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!
Posted by Dan (nyhil) at 9:49 AM
Labels: Dark Eldar, Modeling, Skaven
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that looks awesome! in my experience, when you spend this long thinking something through, it generally turns out pretty well :)ReplyDelete
Looking good Dan, can't wait to see them on the table top. Next years Conflict perhaps?ReplyDelete
Atreides: Thanks for the kind words. Let's hope your theory applies to the Dais of Destruction I have planned out...ReplyDelete
Tordeck: With some luck and some hard work, I should be able to bring the finished product to one of your Vet nights, and get some practice before the NOVA. Who knows about next year's Conflict GT; maybe I will be on to my next moronic pursuit.
O.M.G. This is awesome. Go space skaven!!! Can't wait to see these.ReplyDelete
Looks awesome. I definitely like the choices you've been making. Right now it looks like he is standing on/guarding a giant hunk of cheese.ReplyDelete
Nice Skeller! I plan to paint the cork as ruined slabs of stone, but I like the cheese idea. I was planning on using the Gale Force 9 wine and cheese pieces as pain tokens.ReplyDelete