I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I was considering getting some of Pig Iron's Kolony Ferals to use as Scavvies for Necromunda. It's been rolling around at the back of my head, but while Necromunda is the single GW game I've played the most number of times in my days (possibly challenged by Space Marine) the rules could be better. The strength of Necromunda is its theme and to an extent the campaign rules. I don't necessarily mean the campaign rules are exceptionally good, but they do convey a lot of theme. Let's say it again together: Theme!
Kolony Feral command. I think the guy with the circuit board would make a good chief. He looks like a people person...
It was when I read this review of AE Bounty over at BGG and then this one at WarGameGuru that things started to come together in my mind. Now, I haven't got my copy of AE Bounty yet (ordered cheaply from Bookdepository though) but it seems like a really fun skirmish system that's very customizable when it comes to put together your crew. If you're interested in miniature skirmish games in any way, I implore you to read those two reviews! Anyway, this got me thinking about Necromunda and how I'd like to play in that setting, but maybe with some more modern rules. The two seems to go together very well, with AE Bounty even having campaign rules and a boatload of suitable scenarios.
Now this is a kind of slow cooking project as well as being a pretty low-profile thing since the investments are quite cheap. The first step is simply to sit down and read through AE Bounty, which I hear is a delightfully small size, and see how I could adapt some regular Necromunda gangs to the rules format, starting with my Delaque. Then I'll see if I can get together with Anders and play a couple of games to get the feel of it. I've been wanting to re-visit my old Necromunda minis (and the paper terrain!) but have been putting it off because of the rules.
Then if we like it and it's malleable enough to turn into an ersatz Necromunda I'll get a bunch of Ferals and start painting! Or to be honest, I'll probably get some anyway and if I never use them I'll enjoy looking at them from time to time as they sit on the shelf. Pig Iron Productions have a lot of good looking models, but the Ferals were the ones that really caught my eye. And they look much more nasty and dangerous than the slightly cartoony Scavvy models that GW released back in the day. The newer ones are better in some ways and worse in others, but still don't compare to the Ferals.
Large Belly from Eden, it could be used almost as-is. Studio McVey's Jagganat Heavy (see left) would look awesome, just have a huge spear stick out of that barrel! I'd have to de-tech him a bit though. Or I could go a completely different way with something like Hans the Hunter from Incursion. Hmm... any other suggestions?
Now, this is a future project to be sure. Currently I'm eagerly waiting a recent order from GZG with some 15mm hover tanks and some new UNSC stuff! Hopefully you'll see a review of it here next week.