Svirfneblin snipers standing around dramatically in some smoke
My brother Chris has sent me some final concept art for our alternative Svirfneblin-inspired Ratling project (or “the nebos” as he’s taken to calling them in his very . . . Aussie fashion). He’s just finishing up another miniatures project, and then he’s ready to start sculpting the greens. I think they will look pretty amazing.
Svirfneblin snipers on a break
Svirfneblin sniper rifles
There are more images on Chris’s blog here. I particularly like the NCO.
A little while ago I mentioned that I was dissatisfied with GW’s hobbit-inspired ratlings, and the only way I could see getting my hands on ratlings I liked was either to do a massive modelling project or commission a sculptor.
Well, last week you might remember I mentioned my brother Chris’s blog, which mainly chronicles his D&D adventures. Chris is a trained printmedia artist with a long-term interest in sculpting miniatures, and I had a chat with him about making some tough, leathery little bastards inspired by the aesthetic of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Svirfneblin (deep gnomes).
He agreed to give it a go and the above sketch is his first rough whack at the job. I’m pretty excited, and will of course keep track of how this goes on my blog. He has a cartoonish style that I think suits this idea well, given the exaggerated features I’m after. I particularly like the mandarin collars, the sneaky ninja boots and the felt helmets, which Chris tells me are based on World War One Romanian felt helmets.
For anyone who’s interested, here’s a link to some greens he has made and some of his future projects in miniature design.
The current iteration of Ratlings in Warhammer 40,000. Nice models I guess, but way too Sam Gamgee for my liking.
Today I’m going to return to Warhammer 40,00 and talk a little about a subject near-ish to my heart (maybe somewhere in the vicinity of the pancreas) – Ratlings. That’s right, Games Workshop’s throwback space hobbit snipers.
I’m genuinely surprised whenever they manage to sneak into a new Imperial Guard book, so someone in the studio must like them. You can tell how the community really feels about something though by looking at Black Library novels. I can’t remember the last time a Ratling was even a character in one, but Ogryns for example pop up quite regularly.
Online you see almost universal disdain for the little buggers. I think there are a few reasons for this. Continue reading