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.
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.
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.