N18 Reference materials for look of Hive Dwellers?

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Wondering if anyone has come across art, conversions, or even written descriptions that would shed some light on the typical appearance of a non-gangster Hive dweller.

I want to build some conversions of my own to use in various scenarios, but it's kind of tough to decide where to start. I'm leaning towards using Warhammer Fantasy Empire models as a base (or Free People or wtf they're called in AoS) but am slighly worried that they'll look too low tech.
 

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The art I can think of almost all focuses on the fighters. There is more variety in old confrontation-era stuff, but that tends to be of merchants, guilders and the like rather than general population.

Of the few crowd-scenes I can recall, the general populace is decidedly low-tech - Empire models might fit in quite well, as will priest-style models - the hooded cassock is the year-on-year fashion staple that just keeps on giving.

It's also entirely possible one section of hive would have a different fashion to another section - partially dependent on which house is in control of it I would think, so you could really get away with almost anything.

You might get some inspiration from this old DakkaDakka article about civillian life in 40K.
 

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these tankers and crew are probably a good starter for looks, not armoured, wearing menials/boiler suits (I imagine factory workers would be similarly attired).
 
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Watch Blame! on Netflix. there’s a few scenes in the villages that could reflect downhive or even hive proper attire.
 

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Watch Gangs of New York. Apart from it being an amazing film it’s pretty much how I imagine the Gang system working in Necromunda.


Structurewise I’ve always seen the Hive as a cross between Blade Runner and a Wild West town. Run down modern, and fairly lawless.
 

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The Kal Jerico and Redeemer comics included occasional civvies, in the lower hives. Lots of jumpsuits and jackets, or shirt-and-trousers and jackets, for the most part. Black and white comics, though, so no suggestion of colours there. Some capelets and hoods, so somewhere in between Orlock and Cawdor?

Edit: Hunting up some images, if can. But Scabbs can stand as an example. Shirt-and-trousers, sleeveless long jacket, boots. New Scabbs gets stranger, with a torn Cawdor tunic with epaulettes, a billed cap, and replacing a boot with a shoe. In the original Necromunda setting, most civilians will also be armed, at least nominally, as GW included in the Adeptus Arbites fluff the idea that being unarmed was illegal under a suicide law [lifted from Judge Dredd and 2000AD, really].

Edit again: Also a good spot to search in addition to Jerico comics, will be Klovis comics.
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While the Scavvy on the left is... well... a Scavvy and a mutant, the heretics in the middle and on the right might be viewed as more 'typical' in their wardrobe. One wears a sleeveless long coat and a scarf, the other a sleeveless shirt and trousers. Both wear boots.
 
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Some Hivers in general crowd scenes in various Kal Jerico comics:

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Which is to say, various people that Karl Kopinski knows.

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Civvies in the Underhive, according to the Kal Jerico comics, look generally like gangers, but less extremely so.
 
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Belatedly, was just reminded of another reference source for civilians: the Frateris Militia from the old Sisters of Battle line in 1997. They were bog-standard Hive World civilians, called up for service to the Corpse Emperor on his Golden Throne, to throw down their lives.

Buttons proliferate. Long jacket and button fly. Knee high workboots or gaiters. All rather 1910 paramilitary, really.

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Someone (Raging Heroes or maybe Heresy Lab) recently redid Uriah... or was it Artel.... anyway, it was one of those three I'm sure.
And Wargames Exclusive has a line of non-combat and non-industry servitors.
Also, I would love to find those minis for a price that didn't make me cry.
 

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Oh, my! Have just seen these now.
Not until some day when I have the money to spend on them. Definite Pit Slaves gang material.

Edit: Oh, my! And look at this Genestealer Cult Limo!
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I don't have that one, the Genstealer limo, one of the city cars and a few of the hot rods but I can ABSOLUTELY vouch for that line! Really cool vehicles and they instantly fit.
When I can responsibly spend money again I want to get some more cars and their servitors.
 
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