Rhulic Showcase: Solos

The Mercenary line has a really nice range of great looking, character filled models. From drunken Ogrun bokurs to penny-pinching pirates and armored bears. There’s something special for everyone. Here’s just a few models I’ve used on the regular for my Rhulic force.

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Ogrun Bokur

One of the first models I painted for my Searforge Commission list, the Ogrun Bukur used to be a real bad ass back in the first edition of Warmachine. It wasn’t uncommon to see two or three of these beasts on the tabletop at once. Since then however, they’ve become a lot less powerful but still make for a great centerpiece.

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Gudrun the Wanderer

Gudrun was a real treat to paint. He’s a drunken Ogrun whose taste for the juice is only paralleled by his taste for ass kickery. You can almost smell his boozy breath from here. Wash yo mouth sucka!

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Herne

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Arquebus Jonne

The character unit Herne & Jonne go together like Bieber and hair gel. Originally, Herne had no beard but I couldn’t stand the cleft chin. It was ridiculous! So I went at it with some sculpting putty and gave him a nice distinguished beard any gentleman would be proud of.

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Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator

Once in a while I’ll paint a model that makes me feel all happy inside. This is one of those models. The simple palette and exaggerated, cartoon-like features made it a breeze to paint in a couple of hours. Quick and clean that’s how I like it. :)

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Lord Rockbottom

I made this conversion using an Iron Kingdoms RPG model and the original Lord Rockbottom. First I made a replica of the original Rockbottom’s belt and arms using sculpting putty (green stuff) and glued it onto the IKRPG model. Then I touched up the shoulders and collar using more green stuff. The coin in his hand was made using plasticard and a hole punch . Much better than the original goofy hat, peg leg version.

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Thor Steinhammer

This fella right here is an auto include whenever I play with this army. He provides excellent boosts to my warjacks and he looks bad ass! What more can a painter/gamer ask for?

So there you have it folks, my most prized Rhulic possessions. I may loose a lot of games with them but damn it, I look good doing it. Cheers and keep painting!

Rhulic Showcase: Warjacks

“In WARMACHINE warcaster’s true strength lies in his ability to control and coordinate the mighty combat automatons at the heart of his forces—his warjacks. Each and every warjack is a looming ironclad behemoth, a coal-fired engine of destruction with a primitive magical brain in addition to its unique weapons and capabilities. On its own a warjack is capable of only the most rudimentary actions, but when controlled by a warcaster its efficiency and deadliness increase dramatically. Using his warjacks wisely can decide a battle for a seasoned warcaster.”

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Ghordson Avalancher

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Ghordson Driller

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Wroughthammer Rockram

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Ghordson Basher

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Grundback Gunners

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Grundback Blasters

Rhulic warkjacks are some of my favorite models in the Privateer Press line. They have a unique design, easy to assemble, and a real treat to paint. I’m especially pleased with all the battle damage. It adds grittiness to the models and doubles as an easy way to disguise any messy blends. Next post, solos and characters. Until then, keep your brush wet and your nose dry! :-D

Rhulic Showcase: Warcasters

Been a long time since I picked up a Privateer Press model. I have a few armies painted up for  both Warmachine and Hordes and really like the steampunk fantasy theme. So while looking through my figure cases this weekend, I decided to take a trip down memory lane with my Rhulic Mercenary force. First up, Warcasters!

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Gorten Grundback, Rhulic Mercenary Warcaster

Gorten is the first model I painted for my Mercenary army years ago. I love this model! He’s one of the original boxed Warcasters in the Privateer Press line and the sculpt still looks great next to newer designs. The color scheme came out better than I’d expected. Using Vallejo Game Color, I went with a very earthy palette to go with the rough and rugged feel of these dwarf heroes.

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Durgen Madhammer, Rhulic Mercenary Warcaster

Durgen Madhammer is an explosive expert and lover of mayhem. Sure his hammer is impossibly large and his canon would send his little ass flying from the recoil, but damn it he looks so bad ass! One of my favorite things about this miniature is the option to model his blast shield up (as seen here) or down.

Anywho, that’s a wrap for this post. Next I’ll post some pics of some Warjacks; steam-powered automatons of destruction! Thanks for visiting and happy painting. :)

Repeat After Me: All Done!

The EVO repeater is complete! The final green details were done using a base coat of P3′s Necrotite Green/Morrow White (50/50) followed by a wash of Necrotite Green and finally a dot of Morrow White. I also used the  Necrotite Green wash for the outer glow.

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Nomad Salyut Zond EVO Repeater

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Nomad Salyut Zond EVO Repeater

What Zond would be complete with out a hacker to control it? None I tell ya! So here we have a Alguacil Hacker, looking all sexy-nice with here green haired self.

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Alguacil Hacker

Yes I know she has no eyes, but I was tired. But I don’t wanna. Fine, it looks like i have some eyes to paint. TTYL

Repeat After Me: Black & White

Hello! We’re almost done painting this lovely Nomad EVO Repeater. Just a few more colors to go! The steps used here are the same as my previous two posts so I’ll try not to bore you with the same old jibber jabber. Let’s get to it.

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Before base-coating with Ghost White, I gave the EVO a light spray of clear matte varnish. This helps in two ways: 1) It makes it easier to quickly clean off any mistakes without removing the paint underneath, and 2) It prevents the color underneath from bleeding through to the next color. I’ve been trying this a lot recently and I’ve found that it makes base coating from color to color much easier.

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Shadows with a wash of Snow Shadow. I did this twice making sure to let the paint dry fully between layers. Otherwise I’d end up with nasty streaks.

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And then a pretty heavy highlight of Pure White. A little sloppy but that’s okay.

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I then cleaned it up with a watered down mix of Pure White and Ghost White. Next is black but i’ll keep this brief.

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Base-coat.

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Wash.

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First highlight.

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Final highlight. The last thing it needs is some green lights. and a photo shoot. I’ll post all that next. Hope you learned something. Keep painting! :)

Repeat After Me: Blue!

Hello again fellow lover of cool things! In my last post I explained the steps I took to paint orange on this very cool EVO repeater. Let’s continue now with the color blue. Or is that aqua? Whatever, just follow my lead. :)

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First we start with the base-coat. I think this is the most important step when painting a model. It’s like building a house; you need a solid and even foundation or else the rest of it goes to shit. So take your time, keep your paint smooth and thin (like milk) and listen to your favorite podcast.

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Next up is shading with a wash of Deep Ocean. As you can tell in the picture, I’m a bit messy with this step. It’s all good tho because in the next I cleaned it up and smoothed it out. That could be an R. Kelly song.

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Here’s where I tried smoothing the blend between the base-coat color and the shade color. I used a mix of Deep Ocean/Marine Teal (60/40) and watered them down with a mix of H2O/Flo-Aid (20/1) to create a wash. Then I used this wash to smooth out the middle area between the two colors.

Note: These Reaper Master Series Paints have a really nice quality pigment; great for washes and layered blends.

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Highlights with Surf Aqua. The contrast is a little too stark for my taste. Let’s fix that…

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…with another wash of Deep Ocean/Marine Teal. That’s better!

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And then I redid the highlight a little thinner. Nicey nice, with beans and rice!

On to the next color: WHITE!

Repeat After Me: Orange!

It’s Remote time baby! After painting a bunch of regular infantry for my Corregidor army, I decided it was time to paint up a Zond or two. What’s a Zond? A quick look at the Infinity website tells us, “Basically, it is a kind of semi-autonomous robotic porter, a high-tech beast of burden.” So let’s get to it!

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As you can see here, the base is already done. I usually dry-brush bases (which is pretty messy) first then move onto the more neat work. It also looks better on the table to have all my bases finished even if eveything else is a work in progress.

I also did a quick base coat of metallic paint followed by a wash of black and a base-coat of orange.

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The initial coat of Jokaero Orange acts more like a primer for this coat of Fire Orange. It would’ve taken a lot more coats of this color to get good coverage. Too much paint bad!

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Next I added a wash of Phoenix Red. The key to making a nice, smooth wash is adding a bit of Flo-Aid and water. I keep a separate dropper bottle of Flo-aid/H2O mix (1/20) at my paint station. Use it! :)

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This step is all about contrast. I used Reikland Fleshshade to define the spaces between the armor plates.

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And finally a highlight of Marigold Yellow. Afterward I went back and picked out any mistakes or rough areas.

So there you have it. Orange is done. Later this week I’ll post the next color, BLUE! Oh snappy!