The Year Of The Rat – July

But, Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley

– Robert Burns, To A Mouse…


Like all Skaven warlords I had a grand and cunning plan, and like all Skaven warlords it went spectacularly and horribly wrong. My scheme was to build up my Skaven army into a filthy horde of clanrats, rank upon rank of the little devils. I’m not usually a batch-painter or a speed painter but I was determined that, by the end of this month, I would have added sufficient rodents to my collection to create a swarm vast enough to terrify all sensible cats and farmer’s wives (regardless of how many carving knives they might be armed with).

I won’t go into the details, they’re far too unpleasant and personal to share here, but suffice to say that real life instead dealt me and my family a vigorous kicking of the kind that puts all other activities on hold. Expect output on this blog to be fairly erratic over the next little while and my apologies if a few projects disappear into the warp for a while.

Regardless the Great Horned Rat often moves in ways that are mysterious to his servants, and when I sat down to count the rats I had managed to paint I found the total to be  a suitably auspicious thirteen.

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But wait, that’s not all. I’ve also managed to cobble together a battle standard bearer for my rats (sorry Age-of-Sigmarites, I still think in old fashioned terminology, dunno what you call the guy who rallies the whole army in this modern era we live in but I do know that anything which discourages my ratties from running away is to be encouraged!). He’s still very much at the tacked-together stage right now with lots still to be done – that Khornate icon needs more work to removed it from the banner for example – but this should give you an idea of the overall concept and direction I’m heading in. As usual feedback and suggested improvements are welcome.

Skaven Convert Or Die (14)

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But wait, that’s still not all! When I uploaded last month’s last minute addition, this Skaven assassin, Azazel noted the similarity between the rune  worked in the guard on the weapon clutched in the rat’s left paw and the rune of Khorne.

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Of course, careful examination reveals that it is intended as the Skaven rune but nonetheless, once seen the Khornate influence is just too obvious to overlook – and as no ratman would ever be brave or foolish enough to dedicate himself to the Blood God it had to go. As it turns out there wasn’t much needed to fix the problem, a couple of quick snips and a bit of touching up and it was done. I did wonder about cutting back the guard a little further to emphasise the look of the Skaven rune but in the end decided to leave it as it is, slightly more subtle and concealed – like the Skaven assassin himself.

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A before and after shot highlights the difference.

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So, perhaps not the glorious expansion that I had planned for my ratmen this month but when it comes to mustering the verminous hordes a few setbacks are to be expected and thirteen completed models are not to be sneezed at. As I always say, any feedback you have is welcome, and fear not – accepting setbacks is a talent all Skaven warlords have to master. I may be less active for a while but you won’t get rid of me that easily!

12 responses to “The Year Of The Rat – July

  • Miniature Minded

    Hope things have got better! Life so often gets in the way of our little hobbies but hoping that stuff has been resolved! Keep up the good work!

  • imperialrebelork

    My thoughts are with you brother.

    Great work here as per usual mate. I love these grubby little vermin of yours.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers 🙂 You’ll be glad to hear that the itch to paint Skaven is as strong as ever. I really want to get my teeth into one of the big warmachines, maybe a screaming bell to start with. Suspect that won’t be for a while but the time will come in the end.

      • imperialrebelork

        I really like the screaming bell model. I don’t have it but I like it… I want it haha. I’m sure you’ll work wonders with it man.

      • Wudugast

        I was like that for years. I almost caved and bought one at least a dozen times but somehow I never quite got round to it. Then a friend sold me hers for a knockdown price along side a heap of other Skaven. Now I just need to get paint on that bad-boy!

  • FirBholg


    Really sorry to hear that, man, hope it all resolves well for you soon!

    The painted swarm is looking really good, and I like the look of the standard bearer so far – is that a cut-down Island of Blood warlord as a base? Good choice of banner – the lack of symmetry works, and the angle you’ve got it at creates a nice flow with the model.

    Anyhow, best wishes to you and yours, man!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks! Yes, that’s an Island of Blood warlord, with all the flourishes cut away and the arms swapped with ones from the Stormvermin. I was surprised how well it works actually, cut away the elven ruin from under his feet as well (which I didn’t do here) and you’ve got a nice generic warlord ready to personalise.

  • Alex

    Great rats mate! I like that number 5 has white eyes – is that deliberate or not?? Looks good anyway 🙂

    So sorry to hear about the other stuff mate – my best wishes to you & yours

    • Wudugast

      Thanks dude – yes, the white eyes on number 5 were an experiment but I think it works. I reckoned he looks like a slave whose been kept down in the lowest warrens and is probably blind. I’ve been reading the black library novel Headtaker and there’s a lot in there about how smell is the main Skaven sense and sight is secondary so I reckoned trying out a few white eyed rats would add variety to the unit. I don’t imagine I’ll ever end up with enough Skaven slaves to make them their own unit but if I do I shall, otherwise they can just lurk around in the clanrat squads.

  • Azazel

    I know all about life giving you a right kicking – I hope everything works out and that the recovery (of whatever type) is as swift and painless for you and yours as possible.
    Your rats are, of course, very cool. Again. 🙂

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