Thursday, July 11, 2019

I gotta baby Squiggoth!

o/

Neverness, paging Neverness...(again)....

Anyone who reads the Neverness Hobby Chronicle has probably noticed at one point or another that in the comments, I periodically can't help but cajole/badger Neverness into painting his gargantuan squiggoth. In person, on Facebook, (on this blog), etc., this also happens as well.  

All to no avail I'm afraid, sigh...

He (quote) has no place to work on and or display it in a way that would do it proper justice. Thus, it languishes in storage for going on close to a decade or maybe more now. I've never bought this beastie myself for much the same reasons as to why he won't build it. Well that and then of course there's that hefty price tag attached to it...

However, the badgering of Neverness is only going to get worse I'm afraid as later today, this beastie will be arriving in the mail and to be honest, I can't wait!

Okay, so its only a baby squiggoth, but its the only squiggoth we'll be seeing here locally for the foreseeable future!


I've wanted this mini for a few years now. However, when I first spotted it I (1) was mad at GW and their lousy atrocious Ork codex, which put the army on the back burner and (2) it was a bit pricey, and it would be coming from England (pre-Brexit) meaning the exchange rates were anything but favorable. 

My only prior experience with Hysterical Games (the model's manufacturer) was...not so good. Customer service was first rate, but the castings, not-so-much. That and the replacements weren't much better, which was another deterrent. 

However the Gnomes were tiny little things compared to this, and what few reviews I could find at the time (maybe one actually, but I can't find the link again), folks who had this loved it! However I kinda forgot about it, and then Hysterical Games had cashflow issues, and then they simply went out of business. Sad face. I wouldn't ever be getting my baby squiggoth after all it seemed...

They've since changed their name to Wessex Games and do still sell PanzerfĂ€uste, although all of the old CAD sculpted minis are gone, and their minis lines now are all hand-sculpted (and to me a bit of a let down comparatively speaking). 

As for my baby squiggoth, well...I'm not sure if Noble Knight Games bought all of Hysterical Games' remaining stock or rather just placed a large order prior to their demise, but they have quite a few of the CAD designed minis, and if you want one of these then they still have one left in stock (I snagged the other one before I missed my chance to ever have it!) otherwise good luck finding it elsewhere.

I plan on using this in lieu of a deff dread (especially as I've never liked any of the ork dread minis throughout their entire history) and as I am wont to do, I remade the deff dread datasheet to fit this model. 

I'll replace the placeholder pic at the top after I paint my model up.

So, Neverness we can now look forward to seeing a squiggoth in our games finally! I'm sure you're thrilled...right? 

9 comments:

Unknown said...

Schrodinger's Squiggoth.

Perhaps Neverness is now to scared to look for it in case it isn't really there ?

Zzzzz

Da Masta Cheef said...

lol! Well it is in storage at his folks' house...and what 'kid' (yes even the 40-somethings) doesn't fear mom cleaning out his room by throwing his not properly stored toys away, right?

WestRider said...

Isn't a smaller Squiggoth basically just a Squig? ;)

It is really cute, tho. I can see why you'd be happy to get your hands on one.

Also, on the datasheet (well, first, LOL at the Unit Size), you could replace Explodes with Death Throes, like a lot of MCs have. Then you wouldn't have to handwave what exactly is exploding.

Da Masta Cheef said...

They're not born that big to begin with! They gotta be little at some point!

Oh cool on the death throws bit, will have to find that somewhere and see how its worded, and then replace it on there. thanks for that!

Da Masta Cheef said...

Its a bit smaller than expected...so will likely revise the datasheet to represent a killa-kan.

Still looks super cool though!

Monkeychuka said...

I hate squiggoths. Back in 5th, a friend used 3 of them packed to the gills with Lootas and a Kustom Force Field. Extremely un-fun games. I complained loudly about his cheesiness and he dropped them from his list. Then I discovered just how shit the Ork codex was... go for it mate!

Da Masta Cheef said...

heh, I've never seen either a 'regular' or gargantuan squiggoth the table before, though sadly most anything is open for abuse, even crappy codexes.

neverness said...

Of course, Cheef's definition of "abuse" is anything that kills his stuff! ')

@Zzzzz, i assure you the Squigoth is definitely in the box that it came in! I almost took the sprue of Orks out of the kit recently but decided against it. I think when the time (EVER) comes I will build those orks along with it. This thing will be the centerpiece of my Snakebites battalion, along with those other lost (lamentably so) Boarboyz. As Cheef stated, my primary excuse for not building this think has been that I would need a properly place to store this thing once it's built. There just isn't room for it in the shotgun shack that we currently live in. It's huge!

Another reason that I didn't get around to building it back when I did have space for it, was that it didn't come with any guns! Those options were sold separately, and I just haven't gotten around to forking over the money for one yet.

And finally, for the record, since this is now some sort of weird trivial history between our two blogs and needs to be stated, I got my Gargantuan Squigoth at DragonCon in 2002.

Da Masta Cheef said...

That's 17 years of sadness...