Well, some might be asking “What The?!” , or maybe you’ve been wondering that all along? But trust me, it doesn’t seem that long ago that I stumbled upon these minis and asked the same question!
Those are the old Chaos Beastmen Mutants that you could buy in a blister pack for the Chaos Team. Remember blister packs?!
I had equal parts revulsion and curiosity upon seeing them. Pretty much my thoughts with all of GW’s minis around that time. Even though I thought they were ugly, my brain really wanted to know how exactly these things work in game terms.
Pretty simple really, some teams can get “mutations” upon leveling up. Big Hands, Really Long Legs, Two Heads, etc. Which confer in game bonuses.
After mostly finishing the paints on the Chaos team, I remembered that (there’s that awesome after the fact memory again!) Mutations are a thing. So, I could chop up some minis, magnetize bits, etc. Which is a considerable amount of more work and I’ve found that the magnetized bits often end up being fiddly parts that fall off at the worst of times.
Or the other option,…was to take a few extra minis and convert them into Mutants. These could be swapped out easy enough when a player levels up.
It did mean I had to paint more minis to complete the team overall, but there is always give and take.
I looked up what appears to be the most common Mutations to take on the team, and aimed to make minis that match. So above we have the dreaded “Claw”! I didn’t have good crab pincer type claws that you might usually see, so I experimented a little. The one on the right, I decided to go with an insect like claw-arm. Seemed to work well enough.
And lastly we have the one on the left, with Extra Arms. The one on the right with Extra Arms and Two Heads.
It was kinda fun figuring out how to get those together, and worked better than I thought it would.
What’s Next? Well, if I said “more Chaos” and you said “Chaos Mutant Blockers?!”. You would be right on the money!
Oh yea, WordPress just let me know that this is my 3 year anniversary. How time flies!