Friday, 1 March 2019

Unholy Rituals - a Necromunda Campaign Finale

The scene of dark rituals and death.

Wilhelm the Witch lay giggling atop the slag heap crowned with its altar to the dark gods. The psychic jolt of warp energy he had received after the success of the ritual still caused his limp body to twitch and stutter in the dirt. Next to him lay the body of Lady Jayne – the bearded psychic consort of Thrubb, clad in her gaudy yellow dress embroidered with red flowers never seen here in the underhive of Necromunda. Next to Lady Jayne, Thrubb himself, the bombastic mouthpiece of his own personality cult, was slumped and bleeding heavily. The bodies of many of the Cult of Thrubb were also scattered over the broken slag piles.


Bro'og the cow-faced chaos spawn didn't last long after being targeted by a heavy bolter.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

The Rewards of Chaos - Necromunda Campaign Trophies

Our current Necromunda campaign, 'Not another chaos uprising!' comes to a climax this week. As with previous campaigns, we will be rewarding player achievements through the awarding of trophies. Given that the theme of this campaign has been centred around a swelling of chaos cult activity, I chose to make the new trophies chaos themed.


The five trophies have been made simply by pinning five plastic 40k chaos cultists to resin display bases from Model Display Products. I painted four of the models silver, with the fifth painted gold. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that I've added Dark Tongue chaos runes (from Realm of Chaos - Lost and the Damned) to denote the different trophies.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The Path to Damnation (Part 3) - Renegade Inquisitor

The path to embracing the dark gods is not the same for all traitors. Those who defend humanity in full knowledge of the power of chaos have the furthest to fall. An Inquisitor may be tempted by the power and riches of the dark gods. Or they may be corrupted into thinking that chaos can be used against chaos. Or they may become so disillusioned and world-weary, that embracing chaos seems the logical conclusion.

The second of my chaos renegade's followers I've chosen to create is my traitor Inquisitor, Drugh. He is a potent fighter in his own right, with an excellent array of wargear.

Inquisitor Dirske finally tracks down the renegade Drugh and his followers.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Path to Damnation (Part 2) - Ratling Renegades

When I rolled up my chaos renegade warband, I think the unit I was most pleased about was the three ratlings. Not because ratlings are iconic followers of chaos (the reverse is probably true), but because I've always enjoyed modelling and playing with figures of a ratling's stature. I even made a full ratling Inquisitorial retinue after all!

I already had four or five spare ratlings, so it was a case of selecting three to work out how to chaosify them. To my mind, the key change needed was a head swap. The classic Rogue Trader ratlings have beaming round faces - not the sort of look that a trio of corrupted ratlings would sport. In a case of serendipity, I also happened to have a selection of Maxmini's Fallen Legionnaire heads (left over from an aborted Blood Bowl hobgoblin project).

I cut off the original heads, replaced them with the nasty chaotic ones, and sculpted new collars:


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Path to Damnation - Starting a Chaos Renegade Warband

This year as part of the annual Bring Out Your Lead (BOYL) event hosted by Wargames Foundry, myself and a group of friends are going to be playing some Rogue Trader using the Chaos Renegades rules as presented on pages 231-239 of Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness (StD). Note there is a little fettling and fudging to cover available figures and wargear.



The set-up is pretty straightforward. Each participant generates their renegade and four groups of followers. Over the course of a day, we will play multiple games in a campaign type system.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

There's a Scrap Fort in the Badlands...

I've been fortunate enough to have been given a preview set of a fantastic new scrap fort which is due to be released soon in a Kickstarter by Fogou Models. Fogou produce really high quality resin terrain kits. I've painted a number of the excellent frontier sci-fi buildings previously, and I was thrilled to receive an advance set of the new fort.


The copy of the fort I've been sent is roughly octagonal in shape, provided with three corner walls, 4 straight walls, a gate (to be located in the 4th corner) and elevated walkways/firesteps for all the walls except the gate.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Strontium Dogs - Hornby Toad

I really enjoy making figures, but I particularly enjoy making figures that are completely unplanned. A week or so back, Jason Fulford, keeper of the excellent Rogue Heresy blog sent me some junk Rogue Trader and Judge Dredd figures. The figures had clearly been donors for other conversion projects and were variously headless or weaponless - perfect conversion fodder.

Included in the group was a headless One Eye Schumaen from the Judge Dredd perps range, who ordinarily looks like this:


It just so happened that also on my desk I had the chaos toad familiar, which had just snapped at the ankles, and a damaged Blood Bowl human kicker. If you put all 3 figures together, you end up with something like this:



Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Masked Hunters - Confrontation Venators

In an effort to catch up on stuff I painted in 2018, here's a second post in a row of 'stuff I painted some time ago'. Some time ago for these is somewhere around about July, when I ran game featuring Venators at Bring Out Your Lead 2018.


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Necromundan Shadow Hound

The folk tales of Necromunda are full of references to terrifying shadowy dog-like creatures. There's the Black Chuck of the Ostpost Angles of Trazior Hive, and the Bargust which purportedly ravages the settlers of Spoil Heap Island in Palatine itself, to mention just two. Of course the dark spaces of Necromunda are infested by innumerable dangerous creatures, but a sighting of a Shadow Hound is almost universally considered by Necromundans to be an omen of impending death. Often within seconds! 

Earlier this year I was planning to take part in the "Here Kitty, Kitty" competition on Yaktribe (make and create a creature for Necromunda). I instantly thought back to Tony Ackland's creepy alien-esque hound that he drew for Confrontation:

Confrontation illustration by Tony Ackland