To all intents and purposes, I pretty much consider this project now complete as I have enough figures and a nice variety of weaponry for most Necromunda campaigns. I also don't have any more brats that I can chop up for the cause!
This last addition to the Sutter Dukes nicely embodies the conceit that brats get all the cool exotic wargear, being armed with a Hrud fusil. The Hrud fusil is an illegal xenos weapon from the black market trading post in the most recent Necromunda supplement, the Book of Judgement. It is described as a "powerful long rifle" utilising plasma technologies.
The widely released brats comprised metal torsos, intended to be completed using either the bare hive gang or clothed Imperial Guard plastic arms. I originally gave this brat a sword and pistol combination from Victoria Miniatures, but as I already have a number of sword/pistol brats, I didn't get round to painting him.
I was motivated to give him a more exotic weapon by our current Necromunda campaign. I was tempted by the neural flayer and Rak'gol razor gun, but something about the Hrud fusil's description appealed to me.
Keeping the Victoria Miniatures arm, I built a new gun from a range of pieces. The metal component is a Rogue Trader space ork bolter dolly. I removed the barrel and sight, and trimmed the magazine. The new barrel is simply a length of brass tube with a length of thin plastic strip and a few notches cut for detail. The muzzle is made from the end of a Forgeworld Van Saar shock baton. After taking these photos, I decided to add a ring of greenstuff on the barrel as an extra bit of detailing (you can see it in the painted pics).
Like all my other brats, I went for the tried and tested colour scheme. The only real changes were the fusil itself.
I decided to paint the fusil brass with a glowing green plasma coil, hopefully rendering it as an exotic and unusual weapon!
Whilst I was taking photos, I decided to take some group shots of the Sutter Dukes.
|All 5 unreleased brats.|
|The 3 standard-release brats (front) and 2 limited edition brats (rear).|
|My brat pack leaders (L-R: The Thin White Duke, Visage and the Magpie Dandy).|
|Converted and co-opted brats.|
So that's it for now for the Sutter Dukes - I need to focus on improving their campaign performance rather than painting them!