In the inky blackness beneath the Flea Fell teeming hordes of Skaven slaves toil on interminably, mining, delving, gnawing at the roots of the world. When war comes, companies of the toughest and most hateful, vicious slaves are dragged up out of the darkness and herded into battle where the luckiest amoung them will die a quick death under the blades of the Skavens' enemies.
The pit bosses who manage the slaves in their miserable labors are also the commanders who drive them into battle. Bosses like Pit Master Frikkit here enjoy some considerable status in Skaven society, for among the indolent and neglectful Skaven race little is accomplished without slave labor.
I started a Skaven army a good long time ago, but after I'd painted a few units I became discouraged because I couldn't get that marvelous, disgusting, makes-you-itch-to-look-at-'em look that Andy Chambers' Skaven had. Despite my efforts my own Skaven looked sort of natty and...cute! Horrible. Very disappointing.
Recently I was inspired by Matt Sullivan's engrossingly repulsive Vengeance of the Lichemaster Skaven to get out my own rat boys and start building on the army again. Matt's ratmen were so delightfully, inspirationally disgusting! Surely, I thought, I'll get it right this time.
Well, as you can see, my technique turns out to have changed not at all and still yields 'cute', Disneyish looking Skaven instead of creepy, dirty looking Skaven. I'm resigned to it. This is just what the army is going to look like I guess. Next up are some Jezzail teams and more Clan Moulder stuff. Hopefully I'll find a way to make them look more nasty and repugnant but I'm not counting on it.