Menoth Crusader Warjack: Quick n’ Dirty Paint Job

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Are you looking to paint your Warmachine Hordes models faster? Painting miniatures faster requires some dedication and a bit of planning. You also have to reduce the amount of detail you expect to paint on a model. In this article, I show you how I quickly speed painted this Menoth Warmachine miniature so I can get right to playing the tabletop game.


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Menoth miniatures from the game of Warmachine (Privateer Press)

A Dark and Stormy Painting Session

On a particularly rainy night, I decided I needed another Crusader Menoth Warjack. You never know when you might need another one of these beat-sticks. In the game of Warmachine (read more), Menoth fight with fire and iron. When you’re running a theme list for a game, you tend to need more than one of most things. So, when I decided I needed more “meat” in my Menoth lists, I added this guy. And, of course, you can’t run a good game without having your models painted. The Menoth Crusader is the powerhouse grunt on the ground.

Do You Hate Painting Multiple Miniatures of the Same Type?

I hate painting multiples! The repetition of painting models gets old quick. So, I decided to speed paint this model. For more about speed painting miniatures, check out this article about painting models faster. Fortunately, painting warjacks becomes easier because the model is larger than your typical Warhammer 40k Space Marine, for example. For the sake of simplicity, I used a regular brush instead of my airbrush (‘cuz reasons). An airbrush requires clean up and I did not want to spend the time at the end of the paint job cleaning. I dove in with a big brush.

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Paint Fast Without Worry

Here’s my thinking about this model. I wanted to paint this miniature quick without worrying about making a mess. I used colors that closely matched the references from the studio art. But, I didn’t concern myself with getting it too close. Instead, I aimed for maintaining contrast on all the major elements, e.g., shoulder pads, the chest/front piece, and getting the edges highlighted properly.

It helped that I had painted this same model twice already. I had a feel of where colors needed to go, and getting a bit messy (coloring outside the lines, as it were) was OK with me. All I needed was to get the model to look closely like the other two Crusader warjacks I painted previously.

In the series of photos below, you can see my steps that I took when I painted this model. I jumped around a bit. You can read more about this process below. Overall, the entire tabletop quality paint job took me just under 90 minutes. This is pretty fast! For fun, of course, because I like to experiment, I used a variety of methods.

Overall Approach for Painting the Warjack

I tried two brush blending and wet blending (as mentioned, no airbrush was used). There are other advanced paint blending methods I also considered, but then realized incorporating too many “experiments” would slow me down. In general, to make best use of my regular brush, I played around.

Because I didn’t use my airbrush, I didn’t need to mask areas off to avoid overspray. I also didn’t need to worry about using the airbrush to blend areas of the model. I’m quite skilled with the airbrush nowadays after tons of practice, but was never great at blending across small surface areas on miniatures. Anyway, with a regular brush I was able to fix mistakes more easily. All I had to do was use the original base coat color to clean up edges and stray lines.

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1. Primed Black. Base coat colors slowly with an airbrush in thin layers. Looks green because the black primer is showing through. I also did a sepia wash here, just to get a sense of where the recesses are located.
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2. Went in with a brush and blocked in the mid tone colors. P3 Menoth Base color with P3 Bloodstone Brown blended into the deeper recesses. I don’t have a formula. Working by “feeling” and imagining to myself where color should go.
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3. Another angle. By this point, I’m also adding Sanguine base to the various parts. I’m not using a reference photo, just my memory of where colors should go.
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4. Highlights (P3 Menoth White Highlight) are blended in with the two-brush blending method…. which I’m not very good at yet. Two brush blending is essentially the application of colored paint with one brush, and the use of a damp clean brush to quickly feather the edges of the applied paint that is already sitting (and still wet) on the model.
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5. Another angle, and the arm had popped off because I was holding the model too tightly. Need to be gentle.
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6. The back of the model.
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7. Front again. I’m pleased with the white/ivory tones. I think it could use more highlights though. I want this to have some contrast.
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8. More highlights and assessing the application of red highlights (P3 sanguine highlight).
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9. Under different lighting conditions after I’ve pushed the darker shadows deeper into the bloodstone spectrum.
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10. Pulling the lights back in by layering up P3 Menoth white highlight.
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11. The arms are painted. The red is coming out nicely.
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12. Side angle.
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13. Jumped ahead, but nothing major. Simply applied metallics (Vallejo Model Air Brass and Silver to the appropriate parts). I washed the metallics with GW washes, Nuln Oil and Sepia. Touched up the rivets and spikes with metallics right on top of the washed down metallic color. I painted the menofixes black, then highlighted with a thin mixture of black and menoth white highlight (10:1 ratio).
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14. The back.
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15. Done! Time to base the model.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I was quite pleased with the results of the Menoth Crusader. I painted it quickly and the overall paint job looked great for a tabletop game. I am looking forward to seeing how well this model does in the game alongside its fellow Menoth troops.

If you liked this model, you can take a look at other miniatures I painted in the gallery and other painting articles.

Happy Painting!


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