Wartrakk III

This workbench article is how I painted my third Wartrakk.

For information on how I painted my original Wartrakk look here. You can see how I painted another one here. This model was originally designed for Gorkamorka, and then became part of Warhammer 40K with Codex Orks.

The model was built with the crew left off for painting separately. The Big Shoota stayed with the gunner. I used some of the Ork glyphs from Forgeworld and gave the model a white undercoat. I would have preferred if the glyphs were cast in a similart vein to the Inquisitor purity seals, but they’re not, they have quite a thick backing.

The metal components were painted black.

Having waited for the black to dry properly I drybrushed first with Tin Bitz and then Boltgun Metal.

Generally I try and be neat, but sometimes I will paint over the white undercoat, but I have found you don’t need to worry about this too much.

I gave the bodywork and the fuel tank a base coat of Desert Yellow.

Having finished the base coat I gave the Wartrakk a wash consisting of Chestnut Ink, Scorched Brown paint (which helps remove the gloss of the ink) and some water to thin the wash down.

I then drybrushed the model to accentuate the detail and highlight certain areas.

Here is the Wartrakk with it’s cousin.

I started on the rider. I didn’t want to use the standard rider which comes with the plastic Wartrakk model, so I used the legs and added the left arm from the rider to the standard torso from one of the plastic Ork Boyz. I added a right arm weapon from the Orc Warriors sprue, partly because I had run out of Shooty Boyz weaponry and partly because it is different. The head is also from the Ork Boyz sprue.

I will be giving him a black undercoat.

I then started the weathering and detailing process on the Wartrakk. This included scratch marks, rust, flaking paint. It also included painting in the straps and the headlights.

Looking at this under the harsh glare of the digital camera, some of it looks like it might need a little more work, it never surprises me how forgiving the eye is, compared to the camera.

The rear view, note the use of Forge World Ork glyphs (which are way too thick).

I gave the rear gunner a black undercoat, though I am painting three up (I had a spare from a Grot Bomb Launcha).