You may have noticed my new Skaven Doomwheel in action earlier this month in our game of Dragon Rampant. This was a model I’ve coveted since the old, clunky metal version debuted in White Dwarf decades ago.
I hadn’t intended to acquire one for my all-metal Skaven army project, but I stumbled across an assembled Doomwheel on sale for a mere $16 from the good folks at Mindtaker Miniatures. At that price, I couldn’t say no.
Now, acquiring it pre-assembled was both a blessing and a curse. Assembly and model-building is one of my least favorite tasks (as I noted in my Six Pillars of the Hobby post from last year) so I always try to outsource it whenever possible. But the Skaven Doomwheel is such an intricate model that I probably would have opted for sub-assemblies if doing it from the box. Oh well! Restriction breeds creativity, as I always say.
With that, I rolled up my hands and got to work. I started by spraying the whole thing a rusty brown — with so much rusted metal and exposed wood, I figured rusty brown would be a good starting point. I followed that up with metal for the blades, gears, and other metallic bits. After that, a bit of detail work and weathering (not too much — after all, my goal was to get this thing finished in time for our Dragon Rampant game, and the fact that I’d acquired the model pre-assembled meant that there was a limit on how much interior detail work I could realistically accomplish).
Here’s what I came up with.
It’s a really cool model, but I really manhandled it over the course of the painting process. I ended up pausing to spray it with clear matte varnish no fewer than 5 times to keep the painted parts safe from repeated handling and touching.
In general, I’ve found that these new-generation Skaven war machines represent big improvements over the older metal models. I can get away with having a few larger plastic models alongside my metal infantry hordes, right?
And here’s a look at the Doomwheel in action (before I’d attached the banner, oops!) from our Dragon Rampant game.
It’s a basic and serviceable paint job, I think, which is great, and the price was right.
I’m already moving on to the next unit on the list for my vintage metal Skaven army. Up next: Skaven slaves! Stay tuned for more…
Very nice work – that Doomwheel is looking great – and especially so on the tabletop!
Thank you! I’m incredibly glad to have it done. my inability to really get in and paint some of the interior was really starting to give me anxiety. Thankfully, it’s done — on to the next project.
That one model is what would get me collecting skaven. It is fantastic. Your paint job is also great. Just shows you don’t have to paint sub-assembled!