Rodents Of Unusual Size – October

With so many goblins and other greenskins on the painting desk this month the Skaven have been shoved onto the back burner somewhat. Despite that I still had to fulfil my goal of adding at least one rat to the army every month. Of course if I could only fit in one rodent I wanted it to at least be a big one, so here’s the second rat ogre from the Island of Blood boxset.

Skaven Convert Or Die Wudugast Rat Ogre (1)Skaven Convert Or Die Wudugast Rat Ogre (2)

That should stop any pesky Night Gobbos fromย getting ideas above their station!


26 responses to “Rodents Of Unusual Size – October

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nice. Some lovely textures and highlights on this one.

  • Faust

    Love it! Especially the rust on top of that dome. I have one of those, that I bought for use in Blood Bowl. It’s still way better than the new FW Rat Ogre. I stripped mine down awhile ago, so it will eventually get repainted along with the Skaven team. I also need to get ahold of another Rat Ogre or two for a Star Player. I think I need the body of the one you just posted, but a different head. Man, this is making me want to play some Skaven. What’s going to jump painting queue next?! Craziness.

    Congrats on getting yours done for October! Was he already started or was he start-to-finish? Was there any customization there? From memory, it looks like stock parts, but you all always do your conversions so damned good, that’s it hard to tell!

    • Wudugast

      It’s a cracking model isn’t it? All built as nature intended, no conversion here (what do you think this is – a converting blog?!)

      That Forgeworld rat ogre is pretty terrible isn’t it? Mind you so were the standard release rat ogres, GW haven’t had a good run with them really (although these ones from the IoB set are still really nice in my opinion). Maybe get one of the arms with an open hand from the standard rat ogres to replace the mechanical claw on this one if you’re planning to turn him into a Blood Bowl player, would make him less “armed for battle” and it would look like he was reaching up to catch the ball and/or waving to his mate in the crowd. The heads are separate so no need to worry about cutting away the one he has but it’s a very exact fit so care/greenstuff will be needed in attaching the new head.

      He was pretty much entirely painted in October, think I had him assembled and undercoated at the start of the month but that was it.

      • Faust

        Yea, the funny thing was when I stripped down the Rat Ogre, I remembered I had used quite a bit of green stuff on him. I thought the added bits were just part of the model. Not that my green stuff skills are that good though (far from it!).

  • Alexis West

    Gotta keep those Gobbos from getting out of control in the under-ways! Looks great, too. Those really are much, much nicer Models than the ones in the Rat Ogres and Giant Rats box.

    • Wudugast

      Oh they are a thousand times nicer than the standard rat ogres. I know everyone thinks their army is neglected by GW (except Stormcast players, they should be pretty happy about life) but the Skaven have some really duff models still. I can’t moan too much because the quality of their output has been so high lately but I would love to see a new, good, rat ogre set (and maybe some gutter runners… and plague monks… and censor bearers…).

      • Alexis West

        Truth. I was shocked when I was selling off a bunch of Skaven stuff a couple of years ago to discover that the Poison Wind Globadiers I had were still the current ones. (And they actually still are, tho they’re now sold as “Skryre Acolytes” instead.) Those weren’t exactly new sculpts when I got them back well before the turn of the century.

        Actually, now that the Ork Warbuggy kit has been replaced, I think the Skaven might have the oldest sculpts still available at retail.

      • Wudugast

        I think if the whole Skaven range was old it wouldn’t be quite so jarring, but the mix of really nice modern models with really clunky looking older ones just doesn’t work. Plus, Skaven aren’t a race where the older models looked all that good – compared to Night Goblins for example, where the older models are full of character and stand up well even today, the old Skaven with their big hands and weird faces just look duff.

        When I went to Warhammer World a couple of years ago the guys in the shop were debating over what the oldest kit they still sold was. We were just thinking of plastic kits in the shop itself though and I think in the end the zombies won it (another kit that desperately wants replacing). A proper revamp of the Skaven range is desperately needed I feel, but sadly we may never see new Globadiers or jezzails because they’ll want to do new things for AoS rather than just replacing old world units. On the other hand the nice thing is that they’re so deviously inventive (the Skaven and the GW designers alike!) that I’m hopeful a lot of those new units would fit into this army.

      • Alexis West

        That tendency to make something completely new rather than update old Models has really been annoying me over the past few years. I mean, yeah, all the new stuff is cool, but I also kinda just wanted a generic Warbuggy/Trakk kit with multiple options that didn’t suck, y’know?

      • Wudugast

        I know what you mean. I love that they’re pushing the boundaries so much, as well as going back to concepts from the early days and bringing them up to date. However there are various models and lines which seem to have been left behind and I wonder if they’ll ever be properly picked up or if they’ll just become old-hat and slowly disappear. When the Moonclan appear I think that’ll be quite telling. Essentially they could be Night Goblins on round bases, with squigs and squig hoppers and all the other things we’ve been wanting to see replaced from the old days, or they could be something completely new and uniquely Moonclan. Personally I’d prefer a mix of the two but we’ll have to see.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very nice. The brown tones blend really well.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks Pete – the GW brown and skin colour paints work really well together, blending can sometimes be a little bit of a chore but this came together really easily ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alex

    Awesome job dude, what a brute! Lovely work on the textures, and that yellow continues to hit the spot for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • imperialrebelork

    Ratical man! Yes I said Ratical not radical. Really nice paint work

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I’ve not heard someone say something was radical in ages. Round our way it was always preceded by a faux-Californian “Duuude!” I still say “Dude” in day to day conversation but I’m not sure I could get away with “Radical” anymore! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Makes me wonder if Warlock Engineers use aiming raticules on their guns. The Skaven background is packed with terrible puns (shouting at the troops through loudsqueekers etc) so if GW haven’t thought of that one they can have it on me!

  • Azazel

    This is a really nice model, and you’ve done really nice work on it – so good to see it added into your Skaven force. Now you just need a couple more good Rat Ogres to push in front of those terrible plastic sculpts!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Aye, new rat ogres couldn’t come a moment too soon. GW, if you’re reading this, that’s where your plastic production resources should be getting focussed right now. Shove those Sisters of Battle down the queue a little, they won’t mind ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Azazel

        ….and then your blog was DDOSed by rabid SoB fans!
        I think those Rat Ogres with miniguns on their arms were the “new” ones?

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I’m playing with fire there eh! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do like the Stormfiends (I’ve even got a set waiting for their turn on the painting desk) but they’re just not the same as normal rat ogres. Sadly GW may well feel that the old rat ogres have indeed been suitably replaced now.

      • Azazel

        Yeah, they’re very different. Thanquol’s more recent Boneripper models turned up to 11 really. Which is why I’m also concerned that they’re probably where Rat Ogres end for the foreseeable future.

  • Azazel

    And I know it’s already been said, but those tonal shifts between different browns are really quite lovely.

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