Painting Skaven #2: Clanrats

A dozen plastic skaven. I believe I bought these as a box of 12 in the early 1990’s, but a mate who was also collecting citadel figures at the time thought these came as 6’s, They are single-piece slotta-base figures, all identical. These should be Warhammer 4th edition clanrats, and I have seen some of these with shields. I certainly have a bunch of “skaven” shields that could have been part of this set, but I have neither used them in the past, nor feel like painting them up and gluing them on now. I like them the way they are.

The pose is good, and there is quite a bit of detail with armour, fur, armbands, cap, earring, etc. The clothing detail tends to soften a bit under the cloak/hood, with what I presume to be a belt only being defined along its lower edge. It’s nothing you’d notice unless holding the figure up, and now that its painted, its even less obvious.

I’ve stuck to three colours for clothing, varied to break the set up into three smaller groups. I used antique copper & gold for armbands, silver & bright bronze for ear-rings, mostly just grabbing a figure at random each time. I haven’t really done any highlighting except for some silver on the edge of the blades. (Which I wanted dark – gunmetal, then a good coat of green ink; which isn’t that noticeable in the second image.) My initial ‘wash’ of brown over skin and fur has left the raised portions lighter in colour, and I gave most of them a light dry-brush of flesh over the face and tail. Cloaks and kilts were done with very fluid paint, leaving places (that I would normally highlight) a bit lighter, and then brown/black used to shade depressions and creases in the clothing.

These are also a submission to Anne’s April Painting Challenge, and won’t be the last I’ll have.

My next six skaven are all individual figures. I’ve decided fur colours, but I’m still thinking about cloaks and robes, etc. Since these are all leaders (heroes doesn’t seem the right word, but neither does anti-heroes) I’ll take a bit more time with each.

4 thoughts on “Painting Skaven #2: Clanrats

  1. Nice painting there and I agree with your view on these models. They are great for their time, and whoever sculpted them worked with the limitations of a 1-part plastic model to produce something that looks fine with or without a shield.

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  2. Nice work on these, and I recognise them as well. Single piece sculpt on a squared sprue (with shield). I know that they came in a box of eight and also ten (I had the box of eight), so six and twelve also seem completely likely given how often GW repack the same models.
    They’ll certainly be a nasty swarm in games!

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