It just so happens that I managed to get hold of a ticket to the Necromunda event at Warhammer World on 21 April. Whilst I could easily use an existing gang or group of figures, I decided I wanted to use the event as motivation to put together a new faction.
I happened to see some really lovely white coverall-clad plastic Tech gang conversions by sump dweller over at Yaktribe and liked the stark monochrome scheme so much, I decided to paint up some classic Techs in a similar fashion.
|Techs are cool. And probably geeky.|
After some initial assembly and converting work, the gang looked something like this:
There's a nice mix of Tech gangers, including the Jes Goodwin Leader, some of the nice Mark Copplestone and Roy Eastland gangers, as well as a Marauder miniatures Tech (I think by Aly Morrison). Several figures were destined to be stripped at this point, and I was still planning weapons load-out and arm donors!
The first two figures to get painted are the pair of lasgun gangers - Celerity and Sinclair.
I knew that I wanted at least one female Tech. After rooting around in my boxes I settled on using the old Citadel Venus Bluegenes figure from their 2000AD range in the mid-1980s (If you think this sounds familiar, that's because I've already used a Venus Bluegenes for Kitty Hawke, plucky pilot!).
Venus had a lot of potential as a Tech - her combat trousers were similar to the Tech's work trousers. She also had a primarily bald head with a Mohican which could be clipped away.
I kept the paint scheme pretty monochromatic with the white workwear and black boots and belts. The only real concession to colour are the little flashes of orange and blue.
|Celerity's left arm was made from a plastic Confrontation arm mated with an Adeptus Mechanicus piece. I had to shave down the plastic arm significantly as it was a bit too muscular originally.|
|Here you can see the sculpted holster to ensure that all Celerity's weapons are represented on the model.|
|I'm not sure where the backpack came from - I cut it down from a vehicle part I think. Note Celerity's cranial insert!|
|The little doodad on Celerity's belt is from those Age of Sigmar dwarf sky pirates. I forget their correct name.|
In the end, I did quite a lot of adaptation, including the removal of both arms, the addition of a new gun, sculpting the right arm and adding a servo arm. I also altered the shape of her head (which was quite flat) and added some techy gear.
Celerity came together with the paint job I think - it helped to conceal all the transitions which I was worried about before I painted her.
Sinclair was a simpler model than Celerity, with only a little modification needed. He's a standard Copplestone Tech with standard plastic Rogue Trader Imperial Guard etc. arms. I did have to carve down the arms to get a closer fit to his body. I also sculpted a new trigger finger and resculpted the fingers of his supporting hand.
|Sinclair got a white set of coveralls and some natty steel-capped boots.|
|Like Celerity, the scheme is monochromatic apart from a few details picked out in orange or blue.|
|I'm pretty pleased with how well the arms went on. Bringing them closer to the body really helps to sell the pose.|