Monday, 29 August 2016

Gang Warfare - Necromundan Spiders Kill Team

As a general rule, I'm not that keen on buying painted figures. Apart from a very few exceptions (such as gifts from friends), I prefer to paint my own figures - I like the process, and the ability to interpret colour schemes and overall look.
 
The other day, I broke this philosophical approach when I bought this set of 6 figures on ebay, listed as an Imperial Guard / Necromunda gang:
 
Ebay auction pic.

The small photo was intriguing - Confrontation Bounty Hunters and miscellaneous Rogue Trader figures with added weapons - exactly the kind of figure I like to make myself. The paint job looked reasonable, as was the price, so I was pleased to buy them.

The figures, when they arrived, were nicely built, and painted to a very acceptable standard. I decided to take the quick and easy route to getting them on to the table - a quick touch up and rebasing. I also decided that I didn't really like the military parade arms on the guy with the red and white shirt, so I replaced them with a heavy stubber (V.E.R.A gun from Victoria Miniatures).


Autogunner made from a RT guardsman with a modern head and plastic arms from a Chaos cultist.
Heavy gunner made from a Confrontation Bounty Hunter with Victoria Miniatures arms.
The autogunner got repainted flesh, stubble and highlights on his hair. The heavy stubber guy had new arms and a freshly painted face.

Guardsman made from a Confrontation Tech ganger with a Victoria Miniatures head & Tempestus Scions gun.
Sergeant made from a Confrontation Bounty Hunter with plastic arms (also Scions?).

Minor flesh touch up on both the hellgunner and sergeant. Both had a wash of orange on their cables to deepen the colour.

Guardsman made from a Confrontation Bounty Hunter with a Tempestus Scions gun.
Psyker made from a Rogue Trader Titan Pilot with plastic arms.

Minor flesh touch up on the second hellgunner, while the psyker had his flesh, coat and collar repainted.

The finished 6-man squad.

The resulting team is perfect as a squad of bounty hunters or Imperial Guard Kill Team...with the Confrontation link on three of the figures, probably from the Necromundan 8th Imperial Guard regiment (aka the Spiders). I suspect they'll come in handy!


21 comments:

  1. Just brilliant, time saved, models look great and tie with your own production, that's a double win for me.

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    1. Efficiency in action I reckon ;)

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  2. Well they turned out great. Amazing what some judicious touch-ups can do! The psyker is particularly nice.

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    1. Engaging smug mode right about now!

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  3. Those are great conversions, and you've finished them off beautifully. A great gang for pulling off all sorts of shady operations!

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    1. Just my thoughts exactly. I suspect these guys aren't the sort to be trusted.

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  4. You do come across these type of minis for sale from time to time i.e. painted up well, obviously by someone who had/has talent, but gave it all away. Most of the minis for sale that are poorly painted, I suspect, are from people who "grew out" of the hobby and that's the level their skills got to before the chucked it all in.

    Great find Jon, your touch-ups & tweaks really made a difference. They look bad arse :)

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    1. You're absolutely right, most stuff is pretty poorly painted, but there are gems.

      They do look pretty mean, don't they? I've realised I need to drill the gun barrels though!

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  5. Nicely re-purposed!

    Now to see these used in a game?

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    1. I hope to indeed, hopefully not too long!

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  6. Quite nice, and how fortunate to find something prepainted that is so useful.

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    1. It's a double-edged sword - I don't get to make the design decisions, but it cuts out 80% of the time to get a figure to the table!

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  7. Nice find mate, who's a lucky boy then! Your tweeks are spot on, but great that you've kept them mostly as is - testament to the person that did them in the first place :-)

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    1. I think the tweaks were largely due to preference, rather than anything else. They really could have been left as they arrived.

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    2. Preference is important for keeping everything consistent. They look great! (And sure, they looked fine before too. But now they look great . . . and they fir your table.)

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    3. Fit is very important within a collection - these were 90% there, but I couldn't resist tweaking ;)

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  8. Ha, I wondered who I'd sold them to. It's a small world.
    You've done a really nice job of touching them up and those bases look really good too. Nice one.

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    1. It's a small hobby I guess! Thanks for passing them on - I really like the work you put into assembling and painting them :)

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  9. Very nice! For a supposedly dull colour scheme, you have made them 'pop'. :)

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