Bretonnian Trebuchet

December 24, 2010

Now with the Skaven out of the way it’s time to publish one or two bits and pieces that I completed earlier in the year, but which I never got around to photographing.

First up we have this Bretonnian Trebuchet.

Trebuchet

Trebuchet

Trebuchet

Trebuchet

I recall having some problems assembling this one as a couple of the longer pieces had become bent. The metal was particularly soft, so I simply bent the pieces back in to shape.

The machine itself is a bit ugly, but then I guess the real thing would have been too. The crew are also a pretty hideous bunch, but that’s a good thing. Peasants are supposed to be grimy looking and these certainly are. They are comfortably my favourite models in the Bretonnian range (I still consider the Green Knight a wood elf).

Trebuchet crew

Trebuchet crew

Trebuchet crew

Trebuchet crew

Trebuchet crew

Trebuchet crew

Trebuchet crew

Trebuchet crew

I’ve counted this a 12 pieces towards my 2010 total which now stands at:

Obtained: 617 [No change]
Painted: 495 [+12]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -109 [+12]

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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]


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]


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]


Boinnnnnng!

December 2, 2010

Not much of an update today, but there will be plenty to come shortly as, after the success of my Jack-a-Day week I’m thinking of holding a Rat-a-day week – watch this space.

Meanwhile it’s time to update my pledge progress and perhaps clear off one or two the long outstanding Warhammer figures which I painted earlier in the year.

With that in mind here are 5 Squigs.

Squigs

Squigs

Lovely models, given a simple and very quick paint job.

Squigs

Squigs

Quite tricky making sure they rank up. So much so that once I find a layout that works I mark the units A1, A2, A3 etc to make them easier to use.

Squigs

Squigs

As I said, not much of a painting update. Still, there’s been quite a bit of movement in my pledge totals. Sadly some Malifaux, Warmachine/Hordes and Warhammer puchases have nudged the total in the wrong direction. With only a handful of Malifaux figures on the plus side of the equation.

This make the total for 2010 as follows.

Obtained: 611 [+93]
Painted: 314 [+30]
Sold: 13 [No change]
Net: -284 [-63]

Looks like I’m going to crash and burn again.