Rodents Of Unusual Size – July

It’s that time again, the moment I take a look at the progress of my Skaven army this month. To recap for newer readers, back at the end of 2016 I realised that my Skaven army was going nowhere. Rather than the mighty horde of painted rodents I dreamed of it was a big heap of unpainted plastic. As it was the scale of the project that was putting me off, rather than attempt to tackle it all in one go I decided to add a minimum of one model to the army every month. In 2017 this proved so successful that I’ve kept at it in 2018.

This month my attention was also grabbed by the latest of Azazel’s monthly challenges; the Jewel of July. Again, for those new to the idea, blogger extraordinaire Azazel has been setting a challenge to himself and anyone else who fancied joining in, every month of the year. For July the aim was to paint a centre piece; a hero, a big monster or a warmachine. I had great plans for this but sadly the trials of “real life” put paid to the deff-dread, Goliath boss and others for this month. One model however just couldn’t be left behind, straddling as it does both challenges; the warp lightning cannon.

Convert Or Die Skaven Warplightning Cannon (1)Convert Or Die Skaven Warplightning Cannon (2)Convert Or Die Skaven Warplightning Cannon (3)

As with all the bigger kits even when I thought I was done I found several areas that I’d overlooked and had to take it back to the painting desk for further touch-ups. In the end this one came right down to the wire, and for a while I feared it wouldn’t make it, which would have been a disaster as I would have finally failed to maintain my Skaven streak.

Convert Or Die Skaven Warplightning Cannon (5)

The glowing effect on the warpstone was remarkably easy to achieve; just a quick coat of waystone green technical paint over fulgurite copper, plus a few judicious highlights of moot green. The whole effect only took about ten minutes to complete (minus drying time of course).

Convert Or Die Skaven Warplightning Cannon (4)

Those familiar with the kit will also notice there’s a few bits missing here and there, and the odd addition to cover over it’s various battle scars. The model was sold to me by a friend (indeed, she basically gave it away) and from what I’ve heard it was fairly battered when she got it (also second hand). The price for getting it so cheaply was all of the damage it had accrued along the way but I think I made a fair job of covering that up. Of course part of the joy of the Skaven is their ramshackle warmachines so it was relatively easy to incorporate the damage into the model and disguise it.

Convert Or Die Skaven Warplightning Cannon (6)

Although the heap of Skaven plastic still waiting for attention remains fairly huge I’m pleased to say that finishing it is now starting to look achievable. Of course I’m not making any promises, I’ll just keep chipping away, but it’ll be interesting to see where it stands next time New Year rolls around.

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34 responses to “Rodents Of Unusual Size – July

  • Pandoras Bitz Box

    This is really cool. I was a skaven player myself once apon a time, i love them, my army has since been lost to the sands of time though.

    This weapon didnt exist when i collected. Its cool, like the artillery version of a warp jezzail. Nice work, looking forward to seeing your other rodents surface as you make progress!

  • Alex

    Excellent work mate – great to see you hitting both challenges with such a worthy warmachine… may I also say, it is a real pleasure to see a fixer-upper looking so damn good! Kudos πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man – yeah, it needed a little extra love (another reason why I almost missed the deadline) but it was worth it to get it back in action πŸ™‚ A model has to be in worse nick than this was before I declare it a lost cause!

  • imperialrebelork

    Well done Wudu. That green really pops a punch and I like that you’ve added some yellow to tie it in with the clan.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate – getting the balance right between bright, almost lurid, colours and grubby, dark shades is key for Skaven, at least the way I paint them. πŸ™‚

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Glad you managed to keep on track. Very nice model, I particulalry like the way you have painted all the wood.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The wood wasn’t anything fancy, just a base coat of dark brown followed by a couple of layers of lighter brown drybrushed on top. Nothing too complicated but it’s brought out the grain nicely. The tricky part was not missing anywhere!

  • savageddt

    I love the skaven tech… just sad that there is so much in fighting between the clans.

    • Wudugast

      If it wasn’t for all the infighting they’d be in charge. I don’t want to be a Skavenslave! πŸ™‚

      • savageddt

        Im looking forward to reading what happens in the Death of Old World regarding them. Think they actualy work together for a change

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I’ve only skimmed that section of the background myself, enough to keep on top of what was happening during the End Times as it happened. I’m finally up to date with the Horus Heresy though so I might start on the End Times stuff soon. As far as I’m aware the rats do work together a little more than usual but there’s still backstabbing aplenty – they wouldn’t be Skaven without it!

      • savageddt

        I am far behind with HH, only finished horus rising earlier this year. But ill get there. Saw you followed my blog this morning… thanks for subscribing🀘🏻

      • Wudugast

        No worries – actually thought I’d done it ages ago but clearly not.
        The HH has its ups and downs, some of them are great, most of them are at least enjoyable, a few are pretty dire. Definitely glad I’ve read it though πŸ™‚

  • Alexis West

    Nice work! Skaven stuff is always fun to mess around with. Like Ork stuff, it’s all so ramshackle that there are tons of possibilities, and it takes some doing to end up with something that actually looks wrong.

    I’ve always like the Skryre stuff and the weird Skaven techno-magic. Unfortunately, back when I played them, the Warp Lightning Cannon was only available as the clunky and obnoxious metal model, so I never got to mess around with one.

    Thanks for the tip on Waystone Green over Fulgurite Copper! I’ve got a few things where that will work fantastically, I think.

    • Wudugast

      It’s a big part of the appeal of both Skaven and Orks for me. You can really go to town kitbashing, although admittedly I haven’t been too wild with the rats so far. I remember that old cannon all too well, sadly many of its peers are still around. Still, seeing the Black Coach reinvented gives me hope that we might see other old world staples return someday alongside the cool new stuff.

      The Waystone Green/Fulgurite Copper works really well doesn’t it. If I recall correctly there’s a different metallic paint to match each of the gem paints, I’ve never tried the others though so I can’t comment on how well they work.

  • Azazel

    Awesome stuff once again here mate – and your dogged method of building this army is something I think I might have to try to emulate, given my almost complete lack of progress on some of the armies I’m “supposed” to be building this year. When was the last time you saw an Iron Warrior, a Minotaur or even a Nurgle Daemon?
    That Warpstone effect is pretty clever and very effective as well. I wouldn’t have thought of using the gemstone paints over copper for it. I’ll file that one away for later!

  • heresyofus

    Your dedication to this army is truly inspiring mate. Can’t wait to see the horde in all its furry , spiky and evil glory.

  • ejhenries

    Looks great bud, really like the wood and the warpstone. Ah for the ‘ol world.

  • Faust

    Late to the party, I forgot the beer, and I come asking questions! Why do you keep inviting me over?! πŸ˜‰

    Looks great. I love the Skaven models, and you do a great job painting them up. I’ll be simultaneously happy and sad once you finish the army. Oh yea, question! So the copperish looking metal…did you paint that with Balthasar Gold, highlight with some Silver, and add a rust effect? I usually see people adding Nihilakh Oxide to that color, but I liked the rust you added. Though it’s also easy to miss in the photos.

    • Wudugast

      The questions I encourage even though this one I’m going to find hard to answer. A lack of beer though is unforgivable! πŸ˜‰

      I’m actually not entirely sure what colours I used to paint the brass. I started it a while ago and then finished it just a few days ago, but I didn’t keep notes for either. When I started it I probably used a mix of Brass Scorpion and Boltgun Metal as I think that was all I had at the time. Then I picked up some more metallic paints to expand my options and tested some of them here, probably a bit of runelord brass and sycorax bronze. I thought I’d end up repainting it so I was just messing around really but then, to my great surprise, it turned out looking alright. I did plan to use some Nihilakh oxide but I’m still getting the hang of it so I didn’t want to screw things up when I was already down to the wire and, by some miracle, things were going so well. A layer of Agrax Earthshade went in there somewhere as well, which is pretty much standard for everything I paint nowadays. Sorry that’s a bit vague but sometimes I just make things up as I go along! πŸ™‚

      • Faust

        No worries man, thanks for giving it a shot! I don’t have Brass Scorpion or Runelord Brass (yet). I do have some Sycorax Bronze, but I think I screwed that paint up when I decanted it, as it’s really watery. I guess I put too much Flow Aid in. I should probably buy another pot and mix them together, but I also haven’t been really crazy about using that color as a highlight for Balthasar. They are a bit too similar (from the guy who paints nearly imperceptible highlights most times!).

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