Working on some random stuff at the close of the year. The Bones 5 kickstarter included three separate, crewless siege engines. I had some unemployed Kustoss Orc war machine crew in my pile of Lead Rot survivors (the original war machines they came with got canned as they were not very good as models, being small, wonky and terrible to put together.)
These new Bones ones however, are large, wonky and pretty simple to put together. They just needed some serious hot water treatment to straighten out and make fit. Still, they keep listing a bit.
Crewless Siege Engines and Siege Engine-less crew?
It was a match made in Heaven.
(Yes, one is technically a drummer from a command unit, so what? The other crew might need something to keep the tempo up.)
They are made in what seems to be the stiffer version of the classic Bones PVC. But that might just be the thickness of the parts speaking.
The Trebuchet “Far Flinger”
For some reason, it only has shields on one side. I imagine they are more like kill markers than any sort of protection.
The catapult “Hammerfist”
By far the simplest one to assemble.
The ballista “Deathrattle”
Simple painting: After priming the models black, I painted them mainly with three brown and ochre craft paints and a large brush. After that, some army painter platemail metal for the silvers and citadel athonian camoshade to dirty the metals down. Some dark browns, grey and sand colours for the ropes and other details and fixing the worst mistakes. I did the shields in bright colours to liven the model up a bit.
The crew are 1990s Harlequin Miniatures Kustoss Orcs, five of them are originally war machine crew (armoured orcs are still orcs, notice the whips), and the drummer is from a command pack.
The obligatory compare them to Conan shot.
Painted so far this year: (Miniatures: 358 / 365 goal // scenery and terrain: 6)
January: 38 // 5
March: 11 / 1
[per day #361: -3]
4 days to go, 7 minis needed to be painted to reach the goal. Almost there, almost there.