Generally I'm 'not bad' at completing miniatures projects - I manage to paint up game-ready gangs and skirmish forces in a timely manner. However, I am also regularly guilty of over-ambition. I might make a gang of 10 figures, but acquire the material to make 10 more which sit unfinished long after I've completed a campaign with the first 10. This pair of figures is a pretty extreme example - when I was originally planning my Helmawr gang at the end of 2019, I decided I wanted some unique character figures. So I commissioned John Pickford to sculpt me a leader and a champion. He created me a pair of wonderful characters in early 2020. And I only got round to painting them a few weeks ago. Better late than never I guess?!
The 2 figures were sculpted based on a pair of dodgy sketches I drew. They're no masterpieces, but happily they gave enough steer for John to work his magic and turn them into fantastic miniatures.
|I wanted a female character in the gang. She was conceived as a gang champion (in Necromunda terms) with a long rifle or long las.
|This character was intended to be a high-ranking member of the Helmawr clan. I wanted a well-fed character in expensive clothing and exotic weaponry!
John did a fabulous job with the sculpts, shown below against a scale reference figure (Confrontation Bounty Hunter).
|The meltagun is an unreleased Rogue Trader dolly (used as a personal project only).
|There were some minor alterations on the sniper rifle from this point which you can see on the painted figure (slight repositioning and tweaking of the barrel).
I painted the figures to match their Helmawr compatriots, loving the silly details like the bouffant hair and frilly boots:
|An intimidating group of high-ranking Helmawr!