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The Oathbones – Part 7

Time to add a champion to the Cawdor gang, and what better way to arm him than with a heavy flamer – perfect for toasting any and all heretics he encounters? This fanatical pyromaniac goes by the name of Berthroc the Unworthy and stands ready to bring the Emperor’s mercy to Ironhouse and all who dare to dwell there. Some men just want to watch the hive burn and all that…

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Of course just because he’s an arsonist extremist hell-bent on destruction doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have a pet, and what better companion than a Necromundan giant rat (which in this case goes by the name “Biteum”)?

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Finally this champion of the God-Emperor needed a bit of background to tie him into the evolving story of the Oathbones.

The first of Marrowkin’s Apostles to declare for the saint, Berthroc the Unworthy was once a champion of the Pithole Preachers. Swayed by the saint’s fiery sermons Berthroc demanded that the Preachers join his crusade and, when his gang leader refused, Berthroc responded by casting him headfirst into Pithole’s infamous pit. At this the rest of the Preachers turned on one another in a vicious schism, until finally Berthroc left taking his few surviving followers with him. His departure, and the fighting that preceded it, has left the Preachers sorely depleted. With the Pithole Goliaths already slaughtered at Korg’s feast the turf is seen by many as ripe for the taking although local hivers fear for just who might attempt to claim it – a concern which is in no way alleviated by the ominous chanting heard echoing up from the pit itself. 

Meanwhile Berthroc seeks atonement for his failure to bring the Preachers wholly into the ranks of the crusade. In an act of penance he has donned an iron mask that prevents him from receiving food, water or even air, something he shall continue to wear until he receives a sign from the God Emperor Himself at he has been forgiven. To date no such sign has been received yet nor has Berthroc succumbed to starvation or asphyxiation despite the passage of many cycles. Whilst some have declared this to be a miracle others whisper that it is the result of a fraud, or perhaps even something darker. None dare to do so within Berthroc’s hearing however for his willingness to put friend and foe alike to the torch remains undiminished. 

With him done the gang is starting to take shape, although I’ve got plenty more still to work on – so watch out for more gangers (and more rats) in the next week or so.


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.

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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!