Freikstorn Strix – WIP

I’m still working away furiously on the Chaos Knight but at the moment there’s not a whole lot of progress that particularly merits showing. Instead here’s a freshly completed kitbash of another of Necromunda’s dramatis personae; Freikstorn Strix. An exile of House Van Saar Strix is a genius who, unwilling to allow his body to succumb to the cancers and radiation sickness that plagues his people, has rebuilt his bodysuit and body alike to his own specifications, adding new cybernetic components to replace his limbs and organs as they wasted away and failed. Yet machines wear out fast in the underhive and Strix must constantly search for replacements, cannibalising them from dead foes or earning creds as a bounty hunter with which to buy the components he needs.

He first appeared in the Book of Peril and as soon as I saw him I knew I wanted him to come soaring through the upper levels of Ironhouse on his winged jetpack, looking for new victims and allies amongst the tangled streets below. Just look at how imposing he is!

Strix

As of the time of writing however no model has been released for him so I was left to think up ways to kitbash my own. Inspiration struck with the release of the Adeptus Mechanicus Pteraxii, which gave me everything I needed to turn a Van Saar ganger into the legendary bounty hunter – and at a fraction of the likely price of the Forge World model.

Freikstorn Strix Necromunda Wudugast ConvertOrDie (1)Freikstorn Strix Necromunda Wudugast ConvertOrDie (2)Freikstorn Strix Necromunda Wudugast ConvertOrDie (3)

Of course this means he now joins Gor Half-Horn and Grendl Grendlsenon the shelf of shame, the two bounty hunters I’ve already kitbashed my own versions of but have yet to paint. Probably time for me to crack on with those – just as soon as work settles down a little…


26 responses to “Freikstorn Strix – WIP

  • imperialrebelork

    Oh Wow YES man, he is fantastic. Love the weapon conversion. I was tempted to get the new winged Adeptus kits but I didn’t have anything in the creative bank for them Your conversions are always so well executed and clean looking. Top work pal.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers bud! Really pleased with this one. I’m undecided on the new winged ad-mech, I really just wanted them to make this model (and in the end I was able to nab a single one from one of the bits sites, saving the old wallet for another day!). The heads are all awesomely weird, I’d like to get a few of them just for Inq28 characters, but I’m still undecided on the models overall. Love the cavalry on the biomechanical dogs though – those dudes are awesome, they’re the kind of thing I would have loved to convert if only I’d been smart enough to imagine them first!

  • Túbal Villar - Virakotxa

    Wow… Looks shiny! If only the lore had included some grimdark ears…
    “-Who are you!?”
    “-I’m… StrixMan!” – epic Danny Elfman OST kicks in…

  • Mikko

    Great kitbash, definitely fits the bill!

  • patmcf

    Looks great mate looking forward to see your paint job!

  • mcmattila

    Excellent rendition of the source material!

  • b00sk0rb00sk0r

    Looking great! I’m getting Malcadon (sp?) spyrer vibes from him!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yes, there is a bit of a Malcadon element to him isn’t there? I often hear people saying they’d like to see the old spyrers making a return – I don’t know if I’d go that far, they always seemed a bit powerful for the Underhive – but it’d be cool if they made a bounty hunter based on each archetype, then if someone did want a whole gang of them they could still make a venator gang that included all of them.

  • Alex

    Excellent kitbash mate!! Looking forward to seeing him painted!!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate! Me too – hopefully in a few weeks life will have calmed down and I’ll get back to doing a bit more painting, at the moment things are just a little bit too hectic for my liking 😉

  • Pete S/ SP

    That is a fantastic kit bash.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • heresyofus

    Nailed it! GW kits have a way of working wonderfully well with each other don’t they.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yup, GW kits have their good and bad points like everything but something that continues to impress me about them time and time again is the way two very different models, even from different systems, can fit neatly together and produce a decent looking result – it’s a convertors dream 😀

  • Kuribo

    That is an excellent conversion and I’m so impressed you can take something like concept art and turn it into an awesome mini like that. I truly envy your skills and hope to learn how to become a converter/kitbasher in the future!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you, that is high praise indeed! Practice is the main thing, like with anything else really – the key is to just give it a go and see how you get on. Apart from skydiving there’s really nothing that you need to get absolutely right the first time round after all. Otherwise the main thing is making sure the end result looks natural. It doesn’t matter if it fits exactly to your original concept or it has every piece of wargear written in its stats, it just needs to look a)good and b)believable. 🙂

      • Kuribo

        This is excellent advice. I tend to be more of a follow the rules type of person and think inside of the box more than outside but I don’t think that mentality will serve me well with conversions and so I will try to get in there and see what I can make 🙂

  • Page Benway

    Excellent use of the ad mech wings to create a very clever and accurate conversion for Freikstorn Strix. Hoping to convert my way through many of the bounty hunter, hangers on and terrain ideas from the Dominion campaign rules in the coming weeks and months.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! That’s a good idea, I’ll keep an eye out for what you do with them. I like the idea of making as many of the bounty hunters, hangers on etc as possible but there are just so many of them now (not a bad thing by any means). There’s 47 named bounty hunters by my count, and at least 15 hangers on (plus guides, criminal alliances, noble houses, brutes, pets…). Even I know my limits! They add so much richness and depth to Necromunda though I can’t resist trying my hand at a few more.

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