Games I Like – Necromunda – Project Orlock: Part Two

The bulk of any Necromunda Gang is made up of Gangers. These are the workers of the major Industrial Houses who have moved down hive to make a name for themselves by joining one of the House gangs in the more lawless frontier zones in the deep hive.

The Gangers bring up an interesting bit I’d like to discuss in 90’s miniature design, they are all ‘flats’.

Traditional metal miniatures (Lead, Pewter, ‘white’ metal) are cast in centrifugal spin plates. These two part hard-rubber molds are talced with Mold release, placed in the spinning caster and have the liquid metal poured into them while they spin. The selection of metals above are all notable because their point of liquefaction is not so hot that they damage this hard rubber. The motion of spinning ‘pulls’ the liquid metal through the vents leading off from the center of the mold, pushing the air out on the way. It cools and the two halves are then separated by hand and a ‘ring’ of miniatures is pulled out and clipped apart.

During miniature design for metal molds this it is very important that there are no ‘undercuts’. This means a recess that hooks back and can yank on the mold when it is separated, tearing it. Hence the term ‘flats’. All of the Orlocks pictured here (and most other miniatures of the era) are one piece with no undercuts. I’ll make some more comments individually so you can see what I mean. Basically, these figures all come out in one piece from the mold, and if looked at from a side view there are no ‘bits’ that would pull on the mold when they are taken out.

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So far I have managed to acquire four of the original metal Perry Gangers. Two are armed with Autoguns, one with a Lasgun and my favorite of this bunch is armed with a Shotgun.

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Anyone familiar with the Perry Twins work sculpting the 90’s metal Imperial guard will remember this pose. I call it ‘Ironsights’ and every single Guard regiment they sculpted had a figure doing this. It came out of the mold easily and because the face could ‘hug’ the weapon you could avoid undercutting. The Autogun in this pose is interesting in that some ‘liberties’ had to be taken with the face in order to achieve this pose. Both the reliable Lasgun and somewhat less reliable but more affordable Autogun are staples in most Necromunda gang. See as well that both figures have a back-up weapon holstered at the hip and conveniently undefined so as to be whatever type the intrepid Gamer should wish.

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Another very common ‘flat’ pose of the time, this would be a ‘weapon at ease’ sculpt very common in the 90s Imperial Guard range as well. This model has some lovely detail in the face however, in particular his gruff expression and sideburns that were really fun to paint. What’s interesting about this model is that the auto gun is actually the same one used as a master when sculpting the plastic Orlocks from the Necromunda boxed set, incorporated into this metal sculpt to save time. Sculptors still do that today, using metal, resin and plastic ‘masters’ of common weapons in their sculpting to save time!

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Finally we come to my favorite miniature in the bunch, and possible one of the most iconic sculpts of the whole 90s Necromunda Line. This pose is a unique one in Perry sculpting in that I cannot recall another Necromunda, Guard or human model in this position that they’ve done. He just oozes character and you can picture him, back to the wall, waiting in ambush to unleash both barrels on an unsuspecting Goliath about the round the corner. The shifty look and ‘lurking’ pose are super-effective and I’m so glad I got to paint this model again later in life.

So there are my current Gangers all painted up. Four more are to come (Sword and Autopistol, Lasgun at ease, Pick and Lasgun and Autogun Stubber) as I receive and acquire them.

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~ by Achilles on September 9, 2011.

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