Monday, January 24, 2011
Prototype Skaven Wych
Let's start with the splinter pistol. I used Dark Elf repeater crossbows, trimmed down and pinned to the back of each Skaven's left wrist. I used putty to create a strap, in an effort to give this wrist-mounted pistol a more "Boba-Fett" feel. Here is another shot that illustrates the weapon:
I think that this small crossbow is a perfect way to depict a splinter pistol. The small bow implies a limited range, and the clip full of crossbow bolts could easily be poison-tipped darts. The size of the crossbow was another positive element: I didn't want my diminutive rats to be carrying overwhelmingly large weapons.
Another element worth pointing out on this model, is the combat drug injector. Pinned to the model's back, is a canister made from the barrel of an Ork shoota. The business end of the barrel has been drilled-out, to accommodate the combat drug hose that leads to the model's chest. The rear-end of the barrel, where the saw removed the rest of the shoota, has been touched up with a bit clipped from the grip of an Ork hand weapon. I used a variety of tiny odds and ends to mix up the appearance of the canisters. I think the "over-the-shoulder" putty strap helps to communicate not only the purpose of the tank, but also the weight of such a piece of wargear. Here is another photo, unfortunately this one was a bit blurry:
At this point in the construction of this army, I am beginning to feel much more confident with my choices. I believe that the army we be cohesive in its aesthetic, and not too ambiguous when it comes to the element of "counts-as". As usual, I will be providing my opponents with army books full of photos distinguishing each unit, but honestly, I think the conversions themselves will be user-friendly. As I have said before, it helps that what I am using, does not already exist in the 40K universe, so it cannot be confused for something else. It's not like running termagaunts as grots, but more like running a potted plant as a mycetic spore.
Your input is welcome. It's exceptionally cold here at the moment, and my freshly painted terrain is festering out in the garage. I hope Testor's Dull-Cote dries well in the cold!