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How to Speed-Paint Skaven Clanrats

Today is a new video from Troy at Sonic Sledgehammer Studio about how he paints Skaven Clanrats.  As I announced previously, I’ve partnered with Troy to add a range of Age of Sigmar painting tutorials to the site.   All part of the plan to be an invaluable resource for all aspects of the hobby.

Speed Painting Skaven Clanrats

The Skaven are a race of ratmen without counting, gnawing away at the very roots of reality and chewing at the gaps between realms. An endless tide of furry bodies, gnashing teeth and crude weapons, they are a primal force to be reckoned with, burying their enemies under swarms of Clanrats.

Painting a whole Skaven army can seem pretty daunting, but it doesn’t need to be! There’s plenty of places you can cut corners and get a pretty decent result on the table without worrying about highlighting every strand of fur, and for those that have enjoyed the speed painting and simple techniques in some of the other ‘quick’ videos so far, here’s how I tackle the Skaven. Remember that you can swap colours as necessary to fit your own clan allegiance – green, brown, purple or even putrid yellow all work perfectly well with these same techniques.

I’ll give you a clue: Agrax Earthshade may very well feature heavily in these…

If you do decide to stick to Citadel paints, then after using Bugman’s Glow as the base colour for your Skaven’s skin but before the Agrax Earthshade, just go over with a coat of Cadian Fleshtone and all will be well. 😀

How I Paint Things is a series of simple instructional videos designed to help the newcomer through some of the basics and demonstrate how the very simplest techniques can still give you some great results that’re easily replicated. Aimed at the beginner to painting miniatures, there might be one or two tips or tricks that help even you old hands!

Paints used for the Skaven clanrats


  • Leadbelcher
  • Mephiston Red
  • Steel Legion Drab
  • Rakarth Flesh
  • Balthazar Gold


  • Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Liberator Gold
  • Kislev Flesh


  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Sylvaneth Bark


  • Beige Red 804

Further Painting Resources

You can also check him out on YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter as well as support him through Patreon and Ko-fi.  There is also the hobby section of the site, including the Creator Class and Army Showcase series for more inspiration.

For more Age of Sigmar painting videos, check out Vince VenturellaMengel Miniatures and Warhammer TV.

And, finally, as always, check out Dark Fantastic Mills for great 3D printed terrain perfect for wargaming.  Its super versatile and light so worldwide shipping is inexpensive.  Use the “aos shorts” discount code for a further 10% off the already decent prices.

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