Showcase: Beast-skewer Killbow

Showcase: Beast-skewer Killbow

Published 2024-05-05

The Beast-skewer Killbow is a cruel ballista with one purpose - slaying the largest of beasts with brutal efficiency. Manned by Kruleboyz hand-picked for their proficiency with ranged weapons, the killbow can topple even the sturdiest of Monsters. On the battlefield, a Beast-skewer Killbow crew will pick out the biggest target they can find and bring it down with a barrage of savage, ramshackle bolts. The orruk marksman wears a gutplate depicting Kragnos with one eye closed, as if aiming himself, whilst harried grots bully each other in between reloading.

Miniature Review

What makes this piece great is that a number of extra details have been added in to make it closer to a diorama than a single miniature. Not only do you have the grot helping the orruk to load the ballista, there are a couple more helping move and load the ammo. The sculpted footsteps and wheel tracks in the base are another really nice touch.

Painting Techniques

Skin (Orruk)

Gutrippa Flesh
Ork Flesh
Terradon Turquoise
Orruk Flesh
Ogryn Camo
Krieg Khaki
Screaming Skull
Kislev Flesh
Shyish Purple
Volupus Pink

Ork Flesh is applied 1:1 with Lahmian Medium. Terradon Turquoise is applied in recesses such as the eyes, mouth, hands etc. Ogryn Camo and Krieg Khaki were applied as a glaze. Kislev Flesh is applied as a glaze around the face and hands. Shyish Purple and Volupus Pink was mixed 1:1 and applied as a very thin wash and added to the recesses as a final shade.

Sybarite Green
Screaming Skull

Sybarite Green was added as a highlight to the lips, then mixed with Screaming Skull as a final highlight of the lips.

Skin (Hobgrot)

Zandri Dust
Skeleton Horde
Lahmian Medium
Aggaros Dunes
Hobgrot Hide
Ushabti Bone

A full Skeleton Horde shade was applied using Lahmian Medium 1:2, followed by a second recess shade of Aggaros Dunes. It was then highlighted gradually from Hobgrot Hide to Ushabti Bone using mixes of the two paints to transition.


Evil Sunz Scarlet
Fire Dragon Bright


Screaming Skull
Corax White


Naggaroth Night
Xereus Purple
Genestealer Purple
Shyish Purple
Russ Grey

Shyish Purple was applied as a thinned glaze over the top to bring the brightness down. Russ Grey was used to highlight the threads.


Gore Grunta Fur
Snakebite Leather
Tallarn Sand
Corax White

Gore Grunta Fur and Snakebite Leather were applied 1:1. Tallarn Sand was mixed 1:1 with Corax White as a final highlight.


Cygor Brown
Basilicanum Grey
Gorthor Brown
Baneblade Brown
Corax White

Cygor Brown and Basilicanum Grey were applied 1:1. Baneblade Brown was mixed 1:1 with Corax White as a final highlight.


Space Wolves Grey
Basilicanum Grey
Fenrisian Grey
Corax White

Space Wolves Grey and Basilicanum Grey were applied 1:1, the shaded with pure Space Wolves Grey.


Black Templar
Mournfang Brown
Skrag Brown
Stormvermin Fur
Krieg Khaki

Wyldwood and Black Templar were applied 1:1. Stormvermin Fur was mixed 2:1 with Krieg Khaki, then 1:1, then pure Krieg Khaki as a final highlight.


Flesh Tearers Red
Blood Angels Red
Wild Rider Red
Fire Dragon Bright
Lugganath Orange
Pallid Wych Flesh

Flesh Tearers Red and Blood Angels Red were applied 2:1.


Black Templar
Contrast Medium
Stormhost Silver

A wash of Wyldwood, Black Templar and Contrast Medium 1:1:2 was applied, then highlighted with Leadbelcher, then a 1:1 of Leadbelcher and Stormhost Silver.

For the weapon tips I added some rust and poison:

Ryza Rust
Warp Lightning
Nurgles Rot


Canoptek Alloy
Snakebite Leather
Contrast Medium
Canoptek Alloy
Stormhost Silver


The base was applied with some Stirland Mud, then painted with some greys and browns for the dirt and rock. Once painted a number of tufts were applied, then finished off with some water effects.

Gamers Grass

AK Interactive

Finally I painted the outside of the base:

Rhinox Hide


I kept the colors the same as I've used across the rest of the army, although I did add a few more colors to the wood as it's much more of a focal point compared to the miniatures I've painted so far. It doesn't look too different but is a bit brighter and allowed me to pick out a more detail on the wood grain. I'll likely do the same for any more larger pieces of wood on future miniatures.