Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Skaven Warlord Image Gallery


Just a quick update today on perhaps the most important addition(s) to my growing Skaven army:
  • x2 Island of Blood Warlords.
  • x1 Chieftain Battle Standard Bearer conversion. 
I managed to complete these three models over the last couple of days in anticipation of my first game of WFB this coming Saturday. Why are they so important? Well, knowledgeable players (not me) seem to generally agree that the Warlord is absolutely key because of his leadership. Now, LD 7 may not sound that impressive, but when the rest of your army has some of the worst leadership scores in the game this becomes important!

Here are some pictures of the Warlord and a bit more information for each model. I'll try to add a step-by-step painting guide in the next week or so...

Skaven Warlord 1
This is the "Tooled-up" Warlord. By this I mean he has his back banner. I had two warlords from buying two Island of Blood sets so I decided to see what the Warlord would look like with and without the enormous back-banner the model has. (You can see the same Warlord model without the back-banner further down the page.)

I was happy to have this chance because as a rule I am not a huge fan of enormous back-banners like this so I wanted to compare the two models side-by-side. I can only imagine that this thing would really just get in the way! (Yes, I know WFB isn't "Real life" so it doesn't matter and I'm aware of the "Sashimono" back-banners that Japanese warriors would wear, but still they Skaven banners just feel too unwieldy.)
I added some Skaven glyphs to the banner to give it a bit more "Skaven-ness"

On most of my rank-and-file troops I tend to use Devlan Mud for the whole model just because it is so simple and a real time-saver.For this guy I have used some other washes for (I think) a better effect overall. (Thraka Green on the Warpstone flames, Ogryn Flesh on the skin, Gryphonne Sepia on the ropes.)

Here is a close-up. It is a bit difficult to make out, but I used an Ice Blue wash on some of the spikes and other brass parts too to help make the brass metals look a bit dirty and add a patina of age.

Skaven Warlord 2
I used exactly the same colour scheme but simply removed the back-banner after assembly.

All comments and feedback welcome!




  1. Personally, I love the over-the-top stuff Skaven are pulling off. I also love the "japanese" elements interwoven in the race. (How clan Eshin learned their tricks in "Nippon", their kanji like alfabeth, and indeed, those sashimono banners. For me these things totally fit the bill and I love those things that make skaven, skaven. So of course, I'll prefer the chap with the huge ass banner on his back ;).

    (At the moment I'm busy painting the Doomwheel, and I LOVE your painting guide! When it's all done I'll upload it on the Underempire, with of course a reference to this page, if that's okay with you?)


  2. Hi Shendar,
    lol - no probs with me if you like the banners!
    Good luck with the Doomwheel. I'd definitely love to see pics when you are done - very kind of you to offer to reference the Chattering Horde, although I'm sure you can improve on my attempt. (But, yes please, do mention the page if you don't mind!)
    All the best...

  3. I like both versions. Since I also use my Skaven army for D&D I think another warlord without the banner could come in handy.
    I'm almost finished painting my Island of Blood Skavens. Just the warlock engineer, the warpfire thrower and the poisoned wind mortar are left, I got distracted by the temple of skulls and the arcane ruins. But now that the terrain pieces are done, I might buy the Skaven set again from Ebay (I have no interest in the elves). The Skaven army look awesome on the gaming table. To image an army double the size....yeahhhh. :)
    Also, aren't the rat ogres in this set epic?
    And I will definitely follow your example and build the other warlord without the back-banner.
    Thank you for sharing! :)

    - Kronos

  4. Hi Kronos - thanks for the comment. The Skaven Battalion is a really good set of models - fun to paint and assemble that is for sure! I DO like the Rat Ogres in the Island of Blood set. I like them more than the Battalion ROgres. The ONLY thing I don't like is the small size of the ROgre heads on the IOB models. I know why the sculptor has done it, but somehow it doesn't look quite right to me. Just my opinion though!

    Glad you like the Warlord without the back-banner. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!


  5. Hello Skweek,

    I must say I like both versions, and just today i'm busy
    to paint the original version, with banner...

    I still have to paint a lot (Isle of Blood set)
    and ie also started with the Doomflayer...

    Now i'm saving money for the Stormvermins;)



  6. Oops,

    of course the name is squeek...



  7. Hi Tis,
    Glad you like them both! Good luck with your Warlord, I hope it goes well - if you have time, please post a link to a photo if you can get one. ALSO the Doomflayer, as I don't have that model and would like to see how it turns out.
    ("Skweek" was my litter-mate. I ate him)

  8. I must be bitten by the Great Horned Rat,
    because yesterday I bougt the new model of
    Tretch Caventail, and today the noisy
    screaming bell, it leaves a bomb crater on my
    bank account but it's great fun:D

    I will soon make some photo's and put them online...




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