Today’s model is the mate to the Ratman (Not-Skaven) I posted up a few days ago. Once again, sculpted by Tim Prow many years ago for Heartbreaker, and once again, the model is still available today from RPE, I once again have had this figure since it was an actual release by Heartbreaker Hobbies, and have only gotten around to painting it now. Because I’m fast and efficient like that.
This time I went for my more usual spot colour of red, as I felt it fit the leader-aspect of this particular model – though being a skaven it’s also a bit of a murky burnt red with chestnut mixed in. While it’s a beaten-up and torn cloak, the presence of embossed skulls along the lower rim means that it’s also no cheap bit of rag to be painted brown, either. My touch of Wudugast yellow on this one is on the dirty lower tabard, and the sculpted skulls on his sheath and greaves are done in a brassy tone with a subtle touch of deep green verdigris. Maybe too subtle, since I can barely see it in the photos.
Another nice model, and not the last of these models that I’ll be painting, though I have another vintage “Wererat” Skaven from Chaz Elliot and then some much more modern Skaven to finish in the pipeline first – but this pair mark my next step in building up a little warband of Skaven, month-by-most-month. I might need a Rat Ogre soon. Or some slaves. Or a warp-firethrower. Or…
Today I start showing the models I finished this month(!) with one of the off-brand Skaven I kinda previewed during my review of the AK Interactive Spray Primers recently. Sculpted by Tim Prow many years ago for Heartbreaker, the model is still available today from RPE (Ral Partha Europe – who confusingly, apparently have no current connection to Ral Partha). I’m also counting this one towards Mechanismo March as the Mechanical Arm/Not-Powerfist is a pretty integral part of the model.
I was a little stuck originally about the colours to use on his clothing, as I really haven’t come up with an “army colour” for my Skaven (let’s face it – it’ll probably overall be a melange of earthy, muddy greens and browns) but I did want to use a more interesting colour on this guy – and what better to use than yellow as a nod to Wudugast, who has been chipping away at his yellow-themed Skaven army for the last couple of years and sharing them on his blog. which helped serve as an inspiration to me actually managing to finish my Plague Censer Bearers recently, and now, along with Alex’s AoS challenge this one and his fellows (one still very WIP).
And here’s the unit that goes with yesterday’s Skaven hero for the AoS challenge. As with the hero model, these models were absolute cunts to paint and really not fun at all. They’ve butted up against a ton of Neglected Model and Unit Challenge months over the past year, with no success. As I said in yesterday’s post, the fur+skin style is the opposite of enjoyable to paint, so I hope I don’t come across any more of this generation of metal skaven models in my box’o’skaven, even if I’m actually pretty satisfied with the final product.
Fist-bump to Wudugast as well here – his relentless work in painting and sharing his own skaven has been the biggest thing causing the constant niggle to keep on trying to get these done. And finally(!) – I got there. Thanks for the inspiration, mate!
Group shot to conclude! No more for Alex’ AoS challenge this month unfortunately (despite my best plans), and the Round-Ups will be delayed a little this month. More on that later, though. (I’m typing this on Saturday evening).
Monday Edit – Also, another couple of submissions for Monster March just need photographing, then they’ll be going up in the next couple of days!
Back in the olden days, when I was just a pup, I played a bit of the Chaos Warbands variant of WHFB. My very first champion was a Skaven. Since at that time I had a Skaven army (which I later sold, keeping only a few figures) I did manage to pluck out an appropriate figure for use, with the sword, dagger, and a crest of evil-looking spines. This guy had a very, very old paintjob, and so I’ve gone over most of it as well as rebasing him. The biggest changes were reversing the colours on his Skaven-style lorica segmentata, and a repaint over his clothing in order to brighten it a little, and getting rid of his yellow pouch.
Skaven Champion of Khorne and Follower.
I don’t remember the story behind his little mate, but I do remember having Khorne in mind when I painted up his shield, so I figure he can stand in for now as a follower of the first guy. he just needed as bit of a touch-up and tone down to bring him up to scratch.
For the time being, I’m still a long way off building and painting my Skaven army, which will see the field under the Kings of War “Ratkin” list in the future. Until then, the odd Skaven that I may paint will be dropped into either my “Chaos” Army with my Realm of Chaos beastmen, or my “Beastmen” Army for any “cleaner” looking Skaven.