The Year of the Rat – September

With real life continuing to be busy, time for painting in short supply and my available energies focussed on the 41st Millennium, my Skaven army has suffered another month of less than inspirational growth. Still, every rat is another body to expend in the pursuit of victory for Skavendom so here’s two more ready to connive their way into the rearmost ranks of the ratty advance.

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Speaking of ranks, those who still think in old fashioned warhammer terms will be pleased to discover that the addition of these two scabrous vermin adds another rank to my block of spear-rat infantry. I myself sit in a rules no-man’s land, not being particularly familiar with either ruleset, but my rats still sit on square bases and I still think of them as living in the Warhammer world rather than the Mortal Realms.

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What’s more my hulking, ugly rat ogre may still be awaiting the arrival of a brother to fight alongside him but at least now I’ve recruited a handler to keep him lumbering in roughly the right direction and stop him from eating anyone who the packmaster hasn’t earmarked as a direct threat or rival (which, now I think on it, will be a slim list indeed in the cruel and complex world of Skaven society).

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14 responses to “The Year of the Rat – September

  • imperialrebelork

    Cool minis mate. I like the rat with the pet rat on his back/neck. The group shot shows them all of well

  • Alex

    Rat-tastic mate, always a great feeling when another rank gets completed, and that handler is superb!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate – yeah, I’m rather proud of the packmaster, especially the warpstone. It’s so easy to achieve and yet it looks so damn good (in my humble opinion of course!). Makes the headaches I had with the straps and the highlights on his fur seem worth while.

      And there is a certain joy to finishing another rank isn’t there? Kids today with their AoS don’t know how easy they have it I tell you!

  • Azazel

    Looking good here mate, you’ll have to get that other Rat Ogre done next to complete the trio. What are your plans for 2018? More rats? Or something else?

    • Wudugast

      Aye, that ugly rat ogre has been alone for too long! I do find the rat ogre models pretty hideous but I’ve made a few adjustments to the second one which hopefully improves it a little, now I just need to crack on and paint it.

      Good question re 2018 – I’ve still got a lot of rats needing paint but maybe not enough to make the “something everything month” technique last all year. It’s certainly proved to be a good motivator though so I might try applying it to some of the other lingering projects that I’ve been meaning to work on forever. I do have a lot of unpainted goblins needing attention…

      • Azazel

        Surely you’ve still got at least 12 Skaven models to paint? You could always segue into the gobboes if you run out of rats to paint – or even go with both for a real “Underworld Creepers” theme.

      • Wudugast

        Just did a quick inventory and you’re right, there’s still a hell of a lot of rats still unpainted. Year of the Rat Round 2 it is! 🙂

  • Anders Seneca Bang

    Hey there, late to the party, but I stumbled upon this blog and I really like the look on your skaven. Can I ask your ‘clanrat recipe’? I really like the dirty yellow and would like to know your method, but also for the lighter skin on the tails, the grey cloth and the warpstone? Thanks a lot!

    • Wudugast

      I’m thinking that I might write a tutorial on how I paint my rats as so many people have asked now. In the meantime here’s the basic recipes;

      Yellow cloth: Base coat of Averland Sunset. Wash with Agrax Earthshade. Highlight with Averland Sunset. Further highlight with Yriel Yellow.

      Fur: Basecoat of Rhinox Hide. Highlight with Mournfang Brown. Then I was highlighting with a 50/50 mix of Mournfang Brown and Skrag Brown but I’m experimenting now with Gorthor Brown instead – watch this space.

      For the light brown cloth: Basecoat with Karak Stone. Wash with Agrax Earthshade. Highlight with Rakarth Flesh.

      For the tails: Basecoat with Bugman’s Glow. The wash stripes of the tail with either Carroburg Crimson or Druchii Violet (leave some patches with no wash at all). Then once that’s dry wash with Reikland Fleshshade. Then (lightly) drybrush with Kislev Flesh on the tip.

      As for the warpstone, it’s actually really, stupidly easy but, IMO, looks amazing. Basecoat with Fulgurite Copper. Then paint over that with Waystone Green (mind and make sure its mixed properly – that one separates like nobodies’ business and that makes it loose it’s qualities). Then highlight all the sharpest lines and edges with the most virulent green you’ve got – I’m using up the last of a very old pot of Scorpion Green but I’m assuming there’s a modern equivalent that would work just as well.

      Hope that helps and good luck with your rats 🙂

      • Anders Seneca Bang

        Thanks a lot! Saved for future reference 🙂 I’m eyeing Skaven, I play Nurgle Warriors of Chaos, but have always loved the ratmen, I had a 1000ish points Skaven army back in 6th edition, but gave up after painting 100 of the old butt-ugly plastic clanrats.. The “new” plastics look amazing, can be found fairly cheap and Skaven would be a great alternative, playing wise, to my elite Chaos Warriors, so I’m thinking of converting up a WW1-themed Skaven army, and am then really trying to find some good looking Skaven that can be done fairly easy with speed painting techniques, your method doens’t sound too time consuming when done in batches, I’m thinking.Thanks again!

      • Wudugast

        Ooof! A hundred of those ugly old clanrats? That must have been gruelling! Glad I could help with your new rats, I’ll admit I’m not the world’s fastest painter but I find this way to be fairly achievable even for me. 🙂

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