After a quiet few months it’s a very exciting time to be a Necromunda fan. I’m sitting here hopping from foot to foot waiting for my copy of House of Blades to come through the door (accompanied by some reinforcements for the Ladykillers gang and a bunch of Ogryns who’re intent on stamping out their plans onto the face of the underhive – just as soon as they can remember what they are). Plus we saw all those lovely new Orlocks – and their very good dogs – previewed at the weekend which has me itching to finally get to work on my contingent for the House of Iron.
However, before all that happens, I’ve been back to pouring over House of Chains and my eye fell upon Tess “Arc-Up” one of the Goliath special characters introduced in the book.
Tess is described as headstrong and reckless in the extreme, scaling the outer shell of the hive barehanded as ash storms rage around her or throwing herself into the thick of gang-fights regardless of the odds. She’s a prospect, keen to join a gang of her own, yet even the craziest of Goliaths find her too mad, bad and dangerous to know to stick around with for long. So she roams from gang to gang, gaining the respect of many a forge boss but never allowed to stay.
You’d have to be down-and-out and desperate, even by the standards of the underhive, to hang around with someone as wild as Tess, especially in the wilds of Necromunda where there’s danger aplenty without going looking for it, and stirring it up when you find it. On the other hand the Irondogs are very much desperate, not to mention the living embodiment of down-and-out, their backs against the wall and their little kingdom crumbling as foes of all kinds close in. So when Tess rocks up in their patch of course they’ll keep her around, at least for a little while…
I made my version of Tess from the Goliath forge-born prospect, with a modified storm-welder (kitbashed from a Necron warrior’s gun and a Sicarian Infiltrator’s taser goad). I like the idea that Ironhouse lies not far from Hive Primus, and so all kinds of special characters might pass through – whilst keeping it remote enough that I can do my own thing to my heart’s content. Thus Tess probably won’t be the only Goliath character to show up, not to mention the Escher characters whose identities and backstories are soon to be whisking their way through the post in my direction.
August 26th, 2020 at 10:01 am
I’m suee I read Tess of the D’urbervilles in English Lit many, many years ago. Good to see you have brought the story up to date! 😉 The figure is a great take on the image. Will look forward to seeing this one painted up.
August 26th, 2020 at 5:40 pm
Haha! Cheers! Don’t think I’ve ever read it but I saw a film adaptation of it in the cinema about five years ago with a bunch of mates. We were the only ones in the entire place apart from two incredibly drunk elderly women. Good film though. Gosh, remember going to the cinema eh? Those were the days!
August 26th, 2020 at 7:44 pm
Great conversion, looking forward to the finished piece!
August 26th, 2020 at 8:42 pm
Thank you! 🙂
August 27th, 2020 at 4:33 pm
Bloody well done. The modified storm welder is a tour de force 👌🏼Love it
August 27th, 2020 at 10:18 pm
Brilliant- really captured the look of the character I think.
August 27th, 2020 at 11:06 pm
She looks great! Necromunda just keeps getting amazing releases and then when I see the awesome work you’re doing, I ask myself why don’t I have time to play and paint that game too?! 🙂 I look forward to seeing her painted up when you get around to it!
September 26th, 2020 at 6:19 am
I really like what you’ve done here in building Tess, and like the others look forward to seeing her painted. 😉
September 28th, 2020 at 8:19 am
Cheers! She was a lot of fun to do, now she’s waiting patiently in the queue with all the others!