Warmachine Mercenary Rhulfolk

Started by puddingwrestler, September 26, 2010, 08:01:53 PM

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I've just taken up Warmachine from Privateer Press. I've played one game using a borrowed army, bought the rules, read the rules, and put together a small force of my own. This is a 15 point Duel level force (the smallest in the game) composed of Mercenaries from Rhul. Rhulfoilk are the Dwarves of the Warmachine world, but they keep to themselves mostly and avoid the conflicts of mankind, so they don't have a whole army book of thier own, instead, they are part of the Mercenary Faction and can be hired by the other main factions or operate on thier own. OPerating on thier own works on smaller battles, but there are fewer unit and jack choices so it'd eb boring in large games.
Anyway, my plan is to develop a nice Rhulfolk force and eventually start to collect one of the other factions (Cygnar of Khador most likely) and use the dwarves as mercenaries in that army. Why start like this? Well, I ordered the miniatures before I had read the rules, so I based it on models I liked. Since I like the look of the Rhulfolk, especially thier heavy 'jacks, I figured this was a safe way to do things. I didn't want to be stuck with a faction I didn't really like after all.

Anyways, the models:
Gorten Grundback, Rhulic Warcaster.
This chap is the leader of the army and has some nifty spells and attacks. He also sports steam powered power armour (it's a Warmachine thing). Privateer's minis are easily on par with GW's, and they are cheaper. (Okay, they cost about the same, but they don't inflate the price on characters like GW does, so even though he's a Warcaster, he costs the same in dollar terms as a normal grunt of the same size) Nice, clean with almost no mold lines and very few tabby bits.
Paint is a combination of Tamiya, Vallejo and Citadel as always. I went for a sort of field grey look using Tamiya Medium blue as the base coat. This was washed with Citadel black wash, and then drybrushed with space wolves grey. The tan bits are bubonic brown, brown ink and a Bleached Bone DB.
For the base, I used a technique from the Warmachine rule book. GLue on sand after painting, stain it with thinned paint, and then drubrush. It saves time on my old technique which involved painting the sand black, then drybrushing it.
Oh, and I stuck his gun arm on sideways so he can fire gangsta stylez.

Wroughthammer Rockarm, Rhulic heavy warjack.
This is a big, heavy multipart white metal behemoth of a thing (although compared to Khador's heavies, it's kinda petite!). Although it's multi-part, some things have to go on in specific ways - you are basicaly stuck with the legs in that pose. Again, painted with a mix of citadel, tamiya an vallejo. I drilled out the gun barrel, but that's about it.

Grunback Gunners, Rhulic light warjacks.
These are smaller, simpler 'jack models, and like all Rhulic light jacks have a sort of slighlty miffed hippo look to them. There's really not much you can do posing wise with these.

So that's my Warcaster and his jacks.

Now on to units!

Horgenhold Forgeguard
Elite, heavily armoured dwarves with Mechanikal hammers? How could I resist?
This is the first unit I painted up, so it took a while longer to get done (I actually started them BEFORE the skeleton pirates!) as I was experimenting and playing with ideas. They are currently at minimum size, I might upgrade to a full sized unit of ten at some point.

Horgenhold Artillery Corps
Yes! Warmachine involves female dwarves! It's a very equal opportunity game, each faction has female troops and warcasters. This unit I bought after the rest of the army. When I got my hands on the game, I found that I had 12 points worth fo models, and needed 15. So I went to Milsims to see what I could get. They didn't have much - in fact the only Merc stuff they had was this and an officer for a unti I don't have - fortunately this is exactly 3 points. Given a choice, I'd probably have gotten an Ogrun Bokur, but I didn't want to wait for postage so I bought these. I'd have ended up with them eventually anyway.

And now; the WHOLE DAMN ARMY!

There are no good kits, bad kits or grail kits, just kitbash fodder.


your painting improves grasshopper

I though for a minute that they might be studio minis but i recognized your dodgy photo booth :wacko:

I have some of The warjacks (evil stampunk/magic or something i don't play) fighting suit thingees.
and the mini's are indeed good and for cheap(ish)

I'd be trying to paint figures right now except that my faceless minions have required me to rebuild hideous heller tempests and build ICM spitfires which after the customary 60+ hours plus per week at the power station  absorbs a lot of spare time


Info on Warmachine can be found here along with the free-to-download introductory rules.
There are no good kits, bad kits or grail kits, just kitbash fodder.


Nice work! :thumbsup:

And thanks for the link! They've got some really cool miniatures.

Must, then, my projects bend to the iron yoke of a mechanical system? Is my soaring spirit to be chained down to the snail's pace of matter?


Strangely, we happy few who first started Warmachine up at HGC seem to have roped just about the whole club in now. As a result, my army expands.
I'll post some pics soon of the latest additions. And I'm going to be ordering some more stuff, just as soon as I find a place which has what I want in stock.
There are no good kits, bad kits or grail kits, just kitbash fodder.


With some games under my belt, I came to an important conclussion: I HATE stealth.
Dwarves move too slowly to really do anything about stealth enemies, and lack a bit of flexibility in any case.

Therefore I came to the following conclusions:

1: I need somethign fast and hitty and shooty. I need Nyss Hunters.
2: Nyss hunter's cannot be included in a Searforge theme list. So I have to change to Four Star Syndicate (organised crime for teh win!)
3: If I'm using FOur Star, then I'm damn well getting Boomhowler and Co. as well, cause they look cool.
4: Nyss hunters are about the worst designed miniatures ever designed by man or beast. (more on this later when I finish painting the buggers)

Therefore, feast yer eyes upon further re-inforcements for my Mercs:

Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator!
Paint is the usual mix of Citadel, Tamiya and Vallejo. I used Vallejo Model colour Sky Green on his skin, washed with Citadel Badab Black, then DB with Vallejo Model colour pale blue.

Why yes, that IS a steampunk pimp coat. Steampimp in fact.

Herne and Jonne, Mercenary arquebus ridden nutters (considerably better than the artillery I already have, and the same price! AOE spam for teh win!)

Having forgotten how I'd painted my Ogrun Bokur before (and not bothering to check) I actually painted up Jonne the opposite way - blue costume, yellow skin, not yellow costume, blue skin. Oh well, he's from a different country or something.

And now, ladies and gentlement, Greygore Boomhowler and Co, Mercenary Trollkin to the gentry!

There are no good kits, bad kits or grail kits, just kitbash fodder.


You're not kidding about those Nyss Hunters.  I had no idea what you were talking about, so I had a Google and turned up the following:

Looks fun.  Not!
"Life isn't divided into genres. It's a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky."-Alan Moore


One of them has a separate neck for glod's sake. They are infamous in the WM community, but I didn;t knwo that when I ordered them. They're also very popular because they are good in game - I went through about five online stores before I found one which had them in stock. And then I am hit with what really feels like the wargaming version of Amodel or ICM - it can look good when you get it together, but it's a god damn bitch to get together.
There are no good kits, bad kits or grail kits, just kitbash fodder.


The infamously annoying to build Nyss turn out to be very relaxing to paint, givign one time to calm down again...

Usual mix of paints, and anime hair colours.
There are no good kits, bad kits or grail kits, just kitbash fodder.


Very nice stuff, PW. I do like some of the Warmachine minis - I lost all interest in GW stuff a couple of years ago, but these are pretty nice and different. I might have to indulge at some point. :thumbsup:
Some of my models can be found on my Flickr album >>>HERE<<<