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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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.


The Guild

November 23, 2010

My final Malifaux crew (for the time being at least) are from the “The Guild” faction. Lady Justice is the Master.

Lady Judge

Lady Judge

Lady Justice

Lady Justice

I’m quite pleased with how the hair turned out, best seen in this rear view. Although this view shows I’ve missed a bit of black lining there on the back of her legs (now corrected).

Lady Justice

Lady Justice

The number 2 model in the crew is “The Judge”. He doesn’t look much like a Judge to me, but he’s a nice figure. I was torn by what colour to paint his coat, finally picking white. I think it works quite well.

The Judge

The Judge

The Judge

The Judge

The Judge

The Judge

The rest of the crew are made up of the flying coffin using Death Marshals. I’ve only finished one of the three as the other two required some additional basing, which meant they didn’t get undercoated with the rest of the Malifaux.

Death Marshal

Death Marshal

Bit of an odd angle this next shot . . .

Death Marshal

Death Marshal

Death Marshal

Death Marshal

The remaining two are works in progress now.

Death Marshal (wip)

Death Marshal (wip)

He’s had a white undercoat followed by two coats of GW Badab Black wash. I’m thinking of switching to using Vallejo Black wash which is a lot darker. The figure below has had one coat of the Vallejo wash.

Death Marshal (wip)

Death Marshal (wip)

My concern is that it may be a little too good at covering for my purposes. Here’s a side by side shot – remember the GW one has had two coats.

Death Marshals (wip)

Death Marshals (GW on left, Vallejo on right)

I’m planning on posting some more wip shots of these over the next weeks to compare the washes further.


It’s Showtime! – More Malifaux

November 19, 2010

My next Malifaux crew are one the latest additions to the game: The Show Girls. They are a part of the Arcanists faction. My investment so far is only the basic boxed set, which I picked up at a show because they looked fun to paint.

The Show Girls

The Show Girls

The “Master” of the crew is Colette Du Bois. An excellent sculpt, much too good for my meager painting skills.

Colette Du Bois

Colette Du Bois

Colette Du Bois

Colette Du Bois

Colette Du Bois

Colette Du Bois

The chief showgirl is Cassandra. She was my favorite to paint.

Cassandra

Cassandra

Cassandra

Cassandra

The rest of the crew consists of two performers and their mannequins. The performers were a little dull to paint. Although I suspect a better painter could have a field day with them.

Performers

Performers

The Mannequins were more fun to do.

Mannequins

Mannequins

That’s my Malifaux almost done now, just the Lady Justice Guild crew to go. Three of those are done, but two of the Death Marshals are only undercoated as their bases required some heavy construction. You’ll see what I mean when I get around to posting about them next week.


Legion of Sorrow

November 16, 2010

Continuing the Malifaux theme let me present to you: The Legion of Sorrow.

The Legion of Sorrow

The Legion of Sorrow

The Master is Pandora. A bit of a nuisance trying to assemble this model. I just couldn’t get the coat to hang properly at the back and eventually gave up and discarded it.

Pandora

Pandora

Pandora

Pandora

The “grunts’ of the Legion of Sorrows are the Sorrows themselves. I probably should have spent more time and effort on these three models, but I found them less than inspiring.

Sorrows

Sorrows

The stand out models in this boxed set are Candy & Baby Kade. Candy is normally painted with grey skin but that didn’t work for me. Odd, when you consider my Dark Elves. Here she is with more natural skin tones.

Candy

Candy

Candy

Candy

Candy was great fun to paint, but I struggled a bit with Baby Kade. I just could get the colour of the teddy bear right. I still feel it is far too dark, but I’m not changing it now.

Baby Kade

Baby Kade

Baby Kade

Baby Kade

Coming soon . . . The Show Girls


The Redchappel gang (part 2) – I don’t fancy yours much!

November 14, 2010

The second half of the Redchappel gang is made up of the “Rotten Belles”.

Rotten Belles

Rotten Belles

Rotten Belles (rear view)

Rotten Belles (rear view)

These Ladies of the Night have seen better days and will cut out your heart just as much as look at you.

Which do you prefer?

Rotten Belle (1)

Rotten Belle (1)

Rotten Belle (2)

Rotten Belle (2)

Rotten Belle (3)

Rotten Belle (3)


The RedChappel Gang

November 12, 2010

More Malifaux, more Ressurectionists. This time it’s the Redchappel gang. Quite a mixed bunch this gang.

The Redchappel Gang

The Redchappel Gang

Seamus, The Mad Hatter is their leader.

Seamus, The Mad Hatter

Seamus, The Mad Hatter

He’s quite a large model. Perhaps too large. I blame the hat.

And then we have Madame Sybelle. Unfortunately I only took one picture of her from the front and it’s a bit blurred.

Madame Sybelle (blurry)

Madame Sybelle (blurry)

The rear view doesn’t suffer from the same camera shake 🙂

Madame Sybelle (rear view)

Madame Sybelle (rear view)

The rest of the gang; The Rotten Belles, will follow shortly.