Doom Rocket!

It’s been a long time since I last painted a Skaven – or at least that’s how it feels to me. I’m sure there are plenty of other ranges within my overall collection of miniatures that have gone untouched for much longer but after painting ratmen at least once per month for the last three years going seven months without so much as pointing a brush at one certainly seems like an absolute age. Consider also how the world has been ravaged by plague and  strife in the interim, something I’m sure the Skaven would approve of greatly.

On the grounds that a man cannot live by painting giant stompy Chaos war-engines alone I decided to grab something else out of the queue and what better than this demented rodent hell-bent on destruction. As I have complained on a regular basis Games Workshop haven’t added much to the Skaven range in a number of years, with the result that a lot of the models are now looking distinctly past their best. One of the very few new models to be added to the range has been the Warlock Bombardier or – as it would have been known back in eighth edition Warhammer – a Warlock Engineer armed with a Doom Rocket. As I recall this was a particularly deadly contraption back then, sometimes blowing the enemy ranks to smithereens and sometimes – as was the way with Skaven weapons – causing devastation to the ratmen instead as the rocket exploded prematurely or zoomed off in the wrong direction. It’s an excellent miniature and, having bemoaned the lack of new Skaven models for so long, it seemed churlish of me not to add him to the ranks.

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I’ll be counting him as my contribution to Bjorn Stormborn’s Skaven and High Elf Painting Challenge being run to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Island of Blood (the last ever WHFB starter set). It’s hard to believe that it launched a full decade ago now or that WHFB, which at that time seemed a permanent and immutable part of the hobby, would be replaced by a whole new system in the form of Age of Sigmar. Then again AoS itself is five years old now – where does the time go? Of course this means it’s been five years since the Skaven got any new models at all (beyond the chap above of course) and ten years since they had a major wave of releases. Just sayin’ GW, just sayin’..!

Anyone with an affiliation for Skaven or High Elves who wants to join in with Bjorn’s challenge has until my birthday (that’s the 1st of September for anyone who hasn’t marked their calendars) to paint up either a stylish rodent, some pointy-eared filth, or both.


23 responses to “Doom Rocket!

  • Alex

    Cracking job mate – a worthy addition to the ranks!!

  • imperialrebelork

    Ooooh nice one Wudu. I love the vibrancy of the green.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    I do like these Skavens and this one is particulalry nice. I can see them taking over in the real world at some point if things continue as they are. Not enitrely sure why the absence of new releases is a problem, just cobble together some new ones of your own – I know about these things! 😉

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! 🙂 Honestly, looking at the political leaders we’re burdened with (the world over) if a bunch of man-sized rats decided to take over I don’t know that we’d see a difference. Might even improve things…
      As for converting my own I wish I could, they’re probably the hardest GW faction to do that with. Plus, because you always have so many of them in an army, conversions tend to get expensive very quickly. Ah well, I’ve got more than enough else in the backlog to keep me entertained for a decade or so and that should give them time to remember about us 😉

  • Faust

    Nice work on that yellow, really all around. And love that mini. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I love those crazy Skaven contraptions. They need some more of that in Blood Bowl someday.

    If only I had the time, I’d paint up my Skaven team for that challenge..but I’ll with you an early Happy Birthday instead, haha!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Early happy birthday’s are all very well mind but I’ve given you plenty of notice to send me a present 😉

      Oddly, from a model’s point of view (not rules – you know I’m clueless there) I always found the Skaven the least appealing Blood Bowl team (with the exception of Chaos), although I was looking at them again today and they’ve definitely grown on me. Need to see what you do with yours when you are able to get around to them. Seen the new Imperial Nobles team? Those look amazing, I’m well excited about the new box. Presuming it’s going to be Orcs on the opposing team, really want a look at those now.

      • Faust

        Yea, it’s a good chunk of notice, but my current team is kicking my butt. And work is going to kick it even more than it has, over the next few months. Otherwise, I’d love to take that challenge!

        Ah yea, model wise the Skaven release was not too awesome. Rules wise, I find them one of the funnest teams to play. They are basically fragile runners. Super fast but prone to getting decimated. I guess you could day they are ‘glass scorers’?!

        I think I assembled my Skaven early on, so they probably won’t be too interesting. But then again, I have a horrible habit of assembling, half painting…and THEN deciding to cut up the team to make them unique! I really wish that inspiration hit me way before the painting stage!

        The new news has been really interesting. I’m looking forward to some game changes. I hope the Passing stat adds some diversity. I’m not crazy about the Imperials, as I don’t really know them. Hopefully they are an interesting team play wise. Rumors on the Orcs is that they are either Big Uns or Savage Orcs. Either way, sign me up for another Orc team!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Excellent- can just imagine him launching that with a cackle….

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Wudugast

      Oh yeah, just look at him – you can practically hear the evil laughter (not to mention the cries of blame and recrimination when it backfires spectacularly into his own troops…).

  • Kuribo

    I was more of a high elves fan so it pains me to see you paint such vermin 😉 In all seriousness, while I tend to not like Skaven sculpts all that much, this little guy has a ton of personality and a cool weapon so it is hard not to admire the sculpt. Your painting style is well-suited to the Skaven as well as this guy looks great!

    • Wudugast

      Ah, the hated adversary eh!? Your plans will come to naught high elf scum! 😉
      I’m with you on the Skaven sculpts actually, they’re very hit and miss. Some of the best models in the GW catalogue in my opinion, and some of the very worst. I could get up on my high horse and rant about this but given how long I could potentially bang on for I’m not sure either of us has enough time! I’ve only ever painted one high elf (and in a bit of shameless self-promotion you can find him here; https://convertordie.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/ulthuan-lives/) but I’ve got a few more in a box and hopefully I’ll get around to them someday.

      • Kuribo

        🙂 I really liked some of their old war machines like the Screaming Bell, I think it was called but even in my much younger days, I thought to myself, there’s no way I’m painting up huge blocks of 50 rats (or however many were needed for a unit)!

        That elf is really nice! Really clean and crisp painting. I’m sure you’ll hate to hear this but you may be better painting elves than your usual grim and dirty subjects! 😀 I keep telling myself one of these days I’m going to buy and paint up a nice high elf if I ever spot one on eBay for a reasonable price. We’ll see if that ever comes to pass!

      • Wudugast

        Oh yeah, the number of rats in an army makes it a big thing to take on. Must be about 200 models in my Skaven collection and it’s not a particularly big army points wise. Getting them all wasn’t tough, there was a while there when clanrats were cheap as chips on ebay, but painting them wasn’t exactly the work of a moment!

        Glad you like the elf, he was fun to do and although they’re not my favourite faction I do have a soft spot for some of the elven miniatures. At some point I’ll get around to painting up the rest of my high elves and I might be tempted by a Lumineth warcry warband.

      • Kuribo

        Its funny because the old Warhammer fantasy box sets came with 30 or more models and really weren’t very expensive at all for the time. It was a crazy time to be in the hobby and definitely cheaper than it is now!

        That would be great to see you paint some more elves. I still am very disappointed by the Lumineth and don’t think I’ll paint many but maybe I’ll come around. I keep thinking/hope The Old World will bring about more fantasy sculpts that I want to paint but we’ll just have to wait and see!

      • Wudugast

        You may have told me this before (in which case I apologise for my sieve brain!) but why don’t you like the Lumineth? I’m fairly ambivalent about them myself, so I’m certainly not here to preach their qualities or anything like that. Then again I’ve never been a huge elf fan in general so I don’t think I’m the target market for them. I like them well enough but not sufficiently that I’d spend my money on them or take the time to paint them, which is pretty much how I feel about all elves most of the time (although as I say, I’ve been tempted by the pointy-eared ones lately so my attitudes are definitely softening – my inner orc/dwarf/skaven is disgusted!).

      • Kuribo

        I don’t think we’ve spoken about them or if we did, then we both forgot 🙂 It is hard because I inevitably want to compare Lumineth to High Elves which is not entirely fair but it is pretty much inescapable at the same time.

        I don’t like the Lumineth’s headpieces at all. They look dumb and impractical. The sculpts are clean but lacking in detail and don’t really capture the beauty and finesse that elves should have. I really don’t like the giant bull mini as I can’t think of an animal less suited to elves than that. When you compare Lumineth to High elves, they seem less regal and have fewer interesting models and details to paint. That feels like a real downgrade to me, especially considering how old the High elves’ sculpts are. Between Lumineth and the sea elves, I really miss the Warhammer Fantasy setting as Wood Elves and High elves were much cooler!

      • Wudugast

        Yup, I’m pretty much in full agreement with you there. I think part of the problem is that the big hats or the bull for example, might work really well for the Lumineth but they wouldn’t suit the high elves at all. Thus you end up with a disparity, they’re not an entirely new thing like the Idoneth were for example, with no direct relationship to any of the old Warhammer factions, but nor are they a simple refreshing of an existing range as happened when the night goblins became the gloomspite gits. These are the points where AoS has fallen down in my opinion, where they tried to reinvent an existing range (the fyreslayers struggled in the same way). The high elf range was well loved but full of old and often quite ropey sculpts, and people had been crying out for new slayers for ages. Rather than provide those though they took the concept off in a new direction and the end result is neither one thing nor the other. I feel the same way about my Skaven, much as I’d like to see new kits for them I want those to replace old models that are past their prime, or add new concepts that are sympathetic to those which already exist (much as the Daughters of Khaine would have fitted neatly into the old Dark Elves or the Sylvaneth into the Wood Elves). I’m worried about seeing AoS versions of Skaven that are to the existing range what the Lumineth are to the High Elves. I’d rather in that case they just left the old rats alone and made something entirely new for AoS.

      • Kuribo

        You said all that really well. I can’t add much other than I’ve heard many people speculate that GW has kind of thrown out old factions and replaced them with something they feel they can trademark and defend and while I understand that, I think they kind of ended up throwing out the soul of a game that a lot of people loved and not replaced it as effectively as they could have. AoS is a great game from what I hear and there have been great miniatures released too but as a whole, it is missing a bit of soul, I think. I’m sure I could go on and on about that so I’ll leave it there 🙂

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