More Skaven. Last but not least.

December 23, 2010

OK, these are the last of the Skaven for the time being, although I do have a sneaking suspicion that I’ve forgotten something.

There are six of these two part Jezzail figures.

Jezzail

Jezzail

Sadly, one of the holder figures (see below) went missing somewhere between the garden where he was being undercoated and my painting table. He has since turned up in amongst some black orcs, but he’s missed his appointment with my brush.

Jezzail holder

Jezzail holder

I think these are the original Jezzail team models. The certainly don’t match the other ones I already have, which are much smaller and come with a Pavaise.

Jezzails

Jezzails

Jezzails

Jezzails

Jezzails

Jezzails

One of the most amusing items in the Clan Skyre arsenal is the Doomwheel. Some players swear by them, but I’m yet to be convinced.

Doomwheel

Doomwheel

Loads of fun though.

Doomwheel

Doomwheel

And that brings me to the last (and certainly the least) of this batch of Skaven: The Rat Swarms. Swarms are pretty useless in Warhammer at the moment, and they have been for some time. It’s worth having some if you field an Abomination though, as it can turn in to swarms after it dies.

Rat swarms

Rat swarms

Rat swarms

Rat swarms

And that’s it for the Skaven for a little while. I do have a couple of named character models that I’m painting, but they aren’t going to be finished this year. Using my admittedly often bizarre counting system that’s another 30 towards my 2010 pledge. I’m still going to fail, but it’s looking closer than I thought it would back in October.

These figures bring my 2010 totals to:

Obtained: 617 [No change]
Painted: 483 [+30]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -121 [+30]


Yet more Skaven. Surely that’s them all now?

December 21, 2010

Keeping up with the recent batch of Skaven postings we have this batch of Skaven odds and ends. These were painted at the same time as my Island of Blood figures and are a random collection of older metal models that I had going spare.

First off a couple of commanders.

Skaven chieftens

Skaven chieftens

They could quite easily pass of Warlock Engineers. Note the scrolls and what could pass for Death Globes.

Skaven chieftens

Skaven chieftens

Moving on, we have six musicians. These will mostly be seeing duty as the solitary upgrade for my slave units.

Skaven musicians

Skaven musicians

The two above are part plastic part metal models, whilst the two below are older metal models.

Skaven musicians

Skaven musicians

The one on the left is the slave musician, whilst the one on the right appears to be a Plague Monk. Here’s another shot of him.

Skaven musicians

Skaven musicians

Finally, finishing up the musicians we have two Stormvermin musicians. These figures are giants when compared to the other ones. I suspect they’re going to look too out of place for me to use them amongst the slaves.

Stormvermin musicians

Stormvermin musicians

The next “odds and ends” I have is this standard bearer.

Skaven standard bearer

Skaven standard bearer

I’ve no idea where I’ll use the standard bearer, but I can see these two assassins appearing amongst my gutter runners.

Skaven assassins

Skaven assassins

Skaven assassins

Skaven assassins

Next up we have two Grey Seers. I did warn you that these were a random collection of models.

The one on the right is Thanquol. Sadly I don’t have the Boneripper model that should go with him.

A Grey Seer & Thanquol

A Grey Seer & Thanquol

A Grey Seer & Thanquol

A Grey Seer & Thanquol

Finally, for today at least, we have two Poison Wind Globadiers.

You got to love these insane models.

Poison Wind Globadiers

Poison Wind Globadiers

OK, so that’s another 15 miniatures to add to my 2010, but we’re now getting close to the end of the completed Skaven.

These figures bring my 2010 totals to:

Obtained: 617 [No change]
Painted: 453 [+15]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -151 [+15]


Even more Skaven. The blighters are everywhere!

December 20, 2010

Here we have the next batch of my recently painted Skaven. Today we have a unit of plastic Plague Monks plus one or two older metal plague monks.

Plague Monks (plastic)

Plague Monks (plastic)

Plague Monks (plastic)

Plague Monks (plastic)

Plague Monks (plastic)

Plague Monks (plastic)

These were given one of my standard quick and dirty paint jobs, but as I hope this close-up shows, that’s more than enough for a good tabletop standard.

Plague Monks (plastic)

Plague Monks (plastic)

I took a little bit longer on the metal figures, but not much longer.

Plague Monks (metal)

Plague Monks (metal)

Plague Monks (metal)

Plague Monks (metal)

Also painted at the same time were these three Plague Censor Bearers. None of which are the current models.

Plague Censor Bearer

Plague Censor Bearer

These ones are even nicer, although I’m likely to slip them in to my slave units rather than field them as censor bearers.

Plague Censor Bearer

Plague Censor Bearer

And to lead all these Clan Pestilens figures we have Lord Skrolk.

Lord Skrolk

Lord Skrolk

OK, so that’s another 33 miniatures to add to my 2010 output and there are still some more Skaven to come.

These figures bring my 2010 totals to:

Obtained: 617 [No change]
Painted: 438 [+33]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -166 [+33]


More Skaven. Is there no end to them?

December 17, 2010

Along with the Island of Blood Skaven I’ve recently finished I painted a number of other Skaven that I’ve had laying around for some time.

The figures are a mixture of plastics and some very old metals. Including 17 metal slaves. These are probably some of the best Skaven figures ever, lovely to paint and quick too. They are armed with an assortment of weapons, mostly hand weapons/halberds, but half of this batch have slings. Not that I’ve ever fielded them armed with slings.

Metal slaves (sling)

Metal slaves (sling)

Metal slaves (sling)

Metal slaves (sling)

And here’s the ones with the hand weapons.

Metal slaves (hand weapons)

Metal slaves (hand weapons)

Now, compare and contrast the delightful metal slaves with these plastic night runners which I use as gutter runners.

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

They matched the plastic clanrat models which were available at the time, but look very strange nowadays. The old slave models fit in nicely with the current range, but I’m not so sure about these.

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

I think it’s the overly large hands that are the problem.

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

Night Runners / Gutter Runners

That’s 17 slaves and 16 night runners for my total and there’s still some more Skaven finished which I’ll post later.

These figures bring my 2010 totals to:

Obtained: 617 [No change]
Painted: 405 [+33]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -199 [+33]


A final trip to the Island of Blood

December 16, 2010

. . . well, for the time being at least here are the last of my Island of Blood Skaven.

The Packmaster is up first . . .

Packmaster

Packmaster

. . . and his pet Rat Ogres . . .

Rat Ogres

Rat Ogres

Rat Ogres

Rat Ogres

Rat Ogres

Rat Ogres

That’s the Island of Blood Skaven finished, but there will be more Skaven to come over the next few days.

Unfortunately this update won’t have much of a positive impact on my 2010 Pledge update as I have just realised that I didn’t count the Rat Ogres as purchases.

These figures bring my 2010 totals to:

Obtained: 617 [+6]
Painted: 372 [+7]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -232 [+1]


Return to the Island of Blood

December 8, 2010

The rest of the Skaven in the Island of Blood set are almost complete. Only the Chieften / Warlord figure remains to be completed, so I’ll post some photographs of the others.

First up we have the Engineer. A great figure, with lots of lovely equipment.

Island of Blood - Engineer

Island of Blood - Engineer

Island of Blood - Engineer

Island of Blood - Engineer

Sadly none of it is the sort of equipment players give their Skaven Engineers these days, but the same is true of the old metal engineers.

Here are a couple I painted at the same time to compare.

Old metal Engineers

Old metal Engineers

Old metal Engineers

Old metal Engineers

And a side by side comparison . . .

Old Metal and Island of Blood side by side

Old Metal and Island of Blood side by side

I just wish they did one with items that could pass for Doom Rockets and Brass Orbs.

Also in the boxed set are two lovely weapon teams. A Plague Wind Mortar and a Warpfire Thrower.

Weapons Teams

Weapons Teams

Weapons Teams

Weapons Teams

I also painted an old Warpfire Thrower for comparison. As you can see it’s not too bad a match, although it has a “chunkier” look and feel to it.

Warpfire Thrower (old metal)

Warpfire Thrower (old metal)

Also painted at the same time was a old metal Ratling Gun. Pictured here side by side with the Island of Blood teams. Again a pretty good match in both size and style.

Ratling Gun

Ratling Gun

Ratling Gun

Ratling Gun

OK, I think this post is long enough as is. The Rat Ogres and Packmaster can wait for my next update.

These figures bring my 2010 totals to:

Obtained: 611 [No change]
Painted: 365 [+11]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -233 [+11]


Skaven – The Island of Blood

December 5, 2010
Island of Blood

Island of Blood

There’s no doubt in my mind that the GW 8th Edition Warhammer boxset contains some of their best plastic miniatures ever. I’ve no interest in painting the High Elves at the moment, but the Skaven were screaming out to be painted.

For plastic models they were exceedingly easy to assemble and needed very little cleaning up unlike some I could mention. In comparison I’ve put together quite a lot of Skaven recently, including 40 Gutter Runners and 20 Plague Monks and the Island of Blood figures simply look nicer, and were much easier to assemble. I’d be very happy to get another set tomorrow and start replacing my existing Clanrats with these models. Hopefully for my pledge I’ll resist, but I’m on the look out for somebody who wants to swap my Elves for their Skaven.

There are 40 normal rats in the boxed set. Which I suspect you could split up to paint the least armoured ones as slaves. Mine have all been given the same simple paint job using a very limited palette. I’ve photographed them here as two units of 20, although it’s unlikely they will ever be fielded that way.

Clanrats

Clanrats

Clanrats - close up

Clanrats - close up

Clanrats - close up

Clanrats - close up

Clanrats

Clanrats

And the second 20 . . .

Clanrats

Clanrats

Clanrats - close up

Clanrats - close up


Clanrats - close up

Clanrats - close up


Clanrats

Clanrats

Clanrats

Clanrats

The rest of the Island of Blood Skaven will follow in a another post later this week, but in the meantime that’s another +40 towards the pledge. I’m still doomed to fail, but it is progress.

This make the total for 2010 as follows.

Obtained: 611 [No change]
Painted: 354 [+40]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -244 [+40]


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