Rodents Of Unusual Size – February

It’s the end of February and time once again to take a look at what I’ve added to my Skaven horde this month. This time I’ve only managed to finish one miniature, but on the other paw it’s not just anyone – it’s Clan Eshin’s finest, the greatest assassin of the Old World (yeah, you heard me Shadowblade); Deathmaster Snikch.

Not many Skaven get to be imposing yet Snikch manages it. Sadly before he reached me the elegant swirl of his cape had become caked in a foul mix of uncured greenstuff, glue and fluff so I snipped it back, which also helps to make him a bit more gritty and realistic.

Deathmaster Snikch Convert Or Die (1)Deathmaster Snikch Convert Or Die (2)

I actually found the little rats on his base were a lot of fun to paint. Often these smaller vermin are quite lumpen and lacking in detail (unsurprising as they’re downright minute) but these are actually quite sharply detailed and about as full of character as a base-detail a few millimetres long can manage.

Deathmaster Snikch Convert Or Die (3)

…Sorry Shadowblade. I didn’t mean to slight you. Please don’t come for me in my sleep…

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11 responses to “Rodents Of Unusual Size – February

  • Alex

    He’s brilliant mate – looks good in bluey-grey rather than the normal black, and I absolutely love the yellowness of the teeth 😉

  • Ross

    Looks great, dude. A square base eh? Shadowblade might come for you just for that!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers 😀 Funnily enough I used to hate square bases and would bang on about how much better the round ones looked – words that have come back to haunt me in recent times. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the translation of Warhammer to AoS and the way certain models were moved from one to the other, which may turn into one of my long-winded philosophical blog posts at some point. As AoS has become more familiar and relatable I’m finding that some armies “feel” more like inhabitants of the Warhammer world which have been cut-and-pasted across in a way that to me seems a little jarring (e.g. Night Goblins, High Elves or Lizardmen – which I really struggle to see as Seraphon), some clearly belong in AoS (Kharadron Overlords, Fyreslayers, Stormcasts etc) and some fit in well in either (Nagash’s lot and the Skaven).

      Back on the bases here’s my thinking (defensive? Moi?)
      A – There’s no way I’m rebasing all my old rats, life is far too short.
      B – I’m not having a mix of round and square bases in the same collection so if the old rats are on square bases the new ones are too.
      C – as the chances of me getting a game anytime are currently near zero it’s all a bit academic anyway (although this doesn’t stop me expending a lot of thought on it as you can probably tell!)
      D – I’ve got a few friends who still play Warhammer (but who don’t live anywhere near me – hence point C) so if I did get a game in it might well be on square bases anyway. That said I’m interested in seeing what AoS is like so I’ll probably keep building my old armies (Vampire Counts, Skaven, Night Goblins) on square bases but I’ve been thinking about investigating the new AoS armies (maybe the Kharadron Overlords or Sylvaneth) which would naturally be on round bases.
      Finally, and most importantly however, E – this is Deathmaster Snikch. He may have been repackaged as a generic Skaven assassin but to me he’s still a special character who lived in the Old World where everyone went about on square bases. And if Shadowblade doesn’t approve of that I’m going to have to take my chances (he is less than 3cm tall after all, I’m 6 foot 4, if it comes to a straight up fight I reckon I can take him).

      • Ross

        Ha ha yeah, just make sure you wear shoes, cause if you stepped on Shadowblade without them I’d bet he’d do a lot of damage!

        I’m 100% with you on the Fantasy/AoS dichotomy. I think a lot of the old races don’t work at all in the new setting. The Empire models look completely out of place now, and to a lesser extent the High/Wood elves and old Dwarves.

        I’m a big fan of pretty much all the new ranges, especially the most recent ones, because they’re very much their own thing rather than the old Tolkien tropes.

        My brother has a bunch of square-based Lizardmen that I semi-regularly bully him about rebasing, but no, that way lies madness. I rebased about only 20 of my own Night Goblins and it was a right pain in the arse. And yeah, all the special characters from the Old World should firmly stay there. The mortal ones at least.

      • Azazel

        Very cool work here, though my own parting of the ways with WHFB back in 5th means that my own preference is round bases combined with The Old World (rulesets be damned!) 🙂

      • Wudugast

        Now that’s the kind of rebellious attitude that I heartily approve of! 😀

      • Ann

        Yeah, if your existing collection is already on square based I’d be damned too if I start putting the new guys on round ones; square bases all the way!

        I like your assassin and I love the little rats. I need to acquire some of those for Nurgle, I think.

  • imperialrebelork

    Great!! He looks bad arse man. Also, I learnt a new word “lumpen” 👍🏼😉

    • Wudugast

      Lumpen is a great word – throw it into conversation the next chance you get! Glad to hear you like Snikch 🙂

      • imperialrebelork

        Haha I bloody will. I often find a word or phrase to throw into conversations just for my own enjoyment. Lately I’ve been using “in this economic environment” ahaha. Makes me sound “cleverer” than I actually am.

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