I just completed my massive Skaven Renegade & Heretic army in time for the Astronomicon tourny in Toronto this weekend!
I’ve been wanting to make this army since imperial armour 13 dropped with the R&H army list, and I knew Skaven were going to be my go to because I think they’re such a great and characterful range of models (also I already have a guard army, and I didn’t want to repeat myself!). With the way the R&H (and the Vraks horde list in particular) can respawn, this is truly the epitome of an endless ravening horde of evil minions (backed up by some colossus stompy robots)!
I started collecting parts for assembly about a year ago, grabbing bits off ebay. The Skaven Clanrats were perfect to buy in bulk, coming in around only .50cents per model, but then I also needed to stock up on Dark Eldar arms for pistols and melee weapons. The DE arms are a perfect fit and aesthetic, but I had to do a -lot- of shaving off clanrat left arms (shield arms) to add pistol/weapon combos to the majority of the infantry.
Painting the chaff was geared purely for production line efficiency. They’re 3 point models, so they only need to look good ‘en masse. Primed brown, basecolour grey/red/metal, a quick dip in Army Painter Strong Tone, sprayed with Dullcoat, pick out eyes/teeth/rivets and base with copious amounts of blood. The majority of the 100 or so infantry models were painted in about a month, on and off.
Laser Destroyer Rapier Battery cobbled together from some Manic Forgefather tracks and a bunch of random bits. I know they’re supposed to have quad lascannons, but I could’nt figure out a way to make that look good. So they just have magic dragon heads that gives them extra powa’.
Very excited about the new Warhammer 40k Shadow War skirmish wargame (functionally a reboot of the classic Necromunda game)! I’ve always really loved the look of Tyranid Warriors, but they’re sort of terrible in 40k proper (and I’ve no interest in making a giant Tyranid swarm army), but they’re perfect as a small skirmish killteam.
I really wanted to go for a good alien look, something bizarre and otherworldly that plays off the insect+dinosaur look of the Tyranids. I also wanted to tap into some Lovecraft style cosmic horror, and decided that these guys are all going to be cthonic blind monstronsities, crawling around in the dark corners of the earth. I might paint them a pale pink-white, like earthworms.
Two basic warriors, feeling around in the darkness with their noodley wiskers.
My Warrior Alpha, sporting some fancy fly wings (He can’t actually fly in the rules, but I figure he can go fast enough and they look cool)
Two ‘Gun Beasts’, which are the heaviest conversions. Tyranids are awesome, but I’ve never really liked the whole bioweapons/swords that are held like guns. I wanted something totally removed from anthropomorphism, and thus… the “Bee-rex”
And finally a cute little Ravener popping out of the ground like a death worm.