliaths, but the pants look to have a near denim quality to them. What are you using for the base color?

    Where’s Spike’s head from? I like the pose as well. With a weapon other than the grenade launcher, it would be rockin. I found it a bit unfortunate painting up the launcher so nicely, and then having it tucked behind the model the whole time. A grenade launcher should be menacingly front and center.

    Hope you all had a Wonderful Christmas! I’m still working my way through people’s blogs, but just means lots of fun reading ahead! 😀

    • Faust

      Just remember the other question…how many boxes of Goliaths did you buy?

      • Wudugast

        Well… originally I just had the ones from the boxset. A few of those ended up getting used for other things however (they make fine Genestealer aberrants) but I also picked up one or two extra in bitz trades, off ebay and so on. There are 11 models in the gang currently and 10 in the box so it’s roughly a box’s worth, although not all of these models originated from the same box (I like to make things difficult don’t I?) As it stands the gang is worth 1445 credits (not including the croc). However I’ve since crumbled and treated myself to another box plus one of the FW weapon upgrades so I can expand the gang a little further…

      • Faust

        Haha, Goliath addiction! Which FW weapon upgrade did you get?

        I have two Underhive boxes, as you can often find them for a steal on Ebay. So, two Goliath sets (and two Escher). I was only picking up 1 box of each new gang, except for Cawdor. But after having played, I think you really need around 2 boxes per gang. I just hope that doesn’t mean I need yet another box for cheap Cawdor. I’m trying not to go too crazy, and wait until we play some of the other gangs before buying more boxes for them.

      • Wudugast

        Goliath addition is a very serious problem. One day you’re a normal human, the next your downing protein shakes, headbutting doors and asking your doctor to sort you out with vat-grown muscle grafts.

        I went for Goliath weapon set 2 in the end, so many cool looking weapons in there. I’m tempted to pick up some more models and weapon sets though, the price is off-putting but a lot of them are really nice, Necromunda is still incredibly cheap compared to games like 40k, and unlike most of my models I’ll enjoy them twice – once when I paint them and then again every time I play with them. Yes, I’m just trying to convince myself to part with more cash now! Like you I’ll hang fire for now and see what else is going to tempt me though.

      • Faust

        I’m destined to make a FW purchase in the future, as much as I lament it. I have one set of the Orcland Raider parts and need another to finally finish that team. Plus I want the Orc booster, just for some variety. The main thing though, is the long awaited release of the last of the Goblin Special Weapons. Which will mean I can finally, finally finish that team. Yeesh!

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, old Forgeworld can be rather hard on the wallet, and I’m guessing you get really gouged on postage as well. That said with GW’s prices creeping upwards all the time FW is looking less and less like the expensive option, and as I’m forever saying (like a stuck record) the smaller scale of Necromunda and Blood Bowl means you can go a bit mad on a gang or team and still come out quids-in compared to even a fairly basic 40k or AoS army.

        Hadn’t really looked at the Orcland raiders but they are nice models now I see them. Must admit I’m still a bit in love with the Orc cheerleaders, really silly models the way Orcs ought to be. Definitely one I’d like to treat myself to someday. The gobbo special weapons are ace too, I just love the idea of a goblin pogoer.

      • Faust

        I’m not 100% sure I’ll get another Orcland Raiders set. Just remembered that last time I looked at them, there isn’t a huge difference between the parts you get in the box. The vertical plates on the shoulders have been removed, some horns added. Those are easy to do conversion wise. The flame design on the shoulder pad, could either be painted on or maybe green stuffed, if I could make a decent template. The one part that I’m not sure where to get though…is the symbol discs. It’s usually a reddish ‘Orcish face’, maybe an evil red sun face? I know I’ve seen them a lot, but I couldn’t find them last time I was googling. All I would need is a buckler or shield with those symbols, and I think I would be set.

      • Wudugast

        I know the evil sun face you’re looking for. You can get it from the Orruks kit (still sold as Orc boys apparently), try scrounging around looking for cheap orcs on ebay. Batches of spare bits from orc kits often have it as well. There’s also a bigger one on the ork nobz kit. Good luck!

      • Faust

        Ah ok, so it is an “Evil Sun” and I wasn’t just imagining it?

        I think it used to be on some of the Orc Blood Bowl players too. Though trying to get that off a metal mini would be quite the feat. I’ll see if I can track down the ones you mentioned. Thanks!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂

      A good shoulderpad covers a multitude of sins 😉

      For the trousers I use the scheme described in White Dwarf in their how to paint Goliaths “Paint Splatter” article. I actually use this as standard for pretty much anything dark-grey now, I reckon it’s a really nice, straightforward effect. Start with Skavenblight Dinge, then a layer of Stormvermin Fur, then a highlight of Baneblade Brown. They suggest a wash of Nuln Oil between the Skavenblight Dinge and the Stormvermin but I don’t bother, I don’t think it’s really needed and it runs the risk of making the cloth look greasy.

      Spike’s head is just made from the normal Goliaths box, it’s a standard combination of parts (i.e. they’re meant to go together) but not one you see all that often so it looks more unique than it is.

      • Faust

        Thanks man! Yea, I like the look of those pants and might want to try it on the Orlocks.

        Hunh, had no idea you can mix those parts for the Goliaths. I’ll have to take a closer look. I just went cookie cutter for the first Goliaths I made. I have one more set, so I’ll have to see what I can change up when I get to them.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I’ll probably use that grey for the trousers on my Orlocks (I already use it for Orks, Poxwalkers, pretty much anyone in grey trousers really. There’s probably just one planet in the Imperium churning out billions of pairs of grey trousers after all…).

        Aye, all of the Goliath faces and necks/hair are interchangeable, you can get a lot of mileage out of mixing and matching them. 🙂

      • Faust

        One really rich guy/gal out there, making all them grey trousers! 😀

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