My efforts to populate the Underhive of Necromunda with rusty, grungy terrain continue apace. Indeed, I’ve got a few bigger items in the works which are tantalisingly close to being ready to reveal, but you’ll have to wait just a few days more. In the meantime however I’ve painted up more of the scenic elements from the Underhive Wars box.
Decorating the Underhive calls for plenty of doors, walls and barricades…
… including some from the new Orks kits …
… and some from a much older Ork release.
Next up the crates, some of which contain useful stashes of ammo, whilst others turn out to be empty, or even deadly boobie-traps. The design here is rather clever, each crate is double-sided with one side full of ammo whilst the other is empty. Clusters of makeshift explosives can be hidden in the blank side and whilst the lid is on players won’t know what awaits them until they open the box. The downside is that this makes them something of a slog to paint as I had to be careful not to leave any distinguishing features that might tip us off later as to which is which.
These hatches are of course nothing more than pieces of decorative terrain and would never be used by sneaky Underhive residents springing up from ambush (particularly not dastardly three armed creatures)…
Then we have a set of control panels (useful for opening all those doors!).
A gang relic, which appears to be some kind of notice board. Perhaps those are wanted posters for the gangs most famous alumni.
And last but not least, the sump-monster which lies in wait for unwary gangers.
Never let it be said that the Imperium fails to respond to an escalating Ork threat on its borders. Why the part of the display shelf given over to the greenskins is positively groaning under all those models, and less said about the Chaos area the better – whilst the Imperials have only a handful of Guardsmen and a few Space Marines. To be honest that’s not going to change significantly any time soon but at least the marines can now identify the guy in charge by something more than just “he’s the one pointing”.
Here’s the whole squad ready to smite heretics!
And of course this makes for a victory in Azazel’s challenge, to complete a squad of models in October, although I have plans to finish off a few more by the end of the month.
I take it you’re all familiar with Azazel’s monthly challenges by now? I mean really, if not – where have you been? For those who are completely new to the idea, blogger extraordinaire and prolific hobbyist Azazel has been encouraging his readers to take part in a series of monthly challenges throughout 2018. The nice thing about these is they are generally aimed at encouraging us to complete existing projects rather than simply being an excuse to start new ones.
Last time Azazel ran a community challenge to complete a unit of models, the aptly named Junit, I took it as an opportunity to complete my first five space marines based on the Primaris models. Since then I’ve added a couple more so this month’s challenge -again calling for a unit to be completed – seems like a fine opportunity to round out the full squad of ten.
I made this one as a test model back when I was first exploring this project but somehow I ended up never painting him, so getting him finished was my first priority.
Alongside him we have his battle brother, ready to send any heretics that turn up packing with a quick blast from a flamer.
That just leaves me with the squad’s Sergeant to paint and the acting Sergeant to be demoted to the ranks, which I should be able to manage before the end of the month.
I found this chap lurking in a box of unfinished models and thought he was crying out to join my hive scum. You can never have too many of those lowlifes after all!
With so many greenskins running around this month I suspect I won’t get much time for Necromunda but you never know. I’ve got several Goliaths who just need a little push to get them finished so who knows?
Edit: A few people have asked where the model comes from. You can pick him up from Moonraker Miniatures for a very reasonable price. A lot of the models shown on their website have less than inspiring paintjobs I feel but don’t be put off, I’ve found the miniatures themselves to be generally excellent (and you can expect to see a few more pop up here over the coming months).
Time once more to look at the progress of my Skaven army this month. To recap once again for anyone new to this blog, I set myself the challenge of adding, at minimum, one completed model to my Skaven army every month in 2017. So successful was this at transforming the grey unpainted mass into finished models that I decided to repeat it in 2018. This month’s output however also counts towards Azazel’s September challenge – to complete a long neglected model – as it’s been crawling across my painting desk since way back in May of last year when this plague priest first put in an appearance.
Close observers may have noticed that I based him on the little platform that he uses when riding on the plague furnace. An old-fashioned square Warhammer base is hidden underneath allowing him to be fielded separately from his vehicle.
It really is past time however for that vehicle to be finished. Last month I painted up the monks which pull the brazier so all I had to do this month was concentrate on the rest of the ramshackle structure. For a while there I worried I might not make it, having spent a lot of the earlier part of the month batch painting greenskins. However a last-minute flurry of activity, accompanied by shoving gobbos onto the back burner (something any Skaven would approve of!) saw it completed.
The green smoke was surprisingly easy, being built up from a combination of Hexwraith Flame and Nihilakh Oxide over a white undercoat.
And now you see why I had to paint those horrible plague monks just to push him into battle!
The main thing is, now he can twitch his tail with pride even next to that show-off Grey Seer and his swanky bell.
Right, now to see if I can’t get a few more gobbos done before the end of the month. I’m running an underground arms-race here after all!
I know I’m supposed to be concentrating on goblins but sometimes an idea comes to mind that’s just too cool to resist. Down in the Underhive respect is a matter of life and death. A gang boss who is not feared will soon find their career ended on the knives of their rivals or underlings. An enforcer who is both loyal and savage, and who can be relied upon to impose order and inspire fear in equal measure is worth all the creds in the Spire.
Meet “Bloodbath” Bosrak, a former ganger turned champion pit-fighter and now convinced to return to the mean streets and rubble-strewn tunnels of the Underhive where he serves as the savage enforcer sent in by the Irondogs when a problem can only be solved by an extreme display of violence.
I wasn’t really intending to tackle the champions for my Goliaths yet, planning instead to finish off the rank and file first, but it seemed foolish to stand in the way of creative inspiration. Plus the chance to make use of one of the heads from the new Gellerpox models as soon as I saw it was too exciting to pass up! Here’s Bosrak leading the boys into action to stamp their authority on the hab-shanties and crumbling domes of Sumpside.
Working on Bosrak has given my enthusiasm for the project a real boost so the rest of the gang will get their turn on the painting desk soon, but before that I really do need to concentrate on the gobbos…