The Cult of Ruin – Part 8

I’ve been bumping my gums about my Necromunda chaos gang for absolutely ages and yet progress, when it has happened at all, has been bumpy to say the least. However with the ladies of House Escher wrapped up (for the moment) I decided it was time to get this bunch of crazy reprobates finished off as well. Once again Azazel’s monthly painting challenges proved their worth here. This month it’s “Squaddie September” with the aim of completing squads of at least three models, something which I used as a spur towards getting the gang finished up.

My affiliation with 41st millennium beastmen is hardly a secret and so I wasn’t going to miss the chance to sneak another one into the gang. As well as arming him with a gun I tried to make him a bit more “40k” by replacing his hooves with mechanical prosthetics, whilst his tentacle arm leaves him little hope of finding acceptance amongst upstanding Necromundan citizens and forces him to throw in his lot with the dark gods.

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That said he’s not the only beastman in the gang, even the leader is one, so he should be in good company!

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Alongside him I also completed this Tzeentchian cultist. I still have a plan to make a fully Tzeentchian gang at some point and although that may be a while off this chap brings us one step closer to seeing it realised.

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As with several previous cultists he’s a conversion, continuing my determination to have as few duplicate models in my collection as possible. Here he is alongside the original. As you can see he’s not a radical conversion but the tweaks I made do, I feel, offer him a rather different (and distinctly more Tzeentchian) character.

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What’s more the gang is starting to develop a little contingent of models dedicated to the Changer of Ways (although I have no doubt that they are completely ignorant regarding what exactly it is that they are worshipping). I blame the subtle influence of that sneaky fish myself…

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Alongside these new recruits I also gave some attention to a couple of older miniatures that I thought deserved a second chance. First of all we have this despicable renegade, rescued from my old traitor guard collection and well overdue for some attention.

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Meanwhile this was one of my favourite models from the Dark Vengeance boxset so I knew I had to include him somewhere. However he was also desperately in need of a repaint before he was ready to join his new crew.

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I could have stopped there of course but I’ve been hearing the call of the dark gods a lot lately and I’m still working towards getting the contents of the Blackstone Fortress box painted up. Thus I decided to broaden my options for the gang and get some work done on Blackstone Fortress into the bargain by completing another of the traitor guard. Presumably this is a deserter from the Dust Wall who turned his coat when he saw the Genestealer Cultists coming. If they think they’re going to find refuge in Ironhouse they’ll be sorely disappointed!

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So, where does this leave the cult? Well, right now it looks a bit like this…

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Much like the Escher gang I’ve got far more models here than one would really need to play a Chaos gang but it’s been a lot of fun coming up with ideas, building and painting them and that’s really all that I’m looking for.

Command of their activities falls to the bestial Skaverghast, accompanied by his champions and a powerful witch.

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Then we have a small contingent of traitor guard, partly borrowed from Blackstone Fortress.

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Not to mention the disorderly rabble of the rank and file.

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And there we have them, another gang of reprobates ready to join the seedy and anarchic backstreets of the Underhive. Of course, like an army, no gang is ever truly finished. For one thing a lot of the new Blackstone Fortress cultists deserve to find a second home amongst this ragtag crew (when they’re not terrifying explorers and hunting for ancient xenos arechotech that is!)

21 responses to “The Cult of Ruin – Part 8

  • patmcf

    Absolutely amazing mate what a mob!! I’d be pretty proud if I’d produced such fine work .

  • Alex

    Lovely additions dude – that is a mightily impressive gang you’ve got there!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Good to see you are keeping busy, great stuff once again.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, I managed to sneak a couple of days off earlier in the week and was able to get plenty of painting in. Had to go back to work before I found myself trying out any of your retirement techniques though 😉

  • Pete S/ SP

    They make for a very impressive collection.



  • caseyrog

    Looking good for a rabble of heretical brutes!

  • Alexis West

    That’s a great bunch there! Are the new guy’s legs from Skitarii? I can’t really get a good enough look at them to tell. The head and weapon swap on the new Tzeentch guy def worked. It took me a bit to figure out who the base Model was. Changing the angle of the head like that really alters the whole appearance. Speaking of Tzeentch, I think I missed the birdman with shotgun previously. Don’t recognize him, but he’s also awesome.

    The Heavy from DV is absolutely one of the best. One more reason I’m bummed that only the basic dudes are available from GW these days. I don’t know what he looked like before, but now he’s been through it, he looks badass! As does the Renegade trooper. I never noticed before that they actually have pretty detailed tread on their boots. That’s a cool touch.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! 🙂 That’s right, the new beastman’s legs are from the Skitarii.

      I was pleased with how much difference the little tweaks to the Tzeentchian guy made, no huge changes were necessary but he really does look different I think.

      The bird man I made a while ago. You can see some better pictures of him back here:

      I’ll not post a link to the old version of the flamer guy though, he’s hidden in the archives and it’s best he’s left there. Suffice to say my painting skills have improved somewhat since then! If you want to look back as far as November 2013 and my second ever post on this blog then feel free to do so – I’ll warn you in advance that the results may be disappointing 😉

      I hadn’t actually noticed the tread on the boots either until I came to painting him, it’s a little detail but it helps to really bring the character to life. Might try using them to stamp out some boot prints on a base somewhere, so long as I can find somewhere it won’t look naff.

      • Alexis West

        Thanks for the link! Cool to get to see more of him. That must have been before I started following you, I guess.

  • lordcommandereloth

    Great work all round but a extra congratulations on the conversions they are just grand.

  • imperialrebelork

    Do you ever drink or eat too much? Have you ever walked into a toy or model shop and had that overwhelming feeling of happiness? Well that’s what I’m having as I backtrack through all your posts haha. Looooove all the eye candy here mate. You constantly blow me away with conversions and paint jobs. Your record keeping off the projects is also something I’m in awe of haha.

  • Azazel

    Oh, loving these guys as well. The model that has been promoted up from your old traitors looks really good, and I like the poor mutie bestman at the top. Who is the big ugly one, though? I don’t recall that one…

    • Wudugast

      Thank you – I had a lot of fun with these. The big ugly one is the chaos spawn – you can see more pictures of him here;

      Honestly I’m not entirely happy with how it turned out, I was really pleased with it when I built it but it needed so much work to paint, far more than it really deserved, and I know I cut corners and accepted some poor looking elements just to get the damn thing finished. No-one has said “that model is shit” but I’m still not happy with it, sooner or later I’ll roll up my sleeves and see if I can fix it to my satisfaction.

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