Kill Kannon

One model I have purchased was a Forgeworld Ork Kill Kannon. I am intending to use it with my Ork vehicles.

This is the weapon on an Ork Halftrakk as seen at GamesDay 2009.

The resin parts are as seen here. Something I do like is that you get three Grot Krew and a case of shells. One of the key things you need to do with virtually all Forge World models is to give them a good wash.

When the Forge World models are cast, the mould is given a spray (I guess) of some kind of lubricant to allow the cast model to be released from the mould easily. However the lubricant also acts as a barrier to paint, so as happened with previous models I (and others) have painted is that the paint flecks off.

Washing the model in water with a drop of washing up liquid should remove the lubricant. Avoid using hot water as this could warp the resin (a useful tip if you need to warped resin back to its original shape).

The model goes together really easily.

The Kill Kannon and Grot Krew were then given a white undercoat.

Looking at the miniatures I realised some of the Grot Krew were not cleaned properly and still have some flash on them.

I decided that I would paint the main Kill Kannon with Leadbelcher, now that Boltgun Metal is no longer available.

This is how the model compares to the Kannon which I did using a black undercoat and then a basecoat of Leadbelcher.

Having sent off for some Leadbelcher paint, I also included the Ork Flesh Contrast Paint in my order, as I was interested to see how these would work for my Orks. In a test I decided to paint the Krew of my Forge World Ork heavy weapons with the contrast paint.

I have to say I was quite impressed with the results on only a single coat. I like how it not just covers, but also adds shadows and highlights.

Here are some of the other Grot Krew, which I will use the same process for.

I then added some highlights to the Grot using Warboss Green initially and then a mix of Warboss Green with Flash Gitz Yellow.

For the nails and teeth, I used Ushabti Bone and then added highlights using white paint.

Here are the other two krew using the Ork Flesh contrast paint.

I added some highlights to the Grots using Warboss Green.

I then used Citadel Dry paint, Niblet Green to add highlights. I then did further highlights using Hexos Palesun. These are the three Krew, the one on the left is further ahead.

I painted the equipment of the Grotz with Leadbelcher.

I then painted their nails with Ushabti Bone.

I painted a lens effect on the observing tool. I painted the entire lens with Thunderhawk Blue and then used Lothern Blue for the reflection before finally adding a drop of white at the top. On the other side of the device I used a drop of Mephiston Red.

I gave the shell casings on the model a base coat of Skullcrusher Brass, before giving them a wash of Agrax Earthshade. The shells themselves were painted with Leadbelcher.

I painted the Grot’s helmet.

I painted his jacket with XV-88 and then highlighted with a mix of XV-88 and Ushabti Bone.

I did some more painting of their equipment and clothing.

Going back to the Kill Kannon itself. I washed the model with Nuln Oil Shade first and then used some Agrax Earthshade to add some colour to the weapon, to show weathering as well as wear and tear.