The Skaven: an almost complete guide to 7th ed, 8th and the End Times. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Skaven 7th ed and Island of Blood

Celebrating 10 years of the release of the Island of Blood and Skaven 7th ed

This year marks a very important anniversary for many like myself who have been in the hobby for a decade or more. As Warhammer 8th edition was released back in 2010 a boxed game came out a month later, one of the best and sadly the last Warhammer Fantasy starting boxset. The Island of Blood.

The set pitted the stoic and noble High Elves against the malformed backstabbers of the Skaven. Introducing new plastic kits of existing units and brand new units, the set was designed as a starting point for both factions aimed at newcomers and current veteran collectors. The Island of Blood sees Prince Althraon stop Skreet Verminkin seizing the Phoenix Stone from the Island of Blood, a warped place of chaotic taint that Is guarded by Crimson guards who ward off trespassers daring to set foot on the island and it’s secrets.

I and many others who got the set (my friend shared two sets with me as he collected High Elves) were absorbed by the sculpted details that went into the kits. The Skaven having pretty much a good chunk of units as a starting point to play. Around this time I started collecting Skaven as my second Warhammer army, so the set was in many ways a blessing by the Horned Rat!

Today I wanted to try something that I haven’t attempted since my last FMP artwork at college, researching on a massive scale. I want to cover the timeline of Skaven 7th ed to End Times as much as possible, using resources from White Dwarf’, supplements and the army book. In fact my research has been sourced from old White Dwarfs, the army book and supplement books.

The post will be covering the following subjects:

  • The sculptors who designed the Skaven miniatures, writers who had written the background for the Skaven, artist who created visually stunning artwork and other contributors.
  • Battle reports featured during releases relating to the Skaven
  • Supplements and miniature releases

This will be quite a chunky blog post for sure so each of the subjects will have its own section for ease of reading. Sadly however I wont be able to cover the High Elves as I don’t have much information from 7th ed to Endtimes. It’s a shame, but I will in future post some sort of blog post covering the faction.

I want this post to celebrate the Island of Bloods 10th anniversary, the craft of writing, lore, art, sculpting and painting of the Skaven and to thank all those during the time of Warhammer Fantasy for their hard work.

5 thoughts on “The Skaven: an almost complete guide to 7th ed, 8th and the End Times. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Skaven 7th ed and Island of Blood

  1. Nice summary. I actually tried to get back into playing WFB with the Island of Blood release – split the set with a friend so I had a cheap starting point for a Skaven Army. I did manage to paint it all up and added enough extras to make something like a 1500pt force, but only managed to play a few games. Although I like the idea of fighting mass battles, it always seemed to me like you needed really large blocks of infantry in 7th Ed to have an effective Skaven force and I just found it too much of a painting grind. Still have them in a storage box somewhere, but I can’t face rebasing for AoS.

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  2. Can I also add that if you are ever in South east London and fancy a game of triumph and treachery, hit me up. It is probably one of the best things to come out of 8th and is always thoroughly entertaining (and completely up a skaven s street) with backstabbing going on in every turn!

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