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Necromunda: House Goliath

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Oct 29 2017

Come meet one of the six great houses of Necromunda. House Goliath is a power house.

That’s right friends, Necromunda is around the corner and that means it’s time to gear up for gang warfare. Taking place on the skirmish level, Necromunda is a fast and furious (bit neither 2 fast nor 2 furious) way of getting in on all that Underhive action, if you catch my drift.


House Goliath is definitely the brawn of the Six Houses of Necromunda. Their whole aesthetic centers around their hulking physiques. Sheer force and heavy weaponry are the order of the day in House Goliath, whose older artwork can be charitably described as Liefeld-aspirant.

Can you tell this was drawn on the 90s?

The only way these guys could be any more 90s is if they were actively making a guest appearance on Friends. That, as they say, would be so Raven. These guys look like they’re ready to appear in a listicle of 25 things only 90s kids can identify to determine what Hogwarts House they belong in over on Buzzfeed, we’re totally number 17.

Their lore backs them up:


House Goliath is one of the six houses whom make their home in the “Hive City” part of Hive Primus, the capital of Necromunda. The Goliath’s domains are situated unfavourably in the Hice City, occupying the lowest and harshest areas, close to the Underhive. As a result, most Goliaths are notoriously tough and robust by necessity, and they view everybody else as soft and weak.

The members of the house are often seen as barbaric by everybody else in the Hive, the members of House Escher being the most vocal in this belief. Indeed, many of the Goliath’s traditions, like the fighting pits and the Feast of the Fallen do very little to disprove these beliefs, giving the impression of a violent and brutal people inimical to their neighbours and rivals alike.

The Goliaths have a preoccupation with physique, and their style of clothing is often designed to reveal as much of their bulging muscles as possible. This style of dress usually incorporates large amounts of metal chains and bracers. Most Goliaths also wear their hair in a mohawk.

But, the latest iteration of Necromunda is poised to pay loving homage to this nostalgic style with updated sculpts and aesthetics–while still keeping to the character and spirit that is so unavoidably present on the artwork. Here take a look at one of the newer miniatures:

Such a solid sculpt, especially compared to some of the older ones…


All of the new miniatures look fantastic. They’ve got the right feel to them–and as dated as these older models look, they’ve still got that seems of fun, of character to them that is irrepressible. It’s why Necromunda is so enduring.

And Goliath embodies a big part of that spirit. Sort of an antithesis to Escher, they make great foils for one another.

With Necromunda releasing so soon, it seems time to pick a House.

Which will you choose?

Author: J.R. Zambrano
  • 40K Lore: House Escher