Muties – Part 1

There’s a mutant for every occasion. Need a horde of luckless bullet catchers driven ahead of your advancing chaos legion? Call in the mutants. What about some low-level troublemakers for your Inquisitor to deal with? How about civilians/wildlife/scenery/lurkers-in-the-dark to trouble your Necromunda gangs? If you want to live in the seedy underbelly of 40k then mutants are indispensable. Even more so than everyone else in the Imperium they were born to lose. The 41st Millennium’s ultimate underclass they play the part of the victimised serf with a natural grudge just as well as they do the spiteful villain. Plus, the range of modelling and creative opportunities they represent are just too much fun to pass up!

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This is a project I’ve been working on for a ludicrously long time, some of these models have been sitting around half-painted for at least five or six years, so I reckoned it was about time I actually bashed on and got something finished. All of the current batch are based on the Lord of the Rings goblins, which make for excellent mutants in and of themselves. Indeed some, like this chap, I’ve painted up entirely “as is”, without needing to do any converting at all.

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Others, like this one, are a bit more radical. Although the goblin models themselves aren’t multipart kits they really forgive cutting them and sticking on bits from other kits, and on such lumpen, ugly-looking characters even the crudest greenstuff can cover a multitude of sins.

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This one was the first to be finished, several years ago now, but the slow progress of the project as a whole meant I decided to go back and give him a bit of a repaint by the time the rest of the clan were nearing completion.

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There’s something about this one that even gives me the creeps!

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This chap is one of my favourites, a task-master who really does have eyes in the back of his head!

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As intimated by the “Part 1” in the title I’ve got quite a few more of these still to finish so I’m aiming to bash on with them alongside other projects. Despite the fact that in some ways I feel that I should be concentrating on one thing at a time and getting a few things finished these have been waiting for attention for so long it’s getting embarrassing so I’m keen to get them done once and for all. Hopefully it won’t be another five years before we see “Part 2”!

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23 responses to “Muties – Part 1

  • Carlo

    They’re looking great! My favourite is the creepy one… even though I don’t want to imagine what he or she had to go through during the mutation.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The poor chap had a run in with some glue and greenstuff – known for their mutating properties! I’m somewhat curious to see if anyone works out what bit I used for the “mouth” – I think it’s pleasingly obscure… 😉

  • tehlulzpare

    Great idea on using the hobbit range goblin-town guys! It’s funny, I play the Middle Earth SBG, and always found those goblins really ugly even by orc standards, and had very little desire to use them. But this? This I may shamelessly steal; they really nail that underhive mutie look. I do have 36 of the ugly blighters so I have no shortage!

    • Wudugast

      Steal away – they’re great as the basis for Underhive muties – and I agree, they’re much better as muties than they are as lotr goblins. They’re also incredibly versatile once you start converting (unusually for single piece figures). The ugly, awkward proportions really start to work in their favour and the sky is the limit for mixing in bits from other ranges.

  • Alexis West

    I’ve been thinking of picking these gobbos up for more or less this exact reason for ages, but never got around to it. Might have to look into that again, because these all look awesome. The one that creeps you out reminds me a bit of the monsters in The Descent, which was one of the scariest movies I’d seen in some time.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 😀 Presumably because they were in one of the starter sets, but a lot of people think they’re pretty ugly, they tend to pop up cheap on ebay fairly often (in case you needed any more encouragement to pursue for pursue some mutie-making of your own!) Personally I found they ticked the sweet-spot between easy and forgiving to convert, and small and straightforward to paint – I’ll try to finish off some more soon.
      Haven’t seen The Decent but just the thought of being stuck in a cave is bad enough for me, even if it’s entirely free of creepy beasties! 😉

      • Alexis West

        I’m pretty claustrophobic, so The Descent was going to be hitting me fairly hard regardless, but the cave mutants in there are scary as hell, too.

  • imperialrebelork

    Wow straight out of a horror movie. The hills have eyes comes to mind actually. I guess because of the whole mutant thing. Love all of them and I can’t pick a favourite. The Luckless Bullet Catchers is, as of now, the name of me and my mates new two piece band haha. I just text him and he loves it. You’re on a roll with your output man, it’s inspiring. Also, I’ve noticed that your basing is always a similar colour for all your models. Is that a planned thing? Eg to tie in with the large board/table you’re doing?

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! A horror movie aesthetic was very much in mind when I was working on them, although I didn’t want them to be straight-up monstrous, rather I wanted them to have something weak and pathetic, but still dangerous about them. Some of the scariest horror movie baddies have an element of frailty about them which actually serves to make them more frightening I think.

      Haven’t seen the Hills Have Eyes (I don’t actually watch that much horror) but I hear it was partly inspired by Sawney Bean (head of a supposed mass-murdering cannibal clan who was said to have lived in a cave. He’s a bit of a bogey man in Scotland, think of a mix of Hannibal Lecter, Craster from Game of Thrones and the Manson Family, who ate hundreds of people with the help of his huge brood of incestuously produced offspring. In reality he was just a mix of anti-Scottish/anti-Catholic propaganda but he’s a fine scary legend nonetheless).

      The Luckless Bullet Catchers is an awesome name for a band! Made my day to hear I’d inspired you to call yourselves that 😀

      As for the bases, yes – I tend to keep all of them fairly similar. Partly, I’ll admit, it’s laziness – that’s the way I know to do bases and I tend to stick with it – but partly it’s also to maintain a consistent style, so that all my models tie in with one another (and, as you correctly note, with the board). The challenge I’m having at the moment is adapting it to use for Blood Bowl, I’m not keen on doing too much static grass but churned mud with the odd hapless blade of grass sticking up sounds about right. Of course this is probably just me channelling my childhood, all those days sent out of play sports at school, when it was lashing down rain, the temperature was about -15 and the teachers herded us outside into the Scottish winter to play football on a pitch that looked like something from the Somme… :-p

      • imperialrebelork

        Hahaha love the descriptions haha. I know all about Sawney but only from the beginning of this year. On one of my research ventures into the macabre his name came up and I had to investigate. True or false it’s a brilliant story. I think you might enjoy the hills have eyes. It’s not your typical horror movie. It’s got an underlying sense of sadness to it. The mutants are both scary and pitiful. Well worth a watch. I’ve never seen the original but the remake was brilliant

      • Alexis West

        The original has held up surprisingly well also. It doesn’t quite have the impact anymore that the remake has these days, but it’s one of those where you can totally see why it was such a big deal when it first came out.

  • Alex

    Top job mate, these guys make great muties. I’ll have to dig my Goblin Town set out one of these fine days…

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are really great. Very atmospheric … brings to mind something that would live in the very bowels of a hive city.



  • mcmattila

    Wow, those are indeed great mutants! I haven’t been keeping up with MESBG, so I wasn’t aware of these cool models. You’re right, they look like they would fit right into pretty much every system with no or little conversion work. Thanks for bringing them to my attention!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I only keep half an eye on the middle earth stuff myself. I love Tolkien’s world, grew up on the books, was blown away by the LotR films but never got into the miniatures (probably not a bad thing – I’ve got enough of those to paint to last me a lifetime!) I do check it out from time to time, mostly looking for things to convert of course, but it’s never really hooked me, although I hear it’s a really fun game and a great community.

      You know, you saying that they would fit into pretty much any system set a little wheel turning in my brain. When I first posted this I was thinking Necromunda, Inq28, 40k, even the darker corners of AoS and (of course) LotR but there’s a crazy, contrary part of me that wants to turn one into a Blood Bowl player (Underworld Team?) or even a giant mutant for Adeptus Titanicus (getting the scale to look right would be the thing). Of course this is undoubtedly just another of my passing fancies but I think it could be done, and then they really would fit every system!

  • edwardpemberton1

    Lovely work! I really like the deathmask – the juxtaposition of noble a countenance and a wasted, mutated body is really creepy!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 It’s an effect you see a lot of in Warhammer art (both 40k and fantasy) but not so often on the models. I actually played with the idea of doing that with all of them, which would have had a certain effect in and of itself, but in the end I kept coming up with other crazy ideas I wanted to play with as well.

  • thecurator123

    Genius work! I love the eyes in the back of his head guy

    • Wudugast

      Thank you very much! Yeah, there’s something about him isn’t there? He was one of the easiest to make as well, just a case of sticking on a face from one of the others (probably death mask guy) and then tidying things up with a little greenstuff.

  • Azazel

    Hey a very cool idea. I’ve got three(?) sets of those goblins around that were theoretically for the SBG, but nothing’s ever been done with them. Not that I’m in a hurry to bust them out and paint them over other more pressing models, but if I ever need some muties for 40k RPG or Dredd or anything else, I now know where to look for some really great base models. Thanks!

    • Wudugast

      Glad I was able to inspire you – they do work really nicely as mutie scum! (In fact, now I think about it, if next month is Neglected Models then I really ought to take the opportunity and paint some more of them).

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