The Oathbones – Part 5

If I’m going to work on my Cawdor gang then one model deserves attention more than any other; my stigshambler. It was November 2018 when I first put this lumbering mutant duo together (and please don’t say “mutant” in front of the rest of the gang, they’re quite touchy about these things!) and they quickly proved to be one of my most popular conversions, not to mention one of the ones I was most proud of. Here’s a reminder of how it looked the last time we saw it, back when it was still bare plastic.

The stig-shambler is the house brute for Cawdor (each House on Necromunda having access to a unique brute – the Goliath Zerker or Escher Kymerix for example). To quote my original post;

For those unfamiliar with the background, House Cawdor take a dim view of all mutants, knowing that any aberration from the human norm is proof positive of a corrupt and evil soul. As with so many Imperial institutions however their tolerance increases markedly if the individual can demonstrate their usefulness. Those on the borderline are “Stigs”, marked by the stigma of mutation but not true mutants and thus spared the pyres so long as they can work towards the greater glory of Him On Terra.

A Stigshambler combined two such Stigs; one physically frail but intelligent, the other bulky and strong but lacking in the wits needed to survive long in the Underhive. Indoctrinate Master-Blaster into a life of religious fanaticism and you’re most of the way there.

When I first started this blog I thought – somewhat naively – that any readers would be primarily interested in the same models or ranges that I was. However in recent years I’ve discovered that quite a few come from a much broader range of backgrounds – whilst generally still interested in miniatures – and that saying “look what I kitbashed” might not be enough when the reader in question is unfamiliar with the stock models. As a result I’ve been trying to include pictures of the unconverted versions of converted models, demonstrating my workings as it were. In this case however it’s hard to know where to begin. The main body of the big guy comes from the Ironjaws Brutes and as I painted a couple of them recently they can stand in to demonstrate.

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After that however it all gets a bit busy, the head and axe are from the putrid blightkings, the arm with the shaken fist from the ork nobs, the gantry (and the little guy) from the ogre gluttons (the little guy being essentially a gnoblar with a headswap for a Cawdor head), the gun is from the Orlocks, the loudhailer from an Imperial guardsman and various other odds and ends from wherever I could scavenge them.

Anyway, let’s get to the meat of the post and take a look at the finished model at last.

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I think I got the scale for him about right, he doesn’t look too weedy next to a Goliath ‘zerker (which reminds me – I really need to paint that guy!).

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And he certainly towers over the rest of the gang.

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If this crusade is going to show the underhive they mean business however a stigshambler won’t hurt but a few more gangers will be invaluable, and as I have quite a few of those on the desk I’ll aim to tackle them next.

28 responses to “The Oathbones – Part 5

  • muppetman

    One the best conversions I’ve seen for the stigshambler. Good to see him painted up and ready for action.

  • Steve

    Ace conversion work there, looks fantastic

  • davekay

    That Cawdor mini-me is my new favourite thing in 40k! Also it’s amazing how usable the gnoblar body turned out to be with a head swap!

    • Wudugast

      I know – isn’t he adorable! He just came together really neatly as well, I thought it would need more than that to come up with a tiny Cawdor but the parts worked together very neatly indeed.

  • Mikko

    Love this! At first I thought “stig” was a reference to The Stig, on account of the brute’s facial mask 😀

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Haha, I wouldn’t trust this guy behind the wheel! B-) Then again perhaps there’s some potential in a Cawdor remake of Top Gear (or whatever the hell it’s called now) in which Clarkson and co dismantle expensive cars to make crude flame-throwers and purge heretics. We should pitch it to GW!

  • Alex

    Superb mate – such a cool conversion! Blightking & Brute bits go together extremely well…

    • Wudugast

      Thanks dude, yeah surprising neatly. I thought some greenstuff would be called for, given the number and range of kits involved, but it all went together like it was designed that way.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    I do admire your conversion work and although I am not familiar with the origjnal figure(s) the end result that I am looking at is great. I feel certain this is a figure people would happily buy if only they could. But then the whole point is to have something that nobody else does so a bit of a catch 22.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I do try to add in photos of the unconverted models for readers like yourself, but with this one, apart from the orcs, I didn’t know where to begin there was so many odd bits and disparate kits involved.

      I agree that for me a big part of the attraction of converting models is to end up with something no-one else has but to be honest a far bigger part these days is to capture the idea that’s in my mind and turn it into something physical. In the past I felt the need to convert everything regardless, whereas now if I don’t need to convert something to make it look the way I imagine then I won’t bother.
      It’s often said that for a converter the ultimate compliment is to have one of your models mistaken for something commercially available (the old “I didn’t know they’d made a model for that” moment) so if you think I’ve managed it here I’ll pat myself firmly on the back 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    That is very cool- really looks the part to me. If I saw it on the the table I’d be reaching for the meltaguns….



  • Kuribo

    This is an incredible conversion and nicely painted too. It really captures the desperation of Cawdor. It also kind of reminds me of the dynamic GW had with gnoblars and ogres many years ago in Warhammer Fantasy. Little guys trying to assist much bigger ones (even if the amount of help they offer is debatable).

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Now you mention the ogres and gnoblars that may well have been what originally inspired me to think about using a gnoblar body for the little Cawdor. A mate of mine used to have an amazing looking ogre army back then and I’ve always been fond of those models (in fact I’ve got a little group of them on the edge of the painting desk right now which I might make into a Warcry warband or something).

      • Kuribo

        That’s awesome! I will look forward to seeing those as the Ogres and gnoblars was always one of my favorite armies in Warhammer 🙂

  • heresyofus

    Really cool conversion mate! The bits all work so well together. You are on fire with your work. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man! I don’t feel particularly on fire right now but you’re right, now you mention it, I am getting quite a lot done which is pleasing. Work is going crazy at the moment but with the lockdown still on I can’t get out except to work, so I’m finding myself painting whenever I do have a bit of downtime just to switch off and do something that doesn’t require too much thinking. On the other hand I’ve not got much energy or time so actual kitbashing and converting seems to be out the window – although I am getting a lot of older conversions painted rather than just adding new ones to the pile so it’ll balance out in the end. 🙂

  • Mark A. Morin

    Amazing conversion – and stunningly painted. Though the guy on the bottom will probably be too deaf to hear any verbal commands!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Haha, aye – that’s true. I was also tickled that the little guy is pointing, presumably at their next target/victim – but from that angle the big guy will never be able to see him 🙂

  • Azazel

    Great stuff – and good to finally see the paint arrive on old Master Blaster! I appreciate the parts list for the build as well so I can rip it off if I ever get around to doing my new Cawdor…

  • mcmattila

    This is about the best thing I’ve seen in a long time! The model is just brilliant, and your painting backs it up. The Cawdor Gnoblar is a great conversion. I’ve also occasionally seen Grots/Gnoblars painted in human skin colors, which I’ve always thought looked good. A grumpy, long nosed, sharp teethed (?) little man 🙂 But an actual human face seems to fit well also!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you – that is very high praise indeed! 😀 I do like the look of a goblin (or an orc for that matter) painted in human skin colours, it can make for a really unusual look, and I did wonder about going down that road here. However I didn’t want him to look too much like a mutie, there had to be enough of a grey area that the Cawdor would let him join them rather than just purging him on sight. Plus the Cawdor head fitted so neatly it seemed too good an opportunity to miss!

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