Hobby Time: Plague Priest [complete]

Rejoice, for something has been completed!

  

 
Certainly not the most original choice of colour scheme but 1) I started painting this before I picked up the Skaven Pestilens Battletome with all its lovely ideas and 2) it matches the rest of then Skaven I’ve done.

I may come back to it later on and add a blasphemous rune or two to the cloak, but for now it’s done – I’m already working my way through more Clanrats with the brush to get back into the swing of things!

This would of been done sooner did I not spent the last few weeks worth of hobby time playing around with making bases for potentially some Tzeentchii models. Having said that with all the Battletomes and new models for Age of Sigmar coming out, it’s hard to keep focuses on what I already have to work on!

Next up on the ratty front are the aforementioned Clanrat  reinforcements, resuming work on converting Plague Monks and maybe even start painting some Stormvermin.

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Unboxing: Chaos Battletome: Skaven Pestilens

I rarely purchase anything GW makes on release let alone *shock horror* preorder stuff. Long story short, I did just that for the Clan Pestilens Battletome since I am currently (and slowly) collecting a Clan Septik faction for Age of Sigmar.

  

As a disclaimer, this is the first Age of Sigmar publication I own a physical copy of. I did buy the original big “fluffbook” through the app which I’ve since regretted as print is far better as I’m concerned for this format of publication. If any art or fluff is repeated from previous publications, I am unaware of such.

I also will not be publishing or taking photos of any of the rules!

Anyway, contents:

  

So; new background, a pair of new Battleplans, seven (already existing) Warscrolls and four new Warscroll Battalions. As far as I’m aware, most of the art and fluff is new (some of the colour schemes are taken from the old Skaven Uniforms and Heraldries book).

The book covers the main three original Clans Pestilens (Morbidus, Feesik and Septik) as well as mentions of lesser and splinter clans. For some reason, each of the Clans superstitiously follow a rule of three with their number – so if one Congregation is banished for heresy, political reason or whatever then another two must be as well even if they were “innocent” of any real crime in Skaven society. Quite funny if you ask me!

  

Speaking of Clan Septik (the one I collect), they have gained a new symbol (yay!) but changed colour to purple?! All is not lost for my green and beige-clad rats however as the book directly mentions the large number of Clans that have split off from Septik and taken their own colours. Such relief!

They do look pretty neat in purple though *temptation growing*

 
Still looking at alternative colour schemes, yellow looks pretty good too! They have runes painted on their cowl, which is a neat touch in going to use in the future.

  
I can’t say I’ve read enough of the book to give a good opinion on the background, so I’ll skip to over viewing the Warscroll Battalions new to this book.

  
There are four in total which together make up the above organisational chart of the various Clan Pestilens factions.

The first one is the Congregation of Filth, consisting of two or more units of Plague Monks as well as a Plague Furnace. This formation improves the charge range of the Monks (20+ size units) and allows the chance to ignore Wounds as well. Both abilities require the Monks being near the Furnace if hadn’t guessed already!

  
The second one is the Foulrain Congregation consisting of a Plague Priest directing three Plagueclaws (catapults). This formation allows the artillery to increase chances to wound and grants to hit re-rolls when concentrating fire on one target. The Priest is used as the lynchpin for one of these abilities but not both.

The third is the Plaguesmog Congregation, pairing 2+ units of Plague Censer Bearers with again a Plague Furnace. Harder to hit with shooting and upgrades the Censer Bearer’s Poisonous Fumes abilities with a new and better version.

  
The final Warscroll Battalion is the big one – the Virulent Procession. This consists of 2+ Congregations of Filth as well as one mighty Verminlord Corruptor. The lowly Monks can choose to take mortal wounds to heal the Verminlord as well as enemies in or near terrain taking damage one per turn.

The only real criticism of this release is that the Plague Monks kit is still horribly outdated by modern Skaven standards! The only formation I would be interested in collecting is the Foulrain one as it doesn’t use Monks at all! True, I am converting my own but the process of making a measly minimum unit size of 5 is long and a lot of work, let alone the 40+ I would need to individually convert to ideally make use of the basic Congregation of Filth.

All in all though, the book looks great and its helped me to get cracking on with some more diseased rats in the meantime!

Hobby Time: Skaven Warlord [complete]

Well it’s finally done (two days over the deadline)!

  

I really struggled to get a half-decent picture of this, and the best one was when it was just on the shelf *facepalm*.

Skaven progress for November will be comitted to finishing sculpting work on various Clanrats and Plague Monks, whilst this months painting time will all for Malifaux.

Hobby Time: Skaven Warlord, Rat Ogor [WIP Part 2]

As a continuation of this previous post back in late August, my contribution for Warseer’s Tale of Age of Sigmar for month 2 will be the plastic Warlord hero as well as a single Rat Ogor.

Work has continued on both, first the Warlord has hit the painting phase:

   
 
The beady-eyed among you might of noticed the couple areas I’ve added a few sculpted buboes. This is a character from Clan Septik after all!

Speaking of which, I’m struggling to come up with a suitable name for him myself, suggestions anyone?

Moving onto the Rat Ogor, and as suggested on Warseer I added a Warpfire Gun grafted onto its limb for that extra firepower. 

  
I struggled for a while to work out how I would make such a firearm, but in the end I went for using; 

– an old paintbrush plastic protector tube

– part of some flame effect from the Burning Chariot of Tzeentch kit 

– of course more sculpting work! 

It stills needs some rivets for detailing and a couple more ragged bandages but otherwise it’s nearly done.

  

Naturally the model needed a whole rash of buboes and gross growths, so I’ve been adding them to its back because I thought it looked a bit bare otherwise. Aside from a few more scattered around his body for variety and some muscles getting done redefinition, this Rat Ogor is not far from the priming stage for painting later on this month!

Hobby Time: Skaven Clanrats [WIP Part 4]

Whew, I managed to finish Clanrats #11 – 20 with a couple days spare for my self-imposed end of September deadline. That rounds off the completion of the first box of Clanrats I bought two months ago. Go me!

   

Should of got a shot of the other side of the banner, that has freehand work too…

 All 20 painted Clanrats painted so far!

 
Painting these little blighted has been fun but a lot of work. In the future I’ll stick to doing them in batches of 5, I don’t want them to ever feel like a painting chore!

October’s offering will be a bit easier for me; a Skaven Warlord and after that I can relax and do more prep work for the Brood Horror, Plague Monks, more Clanrats….