The Oathbones – Part 2

I’m still cracking on with the last of the Blackstone Fortress traitor guard and the final few Skaven for my WHFB army and my plan was to get those finished before tackling any more Necromunda. However Azazel of Azazel’s Bitz Box has declared his latest monthly challenge – it’s Destino December!

What does that mean exactly? Well, to quote the man himself;

Now December brings us Christmas, and so with both of these things in mind, I’ve decided to do something slightly different. It’s time to find a miniature (or a few) that you’ve really wanted to paint – or get finished. Now they could be a model you’ve had for decades and still not gotten around to painting. It could be a brand new release. It could be a model that’s been out for four years that you just finally picked up….

To paraphrase Marie Kondo, we’re looking for a model (or models) that “Spark Joy” when you see it/them.

When it comes to Necromunda models that “speak to me” the Cawdor gangers have to be at the top of the list. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to start a gang of them (unlike, say, the Van Saar or Orlocks, each of which took me a while to really “get”). They’re great straight out of the box, the various Forge World upgrades are fabulous and they’re a real joy to kitbash and convert – yet it’s been over a year and I’ve still only painted one of them. Here’s a reminder of how he looks (accompanied by the gang’s sheen bird).

Because I’ve been itching to get to work on them, because I thought I deserved a reward after completing my one hundred Ork boyz, because there were a few on the painting desk that were almost finished anyway, and because it’s Destino December, I decided to recruit a few brothers for him, ready to kick start a holy crusade to purge the Underhive of muties, heretics and sinners in the new year.

I quite like the way this one forms a triangular shape with his pointed hood and ramshackle hammer.

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This one was built straight out of the box (because they really are great without needing any kind of converting or kitbashing at all).

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This one was inspired by fellow blogger Imperial Rebel Ork and his bell cult, as well as the way in which Nighthaunt bits fit neatly into the Cawdor aesthetic. After all, what could be more Cawdor than calling the righteous to prayer by hitting a sinner with a big old bell?

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This chap found a piece of wood, surely one of the rarest materials it’s possible to imagine coming across on a planet like Necromunda. Rather than risk someone else stealing such a holy item he’s nailed it firmly to himself. You can’t be too careful after all!

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Finally, here we have the whole gang so far, ready to spread the word of the righteous!

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This is a gang that I’ve got literally dozens of ideas for (far more than you’d need to make a normal Necromunda gang) so expect to see a lot more of these in the future.


20 responses to “The Oathbones – Part 2

  • Alex

    Superb mate – loving these guys, and that yellow is just perfect. Is that dude with the plank nailed to his arm a conversion? If so, that is gloriously bonkers. Please tell me the bell wielder is called Dinger 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate! The bloke with the plank is indeed a conversion, although nothing too radical. The head and flamer are from Forge World upgrades and the arm (and dod of wood) are from the Nightvault Nighthaunt (try saying that a few times quickly eh!).

      Ha! Well, he wasn’t but I think he probably is now! 😀

    • Ann

      Dinger for short. Full name: Lord Ringa-Ding-Ding, esq.
      Favorite Song: Ring Christmas Bells
      Favorite Poem: The Bells
      Favorite Colour: Yellow!
      Turn-on’s: Bells maces
      Turn-off’s: Deafness
      Catch Phrase: “Wot’dyousay?”
      Sign: Leo

  • Mikko

    Really like that colour scheme, these look great!

  • Andrew

    How did you make the bird? I’ve had something similar in mind.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are really great. Simple colour scheme but it really suits them.



    • Wudugast

      Cheers! There are so many little details on them that a fairly simple colour scheme is a must I think. Plus I’ve got lots of plans for them so something I can replicate over and over again without going mad is going to be helpful 😉

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nicely done, I like the yellow and blue scheme, goes together well. Worthy entries for Azazel’s December challange. Mentioning Azazel reminds me I haven’t seen or heard from him since he posted the last challenge, just me?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Aye, I’ve noticed he’s been quite as well. I’m pretty sure he said he was likely to be busy in the run up to Christmas so hopefully that’s all and he’ll reappear in January. Apart from through the blog I don’t have any way to contact him, otherwise I’d drop him a line.

      • theimperfectmodeller

        My only means of contact too. If he doesn’t surface in January I will post a blog comment and see if I get a response. It’s the summer over there which is hard to believe given our weather so maybe he’s got better things to occupy him. Have a good Christmas.

  • imperialrebelork

    Haha wow man this is fantastic. Really love the way you do your yellow. I’m hoping to tackle some Imperial Fists in 2020 but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m a little concerned about yellow. Thanks for the shout out and I love the fella with the timber nailed to his hand haha. Great touch. I must get back to the bell cult in 2020

    • Wudugast

      Cheers man – and no, thank you for the inspiration! 😀 Yeah, I thought you might like the guy with the wood nailed to his hand, it’s just so twisted!

      Yellow isn’t as tough as it’s often made out to be, it’s often regarded as a really challenging colour to work with but take it slow to begin with until you get a feel for working with it, get down a good base of Averland Sunset (if you’re using GW paints) and it shouldn’t be too bad. I find orange harder really.

      Always rather liked the Imperial Fists myself, people think they’re dull but they’re badass (anyone who goes around scrimshawing their dead brothers’ bones is pretty hardcore – although perhaps not quite as hardcore as someone who goes around scrimshawing their living brothers’ bones I suppose…). Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

      • imperialrebelork

        Thanks for the tip on yellow. I’ve watched a few YouTube’s on it and one even said base in zandri dust to give it some depth. I’ll take it slow. I’m not generally a space marines kinda guy but a primaris sized force clad in battle damage yellow will look quite striking I think.

  • Azazel

    A really great little group of Cawdor here – I do like that birdy, so I may have to nick the idea down the line. Speaking of ideas worth nicking – where did that bell come from?

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The bell is from the Nighthaunt Grimghast Reapers, the Extoller of Shyish to be precise (top marks on that pun GW). The bird, you probably know, is from the Kairic Acolytes.

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