Thursday, April 30, 2020

Epic Proportions 2 - Death Skull Clan for ArmyChallenge™

The next installment of my Ork NetEpic Gold army is here. This time I have painted the Death Skull clan. This clan allows me to pick two mobz that normally would require another clan to take. While I don't really use that in my list, I thought they'd come in handy on many occasions. 

The thievin' Death Skullz set out to rob! 
 Rather than basing them on a particular image or paint scheme, I browsed through a bit of old White Dwarf magazines and then closed my eyes to imagine what the Death Skulls should look like. I wanted to continue my 'pang' spot colour focus from the Goffs, so I decided on a red, a pale yellow and two blues. The recipe for painting Viking style Death Skullz is given at the end of this post.

The banners were made with transfers from Gorkamorka and third edition Warhammer 40.000 Space Orks plastic boys. While the iconography may be a bit too modern, I think it is a fair compromise between branding and school. Ideally, a bit of paint would be added to cover the transition between the transfers and the banner, but I did not do that. I find that highlighting the transfers integrates them a lot better, and I might do this. 
Those are neither carrots nor cigars... but fearsome RPGs!
To deleniate the Goffs and the Death Skullz further, I chose to use almost exclusively nobz without back banners. I had a fair few of these lying around and thought that Blood Axes and Death Skullz would be the best use for them. I didn't bother with the eyes and the teeth on the nobz this time. I might go back and redo it at a later point.
The Deathskull nobz have brought a suitably imposing banner signifying their status with a big glyph of a gun.

When I read other blogs or watch posts from other hobbyists I often find myself wanting a complete rundown of what has been made. So as a bit of service here is the recipe for Viking painted Death Skulls:

Colours used:

Vallejo Pastel Blue
Vallejo Blood Red
Vallejo Chainmail Silver
Vallejo Medium Blue
Vallejo Deck Tan
P3 Sulfur Yellow
Coat d'Arms Goblin Green
GW Black Templars Black

I basecoat the miniatures black first (any black will do, but I prefer slightly satin ones like the Foundry, as it gives a deeper black).

Next I colour in the various armour and heavy weapons. The strategy here is a random pattern of yellow, blues and red. The Death Skulls make do with whatever they scavenge and so it is important that they don't look too uniform. I am not a fan of painting the heads blue on Death Skulls as it stops them from looking like Orks to me at this scale. I keep that in 28 mm scale. The heavy weapons get some flame patterns or similar.

Step 1 - The basic uniform colours

Step 1 - backsides with basic uniform colours

After the basics have been added, I colour the boltguns in silver. The Goffs had red bolter casings, but that will not work for the Death Skulls as it gets too confusing to look at. I make sure to leave plenty of black showing to "line" the different parts of the miniatures. I find that this works well when viewed from afar.

Step 2 - Boltguns are coloured

After the bolters have been painted I start colouring in the skin of the orks. Here I prefer goblin green straight out of the pot. I try to paint first a line from forehead to mouth and then colour in the cheeks and lower jaw to leave a black line for mouth, and two black spots for the eyes. It doesn't always work out, but then I just touch it up with black wash afterwards.

Step 3  - Skin is painted green

Step 3 backside - a single green dot for the elbow and silver for the backside of the gun

Lastly the base is painted in goblin green before adding scatter material. This helps to improve the effect of the scatter material and gives it a bit of colourplay.

Step 4 - The base is painted goblin green all over. 

The back plate of the Ork armour is used for attachment of the banner pole in 40k or to display the clan symbol. I just paint it in off white grey as shown in step 5.

Step 5 - the back plate is coloured in off white

Lastly I cover the bases in diluted PVA glue and add medium olive green flock. This product from K&M scenics is available from Kallistra in the UK. I find that it closely resembles the flock used back in the day, which I like.

Step 6 - the bases are flocked and the model is done!

Once dry, the bases are sealed with a coat of diluted PVA with a drop or two of surface tension breaker (for dishwashers). With reduced tension the liquid quickly seeps through all the flock and fixes it firmly. 

Step 6 - backside

That is another 500 pts knocked off the army. 

Let us have a look at the list then:

#figuresptstotalfigures total
Gobsmaha squadron151001005
Bonecruncha squadron131501503
Shokk Attack Team141001004
Pulsa Rokkit Battery132502503
Stompas Mob132502503
Great Gargant114007351
Death Skull Clan11950050019
mekboy gargant114504501
Kult of Speed 11840040015
Goff Clan12365065023
Mad Mob14004
Great Gargant
gusterbuster100mork head50battle cannon turret25
magnum megacannon85soopa liftadroppa75
krusher arm0buzzsaw arm0deluxe kustom cannon0

Still 53 models to go... it's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll!


  1. Cracking work on the Death Skulls!

  2. Another great looking unit! I like the varied colors on them, I think they convey Death Skull clan very well. Also your Ork buildings in the background look very classic.

    1. Thanks Floyd. If only I knew how to photograph those ork biwdins... I tried but they are "too light" and just look like a torch when I take pictures in daylight.