View Full Version : Skaven Army Builder - What to buy after IoB?

03-01-2011, 15:46
Hi Everyone.

Looking for some advice. Finished painting the IoB skaven (praise the lord for teachers holidays!). Painted with speed in mind. what do people think? (Rubbish camera by the way)

Clanrats - http://picasaweb.google.com/108531539225289560694/UntitledAlbum#5557983049779778290

Warlord -

Orges - http://picasaweb.google.com/108531539225289560694/UntitledAlbum#5557983055175386082

Warlock - http://picasaweb.google.com/108531539225289560694/UntitledAlbum#5557983062657028754

I'm not sure what unit to get next for my army. I have been able to get 4 units of 20 hand weapon clans rats for 30, so i will have (with the IoB clanrats) a total of 120 clan rats, 2 weapon teams, 1 warlord, 1 warlock and 2 orges and a packmaster.

In my games club I will be playing against high elves, choas, lizardmen and others. what do people recommend for my next purchase?

03-01-2011, 22:16
First question before I give advice: what pointage are we talking about here? The standards are 2k, 2.5k, and 3k (usually), but occassionally they're smaller. Can't really give advice on how to build your army without knowing the point limit you're looking at. :p

P.S.: It's good that you got the slaves out of the way, as no matter what point limit you'll use, you'll need lots of slaves!

Torpedo Vegas
04-01-2011, 05:23
Solid advice no matter what army (well, most armies anyway) is to have lots of infantry. So Clanrats, clanrats and more clanrats. Weapon teams are fun, and warp lighting cannons are great.

04-01-2011, 05:38
Well I would want a 'reward' after painting so many damned rats! I'd go for either:

Hellpit Abomination
Screaming Bell/Furnace (personally a fan of Screaming bell myself)

Just because it'll add a nice looking center piece to your army, it'll be a joy to build & paint - not to mention amazing in the game!

After your done all the rats/new kit the next step would be a Battalian - actually maybe even two - just to really finish off the infantry once and for all.

Finally Stormvermin and assorted weapon teams for the list, maybe a cannon kit or 2!

04-01-2011, 16:19
A plague furnace should fit in with IOB, the bell is near 420 pts, you arent using it till you have 2k skaven.
You also get a spare rat ogre and grey seer this way.

After that, perhaps a battallion, or a box or ten of stormvermin.

Either way you are looking at a lot of work lol, paint 200 witch elves, you have a 2000 point army, paint 200 slaves you have a 400 point army.

Not looking forward to that aspect of collecting skaven.

04-01-2011, 18:13
thanks everyone :)

I'm liking the sound of the plague furnace. does anyone think the orge could be converted to being a mount? thinking i could pop a warlord on top of him.

not many going for cheap on ebay. going to have to look around a bit. the missus would kill me if she found out i spent 36 on a model ;)

Playing my first battle with the IoB Skaven tonight, hopefully i'll win!

04-01-2011, 18:15
in the end i want a 2k army for tournaments :chrome:

04-01-2011, 18:26
not many going for cheap on ebay. going to have to look around a bit. the missus would kill me if she found out i spent 36 on a model ;)

try explaining to her why you have to order a forgeworld kit ;) if you can, i'd go for something big and fun, this is how all my greater daemons get painted.

04-01-2011, 18:39
Explaining 36 on one model?

Buy her a ring worth 40.

Also, very good job on the clanrats and the warlock. Can barely see the warlord and the orges are unfocused though. Blame the camera.

04-01-2011, 19:38
just be aware that you need plague monks to push a furnace... or if not, you'll be killing huge swathes of your own rats in combat every turn.....

edit: just confirmed that you will indeed need some monks for a furnace....

04-01-2011, 20:46
What I got when I put the army together back in November:

2 sets of the skaven from the IoB
2 skaven battalion boxes
2 boxes of stormvermin
2 screaming bells/plague furnaces
2 packs of gutter runners
1 doomwheel
1 warlord with great weapon (for BS conversion)
1 warlock
1 assassin

Gave me 2500-3000 points.

I'll be picking up 2 HPAs and 2 Cannons next week too.

04-01-2011, 23:29
How about picking up the battalion?

You will be able to increase both your clanrats units to 40, your rat ogres to 4 plus you get a unit of giant rats and a unit of 20 plague monks.

The plague monks come with enough rats to make a few bases of rat swarms too.

Other than that maybe treat yourself to something cool like a doomwheel?

05-01-2011, 01:50
Seconding battalion. Good springboard for the furnace too.

05-01-2011, 18:34
thanks for the comments. not to sure quite yet. going to get the 80 clanrats painted first when they arrive courtesy of royal mail.

Thinking i can get 80 rats done on a lazy sunday. thinking about doing a quick quick painting guide and putting it on warseer :cool: