The Ladykillers – Part 17

A bit of a rescue job this one and there were times when I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to work out, but I got there in the end (and just in time to be another contribution to Fembruary as well!). Something I’ve been enjoying about the “House of…” series of books for Necromunda has been the introduction of new hangers on for each of the gangs, each of which adds to the unique flavour associated with each House. House Escher for instance produce all the chems relied upon by other Houses and the drugs (legal and otherwise) consumed by residents of Hive City. Do your Goliaths need steroids to help those muscles grow and combat stimulants to turn them into berserkers at the touch of a needle? Do your Van Saar need radiation therapies to stop their own weapons from poisoning them? Does your Enforcer captain need a pick-me-up before he hits the streets for another long beat, and something to help him sleep when he returns to his bunk after the horrors he’s seen? Then you need to buy them from House Escher!

Of course as well as the senior Chymists who run the labs of Hive City there are plenty of underlings, not yet inducted in the deeper mysteries of the Chymist Cults or ready to become Matrons of their own labs, who end up going downhive to pick up some practical experience by running with the gangs. These Apprentice Clan Chymists lend their skill at mixing chems to the girls in the gang, whilst getting to explore new areas of the underhive, discover exotic fungi from which new concoctions can be brewed, and try out experimental “cures” on gangmates too desperate or too badly injured to resist.

Apprentice Chymist Escher Wudugast ConvertOrDie Necromunda (1)Apprentice Chymist Escher Wudugast ConvertOrDie Necromunda (2)

I based my conversion on Sanistasia Minst from the Kill Team Rogue Trader box, with a head swapped in from an Escher ganger. I started to paint poor old Sanistasia some time ago, made a bit of an arse of it, tried to fix her, failed, shoved her in a box in disgust and then retrieved her and tried to fix her several more times before we got to this stage. As a result she’s acquired quite a catalogue of flaws which I had to attempt – not always successfully – to work around, cover over and generally deal with. Thus the end result is not quite as good as I’d have liked, but she’s good enough and she’s finished so I’m happy enough to call her a win.

18 responses to “The Ladykillers – Part 17

  • Alex

    Personally, I found Minst to be… not a great mini to paint if I’m honest, so I salute your vision for the conversion & your tenacity to grind out the paint job. Well worth it mate – I think she looks ace!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I don’t know what it is about Minst to be honest, there’s nothing objectively wrong with her but somehow she’s just a difficult, but also slightly dull, model to paint. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is but it’s interesting that you seem to have drawn a similar conclusion. Adding the Escher head gave her a bit of visual interest that really helped though – and I’ve saved her old head for another Escher (waste not want not and all that!).

  • b00sk0r

    Sometimes you must return to your past failures to forge a mighty artwork anew. Nicely done, she looks absolutely fantastic!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Aye, all the old models and the conversions that just didn’t work out go in a box to be dug out and revisited (or used for spare parts!) sooner or later. Glad you like her 😀

  • Pete S/ SP

    Love that- it is a great conversion.



  • theimperfectmodeller

    Well 11 out of 10 for perseverance on this one. I appreciate your pain of a figure that isn’t going well. As much as this one looks great to me I have the advantage of only seeing the end result. Personally once I have given up on a figure that is the end of it so I admire your staying power no matter how long it may have taken in the end. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, sometimes you just have to stick it out. It’s interesting that you say once you’ve given up on a figure you don’t look back, I never do that myself. Months or years may go by but in my mind I’m always planning to go back to them. Honestly I think it might be healthier to just go with your approach and accept that the thing is done and cannot be saved – after all we’re here to have fun, not torture ourselves over a model that turns into a chore. On the other hand though, now and again there’s one like this that I’m able to pull back from the brink. 🙂

  • mellis1644

    She looks great. Well worth the patience and coming back to.

  • Kuribo

    Kudos for sticking with this lady! I’m not too familiar with this sculpt so I can’t see any noticeable flaws. For me, I’d maybe try and push the highlights for the blue hair which doesn’t seem to have quite as strong of highlights as the pink but that doesn’t take away from her much at all in my eyes and I’d imagine you’re quite happy to call her done. Some time relatively soon, I plan on ordering from Forge World and you’ve got me thinking a Necromunda mini or two should make it into my shopping cart 🙂

    • Wudugast

      I see what you mean about the hair, and I may go back and add another highlight, but to be honest I think this is one where I’m just going to say she’s good enough and thank god she’s done at last!

      Glad to see you’re falling under the sway of the underhive at long last. Very curious to see which models you go for and what you end up doing with them. 🙂

  • daggerandbrush

    I think she turned out well. I really like the little slug creature she is stepping on. Adds a bit of narrative to the basing.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The little grub/mutie was a lot of fun to paint and made a nice change from layering up all that white. It was part of the original model and I thought it added to the story of the piece so I left it there. Plus, to be honest I’m pretty sure 90% of a doctor’s job in the 41st Millennium is made up of stamping on Nurgle’s minions anyway.

  • Faust

    Not really seeing the flaws there, so whatever you did seemed to cover it up! Nice one!

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