The Oathbones – Part 1

Apart from finishing off the Khorne Slaughterpriest the other day (not the biggest of jobs as he was mostly done already) I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of painting. Usually this comes pretty easily to me but, perhaps because work is quite busy at the moment, I’ve been unusually slow to pick up a brush. Rather than make a chore of it I’ve been relaxing by kitbashing a few Cawdor gangers instead. I’m not planning to paint these straight away, I’d like to add a last few models to the Eschers first and then I’ll probably work on the Van Saar and (perhaps) Chaos gangs – on the grounds that those should be fairly quick and easy to achieve. I have however been having a lot of fun “sketching” out ideas for the gang and exploring what I’ll do when I get around to them.

Cawdor Necromunda Convert Or Die Wudugast (1)

As with all of the gangs the Forgeworld head and weapon sets really add to the degree of character within a gang. They’re not the cheapest but they look excellent so I’m happy to justify treating myself to them.

Cawdor Necromunda Convert Or Die Wudugast (2)

 There’s a wonderful madness to the Cawdor that really taps into the insanity at the heart of the Imperium, and I wanted to play it up with the gangers I’ve been working on. This one for example believes that rather than trust his sinful, fallible, human eyes to help him aim his gun he must cover them over and thus, with all distraction removed, the Emperor will be able to act through him and guide his fire. Whether this works or not remains to be seen…

Cawdor Necromunda Convert Or Die Wudugast (4)

This grim figure will probably become the gang’s ash-prophet leader although I have a few possible tweaks in mind before I call him finished.

Cawdor Necromunda Convert Or Die Wudugast (3)

These aren’t the only models on the painting desk however and working on these has been a fine palate cleanser (or should that be palette cleanser?) so hopefully I’ll have something else to show you soon.

34 responses to “The Oathbones – Part 1

      • Dee

        Can I ask what head bit you used for the first cawdor ganged? The one that looks like a skull mask

      • Wudugast

        The back part of the head (everything apart from the mask itself) is from a standard Cawdor ganger, the front half (the mask itself) is from the Bladegheist Revenants from the Nighthaunt. It needed a little shaving to get it to fit together but nothing too tricky. 🙂
        (The head for the second, incidentally, is from the Forgeworld upgrade set, the third is Empire flagellants, and the forth is Dark Vengeance Chaos Cultists with poxwalker bits).

  • imperialrebelork

    Cawwwww 😉 lovely, grim and mad. Perfect! Like what’s going on here man.

    • Wudugast

      “Grim” and “Mad” are my middle names! Must admit I really like the way Cawdor lend themselves toward some of the crazier elements of the 41st Millennium – I’ve got plenty more ideas like this to come.

  • Alex

    Looking good dude – the blindfolded guy is superb, the very definition of ‘spray’n’pray’!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Figures look great mate and once you are back in to painting mode it looks look like you will have plenty of very nice things to keep you busy and us happy too!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 In some ways I think it’s the number of things I want to be working on that’s stalling me as much as anything – I always say creativity isn’t a tube of toothpaste that can just be squeezed to make more of it come out but on this occasion I’m going to try clearing my desk, focussing on one thing at a time and see what happens.

  • Ann

    Very nice models. As for that one guy with the blindfold, well, it worked for Luke Skywalker and the Emperor is be more powerful (for wouldn’t it be Heresy to even speculate about the possibility of it being otherwise?) than some nebulous conception of a vague energy called “The Force”.

    I find his lack of faith disturbing…. If he were truly virtuous he’d pluck out his eyes and then you could paint the bandage accordingly with bloodstains and such.

    Love your creativity!

    • Wudugast

      I have found myself wondering what would happen to the Star Wars characters if they were in the 41st Millennium. Luke, an unsanctioned psyker who consorts with xenos, would have been bundled onto a Black Ship so fast his feet wouldn’t have touched the floor. Vader, discovered young enough to be trained as a Space Marine and be trained by the Librarius, would probably be second only to his Chapter Master by now.

      As for him actually plucking out his eyes I originally did that with the second model here;
      I repainted him and went for a less gory version in the end but maybe a little bit of blood around the mask on this one might be fun…

      • Ann

        Ha! I like it. You are probably right about Luke and Vader. 🙂

        Whatever you end up doing, I’m sure it’ll end up looking good.

  • Thomas


    I like the way they’ve used some of the design elements from the Genestealer Cult on these models (like the ribbed protection on the legs) to bind those civilians together with these.

    But mate, I cannot wait to here you talk about all the new Chaos stuff.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers man 🙂

      The new Chaos stuff is gorgeous mate! I’m loving the way they’re pushing the aesthetic at the moment, both Abaddon and the Lord Discordant are outstanding. I’d like to find the time to write a full review but it might just be me frothing with over-excitement!

      Yeah, a mix of these, genestealers and some Orlock bits would be just the thing for making 40k civilians (which happens to be another project I’ve got lurking on the back burner…).

      • Thomas

        When I saw the Lord Discordant today I was like – OMG! OMG! OMG! The model looks insane. I must have it.

      • Wudugast

        You know – that was pretty much word for word what I thought! So pleased to see them making Chaos models that really emphasise the weirdness of the daemonic hybridisation available to them, rather than just loyalist marines with extra spikes.

      • Thomas

        These new Chaos Space Marines are far off the map now. In uncharted territory. Way beyond the point of no return. It’s so awesome.

      • Wudugast

        Agreed – I thought the models in Shadowspear were outstanding but they’re already being overshadowed by some of the new gear. That Venomcrawler is a real thing of beauty, and Obliterators that actually look good? I never thought this day would come!

        I’m surprised they didn’t reveal more Chaos at Gama, I think I was expecting that, but I’m happy with what they did show us (Warcry looks amazing too!) so I’m happy to wait a little longer if we’re going to get stuff of this quality. I’m busy sorting through my Chaos army at the moment, working out what I want to pack away, what’s safe as it is and what I want to repaint so it can hold its head up next to the newcomers.

      • Thomas

        The Master of Possession is so freaking mental! I cannot wait.

      • Alexis West

        The Lord Discordant is possibly the coolest production Model I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to get one.

  • Alexis West

    I really do like the stuff that taps into the truly batshit insane aspects of the grimdark. Some excellent examples of that here!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are really nice- the forge world bits really make them.



    • Wudugast

      They really do add something don’t they? At first it frustrated me that these things were being sold as “bonus content” but it’s all so nice I’ve become a bit of a sucker for it.

  • rednekkboss

    Alexis: …”batshit insane aspects of grimdark..” That line is a keeper! Great looking stuff, As usual, I like anything that taps into the batshit myself, that’s what Warhammer is all about, and entire galaxy tipping into madness. Inspirational stuff….which I may have to loot. 😉

    • Wudugast

      Aye, agreed – that’s a line for my personal hobby manifesto if ever I heard one. John Blanche once described Warhammer as having “an aura of grubby madness” and I though “Yes, that’s the game for me!” Glad you like these – loot away! 🙂

    • Alexis West

      Thanks! Initially it was my reaction to finding out certain parts of how Void Shields actually work, but there are quite a lot of places it applies. Lots of other SF properties have dark or depressing aspects to their settings, but there’s a difference between even something like Soylent Green and FTL travel that depends on going through a literal hell dimension!

  • Rick

    Where did you get the skull head from? On the first picture? Looks awesome!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks very much – must admit I’m rather proud of that one 😀 The back half is just a standard Cawdor head but the front half (where the mask would usually sit) is the face of a Bladegheist Revenant from the Nighthaunt. It needed a little shaving down to make it fit but nothing too radical really.

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