Time for the last of this year’s Fembruary models, and yes I know we’re well into March now but I did paint her back in February, it’s just taken me until now to post her. In fact I’ve been working on this model, on and off, since since not long after she was released (without going and checking I’m going to guess 2018). I made a concentrated effort to get her fully painted in Fembruary of 2020, tried again in 2021, returned to her in 2022 and noticed the other week that she was 99% done and I should stop mucking about.
This is Belladonna, a special character for Necromunda who can be hired as a bounty hunter to join your gang. With any model painted in fits and starts over such a long period there’s bound to be things I’m not entirely happy with about the end result and that’s certainly the case here. That said I’m happy enough to call her finished, and having the deadline of the end of February certainly stopped me from messing around any further – and potentially messing her up in the process.
Her story is one of the great revenge narratives of blood-soaked Necromunda. Once a noble of House Esher, and a skilled assassin in her own right, she was married into one of the noble houses in an astute political move intended to win the Eshers much power. To her own surprise she fell in love with her new husband only for him to be assassinated at their wedding when one of the gifts turned out to contain a starved and ferocious alien predator. Belladonna survived, barely, losing an arm and a leg in the process (well they do say a fancy wedding costs arm and leg these days…). She did however manage to kill the xenos beast armed only with a shoe, ramming one stiletto-heel through its eye and into its brain. Now she stalks the underhive on the trail of whoever arranged her husband’s murder. She is not, of course, to be confused with Mad Donna, Necromunda’s most infamous trouble maker (and a character who really deserves a nice, new plastic model – hint hint GW!).