As it happens, I collect two of the most unsupported armies in Age of Sigmar. I guess that can be said for a lot of classic armies, but Death is the only entire grand alliance to receive absolutely nothing new in the two years since Sigmar premiered. The 2017 General's Handbook offers three new allegiance factions for the undead, but each one relies on such a narrow selection of units that, even though I have over 7000 points of "Vampire Counts" undead, I am unable to pull together 1600 points of the specific models required to build a 2000 points Flesh-eater Court, Soulblight, or Nighthaunt list.
I was kind of hoping that I would never have to paint any more Spirit Hosts, and I can't get excited about spamming the Crypt Horror/Crypt Flayer/Vargheist kit over and over. There's probably something on the horizon for the Death Grand Alliance next year, but until then I'm going to focus on my Skaven:
I got excited to try the Moulder monster list I came up with. I only need a second Hell Pit Abomination to field it, so I'm using Thanquol's giant Boneripper. He's the right size and "abomination-y" enough to fill the roll if I leave Thanquol off. I'll paint up the Grey Seer parts so I can add him on later.
The regular Hell Pit Abomination was a nightmare to build and paint, but Boneripper went together much more easily. I had planned to magnetize the warpstone fists and warpfire projectors, but in the end I settled on pins.
Boneripper is primed and ready to go. I left off a lot of the mechanical parts so I could paint the body more easily.
To get my Pestilens Allegiance army off the ground I need two more of these for the Foulrain Congregation Battalion. The first Plagueclaw is assembled and sprayed...
The second needs to be converted out of the Screaming Bell. I've been trying to figure out how to rearrange the chassis. I'm considering using the monks pulling the rope as though they were pulling the catapult arm into position. The large brazier will be the catapult bucket, and I'll press mold some plague-glop into it. Should be fun.
I'll use the monk and Grey Seer from the bell to kitbash a few more unique Plague Priests. One will be modeled with the Bilious Bell and the other will be the priest commanding the Foulrain Congregation.
Plague Censor Bearers
I've got about 35 Plague Monks that need to be converted into Plague Censor Bearers. I'll build these guys in batches of five or ten until I finish the lot of them.
Once the other Pestilens projects are complete, I'll be able to add in some Clanrats as allies, and that's where these guys will come in.
Aside from the odd character or weapon team, a couple extra Rat Ogres and plenty of old Clanrats, that's pretty much everything I have in my collection of unbuilt Skaven models. Then it will be on to some Space Marines or maybe Star Wars when Legion comes out.
Over the summer, Fantasy Flight Games commissioned me to make some boards for their new miniatures game, Star Wars Legion. It was exciting to finally see the game debuted at Gencon. Here's a look at the Lothol demo board that I made for them.
Last time, I discussed the Skaven Pestilens allegiance abilities in the 2017 General's Handbook, and laid out my plans for my own Pestilens force. I've done a little work on the models– The first Plagueclaw is assembled and ready to be primed. I added a cauldron of filth on one arm using one of the spare pieces and a simple press mold of the glop on the catapult arm. Up the opposite side, I attached some strips of card, scored with a wood grain pattern and pressed with rivets. The Catapult, wheels, and crew will all be painted in separate parts.
I also converted five Plague Censor Bearers. They are assembled from the Plague Monk kit, with the censor weapon arm and staves rearranged and pinned together to create a two-handed weapon. I'm hoping to work in a few of the "smoking" censors from the Plague Furnace chassis to bring a little more life and color to the models.
Now let's take a look at the Skaven Skryre Allegiance: