Yolanda Skorn

Mad, bad and extremely dangerous to know, Yolanda Skorn first appeared as a bounty hunter for Necromunda not long after the game was relaunched in 2017. Necromunda aficionados may be wondering if she’s the same Yolanda who sometimes goes by the name Outland Annie, but she isn’t – a planet the size of Necromunda playing host to numerous people with the same first name, even if that does make things damn confusing for the rest of us. Allegedly the two Yolandas are a result of honest human error, the team behind Necromunda forgetting that there was already a character named Yolanda until after they’d released the second one – which given the complexity of these games is an understandable mistake to make sooner or later.

Anyway, having taken a crack at killing her gang leader in a failed coup this Yolanda got kicked out of the Escher gang she’d been running with and sent off to make mayhem throughout the underhive.  Now she roams from place to place, taking on contracts as a bounty hunter and psychopath for hire, but never lingering long because there’s only so much brutal insanity even the most hardened downhive gang boss is willing to put up with in the long term.

Back in Fembuary 2020 I dug Yolanda out of the box, got her assembled and basecoated and was all ready to paint her up. As in so many ways however 2020 did not go as planned, and here we are a year later and she’s no further forward.  I’m riding a wave of enthusiasm right now though so I decided to just sit down, with no distractions, and get her painted.

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Done! Next, some even more blood-thirsty individuals. If you thought Yolanda was a killer without a conscience these next ladies are even more vicious…


34 responses to “Yolanda Skorn

  • lordcommandereloth

    Very nice sir! May I enquire on how you have done the base, as the rusted metal looks great on it.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I tend to do my Necromunda bases in big batches, it saves time and then I just keep them in a bag until they’re needed. I spray them all black, then spray them again with leadbelcher. Then I give them what I like to call a “dirty wash”. Basically I wash them with plenty of Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil (covering roughly 50% of each base with one colour or the other. Mix them together a bit in places). For really grimy areas add a second coat, this is the Underhive – you want it to look filthy!

      Then sponge weather on some patches of Rhinox Hide. On top of that sponge on Mournfang Brown, then Skrag Brown and finally Fire Dragon Bright, using a bit less each time so that the colour below shows though. Lastly I like to use a bit of Stormhost Silver to paint on scratches and chips in the metal, and on bigger bases where I want a bit of extra visual interest, you can’t go wrong with a bit of green chemical gunk.

      It sounds faintly arduous written out like that but it’s all so messy that you can power through a lot of them in short order. I keep thinking I should do a tutorial of the process, so as my bag of bases is starting to run low I’ll pencil that in for the next batch. 🙂

  • Ann

    Nicely done, lots of detail on this one. Certainly a great Fembruary miniature.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Lovely mini mate but if the aim was to frighten me with what’s coming next then you succeeded. Glad I’m married, how does anyone flirt in Necromenda with women like this?!

    • Faust

      Easy, you just need a titanium codpiece!

    • Wudugast

      I know right! Necromunda seems to have a lot of kick-arse young women, and I’m guessing the young men of Necromunda collectively form the arse! There’s another one in the unfinished pile that I’d like to get around to this month who’s backstory includes her husband being torn apart by wild animals at their wedding (mind you I’m sure a lot of us have been there…).

      Anyway, glad you like her – hope you don’t find today’s lot too frightening! 😉

  • Alex

    She’s amazing mate – you’re smashing it!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers dude! I’m enjoying seeing how much of the backlog I can knock through, don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep it up mind but I’ll see how much I can manage.

  • Marvin

    Great stuff! With a veil, the eyes become even more important and you’ve really nailed it with this lady.

  • Faust

    Nice work, the mixing of colors looks really nice. I’m pretty sure I have this one still, she was from Forgeworld.
    Maybe in an early 3-pack? If so, then your paints look way better than the GW model.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! That’s right, she comes as part of a set of three, was one of the first things they released for Necromunda as I recall. To begin with they were just generic hive scum and then they were turned into characters in one of the early Gang War books I think.

      • Faust

        Nice, well yours look ace compared to their painted model! Not that it was horrid, just better color choices on yours.

      • Wudugast

        Thanks man – I wasn’t too keen on the way the studio one was painted myself. I do find the Forge World studio paintjobs to be a bit hit and miss, some of them are cracking but some of them are pretty rough – there’s some where they’d be better off showing the bare resin like they used to.

  • imperialrebelork

    She’s fantastic mate. I love how the colours pop but that she’s still very grimdark.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks bud – I think there’s a careful balance to be struck with models like the Eschers, they need to be both bright and colourful but also grungy and filthy. I’m sure I don’t always pull it off but it’s what I’m aiming for.

  • Kuribo

    This is a great sculpt and this is another one that I’ve eyed quite a bit and would definitely consider painting if I ever put in an order with Forge World (I’ll get around to it eventually!). I like how you chose different colors than how FW painted it as well. You’re really on a tear with painting up minis this week. I’m starting to feel unproductive with how much you’ve accomplished 😀

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I wouldn’t say you’re being unproductive at all – I’ve only had time for a quick eyeball so far but from what I’ve seen Drazhar is coming on nicely, I’ll sit down and have a proper look at your latest shortly. I’m just really enjoying painting at the moment, trying to just sit down, get some things finished and actually make a dent in the backlog. Not sure how long I’ll be able to keep it up but there’s a lot of stuff I’d like to finish this month so I’m going to aim high and see how I get on. 🙂

      • Kuribo

        That is kind of you to say and also its nice to hear you’re putting a dent in the old backlog. That always feels good in my experience and you need to clear some stuff out to make room for when Cursed City comes out too! 🙂

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, between Cursed City and all that lovely new Slaanesh stuff that’s coming next weekend I fear my efforts to clear the backlog may be about to take a serious setback… Ah well, there are worse problems to have! 🙂

  • daggerandbrush

    Have to say, you really made the risqué scheme of blue, yellow and red on one mini work. They add contrast and guide the eye without leading to a harlequin look. I think the simple rusty base works well with this, as too much colour might overwhelm the beholder.

    I would love to see some less compressed pics of her, the jpeg artifacts hide sone detailing on the enlarged pictures.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I think there’s always a balance to be struck with the Eschers, on the one hand they’re gloriously overdressed peacocks but on the other hand they live in the same filthy hell-hole as everyone else on Necromunda. I find the trick is picking out a few areas of the model with bright colours and filling in the gaps with dirty, organic shades. That way you can use the bright colours to point the viewer’s eye exactly where you want it to go.

  • Mark A. Morin

    Dirty and colorful, not easy to pull off, nicely done!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Aye, it’s not an easy balance to strike and one I’ve definitely got wrong a few times in the past. I was just saying to daggerandbrush above, for me the trick is choose a few areas of the model to be brightly coloured and then filling in the gaps with dirty, organic shades. It gives the impression of the model being dirty whilst still using bright colours, without having to do too much weathering on top of the bright areas. You can also use the bright colours to spotlight certain areas and direct the viewer’s eye.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very nice- really like your rendition of her.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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