The Irondogs – Part 14

It’s been a while since I added anything to my Goliath gang but it’ll come as no surprise to anyone that, since I got my grubby paws on House of Chains I’ve been busy expanding the ranks of my angry musclemen. I read the new book (twice) over the last few weeks and I think it’s fantastic, another outstanding volume from the team behind Necromunda and one that’s taken pride of place on the shelf. I won’t delve too far into reviewing it as that’s been done far better elsewhere, but the degree to which this single book has enriched the Necromundan landscape is quite outstanding and I’m champing at the bit to see the rest of the series.

Having been fired with enthusiasm I turned my attention to the range of new models that were released alongside it – and naturally decided that this was a fine time for the Irondogs to indulge in a recruiting drive! First of all I put together one of the new Stimmers. Rather than mess around too much with a fiddly kit that I’m not all that familiar with I built it straight out of the box, just swapping in a head from the Forge World upgrade set (which suits him nicely I reckon).

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I also put together a couple of the forge-born. For those unfamiliar with the ever expanding range of options available to a Necromunda gang these are the first of the “prospects” which will apparently be available to all but one of the House gangs – a prospect being essentially a juve who’s willing to put themselves in harm’s way in exchange for a fast-track into the gang proper. Again I didn’t try anything too radical here as really I was just exploring and familiarising myself with the kit.

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The forge-born are also perfect for making juves. I think like most people I was expecting that sooner or later we’d see miniatures for juvs, although I also assumed that GW would be cautious of putting them front and centre. I played around with making Goliath juves by combining the legs of genestealer neophytes with the torsos of kairic acolytes, something I’ve seen done with great success by others, but never really produced anything I was terribly happy with so I fell back on waiting to see what official miniatures would appear, or for further inspiration to strike. However the arrival of House of Chains firmly states that the former is off the cards.


In other words alternative models for juves (that’s Bullies in House Goliath) are out, if you want juves in your gang you should use the same models as ordinary gangers. Now I can see why Games Workshop have chosen to go down this route, child soldiers and juvenile delinquents  are never exactly a good look (especially when they’re being carved up by angry cannibal berserkers). Then again I’ve always seen juves as just that, youngsters who’ve just joined the gang rather than simply new recruits. Now I will acknowledge that the book describes the majority of Goliaths being born from vats, emerging fully adult and ready to get to work on the production lines, rather than enjoying the kind of childhood and teenage rebellion that we might have enjoyed ourselves. However I still want my juves to look younger than my standard gangers. Plus if the prospects are youngsters why not the juves? Readers may recall that I’ve already made two Escher juves that I’m quite pleased with and I wanted something similar for the Goliaths.

With that in mind I started kitbashing using one of the forge born and came up with an early proof-of-concept that I’m pretty happy with (very much inspired by the dozens of other people I’ve seen in various groups online doing exactly the same thing).

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My only real issue with him is what to do with his back. The forge-born have backpacks and webbing, which suits the weapons they carry, and I wanted to steer away from that in order to further differentiate the juves from the forge-born. I’ve not yet decided whether to greenstuff over it or try to cover it with something (probably the former as Goliaths tend to have all their armour to the front and juves should be no different) but if anyone has any suggestions I’m all ears.

Next to join the crew is the hulking great ‘zerker. I wasn’t entirely sure about him when I first saw the studio model, and my plan was to make quite a range of tweaks and adjustments. However I have to say that once I got my hands on it I discovered what an excellent miniature this really is. Everything went together perfectly, there were hardly any mould-lines and the level of detail is quite outstanding. Thus much like Ortruum 8-8I think this is another rather nice model let down by a less than stellar studio paint job. Here’s a quick reminder of the studio model.

Zerker Studio

And here’s my model, assembled and ready for paint. The one thing I didn’t include was the breathing mask that hangs around his neck, a rather fragile looking bit of resin that I decided wasn’t worth the effort of trying to attach.

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There are loads of cool little details on the model and I predict he’s going to be a lot of fun to paint. For instance check out these bone spikes bursting out of his mutated flesh – something I’d quite overlooked on the studio model.

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I did plan to swap out his head but again once I saw it in person I realised that I rather like it. This isn’t me panning the Forgeworld studio painter – they’re clearly very talented, I just don’t think that the style they’ve used has entirely shown the ‘zerker at its best.

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However I do wish they’d included an alternative head that matched the one shown in the original artwork. It’s also worth noting that the head of the ‘zerker is a little larger than those of the standard gangers so unlike the stimmers it’s not so easy to just swap in a head from the Forge World upgrade set, all the more reason why an alternative on the sprue would have been a nice touch.

Zerker Head

He’s a big lad, the real monster of the crew, as this line-up shows.

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He even looks imposing next to this (shamefully part-painted) Ambot. I must admit I thought the burrowing robot would be the bigger of the two by quite some margin so it was a surprise to see them side by side and realise just how large the ‘zerker is.

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All of this gives me plenty to paint and I’m keen to get my teeth into them as soon as possible, although I’ve also got my eye on a few other projects which may take precedence (including my often delayed but never forgotten Cawdor gang). I’ve also been kitbashing Corpse-Grinder Cultists so I’ll try to get something uploaded to showcase them soon too.

33 responses to “The Irondogs – Part 14

  • Pandora's Bitz Box

    These look really awesome, I love the head swaps, that bladed mohawk guy looks wicked. I also like your choice to differentiate the “younger” less experienced ones with slighter models, totally with you on understanding why GW wouldn’t go down that route for PR reason, but we understand that in the grim darkness of the far future it’s not that simple. Although saying that, GW are fine bolting mechanical wings onto babies with quills to follow around the bureaucrats 😆

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Aye, good point :-p I must track down a few of those cherubs actually, the new ones from the Sisters of Battle are really cool and add a nice 40k vibe wherever they go.

  • Mikko

    Love it! That ‘zerker gives a great Mean Machine Angel vibe, especially in the original artwork – I can see why you’d want an alternative head. Those are some big strong bois there.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I can definitely see the Mean Machine Angel element (in fact looking up pictures of him gives me ideas for a bounty-hunter/ex-pit fighter character – another one for the future-inspiration list!)

  • Alex

    Awesome! So much to look forward to here 🙂

  • imperialrebelork

    Another nice post. The FW heads are great. I’m yet to get the new-ish Goliath kit but it’s on the list. Can’t wait to see these bad boys painted man

    • Wudugast

      Cheers dude! Yeah those FW heads are amazing, I’d be quite happy to see them make more honestly. The new Goliath kit is great but I’m really excited about the Ogryns, I can see myself getting a lot of mileage out of those (when things become normal enough that they’re able to release them that is!)

      • imperialrebelork

        I’m surprised GW haven’t opened their online sales yet

      • Wudugast

        I think they can’t. Things are still pretty bad where they’re based in the south of England, I don’t see them being able to lift restrictions for a while yet sadly :-/ In Scotland, and I think it’s the same in England, can still go out to work if its designated as vital (so a doctor or a policeman for example) or if you can self-isolate at work (so as an ecologist I can still work, same with my night job as a lone vigilante, and things like window cleaners and gardeners can still work because they’re self-isolating and designated as “being in the public good” – so you could still go out to work here as well). You also need to demonstrate that you can’t do it from home. The companies which are still offering a mail order service all tend to be smaller companies where you’ve got one person alone in the warehouse (I just got an email from Avatars of War telling me exactly that!). With GW there must be hundreds of them in their warehouse and as far as I understand their stock runs out pretty quickly if their factory isn’t operating as well (look at how fast limited edition models sell out – another reason why they shouldn’t do them in my opinion, but I digress!). So if they tried to run the mail order side of the business they’d have to do it with a tiny skeleton crew who’d be overwhelmed by the number of sales coming in (people around the world are stuck indoors looking for something to do, I think sales would be through the roof if they could sell right now) and everything would be selling out because the factory is shut. Plus they’d be risking prosecution, all in all I think their hands are tied. Not that I don’t wish they were open (there’s stuff I want to buy man!) but I think we just need to sit on our hands and paint the models we’ve got already (not both at the same time of course, unless one is somehow able to paint with one’s arse). I’m more concerned about how long this is going to go on for, I think restrictions may well be eased as the peak passes but without some way of dealing with the virus I don’t think they’ll go completely. How much a company like GW is able to operate under those circumstances I’ve no idea but I’m sure they’ll have some kind of plans afoot, they didn’t get to where they are today on good looks alone!

      • imperialrebelork

        Yeah all very good points but I’m a spoilt, privileged white man wanting something I can’t have… haha. Nah I get it. I hope the whole thing can be resolved soon as a lot of people are really struggling. A friend of mine has his own travel agency business that has, sadly, gone under. I’ve given him a few a jobs to help out but he’s not coping too well at the moment. Are most people in the UK abiding by the rules? I’d say most people are here but I’m still hearing about people having parties or meeting up at friends places etc.

      • Wudugast

        Haha, no way – I’m a spoilt, privileged white man too – we should totally be friends! Yeah I just keep looking at all the cool things I wish I’d managed to pick up before this started but which are now out of stock everywhere I look (and yes, I’m aware there’s a heap of unpainted stuff waiting for attention that’s so damn big someone’s built a ski-lift and a summit-top cafe but if I don’t consume constantly how can I fulfil my role in supporting our capitalist society?!) GW aren’t helping with all those awesome previews – did you see the stuff they showed yesterday? Oh man, I’m slightly in love with that giant! Oh and I desperately need to start a snotling blood bowl team (time to do something about my lifelong love of snotlings I reckon!). Shame that this is going to be the last expansion for Blackstone Fortress but I’m glad to see they’re keeping Warcry going (and even though I’m no fan of swirly special effects I’m rather taken with those elves). Oh and the new inquisitor is my kind of girl, and the new Illuminor Szeras model may be the coolest thing I’ve seen since – I dunno, the new giant… I’ve almost started a Necron army several times over the years and that dude is going to be very bloody hard to resist.

        Sorry to hear about your friend, I think there’s going to be a lot of people in that position by the time this is over. Feels a little awkward to be boasting about all the miniatures I want to buy when I know the economy is going to tank and everyone will be tightening their belts but daydreaming is free and there’s no harm in hoping for the best. Well done for helping out your mate where you can, it’s something that really warms the cockles of my heart to see is the way that people have been looking out for each other through this.

        I’d say it’s the same here, most people are abiding by the rules but a few are being absolute idiots. I read a report about the police breaking up over 600 parties (including street parties) in Greater Manchester alone in the space of a single weekend. Muppets. Doesn’t help that the Westminster government has been utterly half-arsed about dealing with this, just twiddled their thumbs for weeks whilst things got worse and worse around the world. In Scotland and Wales we count every death towards the total, whereas in England they’re only counting deaths in hospital – not those in care homes or in the community. Add them in and you end up with an estimated death toll that makes England worse hit than Spain and almost as bad as Italy, and still they keep fannying around, not putting in proper quarantines, promising tests and not delivering, not providing proper PPE to frontline workers (but instead selling the national PPE stockpile to China when the virus had already reached here). Now you’ve got a porn website that makes films about kinky doctors and nurses giving away the gowns, masks etc they have as props to real doctors and nurses who don’t have kit. Fucking ridiculous. I mean, good for the porn stars but is that how history is going to remember this – porn stars saved us whilst the government put their feet up?

      • imperialrebelork

        Geez that’s scary stuff Re higher count than Spain. I keep saying, Covid-19 is terrible but people are worse. I haven’t seen the new GW previews??? Where do you see them? Community page? Don’t feel bad about wanting more minis during this mad time. As you say, day dreaming is free. Plus it makes you feel happy and the world needs more positivity.

      • Wudugast

        Aye, couldn’t agree more. A pandemic is always going to be bad but a catalogue of fuck-ups and selfishness just makes it worse. Anyway, enough of this negativity – if you’ve not seen the new gear then you have been missing out mate! Check out these awesome new miniatures.
        Must confess I watched the preview live (because I’m a big hairy nerd) – loved every second of it!

      • imperialrebelork

        Oh wow! I want the giants!!!!! Haha. I’ve had the idea of starting a Necromunda army for some time now too and the new release is definitely tempting me more now. My idea, as they originally came out of the sands, is to make them all look very undead-ish. Sort of looking like the flayed ones with rags etc.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah man, those giants are something else aren’t they? I’m really taken with the Warstomper (I think it’s called, the traditional looking giant that appears first on the GW page – with the big tree club and the horns behind his head). The other two are nice and put an interesting spin on things but that one just looks like a proper giant to me. For a long time I’ve had an ambition to put together a massive Orcs and Goblins style army, a big old horde of orcs, goblins, trolls, squigs and ogres, and a giant or two lumbering along at the back would look just the thing I think.

        Re the Necrons that’s an awesome idea. I keep hoping they redo the flayed ones, they’ve always been a cool concept but the models have never really done it for me. I’ve almost started a necron army a few times now (in fact my first proper encounter with 40k was when a mate tried to sell me his necron army – I still have occasional regrets about not going for it). If there’s a boxset with Szeras and some necrons vs some Imperial forces led by the new inquisitor I’m going to be sorely tempted…
        Going back to your Necrons have you considered mixing in some parts from AoS ranges? Nighthaunt make for cool AdMech gribblies but I’ve often wondered if they could be used for Necrons as well. Or how about the Ossiarch Bonereapers? There’s a definite progression in design there, the Necrons started out as Tomb Kings in space and now the Ossiarch Bonereapers are in many ways fantasy Necrons. Mix together Necron bits with Ossiarch bits and you could get some very interesting effects. Have you seen the Eldar/Ossiarch challenge that’s being run by Between The Bolter and Me? I know it’s Eldar rather than Necrons but there’s some awesome stuff there, might give you a few ideas.

  • lordcommandereloth

    Great work! For the juves back could you add some that looks like the injector bits on normal gangers, almost like the start on one? Not sure easy it would be to make though.

    • Wudugast

      I was afraid someone would suggest that 😉 It’s a good idea but I’ve not found a clever way to do it yet beyond chopping the injector straight off the back of an “adult” goliath, which costs me an entire model unless I can find a way to patch it up. It’s something I’ll continue to explore though because I think there is mileage in it, if I can just work out how.

      • lordcommandereloth

        Rather than a full adult injector which as you say would end up being rather costly, could you try to make a “starter” injector, which would get upgraded when they have physically grown. Something that looks like a bit like its adding chemicals to them but does not have to be the same as one on the adult Goliath?
        Not sure which bits I’d recommend, bits of pies and a something as small as a krack grande might work?

      • Wudugast

        Hmmm… Yes, now the creative juices are flowing! Cheers – I’ll see what I can come up with 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are great- love all the charging poses.



  • Azazel

    I’m way out of date in my Necro-knowledge and awareness! The models look great, though – I wonder if you might be able to use some parts from the Chaos Marauders to help with juves? They’re muscular, but look to be a lot less so than the new Goliaths. Of course the originals are still out there on places like eBay for the proper teen-solider look. Pretty much any smaller but muscular, half-dressed model with a mohawk should do itr, really ;D
    If the fancy takes you, feel free to do a write-up of the House of Chains book. I know nothing about it and always do enjoy your write-ups, but don’t feel pressured by any means.
    The ‘zerker makes me think I should perhaps try to find another Zombicide Abomination or two – there’s some real overlap between the two model types. Just add some Dark Eldar vials, and you’re almost set – many of the A-Boms even have mohawks!

    • Wudugast

      That’s a good shout re the Chaos Marauders – like the Goliaths they’re muscular and clothes-phobic! That Marauders kit really is past it’s best but there might be some mileage in it here and I think I still have some odds and ends in the bits box – I’ll go for a rummage around later.

      Just reminded myself of what the Zombicide Abomination looks like and you’re spot on, that would make a fine alternative ‘zerker (why didn’t I think of that months ago!).

      I’ve thought about doing a write-up for House of Chains but honestly it would just be me gushing about how wonderful it is. It’s basically Codex: Goliaths, racks in at 160 pages, of which the first 40 are all background fictions. You’ve got an exhaustive history of the house with their own timeline, how they came to be created as a slave-race built for Necromunda’s harsh environment and how they won their freedom – and in quite a clever practical way too, not just by punching things. Basically they worked out that so long as production stayed the same, or went up, the noble houses don’t give a shit what happens down in the hive, and because Goliaths can work where other people can’t they went around tearing out air filters and similar bits of off-the-books vandalism, then went back to their workstations and cracked on whilst everyone else asphyxiated. The only way to keep production up is to ship in more Goliaths and in the end there’s no baseline humans around to complain when the overseer suffers an unfortunate workplace accident and the Goliath’s take over.

      Also hints at shenanigans going on in the background; most Goliaths are created in vats but some can breed true, and if enough of them can successful reproduce sexually then they could be declared a stable abhuman race, shipped off world and used to form mining colonies and Imperial Guard regiments.

      There’s content about the structure of the house, their hierarchy, culture, language, industries, famous gangs, important territories etc. The Goliaths in Gothrul’s Needle serve the breakaway democratic council as elite troops (much needed because you can imagine how keen Helmawr is on the idea of democracy taking hold on Necromunda!). In payment they’ve been given access to a proper education, medical care and advanced technology – and suddenly you see what the Goliaths could be if their strength and endurance was combined with the opportunity not to be barbarians.

      Plenty of rules content too (including their own hangers on, their own skill tree “Muscle”, scenarios, their own terrain, and six special characters). I really like the idea of the Gene-smithing, meaning you can tweak every single member of the gang with upgrades or downgrades. Basically you have three different kinds of Goliath (Vatborn – made in a vat, Natborn – when a mummy Goliath and a daddy Goliath love each other very much, and Unborn – when someone from outside the house rocks up and asks what the recruitment process is and how they can get hold of some of those tasty stimms). Vatborn are your standard-issue Goliaths, and then Natborn and Unborn cost a little extra and bring something a bit different, and each then opens up a list of upgrades or downgrades (so for example you can give a Vatborn an improved immune system for +5 credits – those pesky Escher aren’t going to be poisoning him! – or reduced bone density for -10 credits so he’s cheaper but weaker).

      Obviously as a Goliath fan I really love the depth that’s been brought to them now (beyond just being tough and fighty) but I’m mostly loving the fact that we’re going to get a book like this for each major house, so by the end we’ll be looking at a really rich and developed world (not that it wasn’t rich and developed before, but this is going to multiply that many times over I think). …and now this comment risks turning into a review all by itself! 😀

      • Azazel

        Wow. You really took that reply-that’s-not-a-review to a new level. Methinks you need to C&P that sucker, add a few pics and repost it as an actual review – and sincerely – thanks for writing it up!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Great seeing these before you take a brush to them. Now really looking forward to looking at them when they are done. Nice lot of detail to get your teeth into. 😊

  • Argentbadger

    That’s quite the crazy hat on the first Stimmer!

    I look forward to seeing what these chaps look like with some paint on them.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, you’d feel a headbut from him right enough! I’m aiming to crack on with them soon but as ever there’s so many projects on the desk demanding attention (when will I learn eh?)

  • patmcf

    These do look interesting, and as Dave said its good to see them before you have painted them !

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