Necromunda ’95! – Underhive Scum with Autopistol and Plasma Pistol (Michael Perry, 1995)

Necromunda 1995, Underhive Scum with Autopistol and Plasma Pistol, Michael Perry, 1995, 72937/1, Grendel Genral Vlado

I have another Necromunda model for you today. This one is a model that was entirely completed back in the 1990’s, which explains why there are the number of bright primary colours on the model. Still, it’s not a bad looking paintjob, and so based on that I’ve only touched up and rebased the model – so as a “renovation” it still counts as a model “completed” this month by the way I count my progress (basically, Am I happy to call it “finished” by my 2019 standards?)

Necromunda 1995, Underhive Scum with Autopistol and Plasma Pistol, Michael Perry, 1995, 72937/1, Grendel Genral Vlado

The sculpt is clearly designed as an “ex-Goliath”, if you look at the queues – though my paint (even with a few too many colours used) is based on a character from the Grendel Tales comics – Grendel General Vlado, from Devils and Deaths, written by Darko Macan and illustrated by Edvin Biuković.

The similarities that the model had to the character’s appearance with the hair and braids, along with that physique were too much to pass up. Honestly, though – if I were to change anything, I’d just turn the knife scabbard from blue to brown, the red coils on the plasma pistol to copper and the underside to black/grey, and probably change the pale straps on his greaves to a darker brown. Not the biggest changes, and in context, I’m happier to have just touched up the model and left it with the original scheme.

26 thoughts on “Necromunda ’95! – Underhive Scum with Autopistol and Plasma Pistol (Michael Perry, 1995)

  1. This guy looks sharp and you did a good job updating him I would say. I really like the old GW sculpts for Goliath’s much more than the new ones. These guys look more interesting and lifelike than the current ones do (even with their more impressive details). You’re on a roll these last few days and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next!

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    • Thanks mate. I’ve been pretty impressed with the new ones, but I honestly haven’t had any hands-on experience building or painting them (yet!) The originals I think benefit a lot from nostalgic charm, though again I haven’t done much with them at all over the years. It’ll be interesting when I start painting the two types of them up and see if the models can integrate well.

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      • It’ll depend a lot on how cohesive the paint scheme is, and just how far the old and new sculpts diverge. More possible for the Goliaths I think than something like the Cawdor, Delaque or Van Saar…

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  2. Looks like he’d be played by Zach McGowan if they made a film about him. The Plasma Pistol is a bit garish, but overall that’s actually very tasteful and well done by ’90s standards.

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    • I’m not that familiar with Zach’s work, but I’m not sure if he’d be old enough (or roided-up enough!) 😉
      If you think of Necromunda gangs, scummer and mercs, I reckon a lot of them would be the kinds who love to bling up their guns and have them be as ostentatious as possible, so it still makes sense if you look at it that way. 😀

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      • From the way he did as Charles Vane on Black Sails, I think he could manage it. Dude can project menace. And from whichever crappy Scorpion King sequel he was in, he bulks up pretty good.

        Good point. And someone who’s not part of a gang, doesn’t have colours they share with their homies is maybe going to want to be even more flamboyant and ostentatious to compensate for that.

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      • I googled some photos, and he’s got the right kinda look, and probably enough bulk when he’s been hitting the iron. He probably just needs another 10-20 years on his face, similar to how Karl Urban’s looking these days in stuff like The Boys.

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  3. Great work on this classic, it’s interesting how trends have changed on colours, but some models still work with the brighter colours this being one of them

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    • Yeah, now that I’m older and more mature, I’m much happier with more muted models. I was sorely tempted to tone this guy down (and still am, to tell you the truth), but I wanted to keep it as a “historical record”. Though, now he’s protographed, I kinda have that record…

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  4. Now there’s a man who enjoys his protein-shakes! Nice work all round, the stubble really turned out well, the plasma gun is of it’s time without being too garish and the camo trousers really suit the character. Also nice to see an old Necromunda model which has really stood the test of time 🙂

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    • Thanks, Wudu. I think I am going to go out and grab him just to tone down a couple of those elements. I’ve got the pics now for the record, and I’ll still keep most of him original.
      As much as I like the new Necro models, I think a lot of the originals are…. maybe not “better”, but still certainly stand equal in a lot of ways to the new, more stylised ones.
      Jes’ original Escher for example. Also featuring flat shoes rather than combat heels…. 🙄

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      • I think in the case of the old Necromunda models better presentation would have gone a long way for me. I first discovered it when it was already on the decline and everything looked really dated. It didn’t help that GW’s website was pretty terrible at the time, the photographs of the models were nothing special, the paintjobs well were below the standard we expect from ‘eavy Metal today and the garish colours (and goblin green bases!) looked rather tacky. We didn’t have a shop locally, and I don’t remember seeing any of the ‘munda models when we travelled to a town with a GW store, so I only had those pictures to go on and (as with Mordheim at the time as well) it really put me off something that at first sounded like it would be right up my street. It didn’t help that my mates who were into miniatures felt very much the same way so peer-pressure probably played into it too. In many cases I never got a proper look at those old Necromunda models until quite recently and a lot of them turned out to be surprisingly good (this guy for instance). Those old Escher still don’t grab me though – there’s only one set of models in any of GW’s universes which should never be seen wearing anything other than combat heels and the Eschers are it… 😉

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      • Not that I hate combat (or regular) heels, I’m more partial to my women wearing many-ups Doc Martens instead, generally. 🙂 And hey – they’re Jes Goodwin models so by law they can never be less than “Still holds up well today” at worst, and those would be the old Metal marine troopers. Everything else he did is still bloody great, if perhaps undersized by today’s standards.
        I got into Necro with all of the pre-release hype and monthly WD articles as the ‘net was stil in its infancy back then. I never liked the Goblin Green bases, and I guess the garish colours were very much of the time and across all their ranges.

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  5. Nice work, and a lovely nostalgic reminder of a time when bright (and primary) colours were the thing and most elements of the model had to be a different colour. I definitely suggest not touching up the mini, it’s a great example of a past era.

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    • It was certainly a more colorful time! I’ve got a couple more models from that era on the table now who solidly fit that description. If I do decide to touch this guy up further, it’ll only be on a couple of subtle things and will definately improve the finished model without taking away from how he looks now. 👍

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