The Skaven from 7th ed, 8th ed and End Times

Welcome back to another special post celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Island of Blood, the last boxset edition to Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Today I thought I’d share some interesting facts featured in White Dwarf from Skaven 7th ed to End Times.

Enjoy!

WD361, January 2010

Two articles on the Skaven included ‘The 13 Trials of the Ratmen’ written by Jeremy Vetock, a lore scenario article where various parts of Skaven lore is presented as scenarios for gaming. The second article is Warhammer Army Masters showcasing Colin Grayson‘ s Skaven Collection. Very disgusting, but highly recommended for inspiration for highly disturbing kitbashing!

WD372, December 2010

For the second anniversary of Citadel Hall of Fame series of articles featuring miniatures votes by sculptors. Seb Perberts (miniature sculptor) Deathmaster Snikch was voted by Darren Latham (at the time of the article he was a veteran figure painter, a judge for U.K. Golden Daemon and member of E’avy Metal team) as his pick for the hall of fame.

WD374, January 2011

The article ‘Die+Die! Man-things: Skaven tactics for Warhammer’ Jeremy Vetock writes about ways of playing Skaven effectively in game. With advice and tactics on how to crush your foes like a Grey Seer high on Warpstone shards! Advice was also given by Matt Ward, Robin Cruddace and Andrew Kennrick, sharing their tips on how to fight back against the Skaven. Nobody likes vermin when they block the pipes in Nuln!

To balance this unfairly mob of Skaven haters (jk) Phil Kelly and Andy Hall offer some fresh ammunition on ways they deal with opponents when playing the Skaven.

WD375 March 2011

In ‘The Battle for Karak Eight Peaks’ Jeremy once again returns to detail the saga of the history behind Karak Eight Peaks, a once magnificent Dwarf ancestral home now in dissatisfaction after the Skaven and Greenskins overrun the Dwarfs.

A campaign game for 8th ed was made recreating the battle to take back (or keep) Karak Eight Peaks in scenario games. Special rules and table top deployment missions were included to make the campaign truly special. Shame that the End Times came………

Blood in the Badlands supplement (2011)

Andy Hall and Pete Foley were part of the year long campaign game Blood in the Badlands, a series of games leading up to the location of Fozzricks Flying Fastness. A strange flying castle made by a renowned wizard who built this strange flying fastness. This would be his last creation before he and his creation vanished.

Every century or more, it returns to an unknown location in the Badlands to the location it was originally created. This is only temporary as it soon leaves the earth towards the sky, never to be seen for another generation.

Andy played as Clan Mange and Pete Foley played as Clan (Mors) Fawsquikk.

WD378, June 2011

Queen Headtaker was the first Skaven metal miniature to be shown in Finecast.

WD379, July 2011

As part of the release of Storms of Magic Jeremy Vetock built a Skaven list designed for playing SoM in mind. The Ironklaw Clan is a 2,000pt army list led by Vektel Ironklaw with a monster and magic pool. Including a binded Chimera, Hydra with envenomed fangs and a Chaos Spawn with Mark of Nurgle.

WD382, October 2011

Dreadfleet had a Skaven ship called Skabrus, captained by Skaven rat-lord Skretch. He was once a Warlord of Clan Skurvy of high renown, until his ship was eaten by an Orb leviathan (the crew thought the glowing light was chunk of Warpstone).

Everyone died in the leviathan gut. Then they were resurrected by Count Noctilus (intended for the Orb Leviathan to be resurrected, he mistakenly resurrected the dead Skaven within the gut). The crew of zombie of rat-men use the carcass of the dead Orb Leviathan as their ship, powered by a warp stone generator.

WD388, April 2012

Army of the month featured Ben Johnson (who now works for GW) Skaven army, article written by Dan Harden.

WD Nvember 2013

Triumph and Treachery was released for Warhammer 8th ed for all factions.

End Times

Book 4: Thanqoul was released as part of the End Times series featuring new lore, rules and miniatures.

WD mini issue 74, 27th June 2015

Wharmmer celebrates its 30 year anniversary, marking the end of Warhammer Fantasy Battles to be replaced by Warhammer Age of Sigmar. AoS would soon be revealed on 11th July 2015.

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That’s all for today. Just to let you know theres only a few weeks left until the Skaven and High Elves painting challange is over. I’ll be showcasing everyone’s entry in September (date yet to be decided).

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Skaven and High Elves challange still ongoing

Just you let you guys know there still time to join in The Island of Blood themed painting challange! I have a link to the original post if your interested in joining in.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/skaven-and-high-elves-painting-challenge/

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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.

Skaven and High Elves painting challenge

Skaven and High Elves painting challenge

I thought it would be a good idea to set up a painting challenge to celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Island of Blood release. That way everyone has a chance in getting involved with the celebration. Whilst its months away yet to celebrate, there plenty of time to build up, read and discuss one of the last Warhammer Fantasy Battles starter set edition (8th ed).

The challenge is to paint any High Elves or Skaven miniatures before the deadline. You can kitbash, make a diorama or go crazy on the theme of the Island of Blood for either Skaven or High Elves. Anything from a single miniature to a diorama display of your imagination.

However, not everyone owns Skaven or High Elves miniatures on hand to work on, nor even much of the High Elves kits still in production. But fear not, you can use AoS Aelves miniatures to represent the High Elves. Maybe the release of the Lumineth or the Idoneth could be painted in the style of the Aelves of the past?

Even if you don’t have any miniatures required for the project, you can still join in challenge with a unique opportunity to go creative. Maybe you want to recreate the guardians that oversee the Island as it’s mysterious protectors? Or maybe build a Skaven contraption like a mechanised Warp Grinder? A High Elves Mage on a really cool diorama? So long as it fits with the theme of the faction you can go anywhere with your project.

The starting date is July 6th and ends on September 1st. Rather than just a month long challenge I thought some extra time will help get the most out of your hard work, and gives everyone time to prepare their project.

Here are some of my past skaven miniature work I’ve done that might give you some inspiration. For High Elves, well, I only have Dark Elves so you’ll probably prefer looking at other places for inspiration (unless an ancient Elven/Aelven statue might help)

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Once your done all you need to do is link this post to your blog post entry, and I’ll include your post in the round up end challenge post.

Over to you,

-Bjorn

Nurgle garden gnomes

For the past month it’s been a very busy and stressful time with everything going on at the moment. Hobbying  has taken a backseat due to so many changes.

Someone I knew had shown symptoms of the pandemic, and after researching into it over and over said person had gone for a test. Thankfully it was a negative. It still added worry for me in terms of what would happen if any of my family had to go to the hospital if they had a positive result. Lastly I had a hobby and blog fatigue despite trying to get backlog work done.

Anyways, I’m currently working on my Warhammer fantasy battles Warriors of Chaos Nurgle Warband. I managed to put together a unit of ten neglected Chaos Warrios, and a wizard on a horse. This will give me a second core unit choice to my army and more magic assets to use.

After that I’ll try getting those kitbashed barbarian models on square bases. After that I’m free to put the project behind me and move on.

Currently I’m waiting for my model kit that was supposed to be sent last Friday. Seller turned out to be very reputable for late deliveries and poor customer service. I guess its a learning curve for me.

Apologise for this very depressing post, I’m not 100% myself after nearly a month long of changes and stress.

On the positive side. Noticed my profile picture of a dashing good looking skaven? Well, here a full version of the art work celebrating the tenth anniversary of TIoB boxset (The Island of Blood)

This is an ambitious project that’s taken me a few months to work on, mostly from a skaven prospective. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to do a blog post on an influential event.

From next month I’m planning to post my first of three celebration posts. It’s a treat for everyone as it’s a one off painting challenge! The post will be out by this weekend.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Clan Skelnix: 5 years on (10 years in the making)

If I went back in time about ten years ago and told my younger self that I would one day successfully paint all my Skaven miniatures, my younger self would be dismissing it as an impossible goal. Too many miniatures brought and built for gaming, but very poor on quality of painting.

If I went back in time five years ago and told my younger self you’ll be getting these Rat-men done in five years time, I’d be met with a disapproving look (ah the days when I could get chips and Tikka masala ready to eat at lunch breaks from the local shop near my school 😦 ). Back then I was starting a fresh colour scheme as I attempted to tackle my grey plastic and crap painted Skaven, as AoS started my circles bases rebasing task.

Now, in 2020 as we come closer on the 10th anniversary of Warhammer Fantasy 8th edition and The Island of Blood boxset. For years I’ve been repainting my Skaven as part of a five year plan (not exactly planned, I just wanted imagine a rough deadline for the project before the 10th anniversary of TIoB) to finish this army project.

Today marks a big milestone as all of my Skaven collection is mostly painted and battle ready for gaming. That’s right, all of this is ready for war! Apart from my second Poisoned Wind Mortar and four Stormvermin, the former not too important as it’s now in legends, the latter I’m not too sure if I want add to my unit or as kitbashes.

Almost full on my own work desk!

This project has taken me nearly 10 years to reach to this point where I have a all of the essential units painted, and additional specialists to go along with aspects of the Greater Clans. The first five years was amateur work on ‘The Purple Warptide’ Clan (a name my friend seemed to be greatly amused by for some reason). It was a terrible effort on my part as a painter when compared to today’s newcomers.

The next five years was a fresh new look for my Skaven as they were now called Clan Skelnix, as I transferred my army over to AoS. This was the longest project I’ve ever taken on that would seem like forever to accomplish. Whilst I’m not at the finishing line yet, that forever feeling has been proven wrong as I’ve painted all of those pesky Clanrats.

Thrall Clan Skrentus Clanrats, this unit was my last ever unit of Clanrats painted after nearly ten years in neglect.

There’s only a few loose ends to finish off before I can say I’m retiring from the Skaven project for good. As mentioned there’s the Poisoned Wind Mortar to paint, four Stormvermin to work on as well. A kitbashed Arch Warlock, Warlock Bombardier, three more Packmasters, kitbashed unit of 5 Rat gargoyles (substituting Wolf Rats warscroll) and 18 spare Clanrats miniatures (not practical as a unit since most of them don’t have the any weapons) to be used for kitbashing purposes.

Finally, there’s this tank from Mantic Games Warpath that I’ll be using as a substitute Warp lightning Cannon.

I even drilled a hole for the barrel, something I always forget when it came to Bolters……

As for the future of the project and what direction I’ll take it on? My original goal of getting all grater clan sub factions towards 1,000pt has been scrapped. At best my army has major influences from Clan Moulder, Clan Skryre and Warlord Clan. Unless I can focus my attention on getting Clan Pestilence done then it’ll more than likely be a supporting sub faction rather than the main aspect of the army. Since this project was based on a Clan Pestilence led force, it seems a shame that it’s become a background part of the project.

However, now that my Clan Skryre part of the project is it’s own Thrall Clan, it does help make the Clan Pestilence be more of a centre stage for Clan Skelnix. That said, I have a rough idea of where I want to take this project next (knowing me it’ll change like always).

  • Finish Clan Pestilence with the Start Collecting set, roughly giving me 1,000pt altogether with my current collection.
  • For Clan Moulder I think it’s safe to say it’s done for now unless GW release a new Verminlord and new units to boost the faction.
  • Clan Skryre there’s just the matter of getting a unit of Stormfiends to finish off this faction. I’m considering getting Mantic Games Warpath Veer-mum Nightmare, as they look just right for the part as heavily kitted our mutated experiments (+ they can work well into a Clan Moulder allegiance!)
  • Clan Eshin I don’t care about much.

As for the Warlord Clan and Masterclan they’re done as I don’t see anything that needs adding into those sub factions.

Apart from what I’ve already got in my backlog to work on and the list above, there’s not much left to do with my Skaven. Now that I think about it once the Skaven are done it’s just a matter of finishing off my Sacrosanct Chamber miniatures for the Knights of Mousillon.

Then that’s it. Just adding units here and there when I feel like it, with no backlog and focus on being more of a painter than an army painter.

That’s all from me for today. Until next time,

-Bjorn

Throt the Unclean, weapon crews and Clan Skryre makeover

Throt the Unclean for using AoS rules in the setting of Warhammer Fantasy Battles
Ratling gun crew, now mounted on wheels
Kitbashed Warp Grinder and Poisoned Wind Mortar

As well as working on these from earlier this week, I got the courage to paint my third unit of Clanrats in three days. Another step towards the final battleline unit to paint for Skaventide, just one more unit of Clanrats to paint and backlog box will be considerably less daunting to look at.

My third unit of Clanrats was slightly painted differently to my usual green Clan colour as I ran out of paint! However, I had a crackin idea!

Just today I decided to change the green Clan colour to red for all Clan Skryre units, that way there’s a thematic theme that separates Clan Skelnix to its Thrall counterpart. Both are still one of the same as an army, it just adds more creative ways of building an army without the feeling of repetitiveness.

Clan Skrentus is a Thrall clan of Clan Skelnix, an offshoot cluster of Skaven that was once part of the zealous infected brotherhood of Skelnix Clan Pestilence riots. However, decades of war and strife eventually toppled the clergy of Clan Skrentus to be replaced by the growing influence of Clan Skryre. Whilst Clan Skelnix has tolerated Clan Skrentus in its Clans Skryre culture, they secretly despise the Skaven who toppled the clergy as a threat to the future of Clan Skelnix.

Finally, I’ve made this scenery piece to go along with my Skaven as an objective point or visual immersion piece.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Stormvermin WIP

Recently I’ve been slowly painting my Stormvermin during my break, a unit that should’ve been painted nearly five years ago now.

Despite my delayed efforts, I’ve nearly reached the end of painting my armoured elite rat guards yes-yes. Thanks to Wudugast for the horde painting advice, I’ve slightly altered the way I paint hordes by painting it in batches of five minis, rather than a whole unit in a batch.

I only need to paint four more (not five as I used one for kitbashing my own Clawlord on a Brood Horror). Once painted, I can use this unit as a battleline unit for Skaventide lists, all together that gives me a total of three battleline units in my collection.

Then finally I only need to paint two more units of Clanrats to finish off my unpainted battleline units. I can’t wait to finally unshackle the chains of having neglected Clanrats in my box of backlogs!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Rat-Thing!!!

I’ve taken a break away from my Stormcast Eternals painting to go back to one of my old projects: the Skaven! It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything with the Skaven so I wanted to get back into the project with a kitbashed monstrosity.

I wanted to build a mount for a new hero model to go face to face with mounted hero opponents. Unless it’s a Screaming Bell or a Plague Furnace, you’ll be a petty thing as a on foot Warlord against a Lord-Celestant on Dracoth.

I needed a disgusting mount that would inspire and scare my subjects to my cause. A beast of Clans Moulder design, a fierce fighter like the Warlord Clans and the diseased blessing of the Clans Pestilence. But what to base my latest creature?

Do you remember the Warlord on Broodhorror kit made by Forge World?

It’s not a particularly spectacular model unless your a Clans Moulder collector, the Brood Horror would make for a fine addition to the horde. But what if you don’t like the Warlord Version of the kit and prefer a plastic kit to customise?

Well, I made just that. Meet my Clawlord/ Plague Priest on Brood Horror.

This mounted Clawlord will be part of my Warlord Clans aspect for my hombrew Clan Skelnix. Having another Clawlord on foot would be boring as I’ve already got two on foot, so having this latest mounted model will spice things up.

As for his subjects? Well I only have two units of twenty Clan rats painted since starting the project. Not a lot of troops to command indeed. I’m not great at painting horde units as a fact.

Well, after learning some advice from a fellow blogger and horde painting expert, Wudugast, I’ll be using his/her advice on painting Hordes. That means painting more rat-men as part of my next project going forwards.

On the left is twenty Clanrats with hand weapons and shield, in the centre are fifteen Stormvermin and on the right are an extra twenty Clanrats to be added to one of my existing units to make a unit of 40x.

Until next time,

-Bjorn