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It Takes A Village – Part 1

…to raise a ganger… Or, for that matter, an Inquisitor.

The game of Necromunda is set upon a hive world, with almost the entirety of the human population crammed into cities far larger and more crowded, not to mention more violent and squalid, and anything found on Earth today. The setting may have a great deal in common with post-apocalyptic fiction with its planetwide irradiated deserts and domes full of crumbling machinery but it is in the massively overcrowded metropolises that the vast majority of people live – and by extension that’s where all the action happens. As a result I’ve been keen to create some hapless civilians with which to populate my stretch of the Underhive – downtrodden unfortunates just trying to go about their business when the bullets start flying once again.

Officially most of the people on a hive world live where they work, in the huge manufactorums, with block after block of habs crowded up against grumbling, fume belching engines. The Underhive itself, and the crawl spaces, waste domes and labyrinthine sprawl of decaying shafts and tunnels that lies hidden within and around the walls of these factories, should be relatively sparsely populated – but on a world as overcrowded as Necromunda even that will still undoubtedly  equate to a vast number of people. Even if those who find their way into these liminal spaces are only a fraction of a percent of the hive’s population there will still be plenty of them. What’s more, people gather only where there’s something worth gathering for, a useful resource or a meeting of tunnels or trade-routes – something which in turn will attract gangers looking to seize whatever it is for themselves, or deny it to their rivals. Indeed, although I was first drawn to this project as a spin-off from my Necromunda gangs it soon occurred to me that wherever one goes in the Imperium, a few generic civilians would go a long way, and thus this would tie in nicely to any and all of my Inq28 plans as well.

The first of these civilians are now ready, coming in the form of these three monkish characters courtesy of the first Black Crab Kickstarter. One of the greatest strengths of the Inq28 scene has been the encouragement of, and reliance upon, converted models – many of which have been startlingly creative and evocative. It’s rare to find something which suits the aesthetic from the word go so when I spotted these I just had to snap them up.

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Of course I really must get on with building up more of my Underhive terrain collection so that they have somewhere to live (not to mention all the muties, Inquisitors, cultists, gangers, scum and whatever else I think of).

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Needless to say these three won’t be populating the hives and back allies of the Imperium alone, plenty of other civvies are on their way – so watch this space.

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Mean Streets – Part 3

Work continues apace on adding buildings to my industrial terrain board. This time it’s the turn of a couple of mid-sized buildings, not as large as the centrepiece buildings that will dominate the board but still bigger than the barricades and other scatter terrain. Once again part of the credit for motivating me to get these done lies with Azazel and his latest monthly challenge.

First up we have a thermic plasma regulator.

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I still have a second one of these to paint so expect to see it put in an appearance in due course.

Next up we have this small ruin, made from the old manufactorum kit. I’ve had this one kicking around for quite some time so it was high on the list of things to get finished this month.

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As we’re looking at terrain here’s a few other odds and ends that I’ve finished off lately. First up here’s an Ork barricade (although it’s suitably generic, I feel, to serve pretty much anywhere, including Necromunda which is probably where it’ll see most action).

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Just to prove I do occasionally paint things for games rather than just for the hell of it, I also painted up this escape pod as an objective marker. I didn’t go too mad on it, just enough to make it look nice on the tabletop, as I don’t imagine it’s something that anyone, even me, will really pause to admire, but hopefully it’s good enough to serve it’s purpose.

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All in all I think I’ve made fairly solid progress on terrain this month and there’s plenty more in the pipeline (indeed, some of it even contains pipelines). Here’s the board as it begins to take shape.

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Next up will probably be another large building, although I’ve got a few other projects I want to wrap up first so it may not appear straight away. Still, with the Underhive now well on its way to becoming a reality I’m keen to press ahead and get more done with it soon.

 


The Irondogs – Part 12

Here’s one last goliath to add to the Irondogs gang for now. I actually have several more assembled and waiting for paint but I’m keen to crack on with other gangs and projects for a while. Equally I didn’t want to leave Sylus here half-painted and gathering dust when he could be raising merry havoc in the Underhive.

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The eagle-eyed will have spotted that I’ve used the bolter from the upgrade sets, after talking myself into buying Weapon Set 2, and this, combined with the glorious new heads from Forge World, undoubtedly means another wave of recruits for House Goliath will be stamping across my painting desk sooner or later.


The Cult of Ruin – Part 5

Hang about – five posts in one week! What’s happened to me? Have I been possessed? That’s a worrying thought…

There has been a lot of cult activity going on around here lately, most of it admittedly focused on those insidious xenos; the genestealers. However that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about the servants of Chaos entirely. Whilst other projects have pushed the chaos cultists on to the back burner I couldn’t resist putting in some time to finish off the hideous spawn known as Gibbermaw.

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Fans of the dark gods take note however, this doesn’t necessarily mean a resurgence in Chaos activity in the Underhive will be happening straight away, I’m planning to concentrate on the Eschers first then we’ll see how things go from there.


Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 11

Did I not promise you more poxwalkers just a week ago? Am I not a corpse master of my word? Here’s the latest two shamblers to come lurching off the painting desk.

I experimented quite a lot with this one, mixing some of the agrellan earth texture paint in with flesh tones to cover some of the rougher joins. I actually finished him off about a week ago but I found myself really unhappy with the results. Although he was technically pretty much perfect the results were much too “clean” for my liking (by which I mean painted with precision, he still looked like a filthy rotten git). In the end I took him back to the painting desk and worked over him, he’s muckier now but I’m much happier with the end result.

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His new pal here is converted from the poxwalker in the lab coat.

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Unlike the previous lab coat wearing poxwalker I painted I didn’t use lots of blood splatter here, but instead tried to make the coat look stained and befouled by decomposition. By way of comparison here he is next to his gore covered colleague.

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Of course without getting too graphic it’s clear that his guts have exploded quite violently at some point, which presumably means he wasn’t wearing the lab coat at the time. It builds a somewhat macabre image, in my mind at least, of him, already long dead, taking his coat from its hook and, in a reverse of his habits in life, putting it on before he shambled out of the lab for the final time.


The Irondogs – Part 9

Some models are just so cool they jump straight to the front of the painting queue. As soon as I heard that my Goliath gang could have a pet crocodile accompany them through the Underhive I wanted one and the model, when it arrived, didn’t disappoint. There is something about a sumpcroc which is wonderfully in keeping with the concept and aesthetic of the Goliaths. You just can’t get more bullishly aggressive, more arrogantly macho, more imposingly belligerent, than walking down the street with a crocodile lumbering along at your heels. Plus I’m sure she counts towards Azazel’s latest monthly challenge! Meet Korak’s loyal pet, and the unofficial mascot of the Irondogs gang, “Snuggles” the sumpcroc.

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She really is a big beast, even in comparison to the rest of the gang. Next to a humble guardsman, who’s probably only moments away from being eaten, she’s positively gigantic!

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Of course, she’s not the only monster lurking in the Underhive… Watch this space!


Mean Streets – Part 1

For over a decade I’ve harboured an ambition to own my own terrain board. Surely for many hobbyists this is the big one, the ultimate goal to aspire to. If you’re a keen gamer then what better than to be able to roll dice in style within the comfort of your own home? If your predilections lie more towards the painting and modelling then what project can compare to capturing not just the characters that inhabit your chosen world but the actual world itself?

The downside of course is that it’s expensive, it takes up a lot of space and it’s a lot of work to build. Leaving aside the lack of disposable income, which in itself lead to a lot of careful budgeting and saving up, until recently I just didn’t have the room to store such a comparatively massive construction. However at the end of the day life won’t wait. I’ve been made keenly aware over the last year or so that whilst planning for the future is a very sensible and intelligent move, putting off all your plans to an unspecified future date might just mean they never happen at all. Having managed to set aside a space in the house for it occupy I’ve set about building a section of Imperial cityscape.

Building a terrain board isn’t like other hobby projects. It takes a certain amount of preparation and self justification before you even think about spending all that money (assuming of course you’re not one of those geniuses who can make a convincing fusion reactor out of an egg box and a Pringles tin, which I am most certainly not).

Having convinced myself, with some difficulty, that it was ok, and that buying a few model buildings wasn’t the sort of fiscal irresponsibility that would see me reduced to fighting the other tramps for food in a matter of weeks, the next question is; what kind of board to build? Of course the answer to that very much depends on the kind of games it might be used for. The fantastic landscapes of the Mortal Realms may look amazing but my heart still lies in the 41st Millennium. You can keep the flyers and tanks of 40k proper, I lean towards Necromunda, Inq28 and perhaps a little bit of Killteam so my board in turn will be the close-packed warrens of the Underhive, the decaying depths of a crumbling Imperial city where Inquisitors roam and gangers hold sway.

In spite of my recent resurgence of interest in building this board its story actually began a few years ago when, following some kind of fit of fiscal frivolity, I bought myself the Sector Imperialis board from GW, and then froze like a rabbit in headlights and never painted the damn thing. Instead it just sat there, a brooding avatar of my decadence, lurking in the corner of the room to guilt me. No more I say! We’ve scowled at each other long enough, time to set aside our differences and get some paint on it. After all I may have spent rather a lot on it, and I may have regretted it afterwards, but the deed is done, I may as well enjoy it! For the last few months, in between other projects, I’ve been chipping away at it and at last the first section is ready to show off.

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Rukk and Grak set out to explore the crumbling deaths of their territory.

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Meanwhile the girls from the Ladykillers gang discover a lurking sump horror has been making its home beneath their streets…

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Over the coming months I’ll keep working away on this, adding the rusty, crumbling buildings and industrial structures of the Underhive’s heart. Naturally a project like this takes time (or at least it does if you happen to be me, I know some people power through terrain projects like they’re going out of style but alas my progress tends to be rather slower). Nonetheless keep an eye out and hopefully soon a city will begin to grow here.