Batch Painting Skaven Clan Rats

By Aquatic_Foible

Aquatic is prolific painter able to get large blocks of infantry and larger models done quickly with excellent results using a couple of techniques that he has agreed to share with us. Take it away mate!

Thought I’d take some time to post a quick step-by-step tutorial for painting clanrats fairly rapidly. The techniques used herein can be applied with varying degrees of care and accuracy, and still result in table-top worthy miniatures.

Stage One – Assembly and Undercoat

If you are collecting skaven, you’re going to be dealing with hordes. so, in order to get through the painting quickly, I tend to work in batches of 5-20 rats. Cut the bits from the sprue, and clean the mould lines [i use an a10 scalpel]. glue the models to the bases, and apply sand / slate / whatever. I leave the arms / shields separate at this stage. Undercoat the models with black [spray], and you’re ready to paint.

Stage Two – Base Coat

Skin – haradon granite.

Cloth – mechrite red / dheneb stone / charadon granite.

Iron – boltgun metal.

Copper – dwarf bronze [thinned with baal red wash instead of water].

Wood / leather – calthan brown.

Base – graveyard earth / dheneb stone.

I have a tendency to thin my paints with a 3:1 paint to water ratio, and apply a 2nd coat if necessary.

Stage Three – Fur

Dry-brush the areas of fur with a 1:1 mix of charadon granite and skull white.

Stage Four – Highlighting Cloth

Red – 1:1 mix of mechrite red and skull white.

Grey – 1:1 mix of charadon granite and skull white.

Beige – skull white.

Stage Five – Highlighting Skin

Layer on a 1:1 mix of tallarn flesh and charadon granite. try and follow the contours of the muscles and leave the recesses.  I also find it easier to paint the tails by dry-brushing them. and, you don’t need to be super-neat at this stage [remember, these guys will be in the middle of a 40+ strong unit!].

I also glue the shield on at this point.

Then apply a highlight of pure tallarn flesh [again, thin the paint] to the skin areas. Lightly dry-brush this colour onto the tails as well.  Now it’s time to glue on the weapon arms and move onto my favourite stage…

Stage Six – Wash

Grab the biggest brush you own, and douse the miniatures with devlan mud wash, and I mean the whole miniature – even the base. this stage is easier if the whole model is glued together.

Stage Seven – Eyes, Teeth and Claws

Eyes – mechrite red.

Teeth / claws – dheneb stone.

Stage Eight– Scars/ Boils

I paint on these details with mechrite red, with a little skull white added, and then add a little more skull white to apply a little highlight to the raised edges.

Stage Nine – Rust / Verdigris

Rust – watery blazing orange, applied to recesses / around rivets.

Verdigris – watery jade green [vallejo], applied to recesses / around rivets.

Stage Ten – Metal Highlights

Iron – mithril silver to the edges / rivets .

Copper – 3:1 mix of dwarf bronze and mithril silver to the edges / rivets.

Also, dry-brush the wood on the shields / weapons with calthan brown that has a little skull white mixed in.

Stage Eleven – Finishing Off

Dry-brush the base with dheneb stone, and apply another coat of graveyard earth to the sides of the base.  Add a little static grass, and the model’s ready to go.

These five clanrats took me about 3hrs to complete using the above method. they won’t win any golden demon awards, but it looks good on the table / shelf! I will, however, lavish a bit more care and attention on front rank models…repeat the process a few times, and over the course of a weekend you’ll have a unit that looks something like this!

I hope this tutorial was of some use to some of you. if you have any questions, or any suggestions on how I can write a better tutorial, please feel free to post a reply.