It Takes A Village – Part 3

Today it’s time for two more civilians to join the populace of the underhive. First up, a butcher. If you fancy a rat on a stick for dinner and can’t afford to buy from the local Corpse Grinders (or they’ve degenerated into a cannibal cult) then this is the chap to visit.

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I cannot for the life of me work out what the base miniature I used here is so please, anyone who recognises it pop a comment in the box below and I’ll credit whoever sells it (assuming it’s still on sale these days). To begin with he just looked like an ordinary butcher but a headswap for one from Anvil Industries and a backpack from one of GW’s Kharadron Overlords soon sorted him out.

EDIT: Thanks to caseyrog I now know I got this guy from Syr Hobbs Wargames and before I started chopping him up he looked like this:


Secondly, where hardship and deprivation is endemic the world’s oldest profession is bound to appear. Some people try to glamorise prostitution – and certainly this lady looks a bit more glamorous than most of my other underhive residents (in a grubby, Inq28 kind of way of course!). Suffice to say that my intention was not to play to that kind of disingenuous nonsense which likes to pretend that, despite the fact that the vast majority of women who find themselves in prostitution are extremely poor and the subjects of extortion, violence and abuse, that somehow it’s all terribly jolly, liberated and sophisticated. It isn’t, they’re tossers, moving on!

On the other hand Necromunda is a game and the real world is quite grim and serious enough without making the things we do for enjoyment into exercises in handwringing bleakness. The aim is to have a little fun and not take everything too seriously so glamorous prostitute it is!

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This time I did manage to find a picture of the unconverted model (alongside a couple of blokes who I don’t own but have the potential to be underhive citizens themselves perhaps).

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She’s from Reaper’s range of plastic miniatures and, having heard a lot of people complain about those plastics I went into this project knowing it might turn into a fight. Well they weren’t wrong – Reaper plastics may be cheap but it seems you get what you pay for! I’d been considering getting a few more of their townspeople and the range of options (and yes, the wonderful “it’s like the last couple of decades of inflation never happened” prices) were a big part of the appeal. I might yet, but if I do I’ll be a lot more choosy and only from the metal range – which again is a shame because plastic is normally easier to convert than metal, and converting these is central to tying them into the underhive setting. The plastic  though was just too unpleasant to work with, paint didn’t stick to it easily and gluing on additional components or adding greenstuff took every scrap of hobby cunning I could muster to stop them just falling straight back off again. And yes, I tried things like cleaning it (don’t knock it – it works for resin), lighting incense, chanting ominously, all the usual tricks basically. I do have a couple of other Reaper plastic models I got at the same time (and for the same project) – I may or may not ever do anything with them now. Ho hum – at least they were cheap!

Anyway, I didn’t mean to end up moaning there, I’m still damn pleased with the end result on both of these. Again I’ve got lots more ideas for underhive dwellers and other citizens of the Imperium that I’d like to get around to so as soon as I do, I will!

24 responses to “It Takes A Village – Part 3

  • Subedai

    Very characterful conversions, and I wouldn’t have spotted that they are not original sculpts.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nice job on both figures and great to see what the lady of the night looked like before she went on the game. Amazing what a difference the head swap made. The other two Reaper figures look nice too but it sounds like plastic is not the way to go in this instance. If they are from the bones range then I have certainly heard mixed reviews about them. I’m sure the metal figures will be excellent (I’m a big fan of Reaper metal as you know) but don’t envy you the conversion process. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you. 🙂 I often think headswaps are 90% of converting. In our normal day-to-day interactions we look at people’s faces first, and the same is true with miniatures – swap the heads and you’ve already done a lot of the work towards making the new model look different to the original.

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure these originated from the Bones range. It’s disappointing but I’ve heard so many good things about their metals that I’m forced to conclude that this is the way to go. I started out as a hobbyist doing conversions with metal models and it can be done, it’s just a trickier process and there’s less freedom to just mess around and do things by the seat of your pants, you need to plan and stick to it. From that point of view it’s a good discipline actually. Anyway, I think I will pursue a few conversions based on the Reaper metals, I’ll look at picking some up in the new year and we’ll see how I get on.

  • Pete S/ SP

    That pair is great. I’m feeling the need to add some underhive dwellers and 40k civilians to my collection so these give me some ideas.



  • Alex

    Nicely done mate, especially given the challenging material for Madam! Are we due a civilian round-up post??

    • Wudugast

      Cheers dude! Well, funnily enough when I went to put these away in the box with the others it struck me that there’s a fair old number of them now. Then I saw your comment, put two and two together and took a quick groupshot. I’ll try to get it posted up soon 🙂

  • caseyrog

    At first I thought that butcher was an Old West model from Knuckleduster Miniatures but it’s not a match. A quick Google search turns up this guy

    • Wudugast

      Good find – that’s him all right. Your Google-fu clearly beats mine. I must admit I have no memory whatsoever of ordering from that company before, either I got him from somewhere else or whilst I think I’m sleeping I’m actually sitting up buying miniatures (rather than establishing a network of underground fight clubs like a normal person…).

  • Kuribo

    Both of these are characterful and clever conversions that really set the Necromunda mood! The paint jobs are really nice too and fit the griminess of Necromunda as well. I did notice that the back of the prostitute’s skirt is very glossy. You might throw a bit more matte varnish on it to tone that down but I’m sure that is mostly only noticeable under some decently strong lights at the same time.

    Not to pile on Reaper but I haven’t heard good things about their plastics either. I agree that their prices are generally incredible but there is also something lacking in quality about many of their minis. I say that though and I’ve seen others like theimperfectmodeller get great results so maybe I’m just too picky or impatient 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate. 🙂

      Oh man, don’t get me started on the glossyness that came with the Reaper plastic. Grrr! I’ve already dumped an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of matte varnish onto that dress and it still looks a bit too shiny for my liking. So long as I keep her away from bright lights it’s not too obvious though. I guess that’s actually in character, I’ll find a suitably shady street corner or alleyway on the board and put her there 😉

      I think with Reaper there’s a real disparity in quality between the metals and the plastics (even across the same sculpt). They do have a lot of very simple sculpts though, without the densely packed details that we’re used to from other companies. For this project I actually quite liked the simplicity of them because it gave me a nice frame to build on top of. They do have some really nice models in the range too though – and TIM always manages to find them!

      • Kuribo

        You know, I forgot about it and reading this made me remember that Reaper’s glossiness and the way they accept paint can be a real issue from what I’ve heard too. That explains a lot with how glossy the lady of the night still looks. I wouldn’t sweat trying to make her matte then. It probably isn’t doable and too much matte varnish might hurt the paint job you’ve already carefully applied. I applaud you for sticking with what was likely a pretty frustrating mini to paint!

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  • Mark A. Morin

    Impressive conversions and I enjoyed seeing the originals in comparison. The only time that I’ve dealt with Reaper was when I converted a Reaper figure with a Ral Partha metal Rooman (as in kangaroo), and then molded it and cast in metal! I have heard that painting Bones can be problematic, but as a metal guy nit something that I have experienced. In case you missed my conversion:

  • daggerandbrush

    Great conversions. Seamless I would say. I really like the subtle splatter effects. less is more. You also made the Strumpet miniature half-way into something sensible. I really dislike the original.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you – yeah, the base strumpet model is pretty duff isn’t she? Really the best thing about her I reckon is using her as an armature to stick other bits onto (if only the plastic they used was a little easier to stick things to!). Glad you like them 🙂

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