Underworlds warbands are the perfect project size. Plus being able to paint them for Bladeborn means I don’t have to worry about any card nonsense.
Kragnos painted up in like a day or two. Very satisfied with him.
These Skaven bastards are what had me jammed up for, like, a month. I bought and built them ages ago when the kits were first released (during WHFB 8E) and never got around to painting them. Decided to do them on a lark, to go with the Saga Skaven I’d painted last year and boy was that a mistake: I had to paint an army of Morats to find momentum on them again.
Back in October I got a weird motivation to return to the Saga: Age of Magic Skaven I painted in June. There were some options I hadn’t covered in the first wave, so I padded those out, and then things got a little out of control.
- Ratling Guns as Destruction Teams
- Plague Monks with Empire Archer arms as Levies with Bows
- Stormfiend as a Monster (more impressive than the Doomflayer)
- A second Doomflayer (they’re War Machines now)
- Ikit Claw as a my Warlord (I’d already painted a Warlord, but decided he was more impressive)
- Jezzails as Warriors with Firearms (sure, they’re multi-based)
- Wolf-rats from Thingiverse as Mounted Hearthguard
- Spiteclaw on an upsized Wolf-rat as a Mounted Warlord
- Padded out my Warriors (rounding out to a full point of Warriors accounting for 4 models being used by Destruction Teams)
- Padded out my Hearthguard (rounding out to a full unit of 12)
I did break my rule of keeping the army $0 as a result of all of this, though. Most everything came from my Skaven drawer/bitz box, but I did have to buy the Plague Monks, Ikit Claw, Spiteclaw, and a few extra Stormvermin halberds. The Ikit Claw thing is especially frustrating because I’d gotten into my head that I had one and just needed to paint it up but I must have imagined it… so I had to buy one. All told, the 18-ish points of a Saga army cost me about $80.
Oh, also I knocked together 50mm x 25mm pill-shaped cavalry bases for the Ratling Guns and Wolf Rats. I’ve posted it on Thingiverse: 50mm x 25mm Pill Cavalry Base.
I got a weird bug up my butt about painting up some Skaven to use for Saga: Age of Magic, so that’s a thing I did.
I painted them up in the same style as Spiteclaw’s Swarm, which was different from the way I’d painted up my WHFB Skaven back when. I think it’s kind of a neat scheme: kind of the same except paler and cooler.
I decided to challenge myself by not buying any models for this project: everything came out of the Skaven reserves drawer in my hobby closest. This limited my options: if I’d had 1 more Stormvermin Halberd, for example, I’d have been able to do 3 points’ of Hearthguard and not 2. I didn’t spend a single dollar on this project.
I did lose enthusiasm for it about halfway through. There are some options I’m missing: these guys will be Lords of the Underworld, so I could use a few Destruction Teams, at least one unit of Levies, another Monster, and some ranged weapon Warriors, but I don’t feel like it, don’t have the models, don’t feel like it, don’t have the models/bits (respectively).
All in all, I spent about 3 weeks on this; I’m glad to have it done.
I painted these up a bit ago. Haven’t had the chance to play the game a lot, but it’s pretty perfect: dumb, fast, evocative.
I painted up the Shadespire Skaven over the weekend: I want to give them a try, and there’s no excuse for me to be playing anything in Shadespire unpainted.
It only took about a day and a half’s hobby time. I don’t think they’re particularly noteworthy: just servicable Skaven.
I painted them up with my old approach to Skaven, but with a few differences:
- I went with a pink, pale flesh instead of the yellowed flesh I used to use; I really like this.
- The red turned out much brighter than it used to, I clearly don’t remember how I used to do it, but I don’t know where I went different.
- The grey turned out alright, even though I used VMC and not GW paints