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Tech-Hunters – Part 2

As promised I put in a bit of time over the weekend working on some Van Saar and so the gang continues to grow apace. First to be completed is Agent Nyska, who I’m hoping will make the gang slightly less ineffectual in close combat with her shock baton. I decided to mix things up a little by giving her a green, rather than blue, glow to her plasma pistol, partly to bring some variety to the gang and partly as an excuse to experiment with using contrast paints for this purpose. So far I’ve found blue and green to work well for this but red definitely does not so I’ll be falling back on traditional techniques whenever I need an evil red glow on a plasma weapon.

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Alongside her we have the gunslinging Agent Lucien. There’s something about his eyes that aren’t quite right but it took all my concentration, sniper-style breathing and steady hands to paint them into the little sculpted marks on the mask so I’m frightened of going back and trying to improve them. Maybe I’ll get used to them, or maybe I’ll find my courage – we shall see.

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And of course what progress report would be complete without a group shot?

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With these two done I’ve almost finished with the rank and file gangers already but I still have two champions (including one with the awesome looking rad cannon) and the gang leader to go so I’ll be tackling them next.

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Tech-Hunters – Part 1

With the ladies of House Escher and those despicable Chaos Cultists both finally up and running we now have four Necromunda gangs available to choose from whenever we decide to indulge in some underhive violence.  Time to paint something different then and after some deliberation I decided to plump for the Van Saar on the grounds that they would provide a very different tactical and painting experience, with their smooth, clean armour and high-tech gadgets and gizmos. Plus, based on my experience with the test model I worked on previously, they should also be fairly quick and easy to get painted. By way of a reminder let’s take another look at said test model – now named Agent Kleiss.

And here we have two new gang mates to keep him company in the dark of the underhive. First up there’s Agent Ivanek armed with a Hystrar energy shield and plasma pistol. I  must admit that I wasn’t sure about how the clear plastic shield would look on a painted model but now she’s finished I think it works rather well.

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Alongside her we have Agent Larz, toting a lasgun and ready to make trouble on behalf of his house.

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With these three done it looks as if I’m off to a good start already, especially given that the Van Saar tend to be a little more elite than many of their rivals. The eagle-eyed will notice that once again I’d forgotten to finish off the barrel on Ivanek’s plasma pistol, fear not – it’s been sorted now!

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However as it turns out there are even more, already painted and ready for action. This chap was intended as an old school space wolf but when I realised I’d painted him in the same colour scheme as my Van Saar I decided, following encouragement from several readers on this blog, to rebase him and recruit him into the gang instead.  My thinking is that he’s an agent or tech-scout sent down into the underhive by the house, who’s been living off the land for some time before joining up with my gang.

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Each house in Necromunda has access to a pet and, in the case of the Van Saar, that’s the cyber-arachnids. I received these a while ago from Mark at Heresy of Us and had already painted them as pieces of imperial tech, but incorporating them into the gang now seemed like an obvious move.

Add them all together and it starts to look like the gang is well on its way to completion already.

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However I still have several other murder-tech wielding nerds to add and I’m feeling confident that the paint scheme I’ve chosen is quick and easy to replicate. Thus despite having taken an inordinately long time to produce my previous Necromunda gangs I’m aiming to get them painted up in short order. Watch this space!


Cursed In Eternity – Part 5

Some readers may recall that amongst my various hobby plans I’m trying to reclaim my favourite models from my old chaos space marine army and recreate them using the new kits released this year.  Thus those of you familiar with the deepest recesses of this blog’s archives (you poor souls!) may recognise this chap from his previous incarnation.

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For those who need a reminder however here’s version 1.0 – now broken up to provide the bits needed to complete his rebirth.

Whilst I was working on him I convinced myself (against all logic) that it would be just as easy to paint two models as one – it’s all the same colour scheme right? With a second model already assembled and sitting close at hand it was easy enough to hitch him up to the enthusiasm I’d already built up and power through him as well.

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All this is very good and worthy of me and I was feeling suitably pleased with myself when, halfway through painting them, Azazel announced his latest monthly challenge “Squaddie September“. The goal of the challenge is to paint squads of models (this being a fairly rough number – with a suggested minimum of three models – check out Azazel’s original post for a full explanation, especially if you’re thinking of joining in yourself). Although I’m not a gamer by any means I am aware that a squad of chaos space marines need between 5 and 20 miniatures – one of whom has to be an aspiring champion. Why not use this opportunity, I found myself thinking, to paint up a champion as well? Somehow the will of the dark gods carried the day and rather than seeing all three stall as a result I built up a feedback loop of enthusiasm that saw them all over the finish line.

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With these three done I’ll allow myself a small pat on the back (the dark gods being generally in favour of hubris amongst their champions after all). However once again thanks are owed to Azazel for running his challenges, I’m not sure when I would have got around to tackling all three of these otherwise so I really can’t recommend them enough as a way of getting things done.

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What’s more, with three new recruits added the squad is starting to look more like a millennia old warband of hardened killers – how could I say no when they demanded a group shot?

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For now I think that’s scratched the itch for power-armoured chaos but the eye of the warp never closes so I’ll undoubtedly be drawn back to the worship of the thirsting gods soon enough.


Gnasher-Screamer

Another model that’s been sitting around close to completion for far too long is this Nightmare Hulk from the Kill Team: Rogue Trader box released late last year, the appropriately named Gnasher-Screamer. Readers who remember my review will recall that I rather liked the model but thought that the faces on his arms, not to mention the silly head, rather detracted from it. In the review I showed a mock-up of the model with a few improvements – and even started painting him straight away. And then I promptly left him untouched for almost a year…

Now, however, seemed like a fine opportunity to do something about it and get him off the painting desk at last.

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And for those wondering how big this chap is here he is next to the downtrodden but ever helpful size-comparison-guardsman.

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Undoubtedly its just a result of removing his bulk but the painting desk is looking tidier already!


The Cult of Ruin – Part 8

I’ve been bumping my gums about my Necromunda chaos gang for absolutely ages and yet progress, when it has happened at all, has been bumpy to say the least. However with the ladies of House Escher wrapped up (for the moment) I decided it was time to get this bunch of crazy reprobates finished off as well. Once again Azazel’s monthly painting challenges proved their worth here. This month it’s “Squaddie September” with the aim of completing squads of at least three models, something which I used as a spur towards getting the gang finished up.

My affiliation with 41st millennium beastmen is hardly a secret and so I wasn’t going to miss the chance to sneak another one into the gang. As well as arming him with a gun I tried to make him a bit more “40k” by replacing his hooves with mechanical prosthetics, whilst his tentacle arm leaves him little hope of finding acceptance amongst upstanding Necromundan citizens and forces him to throw in his lot with the dark gods.

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That said he’s not the only beastman in the gang, even the leader is one, so he should be in good company!

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Alongside him I also completed this Tzeentchian cultist. I still have a plan to make a fully Tzeentchian gang at some point and although that may be a while off this chap brings us one step closer to seeing it realised.

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As with several previous cultists he’s a conversion, continuing my determination to have as few duplicate models in my collection as possible. Here he is alongside the original. As you can see he’s not a radical conversion but the tweaks I made do, I feel, offer him a rather different (and distinctly more Tzeentchian) character.

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What’s more the gang is starting to develop a little contingent of models dedicated to the Changer of Ways (although I have no doubt that they are completely ignorant regarding what exactly it is that they are worshipping). I blame the subtle influence of that sneaky fish myself…

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Alongside these new recruits I also gave some attention to a couple of older miniatures that I thought deserved a second chance. First of all we have this despicable renegade, rescued from my old traitor guard collection and well overdue for some attention.

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Meanwhile this was one of my favourite models from the Dark Vengeance boxset so I knew I had to include him somewhere. However he was also desperately in need of a repaint before he was ready to join his new crew.

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I could have stopped there of course but I’ve been hearing the call of the dark gods a lot lately and I’m still working towards getting the contents of the Blackstone Fortress box painted up. Thus I decided to broaden my options for the gang and get some work done on Blackstone Fortress into the bargain by completing another of the traitor guard. Presumably this is a deserter from the Dust Wall who turned his coat when he saw the Genestealer Cultists coming. If they think they’re going to find refuge in Ironhouse they’ll be sorely disappointed!

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So, where does this leave the cult? Well, right now it looks a bit like this…

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Much like the Escher gang I’ve got far more models here than one would really need to play a Chaos gang but it’s been a lot of fun coming up with ideas, building and painting them and that’s really all that I’m looking for.

Command of their activities falls to the bestial Skaverghast, accompanied by his champions and a powerful witch.

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Then we have a small contingent of traitor guard, partly borrowed from Blackstone Fortress.

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Not to mention the disorderly rabble of the rank and file.

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And there we have them, another gang of reprobates ready to join the seedy and anarchic backstreets of the Underhive. Of course, like an army, no gang is ever truly finished. For one thing a lot of the new Blackstone Fortress cultists deserve to find a second home amongst this ragtag crew (when they’re not terrifying explorers and hunting for ancient xenos arechotech that is!)


The Ladykillers – Part 15

After spending quite a while in the doldrums the gangers of House Escher have seen a fair bit of progress lately, with three new members – including the leader – recruited over the last couple of weeks. However that still left me with three remaining which had been built and base-coated but never finished. Time to knuckle down and get them done as well.

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Of this final set the first to be completed was Sirena who just missed out on being ready in time to be shown alongside the previous two. Should an occasion arise when nothing short of a very big gun will do, she reckons she’s the girl for the job!

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Alongside her we have Nyska who continues to demonstrate my predilection for inflicting fiery demise (as mentioned in my previous post) and backs it up with a chainsword, an excellent hair-do and a razor-sharp sense of style. Much like Meria, the lady with the flamer thrower I finished last week, she has a laid back attitude to health and safety, and has tied a ribbon to the business end of her flamer, something which I’m sure won’t result in any kind of drama or danger…

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And thirdly we have Elika, painted in part because nothing says “House Escher” like shooting someone with poisoned needles, then carving them up with a power sword, all whilst dressed to impress.

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All together these new recruits, combined with the others who’ve joined them in recent weeks, almost make a mini gang in their own right and definitely deserve their own group shot. Plus, by adding these three models to the gang I’ve actually managed to “complete” it for the time being (more on that dubious claim below) and I’ll be counting these as my first submission towards Azazel’s Squaddie September challenge (and I’m sure you’re well aware of Azazel’s blog and his monthly challenges by now – if not where have you been?!).

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However Mellix has gathered a lot more followers than just these, indeed so ambitious is she proving that her gang is starting to look like a little army. Then again she does need to prize Ironhouse from the meaty fists of the Goliaths and the claws of the Genestealer Cultists, not to mention looking into those worrying reports of Chaos Cultists moving in on what should rightfully be her turf, so arranging some extra back-up is probably a wise move.

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…And why stop at a group shot when we can have some moody action photos to send them off in style?

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Anyway, with these complete I’m going to turn my attention to some other projects for the next little while, although I still have a lot of ideas I’d like to explore – both as part of the gang and as spin-offs and side-projects. Trackers from the Crow-skull girls are making their way across the ash wastes, Vatra Nighteye clings to life whilst her surviving allies struggle to restore her and claim their vengeance, Lashoth Katilesh may well seek out her errant daughter (bringing her Escher elite guard with her) and down in the darkness of the hive roots the former Queens of Hive Volatos hiss and crawl, their gaze already turned upon the usurper who seeks to claim their lost holdings. It’s safe to say we haven’t seen the last of these girls yet!


The Cult of Ruin – Part 7

Needing a bit of a break from painting brightly colour Eschers I’ve turned my attention to the leader of my Chaos Cult gang, Skaverghast the Pit Dweller.

Originally conceived as a way of getting another gang up and running quickly and easily using models cannibalised from elsewhere in my collection my Chaos Cult rapidly degenerated into a morass of self-sabotage, over-ambitious targets and general mayhem. In this regard I suppose I was acting entirely in character for a Necromundan helot planning to smash the system armed with nothing but a poorly translated book of spells, a rusty knife and the advice of a whispering voice no one else can hear which assures me that everything will turn out just fine so long as I trust it. After all they too believe they’ve found an easy shortcut to success that soon mutates and grows (sometimes quite literally) into something they can’t control. Time to nip this heresy in the bud and get the gang ready to spread mayhem in the Underhive at last. With a chaos spawn on the loose and a witch borrowed from Blackstone Fortress what my cult really needed next was a leader, a demagogue who has stirred up the helots and convinced them to take up arms against the Imperium.

I’ve made several attempts at creating a suitable model to fill this role but until now I really haven’t been happy with any of them.

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As is traditional he also needs a backstory to explain his origins and tie him into the evolving story of Ironhouse and the gang warfare threatening to overrun it (someone should call for the Enforcers…).

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Skaverghast was born strong. Down in the deep pits beneath the roots of the hive, where light is as precious as water and the air flows as thick as soup, he came into the world bellowing and wrathful. The human tribes that dwell in those depths are a far cry from the Imperial citizens who live above them. Far from the Emperor’s glory they dwell in madness and degeneracy, gibbering idiot prayers into the inky chasms, mating with mutants to birth monstrosities, and feasting on the weakest of their kin. Had he been born in the manufactory levels above Skaverghast would have been carried straight to the pyre, so terrible were his mutations – his form and foulness an offence to the Emperor’s gaze. To the people of the pit he was holy, touched by the gods of the hungry shadows. They grovelled before the babe like beggars before a king.

As Skaverghast aged he ascended, climbing the crumbling stairs and muck-choked pipes that led up towards the light. As he went he carried the darkness with him. The Ratskin clans hated him as soon as they sensed him, recognising at once a cancer of the Hive Spirit and knowing that he would spread corruption within the blessed shadows. They sought to slay him and with each failure Skaverghast gorged and grew stronger.

Higher still and the crime queens of the Black Manufactoria recognised his strength and coveted it for their own ends. Taking him in they made him their overseer, and he reigned in terror over an army of slave-workers. Soon however even that was not enough. Skaverghast hungered to hunt again and the Queens desired a foothold in Hive Volatos, an opening from which they might reclaim their lost realms and rebuild their dynasties. So decided they dispatched their general, tasking him with gathering the lost, the hateful and the bitter, taking these broken shards and forging from them an army by which Ironhouse might be claimed.

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Whilst I was about it I took the opportunity to repaint a couple more of my old cultists, bringing them to a modern standard and allowing myself to induct them into the cult.

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As ever I’m keen to avoid any duplicate models making their way into the gang so that second cultist was a conversion. For comparison, here he is next to the original.

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If I’m honest I probably have enough now to get my Chaos gang up and running but I still have a few other cultists either part-painted or in need to repainting so I’m not going to call this project done yet. However I’m determined not to allow it to drag on for months so I’ll aim to get the last few done ASAP, hopefully (all being well) in the next couple of weeks.