Necromunda! Necro’17 Consoles & Levers

Necromunda! Necro'17 Consoles & Levers, Necromunda Barricades and Objectives 2017

We’re entering a bit of time where I’ll be switching from trying to have posts every second day to daily for a little while. That’s because I’ve finally (mostly) gotten over my winter illness(es), am feeling alright (if very tired) and have a bit of time from work to get painting between weekends, leave from work and a couple of public holidays. Since it’s already mid-September and I still haven’t gotten the August round-up done, if I stick to the 2-day posting schedule with what I already need to post, it’ll be the 21st of September when I post the stuff that already needs to be posted. Assuming I don’t finish any more models before then. And I’m planning on finishing several more models before then…

I do prefer to have more short posts with just a couple of models than more infrequent mega-posts, even if posting more frequently has far fewer views or comments, simply because it’s easier for me when I want to go back and check on things, though I will of course “stack” things that go together. I justy don’t want to be in the situation of spending half of October posting up September’s models…

Necromunda! Necro'17 Consoles & Levers, Necromunda Barricades and Objectives 2017

Anyway, meta-commentary aside, I finally knuckled down and made myself assemble (ok, glue down) and paint these small console pieces, originally from the Necromunda: Underhive boxed set released in 2017. yes, these simple things have been sitting around for 5 years… I’m ashamed. I used some Vallejo Smoky Ink on these to give a grimy, used look but that hasn’t come up well in the photos. I also used HIPS bases from the Sedition Wars Kickstarter, which were the only positive thing to come out ot that experience. When taking these pics, I found it funny to see the size of them when compared to normal humans as well as some marines. The only model that doesn’t look tiny compared to them is the Primaris. Perhaps they were originalkly designed to be used without bases, though without bases they’re the least stable things you’ll have ever encountered in your life.

These bits are currently available in the Necromunda Barricades and Objectives set from GW. I’ve painted …most of the other bits and pieces from the sets a lot closer to when I picked them up, and it looks like I’ve now only got the ammo crates, loose ammo, little shrine-things and objective markers to go. So if I ever find them and am in the right mood, I should be able to smash them out. See you tomorrow with more little bits and pieces!

Colonel Schaeffer’s Last Chancers – “Grease Monkey” and “Hero”

Colonel Schaeffer's Last Chancers - "Grease Monkey" and "Hero"

Another pair of Last Chancers up today for July, and we have another pair of models that couldn’t possibly offend anyone at all, ever. “Grease Monkey”, who is a vehicle driver guy, and “Hero”, who for some reason I always thought was some sort of disgraced Commissar type, as he’s always painted in a black outfit. So when I started working on this pair, as with all “individual” models, I started looking closely at Grease Monkey, deciding what colours to paint and where and when doing so, I began to notice details… his hat has a bit of a familiar style, with the roundel badge, and then the Y-harness on his back. Yes, this model is (loosely) based on a WWII German tanker.

Colonel Schaeffer's Last Chancers - "Grease Monkey" and "Hero"

So with that realisation, I decided to give him an overall scheme that fit in with my 15mm Afrika Korps. So with that, he got little details like dark pink Waffenfarbe piping on his collar and crusher cap, brown leather accoutrements, a 15th Panzer Division icon on his shoulder along with a tank IS number, and the overall uniform colour being appropriate for DAK tank crew. A paler European-looking flesh rather than a tanned flesh to represent him mostly being inside tanks – not exactly realistic for someone wearing the uniform of a desert force, but as I’ve said previously – I want to have a diversity of flesh tones in this little group.

Colonel Schaeffer's Last Chancers - "Grease Monkey" and "Hero"

“Hero” on the other hand… I feel like he may be more correctly called “Hiro”. I noticed while looking hard at the model that his facial characteristics looked Asian. That made sense, given how the other models in this set had elements of different nationalities. The sheathed Katana now had a more specific ken to it. Now I’m not nearly as familiar with WWII Japanese Uniforms as many others, but again, a little googling showed that many of the elements looked quite familiar when looked at through this specific lens – so with this in mind, I now had my colour scheme. This also informed my choice of flesh tone – looking for a warmer tanned tone, I used Vallejo Game Colour Elf Skintone as the base. Of course, the official ‘eavy Metal paintjobs of the day had the entire unit painted as Whitey McWhiteface – as was the style of the time.

Colonel Schaeffer's Last Chancers - "Grease Monkey" and "Hero"

I decided I didn’t need to add a bunch of bloodstains to Grease Monkey’s bandages, though I do have the option of doing that down the line if I change my mind (or paint another one of these down the line!) The german tank numbers worked out surprisingly well on the model, so that’s also something I might keep in my back pocket for other 40k models of different kinds down the line. Hiro’s weapon furniture was painted in a basic rifle “wood” brown to fit in with the IJA theme, while Monkey’s pistol didn’t really need the same attention, though I would likely have painted his weapon differently if it were a rifle.

Colonel Schaeffer's Last Chancers - "Grease Monkey" and "Hero"

So yeah, it ws quite surprising to me when I looked much more closely at these two to see that they’re actually both based on WWII Axis troops. I’m pretty sure that the remainder are all more generic, with the exception of one who I think is meant to be an Aussie – though I haven’t looked closely at the Colonel himself – and given the fact that he doesn’t look anything like Ahnold – he may turn out to be another xx-inspired model once I take that closer look – but that cap does look like it could be German!