Gangs Of The Undercity: From Render To Miniature!

May 6, 2020 by brennon

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Fragging Unicorns has been doing great guns when it comes to developing their collection of miniatures for the upcoming game, Gangs Of The Undercity. In this article, we're going to look at some of the translation between renders into metal miniatures.

Gangs Of The Undercity: From Render To Miniature!

We've been exploring more about this game over the past few months including a big Q&A Interview with O.C. Presley which delved deeper into the world behind Gangs Of The Undercity and what we have to look forward to when the game hits Kickstarter.

From Renders...

In one particular answer, Presley talked about the way in which they handle miniature design and that's going to be the focus of this article.

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Here is what they had to say...

"Absolutely! There are number of folks behind the minis and the look and feel of the game. But I have to give the lion’s share of the credit to two people. First, our amazing sculptor, Kieran Russell is doing all our sculpts. He has just been masterful in crafting our undercity personalities and everyone who sees them is awed. But not to be left out, our concept artist, Darko Kreculj works closely with Kieran and is the one who takes our initial ideas and notes and forms them into something that can be sculpted. They are both amazing.

Behind the scenes, we’ve treated the process like we do in RPG art. That is, we get our stories and background info down, then we make documents of art notes that we pass around between the lore folks and the mechanical folks. Once we’re all satisfied with the guidelines for a gang or model, we make a document and send it off to Darko. We go back and forth a bit about designs, but once we have something we like, we send the art to Kieran who works his magic!"

So, whilst some of these awesome render work that you see here is a fantastic glimpse into the world of Gangs Of The Undercity, it's even better when we get to see some of the work going into real miniatures too.

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What follows is a selection of metal miniatures that they have been tinkering with as tests for the game so people can see what these fantastic characters might look like when they get to the tabletop.

To Miniatures...

I have to say, even as tests, these are pretty awesome. We start with Adelante here who is one of the Elves from their collection.

Adelante Elf Metal Miniature

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She very much embodies that idea of a mix between Sci-Fi and Fantasy within the game. I really like the juxtaposition between something as relatively crude as a pistol and then the staff that she has in her other hand.

Next up, we have Char here who fights for the Flaming Skulls within the world of Gangs Of The Undercity. She again shows off the powerful magical essence that these characters can draw on when battling on the tabletop.

Char Human Metal Miniature

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Next up we're looking at Mormeghul who is another Elf from their collection that shows off the ways in which characters within the world of Gangs Of The Undercity have augmented themselves using the advances in cybernetics. He seems to very much embody the idea of a Cyber-Samurai that you might have seen in other Cyberpunk games.

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Next up, it wouldn't be Fantasy-based gaming goodness without a Goblin in the mix. Here is Singe who is very much a stealth operative! She has donned some very ace looking goggles and comes armed with just enough knives to ensure that she can get out of any scratch!

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Finally, for our little look at the major players within the world of Gangs Of The Undercity, we have Vengeance here who seems to have taken on the role of poster boy for their game and become a firm fan favourite. It's hard to make a case for a badass Sci-Fi Orc Warrior not being a cool idea, especially with two deadly axes in hand!

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Whilst Fragging Unicorn Games would love to produce their range of miniatures in plastic, it seems like the way forward is going to be working in either resin or metal for the collection when it original launches from Kickstarter.

Painting The Miniatures

I think even at this early point in the process you could say that the miniatures are looking pretty awesome. The miniatures have also been painted up by the likes of Maharunn and BrushForHire over on their respective Twitch channels if you want to go and explore what they look like with a coat of paint. Here is a little teaser!

Painted Example #2

Painted Example #1

The miniatures are looking rather good once they've been given a lick of paint and I think the vibrant world that has been created by Fragging Unicorns lends itself to equally vibrant paint schemes which are going to stand out on the tabletop.

A Final Teaser!

You might remember that in the Q&A that we did a while ago, the team showed off one of the Lawjacks from Gangs Of The Undercity. Well, they have also now been turned into miniatures as you can see here.

Lawjack Test Print

This is the militant security force which takes to the streets of Neo-Babylon in order to "restore order". They aren't a gang in their own right but they will find a use in the game for both the larger campaign game and how solo scenarios might play out.

As mentioned at the start of this article, it is well worth checking out what Presley had to say about the game in our Q&A Here. If you're interested in more about Gangs Of The Undercity you can check out the Game Hub here OnTabletop and their website where they offer up lots of updates on the playtesting process.

What do you make of these metal miniature previews?

"I think the vibrant world that has been created by Fragging Unicorns lends itself to equally vibrant paint schemes which are going to stand out on the tabletop..."

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