Stubby the Carnifex

One of the requirements of the up coming Enemy of My Enemy 40K tournament is an enemy unit for my IG army. Stubby is configured as a Gun Fex with a Venom Cannon and Barbed Strangler to stand in for a standard Leman Russ tank. GW saw fit to place both of the heavy guns on the right hand side of the model, making a conversion mandatory. The trick is to use opposite side arms from something useless like death spitters or scything talons to move the barbed strangler gun arm to the left & the venom cannon feed arm to the right. A bit of hacking & green stuff & Stubby is ready to go.

fex plastic 1 fex plastic 2

Because Stubby will part of the heavy support unit, the Fex will get the same paint job I Leman Russ Tankuse on my heavy armor. The list below runs contrary to most methods of painting & the first few steps will look rather poor- but follow the process thru to the end. The poor quality coverage of the craft paint over the white is an important step.  Use a lot of water in this process and the paint will leave large, splotchy patchs all over the model. The following ink wash and dry brush will blend the spots in with each layer. The end product is a smooth & realistic base coat without the uniformity of a scale paint job.

Tank Paint Chart

  • white primer
  • dark grey craft paint
  • wash with 50/50 chestnut ink (GW) and SS camo brown (Vallejo)
  • Dry brush/highlight Kommando Khaki GW & Sky Grey (Vallejo)

fex grey Fex Ink Fex drybrush

The dry brush step did not work out as planned. On the flat armored plates of a tank, the light gray smoothes out the rough spots and calls attention to the edges of the armor. On the Carnifex, nothing is smooth – the whole model is covered in organics, and the grey dry brush coats every in a light chalky finish. Solution: pull out a bottle of Dirty Dark Brown Wonder Wash & re-ink the model to try and re-establish the shades.

fex wonder wash fex highlight

The wonder wash successfully re-sets the model to the pre-dry brush state by restoring shade and definition. Overall, an excellent example of how a wash can save your fig after a painting mistake. Since dry brushing was not going to work, the much more tedious method of layering is used. Layers of Kommando Khaki (GW) and Sky Grey build up the final color.  With the base coat complete, details of Shadow Grey (GW) and Goblin Green (GW) can be added to complete the paint job.

  1. #1 by John on August 13, 2007 - 2:43 pm


    That came out awesome, I was admiring your tanks when I saw them that night at GWOP. What a great compliment and perfect for the EomE tourney- nice job.

  2. #2 by Aaron Schmidt on August 13, 2007 - 5:00 pm

    This is cool. I was thinking that IG/Nids would be a sweet enemy of my enemy concept. At first my idea was to play it up that the tyranids had been captured and were being controlled via neural implants by the Adeptus Mechanicus. It then occurred to me that creating a Genestealer cult army right as the hive fleet shows up would be an excellent theme for this type of game!

  3. #3 by Andrew on December 5, 2007 - 6:08 am

    Dude – fabbo conversion. Just assembling my first Carnie tonight and realised the bloody arms were both modeled on the same side! Bugger…

    Anyway – your article to the rescue!

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