Like any Warmachine fan, I got the plastic version of my Khador Jack a month or so back, and put the practice I got from modding Grind to good use in the form of a fully magnetized Khador Jack kit. The plan would be for this to sub in for all the 5 Juggernaut-Chassis Khador Jacks. Yes, even the Kodiak.
First up though was making sure I got all the pieces!
The plastic is definitely a much better quality than the Grind Jacks, being a lot more rigid and being relatively matte. The plastic is also not the usual plastic that we see in Games Workshop sprues, so bear in mind that plastic glue doesn’t work here. Just as well because I much prefer the speed and strength of superglue.
The plastics are very well detailed, and interestingly do not feature the 2-mold process that we’re used to seeing in our models. If you look hard, you might be able to notice two sets of mold lines running across the model piece; one going across the boiler and one going below. That means this mold runs off 3 or maybe even more pieces. It also came precut, presumably to save/recycle the plastic and to save on space within the box. Unfortunately, while some pieces had almost no mold lines, others (like this) had quite a bit. Good thing it’s all plastic, which means it was relatively easy to remove. The plastic is a bit more delicate than I’m used to though, since Privateer Press’ minis were all in plastic previously.
I then proceeded to drill out all the holes I needed. I used a 3/16 inch drill, but I recommend using a drill just a little bit larger than your magnets. Mine were the same size so I had to squeeze the magnets in; thank goodness the PP plastics are a bit malleable because if not I would have a lot more trouble.
You can see here how large my drill bit is. It fits in a pin vise but just barely. If you can get one that’s a smidge larger to fit in your pin vise that would probably be a bit more convenient down the road, but this bit worked for me.
As you can see here I mark all magnets on 1 side; that way I an easy reference point to how I should align my magnets.
I then use my blade to pick up a magnet…
And plop it into the hollowed out area. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the model. All in all I used 17 magnets to finish the model; 16 3/16″ magnets and 1 1/16″ magnet. I didn’t magnetize all the heads because I got lazy, and my favourite head is the destroyer anyway. However, I did magnetize the Jack’s head, on the off chance that I ever want to swap in the other heads. I will also be using the Juggernaut’s Ice Axe both as an Ice Axe as well as an Executioner Axe, because I cut off the Executioner axe to make a left open fist; this allows me to run the Jack as a Kodiak with two open fists.
After the magnetizing the models I then based and primed the model. I used both Krylon Black Primer (for the top) and Black Gesso (for the legs/base). No reason real reason why I did two different methods, I just wanted to see how the gesso would turn out.
And for those who would like to see how strong rare earth magnets are, I present the… FRANKENJACK.
Painting and final photos next week! In the meantime, hope you guys get to magnetizing your jacks! Tell me how it went, and if this helped you! =)[serialposts]