The first model of 2017 is this post apocalyptic, wise (alien) man.
I took part in a Secret Santa thing with my hobby buddies this year. We were each sent a single miniature. As we spend a frankly obscene amount of time talking about toy soldiers every day, it was assumed that when the names was drawn, the the donors would immediately know what sort of figure would be apt.
Keying directly off a project that I hope to squeeze into my 2017 plans, my gift was a lovely Brian Nelson ork “Spanner” from the Gorkamorka range.
I have a number of orks painted, but I dont ever really tire of painting them: I am keen on Citadel orks from more or less any era. That said, I felt like a bit of a change of palette with this guy.
As the GoMo figures look a little more tribal and low tech than most of the orks that I have already, I reckoned that I would paint this gent as the start of a planned sub force of orks that will be suited for use in post-apoc games. I reckon that I will be able to use them as a Snake Bite clan faction in the larger force too, the Snake Bites being an odd luddite faction of space-faring orks.
Its difficult to plan just about any post apocalyptic toy soldier project without thinking about Fury Road. Im certainly not the first to do so and I definitely wont be the last either.
This time I really just went straight for it and lifted the “War Boys” colour scheme wholesale.
As I was painting the model in the distinctive white and black scheme, it occurred to me that I could field any finished future force of them as “White Spiders”.
The one source of info about the White Spiders that I am am aware of features in Waaargh the Orks, printed in 1990. Its a single gorgeous piece of Paul Bonner art and a corresponding two pages of background.
The background piece is unclear as to whether the White Spiders are a clan or tribe of orks (a significant distinction fictional fact fans). With a white colour scheme ripped off wholesale from the Warboys I have decided that they are a lesser clan. Even if essentially they will be Snake Bites in game terms, that still makes them more fun.