Painting the New Circle Orboros Battlebox

I’ve been working on painting up four of the new Warmachine/Hordes battleboxes (what Privateer Press calls their handy intro kits). Two sets for Warmachine, and two sets for Hordes so that my husband, Chad, has them for demos as a press ganger. I started with the Circle Orboros set in the Hordes system because that’s what he plays. Since he plays a lot, I’ve been painting pieces for his army all along, and thankfully I had one piece of the box already done, so I had a headstart.

Since we knew what was going to be in the box, I capitalized on that headstart and started painting a Pureblood Warpwolf and a Wild Argus before we even had the battlebox in hand. The Pureblood was a bigger project since the studio art has him being white, and I’ve tried to stick close to that scheme for Chad’s army. White is a difficult color, and I’ve struggled with it before, and since I didn’t have 20 extra hours to get it right, I went with more of a very light gray.

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Finished Pureblood Warpwolf

The Wild Argus was a much quicker endeavor, and I’m happy to finally have one finished. The original Argus were the first models I ever painted, and that was a long time ago. Those can thankfully be retired as an object lesson in how far I’ve come in the last 5 years. Perhaps I’ll trot those out in a post sometime, but for now here’s the recent one.

Wild Argus
Wild Argus
Completed Gorax
Completed Gorax

The Gorax is the model that was already finished before I got going on the battlebox, so with all the beasts out of the way, it was time for the warlock, Tanith the Feral Song.

Thankfully, we were able to have a line ninja at Privateer Press’ convention, Loack and Load, and we got the Circle battlebox two weeks ahead of the regular release. We got the box opened and even though I was expecting it, I was somewhat surprised with how very green the plastic was. Once Tanith was primed with gray Scale 75 primer the green still bled through. ┬áThankfully, I was pretty certain that the paint would be opaque enough that it wouldn’t affect the end result.

Unpainted Tanith is super green
Unpainted Tanith is super green
Tanith Work-in-progress
Tanith Work-in-progress

The paint worked out ok, but the mold lines on the model were really a challenge, particularly on her right leg. I generally use a scalpel to clean up the lines on plastic, and I had to do a lot of work to get it to even be acceptable. I had to sacrifice some detail to get things smooth. In some ways the detail on this plastic is really good, especially on the larger models, but I do wish that the mold lines on the smaller models weren’t quite so intense. However, all’s well that ends well, and Tanith turned out decently.

Finished Tanith the Feral Song
Finished Tanith the Feral Song

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With Tanith done, that completed the new battlebox, and all that was left was a group shot! Circle Orboros ready to take on the table in an ‘all new war.’ Happy Gaming!

Circle battlebox ready to go!
Circle battlebox ready to go!

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