Posted by MortiS-the-Lost –
This is Ratman Champion that I think was originally made by Heartbreaker Miniatures, I purchased it from Ral Partha Europe a year or so back, but it doesn’t seem to be available at the moment.
This model is going to be used as a Skaven Champion of Clan Skryre and will (hopefully) soon be joined by the Doom Wheel, Doom Flayer and a mechanical Rat Ogre conversion that I have waiting to be put together.
It might surprise you to learn that this model isn't a conversion, the only work I did on it was to cut and re-shape the end of the blade he's carrying to match the swords the rest of my Skaven tend to be armed with – other than that it's completely stock (yes - even the big mechanical claw!)
Apart from the 'power claw' the main thing I like about this model is that the face is a lot more detailed than you get on GW Skaven, the ears look like real rat's ears and there's those little whisker-hole details on the snout
He's painted in the pretty much standard way I paint all my Skaven, MP's Primer Black undercoat, dry brush Scorched Brown (or Dark Flesh), Vermin Brown (or bestial Brown), Snake Bite Leather and then Bubonic brown. Hands, feet, tail, face, ears and any other bits of bare skin are picked out in either Dwarf Flesh and then highlighted with mixture if Dwarf Flesh and Elf Flesh – or – Bronzed Flesh and then a mixture of Bronzed Flesh and Elf Flesh. Teeth and claws are picked out in Bubonic Brown followed by Bleached Bone for that slightly yellowed rat-teeth look. This guy also got an extra highlight of Codex Grey and Fortress Grey on his fur.
I painted the stylised skulls on his armour Mecrite Red, highlighted up through Red Gore and Blood Red mixtures to pure Blood Red – normally you'd see this sort of thing painted in bone colours, but I wanted the 'real' rat-skull on his belt to stand out (Plus I normally paint some of the cloth on my Skaven red for coherence among the troops and this guy doesn’t have a scrap of cloth on him).
The claw was probably the most fun bit to paint, I think I used every metallic colour I have (bar Mithril Silver and a few Red and Blue ones that I've never used anyway) and a number of washes to get the effect. The tubes and valves were picked out in Dark Angel's Green, highlighted Snot Green and Goblin Green and given a coat of Green Glaze.
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