A hunter of renown enters the underhive in search of the most dangerous prey. Broadcasting his exploits to the upper echelons of the hive to the delight of his fans.
Lord Aquillus Wolfhardt, or the ‘Noble Hunter’ is a name spoken of often in the halls of the spire. Each cycle brings a new tale of daring, courage and a high velocity shot through something or someones skull. The lords and ladies of Hive Primus can’t get enough, especially when you take into account the mysteries of his Noble heritage. Everyone tells a different tale, a disgraced son, a Lord not content with the mundanity of the spire, an off world highbrow come to seek the most dangerous the galaxy has to offer. Whatever the tale one thing can be agreed upon, his chiselled features, eloquent voice and stunning attire means he must be of noble blood, a taste of a forbidden life for those of the Spire.
Wolfhardt is always accompanied by a pair of Secundian Gene Hounds, now a rarity since the fate that befell Hive Secundus. A traditional bodyguard bred for thier loyality and hardiness. Each is gene locked to their master, working to protect them at all costs.
Rounding out this merry band are the crew, 2 ratlings, using their short stature to operate unseen.
I’ve been looking for an excuse to use these hounds, from the old Orion kit, for years and as good as any reason to pick up some Blackstone Fortress models. All I changed was the addition of the rifle, from the admech Skitarii kit, and the exotic bird to the base, from the High Elf dragon kit. The dogs I cut away some of the face, one eye, and added half an imperial guard binoculars to each. The antennae are from watch parts, a small bag I picked up on Ebay.
Let me know what you think of the models and the background and anything you might add to them both. I’m still working on the ratlings so I’ll show them off next time.
Work has progressed quite swiftly with the gang, in all aspects. I’ve got 15 built, 5 painted and the big old brute ready to go. I’ve even got a backstory in mind and a whole host of other conversions planned out, but those are posts all of their own.
Here’s a look at everything painted so far, including their very own Ambot!
I’ve really enjoyed building and painting all of this so much but it’s the converting that’s really sunk its hooks into me. I’d forgotten the joy of sifting through your bits box, lining parts up, creating something unique and special to your force. I started off with a few small additions, like the shields and long Las on my leader or the Lascannon, a simple matter of replacing the barrel and cutting down the back to fit the energy cell…
Even the ambot only featured a few bits and pieces stuck on where they looked cool, simply filing the join point to match up…
But its these wee additions that make all the difference and really helps blend something like the Ambot into your force, something also achieved with a matching paint job. I used some Eldar backpack components for the ‘antennae’ and some Tau bits for the back vanes. I chopped up and smmothed down one of the energy shield peices to add the Van Saar emblem to the shoulder guard.
I’ve got so many more ideas for models I’d like to make, not just for the Van Saar but a whole host of Underhive characters, loners and outcasts for a campaign I have planned, but I’ll tell you more about that soon. For now here’s a few more pictures of the gang…
I wanted to share how I achieved the bases for my Necromunda models. I wanted something a little distinct from the usual metal bases and what better way to do that than ancient rusted up bases. I also added a wee touch of spot colour, with the green ooze under the grates.
I started with a black undercoat to get things started, but here’s how I cheived the rest…
I began with a basecoat of Mournfang Brown.
This was followed by a heavy drybrush of Skrag Brown.
Then apply a lighter drybrush of Deathclaw Brown.
Apply an edge highlight to all the hard edges and stipple small amounts over the flat areas.
Make a mix of 1 part Moot Green to around 3 parts water and flood the grating up to the level of the higher lip.
Make a mix of 1 part Gauss Blaster Green and 3 parts water. This time use the mix to flood only each individual section.
Make a mix of 1 part Guass Blaster Green and 1 part Ceramite White. Apply carefully down the centre of each rectangle and along the edges.
Apply a light glaze of Waywatcher Green.
Apply a layer of Abaddon Black to the rims.
I used Kromlech’s Soot Black pigment to add a touch of weathering to finish off the bases.
You should now have some funky bases for your gangers. I’ll be back soon with some more ideas on how to base your gangs.
On through another month and this time my painting total is looking a little healthier, but has a major difference between any of the months previous. It’s mostly terrain. My main work was the Mantic terrain crate and this one is difficult to stack onto my model count, so I’ll be starting a new scenery count as well.
It’s time to introduce to new additions to my Underhive collection, the new hotness on Necromunda, a pair of Luther Pattern Excavation Automata or Ambots…
I chose to make some modifications straight off the bat, to personolise them a little bit. Nothing major, just a bit of a kitbash. The first, to join my Van Saar gang, I added some antennae and some ‘fins’ to the back to enhance the bug-like look and add a technological look to it. Here’s a better look at it…
The other I wanted to create a little story for, a modified bot used by a wandering tech hunter. Used for defense but mainly for excavation, heavy lifting and of course as something of a pack horse. Now I’ll have to work on this wanderer to go with him. Here’sa closer look at this one…
It might be a while before I actually get them on the table, but they’re spurring on loads of ideas for ‘other’ models to make.
My Van Saar have a unique bit of kit, which I’m gonna write into thier back story, and I’ve been asked how it was done. So here is a guide on building your own ‘Gellion’ pattern energy shield to put to good use against the enemies of Van Saar!
What you’ll need…
‘Hystrar’ pattern energy shield. The standard one from the Van Saar gang box is perfect.
Servo skull. These are quite easy to come by on bits sites and ebay, and there’s quite a few variations out there.
‘Thrusters’ I used a Necron weapon part, but you could use anything that fits the theme
Begin by removing the back of the skull and the house emblem from the shield front. Make sure to file these flat so they will sit flush.
Glue the skull to the shield front, centered where the house emblem was. I chose to glue them to oriente the shield horizontally, to change things up you could affix it so the shield is vertical.
On the back of the shield you’ll need to shave down the plug or it will not fit in place properly.
Get your ‘thruster’ ready. I made sure the connection point was flat.
Affix your thruster to the back off the energy shield. Before gluing anything dry fit the front and back to make sure everything is the orientation that you want it.
Once all the glue is dry you should be able to stick the peices together giving you your energy shield.
I didn’t glue the peices together, as I want to be able to remove the acrylic shield section for painting.
I did however glue the skull part to one of my champions, and if you have not seen them already, take a look at a gallery of the other energy shields below…
Into another year and onto painting even more cool models. I have to admit that I took a bit of a rest during January to recharge the old batteries a bit. But I still managed to get paint to brush to model and finished painting some cool models.
The main job I was working on was a painting guide for Modiphius’s Fallout: Wasteland Warfare game, which can be found in Tabletop Gaming Magazine. Take a look at the survivors I painted below…