Posted by MortiS-the-Lost –
I want to start this post by saying that I don't play WarMachine and this isn't the beginning of me painting an army so I can start playing War-machine. I've simply picked up a model I liked and painted it, I'll worry about how to use it in a game later (and the game it gets used in may not even be War Machine)
This is a plastic 'Bonejack' from the Cryx faction of Privateer Press's rather popular game War-Machine, it may have originally come from a boxed set of Cryx figures, but I picked it up 2nd hand from Area 51 in Bristol for a little under £2 about a month back. I believe 'Deathripper' is the name given to this particular variant of Bone-Jack.
As I mentioned a few lines back the model was 2nd hand and had already been spray undercoated, badly. It was also superglued to a War-machine base which it didn't quite comfortably on and still had the frikkin slot showing. So as you might have guessed the first thing I did was to remove the original base, what you may not have guess is that the process of removing the base destroyed my favourite clippers - un-fucking-believable I know, apparently it was due to a micro-fracture that chose the moment I was clipping away the base to become not-so-micro. I contacted the manufacturer, Xuron (who are a nice, helpful and friendly company by-the-way) and they sent out a replacement pair, which are I'm sure probably exactly the same, but they just don't feel right to me… I'm supposed to be writing about painting the miniature here. Lets try again shall we … (deep breath)
With the based removed I touched up the undercoat and at the same time prepared a new base, a 40mm GW round base (detailed with a layer of textured plasticard) which the Bonejack fitted on quite nicely.
For ease of access to the underneath of the model, I painted the base separately and only pinned the model on when I was close to finishing painting.
The paint-job was inspired by Tammy Haye's article in Harbinger #8 in which she painted a similar model to show the virtues of using metallic paints. (Picky Side Note: the miniature is credited in the title of the article as “a Cyrix Boneripper” [Sic] but I believe is in fact a Defiler Bonejack).
I started out by heavily dry-brushing all of the model apart from the skull with P3 Pig Iron which was then given a wash of Army Painter Dark Tone.
I then picked out the a few bits in P3 Molten Bronze including the top of the smoke-stacks, hip-joints and grill like bits around the ankles and head, these parts where then washed with Citadel Citadel Thrakka Green.
Next came the skull which I dry brushed in Citadel Scorched Brown, followed by Citadel Graveyard Earth, then Citadel Kommando Khaki and finally P3 Menoth White Base. The 3 spikes above the head and the stubby tail-like bit at the back got the same treatment.
I then picked out the various rods, bolts and other bits of metal fixed to the skull in Citadel Boltgun Metal.
The glowing slits in the sides of the body and the arc-node were painted Citadel Dark Angels Green and then precision dry-brushed with Citadel Snot Green followed by Citadel Putrid Green and a wash of Citadel Thrakka Green to produce the glowing effect, similar treatment was given to the hydraulic pipe that hangs between the jaw and the body.
Then I used Army Painter Strong Tone Wash, yet more Citadel Thrakka Green, Citadel Chestnut Wash and Citadel Waaargh Green stains, rust and corrosion marks to all the metal parts. A light Dry-brush of Citadel Boltgun Metal re-highlighted the raised details on the body.
It was at this stage I pinned the Bone Jack to it's new base - which I had dry brushed with Citadel Charadon Granite, Army Painter Uniform Grey and Citadel Codex Grey while the washes dried on the Bone-Jack itself.
The model still had some blobs of superglue around it's feet from where it was attached to it's original base, I was unable to remove this without breaking the model, so being the clever sort of chap I am, I incorporated them into the paint job as patches of slime on the base, this was achieved using Citadel Camo Green and a wash of Thrakka Green followed by a glaze of Citadel Waaargh Green (maybe this could represent the blight that the Cryx army is supposed to spread or maybe it just stepped in something)
Over all I'm very pleased with how the BoneJack came out, it's quite a bit different from the dungeon monsters you'll normally catch me painting - I do like the Cryx miniatures, there's something really interesting and dark about the idea of constructs that have bits of bone incorporated into their workings.
Chances are I will work this miniature into a future adventure or 2 as some kind of evil construct (perhaps powered by Warpstone!) or who knows perhaps it will see use in a game of War-machine eventually - after all Madame M owns the main War-machine Rulebook and this isn't the only Cryx model I own, I also have a 'Seether Helljack' I bought a good number of years back, an Iron Lich (which I intend use as a Necron Lord in SpaceCrusade), Madame M got me a boxed starter-set of metal Cryx models a few birthdays ago and I even have a Skarlock Thrall kicking around some place. That's pretty much a good sized army as I understand it, not to mention that I own the Grind board game and a few other random War-machine miniatures along with many other models that would work quite well in Warmachine games.
Thanks for reading this far - at the end of the Carrion Crawler Post I demanded people commented before I showed the bonus picture(s) that had some minor success so I'm doing it again here. Get Posting!
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