Today I present you my rendition of Spiteclaw's Swarm, from Shadespire, season 1 of Warhammer Underworlds. The paint scheme is an evolution of the paint scheme I used for my now sold Fantasy Skaven army, if you remember these, I also used a lot of Contrast paints and washes to get the basecoating and shading done quickly, then layered and highlighted on top for a crisp finish. Find out more after the jump, including a complete list of paint recipes.

I have to admit, the painting dragged on, somehow I didn't feel that excited painting them, even though I'm very fond of the paint scheme. It felt more like ticking them off the list. Probably because I painted so many Skaven by now. Most interesting was painting the scratched armour, a technique I tried for the first time. I recorded every step for a tutorial, so stay tuned, it will hit the blog soon.

However, one thing I really like about painting Warhammer Underworlds warbands is that by adding only a handful models more, you end up with a decently sized warband for Warcry, and this is definitely I something I have in mind for Spiteclaw's Swarm, too. However, I still haven't painted all the models I want for my Nighthaunt warband yet, so don't hold your breath for more Skaven yet.

Paint recipes

Primer
Models: Wraithbone Primer
Bases: Vallejo Hobby Paint Spray Panzer Grey

Bases
Basecoat: VMC Dark Grey (where the primer didn't reach the crevices)
Wash: Basilicanum Grey
Drybrush: Mechanicus Standard Grey
Drybrush: TAP Filthy Cape
Basecoat dirt: Mechanicus Standard Grey
Drybrush: Longbeard Grey
Wash dirt: Mix of TAP Dark Tone / Strong Tone Ink 1:1
Water: Basecoat Temple Guard Blue, selective shading Akhelian Green, highlight Baharroth Blue, highlight TAP Toxic Mist
Trim: VMC Black

Skaven Skin (check out the tutorial here)
2x Wash: Mix of Darkoath Flesh / Contrast Medium 1:1
Selective Wash: Darkoath Flesh (only where needed, like between the fingers)
Layer: Ungor Flesh / Bugmans Glow 3:2 (only to smooth over areas where the wash dried unevenly)
Highlight: Kislev Flesh (only where needed)
Highlight: Flayed One Flesh
2x Glaze: Volupus Pink / Contrast Medium 1:1 (only tail and nose)


Tongue
Wash: Volupus Pink
Highlight: TAP Scar Tissue

Mouth & Teeth
Basecoat Mouth: Doombull Brown
Basecoat Teeth: P3 Trollblood Highlight
Layer Teeth: RMS Polished Bone
Highlight Teeth: VMC White

Eyes
Basecoat: Wazdakka Red
Wash: Volupus Pink
Layer: Wazdakka Red
Highlight: Pink Horror
Highlight: TAP Scar Tissue

Blackish Brown Fur
Wash: Wyldwood
Wash: Wyldwood / Contrast Medium 1:1
Wash: Basilicanum Grey
Layer: P3 Umbral Umber / VMC Black (only to smooth over areas where the wash dried unevenly)
Highlight: P3 Battlefield Brown
Highlight: Gorthor Brown (only where needed)
Highlight: P3 Beast Hide

Reddish Brown Fur
Wash: Cygor Brown
Layer: Rhinox Hide / VMC Black (only to smooth over areas where the wash dried unevenly)
Highlight: Rhinox Hide
Highlight: Bloodreaver Flesh (only where needed)
Highlight: Knight-Questor Flesh

Pale Green Clothes
Basecoat: TAP Scaly Green
Wash: Biel-Tan Green
Selective Wash: Ork Flesh
Layer: Skarsnik Green / TAP Goblin Green 2:1 (only to smooth over areas where the wash dried unevenly)
Highlight: TAP Scaly Green
Highlight: Deepkin Flesh

Petrol Clothes
Basecoat: Thunderhawk Blue
Wash: TAP Dark Tone Ink / Lahmian Medium 2:1
Layer: Thunderhawk Blue / VMC Black 5:1 (only to smooth over areas where the wash dried unevenly)
Highlight: Thunderhawk Blue
Highlight: VMC Dark Blue Pale


Black leather straps, claws, and stitches
Wash: Black Templar
Wash: Basilicanum Grey
Highlight: Skavenblight Dinge (only where needed)
Highlight: P3 Trollblood Flesh

Scratchy Armour
Basecoat: P3 Coal Black
Wash: Basilicanum Grey / Contrast Medium 1:1
Highlight: Sons of Horus Green
Highlight: Ionrach Skin

Wood
Basecoat: Steel Legion Drab
Wash: Agrax Earthshade
Layer: Steel Legion Drab / P3 Battlefield Brown 2:1 (only to smooth over areas where the wash dried unevenly)
Drybrush: P3 Beast Hide
Highlight: P3 Beast Hide

Oily Steel
Basecoat: S75 Thrash Metal
Wash: TAP Dark Tone Ink / Nuln Oil Gloss 1:1
Wash: Agrax Earthshade / Agrax Earthshade Gloss 1:1

Tarnished Bronze
Basecoat: Brass Scorpion
Wash: Agrax Earthshade / Agrax Earthshade Gloss 1:1
Selective Wash: TAP Wizards Orb / Contrast Medium 1:2
Highlight: GSW Gladius Bronze

Bandages
Basecoat: Corax White
Wash: P3 Armor Wash / Contrast Medium 1:2
Layer: Corax White / Skavenblight Dinge 2:1 (only to smooth over areas where the wash dried unevenly)
Highlight: Corax White

Abbreviations: OOP = old Citadel paint range (out of production), VGC = Vallejo Game Color, VMC = Vallejo Model Color, VMechaC = Vallejo Mecha Color, P3 = Privateer Press Formula P3, TAP = The Army Painter Warpaints, RMS = Reaper Master Series, GSW = Greenstuff World, S75 = Scale 75 Scale Color

Hope you enjoyed this showcase and painting guide, and don't forget to check out my corresponding Skaven skin tutorial as well. Shout out to our patrons Chris and chaoticflanagansupport us on Patreon as we gather some funds for our new website, and make sure to leave a reaction, or comment below if you have any questions.