My Skaven army has been mainly Clan Skryre-themed up to this point, but I've always wanted to add some of the Pestilens models. With my Doom Wheel finished and the Hell Pit Abomination underway, I can finally start filling out the plague-ridden ranks of the Under-Empire. So, here's a look at what's in my Skaven project queue:
Hell Pit Abomination
I started this guy a while back, and he's been sitting on the Shelf of Shame for the past few months. While I was working on the Doom Wheel, I painted the accessories for the Abomination. Once I work up the motivation to paint the flesh, the remaining details on its body will be easy.
I replaced the masonry with the remnants of a Warp Lightning Cannon. The parts are left over from the plastic Warp Lighting Cannon kit. The bases for the Doom Wheel, Abomination, and Catapult were all painted together in a single batch. I'm really looking forward to finishing this thing.
Now we're getting into Clan Pestilens territory. I've spoken at length about how I cannibalized the cannon parts out of this kit for my Doom Wheel. What's left over is the catapult itself. I've made a few modifications, like adding a "slop bucket" and ladder going up to the top deck.
The original bellows operator from the Doom Wheel was swapped with one of the crewmen. Since the machine is mostly wood and metal, I should be able to knock it out pretty quickly.
I picked up four boxes of Plague Monks, so I'll be able to field two units of 40. In my spare time I've been cleaning the torsos. They're glued to foam core strips, ready for their arms and heads. I need to get these guys painted fast, and I'll show you my process as this project progresses.
Warlord Spinetail and Skweel Gnawtooth
The Spinetail model will make a nice Pestilens warlord. And I still need to paint up the Skweel Gnawtooth model. I think I might paint him with a green color scheme and use this one with my Pestilens army and keep the converted Skweel with my Skryre army.
Screaming Bell/ Plague Furnace
When did this kit come out? Well, I finally broke down and bought one. I really dig the Plague Priest that it comes with. Looking over the sprues and directions, it looks like it might be pretty easy to build the kit so the parts can be swapped out for use as either the bell or the furnace. When we get there, I'll be sure to show you how I did it.
Now that a huge chunk of work is out of the way, I've got some time to work on a couple personal projects. My Vampire Counts and Skaven painting queues are both pretty full, but since I'm in the middle of a campaign with my Skaven, they're the ones that get the attention for now.
Speaking of the campaign, we've been on hiatus for a couple of months. between people getting sick, and conflicting work schedules none of us had any time to meet and play games. But we're back up and running, so I'll have an update soon.
First up on the list of new Skaven is my second Doom Wheel. This was converted with unused parts from the plastic Warp Lightning Cannon/ Plague Claw Catapult kit.
Next I'll be tackling the Hell Pit Abomination. After that I have the Plague Claw Catapult and a ton of new Plague Monks to attend to.