Following from that Catachan model used in Necromunda, we have anther not-actually-Necromunda model for today’s post. In fact, it’s one of Grenadier Miniatures’ Future Warriors models, sculpted by Mark Copplestone and sold in the 1990’s which I bought, well, rather a lot of. No, sorry, none are for sale, but if you poke around, you’ll find a hell of a lot of them still available today from Mirilton and EM-4 Miniatures, as well as very close relatives from both Wargames Foundry and of course the sculptor himself – Mark Copplestone. All at very reasonable prices. This one being a Biker, available in this pack from Mirilton and mayb somewhere on EM-4’s site as well, given that they’re both selling many of the same sculpts for whatever reason I can’t be arsed looking into.
As with our Grendel-Scum from the other day, this guy was pretty much done and only needed a bit of touch-up and a new base. Given the fact that he’s basically a moden miniature that can also be used in games like Necromunda and Post-Apoc-Whatever, I gave him a base that fits in with the whole Necro-40k thing without being blatantly so, and something that could be in many places in modern times or Post-Apoc-Wherever. Being a biker-type, he needed both a bunch of tatts as well as something on his cutte, and so of course this is where I had space to add the Grendel touch for him to fit in with my Necromunda Gang – hence, Devil’s Hunters MC. Which also fits neatly into a few other genres.
I have to say, these models are very nice even today – and have a real nice crossover value. Once I get more of that neglected model backlog out of the way, I’m going to need to paint a whole lot more of these…
Another Neglected Necromunda model from my gaming days in the 1990’s completed and on show for you today. This guy is a simple conversion of a metal Catachan Jungle Fighter model with his lasgun removed and replaced with a shotgun body and barrel, as well as having had all of his hair and bandanna carved off. As the gang I ran back then was based more on the idea of actual gangs where each member is an individual, rather than the “West Side Story”-uniform-type look of the official Necromunda gangs, I also took that opportunity to use whatever miniatures I damn well pleased. I’ll post up more about it at a later date – once I have more of them completed, but this concept allowed me to have a gang where the members were both male and female. The unifying aspect was having some form of Grendel markings on each model – often tattoos, sometimes scars, sometimes face paint/makeup as well as markings on their gear or weapons where applicable.
So the use of this guy from the Catachan range simply followed that ethos. Of course, when the last campaign ended, so did my motivation to paint those models, and so many of them have sat in an uncompleted Neglected Limbo for about 2 decades now, only to be dug out of the same old Chessex case and completed now. No other special notes here – he’s justa model that’s finally been completed! Trying a new colour here for black tattoos. I think it works a lot better than the dark blue I’ve always used, and I’ll start using this a lot more, though the Slayers will have to remain with the blue for their own internal consistency. Unfortunately this particular tattoo looks a bit messy in the photos, mostly due to the shaded musculature underneath it that leads to too many colour variations in a too-small area. This is why the Reaper Chainsaw woman didn’t get arm tattoos. I’m going to have to try to experiment on painting “sleeves” that don’t simply look like muddy dark green arms, which is gonna be hard, since that’s how they end up looking from a distance in real life – you need to be up close to appreciate the details…
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?)
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.
How should I start the posts featuring August’s models? Wy not with the first model completed in August? This model is (was?) an original Necromunda pack-in Goliath, who I trimmed off the mohawk and added a couple of pouches. I also painted some scarification marks/brands around his eyes and on his shoulder. The Mark of Grendel. I’ll write some more about that in a later post, but it’s something you’ll see in some form on most of my 1990’s Necromunda models.
So why is he here? Well, new base means newly finished to 2019 tabletop standards. I decided not to do anything further (a little touch-ups aside) as I want to preserve this guy mostly as-is for the time capsule element. There’ll be more old Necro-use models coming soon, with a variety of more and less modern work done on them in the days to come…
Necromunda Again? I swear, these posts are like Buses… When I finally found my Necromunda case recently (too late for Faust, sadly.. /pours a 40), one of the models within – along with those two Delaque) was my other Ratskin Scout. Clearly the other one from the single blister I’d have bought. Like his mate, he’d been part-painted for 20 years, so I finished him off.
Pants and boots got a total repaint, skin got all of the work beyond the base coat, weapon was completed in the original coppery scheme. Not too much was needed, though – and the process was more a matter of making myself concentrate on it than enjoying it or disliking it. It was just a job to finish this one. Now he’s done, and I’m satisfied. So another small victory.
And here he is, alongside his little mate. I turns out that I did in fact buy the gang box. So there’ll be more Ratskins to come in the future. After I complete all the other half-done Necromunda models from the 1990’s, anyway!
Yes, really. You guys know that a huge proportion of my collection is from the 1990’s, and I’m only now getting around to painting/completing a lot of it. What can I say? I’ve been slack until the past few years. It has meant a ton of Neglected Models to work through, though – hence why that particular challenge crops up so frequently. Anywho, these models are from the original Delaque range. I don’t think I ever got the boxed gang set, rather I picked up either a blister or two of the loose gangers or got these in a secondhand sale/trade from the others in the necro group back in the day. I do have the entire Heresy Miniatures set of Not-Delaque, though. So one day I’ll add to the painted numbers. These were both painted to be part of the Grendel gang that I ran (more on that in a future post), though neither of them were ever actually completed until this last month, more than a decade on.
The fellow on the left has what some reader may recognise as the flag of Cameroon on his back, with the Grendel-eye pattern overlaid. This is because I started painting this guy while watching Cameroon play in the 1998 World Cup, and liking their team and flag, so decided to incorporate it into the model. So… 20 years almost to the month for this one from start to finish. As a July 2019 model, he’s also got a little Contast Paint on him as well. I went over the mid and light-browns of his torso leathers and his shotgun’s wooden furniture with one of the contrast paints to see what would happen. It looks alright, and shows that they can be used similarly to washes over colours, with a slightly more subtle shading effect than the usual Agrax/Strong Tone.
That’s it for today!
Another Neglected model found in a figure case towards the end of September was this Ratskin scout, from the original release of Necromunda back in the mid 1990s’. This model was released in 1995 or thereabouts, and is a Michael Perry sculpt.
I had of course painted about half of it, and basecoated about 95% of it, but when I got it out of the case, I decided to completely paint the skin in a more ruddy tone, repaint the pants from the dark green that they were in originally with a brown leathery colour, redo the browns on the boots, and then try to differentiate the human skin tones from the similarly ruddy tones I’d used on the skinned rat. So… almost everything, only retaining the rat fur and using the rest as base coats at best.
Once the model was complete and ready to be sprayed, it took a dive from the little tray I was carrying it on, necessitating a trip back inside to have the damage repaired (hair, shotgun, shoulder pad) Luckily it wasn’t too badly mangled and was fixable.
I also decided to give him some simple warpaint, though I kept it fairly minimal. Enough to suggest the Native American influence on this line of models, but also pretty generic and a bit reminiscent of American Football players’ greasepaint (yes, I know they wear black). There are some pretty amazing Native American face/war paint designs online, so I think that’s something I’ll definitely revisit in some form down the line.