What do you think is the best start for a soul grinder, hell-pit abomination or boneripper?
Probably this (not mine):
And yea not all the clan/god divisions work together for example, skyre machines could fit in different places. Was thinking the assassins (Eshin) could also appear quite khorne bloodletter-like, with the doomwheel fitting in as a skull cannon, but again the warp lightning cannon could as well, and even stormvermin could work well as bloodletters, so it's all open to interpretation really.
Exactly, I don't want to restrain myself to much by strictly sticking to specify chaos gods or wfb's great clans. Afterall, skavens only worship one chaos god!
I don't think its a bad thing to optimize a list first then match it all up with appropriate models (we all want an army to feel potent, even when collecting it) That said, if a new codex is coming with the belakor model on the way, what is considered optimum could all change.
Indeed. I think it'll be easy enough to adapt, but I might magnetize weapons to make future changes easier (when the new codex comes out). I'm not looking for something optimal but I do want it to be good & enjoyable.
About the poxbringer with corruption blade... feels off having a big lightning-claw as a stand-in for a blade, though it works based on that weapon's re-roll to wound (just lose the bolter).
Oops didn't even notice the bolter! But I can remove it easily. I'm just looking for a melee weapon with a futuristic look that could explain the corruption blade profile. I found a new source of futuristic make weapon, I'll try to find one that works better (although I quite like this one).
Also little embellishments like the flat bladed part on his helmet, which usually helps indicate the clan, could be reserved for identifying the appropriate god if you do multiple gods. (eg stormvermin as bloodletters with clawlord as herald keep the head-bit which is very reminiscent of the juggernaut's head spikes, while your nurgle stand-ins lose it)
They will all worship the horned rat so no reference to the four chaos gods, although I'll use their rules to differentiate Skaven clans (inspired by but not constrained to wfb's great clans). But you're absolutely right, this spot looks like it's missing something.
And I'm guessing you've seen the new WHQuest coming with perfect large-based rat swarms, piled up just like nurglings and perfectly undeadish. Time will tell if that game is priced well enough to grab those separately on ebay.
I did not, thank you! The rat swarms surprisingly looked like they were going to be the hardest models to satisfactorily reproduce. I'll try to get my hands on those.
Thanks for the helpful feedback!
The thing I am currently slightly struggling with is the global invul save. I know it's a chaos demon thing and skavens are actual children of chaos, but I'd like to explain it with warpstone rather than the horned rat's blessing (either with warpstone embedded somewhere or powers gained through its consumption). Maybe both: shields with warpstone for basic soldiers, consumption for psychers, embedded bits for others (ex.: Eye socket filled with a shared).