The regular readers of my blog may remember my entry a few months ago about the “Gutter Crows”, which are my Necromunda gang/Heralds of Ruin warband comprising Chaos Cultists/Renegade Guard. Well, after a bit of inspiration in various forms, I’ve decided to try to create a second Chaos/Renegade group. They’ll be called the “Dirt Walkers”.
Yes, I have enough miniatures to create two, or maybe even three gangs/warbands of this type. Over the years I’ve collected miniatures that have caught my creative attention. I blame my father for this in a way. Years ago whenever he would go to the store, and if he had money to do so, he would buy a box of nails, a blister pack of nuts and bolts or a container of screws; whatever he felt inspired to purchase at the time. Later, whenever we needed a handful of nails, screws or whatever, we didn’t need to stop what we were doing to drive to the store to purchase the essential items we needed. Well, I’m like that to a degree with wargame miniatures. Whenever I see one that strikes my fancy and I can afford it, I buy it. With having done that, I pretty much have whatever miniature I might need to create a handful of warbands. I might have to modify one or two to have what I really want, but at least I don’t have to drive the 20 minutes to the hobby shop or pull out the computer or phone to order online what I feel I need.
Anyway, back to the Dirt Walkers. Their symbol will be the coyote or jackal. For those who may not know, the coyote is the North American equivalent to the jackal found in other areas of the world. I believe they’re in the same family if I’m not mistaken. I’m leaning more toward the coyote than the jackal though. Traditionally, the jackal is associated with ancient Egypt by way of Anubis, the Egyptian god of death. The Egyptian gods are in turn usually associated with the Astartes Legion known as the Thousand Sons, who are normally linked to Tzeentch, the Chaos deity of sorcery. While the Coyote may be related to the jackal, and because of that, they could be linked to Tzeentch in a weird Warhammer 40k-type of way, I do not want the Dirt Walkers to be followers of the Changer of Ways; that’s what the Gutter Crows are for. For those who live in the American Southwest, Texas especially, you probably know how bloodthirsty coyotes can be. They’re known for killing and eating family pets, trying to carry off children and have even been accused of attacking adults. This penchant for violence, in my opinion, puts them in the Khorne camp. So, the Dirt Walkers will pledge allegiance to the Lord of Murder.
Now that their deity affiliation has been decided, I just need to choose which shade of red I want to run with. Since they’re known as the Dirt Walkers, I may go with what I call “brick red”, which is a dark reddish brown. When I think of this group’s name along with their chosen patron god, I think of blood mixed into the dirt. That all sounds fine and dandy, but when it comes to putting paint onto miniature, I may roll with good old crimson red. This is something I’m going to have to contemplate.