In the interest of getting Necromunda played, I’ve started on the second team of miniatures, the “Van Saar”. My son chose them of the teams we know will be available so far. I was able to finish a team of 6 Goliath gangers in 5 weeks. Not too shabby for me: https://doubledowndice.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/necromunda-goliaths-pt-05-azazels-june-junit-unit-challenge-completed/
I wasn’t sure how long it will take to do a similar team of Van Saar, but I knew that the minis were a bit smaller and more complicated. At my current point, I’m guessing 10 weeks would not be unlikely. I’ve spent over two weeks just on the sub-assembly/trimming stages. I’m going to need some stamina to make my way through these. What follows is some pics during the prep work and general comments.
All split up and no place to go!
So that is pretty much how I “sub-assembled” most of these minis to start with. Most of you will understand what I mean by sub-assembly, but it’s essentially leaving these individual parts only partially assembled during the painting process. This makes it easier to paint all the parts without having to wedge the paint brush into crevices and/or try and paint at really awkward angles.
During my last session with these minis, I ended up gluing at least one leg on each mini. Also the little equipment bits (grenades, packs, etc.) got glued on as well. Additionally, I opted to glue the shoulder pads to the torso, so I don’t have to keep track of them. Whether they get in the way of painting the head later on, and make me regret that decision, remains to be seen.
The small tail looking piece is a ‘cyber-ponytail-thing’ and the ‘wishbone looking piece’ is a collar that extends from the back, over the shoulders. Both of those would be in the way of painting, and unfortunately quite fiddly, but will have to wait and get attached later. Hopefully they do not get lost along the way.
Speaking of which….how do I keep track of all this crap?!
Yea, I know, these are Goliaths, but just for pictures sake, go with me.
Before the minis were painted and assembled, I wanted to do a test run of the game to see if I would even like it. I printed out some standees (above). They also proved useful for identifying the models later on as I put them together.
Simply drop the printed pic in a baggie, with all those little itty bits, and now I can quickly see what is what and not lose things. Heh yea, the penny. I had my son choose which models he liked best, and dropped pennies in those bags. I will try and get those painted first.
Don’t dry on me while I randomly decide to snap this pic!
The multipart minis are a little more complicated to assemble than the Goliaths that came in the boxed game. I guess this is a typical thing for Games Workshop (GW), as it seemed the same for Blood Bowl boxed game minis vs the latter team box releases.
The image above shows how the guns are all two parts. Nice because you can make some variety there. I’m a little worried that the join between the two is a bit weak though. (EDIT: I’ve actually snapped more arms at the elbow joint than I have the guns, so far)
Overall the minis are pretty good. The chest pieces get a little marred up at the top because of the way they are attached to the sprue. But that gets mostly covered up by the shoulder pads, collar pieces. It looks like GW made a really good effort to cover up things like that. There are some mould lines that are pretty tiny and I failed to see them until after I primed. Most notably on the legs, and on top of the heads for those that don’t have the helmets. Since I had to “redo” the first couple minis I primed, I went ahead and removed the mould lines on those.
What’s this “redo” about?!
Well, as I got to sub-assembling the rest of these, I naturally got a crazy idea. Luckily this time, it was BEFORE I applied the last set of highlights!! Yea, see, I’m getting better at this stuff!
Or am I….
You know something is up, when the Hammer comes out!
Heh, that was not my shining moment. I had originally decided these minis were too small to attach magnets to weapons/hands or grenades and other wargear. However, the arm sockets and the arms themselves are actually a really nice size for magnets! Since I wasn’t crazy about a couple of poses and weapon combinations, I could either permanently glue different arms to different models….or I could magnetize the arms and swap wherever and whenever we like!
Unfortunately, the model above was one that was already primed. Additionally, the first magnet I tried to attach to her torso, went too deep. As did the second. Then I decided, why not magnetize both arms?! Trying to pry the arm off didn’t work, so out came the hammer to drive the magnets and arm out the other side. A bit messy and time consuming, but sometimes how these things go.
Here’s what we end up with:
So hopefully those pics help illustrate the magnetic arm swaps. Her left arm got removed and now sports a magnet too. Also a shoulder pad got attached to her right shoulder, so that mess should be covered.
Yep, all minis get a brief scrub with soapy water, followed by an overnight soaking with soapy water. (especially important, since all kinds of scrap particles were dusting up the minis from trimming and magnet fiddling) Then they are rinsed the next day and left out to dry for a day. I snapped a shot, as it’s something I rarely take a pic of. But also because I had been wondering how to keep all those tiny bits together during this stage. Turns out I had an empty Ikea screw container. I washed it out a bit, and it was perfect for keeping all these bits together while soaking.
I still need to fill in a couple gaps with plastic putty after they dry. I was worried how the plastic putty would react with an overnight water soaking, so I decided to leave that as my last bit of prep.
Prep work took far longer than I liked, but it feels good to be on the home stretch of this. Priming will take a little while, but I can hopefully get the whole lot done in a couple stints.
I’m also pretty pleased with how the magnets turned out and will add quite a bit of variety for our games. I had planned on doing a few leg swaps, but it isn’t as necessary now that I can switch out arms and weapons on the fly. I would’ve liked to try out a few head swaps as well, but hey, it’s already been 2+ weeks spent at this stage, and it’s time to move on. If my son really, really likes this team, I can always buy a second team box and we can add even more variety then. Possibly finding some bits to convert some new weapons over. Time will tell.
Questions and suggestions always welcome. Thanks for checking it out!