Necromunda – Van Saar Get A Tech Upgrade!

Cyber Arachnids, Grapple Guns, Heavy Stubbers and more for these elite gangers. A new leader ushers in a new high-tech killteam, equipped to the nines and ready to take on the underhive. As with all my Van Saar I’m going for an energy weapon based force, no solid slugs or gun that fires them, no cc weapons other than energy shields and power weapons. This has offered up the oppertunity for some cool conversions, particularly the ‘heavy stubber’ for this force. But first lets take a look at the creepy pets that have appeared…

A combination of an Eldar component, not actually certain from which kit(let me know if you recognise it), some Forge World servo skulls and Sicarian Ruststalker hands, with each finger cut into a single peice, for legs. Thanks Hendybadger for the idea.

These were quite an easy simple conversion, just with hard to find components. Just making these 2 took up all the hands in the Sicarian kit, luckily I’ve got plenty of uses for the other bits.

Next up is a new leader for the gang, Tor Gellion now demoted to a Champion. This new leader is outfitted a little differently but still sticking to the Las/Plas theme I’m going for with the gang. Introducing Ortrex Gellion…

Featuring a Combi Plas, Power Sword and Energy Shield in the weapons department and a grav shute and scope for gear. This guy is an ideal build for me, no idea if it will work but I’m sticking to it.

The Combi-plas is from one of the Forge World weapons packs, I cut it off the hand it was supplied with to create the pose I wanted with an arm from the plastic kit. The sword is from the Admech Sicarian kit, cut off and attached to a close combat arm. The back back is made up of the top half of an Admech Skirtarii back pack, also where the ‘scope’ drone came from, and the grav chuite vanes from the Primaris Reiver kit.

I’ve made up a group of similarly outfitted gangers to go alongside him, each equipped with a selection of gear. Let’s take a look at the grapple guns…

At a glance they look like a very good option for Van Saar to make up for thier movement shortfall. I made these from the Van Saar combi melta, with the melta and las barrels removed, and the hooks from the Primaris Reiver grapple guns. I was planning on just swapping in the whole of the Reiver grapple gun, but the scale was way off…

Next up was a couple of gangers similarly outfitted…

Another long las for the squad, which I’ve gone for over the long rifle mainly because it is las, but also plentiful on a sniper is nothing to be shirked at. This was made from a thin peice of brass rod, I think about 1mm although it could have been smaller. This was drilled into the gun and the barrel. I’m still searching for a good scope to be added to these, as the ones I’ve pulled from my bits box just don’t look right.

I also threw together a melta gunner as the melta ability is crazy, especially combined with it’s high strength of 8, mega AP of -4, and 3 damage!

To finish off I needed some heavy fire support…

I really wanted a heavy stubber for my Van Saar to complete my heavy weapons choices(I’ve built a Lascannon and Plasmagun, and have a Multimelta and Radcannon on the way), but it goes against the theme, then inspiration struck, I could build a multi-laser to stand in for it! Luckily I had one in my bits box, from the Valkyrie kit, and set to modding the heavy weapon frame to accomodate it. I love how it looks and think it makes a nice proxy to keep the theme.

That’s all the building of the Van Saar done for now, next up I’m looking at some hangers-on. Rogue docs and ammo-jacks here I come!

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Necromunda – Lord Aquillus Lionhardt, The Noble Hunter

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.

Necromunda – ‘Gellion’ Pattern Energy Shield Guide

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 4

On the back of the shield you’ll need to shave down the plug or it will not fit in place properly.

Step 5

Get your ‘thruster’ ready. I made sure the connection point was flat.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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…