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.