So this ‘jack was actually finished over a week ago, but since then things have been a little too crazy to get this post together.
But here he/it is, the first Warjack from my Khador Battlegroup, the Juggernaut:
It is a pretty massive miniature, as is fitting for a Heavy ‘Jack, especially from Khador. The detailing is great and I really enjoyed working on this hulking machine in plastic, being a lot lighter than its old metal version. I own and have slightly worked on a few old metal heavies, and I know some people prefer the weight that metal brings, but I found this refreshing. Especially when my son knocked the mini over, and putting it back together was a breeze. The arm did happen to snap, but it was a clean break and fixed up nice. Plastic. Yay!
As for painting this guy up, I began with Vallejo red paint on primer. As it’s regularly too cold outside to spray prime, I decided to pick up some brush-on primer as it’s been pretty popular among local hobbyists lately. I got the red one specifically for this Khador project, but it’s got a nice red-brown look to it, reminding me of the brown Krylon spray primer that I normally like to use.
So anyway, the brush-on primer went on fine. A little streaky, but it covered up just fine. I used enough on the visible areas that there wasn’t any grey showing, just to making painting easier. Next I started basing the three main colours: Skorne Red, Thamar Black and Pig Iron. Any areas that would become ‘bronze’ later on were either based in Pig Iron, or just left primed.
Once all of that was down, I gave the red another coat. Then came the ‘bronze’ areas. I say ‘bronze’ like that because I used my Vallejo Glorious Gold as the base, then later gave it a wash to darken it. With all of those base coats ready, I went back to touch things up. I had managed to get the base coats pretty clean, so this was an easy step. Just a few areas of gold and silver that got on the black and red, really.
I’ll say here that I built the whole model before painting it. As with the ships from Dreadfleet, I am definitely going to take these big models in steps in the future. It wasn’t incredibly hard to get to the bottom of the arms or the waist or anything, but I think not attaching the arms at least would for sure make this easier. When my Destroyer fell, he also broke apart nicely. Even better, actally, as both arms came off at the joints. So when I get to painting it I might keep the arms off to make it a touch easier. We’ll see. I’ll give this guy a close look and see if you can tell I didn’t get too much details on the inside/underside done.
Okay, so back to the Juggernaut. When all was ready, I gave him washes. The red areas got Baal Red. I put a little too much around the rivets on my second pass, so up close it doesn’t look so good. From afar, it’s just fine. The metal areas got Badab Black, and the bronze areas got Devlan Mud. All of these washes really darkened up the whole model. After it was all dry, I was actually quite happy with how dark it turned out. I gave a little extra Badab Black on the top of the boiler vents, to look like the area was soot-stained.
The basing is my usual sand, then painted with Cryx Bane Highlight, followed by a Devlan Mud wash. Not shown in the pictures is the base edging, which has a front 180* in red, and the rear in black. I was thinking of putting snow on the bases as well, but that’s a decision I’ll make when all of the models in the Battlegroup are finished.
Another decision for later will be giving the models battle damage. My original intent was to do so, but as hobby time has started to diminish lately, I had to hold that extra work off for now. Once the other two models are complete I’ll look into it. Might be a ‘touch-up’ project for the early new year, maybe. The most important thing is that I get the models finished up to my usual standard by the end of the year.
Well, that’s it for today. I’ll have thoughts on how the Juggernaut and the others perform posted at some point in the near future, after a few more games probably. And you’ll likely see that at Tales of Gamers, instead of here.
Thanks for reading.