The Oathbones – Part 7

Time to add a champion to the Cawdor gang, and what better way to arm him than with a heavy flamer – perfect for toasting any and all heretics he encounters? This fanatical pyromaniac goes by the name of Berthroc the Unworthy and stands ready to bring the Emperor’s mercy to Ironhouse and all who dare to dwell there. Some men just want to watch the hive burn and all that…

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Of course just because he’s an arsonist extremist hell-bent on destruction doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have a pet, and what better companion than a Necromundan giant rat (which in this case goes by the name “Biteum”)?

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Finally this champion of the God-Emperor needed a bit of background to tie him into the evolving story of the Oathbones.

The first of Marrowkin’s Apostles to declare for the saint, Berthroc the Unworthy was once a champion of the Pithole Preachers. Swayed by the saint’s fiery sermons Berthroc demanded that the Preachers join his crusade and, when his gang leader refused, Berthroc responded by casting him headfirst into Pithole’s infamous pit. At this the rest of the Preachers turned on one another in a vicious schism, until finally Berthroc left taking his few surviving followers with him. His departure, and the fighting that preceded it, has left the Preachers sorely depleted. With the Pithole Goliaths already slaughtered at Korg’s feast the turf is seen by many as ripe for the taking although local hivers fear for just who might attempt to claim it – a concern which is in no way alleviated by the ominous chanting heard echoing up from the pit itself. 

Meanwhile Berthroc seeks atonement for his failure to bring the Preachers wholly into the ranks of the crusade. In an act of penance he has donned an iron mask that prevents him from receiving food, water or even air, something he shall continue to wear until he receives a sign from the God Emperor Himself at he has been forgiven. To date no such sign has been received yet nor has Berthroc succumbed to starvation or asphyxiation despite the passage of many cycles. Whilst some have declared this to be a miracle others whisper that it is the result of a fraud, or perhaps even something darker. None dare to do so within Berthroc’s hearing however for his willingness to put friend and foe alike to the torch remains undiminished. 

With him done the gang is starting to take shape, although I’ve got plenty more still to work on – so watch out for more gangers (and more rats) in the next week or so.


11 responses to “The Oathbones – Part 7

  • Azazel

    Great model – but damn… a heavy flamer. That shows just how far the mudflation of the 40k universe has gone. Once the sole domain of The Emperor’s Astartes in Tactical Dreadnought armour, the HEAVY flamer is now carried by underhive gangers that barely qualify as not-scavvies who are accompanied by rats…

    /shakes head sadly…

    • Wudugast

      Yup, I hear you. I had the same thought when grav weapons (which in my brain are still some new-fangled, high-tech space marine gear) started showing up in the pockets of Delaque gangers. In the case of squaring this particular circle I tend to think of heavy flamers as being essentially “heavier than the other flamers in their particular environment” – so this would be a heavy flamer by underhive standards but no space marine would be seen dead holding it except perhaps as a cigarette lighter. That said, my next ganger will be piloting a titan…

      • Azazel

        Yeah, you’re right – I kinda forgot that the “scale” of skill/deadliness in Necromunda is a lot lower than 40k, where an Imperial Guardsman would count as a highly-trained elite model armed with a very reliable las-weapon in Necromunda rather than a bag of flesh carrying a flashlight in 40k.

  • Alex

    Classic ‘foot-on-skull’ pose – he rocks mate!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nice figure indeed and that blue and yellow contnues to work a treat. Love the rat too. You can’t have enough pet rats!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The rats appear all over the Cawdor artwork but there’s not a lot of them on the models (barring the bomb rats which are exactly what they sound like and I’m working on now, and an as yet unreleased character). However I’ve got loads of rats left over from working on the Skaven which I saved for exactly this purpose, so expect to see plenty more rodents as this project progresses 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    He is great- I love the miox of high tecty SF with something as low tech asa candle to act as an ignition source.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! That’s a big part of the appeal of the Cawdor for me, they’ve got the high tech gear but it’s made out of whatever junk they could lay their hands on.

  • patmcf

    Bring on the Rats !! this one is a beauty mate!!

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