Building the Skitarii, Part 2

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The Skitarii offer a brand new aesthetic and new kits to the 40k verse that bring with them a unique set of challenges. I’m going to break the kits down.. and build them!

Dr. Bored here with part 2 of building the Skitarii. The first post had the first two kits and the second post will have the next two, the Sicarians and the Onager! It’s rather amazing that 7 units can be made, with so many options, out of just FOUR BOXES.

Again, these kits are very detailed, with plenty of finicky bits, but I hope these tips, warnings, and guides will help you build yours without any issue ahead!

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Ruststalkers/Infiltrators

What a gorgeous kit. Detail, options, and really sick weapons! I got five boxes and fully intend to try out that Sicarian Killclade!

1. The kit comes with six bodies and five pairs of legs. Huh? That’s because one is the robed Princeps, but if you don’t want to make the Princeps, there’s the extra body and head to make a regular guy to add on to a squad. Much like the Vanguard/Rangers, the body-leg combos are set one way, but also only go with one head, which further limits your customization options without a lot of clever, pro-level modeling.

2. Just like the Vanguard/Rangers, the robe on the Princeps will need some TLC in the form of some Liquid Green Stuff to look whole. Unless you want to go for some tattered robe look, which would be awesome if modeled correctly. Pictured below you can see that priming doesn’t help the issue, there’s a line that goes up the robe, and the head is also in two pieces, which leaves a line through the model:

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3. The parts in this kit are DELICATE. Many of them spindly, especially the fingers on the Chordclaw and the Prehensile Dataspike. Many pieces only have small areas of contact to glue, so make the most of those spots by using Plastic Glue to create the strongest bond possible. Just don’t go overboard with it, because that glue will definitely melt fine details in the hands and connections.

4. Each arm for the Ruststalkers is made to fit either the Chordclaw and Razor OR the two Transonic Blades. At first glance, I thought this might limit which sword or weapon goes with which arms, but if you carefully dry-fit beforehand, you can find different combos that can help differentiate your models. The shoulders are also universal, so you can put any left or right arm onto any left or right shoulder respectively, which helps mix up poses and keeps the unit from looking stale. Keep in mind that some of the razors/swords are held backhanded.

5. The Infiltrator arms are a little more universal. Like Space Marine models, the guns and close combat weapons glue at the wrist, which opens up for a wider variety of poses. Keep in mind that, Codex-wise, certain ranged weapons only go with certain melee weapons on these squads. You can’t mix and match across a squad. The Princeps also can have the Infoslave Skull, which, when paired with the screen that he gets, looks great, but is quite delicate. Be careful and take your time in putting these guys together.

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Onager Dunecrawler

I love this kit the most! Not only is it really cool, the sense of presence, and in some ways the ease of the build made it the most fun to build out of all the boxes so far! Where the Rangers and Ruststalkers are delicate and small, and the Ironstrider is frail and complex, the Onager provides the perfect mix of challenge, customization, and detail in a kit. It’s my opinion that this one is simply the best. Here’s what I found in building…

A. The legs go together very fast, and are all exactly the same. Build them first. You can either leave them with their pointed feet, or you can add on the extra pads. There are many places where it says NOT to glue, so pay attention to the directions.

B. The legs slot into a four-pronged ‘waist’ that can be a little tricky to put together. Again, it recommends that you do not glue them. Front and back are denoted by little round pieces, and the waist is wider than it is long. I would not recommend gluing the legs to the base yet; wait until the whole thing is built first! Below is a picture of the base and how the legs are put together. Note the ‘do not glue’ markings. I found that putting the legs in was a little frustrating, as there’s no way that they would ‘settle’ into place. You might want an extra set of hands to help you!

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C. The kit has a lot of details to add on, including pipes and handrails, kind of like the Imperial Knight. If you have them, a pair of tweezers can help position these. There are little holes where each bit goes, and the instructions will guide you on which piece goes where, so don’t cut the pieces out willy-nilly.

D. The weapons and other options are incredibly easy to magnetize! You will probably need about 11 or 12 magnets. The weapon slots into the side of the Onager like a Leman Russ turret, with the tabs that make for easy rotation and removal. By magnetizing the side of the weapon, as well as the various ‘bases’ that the weapons come on, you can swap them out easily. Only one weapon shares a base, and that’s shown in the instructions here, piece number 16. This one you’ll have to magnetize the individual barrels, but that’s easy! Below is a picture of the part 16 that two of the weapons share. You can also see how the Icarus Array plugs onto the round base, and the part 10, which is a round cap, goes on the other weapons, which can also easily be magnetized. The center of the base is hollow, so some plasticard or green stuff may be needed to support said magnet.

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E. Similarly, the lights and cognis manipulator are easy to magnetize, since they go onto small round spots where you can just glue on a magnet after a little shaving. Very easy to make all the options of this kit accessible.

 

Conclusion

These kits were a blast to put together, and though there were a few bumps along the road, I’m glad that I invested into this army! If you have any other tips or tricks with these units, leave them in the comments below so we can help our fellow builders and hobbyists!

  • Dr Bored

    Self-Correction:

    They Onager legs aren’t all exactly the same. Some reach farther than others in slightly different poses, so arranging them on different spots on your various Onager will create a little more variation across your units!

    My bad.

    • Damistar

      For the waist, I used liquid plastic cement and glued the top and bottom together first and then inserted the legs in one at a time before it dried.
      The glue allowed enough tack to hold it together but I could pry the openings enough to get the parts in.

  • charles

    GW’s style/models are really starting to show their age. These are no where near the next gen plastics other companies are putting out. Though I guess the style is catered to pre-teens and these definitely represent that.

    • Uh… what?

      How are kits like these “showing their age”? I’d say these are on-par with the work companies like Wyrd are doing, and they’re lightyears ahead of Privateer’s work in plastic.

      • charles

        The level of detail is really quite low, lots of open space and simple shapes to fill out space. The design screams of ‘babies first wargame.’

        *shrug* It’s pretty bad, I just call em as I see em.

        • Matthew

          I am not a fan of the mechanicus models either.

          The infantry turned out like I thought, and ware good. The tanks look terrible IMO. Its not the open space that bugs me, its the fact that it looks like an imperial defiler. I wanted big robots, not crabs.

          • TweetleBeetle

            The Defiler came from this kit, that’s why it’s that way.

            Also, big robots are next, so will you come back and admit to getting exactly what you wanted then?

        • Dave Scammell

          Personally I like having a bit of space to actually paint on. There’s something to be said for detail sure, but too much can make the model a nightmare for a lot of players. These things have got to cater for a wide audience.

        • You haven’t actually seen any of the Skitarii models in person, have you?

          They’re absolutely festooned with tiny, fragile antennae and cabling, and the weapons are skinny and will bend or break the moment they snag on something (and they WILL snag on something). This army is NOT meant for the novice modeler.

          And this isn’t a fluke, either. You’re going to tell me that 79-piece Nagash and the 80-piece Harlequin Troupe kits are meant for a new modeler too?

          • Tynskel

            nice word choice:

            fes·toon
            feˈsto͞on/
            verb
            past tense: festooned; past participle: festooned
            adorn (a place) with ribbons, garlands, or other decorations.
            “the room was festooned with balloons and streamers”
            synonyms:decorate, adorn, ornament, trim, deck (out), hang, loop, drape, swathe,garland, wreathe, bedeck; More

          • I was tempted to go with “slathered”, but the connotations were a bit too haphazard and messy to really describe the Skitarii aesthetic. Besides, words with that /ü/ sound are always fun.

          • charles

            Seems pretty counter-productive to have a style catered to preteens while making the kit difficult don’t you think?

          • TweetleBeetle

            Then it isn’t catered to pre-teens.

            Many of these are “next-level” kits. The level of detail, the kit complexity, and the grim-dark setting are all the exact opposite of the garbage you’re spewing here.

            In other words: what you’re saying doesn’t parallel reality.

          • I think one of your premises is false, rendering your argument false as well. See if you can figure out which one it is.

          • Damistar

            Why do you say the style is catered to pre-teens? What design elements lead you to this conclusion? I don’t get where your coming from.

        • TweetleBeetle

          You just call it impossibly wrong.

          Other companies aren’t even close.

        • Dr Bored

          This is what you call a ‘Troll’, people. C’mon.

        • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

          I like the overall design, but CAD leads to too many featureless flat surfaces devoid of texture, especially on infantry models, something that was never a problem with older style sculpts.

          • Damistar

            I don’t see where flat surfaces are a bad design feature. Look at modern fighting vehicles, they’re not bedecked with rivets or extra venting or ports.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            its not flat surfaces in themselves, but in the old days of sculpting there was always some slight texture, now however even infantry often have large featureless areas which are hard to paint and look odd. The new plaguebearers are particularly bad.

          • Damistar

            I haven’t looked closely at the plaguebearers, but I can see where you’re coming from. I’ve found that overall CAD has been an improvement especially with the way the parts fit together. Maybe you can get some texture with a rougher primer?

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            I wonder if this is one reason for the boom in textured paints like Typhus Corrosion?

          • Damistar

            That could be a use for them I guess, but I think they’re more for basing.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            I don’t think Typhus Corrosion is for basing.

    • Swimpackus

      Did you really use next-gen when refering to models? These aren’t Gundams or Jet aircraft from Tamiya. These are simulacra game pieces that are meant to last and take a beating. Yes they are designed with kids in mind so they can take a thrashing from a 5 year old and not break in half. What pray tell counts as next gen?

      • generalchaos34

        plus these are some of the best sculpts ive seen at that scale that also can be used, moved, and played with. Most of the other companies out there are still using metal ( im looking at you Infinity) and while it can be detailed, it certainly is hard to customize or pose.

        • charles

          You need to get out more if these are the ‘best sculpts you’ve seen’ haha.

          • generalchaos34

            qualifying “some of” and there is some good stuff up there, but not a lot of it can handle any sort of punishment, and please, if you are going to insult me at least try to back it up with at least one company or model to reference.

          • Michael Szarek

            Last time I had an argument about “sculpt quality” on the internet someone provided an example…. it was some massive (30cm scale) power armor guy that was all resin and came in 5 pieces….

            I think people simply don’t understand the difference between sculpt, sprue, resin, plastic and scale….

            I’d love to see a better 28mm plastic model. I’m yet to find one.

          • generalchaos34

            I agree whole heartily. When it comes to plastic on sprue for reasonable prices, you really can’t beat some of the more recent releases for quality in plsatics. Sculpts like the new mechanicus, the Solitare, new bloodthirsters, sanguinary priests, new shokk attack gun, and of course, Nagash and the Glotkin.

          • disqus_I1VIVQiPZK

            What pray tell are these better looking plastic models you seem to be on about?

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    • kobalt60

      Oh now this is just exceptional. i counted at least a dozen jimmies getting rustled. Well done sir

      • Dr Bored

        Yeah man. It wasn’t really a stealth-troll, but there was some finesse to it, y’know? The whole box of jimmies were rustled for some of the guys above.

  • RexScarlet

    Great article.
    More split shoulder pads, really? Is this the new cheap and easy way GW is molding? (Wraithguard are same).
    .
    Thin and skinny weapons and bitz as well, SNAP-TASTIC, (you think GW would have learned after all these years with plastic Spears and other weapons molded onto hands, why historical companies use metal rods that fit in open hands)
    .
    7 out of 10 for at least not being SM

    • Dr Bored

      Yeah, I mean, at least it’s not pewter and all of that stuff would just bend, but either way it’s going to snap if you’re not careful.

      And thankfully the split shoulder pad is only on the princeps of the Ruststalkers/Infiltrators, and not on any of the other doods in the squad. Still a pain in the butt though.

      • RexScarlet

        or lead, remember lead, that bent… or FailCa$t that came pre-bent, lol…
        .
        the problem is the skinny weapons/bitz, AND the continual molding of the skinny weapons onto the hands, if the skinny weapon breaks (probable), the entire arm or arms would have to be replaced and repainted, instead of just a weapon, and repairs to a skinny weapon, well… (citation; SM scout sniper rifle barrels)
        .

      • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

        the split cloaks are on all the models and that is really bad design if you ask me. Funnily enough I only realised this design ‘feature’ the other day when I saw how much of a pig’s ear my local GW store guy had made of his Skitarii Rangers!

  • EwanPorteous

    Would having a sword for an arm be better than just holding an actual sword? I can’t make up my mind. I suppose you would have a longer reach holding the sword

    • Mud_Duck

      just make the sword longer?

  • TimW

    Liquid green stuff is really bad for gap filling. It is best done with Zap-a-gap super glue and fine sand paper.