The Oathbones – Part 8

More work on the Cawdor gang today, although it’s something of an odd-and-ends collection. First of all we have Harold, another ganger ready for the crusade.

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Alongside him we have this chap from the second Black Crab kickstarter, originally intended as a civilian (either of the underhive, the Mortal Realms or the Old World – perhaps somewhere like Mordheim – he’s nicely ubiquitous). I didn’t want to take away from that by adding anything that would tie him too closely to one particular role but on the other hand I thought he’d work nicely as a Cawdor hanger on, specifically a gang lookout. I can picture him shuffling aimlessly through the dense crowds of a downhive settlement, just some crazy old beggar lost amid the masses. What’s that he’s muttering under his breath? Crazy rantings or prayers to the God-Emperor perhaps? Or is he whispering into a concealed vox, through which he reports everything he sees to his paymasters in House Cawdor?

As a result I painted him in a style which tied him in with my Cawdor gang but not so closely that he couldn’t find alternative employment in the future without looking too out of place.

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Finally I decided it was high time I got around to my bomb rats. Long before Forge World released their (undeniably quirky, cool and official – if as ever rather expensive) version I’d already picked up a set from Anvil Industry. Of course a Cawdor gang without bomb rats is like a Goliath gang without muscles so I turned my attention to producing these most explosive of underhive residents.

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There’s a couple more underhive crusaders still waiting for attention (in the short term – there’s pure hundreds of them to tackle in the pile of shame but I’m studiously ignoring them!) so I’ll aim to tackle them this week, then take a bit of a break and paint something else.

32 responses to “The Oathbones – Part 8

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Lots to like on this post. The blue and yellow works beter and better on each figure it seems to me and I like the two very different faces, both define the character of each figure. Then we have the bomb rats, what a clever idea they are. 😊

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! I actually try to collect heads (another of those comments which must sound quite terrifying to those not initiated into this hobby!) – you get so much personality from a face and whole models can spring from the right head. The old beggar, although not a conversion, just looked a bit shifty to me, which got me thinking about how I could tie him into the project. As for the rats they’re just such a silly idea I couldn’t resist, and although I’m far more of a painter than a gamer they sound like an absolute hoot in game (scurrying around randomly whilst the Cawdor player desperately tries to get them to head towards the enemy and not back to blow up their own troops).

  • Mikko

    Really nice stuff here, those are all great minis and your painting definitely does them justice. That blue and yellow is just a wonderful combination!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The more I use the blue and yellow the more confident I’m becoming with it (and the more pleased I am that I picked it as the gang’s colour-scheme).

  • Jenn

    The bomb rats are a stroke of pure genius!
    That Kickstart model looks really good, I like how you’ve tied him into your Necromunda Gang – which doesn’t instantly strike me as instantly Sci-Fi as Necromunda Gangs usually do.
    Great work, look forward to seeing more.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks Jenn 🙂 The rats are awesome aren’t they? The Forge World versions are very cool as well, they’re just unbelievably cute and silly (not to mention explosive!). Yeah, the Cawdor are definitely a lot less sci-fi than the other gangs, they work quite well as fantasy miniatures as well with a few tweaks (in fact I saw someone make awesome looking undead peasants for AoS from them). I’ve got a couple more gangers to go at the moment, then I think I’ll take a little break (you can have too much of a good thing!) but I’ve got a lot more that I’ve built but haven’t started yet so I’ll be coming back to this one.

  • maenoferren22

    Looking awesome mate, I hate to say it but for me the bomb rats stole the show. So are bomb rats a new thing for Necromunda? I can’t remember them from the first game as my first gang was Cawdor. The idea might have come from Fallout 4’s explosive mole rat.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! They’re ace aren’t they! Yes, they’re new for this edition, each house now has their own pets and brutes (big guys), and judging by what we saw for the Goliaths with House of Chains they’ll probably all get their own hangers on as well. They’ve added a lot of depth to the game in that way. I really must try playing some Fallout again, I played a bit of the old, old games (Fallout 1 or 2?) and tried one of the new ones at a mate’s house, it looked good but I’ve not got round to playing it properly. Maybe in the winter…

  • Mark A. Morin

    Ditto to what others said above, LOVE the bomb rats!

  • imperialrebelork

    Business for bomb rats these days

  • imperialrebelork

    I love the old beggar, brilliant.

  • Argentbadger

    Those bomb rats are amazing! The one with the goggles is especially cute. I wonder what protective purpose they might serve considering that the bomb is attached to his back.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Fantastic stuff. The tramp/ Scavvy/ spy figure is very clever. Great for a narrative game scenario.



    • Wudugast

      Thanks Pete! Yeah, I can imagine a lot of scenarios with that guy sneaking around being suspicious. Plus, who knows what he might have hidden under those robes…

  • Kuribo

    Oh no, not more awesome Necromunda models to tempt me. I love your work with House Cawdor and these latest two are no different. The back story for the potential double-agent is really cool and he fits in with the other minis really well. The bomb rats somehow still manage to steal the show though. The one with glasses/goggles on is my favorite I think. Posts like these are going to push me towards picking up some Necro minis I think 🙂

    • Wudugast

      A big part of the appeal of Necromunda for me is being able to pick up a single box of gangers and have enough to play with (assuming someone else has the terrain, books etc). Alternatively you can go down the rabbit hole and keep digging; you’ve got the pets, the brutes, the hangers on (why not hire your gang a chef!), the guild allies, bounty hunters, crime syndicates and so on. With some games it feels like you need all of those things to keep up but I’ve never got that impression with Necromunda, it’s more a case of exploring as far as you want to go – including being happy with a handful of guys and their improvised flame throwers! For me the world building is a big part of it, I like looking for little narrative hooks that I can explore (like the double agent). Anyway, I’m not here as a Necromunda salesman 😉 but if you do go for it I’ll be very interested to see what you come up with!

      • Kuribo

        I like that model of game much better than the typical you should have most or all of a particular force (which to be fair, is most wargames). Between the awesome models and your sales pitch, I’m very tempted! I may pick up a box and see where that leads me… 🙂

  • Alex

    Excellent mate – I love the lookout!! High five for thinking outside the box on that one – I’m going to try and track that mini down to add to my ‘pile of delight’ 🙂

  • mcmattila

    Excellent job as always! Where’s that rat on Harold’s base from? It looks like a regular-sized rat, rather than the giants on Plague Monk sprues for example..

    And damn, that(/those) Black Crab mini is awesome! Such a shame that they’re not available outside the Kickstarters as far as I can tell.. Oh well, I got enough to paint for years even without them 😀

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! It’ll be from somewhere in the Skaven range, probably the Hellpit Abomination (which comes with loads of little spare rats). When I built mine I saved them all up so I could use them to decorate the Cawdor after. There were a few on the Thanquol and Boneripper kit as well.

      Aye, it’s a bit frustrating that the Black Crab stuff is only available through the kickstarter, I wish they had a store of some kind. With the second kickstarter they made the models from the first kickstarter available again so maybe they’ll do the same thing if there’s ever a third.

  • Azazel

    I like this stuff, and especially the bomb rats! I’ll have toi get me some when I next do an Anvil order. 🙂

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