Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Introducing Johnny Noggin, Notorious 'Sunk' Mutant

I do like making models as a result of external influences. Those suggestions that your mates make. The themed group projects. The online community competitions.

This latest figure has been created for the 'Beware Mutants' competition on the Emporium of Rogue Dreams Facebook group (the same group that hosted the Abdul Goldberg competition last year).

The rules for the 'Beware Mutants' competition are simple:
  1. Make a single figure
  2. It needs to be a mutant (use random mutant generator chart in Rogue Trader if you like)
  3. It needs to be a newly created figure
  4. Submit pre- and post- paint photos
  5. Provide a backstory
I rolled up a single mutation for my mutie, which turned out to be a pin head.


Excellent. That sounds like fun! Here's the resulting mutie:


Johnny Noggin - a pin headed mutie with a rather natty sense of style!



I wanted Johnny to be more in the vein of tox swamp and rad muties from 2000AD, rather than the bizarre creations of chaos which are more common in the Warhammer 40k setting. To this end, my mutie had to pretty much make sense biologically.


I started my conversion by looking around for suitable heads. In the absence of something like a 15mm scale head (which may well have been too small anyway), I ended up settling on a nurgling. The nurgling had a tiny cranium but exaggerated features - perfect for a weird mutie. For the remainder of the parts, I selected the lower body of a headless Rogue Trooper (head used on a previous conversion), and the torso of a grot (missing it's feet).

I removed the feet, legs and horns of the nurgling, then attached the resulting 'face' in front of the shoulders of the grot body, having clipped away the grot's head. The torso got mated with the legs, and then the repair work started! 

Note added rips, changes to the boots, detailing on the pouches, a watch strap and plenty of repair work.

I also blended in the cranium and sculpted two tiny ears.

More repair work, and some major infilling around the lower back. I sculpted the curved blade of his little dagger too.

There was a nasty mould line across the centre of the blunderbuss barrel, so I filled it so I could paint on the cavity later.

With the conversion complete, it was on to the painting. Did I say the conversion was complete? In between the pics above and getting round to painting the mutie, I started mulled over names and background, in particular names using slang words for 'head'. 'Pat Noodle' was high on the list at one point (noodle = head). But I kept getting drawn to 'Johnny Noggin' (noggin = head). And Johnny Noggin sounds a bit like Johnny Rotten. And then I started writing the backstory...and it was clear that Johnny Noggin was another multiverse incarnation of Johnny Rotten. Which meant he had to have spikey orange hair.

So I added some spikey hair, and it was on to the painting.

Note the Swatch style chron that Johnny is sporting.

The hair, obviously enough, needed to be bright orange, and I knew I wanted the skin to be unhealthy and sallow. The Johnny Rotten connection put me in mind of red, white and blue, and that was that!


How about those Converse boots?!


All in all, I'm pretty pleased with how Johnny's come out. I probably need to make Sid Viscous and the rest of the Wrecked Pistols to hang out with him!

"Frak the pigs!"

23 comments:

  1. "I probably need to make Sid Viscous* and the rest of the Wrecked Pistols to hang out with him!"

    Yes. Yes you do. :)

    *Gross. Love it.

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  2. One of my Juves in my gang Pandemonium Riot was called 'Kid Vicious'. ^^

    Awesome conversion and beautifully executed! Although I've always found the word 'bonce' funny. ^^

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    1. Kid Vicious is excellent too. As is 'bonce' - it was in the mix!!

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  3. Once again, a fantastic and clever use of bits from all sources combined with a classy Paintjob. Top marks for that.

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    1. Thanks JB! I really enjoy the process of bits sourcing. Sometimes it ends in failure, but most of the time they come out OK ;)

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  4. I'm with JB impressive creativity in sourcing and bring on the Pistols.

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    1. Reforming for a special appearance. One night only!

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  5. Well that is a great conversion, and the weird skin color just marks him out as a mutant from afar. With the length of his torso and his pose, another, probably withered, right arm would not have been amiss.

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    1. A little withered arm is a nice idea. One for a future conversion perhaps?

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    2. Yes for the future, certainly do not go back and change this fellow!

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    3. Absolutely - it's a golden rule of mine never to go back and re-work a figure - that time would be better spent making something new :)

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  6. You did a great job with this character Jon. The backstory really serves the miniature well. It could have easily been a failure with the differently proportioned body halves, but you managed to bring them together as one believable whole.

    Ace :)

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    1. Cheers Mr P! I think the two body halves work because Rogue's legs are so skinny. Had he had chunkier legs, it would have been more difficult to marry the two halves together. I quite like the narrowing of the figure from his wide stance to his teeny little head :)

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  7. Brill - I always loved the 2000AD approach to mutants, it's much more fun. Love this mini mash up - what's next?

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    1. It's always a surprise as to what comes next! I barely know!!

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  8. It shouldn't but it does. Those little touches before priming always surprises me in terms of how much more it adds to the miniature. Nice work axiom!

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    1. I think additional sculpted elements help sell the 'wholeness' of a figure. As well as hiding any dodgy areas!

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  9. Sweet!

    Am loving seeing all these mutants you lot are producing.

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    1. There's some really great conversions on show!

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  10. I did panic for a second there that you'd cut up one of the hyper-rare Space Crusade prototype Gretchin for this. But then I remembered the Rogue Trader range. Phew!

    This is a lovely job.

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    1. No no! I wouldn't chop a rare prototype figure. Yet. Probably ;)

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