Skaven Screaming Bell

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The bell wreaks havoc across the battlefield, leaving only death in it’s wake. Destruction knows no allies.

This is possibly one of my favorite models which I’ve painted. I took the better part of a year painting it, not working the whole time of course, only doing bits and pieces through out that time. The painting techniques I used to paint this model were fairly basic. I base coated, inked, then dry brushed for most of the pieces. I used citadel paints for the vast majority of the model, I used Gold Leaf from the Tamiya paint line for the brazier and the various censers around the bell’s structure. The base is made with cork board. I glued three layers together in the design I wanted, then Charles used his ban saw to cut it at an angle. This gives the model a ‘topsy-turvy’ feeling which I think highlights how little the Skaven care for their own safety.

[Grey seer shouting to the crew]: “Charge my minions! We gotta ramp that gully!”

I’m a huge fan of the Skaven faction and this model felt like a cap stone to my army. It feels so on theme for any list I make. Having it hurt as much, or more, than it helps is always a hilarious interaction. This was one of the last models I purchased for my army and I am very happy with how it turned out.

Skaven Models Showcase

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Skaven are so much fun to paint! Mostly because I’m just imagining the crazy antics that make them Skaven while I’m painting them… much like the Orks. It helps with painting them, when you incorporate those imaginative aspects into your work.

Snikch was a very cool model, with him tri-wielding poison blades. I painted him first of these three, and I tried to go for a more cartoon-y look, in contrast to how I usually paint. I liked how it turned out, so I went full-out-cartoon-y on the Warpfire Thrower. My favorite part of that model was the barrel… oh yeah, and the little flaming rat. Then I moved onto Ikit Claw, which I painted more like my normal painting style (more realistic). I even modded his warpfire thrower from a Possessed Chaos Marine arm. Turned out pretty good I think.

Thanks again to Mike, for letting me paint more of his Skaven stuff!

Skaven – Hellpit Abomination

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If ever there was a model that was more fun to paint! This one takes the cake. I offered to paint this model for my friend Mike, who was just beginning construction of it at the time. It looked like a great chance for me to work on my flesh tones, as well as the “glow” effect for the Warp Stones. And honestly,¬†how could I pass up the chance to paint something so grotesque, and cool!

The first thing I did was paint the entire model the flesh color that you see in these pictures, and from there just did the detail work. The flesh color is actually a combination of red, black, two different tans, white, and the classic Citadel “Rotting Flesh” color. First was a base coat, then the inking, and then the dry-brushing… all with the mixed color described above. The bone parts are bone colored, and the Warp Stones are the old Citadel “Scorpion Green” color, with some green-white highlights. The blood is actually just done with one color — Red Ink. The old Citadel “Red Ink.” The older Citadel inks all dried glossy, so the blood still looks wet. It’s one of my favorite parts about this model.

Thanks for the chance to paint this awesome Skaven model!