WIP Wednesday – Moor Skaven

Ok, bad Skaven joke I guess.

Some of these models are “complete” but I’ll leave them in the WIP post since they haven’t been flocked yet.   Can’t find my green flock at the moment so they will need to wait until I can recover that.

Please be easy on me.  I don’t go all out on each of these Skaven models.  When you have to paint hundreds of them….. I just can’t spend gobs of time on each one.

On to the models.  First off the Night Runners.

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Now the Skavenslaves.  For these guys I wanted the blue robes to come out a little brighter than the Night Runners so I went up with an extra highlight.  I always struggle with highlighting up super bright (and these aren’t even super bright).  When I look at it under my lamp they look so stark I hate them, but when you pull them away into normal lighting you really need that bright highlight to make it show up.  Just takes an attitude adjustment.  Sorry for the glare in the second shot, this is just my cell phone camera (the big camera, photo booth and lights only comes out for finished models usually).

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Love this model!  Packmaster with shock prod.

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And now for the Rat Ogre.  The ancillary parts are done, like the chains, robes and wrappings.  All the skin still needs highlighting.  As I’m writing this I am remembering that I also need to put one more highlight on the fur, for all of these models!!  Glad I just remembered that.2014-09-17 20.52.32 2014-09-17 20.52.53


I plan to paint the bones sticking out the black with Gloss Varnish,  I think after I highlight the skin the model is going to need something dark on it.  Also, if I painted them “bone” colored like normal I think it’ll be too much cream-like colors on the model.  The wraps, the teeth, the skin highlights, etc.

I’ve been very happy how quickly these came together.  It’s really the best part of painting Skaven, versus say High Elves were every model takes me a week to finish.

After this Rat Ogre gets finished up (and the obligatory flock, oh and that highlight I missed) I should be on to assembling Stormvermin.  And coming up with details for a winter map campaign.  Exciting.

Until next time.



Mordheim Monday – Night Runners

The remaining two models for my Mordheim band are almost completed.  These 2 Night Runners started getting some highlights.  A few more colors (maybe just the flesh?) and they will be wrapped up.  Just going for a quick paint job here.

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Since I had the colors out already I went ahead an painted some other Skaven while I was at it but that can wait for Wednesday.


Mordheim Monday- Pepper Jack!

Hey all,

Mercenary Captain Pepper Jack is finished, almost done with all the heroes! Following him are pics of the game Chris, Jeff and I played, in which Jeff and I duked it out and ignored the scenario, and Chris killed all the wagon (steam tank) guards and nearly stopped it from escaping the board. The last picture is one of Chris’ youngbloods sprinting to cut the wagon off before it could get off the board. Good stuff!













WIP Wednesday – Night Runners

The Screaming Bell isn’t 100% done yet, but I’m getting side tracked here to paint up some Night Runners for Mordheim.  Since I was using the same colors I grabbed these other couple of Skaven to paint at the same time.  These might be some of the last unpainted models in my collection?  Something like that.

Anyway, just base coats for tonight.  A few more colors and I’ll put some washes down.

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WIP Wednesday – Last Bell update before Crossroads

It’s the last possible Work In Progress post before the annual trek up to Elmira, New York for the Crossroads GT.  At this point I’m not sure I’ll have the Screaming Bell 100% done, but I wanted to show off my progress nevertheless.

Warning – lots of pictures!

Here is where it was before I started painting tonight.

This was the point I had it at when some of the Unplugged guys last saw it and I was able to get some critiques.  Going into it I thought the model really lacked color, pop.  I got pretty much the same in feedback.  Specifically they thought the verdigris effect was not strong enough to show.  So I went ahead and added more, and added a very little bit of a lighter color.

Also, I have these new weathering pigments/powders that I’ve been dying to try out.  I wanted to make the wheels look dirty as if they’ve been pushed through the mud.  After I had mixed up a color (completely random, just eyeballing it) I decided it was actually a really nice rust color too!  So in the end I applied it to most of the metal on the miniature, although much heavier on the wheels.  I think the effect is awesome!!!  I red on the wheels brings a whole new color to the model and really adds some depth.  The best part about the powders?  if I decide I don’t like the effect I can just rub it off (until it gets intentionally sealed on Friday).

After pics.

And last but not least, here is the rat ogre.  Can I finish him by Friday?  Eeek!  I’ll try.

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Work on the Chapel Continues

So I have done more work on the Chapel.  The roof casts came out well (still need some cleaning) but I was happy with them, and when painted they should match the original.  I added wood around the frame using balsa foam.  I tried to carve them to match the existing wood, but looking at it later I see that I added a little too much ‘squiggly’ to the lines.  *shrug*  I’ll see how it looks once it is painted up.  I think that once I add the nails, and knowing it was an addition after the original construction, I think it will be o.k.

This photo is pretty overexposed, but I just don’t have time to re-shoot it.  I’ll probably re-shoot it next update anyway.  It doesn’t show all of the tiny details very well.

After I started slapping on windows and wood, I quickly realized that I had made an error.  The original building has so many 3-D elements added to it that the addition was looking very, very flat.  :(  I have some plans to address that, but the first thing I wanted to incorporate was a band that compliments the original.

I used my Silver Bullet die cutter to cut out some symbols that match the feel of those on the original building.  However, they are a bit larger.  So after some thinking, I decided to stick with them, reluctantly.  My wife said they were o.k. and I respect her opinion.  :)  That meant I needed to create a frame for them and I used some styrene strips.  I noticed that on the original there were lots of little rivets.  I broke out the Nutter, and popped some rivets on it.  The only solace I have in the size discrepancy is telling myself that when the addition was added the builder wanted to bling it a bit more than the original.  I will say the symbols came out fantastic.  The sun has such tiny points on it.  Really nice.  I added a griffon head among them to give it a slightly different flair.


I shot a video of this progress and right away I got comments on the roof join to the original building.  “Won’t the water pile up there and cause leaks?”  *sigh*  It is a fantasy world after all…  But one suggestion was adding some down spouts or flashing.  I’m going to give that some thought, but I have bigger fish to fry.  Bulking out the walls with some depth is going to be a little tricky since I didn’t give myself much room.  I will be adding brick pylons to the bottom, and I will be extending them up over the edge of the bottom wall so they will be semi-buttresses.  That will help.  A window or similar that boxes out a bit might be all that is needed after that.

The long wood lines of the edges bother me.  I was going to cut them to allow for the symbol runner to run around addition without a break, but that presented more work I didn’t want to deal with.  :)  So, plans right now are to add steel strapping from the runner that wraps around the wood.  I can match them to the straps on the original building and it will really help to break up all that wood.  The pylons/buttresses will break up the bottom lines as well, so I feel o.k. about it at the moment.

After I get some of these things fixed, I will be carving a chimney for the new section.  I can carve it from balsa foam and match it to the original.  I’m actually looking forward to that part, and I’m holding off on it as a reward for dealing with those walls.  I really wish I didn’t slap those windows on so quickly.  But they are soaked with CA glue, so there is no going back unless I grind them off… Which I am not going to do.  :)

Skaven Mordheim warband

Here is the Mordheim warband that I’ll be using for the upcoming campaign.  Very excited to get started with this.IMG_3612




This Assassin is the leader.  His Weeping Blade is ready to tear up some enemy warbands.


This is my Eshin Sorcerer, complete the Warplock Pistol.  Blam-blam Ka-bow!

IMG_3614My Rat Ogre named “Sue”.  He’s ready to bring the pain.
IMG_3616These are going to be my Night Runners,  “The Black Death”.  They are old-ass models, and super ugly.  I’ll see if I can get them painted for next week.



The remaining models are Gutter Runners (Assassin Adepts) and Giant rats.  They can be seen in the first pic.

This warband was built pretty much around models I already had painted for my Skaven army.  I had enough variety of models that I didn’t feel there was much I needed to add.  I have plenty of Night Runners already, but they all have throwing stars and I wanted to use the slings instead.  Of course, that could always change as our campaign progressing through September….

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