View Full Version : Alex_H Starts Warmachine.

21-05-2011, 13:56
Since Summer last year I have slowly fallen out of love for the GW hobby.

I am first and foremost a GW gamer. Some you might have seen my other log of Tyranids (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=130545) and although the list is large and impressive, for the most part I find nothing more satisfying than a 1500 - 1750 point game where the game is won or lost on a single dice roll.

But recently, most games I play on a weekly basis are not this any-more. 40K can be won with the wallet or with a cookie cutter army list if you do not fight an similarly built army. My Tyranids especially I think have suffered this edition with a poorly written codex and imbalance against the Meta-game.

I had until recently pondered starting another army, but with a Wedding to save money for and the recent GW price hike this has for now been put on the back burner.

So over the last few months I have searched for a new game. I have heard of Warmachine for many years. And recently I have had some trail games. On the back of those games I have decided to switch systems.

Warmachine attracts me for two reasons. Firstly and most importantly - the game itself. In the trial games I have played and demos I have seen on-line, it comes across as a much more tactically interesting game. I feel that I have barley scratched the surface of its tactical depths and now doubt have many months/years ahead of me learning all the tricks of the game. From the few games I have played it feels like Chess with the random chance of dice added to it. And this attracts me.

I have also been told that the rules are all written together. There are no "cookie cutter lists" Again this attracts me.

Thirdly - Army composition - that being quantity of miniatures. As I have said, I am a gamer. Painting although a joy for me has always come as a second priority to me. As a kid, I had many Marine armies. Each miniature I put my heart and soul into its paint job. Although on the battlefield they looked amazing (to a small boy - the paint job was never out of this world) the quantity of painted to unpainted miniatures that I had displeased me a great deal and I would get disheartened very easily. When I started Tyranids all those years ago, I knew that eventually I would have hundreds of the little buggers, so I chose a very simple colour scheme to paint that would take little effort but look effective. Thus Hive Fleet Cronus was born.

Now with Warmachine, I can game with only 4 models. How cool is that! Therefore with this game system I have vowed to put my heart and soul back into my painting and paint to the very best of my ability. If a single model take 3 weeks to paint so be it.

I have yet to really learn the fluff of Warmachine, and to be honest the miniatures as a whole are not to my liking, I really hate most of the Horde models. But they are growing on me. I had originally thought of starting with the Retrubtion of Scyrah as their models was to my liking (The Heavy Rifle team was a must have to me) but was advised that they were not a beginners army and that I should start with the box sets to start learning the hobby.

Out of the four main factions I could pick from, Kahdor - I liked some of the models, but had a general dislike the painting red with black. This was somewhat also true of painting white which put Menoth at a disadvantage - I also disliked their models. Which left me Cryx or Cygnar. I think the Cryx have some of the best models in the range, but their colours are very dark and sombre and I had wanted to move away from blacks and greens (colours of my Tyranids) and then I finally come across the Cygnar Cyclone and I was sold on Cygnar.

Cyclone for those who don't know the miniature.

On further research of their range I slowly acquired a taste for their theme and models theme.

So here I am diving in to Warmachine with amazing painted miniatures (I hope) I have started by buying the Cygnar Plastic Battle-group.

This is my painting log of my adventures in to the World of Warmachine.

Early Test Models of my Tyranid Horde

My Malenthrope, which is one of my better painted minis to date for Hive Fleet Cronus

Mephiston - I painted this when I was about 10 (At the time of writing I am now 29). This is the effort that I use to put into each and every model I owned. It is this effort of painting I hope to emulate now, although I hope that my quality will have much improved since then.

21-05-2011, 13:59
The Cygnar Box set.

Warjacks prepared and ready to be spray under coated.

Heavy Warjack.

Scale comparison shot of a 40K mini to a Warmachine mini for a personal friend.

21-05-2011, 14:07
I'm moving this thread to the Random Project Logs Forum because WarMachine is a fantasy game, and 40K is (obviously) and science fiction game. As a result the best place for a mixed log is the Random Project logs forum.


21-05-2011, 15:55
Nice work, and good luck

I had a similar experince with GW and their ...ethics, pricing and more recent rules but this was years ago and from the gripping i can only assume it is worse. But enough of that...

I think you will like Warmachine it it very fun and MK II is much improved in my opinion over the previous edition.
You should also give Malifaux from Wyrd a try, love their game and it is my favourite accross all the mini games i have played over the years (20+)

21-05-2011, 19:51
So I've undercoated the minis in black.


I have then begun the metal work on my Warjacks. THis was done with a base of botlgun metal, then a wash in a mix of 3:1 black/blue ink. Once dry I highlighted with chainmail.


Although the photos don't show it very well I am actually impressed with the models so far. They are already better than my Tyranids.

22-05-2011, 08:39
dude welcome to warmachine by far one of the best games i've ever played.As well as malifaux like durek said is just as good. I'm now on my 3rd faction started with circle orboros for probably the same reasosns you chose cygnar but after a few years and watching the new models come through i canged my mind on all there stuff and now there are only a few minis i dont like theyg row on you after a while.You dont have to stick with the studio sceams i have seen cryx in blue yellow and even pink and i have to say they all looked good.Any way your stuff looks good i will sub and watch your progreess

22-05-2011, 17:01
OK been working on some of the gold trim on the warjacks. I was trying to follow the gold tutorial from the WD with a guide how to paint "The Sanguinor".

I think its not gone as I had hopeed but I kinda like the colour. I need a brown\orange wash to deepen some of the resesses but I havn't currently got any. This might set back my work schedule until I get hold of some.

Anyway, piccies.


The camera is washing out some of the colour it is a bit more yellow in real life.

22-05-2011, 21:16
Is the plan to paint to match the standard colour scheme? I usually start with a dark brown base to get a nice sold base for my gold or brass.

22-05-2011, 22:07
It will be based on the standard theme, but won't be a copy. For example the ball socket that the arms are attached too - on the box picture its gold, on mine it will be silver.

23-05-2011, 00:48
Hey there, me and a friend of mine recently undergone the same change of heart and i've been cramming as much info on warmachine into my brain as i possibly can! i've just ordered my Cryx Iron Lich lord, i had the hard choice of Cygnar or Cryx, my friend really wanted Cygnar so Cryx it was LOL subbed and watching with keen eyes! good luck!

James S
24-05-2011, 22:28
Looking good so far. If you are interested, there are some nice tutorials on both the general rulebook and each of the army rulebooks. Maybe the Cygnar book has a tutorial on painting gold.

Anyhow, keep up the great work.

25-05-2011, 13:52
also you could buy the P3 Cygnar paint set!

Also another quick question are the plastic kits actually plastic or are they resin, because i've heard rumours of them actually being resin :S

25-05-2011, 17:10
also you could buy the P3 Cygnar paint set!

Also another quick question are the plastic kits actually plastic or are they resin, because i've heard rumours of them actually being resin :S

there actually a resin/plastic blend and need supaglue poly cement dosn't work very well

05-06-2011, 14:25
Hey Alex, good to see you back with a log (I know you added to your nids recently but it had been abit quiet). I too have just cleared out all of my 40k stuff, haven't decided what I'm going to do yet, so I will watch your log with interest.

Right onto your models, I think they look great. The painting is very good and it shows that your putting more time into these. I look forward to seeing these progress.

Good luck and happy gaming :)

01-11-2011, 01:21
Good stuff, keep it up.

01-11-2011, 09:38
Nice start. Looks like they will look really interesting once on the battlefield.

Warmachine is starting to attract me. It's for the most part the army size that I like (small), and the way the models look, while not really my cup of tea, are starting to grow on me. I don't think I will start a force any time soon, unless people from my club happen to play. If anything, I will look forward to seeing your progress. Who knows, maybe one day I will have a small force ready.