Just one cage

More copying the standard studio schemes. This time, it’s Deneghra, the most diminutive of the Cryx casters. She was bought as a present, and so she went straight to the front of the Cryx painting queue.

Champion rack.

This was my second attempt at painting the girl. The first time I used the Vallejo Game Color (eurgh american spelling) silvers, and it came out truly awful. They had that glittery finish that put me in mind of fairground bumper cars. I got sulky, and threw her in my undersink Nitromors jar. For my second attempt I wet out and bought some of the GW metals – I must say, (price aside) they’re the best metals on the market, and produce a gorgeously even finish.

Only problem with Deneghra is she’s, well, ‘meh’. She’s not a 10-foot tall steampunk skellington, or a zombie pirate dragon – she’s just an unimposing little girl with very straightforward colours. Maybe in time I’ll do another in a more striking scheme, with marble green armour plates, and lots of runic tattoos.

I do like the way her skin came out. I wanted her to stand out from all the green/grey Thralls, and look healthy and alive, but still eeeeevil.


My Cryx. Curis’ Cryx. They came from the Crypt. Curis’ Crypt Cryx. Crikey.

Curis' lovely Cryx.

The one thing that as a stumbling block in Warmachine for ages was how to indelibly stamp the models as mine. I wanted Cryx with a twist, something uniquely mine. Problem was, I knew too little about Warmachine to ever do conversions or alternative paint schemes that actually fitted. I’d be converting what I thought was woo-awesome, only to find that those conversant in the PP fluff would roll their eyes and mutter. It would be the equivalent of a child at GW sticking a Terminator in the cockpit of an Eldar Warwalker and making hands for it out of screws. It looks good, but only to them in their painful nativity.

So eventually, I jacked it all in and settled on copying studio paint schemes. Nice and simple, no thinking required, and the perfect way to break out of my rut where I just borrow techniques from previous models.

It also fits nicely with (what I perceive) is the PP mentality of collecting the figures as-is, rather than making them your own. The 40K Universe is sufficiently big to wedge 1,000 Marines of your own devising in. The PP Universe is a teeny tiny thing where there’s not as much space to do you own thing.

Good or bad? Well, it got me to take those hesitant first steps towards collecting a whole force.