Giant Rat Swarm

These guys were assembled primarily for Necromunda games back in 1998, but I didnt get around to painting them until 2009.  I finally went back to them to add just a little bit of detail and take some photos this year.

As all Electric Six fans living in the current pre-apocalyptic era know, only robots, cockroaches (and probably Lidl) will survive the upcoming Armageddon.   Before you ask, zombies dont count as “surviving”.

My own in depth research has also revealed that there is a good possibility that mutant, dog-sized rodents will live on in the undercities and eventually spill in huge swarms onto the irradiated plains above.  Probably.

In Necromunda the tribal native human “Ratskin” faction (which I will eventually get around to painting) survive in harmony with their destroyed environment.  Part of this involves their nomadic lifestyle, with the Ratskin braves following the migrating swarms through the ruined industrial landscape.

Hi-freakin-larious in other words and way too good a gaming opportunity to miss.  Cue the theme from “Rawhide”.

Denim clad Foundry punk Nancy objects to being used to demonstrate scale…

I put together the swarm from the rather cool mutant rats from Necromunda, a load of eighties giant rats from GW, a few of the plastic giant rats that were first seen in Warhammer Quest and a handful of the titchy rats that sat on the Heroquest furniture making a total of 31.

The best figures are easily the Necromunda guys visible in the first photo, although a couple of the larger metal Warhammer guys are cool too.

I have yet to get around to playing my “Rathide” cattle rustling scenario in the depth that I would like.  I did run a prototype Rathide game of “Mutants and Death Ray Guns” testing the idea with MT back in 2009 though.

More post apocalyptic rat related miniatures are available at Megaminis HERE (post apoc ratmen) and at Black Cat Bases HERE (mounted post apoc ratmen).  Those guys are on my (gigantic) shopping list…


4 Responses

  1. Squeak, squeak they’re nice, must get round to doing my own.


    • Very quick paint jobs with a tiny bit more effort put into the more interesting ones. They were quite fun to paint.

      Definitely feasible to get that many done from start to finish in one sitting (I spread it over a couple of days myself, but still).


  2. Nice one, Paul. Rats are great, and I followed your link to your earlier game: great idea. I must pinch it.


    • Help yourself Andrew 🙂

      At some later date I might get some two headed cattle or buggalo or some creature that looks like it would be less difficult to farm than those vicious freaks. That would elevate the rat swarm to the status of apex predator in games, something like a wolf pack.

      The down side is that the idea of mutant rats being a commodity that people fight and die for is amusing, (albeit amusing in a depressing post apocalyptic way). So its ratburgers for tea, for now at least.


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