Monday, August 8, 2011
Skaven Haemonculus w/ Webway Portal
Or should it be "ratway portal"?
One of the central visual images that guided this "Kabal of the Fursaken" project, was that of a horde of rats pouring up and out of a hole in the ground. Naturally, I made my webway portal marker a crater/hole, with a few small rats crawling towards the edges. What was a bit less obvious, was how to suggest just where and how this hole would appear. Enter the Haemonculus...
I used a pewter Skaven engineer as the base for this model. I removed the small pistol the engineer was originally holding, and replaced it with the drill from a killa kan. The drill has a ball on the end of it, to be used when mounting into the socket of the killa kan arm. I noticed that the small rat on the Haemonculus' backpack, was seated on a bomb of similar size and shape. This pretty much figured itself out.
I added a fuse (made of wire) to the ball on the end of the drill, and gave the rat on the Haemonculus' backpack a lit match (made of a bit of putty and paper-clip wire), with the flame lingering dangerously close to the fuse. When painting the model, I made sure to show the two bombs are made of the same material. While the Haemonculus himself came out a bit less "creepy-albino rat" than I had originally planned, I think that the wysiwyg webway carries much of the attention anyway.
So the final image I was going for: Skaven engineer runs towards the enemy line. He lifts an enormous drill-explosive contraption, while one of his minion rats strikes a match, and lights the fuse. The engineer tosses the drill like a lawn-dart, and it quickly vanishes into the ground, leaving a trail of sparks from the smouldering fuse. After a moment, the warpstone bomb detonates underground, and the hole left behind is quickly filled by the hordes of Skaven that have been approaching the battle underground.