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    Default Undead Skaven

    So, I've been working on a Skaven Army with a Vampire Counts pact for Storm of Magic, the hook being that all the vampire counts models are dead Skaven (my reasoning being that if a vampire got hungry enough to bite a rat, it'd probably bite back). I've mostly got the Skaven side done, although I have a couple of models ready for the VC (I desperately want a second wave of Skaven with redone plague monks for zombies or skeletons - I can dream!).

    Anyway, without further ado, here are the models with as brief a description as I can (well, you could always not read it. Assuming you read any of this in the first place...). This is just the pick of the pictures, but if you want more you can visit my Flickr account at:

    The Wraith is the first model I made for the army, upon which I tested the predominant army colours of red, purple and various rusted metals. I also tried out for the first time the verdigris effect which seems pretty popular at the moment, and I was pretty happy with it. It's inspired by the Death of Rats from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

    The conversion is pretty simple, it's the plastic Wraith kit with the skull and spine taken from the Warlord Queek model, something I would have never even attempted in metal, so I am glad for Finecast, even though I had to resculpt the entire right side of his face due to a massive air bubble!

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    Up next are the core units of the army, a massive block of spear-rats and similarly large block of hand-weapons clanrats from the Island of Blood - 40 in each. I'm trying to decide between adding another 10 clanrats to each unit or a unit of 15 Stormvermin - so any Skaven players who fancy giving me some advice please feel free. The army is mainly story and look driven, but there's no harm in it being a viable gaming army too!

    I haven't done much conversion work on these units, just a couple of rats in each unit that would have been command group from IoB, so I've had to improvise with whatever I had. Also the champions in each unit bear converted weapons from either hand of the IoB Skaven general.

    I haven't finished painting them, for one thing the bases are completely bare. I plan on getting everything up to this standard before going the extra mile on everything at once. The bases will get the same treatment as the Vampire Count-come-Skaven general, which I'll get to soon!

    For those who want to know, I paint all the base colours first (vermin brown or bestial brown fur, liche purple clothes, red gore wood, copper for weapon blades and black for armour plates), wash with ogryn flesh, drybrush all with the same colours except clothes with Warlock Purple and bare skin patches with bleached bone and paint details like ribbons in red gore, next wash with badab black, finally drybrush the bare skin patches with elf patches. And that's where I've left it for the moment.

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    Ok, so this is my Grey Seer. Being a complete plastic-aholic, I wanted to use the Seer from the Screaming Bell kit, and after a bit of searching I found that he hung quite nicely off a steeple from the Garden of Morr kit. A tiny bit of sculpting and very little conversion work and here he is. You may also notice the flaming pile of skulls taken from the corpse cart on the inside of the building, which is my first attempt at object source lighting. At the moment I am not really happy with it, so I'll keep on plugging at it, but I wanted to share this while I'm uploading all the rest.

    Painting techniques are the same as all the rest, but I switched purple robes for red to signify heroes, and they have some gold amongst their metals.

    Last edited by DarkDesigner; 04-24-2012 at 02:49 PM.

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    Saving the best for last, this is the leader of my Vampire Counts allies, my Vampire Skaven (Skavampire?) general. He's based on the Warlord Queek model, with the shield from the 2011 Games Day model and a banner constructed from an IoB standard, IoB warlord's banner and a brazier from the Screaming Bell. The branches on the base are dryad limbs, and the leaves are from a train modelling supply shop.

    The paint scheme more or less follows the same techniques used on the other models, but I've taken it way past the level I left them at. I've lost count of how many washes and drybrush layers there are, but to get the tone of the skin, rather than using the warmer brown tones I used on the 'living' Skaven, I've used thraka green wash and camo green drybrushes along with bleached bone and kommando khaki. The armour is chainmail with a liche purple / Lahmian medium (Tears of the Emperor) wash. Other than that I think all the techniques are pretty standard, but let me know if there's anything else I can explain :3

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    Last one for the moment! I thought you might like to see a close up on the rats at the bottom of the base. Due to another air bubble (like the one that decimated half the back banner's skull face on the Wraith), I had to resculpt the front paws of the head rat. Rather than try and emulate the original paws I decided to sculpt him clutching a lump of cheese, so it looks like he's running away with it with all the other rats chasing him for it. It undermines the seriousness of the piece in a way that pleases me greatly :3

    "Paws off ma cheeze!"
    Last edited by DarkDesigner; 04-25-2012 at 04:09 AM.

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    Vero Beach, FL


    very nice. Love the wraiths.

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    Just the one wraith actually But thank you, I may consider some little ones for a retinue in the future.
    "Paws off ma cheeze!"

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    Looking good

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    "Paws off ma cheeze!"

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    Feb 2012
    Oakland, California, United States


    Freaking excellent, man. These are great.


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