I’ve been bumping my gums about the new Redemptionists for Necromunda since they were first previewed so it’ll come as a surprise to precisely no-one that over the last week or so I’ve been using whatever time I could claw back from work to mess around with them, new sprues in one hand and clippers in the other. As usual with Necromunda the stock models are very nice but this is my gang – and so as far as possible I’m going to put together a bunch of unique characters ready to take the underhive by storm. Before we get started let’s remind ourselves of what the stock Redemptionist models look like (fantastic miniatures with silly anime hair-dos basically!).
It’s also worth noting at this point that the Redemptionists can be used either to make a gang in their own right, or to bolster the ranks of House Cawdor. Now regular readers will know that I’ve already got a Cawdor gang – and for those who don’t know, or who’ve forgotten what they look like, here’s a cheeky reminder.
These Redemptionists however are, to my mind at least, very much an entity in their own right and so I’ll be putting together an entirely separate gang. I will however be using the new rules to add some more models to my Cawdor crusade – although none of those are quite done yet. Expect to see them soon though.
Anyway, to set the ball rolling and get myself familiar with the kit and the way it works I decided to build something pretty much straight out of the box. I find this is a good way to get used to the models you’re working with and discover any idiosyncrasies that might make your life tough when you move on to more involved converting or kitbashing later. Generally I pick a favourite model and build it as per the instructions, then apply what I’ve learned – as far as possible – when I start carving up their colleagues. In this case I built myself a nice, normal Redemptionist Brethren armed with a flamer.
The one change I made here was to swap out his head for one from the Forge World Cawdor upgrade pack and straight away I encountered something that left me irritated. Cawdor heads do not fit easily onto Redemptionist bodies (or vice versa). Considerable trimming and tweaking was required to get the two to combine, not to mention a fair bit of muttering and swearing under my breath as well. I’m increasingly convinced that the Redemptionists were first intended as a separate release but somewhere along the road they were rolled into the Cawdor faction in place of the Cawdor specialist juves and champions which the other houses received. In fact I’m pretty sure I remember seeing an interview with one of the Necromunda designers which was released in the early days of the new edition in which he said that many people expected to see Cawdor and the Redemptionists combined into one faction but he intended to separate them further (that I said I may be misremembering or putting words into his mouth that he didn’t actually say and I’m damned if I’m looking back through the Warhammer TV archives to check). Either way the longer I look at these models the less similarities between them I see – where are the candles, bones and cobbled together weapons amongst the Redemptionists?
Anyway, be warned – if you’re planning to mix and match parts from the Redemptionists and the Cawdor gangers it’s far from a straightforward process. Not that I let it put me off – you know how I like a challenge. Still I wasn’t quite ready to go completely mad with the kit yet so for my next target I made another Brethren, trying for something stripped down and cutting away some of the flourishes and religious trappings. For the head I nabbed one from the Sisters of Battle Repentia squad (a kit I think might well be worth raiding again for future Cawdor conversions).
It wouldn’t be the Redemptionists if there wasn’t some mad bastard running around with a chainsaw as big as himself so that was my next move.
By this stage I was feeling a bit more adventurous so I decided that I would put together a Redemptionist Deacon with a Cult Icon – all the better to inspire his brothers to greater acts of unpleasantness and pyromania.
Lastly the House of Faith book contains rules for adding cherub-servitors to a gang so I had a quick dig around in the bits and put together these two little scamps.
At some point I’d like to put together a Cawdor brother to act as Keeper of the Cherubs but at the moment that one’s still a way off completion. I do however have a few more models that are almost done – including the mad cardinal who’ll be leading my Redemptionist gang – so expect to see more of these at some point in the next week or so.
July 20th, 2021 at 7:49 am
Looking good mate, worth persevering with that Cawdor head! Have you got any thoughts on colours yet?
July 20th, 2021 at 9:42 am
Thanks mate! For colours I’m leaning towards a traditional fiery red to separate them from my Cawdor. I know it’s a bit of a cliché but it also looks really good – plus I don’t want any other Redemptionists to think I’m harbouring any unorthodox ideas, you know how shirty they can get about that…
July 20th, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Looking good so far! 🙂 Seems to be quite a bit of scope for variations on a theme!
July 21st, 2021 at 9:09 am
Thank you! Yeah, if you put your mind to it these are very convertible. 🙂
July 20th, 2021 at 10:22 pm
Those are some really nice conversions. I like that you’ve gone to town making yours unique… not tempted to geta second set and do them stock… you known gang options right?
July 21st, 2021 at 9:12 am
Thanks Pete! To be honest I’m very tempted to get a second set, I’m just waiting to see if GW are going to do plastic upgrade sets for the rest of the Houses in the same way that they did for Escher and Goliath (I’m pretty certain they will to be honest). What I’d really love to see is an upgrade set for Cawdor and another for Redemptionists but that might be wishful thinking. Regardless, sooner or later the crusade will grow!
July 20th, 2021 at 10:33 pm
Excellent work so far mate! I’m really intrigued by the new Redemptionists, I’ll probably end up chopping away at a set some day soon haha.
I do remember from the 1st Ed Necromunda that they were there own faction (unless I remembered this completely wrong…), so it was a bit of a surprise to hear they had been absorbed into Cawdor, but I suppose no other house would be as fitting!
July 23rd, 2021 at 9:13 pm
Cheers! Obviously I shouldn’t be encouraging you to get distracted from those Nighthaunt but I’d love to see you chopping up some Redemptionists – I’m always on the lookout for cool ideas to… erm… borrow… 😉
Aye, back in the old days Redemptionists were their own faction. There’s always been a lot of links to House Cawdor, and the new background has built on that in some really cool ways, but I still feel a little short-changed that we didn’t get new champions/prospects for the Cawdor as well as Redemptionists. Still, the new models are great fun though and I’ve still got about a billion unpainted Cawdor gangers to get around to so it’s not a massive gripe.
July 24th, 2021 at 1:06 pm
Reminds me that I used to have the old metal Cawdor and Scavvy gangs… I should really find out what I did with those!
Yeah I got a box of the Cawdor kit, unbuilt haha about 25% used for kitbashes so far. I guess Redemptionists are on the list too now 🤣
July 21st, 2021 at 6:32 am
Off to a good start I’d say and an interesting insight to your conversion thinking and approach. 🙂
July 26th, 2021 at 6:04 am
Thank you! I thought it was a good chance to talk a little bit about the how and why, rather than my usual approach of just showing a picture of the what and letting people figure it out for themselves. 🙂
July 23rd, 2021 at 12:53 am
I’m glad to see that you got some time to do some hobbying, mate. I think you might have talked me into liking the Redemptionists a bit more now that I know I can make them Super Saiyan! 😀 The conversions you’ve come up look really nice and I’m glad you were able to overcome the lack of compatibility with Cawdor. You’d think they’d work fairly well together but clearly, we’d be wrong! I look forward to seeing these painted up!
July 26th, 2021 at 6:12 am
Haha – I used to live with two guys who were obsessed with Dragonball Z so I can actually say I understood that reference. 😉 Yeah, you’d think the Cawdor and Redemptionists would be more compatible, it’s a bit infuriating that they’re not. Then again necessity is the mother of converting and I’m a sucker for a challenge..!
October 16th, 2021 at 2:11 am
It might be a long shot, but do you recall where the skeleton you’ve used for your cult icon came from? I’ve got a project that something like that would be perfect for.
October 17th, 2021 at 7:42 am
Let me think, the skeleton itself (and the sword) is one of the old GW skeleton warriors (the ones that were replaced a few months ago by the Cursed City style ones, should still be easy enough to get one though). The head is from a servo-skull, I think that particular one came from the Space Marine Devastators kit. The banner is definitely from a Space Marine kit, I’m struggling to remember which one though. I think it might have been from a vehicle upgrade kit, or possible the old Black Templars upgrade? There’s actually one that I think would look better on the Space Marine command squad sprue but I don’t have it so I used what was already in the bits box. Hope that helps. 🙂
October 17th, 2021 at 10:19 am
Awesome, thank you.