Monday, January 18, 2021

Skaven warplock jezzails, Throt the Unclean, Grey Seer and friends finished

Currently there's no great plan when it comes to my painting. I've been picking up random models on my paint station and applying some pigment to them as whim takes me. This results in quite an nice random mix of finished models. Like the clanrats (actually Skaven slaves), warplock jezzails, Throt the Unclean and Grey Seer I finished over the pas few weekends (not to mention Nagash, but that's for a different post). 

Ah the bad old days when clanrats where available in dirt cheap plastic and Skaven Slaves where only available as (expensive) cast metal. 

I have a lot of older Skaven models and most of them where painted between ages 16 and 19. I'm not quite as happy with the paint jobs on them as I was back then. But simply stripping the paint off everything does not feel right. Its fun to be able to pick up older models and see progress. I was rather happy therefore, when I managed to pick up a small lot of classic Skaven a while back. These four Clanrats (originally Skaven slaves) will make nice additions to my horde. I have about 160 plastic Clanrats painted and now (with these four added) there are around 9 metal ones to lead the charge. Maybe one day I'll manage to make a full unit of 40...who knows. 

Throt the Unclean and a friendly new Gey Seer join my horde.

Second in the lot I found a classic Grey Seer and the first iteration of Throt the Unclean. Quite nice finds as I actually own both models with old paint jobs. The Grey Seer gave me a bit of worry when I stripped the previous owner's paint off as the metal underneath was black to dark grey. After priming it turned out to just be discoloration, no detail was lost. If I recall correctly these may well have been cast around the time GW switched from classic pewter to white metal which explains why some models are bright silver and others dull grey (I confess, I an absolute nitwit when it comes to chemistry).

I really enjoy posting these 'my progress over the years' pics (and I'm quite cognizant of the fact I'm probably the only one enjoying these ;). 

Anyway I decided to use the color scheme I picked way back when on both models. I have to add that I had a rather inexplicable love of the Metallic Paint Set back then (and that is most definitely over). I can't find any models that haven't been covered in metallic purple, green and blue (note the 'and' in that sentence). Still it was a lot of fun to sort of match the colors and watch what edge highlights, extra skill and a lot of toning down for contrast in strategic places can accomplish. I also switched out the space wolf blue for white fur. That just does not work.

Two versions of Throt. I did rebase the one on the left some time back to use him on an AoS battlefield. 

Throt the Unclean, the mutant three armed monster breeder from Clan Moulder makes a re-entry in spectacular extra color. I spent a lot of extra time working on his face. Especially the warpstone insert where his left eye should be. On the old model I painted it black as the lore back then implied (at least to me) that warpstone was black. I like the glowing green iteration better.

This is the difference between drybrushing and edge highlighting. 

A fun detail to work on was his cloak. I still can't believe how much better his new cloak looks with the edge highlights instead of the old drybrush. I also tried a glazing technique, painting the cloak in a way lighter blue color and then toning it down by a few thin layers of wash. It makes a change from my usual 'flood 'm with wash' approach. 

Another couple of models missing from my collection join the fray.

The last two models to finally be finished this weekend where these second generation warplock jezzails. I bought them last year as my traditional birthday gift of Skaven (from me to me). I remember hating these chunky models when they were released. I bought the older ones (and actually got a discount as they were being phased out (of the old days of phone ordering your models). Owning the latest and the earliest version of the venerable warplock jezzail, the completionist in me felt the gap in my collection. I fixed that. To be honest they where a lot of fun to paint. One of the nice things about older models (on average) is that they have markedly less buckles, pouches, skulls and other knick-nacks on their person. This speeds up your paint time. Having said that. These specific models where positively covered in pouches and knick-nacks, exceptions prove the rule (so to speak). 

All three generations of warplock jezzails side by side.

Let's finish off with a traditional side by side. From left to right (with a small update thanks to the Skaven Collector's Guide). An original 1989 Warplock Jezzail (Jezzalachis Team) by Jes Goodwin, the second generation (1994) Jezzail Team by Colin Dixon and the latest (2002) Jezzail by Games Workshop (sculptor unknown). I still like the original model the best. The 2nd generation is too chunky for my taste and the Skaven on the latest one are too slim. Then again the model on the left was one of the triggers for a lifelong Skaven obsession, so I may be a bit prejudiced there. 


  1. Good selection of nice models there. I agree that the original jezzail is the best. The newer miniatures look great, especially the glow on Throt's weapon.

    1. Cheers! I was amazed by the detail on the original jezzail when I repainted it a while back. My 16 year old self completely missed the individual warpstone pellets in the bag of the Skaven holding the rifle rest.

  2. That is so interesting... 2002 me also had an obsession with Jezzails, though I never owned any. I personally love the pair on the far right, the little guy holding the shield does if for me.

    The side by side comparison of the two cloaks really drives home the difference. It makes me wonder, will I be able to teach my son to paint by the time he is 16, or he just have to resign to the fact that you've just got to get older!

    "Currently there's no great plan when it comes to my painting. I've been picking up random models on my paint station and applying some pigment to them as whim takes me." I have always dreamed of this feeling, and personally have just achieved it 2 months ago. Such a freeing feeling! No deadlines, no project queue. It's great!

    1. When it comes to this hobby its easy to convince yourself you need to finish this army or that model or achieve at least that quality of figure, etc. That's a trap. You should never lose sight of fact that it's a hobby. It's (supposed to be) fun and entertaining. My secret method to dealing with hobby stress and fatigue is watching a random Bob Ross episode. Not so much for his work - although having recently had a chance to see it in real life, it's quite nice - but for his philosophy. Who can argue with: "No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen."

      I hope my kids will both love the hobby when they're 16 and up. My oldest (now 5) has his own little corner in my hobby room that's spattered in cheap paint and has some old Space Marines covered in poster paint. My strategy is to just let him go wild and enjoy himself. Let the hobby love seep in at a young age and see what happens (the idea being, if you realy love something learning it becomes easy). He recently started painting some of his toy cars (even adding his own 'conversions' to them using glue stick and paper). I'm starting to believe I'm on the right track :)

      Ah kids and Dadhammer, maybe I should write an update about this subject at some point.

    2. Agree with everything you said. My 3 year old boy sits with me sometimes and paints some bits. "Paint with daddy!?" I suggested that he paint on one of his hot wheels and he loved it!

  3. Lovely additions to your Skaven horde, admiring your painting skills. My favourite jezzail is on the far left, looks the most realistic.. must buy some jezzails.

    Your new improved original Throt looks great, I painted my copy last year, he's my favourite Throt too. The only other mini of these I have is the far left slave with spear in pic one. Have you seen the big fat salivating Skaven bloodbowl star player at Forge World, I think he'd make a great Moulder packmaster scaring giant rats and maybe eating a few.

    1. Cheers! I fully agree with you when it comes to the best jezzails in the lot. I recently added a (plastic) Skaven Blood Bowl team to my painting queue so I should right now not go anywhere near the Forge World site. Its the only way to avoid temptation....oh dear, that salivating fat model is awesome. 2021 is going to get expensive if I don't log out soon ;)