Friday, October 9, 2015

All The Skaven I Can Eat

"And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer." –Hans Gruber, Die Hard


With the completion of the Stormfiends, my Skaven queue is finally clear! There are still more models, of course– I have 100 Skavenslaves and two rat ogres from the Island of Blood set, and a bunch of plague monks to convert into censor bearers. I had been debating over whether to buy the new Thanquol and Boneripper since I don't use special characters very often. I've come to the conclusion that if I make Thanquol removable, Boneripper himself can be fielded as a second Hell Pit Abomination. I should probably grab a kit off the shelf while there's still a good chance that it will contain a square base.


I've compiled the photos from the older posts into my updated Skaven gallery, so they can all be viewed in one place. Click the SKAVEN tab under the header bar above to check out the gallery. I've also color-corrected some of the images. The poisoned wind globadier photos, for example, had always been too orange. All the shots should now be (mostly) consistent:


Original Theatrical Release
Special Edition


I've painted the Pestilens models with a unique color scheme so they stand apart as their own force. The Lightning Engineer Cult has been joined by the Conclave of Corruption, led by Lord Skabsis. I've made an alternate "plague" banner for my Stormvermin unit, for when the Conclave hires their services and, once I get to those Skavenslaves mentioned above, I'll have enough core units to field a "legal" Pestilens-themed army.



But those other Skaven projects will have to wait a while. For now, the rats are in the can (technically, the display cabinet). For October, I'm moving on to my Vampire Counts. I hope to have some spooktacular projects to post later this month!

Outlaw Miniatures has also sent me these awesome Wild West Exodus goodies. (Thanks, Romeo!) The plastic models in the starter box are really nice, and I'm looking forward to building them. (I'll have to make some WWX terrain for myself one of these days so I have a place to play!)






'Til next time!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Stormfiend Melee Team

It is accomplished! The remaining Stormfiends and parts for the melee gauntlet conversions are finished. With all the models finally painted, the six 'Fiends can be fielded as a unit of five, geared for tunneling and melee; a unit of four, armed with rattling cannons; or two units of three, one with ranged weapons and the other with melee weapons.


The new models are equipped with warp-laced armor and the gauntlets are magnetized so I can swap out the doom-flayer gauntlets and replace them with shock gauntlets. My initial impression was that the doom-flayers are the better option, but I'll have to try them out in an actual game. (Assuming I ever get to play Warhammer again.)



You may recognize these models as the rattling cannon pose. I had converted them with extra armor bits to represent the warpstone-laced armor and custom doom-flayer gauntlets.




The parts are magnetized so I can swap back and forth between the two options.


It's been a long road to get these guys finished. To see the entire saga of converting the Stormfiends, either click the 'Stormfiends' label in the sidebar, or you can jump to a specific post using the links below.

'Til next time!

Part 1: The Stormfiends Have Arrived– A review of the model kits and planning out the conversions.

Part 2: Armoring Up– Sculpting the fur and arms, converting the armor and magnetizing it.

Part 3: Making More Gauntlets– Magnetizing the weapon options and scratch building more doom-flayer gauntlets.

Part 4: Rattling Cannons– Swappoing the arms, building the grinderfists, and scratch building new rattling cannons.

Stormfiend Rattling Cannon Team– Check out the finished rattling cannon and grinderfist models.