Showcase: Dreadfleet Black Kraken

Showcase: Dreadfleet Black Kraken

Published 2021-07-04

The Black Kraken, Tordrek Hackhart's ingenious creation, really captures the spirit of a terrifying sea creature - if anyone could build such a metallic behemoth, then it would be a crazed Chaos Dwarf Engineer. The articulated tentacles lend a sense of the sinister to what is already an esoteric submersible. Its twin paddles are visible, safely ensconced within the 'abdomen'.

Miniature Review

So I'm onto the next ship, and again I'm really avoiding painting the ships by this time focusing on the submarine of the fleet, the Back Kraken piloted by a Chaos Dwarf Engineer.

Powered by warpstone and believed to have a mind of its own, this monster has both an array of cannons and Torpedoes for ranged combat as well as a number of tentacles for getting up close and personal. It also seems to have a large harpoon or drill for cracking the hardest of hulls.

The tentacles are great, and the dripping water gives them a great sense of movement. The gears and pistons make you look over the miniature to try to figure out what they're all doing and how the machine works which is always fun.


Painting Techniques

Black Plate

Corvus Black
Eshin Grey
Mechanicus Standard Grey


Nuln Oil
Runefang Steel
Necron Compound


Retributor Armour
Agrax Earthshade
Castellax Bronze
Sycorax Bronze


Warpstone Glow
Moot Green
Gauss Blaster Green
Corax White


Khorne Red
Mephiston Red
Evil Sunz Scarlet
Wild Rider Red



Kantor Blue
Caledor Sky
Teclis Blue
Ahriman Blue
Biel Tan Green
Drakenhof Nightshade
Ahriman Blue
Lothern Blue
Etherium Blue
Corax White


Although the tentacles are great, I felt the miniature really came alive once adding the warpstone glow effects to it. It's a dark model, so the green really makes it stand out. The torpedoes are quick to spot being the only red used, but they help to draw your eye to the finer details like the dwarf symbol and all the rivets.

I went similarly dark with the cog and painted the symbol on the sail the same way as the warpstone to tie the two together nicely. I think a small robotic squid would have matched with the Kraken better though!