Rodents Of Unusual Size – November

My intention was to have completed a load more clanrats by now but alas they’re still sitting half-finished on the painting desk, so instead of a horde of rank and file this month’s recruit is one lone model. At least it’s a special character through; Lord Skrolk, one of the diabolic plague lords of Clan Pestilens.

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When it comes to special characters my tendency, as with Queek Headtaker and Deathmaster Snikch, has been to paint them in the colour scheme traditionally associated with them, rather than with that of my army. With Skrolk however I decided to paint him in my yellow scheme, partly because a sickly yellow fits well with the aesthetic of the pestilent clan and partly because I think he looks damn good in it.

Lord Skrolk Convert Or Die Wudugast Skaven (2)

The Liber Bubonicus was a lot of fun to paint and, as the keen eyed will have spotted, I decided to sneak in the symbol of Nurgle alongside that of the Horned Rat and of Clan Pestilens.

Lord Skrolk Convert Or Die Wudugast Skaven (1)

Next month will be the two year anniversary of my decision to work on this project every month of the year (where does the time go?!) I’m planning to celebrate by getting the horde of clanrats currently covering the painting desk done so I can move on to bringing in some other units in 2019. As usual, watch this space!

17 responses to “Rodents Of Unusual Size – November

  • Alex

    He’s lovely, (in a plaguey, ratty kind of way). The book is awesome, and you know I’m a big fan of your yellow, but I have to mention the colours you used on his teeth – wonderfully stained & disgusting! Love it mate 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate 🙂 I’ve been thinking I need to do more with the teeth on my rats, I’ve given most of them rather clean pearly-whites and I’m not convinced that oral hygiene is actually a big priority for Skaven. I’m pleased with how they’ve come out here though so I’ll try to do more like this from here on.

  • Bjorn Stormborn

    Lord Skrolk, more devoted to the cause of Pestilence than any rat in the Under-Empire.

    Smashing work on Lord Skrolk, especially the freehand details on the pages. The yellow suits him really well now that I’ve compared his original model to yours, the yellow brings out more of a yucky-sickly vibe. His original painted model lacked that eye catching colours, although the sculpting was brilliant still.

    Can’t wait to see your next Skaven post! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 The studio paint job is really nice, no doubt about it, but something in that style wouldn’t really have fitted in with the rest of my army. As you say the yellow really pops out whilst still looking nasty and sickly.

      Skrolk is still such a great model though, even though I struggle to think of him as just a generic plague priest now I’m glad they’ve kept the model for AoS so that newcomers to the hobby can still enjoy him.

      All being well the next post should contain a whole heap of clanrats. I just need to get the finger out and paint them!

  • Alexis West

    Skrolk has always been one of the highlights of the Skaven model line, and you’ve definitely done him justice here. The yellow you do really does work nicely for Pestilens. I always like when someone manages to come up with an alternate to an iconic colour scheme that actually surpasses it.

  • Azazel

    Great stuff here. I love the yellow effect you’ve given his teeth as well. I do have to ask – how many more Skaven do you have to paint?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂
      Let’s see, as a very rough head count we’re looking at;
      21 clanrats,
      1 plagueclaw catapult,
      1 hellpit abomination (I really want to buy another. I know I shouldn’t but I can’t hellpit!)
      3 stormfiends
      10 – 20 stormvermin (need to properly sort these out and see what state they’re all in)
      a handful of characters and heroes (maybe 6-ish?)

      The heap has grown a little lately, I spotted a few deals that I wanted to snap up and I know my hobby spending may well but steeply curtailed next year (thanks Brexit, the people of Scotland really wanted another recession). My aim is to carry on the “at least 1 a month” theme through 2019 but to really knuckle down as well, with the aim of having the unpainted heap finished off by the end of the year. Hopefully this isn’t just wishful thinking but I don’t think it’s an insurmountable goal to get painted in a year (even alongside all the other projects).

  • imperialrebelork

    Two years already? Wow. He’s horrible in a very cool way. Nicely done sunshine

  • Faust

    I don’t know too much about him, but your paints certainly look good. 2 years of Skaven! In those same two years, I managed to paint a small handful of Dwarves, haha! Though I’m sure I’ll get faster now, yep, sure thing.

    Congrats on the anniversary and looking forward to seeing more stuff. The Necromunda, Skaven, and Goblin projects have been really fun to follow.

    • Wudugast

      Ah, come on now – you’ve painted more than that. You did a whole heap of Goliaths for one thing.

      Glad you’re enjoying the goblins, skaven and Necromunda stuff, there’s going to be a lot more of all three for a little while yet. 🙂

  • Maurice Mickelwhite

    Lord Skrolk looks good in pustulant yellow! I think the ol Lord is probably my favourite Skaven character of the bunch in the classic Red Book, if not one of my favourite characters of the WFB really.

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