This is mostly Cygnar stuff, hence the filename, but I have
also picked up at least a battlebox's worth of a half dozen or so other
factions, just in case I decide to be a Pressganger for this.
Cygnar Warjacks | Cygnar
Warcasters | Cygnar Solos | Cygnar
Units | Other Factions | Accessories | Fan Art
Cygnar 'Jacks and Big Stuff
Iron Man Theme
- Apple Clan 'Jacks
- Minuteman 'Jacks as Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash.
- Thunderhead as Twilight Sparkle.
- Pinkie Pie's Party Platform (Storm Strider): The Stormsmith pilots that
came with it will be part of a later non-game-mechanic project, and I
replaced them with human versions of the Mane 6 made (mostly just by
repainting, but with significant remolding for AJ) from HeroClix figures. I
drove segments of paperclip through their feet so I could pin them into holes
drilled in the platform. After painting a bunch of Warmachine figures, it's
a lot harder to put up with the mold defects of HeroClix....
- Thorn as Sunset
Shimmer: Since I already had Twilight as Thunderhead, Celestia's
second-best student got to be Thorn. Carved off the shield boss and
hand-painted Sunset's cutie mark on. As with most things in yellow and red,
contrast in photos is a pain.
- Avenger/Centurion/Hammersmith Heavy Warjack Kits
- Modular peg
arrangement - Many people magnetize their Heavies to let them play any of
the three models without dropping an extra $35 (and painting time) on each.
I didn't care for the floppiness of the magnetic conversions I'd seen, so I
used 1/8" pegs.
- Iron Man - Modular armor, you say? Well, there's an obvious scheme for
- Core painted - Just
the parts that are all glued together. I finished it first, so I could be
sure all the modules would match it. Not visible in the pics, I used
Sharpies to color-code the tips of the pegs, so I wouldn't later mix up heads
and limbs and stuff.
- War Machine - Kinda inevitable, yes? Predictably, the "ack! no bright
colors" segment of the playerbase likes this one a lot more than Iron Man.
- Ol' Rowdy - Painted
in a scheme based on the Subterranean Armor Iron Man action figure.
- Firefly - In colors
based on the Insecticon Bombshell, to go along with the Shrapnel-themed
- Stormclad - Done
as TF: Animated's version of Grimlock, to hang around with the other Dinobots
in the Stormblades. I modified it to change the insignia and make the banner
removable for storage. Based on a piece of rock I picked up in Lewiston ID.
- Defender - A
fairly extensive rebuild into Shockwave, gun-arm Decepticon.
- Cyclone -
Painted up as Rhinox from Beast Wars, with his Chain Guns of Command.
Minimal physical modding.
- Stormwall as Metroplex - As one might expect, this is a big project, with
a lot of sub-projects in it.
- Windblade -
The Cityspeaker built from a Tomb Maiden (Iron Kingdoms RPG line) with some
Clockwork Angel wings.
- Scamper -
Metroplex's little buddy (who is probably jealous of Windblade) made from a
VV1 Ranger from Mechwarrior.
- Lightning Pod
- The only in-game canonical accessory for the Stormwall.
- Work In Progress pics:
- Tiny HO scale
rivets - Used for the chest add-on I did.
- Assembled but
unpainted - Also missing some of the basing elements.
- Closeup of
unpainted upper body
- Unpainted and
with base elements temporarily placed - Gem in the chest is a
placeholder, I eventually found a slightly smaller one that looked better.
You can see my favored dome proxies, googly eyes, on the buildings. What you
can't see are the details I added on the back sides of the buildings.
- Lightning Pods
painted - Didn't bother taking pictures of just the primered figure, I
mainly took this shot because it had been a week or so since the previous
shot and I wanted to keep people up to date.
- Upper torso and
head mostly done
- Figure done, base
elements not added yet - Since the legs are largely hidden by the
buildings, I wanted a decent full frontal shot before I glued them in place.
- Same stage as
previous, from the left
- Same stage, from
- Same stage,
comparison with Titan Class Metroplex toy - As big as the Stormwall is,
it's puny compared to Metroplex.
- Hunters as Mario and
Luigi - So, it looks like they're carrying pipes, and like they have
suspenders. All I had to do was add mustaches and logos.
- Wold Charger -
Made for the "Deception" schematic of Machinations: Anomaly League, it's a
Charger disguised as a Wold from the Circle Orboros faction. Here it is unpainted.
Charger - Blight makes things more powerful, but often asymmetric,
warped, or otherwise a caricature of themselves. So I went with a look that
had the Charger bloating up into a Heavy Warjack. Unpainted.
- Sentinel (of
Liberty) - A Sentinel slightly modded and painted up in a design inspired
by Captain America, to go along with Allison Jakes.
- Dynamo Joe - The
Dynamo slightly modded and painted to look like Dynamo Joe from the
short-lived giant robot comic in the 80s. Comparison shot with
- Beach Party Reliant - Inspired by the yearly cheesecake mold Privateer
Press releases. This is a Reliant in a bikini, posed as pinuppily as I could
- Maddox Battlebox Group as Crystal Gems fusions (Steven Universe).
- Firefly as
Garnet - The "permafusion" Garnet is electric, so this was a natural
- Ironclade as
Sugilite - Sugilite's weapon is more of a flail than a hammer, but the
hulking profile fit Sugilite better than it did the hammer-wielding
Sardonyx. Sunglasses and third eye added with styrene bits.
- Lancer as Rainbow
Quartz - I suppose I could have made this as a straight-up Pearl, but I
did Pearl as a Solo already, so I picked the Pearl/Rose fusion here.
Replaced the shield boss with a fake pearl.
- Ace Ace - Ace the
character Hunter 'jack, painted up in the colors of the Asexual (Ace) Pride
There's a lot of different themes here, but I'm just going
to list them alphabetically by caster name.
- Major Markus "Siege"
Brisbane. Original sculpt, done as Chief Geki Hyuuma from Legends of
Brave GaoGaiGar. Carrying the Goldion Hammer and an Eraser Missile
Alternate sculpt done up as a Privateer Press board moderator, with his
Banhammer and Fractcannon.
- Lieutenant Allister Caine
in Troubleshooter Colors. He's a Violet clearance, that leaves
Ultraviolet for Epic Captain Allister Caine, and Indigo for any non-Warcaster
gunbunnies that might come out later.
- Captain Allister Caine as
High Programmer. As noted above, he's Ultraviolet clearance. While the
base the figure comes with is nice (and I'll repurpose it on another figure
at some point), this really called for Friend Computer's presence.
- Captain Dominic Darius
as Mk I Iron Man. In addition to molding a faceplate out of Apoxie Clay,
I did some minor tweaking and drilling out to alter the pose, and I put the
crane on upside-down from how it's shown in the instructions, because I like
the look better my way.
- Victoria Haley as the
Princesses - Given that Haley's twin sister was stolen Validus-like and
corrupted into her arch-nemesis Deneghra, I initially thought I'd paint
Denegrha up as Nightmare Moon, but I changed my mind.
- Major Prime Victoria
Haley as the Combiner Hunters - Rather than more ponies, I went with the
trio of femme Transformers featured in the Combiner Hunters one-shot, and who
can plausibly be paired with my Metroplex Stormwall.
- Captain Kraye as Derpy
astride the Fausticorn - Since Kraye makes 'Jacks into cavalry, I figured
that the ponification of Lauren Faust would be appropriate for Malagast (once
I'd changed the steed into a mare). I added a unicorn horn, but decided the
wings would be completely hidden by the tack. It took me longer to decide on
a color scheme for Kraye himself, but I settled on everyone's favorite
mailmare, given how Kraye's pseudo-Civil War gear looks kinda courier-ish.
- Major Beth Maddox as
Stevonnie - I did the entire battle group as fusions
from Steven Universe, adding hair and a bigger shield to make Beth into the
fusion of Steven himself and his human friend Connie.
- Commander Adept Nemo
(pNemo) as Dr. Forrester - Your movie tonight is a particularly rancid
bit of cinematic cheese... (With TV's Frank.)
- Artificer General Nemo
(eNemo) as Iron Man - Hey, they're not all going to be ponies. And
Sebastian Nemo is definitely the Tony Stark of Immoren.
- Artificer General Nemo (N3mo) with Stormchaser Finch as Mark 42 Iron Man
and Iron Man Armored Adventures Rescue. So, Tony and Pepper, albeit from
different continuities. No real physical mods.
- Kara Sloan as Pinkie
Pie - Redid the hair and replaced the forearm and cannon so she's now
wielding a Gummy-shooting bazooka.
- Commander Coleman
Stryker as Granny Smith.
- Gun Mage Captain
Adept - Part of my CYG Sector group inspired by the Paranoia RPG, see the
- Allison Jakes,
Journeyman Warcaster: Painted up as Black Widow. With Sentinel of
- Allison Jakes, as
Pearl (Steven Universe): The non-KickStarter mold, modified to be Pearl.
Yes, the image has the wrong number of L's in Allison.
Warcaster colored as Spike the dragon in his "Dog and Pony Show" daydream
Warcaster built from a Warzone "Etoiles Mortant Hero" figure. Not
tourney-legal, but it's not like I expect to need more than Spike in any
Warcaster Lyra from official alternate sculpt. I very carefully
resculpted the chest armor to be more sensible and not Boob
PlateTM. Painted as Lyra Heartstrings from My Little Pony.
- Captain Jonas
Murdoch as Ol' Man Death from the Girl Genius webcomic. Designed this
way because he's meant to go with my Boomhowler & Co. unit that's done up as
- Professor Viktor
Pendrake - Pendrake is actually a Hordes figure, but as a Cygnar Ally he
fits just fine in this group. I gave him a beard like mine and painted his
hair in a passable imitation of my own.
- Squire - Fairly
straight deco, although you could call it Girl Genius inspired.
Stormcallers - Shrapnel's lightning manipulation and cloning made this a
natural color scheme for the Stormcallers.
Captain as Wheeljack - This solo makes the Stormblades smarter (a la G1
Wheeljack and Dinobots) and is a beatstick on his own (a la TF:Prime
Wheeljack). So the color scheme was a natural.
- Arlan Strangeways as TV's
Frank - Push the button, Frank.
- Arcane Tempest Gun Mages - The Advanced Troubleshooter Gun Mages of CYG
Sector! Friend Storm Cortex will protect you from the Sulite Blighted
Traitor Scum, and the Troubleshooters will die repeatedly in his service!
- Precursor Knights - Go Packers! With a full unit and attachment being 11
combatants, a football team was a natural (although Cygnar is a little more
progressive in having females on the team than the NFL is).
- Stormblade Infantry - Inspired by the G1 Dinobots. My first non-pony
Warmachine paint jobs.
- Stormguard - Just because I like the Guardsman armor design (it being
part of the first Iron Man comic I read back in 1976), I decided to make
these guys out as Guardsmen. Like other Iron Man themed figures, they have
the diamondplate basing.
- Stormsmith Storm Tower - Inspired by Agatha and Gil from Girl Genius. Gil as the leader,
Agatha as the grunt. She probably wouldn't approve of the ordering, but it's
how the figures are molded.
- Sword Knights - Based on the Equestrian Royal Guard, with Shining Armor
as the unit leader.
from the 2-player starter.
Menoth Battlegroup from the 2-player starter.
- Sorscha the Great and
Powerful - Kommander Sorscha modded into a human version of Trixie from
My Little Pony.
- Destroyer -
Painted up as an Ursa Major from MLP. Craft sand and gravel used to dress up
- Juggernaut -
Painted up as an Ursa Minor from MLP. I got more ambitious here, both in
posing and in basing. I built the basic contours and large boulders from
Apoxie Clay, then added sand and gravel. (in progress)
- Man-O-War Shocktroopers - Glorious Defenders of the Motherland
KhadoRanger! When casting about for ideas on how to make it easier to tell
them apart for wound-tracking purposes, I kinda went overboard.
Cryx Battle Box
A somewhat subtle theme, at first glance it just looks like a fairly standard
Cryx color scheme, albeit with a flashier Deneghra than usual. But this is
based on the Changelings from My Little Pony, with Deneghra as Chrysalis. I
used a Dremel ans various tips to put holes in the limbs of the 'Jacks, and
the energy effect colors are based on Changeling eyes. I used my special mix
of dark gunmetal for most of the metal bits, so they're fairly subtle and
blend in with the gloss black.
- High Exemplar Kreoss
- Painted as Sweetie Belle from MLP. Because the fanon is that she sets
things on fire, and that's Menoth's schtick.
- Sweetie-Bots -
In MLP fanon, there's a thing where Sweetie Belle is a robot, or Sweetie-Bot.
So Kreoss's Warjacks get to be Sweetie-Bots.
- Exemplar Cinerators - I was inspired by the Spanish Inquisition (Monty
Python version) for these.
- Warwitch Deneghra as
Chrysalis: Added the saddle-like outfit around her waist and even managed
to get a hole through one leg, but otherwise contented myself with divots for
the swiss-cheesing. I tried fabricating a horn or a crown for her, but
wasn't satisfied with the results, so I just let the existing horns stand in.
- Helljack Slayer:
I raided my leftover parts bin for a Khador head to put in one claw.
One of the most annoying things about facing "bone chickens" is that it's
hard to tell which one is which, and whether you're looking at a Deathripper
or a Defiler (or one of the non-battlebox bonejacks). So, rather than break
the main color scheme and give them obviously different paint jobs, I went
with different colors for their front arcs. And the Defiler got a third
color, so I can easily tell all three bone chickens apart.
- Defiler: In case
anyone's curious how I got the bone look on all of these, by the way, I used
"Rivera Tan" and a brown ink wash.
Retribution of Scyrah
Battle Box: Battle Force Knockoff
The theme here is a result of reading the history of Immoren's elves. Short
story, a bunch of other gods saw the humans Menoth made and decided to make
their own mortals, but they took a lot of short cuts and papered over them
with extra shinies...like a chromed knockoff toy. So I painted these in that
style, with lots of inappropriate chrome, unusual choices of non-chrome color
(i.e. bright green for a stealth cloak), etc.
Mercs - Cygnar madde heavy use of mercs in MkII, so naturally I had to
get a few. I've since expanded to where I can field decent, if small, Merc
Boomhowler & Co. I decided to do the trollkin up as Jägermonsters,
with their penchant for hats. Since the default set for a full "leader + 9
grunts" unit has four guys with the same full steel helmet, I pulled out the
three leftover Tau unit leader heads I had in my bits bin and made them gaunt
trollkin. I started off with Da Boyz, the three "wild
Jägers" who found Agatha. The other seven are "OC" Jägers.
- Rhupert Carvolo, the
Piper of Ord - Specifically, of the Nebraska town of Ord.
- Gaston Crosse
Battlegroup - Kickstarter exclusive sculpt of the named Journeyman
Warcaster, plus two Vanguards for him to control. Inspired by Gaston from
"Beauty and the Beast" and his two allies, Monsieur D'Arque and LeFou.
"Darkwing" Di Wulfe - Rogue Alchemist who is also the terror that flaps
in the night....
- Gorman "Negaduck" Di
Wulfe - The volunteer-exclusive pirate Gorman variant painted as
- Taryn di la Rovissi
- When the errata let all friendlies take advantage of Shadow Dire, I had to
have this one. Painted as Arcee from Transformers Prime.
- Gobber Tinker - Done as Wreck-Gar, from TF:Animated.
- Raluk Moorclaw as
Launchpad McQuack, completing (for the moment, at least) the Darkwing Duck group.
- Blithering blatherskites, it's Gizmo Duck! I made it mostly modular, but
kept the same head on all three and the same backpack gear.
- Krosp, Emperor of the
Cats - A heavy modification of Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator. Mercenary
solo who will work with Cygnar or Khador.
- Rutger Shaw - Well,
once you have Taryn, you pretty much have to get her partner. And with Taryn
as Arcee, that naturally made Rutger into Cliffjumper. His presence also
explains the Warjack head on Taryn's base...Rutger hacked it off.
Rhulic - They're Mercs too, but they're kinda their own thing, what
with only Rhulic Warcasters and Jack Marshals able to run Rhulic Warjacks. I
decided my theme for these would be the Wreckers, an Autobot subgroup tasked
with the dirty jobs. Wreck and Rhul! (Note: the Autobot symbols make them
ineligible for use in any official tourneys where PP might want to take
pictures for publication, but I'm not really a tourney player anyway.)
- Gorten Grundback
- Avalancher as
Bulkhead - Required flipping the head upside down and doing a little
- Wroughthammer Rockram
as G1 Sandstorm - Ugh, orange and yellow bordered with black, lots and
lots of edge cleanup needed. Comparison to G1 toy.
- Tactical Arcanist Corps as
Dark of the Moon Wreckers - Okay, so the movieverse Wreckers are totally
distinct from the other versions, but between the pot belly look and the fact
they're a trio, I felt it was a natural look. Two of the names were reused
from prior Wreckers, with very slight color similarities to the originals.
- Hammerfall High Shield Gun Corps - These will be Signal Flare Omnicons if
I ever get motivated to finish painting them. They're assembled and have
some paint on 'em, but...I ended up not really liking the scheme. If I think
of something else, I can always paint over what I've got, but they have
enough paint to count as "painted" in a technical sense of the term.
Trollkin - I celebrated rejoining the ranks of the gainfully employed
by buying some Hordes from the soon-to-be-no-longer-local gaming store.
While I'd toyed with Skorne or Minions as my first Hordes faction, I decided
to go with "easiest to 25 points" and leverage my Boomhowlers' ability to
work with Trollkin.
- Dire Troll Heavy Warbeast - Just to make things harder on myself, I
decided to make this set modular. My first Warmahordes figure done in
Missouri. I decided to go with gray skin in the hopes that the seams
wouldn't be quite so blatant. I'm keeping the Boomhowler theme of
Jagermonsters, and giving everyone hats that needs 'em.
- Pyre Troll - I
went with the magma pattern I learned from War Planets, plus charcoal nodules
and a firefighter helmet. WIP with just the skin
- Warlock Captain
Gunnbjorn - Just a good ol' boy. Troll. Whatever.
- Madrak Ironhide
Battlegroup - Decided on a Ska theme for these four figures, with
extra-shiny armor, hipster hats and a stage floor sort of basing. I
consulted a friend known for his Ska interests when designing these. I also
learned to hate go-go checks.
- Wreck Markers: because all of the 'Jacks end up in this state eventually.
- Objective Markers: Using up bits and pieces that don't make sense as
weapon - Inspired by a league scenario in which the objective markers are
artillery pieces, I built this from leftover Cyclone weapons from a Heavy
Warjack kit, and various other pieces.
- Cannon and mortar
- More artillery piece objectives, using some leftover Mage Knight Conquest
- Cryx Marker - A
chaos skull thing made as a third party accessory for Warhammer 40K,
resculpted slightly as a Cryxmas gift.
- Basalt Low Wall:
A pencil chopped up into basalt pillars so Baldur can have a proper wall.
No, I don't play Baldur, but one of the schematics for league was to do three
pieces of terrain, and Baldur was an inspiration.
- Swampy Pond: A
shallow water feature that also happens to be the right size for Barnabas's
swamp pit spell. Again, I don't play Barney, but it was inspiration.
- Trench Segment: My
third league piece was inspired by a league scenario that required a single
trench piece in the middle (anyone not in the trench at the end of a
particular turn auto-died).
- Small Base Jig:
Made to help in getting the front arc exactly right on 30mm bases.
- Template Bag:
I got a pair of toddler sweat pants at thrift store for 50 cents and made one
of the legs into a nice bag for my templates. It's even Cygnar-colored.
Stuff That's Not Playable
These are Warmachine-related pieces of art, but they're not
meant to actually be used in a game.
- Edmund Clarke -
Mutant Chronicles mini modded into a Cygnar field researcher who's trying to
find a way to weaponize natural lightning. I later rebased him to use as
a Storm Caller proxy.
- Cygnar Laser Knight - A spare base-less Laser Knight from
Monsterpocalypse modified a bit and painted up in Cygnar colors.
- Princess Luna
cosplaying as Captain Haley
Predators - Stargrunt aliens the Kra'Vak are basically Predator ripoffs.
I figure this trio landed in the Iron Kingdoms, hunted some Cryx, and decided
they could learn from the Cygnar so they joined up. Or they just killed some
Cygnars and took their clothing. Either way.
- Thunderhead Armor Nemo
- Crosswire the supervillain from Reaper's Chronoscape line, modified to look
like a suit of power armor inspired by the Thunderhead Warjack. Nemo's tired
of being the frail one....
- Daft Punk Party
Platform - The drivers from the Storm Strider mixed with various other
bits to create a mobile DJ station.
- Morvahna the
Autumnhorn - Another player on the forums asked for a pony version of one
of the Circle casters, and I obliged.
- Pikachu Warbeast - This is what happens when you let Nemo breed
warbeasts, I guess.
- Impact Miniatures Chibi Pony Cygnar - Not designed to be Warmachine, but
I selected a bunch of figures that would fit well in a Cygnar theme (plus one
Morrowan cleric). A certain amount of conversion work was required.
- The Thunderer - Colossal based on a Trojan Pony idea that didn't come out
of casting successfully (they gave us bonus figures to apologize). Heavily
modded with a new back and cannon, and a custom 120mm base.
- Light Warjacks - Clockwork Ponies with various add-ons to resemble four
Cygnar Light Warjacks: Minuteman (Minutemare), Sentinel, Lancer, Charger.
- Epic Darius: I turned an action figure I got on clearance into one idea
for an Epic Darius, one who has fallen more under the influence of Nemo and
abandoned the bulky armor in favor of storm chamber tech.
- My first
game - A couple of shots of my borrowed battle box group from the final
round of my first game.
- Apple Clan
vs. Khador - I lost, but it was a pretty near thing.
- Eight Way Muddle -
With 5 players even more newbie than I was, it was decided to do one huge
learning game, four against four. I was in pretty good shape when we had to
call it at midnight, but no one else on my side was still functioning, so if
we'd gone another turn it would have mainly involved my dismemberment.
- Last Kearney
Game - A big three-on-three multiplayer was my last time playing before
moving out of Nebraska. After four hours we had to stop and concede (I got
taken out first, and another player on my side had to leave for third shift
job). Still, I managed to totally kill a Hyperion on feat turn with my Kara