EM-4's scavengers are great figures for post-apocalyptic gaming, but there just aren't enough of them.
Scavengers by their nature tend to be highly individual. Some
other companies make similar figures, but there you can never have enough!
Once again, the ever useful plastic combat zone figures come to the
rescue. The plastic gangers are a perfect basis for being pressed into
service as scavengers, we just need to make some conversions to take
the cyberpunk out of them and make them into destitute survivors.
The project got started when a friend gave me an old resin pickup
truck, and told me to "do something with it".
I thought it was
nice as it was, the only thing it needed was to have a gunner riding
on the back, to make it look like a proper "technical".
to find a suitable figure, I finally remembered those plastic gangers
I had never gotten round to painting.
With a bit of reposing and a
scratch-built machine gun, the girl with the long, flowing braid was a
perfect fit, and really made the truck look dynamic, like it was
speeding across the wasteland.
Then I thought, wouldn't it be nice if she could get off the truck
occasionally, and fight on foot? Since I had two sets of gangers, it
was easy to make a corresponding figure, armed with a revolver and
long combat knife.
To make her look like a proper scavenger, I tore up
her clothing a bit by applying a thin layer of putty, then pulling it
back to make holes.
I was so satisfied with this figure, I decided to give the other
gangers the same treatment.
most of them were armed with were too bulky and futuristic for
my taste, so in true scavenger spirit I raided my parts box for
suitable guns and other bits to embellish them with.
This ganger is relatively unmodified. I trimmed away the rotary
magazine on his shotgun and gave him some scavenged armour
in the form
of a spiky shoulder pad and a shin-guard.
I modeled some extra
equipent like the sunglasses, some shotgun
shells and a couple of hand
grenades, and roughed up his trousers a bit.
The next ganger is armed with a shotgun I had
left over from another project.
actually came complete with the forearms, so fitting it to the figure
was quite easy, I just had to sculpt some new upper arms.
I also gave
him a torn-up shirt and a motorcycle helmet, and loaded him up with a
backpack and some pouches.
The end result is a really scruffy looking
The rugged AK-47 will probably survive the the apocalypse in large
numbers, so it makes a particularly suitable weapon for scavengers. I
cut away the plastic gun from the combat zone ganger's arms, and gave
him the AK instead.
This ganger was wearing some kind of high-tech
eyepiece that didn't seem appropriate for a scavenger, so I cut it off
and covered the scar with a pirate style eye patch. Then I gave him a
new hair style to make the patch blend in better, and finally a
mustache for good measure.
For the last figure, I made new arms from scratch
so that she holds
her AK-47 at eye level, and gave her a new head from the parts box,
posed so that she's aiming along the gun. I sculpted her
a cut off
shirt and some pants, as well as a beret.
Maybe she shows a bit more
skin than is practical for a scavenger, but that is hardly unusual in
the miniatures world.
Using a few spare bits and a dash of putty, I now have five new
scavengers that fit in very well with the ones I already have, ready
to fight over the last resources of a dying planet.