The Good The Bad and The Ugly – Chapter 2. “NED”

Tonight I planned on making a wizardy type mini out of Khorne and Stormcast bits but then I watched Peaky Blinders (Season 1, episode 2) and this got me thinking about old school gangsters and such. This train of thought lead me to think about Australian gangsters and then, finally, my brain landed on Ned Kelly.

If you don’t know who Ned was let me educate you a little.

Some say he was Australia’s, real life, Robin Hood. Some say he was just a kid who, through circumstance, found himself on the wrong side of the law. Others say he was neither of these and in fact he was a blood thirsty stone cold killer. I kind of like the 3rd theory but believe there’s a bit of truth in all three.

Basically he robbed people and eventually shot a copper. However why he became such an iconic figure on our dusty history is becuase he was a genius, well sort of. He designed and made head and body armour, much like the knights of old, but because it was hot and bloody heavy enough as it was he didn’t bother with leg armour. So when the coppers first shot at him the bullets bounced off until they realised his legs weren’t protected. Bam Bam Bam went the coppers and down poor Ned went.

A common belief is that our beloved Bushrangers last words were “such is life.” A lot of bogans (chavs, rednecks) have this slogan tattooed on their stomachs or backs. Others opt to have it as a bumper sticker.

In actual fact poor old Neds last words were “oh well I supposed it’s come to this”. Which, of course, sound a bit defeatist and are no way near as cool and romantic as SUCH IS LIFE.

How do I know this? I went to the Ned Kelly Museum in 2011 and got chatting with the proprietor.

Any way enough babble.

Onto the model I made.

It literally took me twenty minutes to build him once I’d found all the right bits. I knew straight away that I had the perfect head/helmet. It’s actually a drum from the old Bretonnian kits.

I’ve got to say, I think he’s one of the best I’ve made. He’s fairly simple but he is unmistakably NED.

He will be in the “Good” team of this project.

I hope you like him as much as I do.





33 thoughts on “The Good The Bad and The Ugly – Chapter 2. “NED””

  1. When scrolling through the WordPress reader, I try to start with the oldest posts and work my way through to the newest ones. But every now and then, I see something and get compelled to read it right away. This was one of those, and the mini/background story did not disappoint!

    Great work, I didn’t recognize the Necro bits at first, which is funny. Will be really to see this guy get painted!

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  2. Love this, I always had a soft spot for Ned Kelly as a kid, I think it was the helmet as I was into knights and superheroes back then (still am if I’m honest!), so he kind of appealed to me in that sense.

    Great take on this iconic character.

    Cheers Roger.

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  3. You learn something new every day! Fun write up and I was oddly proud to recognize the word bogan 😀 learned it from an Aussie friend years back. Nice work on the model, fun a quirky and I love the helmet.

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  4. Sweet guns. Orlok?

    Remember Ned Kelly from a movie maybe. Can’t remember but I definitely recognised the full plate body armour. And you just have to make “Such is life” graffiti on some terrain. Hell, I have to that. “such is life” scribbled in blood, so bullet holes and a gun riddled corpse. Yeah, that’s grim dark (and cheeky too).

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  5. Love him, the helmet especially is wonderfully makeshift and yet also super intimidating, and the duel guns on the Goliath body look’s awesome and really emphasises his bulk (yet another nugget to file away for future use). My only issue with him are the Stormcast shoulderpads, they’re just a little bit too clean and nice compared to the homemade look of the rest of his armour. Maybe try some ork armour plates instead?

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    1. Thanks man. I have an issue with the pads too but more on the size of them but I think it adds to the bulkiness. In regards to how nice they look I will be cutting in some battle damage so hopefully that will help the over all look.

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