Blood and Paint XII: The Crimson Harvest – A Mammoth Predator, Part 5 (Painting)

Here we are, folks, the last instalment in the Mammoth sub-series! When last we left our intrepid gargantuan, he looked like this:

 

“Sup.”

 

Let’s get some paint on this bad boy! Within days of first starting to build the Mammoth, No Quarter 53 came out with its Skorne beast challenge. As I finished building him, I realized I only had a few days left to paint the Pred, so I didn’t take as many work-in-progress shots as I wanted. The first thing I needed to do was to get some primer on him.
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[col class=”span6″]Since I already had my airbrush set up for the priming, I figured I’d dilute the Sanguine Highlight I use as the base down and get some fleshwork done (and yet still got those sweet, sweet clogs all airbrush users pine for). Although this was the only airbrushing I managed to get in, it saved me some serious time on the base-coating. My plans to carefully show you folks each and every tiny step got derailed as I desperately painted like a madman, trying to get the beastie boy done in time for the NQ 😛  In the end, he  [/col]
[/row]got much the same treatment as any of the other members of the Harvest. I really didn’t vary anything from my normal paintjob, so black got the black iron look, cloth got stitched flesh etc. The only thing special I really did was to make sure to pay a bit of extra detail to the ends of the tusks and teeth to really make them pop. The blood tanks were filled with Taniya Red X-27, the same paint I use to get the glistening freshly-skinned look. Attaching the tanks to the back were a nightmare, as the tusks I’d originally planned to use ended up being too wide. Many emergency cuts later, repainting, scraping off the superglue misting from the tusks being glued on, and prayers to the dark gods later, and the Mammoth was done! I literally finished and photoed him the day the NQ contest was due.

So how does he look? You tell me 🙂

 

Orgoth Siegebreaker

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Although they never managed to build one during the days of the Rebellion, the blood witches of the Orgoth empire had drawn up plans for a woven construct of mammoth proportions to combat the massive Colossals fielded by the Iron Kingdoms. These devious schemes were bequeathed to Titan by the newly-awakened blood god, and he has dedicated himself to finishing the macabre work with a zealotry that disturbs even his insane compatriots. The result is a gargantuan abomination that strides forth on the battlefield, trampling the Crimson Harvest’s enemies underfoot. The mad gobber fleshweaver improved the original design of the monstrosity by adding ranged weaponry of the foulest kind. Although the Orgoth god needs a steady supply of fresh blood to survive and grow, he has no need of its physical form. After leeching the spiritual energy out of the blood, a foul and corrosive substance is left, one anathema to the world itself. Able to dissolve metal and flesh with equal efficacy, Titan has designed gigantic cannons to spew it forth from alchemically-reinforced tanks. Entire legions of men and machine die screaming as the deadly blood melts through their ranks.

 

And that’s the whole kit and kaboodle! This project represents the single biggest conversion I’ve ever done, with the most work (yes, even more than the AT-ST Gun Carriage). It was fun, and I’m proud of the result, but I doubt I’ll ever run a double Mammoth list this decade. Oh, and for those wondering just how big he ended up being, here he is side by side with my completely unconverted Prime Axiom:

 

“We’re way cooler than angels and demons on your shoulder.”

 

One day I might actually bring a Heaven and Hell themed pair of armies to an Iron Gauntlet event. Without meaning to, I’ve made my Convergence and Skorne diametrically opposite in every conceivable way (even the bases are opposite, one being a corpse-filled swamp and the other being a painted desert). But I will resist painting my bots of doom for a bit more, and finish my bloody Skorne!

Last, but hopefully not least, the group shot of the current family:

 

“We replaced one of the blood god’s minions with Folger Crystals … let’s see if he notices …”

 

See you next time!

 

–MK

 

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