Posts Tagged ‘skaven’

Showcase: Blood Bowl Skaven Lineman #2

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Here it is, the second Skaven Blood Bowl model for my Scurvy Scurriers (thanks Daniel for suggesting the name). I recorded all the painting steps for an upcoming tutorial, check out a sneak peek after the jump.More after the jump

Hobby update 20-3-17 – In 40k – everyone can hear you scream!

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Greetings all!
Welcome to this week’s glimpse into my studio!

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Tabletop Engineer: Making the Pi-Rat Warlord

Posted on February 17th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

This is the first of a series of guest articles by a friend of mine, the Tabletop Engineer. He has far superior skills to me in table top, in almost every way. I think I can only beat him in purely random acts of accidental brilliance, but I’d rather not let him know that every victory I’ve had against him are the product of unbelievable luck.

My ego has a very low saving throw.

Anyway, this is his build log for his Pi-Rat warlord. It’s old at this point, so please check up this handy chart to check which paints to use these days. As I said, he has far superior skills to mine in nearly every way, and you’ll learn a great deal from this article. 

So without further ado…

Skaven pirates, what’s not to like? This conversion was done to represent Capt’n Squeak Fleet of Clan Rickets with his trusty Bone Breaker (and honorary First-Mate) Planks.

The base for the Bone Breaker was made from the Rat Ogres that come with the Warhammer Fantasy Isle of Blood box set. These awesome ogres put the standard Rat Ogres to shame. Before starting this conversion I made a list of everything that Planks needed to have befitting the Pi-rat Warlord:

Removable platform for the Warlord
Hat
Hook
Pirate Flag

All Check (Hook was WIP in this picture).

The platform for the Warlord was actually made from old bits of sprue glued together with a piece underneath for reinforcement. The railing was made from old paperclips. To fit the assembly the Rat Ogre needed a bit of smoothing out on the back as some fur was getting in the way of a snug fit for the platform.

The flag is a regular battle standard from the Storm Vermin set; the main shaft was drilled out so that it could be pinned straight into the Rat Ogre’s back. Without glue this had the added benefit of pinning the platform into place which made the whole thing removable.

For the Warlord himself I wanted a pistol tooting maniac with a pirate hate, simple. I tried a great many number of models which were not so simple. First I tried the standard Skaven Warlord with Dwarven head for a banner pole. I found the platform I made was actually too narrow to fit him on so that was a dead end. The next candidate for a seat on Planks was Queek Headtaker, however, although a really nice model, the pose on the platform I constructed did not suit him and he didn’t look anything like the Pi-rat Warlord I had in mind.

Finally I settled on a regular Storm Vermin Model. The arms simple weapon swaps with those found in the Empire Pistolier set.

Pirate hats made from Green Stuff (Sorry, no pics of this). This was done cutting a flat circle of GS as the base for the hat, a ball of GS was put in the middle and the circle was closed around the ball, then trimmed to fit. The tricorne hat for the Warlord was done in the same manner but bent up in three positions.

Close up of the Warlord, I opted for two pistols (for show) so he can rain down bullets on his enemies (and friends) from his pedestal of command. What a smug bastard.

With this warlord I was trying a new paint scheme that could be applied to any Skaven that I would complete in the future. That meant the more simple the procedure the better. I decided for a very simple basecoat-wash-drybrush approach.

Here is the Model with the base colours. The flesh was painted GW snakebite leather; the red clothes, GW mecharite red.

Here is the finished model as it is. The whole model was given a liberal wash of GW devlan mud (two coats in parts to get that depth). Then it was a quick drybrush to lighten the raised areas of the model and extra bits like verdigris on the copper and rust on anything made of steel. It’s not going to win any painting prizes but good enough for the table and most importantly it was quick and easy (only took 5 hours to complete, that’s quick for me).

The banner was a bit of freehand; copying the Skaven rat symbol and adding in a crossed bones motif. It’s quite badly painted but my excuse is a rat-man painted it, blame him.

Planks right hand seemed a little bare and I was tempted to give him maybe a battered spyglass or a dead slave to use a club but could not find the right bits to use. Scratch building a spyglass would have been simple enough but I opted out of the extra club for Planks to keep things simple and less cluttered.

And that’s the Pi-rat Warlord Squeak Fleet with his First-Mate Planks. The base was made from old lollipop sticks (the best part of doing this project… yummy).

So that’s my attempt at converting a Bone Breaker. There’s a whole archive of awesome Bone Breaker conversions out there but I hope this simple kit bash would give others some confidence that you don’t need expert GS skills to make a reasonable conversion (The only GS work done was filling holes and the hats).


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A Plague of Pestilens Counters

Posted on February 12th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

We are starting a Path to Glory at the local shop, so my Skaven have been seeing some action lately. One of the things I’m discovering is that there are a lot of different sources for buffing the units, and keeping track of it all can get pretty confusing, especially when the opponent gets a double turn and one of your units gets to fight in three rounds of combat before your hero phase comes around again. There have been many times when I wasn’t sure if I was applying a bonus longer than I should have.


I’ve been “rewiring” my brain to think procedurally in terms of the hero phase:


1. Remove spell counters and buffs that were in play.

2. Make any special moves that occur at the start of the hero phase.

3. Roll for effects that replace models (for the undead).

4. Make any other test that occur in the hero phase.

5. Cast spells.

6. Use the general’s command ability.


When it comes to the Clan Pestilens Skaven, it seems that every unit either has or benefits from abilities that give a bonus to the wound roll. And sometimes those abilities are applied to an enemy unit, and sometimes they are applied to a friendly unit.


For example, Plague Priests can Wither an enemy unit, granting +1 to any wound rolls made against it. Plague Monk units have a one-use-only scroll that will also affect an enemy unit, allowing any wound rolls of 1 to be re-rolled against that enemy unit. The Plague Furnace, however, can Bless a single friendly unit, allowing them to re-roll any of their failed wound rolls.


Keeping track of which of these buffs were in play, and which units were benefiting from them was getting pretty confusing, so I put together some counters to make things easier:

 

 

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