Rat Race – August

As another month draws to a close it’s time for an update on the progress of my Skaven army. Two new models came scampering in this month (although in the case of this first miniature perhaps it would be more accurate to say lumbering). Each is important to the overall collection and called for a little extra time and attention.

First of all we have the first of my stormfiends, the giant rat-ogre variants which joined the range during the End Times. As well as being big enough to look like a centre piece in its own right this also served as a test model for the rest of its squad. At the moment I have two more still to build, plus bits of a forth which I originally acquired somewhere along the line to convert into a bonebreaker (the rat ogre steeds used by particularly pompous and powerful warlords). It’s likely that this plan will be scrapped however (sometimes a conversion just doesn’t come together, no matter what you do) so if I can find enough bits I’ll turn it back into another stormfiend instead. Watch this space I suppose.

In the meantime however this big lad is ready for action.

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Until I got him assembled I hadn’t realised quite how big these guys are either, they really tower over the rat ogres as this size comparison demonstrates.

Stormfiend Skaven Wudugast ConvertOrDie (9)

Indeed I reckon he’s even big enough to count as a last minute entrant to the Awesome August community challenge being run by Azazel (something which certainly helped to focus my attentions on getting him done).

Anyway, as mentioned above he’s not the only new recruit for this month. I also put in the time to get this warlord finished up (which actually makes him the first warlord to join the army – better late than never eh!).

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As well as working on these two I also started on the remaining stormvermin so with luck they’ll be ready by this time next month (perhaps Azazel’s next challenge “Squaddie September” will help me out there). Indeed, with only four months left to go before my self-imposed deadline to complete the army and quite a few models still to paint I’d better get a wiggle on!

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20 responses to “Rat Race – August

  • Alex

    Excellent job mate! That Warlord is very cool – a proper little tyrant, and wow, that Stormfiend is a beast! What’s with the little brain dude stuck to his back?

    • Wudugast

      The warlord just looks so evil, conniving and arrogant doesn’t he – perfect skaven! I actually much prefer him to the Island of Blood version, it’s a cool model but it has a lot less personality.

      As far as I understand the brain-rat on the back does the thinking whilst the big rat does the hitting. It’s a symbiotic relationship and the two are wired together, otherwise there’s really no way that the packmasters would be able to convince something as stupid and aggressive as the stormfeinds not to just start eating their own side, or charge headlong into the enemy when they’ve been armed with long-range weapons etc. Could be wrong, it’s been a while since I read their background. I used one of the brain rats to make the baby for my genestealer cult mother last year, but had to buy a whole stormfeind to get it. I justified it to myself by deciding that I’d build a bonebreaker for my warlord but so far that’s not really come together as planned.

  • heresyofus

    They look great mate! The yellow is a very good choice of colour and you’ve painted it really well.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man! I’ll confess I wasn’t sure if it would work when I switched to using it for my Skaven – kept hearing about how hard it is to work with, but I’ve not had any real bother with it πŸ™‚

      • Alexis West

        Yellow paints have become way better over the last several years. They’re still a bit more finicky than most colours, but they’re miles ahead of where they were when I started painting. Only the mad and the foolish voluntarily painted things yellow back then.

      • Wudugast

        Oh definitely. Plus I’ve made it easy for myself by painting everything in a really dirty, grimy style – people that paint nice clean Imperial Fists (and pull it off) are automatically heroes of mine.

      • heresyofus

        Yes they always say yellow is hard to paint but I find red harder.

      • Wudugast

        Me too actually – although I think that’s partly because I used to paint everything red and since I’ve moved away from doing that my skills with the colour haven’t advanced in the same way as they have for other colours (because I haven’t practiced so I end up falling back into the techniques which were ingrained several years ago). Hopefully I’ll shape up when I finally get started on my Ad Mech. I’ve never done that much with blue as a main colour, that should be something I explore soon. Orange is without doubt the trickiest for me though – what was I thinking with those Genestealer Cultists?!

  • Pete S/ SP

    An impressive bit of work.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Alexis West

    The Stormfiend looks badass, and whatever the hell weapons it has stuck on the ends of its arms look really unpleasant! I do feel like the brain-rat could use some gloss in places for some slimy bits, tho.

    The Warlord looks great, too. I love how animated the tail on that sculpt is. As for taking so long, well, no Skaven Warlord is going to show anywhere until there’s a sufficient number of lesser Skaven to hide among when necessary.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Good thinking re the gloss on the brain-rat, I’ll have a play with the next one I paint and if it works I’ll go back and gloss this one up as well.

      Haha! Aye, that’s true actually – he should be well concealed behind everything I’ve got painted now though. Plus it gives him plenty of candidates for taking the blame if his brilliant schemes don’t automatically result in the glorious victories a general of his standing deserves to achieve!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Some how I managed to miss this post but thank goodness I looked back and found it. Excellent as usual and a worthy entry for the August challenge for sure. Sorry to hear one of your conversions is not going to plan but then again nice to know I am communicating with spmeone who is human! πŸ˜‰

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I’m afraid to say I’m all too human (regardless of what those guys from the zoo say – I escaped once and I can do it again!). Behind the scenes there are quite a few conversions that just don’t turn out looking the way I hoped they would. Some I rescue, some get broken up for parts to make other conversions (and not all of those work either!). Anyway, glad you liked the rats and fear not – whilst we’re on the topic of listing my flaws! – missing other people’s blog posts is another one I’m infamous for πŸ˜€

  • patmcf

    A truly stunning job there mate ,go the Rats !

  • Azazel

    Yeah, agreed with the above! You’ve really done a nice job on the Sigmar-ised Rat Ogre here. I think one of the things that elevates it is the fact that you’ve built it sans the third belly-located weapons that just makes the box-models look silly. And how many of your posts have I missed over the last month? There looks like about ten of them!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers again! Those belly weapons just look daft don’t they? I’ve got one more to go and it’s going to be tricky to do without the belly gun but if I can find a way to avoid it I certainly will.
      I think I achieved some kind of peak hobby energy this month! Don’t worry, it won’t last πŸ˜‰

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