The Ladykillers – Part 5

At the weekend the Godsworn Hunt were released for Shadespire and, despite the fact that I’m supposed to be finishing painting a hellpit abomination before the end of the month, I ended up assembling them instead. Why would I do such a thing? Why because I’ve been eagerly awaiting the chance to add them to the Eschers of course!

First of all we have gang leader “Gallows” Grace. I do like the official gang leader model for the Eschers, and I’ll undoubtedly add one to the gang at some point, but I really wanted to make my leader unique and, as a by-product of being such a nice model, the studio version has become rather ubiquitous.

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Somehow, over the last year or so, I’ve managed to break both the whips that come in the box so the one she’s wielding is cobbled together from parts of the original two. Luckily I still had enough parts handy to assemble one complete whip, whilst the remaining bits have been carefully stored somewhere (although exactly where I now have no idea).

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As you can see she’s a little large for a 25mm base, although that’s primarily as a result of her wide pose. Until she’s basecoated I’ll be keeping her off the base so her pose is slightly off compared to the anticipated final piece as she balances on lumps of tack. Before the postman delivered her I was a little concerned that she’d tower over the rest of the gang (she is a barbarian queen after all) but thankfully she matches up quite well in height next to the rest of her crew.

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As there’s another female barbarian in the Godsworn Hunt box I decided to make her into the gang’s first  Juve. Again, the pose is a little off and will be until she’s firmly glued to the base (each picture having to be taken as swiftly as possible before the soft tack allowed her to slump forward into an ungainly face-plant).

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Of course this leaves me with a few barbarians left over but I’m sure I’ll think of a use for them – they are really are very nice models so if nothing else I’ll have a lot of fun painting them.

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22 responses to “The Ladykillers – Part 5

  • Alex

    These look very promising mate! Will you be converting them any further?

    • Wudugast

      Potentially. I’m at the stage now where I don’t think there’s anything major still to do, although there’ll probably be a few sci-fi gubbins to anchor them in the setting. They’re still “subject to change” though, so if you’ve got any suggestions I’m all ears 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are great. Escher were one of the highest ranking gangs in our campaign, I’m rather wary of them as a result now. Your one with the giant whip would make me exceddingly cautious.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Faust

      Yea, that whip is overlooked in general.

    • Wudugast

      Ah, that’s interesting to know. I’m not really looking to make anything that’s too terrifying to play against, just to make things as fun and different from each other as possible. We’ve only just scratched the surface of actually playing the game but the Goliaths and Genestealers are proving to be suitably imposing so I’m hoping she’ll help the girls hold their own 🙂

      Been enjoying following your ‘munda campaign (just spotted the latest update so will give it a proper read later).

  • Faust

    Yea, that whip. Never liked the stock pose. So I tried re-positioning it. Glued it, pinned itty bitty little pieces of it, tried just about everything. I finally got it set on the last try, and I was shocked that it didn’t fall apart when we played a game with it. It’s an iconic weapon, but man, what a pain.

    Funny, I saw the Godsworn and immediately thought about converting them to Blood Bowl instead of Necromunda. Looking at the sprues, not sure how well that would work, but maybe I’ll give it a try at some point. Looks like scale wise, they are probably closer to Blood Bowl. I definitely think you’re onto something there with the Eschers though. Eschers have pelts and feathers all over, so Barbarian dress is not a stretch. It will certainly give you more variety for the gang. I think I would green stuff the holes in the leaders cloak though.

    How’s the dog? That was the other thing I was eyeing, as a possible cheap way to add the cyber mutt to my Orlock gang.

    • Wudugast

      Oof, you’re a crazy man! Had a bit of a faff getting the whip looking how I wanted it but it never even occurred to me to try adjusting it as heavily as it sounds like you did. Have you posted pictures of it yet (took a look and didn’t see any but did discover other posts I haven’t even read – what have I been doing?!)?

      Just took a quick look and the Godsworn are roughly the same size as the BB humans (maybe a fraction taller but there’s not a whole lot in it). As for the dog he’s a little bigger, and more muscular, than Aximilion (the Rogue Trader dog) but nowhere near the horse-sized beast that is Macula. I’ve not actually assembled him yet but if I find the time I’ll try to put him together and get a few size-comparison shots posted later in the week.

      Interesting that you mention fixing the holes in the leader’s cloak, someone else suggested the same thing but I actually rather like them (makes it look like she’s been dealing with the rigours of life in the Underhive and plays to the punky aesthetic of the Eschers). That said I’m always open to having my mind changed so if you want to convince me of the error of my ways I’m all ears!

      • Faust

        You did add “Gallows” to her name, so that would be an argument in favor of the holy look. Though from memory, I don’t recall any of the other Escher outfits being ratty. So I think I would lean towards a similarity with the rest of the group, but you really could go either way.

        I don’t think I’d need a pic of the dog. If it’s smaller than Macula, that’s a plus for me, as I think Macula is just too big (and spendy, haha!). I’d have to cobble together some cyberbits, but probably pretty doable.

        I think my whip is broken into 3 bits. Hmm yea, looks like there are no pics on my site. Probably because she was one of the last ones I got slapped together for our game. Even then, the (darned) whip got added later. I think just in time for our very last game.

      • Faust

        Here, ya go. Managed to get a pic which I think shows what I did with the whip. Given the 3d nature of it, hard to snap a decent photo. (and yea, paints aren’t finished on her)

      • Wudugast

        She’s looking great so far, and well done re-structuring that whip. Just lined up the hound from the Dogsworn Hunt next to the other canines and he’s roughly halfway between Macula and Aximilion. I reckon he’d make a fine cyber-mastiff so I’ll probably end up doing that with him myself (and thus saving Macula to be the special character he deserves to be). I may end up posting some comparison shots of the various dogs as a bit of fun towards the end of the week anyway, I’m enjoying discovering how many different hounds – and hound-like creatures – I have kicking around 🙂

      • Faust

        Thanks man! Oh yea, it would be pretty cool to see a variety of dogs all lined up. Nice idea.

  • Alexis West

    Very impressed by how well these came together. Theddra makes for an excellent alternate take on that standard Escher Leader, and Jagathra has a great ridiculously over-enthusiastic expression and pose perfect for a Juve.

    The Escher sprue does have a couple of extra Chem-Synths and sheathed knives that might be nice to tie them in a little more strongly, as Alex suggested.

    And yeah, one of the reasons I’m glad I got an extra box of Eschers is that it gave me more extras of the whip, because that bit is just asking for breakage.

    • Wudugast

      I know, Jagathra (I’m still working out their names!) just looks unbelievably keen, even in the context of the Godsworn Hunt and doubly so next to the ever-so-cool Eschers. Even when I wasn’t sure if she’d be too big for an Escher I knew I’d be using her head for a Juve.

      I’ve dug out a few spare gubbins from the bitzbox to Escherize them a little further (if you look very carefully in the pics above you’ll discover I’d already snuck a bird skull from the Eschers onto Juvgathra – although it’s so small even I forgot about it). If all goes to plan I’ll finish them off later and get them basecoated as soon as it stops snowing!

  • imperialrebelork

    Fantastic! I’ve never really gone for whips but a little slap and tickle is fine. Haha.

  • thecurator123

    Loving that juve. Really nice work

  • castigatoruk

    Blimey, they look great!
    I wish they had come out a bit earlier because they would have been perfect for my Voodoo Dolls Escher gang.
    I’m looking forward to seeing these painted up.

  • caseyrog

    Yes! I had the idea for converting these to Escher too once I saw them. Has anyone ever done the Darkoath Warqueen as an Escher conversion?

    • Wudugast

      Do it – they’re great fun to work with. The leftover barbarians are really nice models too. I can’t think of ever seeing a converted Warqueen now you mention it. I did consider it after these were announced but she’s a bit pricey for a single figure and I was basically just being impatient waiting for these to be released.

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