It’s the end of April and time once again to look back at the progress my Skaven army has made over the last month. For those who’re new to this the premise is simple – back at New Year I promised to add something, no matter how small, to my Skaven army every month of 2017. Think of it as A Tale of Four Gamers, but without the other three, no actual games and significantly less progress.
This month I’ve focussed on the Stormvermin. I planned to get enough finished for a full unit but, although I fell short of that, I’m still pleased with how many I did manage to complete. After finding the first two (painted last month) a bit of a struggle I’ve managed to pick up the pace a little so hopefully more will come scurrying off the painting desk soon enough.
And because I know you all love a group shot here the whole squad so far ready to go and bother any dwarves they can find.
Oh and for anyone thinking “but this isn’t the year of the rat, it’s the year of the rooster” I know, but it is a Skaven’s job to spread disorder and confusion ahead of our diabolical rise. That and I’m not waiting until 2020 to get these little vermin painted!
Well look what I just discovered scurrying around the bottom of a box! It’s my oft-mentioned but never revealed Queek Headtaker. Of course he’ll no longer fit in as neatly with the rest of my Skaven, who’ve switched from the red colour-scheme of Clan Mors to a filthy yellow, and the paintjob shows its age, but don’t let that bring you down Queek – I still love you!
Right, March is almost over (where does the time go right?) and it’s time to take a look at the progress my Skaven have made over the last month. For those of you who’re new to this and are wondering why I’m going on about the Year of the Rat when it is very clearly the Year of the Rooster, back at New Year I pledged to add something new to my Skaven collection every month of 2017 – even if it was only a single clan rat. Well, January and February didn’t see huge amounts of progress but with March I actually broke a fair bit of ground and added an impressive (for me) eight clan rats to the ranks.
What’s more I also got started on my elite squad of Stormvermin. If I’m honest I found these two a right hassle to paint; either there was some grime on them when I basecoated them or the can of paint wasn’t properly mixed (either way entirely my fault of course). Whatever the cause the paint refused to behave properly and painting them turned into a slog which I endured with the heroic determination that normal people reserve for climbing Everest or trekking to the poles. On the plus side I got through it without losing any fingers to frostbite, although of course I’m not going to be impressing anyone in bars with my exploits either.
Back at the tail end of 2016 I promised so add at least one new model to my Skaven collection every month in 2017. Last month I managed just two clanrats (which means, if I keep painting at the current rate, I should get the army finished at roughly the same time as the Horus Heresy actually happens…). This month however I’ve managed to add a whole squad of rats to my army!*
*wadyamean it’s not as impressive as I made it sound? Why are you always so mean to me?!
Fair enough it’s not the largest squad, nor is it made up of the largest models, but the undead have been keeping me busy (not to mention preparing for the Chapel, plus another little project to be revealed next week…).
And yes, I know it isn’t really the year of the rat. But it is for me!
It’s almost the end of January – time to come good on my claim that I would add something to my Skaven army every month this year. Not a huge contribution this month (in fact it’s a meagre two clanrats) – blame the undead, Tzeentch and the Chapel for keeping me busy!
Before 2016 was out I knew I wanted to get all my old red clanrats repainted in their stylish new yellow robes. I have big plans for the rats in 2017 so putting all the old models to bed before the end of the year felt like a nice way to set things up.
Alongside the clanrats the only other old model still to be reworked was this devious-looking Warlock Engineer.n early conversion, but still one I’m rather proud of – who knows what duplicitous schemes he’ll be able to realise with those arcane gubbins strapped to his back?
Anyway, that’s it for new models in 2016 (accepting of course that none of these models are strictly speaking new anyway). Before this turbulent year is out however there’s just time for a recap of the past twelve months so watch out for that soon. Until then, as ever, your comments and feedback are much appreciated.
So with all the Chaos lunging off my painting desk and now talk of Orks waiting just round the corner you couldn’t be blamed for worrying about the whereabouts of my Skaven hordes. Fear not however – the vermin continue to emerge from their fetid warrens, one little rat at a time…