Necromunda – Ortrex Gellion of the Van Saar

Ortrex Gellion, leader of my Van Saar gang, has been painted and he’s brought along a couple of his eight legged friends for support.

Ortrex will be the current leader of the Gellion clan, a group of Van Saar archeotech hunters. I’ve still got plans for the background for the clan, and am peicing it together bit by bit.

I’ve used a Sicarians sword to give him his exotic power sword. I’m still unsure if the colour and pattern are what I should go for, and may revisit this later with a more traditional blue scheme. Let me know what you think.

I also managed to finish these two creepy fellas…

I like how they’ve come out in the gang colours, especially alongside the rest of them. In fact I’m just really chuffed with these 2 they really look the part.

Time to move onto some basic gangers to make up my numbers. Back soon with another update.

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Necromunda – Rogue Docs & Ammo Jacks

After having built 19 gangers I felt it was time to move onto the support elements of the gang, and an opportunity for some cool conversions, the hangers-on.

There’s no official models for these yet, although a few have been teased by Forge World, so the only option was to kit bash up a few or find some suitable proxies.

The most obvious model to use was the Doc from the Rogue Trader box…

She looks the part, although maybe a little too clean, and she’s generic enough to fit in with most gangs. I picked her up from Ebay, a great way to get single models from these big boxes.

My next rogue doc was much more themed around my Van Saar…

I’m really pleased with how this one came out, so much so that I’m tempted to make him into a Medicae bounty hunter.

The base model is a Van Saar ganger, with the addition of the case and ‘gun’ from the Scions command set. I added the aerial, cam, and the vials on the gun from parts in the Skitarii and Sicarian kits. He was finished off with some shoulder pads, I think from the Valkyrie gunner.

Onto the ammo jacks…

Like before I have a Van Saar specific one and something more generic.

The Van Saar one I went all out on a themed model…

I used the Genestealer Cult Nexus as the base, but changed the holographic display to a gun bench. One of the hatch sections from a rhino worked well to cover the hole, and a mix of a lasgun from the Van Saar kit, some guitar string and watch parts, provided the gun being worked on.

The man himself had a head swap for a Van Saar head, and some minor customisation to his right arm. I swapped in a bolt pistol, modified with componenets from the Forge World servo skulls, to be a tool of some sort and removed the pack below to add in a bolter.

Not sure how much being on a 40mm base will affect him in game, but I really beleive in the rule of cool.

The next ammo jack was a complete kitbash using components from a lot of different kits. The body and legs are a Valkyrie gunner, the arms from the Astra Miltarum heavy weapons team and a necron, with a dark eldar hand. The head is from a tank sprue, something Imperial Guard. His equipment and pouches are from Sicarian, Space Marine, Tau, Van Saar and other unknown kits.

Still a wee bit of greenstuff work to do on all of these to get them fully finished, then onto painting! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it, I would love to hear your feedback!

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!

A Month in Pictures – March 2019

55 models this month! Trippling the total so far.

I’ve been in deep with the painting this month working on a lot of commissions but also finding the time for a few of my own wee projects along the way. It’s also a month were I have tackled a variety of ranges, Harry Potter from Knight Models, Guild Ball from Steamforged, a Beholder from Wizkids and Necromunda as well as Lord of the Rings from Games Workshop.

This gives me a stiff target for next month, but I do have a job coming up that will help tremendously.

Models Painted: 55

Model Total: 75

Necromunda – Underhive Base Painting Guide

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.

Necromunda – Ambots Sighted!

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.