So this is going tao be my entry for the Legacy Project 2019. I have no idea where this miniature came from. I think its a modern manufacturer, but I can’t be sure. I have bought way too many interesting minis over the years and my brain is kind of hazy about who made what or where they were sourced from. Octopus-man here is called Larry. Larry was once a mild-mannered fishmonger in Altdorf, serving up offerings from the Reik and further afield for rich and noble customers. But a wise fishmonger doesn’t buy goods caught in the Sea of Chaos, though he might buy them if the fishermen didn’t mention that fact. Perhaps fortunately for the great and the good of Altdorf Larry enjoyed a fish dinner that evening, intending to sell on the goods in the morning, only to wake to a certain cephalopodic aspect to his features. Larry skipped town and like many unfortunate mutants he made his way north. Now he is an important part of a marauder gang. He’s not much of a fighter, but if he can creep up behind someone he can twist their head right off. He’s also discovered the ability to predict the results of sports events, which comes in handy!
Hello again everyone, and welcome to another installation of Bastard Fat-hands Difficult Modern Painting! This month, the Gellerpox Infected are very difficult to paint. I actually got the Kill Team boxset because I wanted the Rogue Trader and entourage, but I painted the Gellerpox gang first because they fit with the Death Guard from Dark Imperium. I am happiest with the Nightmare Hulks, which were a lot of fun to paint. I am least happy with Vulgror, I struggled with necrotised/undead/zombie dark skin. Obv. I could have painted him differently, but I like to try out new things. The VoxShamblers were tricky, in the same way that the very-similar PoxWalkers were tricky. I tried to give them three different skin tones here, but it came out very samey. The sculpting is wonderful though, I love most the hospital-trolley leg club, that really tells a story.
I don’t get a lot of painting done these days. Busy times. We have a special needs dog now, who seems to take up a lot of my time. But twenty minutes here and there, the odd hour now and again, it all adds up to slow work.
This gang were put together on a theme – that theme being Big! It gave me an apportunity to paint a load of classic miniatures and a modern masterpiece too. This is quite a flexible gang, I could use it in a game of Rogue Trader on its own, or I could use them as part of an Ork army. Blood Axes are allowed ripper gun armed Ogryns, but all others are only allowed Ogryns armed with hand-weapons. I could also integrate my other Beastman space pirate gang into this one quite easily. There are also rules for a Big Mutant squad for chaos armies in (I think) Codex Eye of Terror…
Aside: I played my first game of 40K as an adult the other week. It was fun, but my Primaris Marines fell to a Necron force. The main thing I learned is that with Necrons you should shoot everything at a single squad until it is destroyed, then repeat until you or they are all dead. You mustn’t let any Necrons survive or the squad will be back soon!
On with the Big Lads… once again, apologies for the quality of the photos, I haven’t gotten around to making a different backdrop yet, but I will!
So you buy piles of stuff on ebay but there’s things you’re not really interested in – LOTR miniatures, mid / late period fantasy troops etc. Nobody wants to swap them for anything good, they’re not really worth anything, and you’ve got more than you can imagine ever needing for bitz. My solution has been to band them together as Mutant Gangs. Alpha Legion agents travel the galaxy, seeding corruption and rebellion on every planet they can. As we know from Necromunda, mutants lurk in the underhive, angry and bloodthirsty, just waiting for the spark of revolution to be lit…. Or perhaps these are the scum that lurk in Chaos Barges, pouring forth in their millions during Chaos attacks, each bullet that ends their miserable life another bullet that can’t be used against Chaos Marines or daemons…
Back Row: WHFB Skink – LOTR Orc Halbardier – LOTR Goblin – Genestealer Hybrid – WHFB Skink
Front Row: LOTR Orc – Empire soldier (converted) – Necromunda Ratskin – Skaven / Imperial Guard converstion – WHFB Beastman
I’ve tried to include some narrative touches – for example the front row guy with the axe also has a Chaos Marine bolter, but there’s no clip in the bolter. He’s just showing off something he found but can’t use. Of course, if he’s lucky he’ll die before he gets found by a real Chaos Marine! Likewise, of course, the presence of the hybrid. Masquerading as a mutant during a chaos uprising might be a perfect place to hide until you can breed and pass on the ‘Stealer genes.