After the interesting distraction of a brief foray into the claustrophobic terrors of Space Hulk I have returned to generating the forces required for my up-and-coming Rogue Trader/Second Edition Campaign that I am going to be playing with my better half.
Having recently finished off some old-school Genestealer hybrids I felt that I now needed some more basic fodder for my cultist forces in the form of some brood brothers. I wanted these guys to look like a rag tag militia as opposed to a formal military unit which pretty much ruled out all the Imperial Guard models released over the years. However I also wanted them to be armed with recognisable 40k weapons (autoguns, bolt guns, etc) as opposed to proxies... which effectively ruled out most other companies ranges!
Hmmmm if only Games Workshop had released a range of 'gang style' 28mm models that were packing a veritable assortment of weapons that would fit in a retro Genestealer Cult....
Luckily they did.... The original 1995 Necromunda range fits perfectly with what I envisioned for my force and after briefly considering the Eschers, Delaques and Goliaths I finally settled on the models from House Orlock to represent my brood brothers. I love these guys especially as they look like your typical 80's thugs!
Once I had the models cleaned up and assembled I set about painting them ... this was the first time that I had painted troops with a large amount of flesh on display, and in all honesty it was a bit of a chore! Nonetheless I cracked on with the task ...
I used my palette of colours to tie the models into the rest of the cult and thereby give the army a more general level of coherency on the battlefield. The blue, grey and yellow clothing matches the earlier hybrids' armour whilst the purple weapons casings form a natural link to the purestrains flesh.
I am really happy with how these models have come out and I think they will give my cult some much needed numbers and more importantly a bit of ranged firepower.
The added bonus is that these guys can be used as a Necromunda Gang in their own right, and as my mate is building up a force of Van Saars I think I'll be giving them an outing in the underhive pretty soon! I have already started expanding this initial force with another ten models standing ready on the paint tray including two heavies and a few more juves! Hopefully I'll be able to churn these out relatively rapidly!