Tuesday, 4 December 2018

It's a Long-Shot (Cultists Get Snipers Too)!

I'm really getting a kick out of my dregs and mutie cult for Necromunda, in spite of the fact that they are ranked 8th out of thirteen gangs in our campaign with a 50-50 win-loss ratio. There's something about pathetic low-lifes that really does appeal to me!

Not content with having two snipers already, I decided I wanted a third. This time I've elected to arm Sant, my new cultist, with a long-las instead of a long rifle. It lacks the range and stopping power of a long rifle, but in trade off it's a much more reliable weapon and more accurate at mid-ranges.






Once again I've kept the same colour palette as the rest of his crew, this time going for pink on his little shoulder pet. Some of the subtleties are a bit washed out in the photos, but I think it's close enough!



Sant has no obvious mutations, but exactly what his pet is or where it came from is a mystery. It could be a chaos imp, random Necromundan beastie, or possibly even a mutated extension of his own mind. You tell me!

The figure is a conversion of the Peasant from Citadel's Gothic Horror range. The original sculpt is actually pretty oddly posed - perhaps gesticulating mid-conversation. But he's perfect to add a shouldered rifle too!

Gothic Horror peasant. Picture taken from the Collecting Citadel Wiki.


I added a rifle from the Gorkamorka mutie weapons sprue, and a Necromunda stub gun, as well as sculpting the rather oversized holster and belt. The little creature is a 15mm alien from a range which I forget. I originally gave him teddy-bear feet, but went back and added longer legs and a hand across his belly later.


I know the holster is massive and too low. Blame that on the massive Necromunda guns!


I think these pouches originally came from a plastic Space Marine kit.

I'm never going to say never, but I now have a decent selection of 15 or so cultists to choose from for my gang, so don't think I need any more for the meantime. Unless of course I get enough creds to buy an ogryn servitor. Or a plasma gun. Or a flamer...!

Sant tries not to look suspicious as he walks nonchalantly past a Guilder convoy. The ambush is about to be sprung!

23 comments:

  1. Lovely work!

    In my necromunda there was also only one scavvy carrying rifle who actually used to be deadly almost every game :)

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    1. Thanks! Scavvy snipers are a fun concept - I bet they use their buddies as bait.

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  2. Great use of a rather odd pose! Going barefoot in the hive is how you get mutations anyway, so if he is clear now, he will not be soon.

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    1. You're right, it's not just verrucas that you need to be worried about!

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  3. This is brilliant, you've transformed another obscure piece into something unique. Any chance of a big group shot of the gang to date?

    P.S. This would have been great for the "Two Become One" challenge on reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/minipainting/comments/9ytax6/winter_contest_2_or_more_become_one_from_now_till/

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    1. Cheers Chris! As I said to Ed over on FB, I'm worried that one day I'll run out of obscure ranges to plunder! I do mean to take some group shots, I'll get on it.

      I'll certainly have a look at the Reddit comp, if only to see what cool stuff people are making.

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  4. Once again your repurposing looks great. I admire the eye for the correct minis you have.

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    1. I probably spend too long poring over old catalogues to see what odd figures I can transform. I've barely scratched the surface of pre-slotta though!

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  5. The original pose doesn't immediately jump out as a promising fodder for a great conversion, but you've managed to do it Jon.

    I live the little pink teddy/beast on his shoulder. I think the holster looks fine actually, reminiscent of the one Han Solo sports. I recommend he's a great conversion and a fun addition to your gang.

    Tip Top mate :)

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    1. Sorry for the dumb typos, my phone hates me.

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    2. Ha! Don't worry about the typos- happens to us all :)

      I've been looking at the figure on occasion for a number of years without being inspired, so that's testament to your observation. Or possibly it was just waiting for the right project to be used in!

      Cheers!

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  6. Love it! Don't mind me, just a guy with a las rifle.

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    1. You've got to exude nonchalance. That's how people know you're cool!

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  7. The pink is a great touch artistically but I'm sure it will draw attention to himself out in the field ;) :)

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  8. That's a really nice figure! Amazing work on the conversion...and the holster doesn't look too big, just standard for 40kish stuff...outstanding stuff!

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    1. Thanks Mr Mouse! It's reassuring to hear that you think the holster is ok :)

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  9. That's a lovely conversion, great work!

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    1. Thanks Evo! He's one of my favourites from this current project.

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