Mancrushers, like shoes and buses, come in pairs
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Mancrusher gargants come in boxes of two. Which is both brilliant, and annoying. Annoying because the maximum unit size is three. And when you take them in a unit of three, you get a nice points discount (conveniently making the unit cost about the same as a Mega-gargant!) and they count as three battle-line units instead of one!
So for my 1000 points, due at the end of April, I really want to get two more Mancrushers done! Does that mean I’m doing double the amount of work I did in March?
Well, no, to be honest. When I was building my first Mancrusher, I was also secretly building my second one!
I knew I wanted to have them look different so I started with those static legs, breaking out a hobby saw so I could move the left leg forward and bring the right one back.
I had to pin the legs back on in order to reposition them as I wanted. This left some huge gaps in the hips and the back of the thigh, but that’s all solvable with greenstuff. I wanted to keep the raised left foot, so to make it work I had that stepping on an old ship hull (again from the Eidolon of Mathlan kit) was convenient.
By using a left arm on the right side and vice-versa, I was also able to get a pose where the hands could be in line with each other, opening up the possibility of a two-handed weapon! Given my realm of metal, big magic weapons theme, this is super cool for me.
I started with the weapon, again digging into my pile of Morghast sprues and ended up making this two-headed glaive thing with some plasticard tubing.
Getting the weapon into his hands meant either using open palms for it to rest in, or closed ones I could drill through. I ended up with one of each! The right hand was originally holding a wooden club, so a bit of cutting and a 3mm drill bit worked a treat.
The left hand, which was an open hand, was more tricky. Having it palm facing up, with the haft sitting on the open hand, just didn’t look right. Flipping it to have the palm facing down made more sense, but the open hand just looked like it was dropping the weapon rather than holding it. In the end I had to cut up and bend the fingers to make it look ok. More green-stuffing for later…
Building the weapon up in three sections like this allowed me to vary the size of tubing as appropriate, and not commit to the exact pose until the hands were glued onto the arms.
The rest of the model came together fairly easily. More mega-gargant bits, like a spare bottle, a collection of weapons, and some cool shields, I was able to hang off of his belt. He’s still a taker tribe gargant, he has to have stuff that he’s taken!
Some smaller bits of cloth from the mega-gargant also worked really well over the thighs and groin, helping to tie the model more into the army without re-using the same loin-cloth from the first mancrusher. some of this took a little bending and bridging to make it work.
I also used some more bits from the gargants sprue, like a classic Empire shield, and some old chains from chaos marauder flails, to complete his collection.
All that was left to do was filling gaps with green stuff! It took a few layers on the back of the legs where they connect to the body as the gaps were so big. I did fill them a little with bits of sprue to save on the amount of puts I needed. I had to rebuild his neck a bit too, as I wanted the head to be looking where his weapon was going to strike.
I was really pleased with the pose on this gargant. He looked exactly how I wanted, and the collection of junk hanging from his belt looked really natural, despite being scavenged from many kits.
When it came to painting this gargant, I wanted a skin tone somewhere between that of his brother and of the kraken-eater, so I went with a 2:1 mix of Contrast Medium and Darkoath Flesh. Again, the blotchiness on the skin wasn’t great, and would mean a lot of remedial drybrushing, and the tone was still a bit lighter than I had expected, but a little more acceptable.
Something I did start to do was take advantage of some of the splotching on the cloth areas. After drybrushing (with a 1:1 mix of XV-88 and Screaming Skull) I did some edge highlighting, but picking out the edge of the splotches as well as the edge of the cloth. It gives a wonderful worn feel and brings some really interesting texture to a flat surface.
I’m not going into detail with the rest of the paint job, other than the glaive head. Rather than the mix of metallic and colour paint as I did for the Aethervoid Pendulam axe on his bigger cousin, I used a similar technique but all with metallics. I think it worked better than the sword on the other mancrusher, so I’ll likely go back over that blade at some point.
If you want to know more, check out my post on painting the kraken-eater mega-gargant.
I can’t wait to get the two of these on the battlefield together. And I need to build one more! What weapon should they be wielding? Let us know on Instagram!