Thursday, 3 December 2015

Dwarf Arny Showcase (Part 11) - Dwarf Characters

Now we're onto our final post - the Dwarf Characters.

Here is a mix of all the characters that haven't been previously featured in this series, along with possibly a couple that have.

These first guys are my main characters for games - a dwarf lord, some heroes, and a battle standard bearer.


Dwarf Lord
Dwarf Lord

Dwarf Hero
Dwarf Hero

Dwarf Runelord
Dwarf Runelord

Dwarf Runesmith
Dwarf Runesmith

Dwarf Battle Standard Bearer
Dwarf Battle Standard Bearer

I can pick and choose from these for most games. However I do have some more characters - an Avatars of War Dwarf King and converted Dwarf Queen shown below.

AoW Dwarf King - Not happy with the model so I'm going to repaint him and rebase
AoW Dwarf King - Not happy with the model so I'm going to repaint him and rebase
 
Dwarf Queen - Converted
Dwarf Queen - Converted

The Dwarf Queen is converted with steel toe-caps on her boots, a replacement axe-head, and a mohican to complete. I am really happy with the model, except for the fact that I want to shave the feet a little so that she sits better on her base, and to maybe add one or two extra details. If you're interested in getting hold of one, the model is from the Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye) range, stocked by Ral Partha Europe.

There are also a few special characters knocking about, but these don't get used often.

Dwarf Santa
Dwarf Santa

The White Dwarf v2
The White Dwarf v2

Gotrek
Gotrek

And last of all, I thought I should share my favourite ever dwarf model. It is the Colin Dixon White Dwarf, released to celebrate the 200th Edition of White Dwarf magazine. One day soon I might revisit the model and just tweak the painting on the axe, as that was slightly rushed, and it really shows compared to the rest of the model. However, it is also one of the best paint jobs I have ever done, and was a real pleasure to paint.

The White Dwarf v3
The White Dwarf v3
 


That's all for now from the Dwarf Army Showcase. There are a lot more dwarves waiting to be painted and I hope you enjoyed the ride. I'm hoping to bring you more updates on the lead pile soon....

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Dwarf Army Showcase (Part 10) - Dwarf Wizards!

Yes - part 10 and the Dwarf Wizards!

I have collected a few dwarf and gnome wizards for fantasy and dungeoncrawl gaming (e.g. Warhammer Quest), and they are gathered here.

Heresy - Dwarf Wizards :S
Heresy! - Dwarf Wizards!


Back in the olden days of 1st - 3rd Edition Warhammer, the good old dwarfs had use of their own wizards and those of their close cousins, the gnomes. Dwarfs were a bit poor in general on the magical front, but gnomes were great, and were paricularly good as illusionists and at elemental spells.

Gnome Wizard (C Series)
Gnome Wizard (C Series)


The Gnome Wizard above is my absolute favourite, but all of them have their own charm.

Another Gnome Illusionist
Another Gnome Illusionist

Dwarf Wizard on Pony - Actually Tom Bombadil from the 80s LOTR range
Dwarf Wizard on Pony - Actually Tom Bombadil from the 80s LOTR range

Marauder Dwarf Wizards
Marauder Dwarf Wizards

Citadel made a good few dwarf wizards over the years - the red and blue catalogues showed several models, and Bob Olley made one for the Iron Claw Dwarfs range (see top picture). There were a couple of preslotta wizards (in the King's Court set and also the C Series). The Gnomes range also featured some wizards (all 3 shown in this article), and th 80s Tom Bombadil figure makes a great dwarf wizard.

Do you have them all? I know I still have some collecting to do!




Next time: Dwarf Characters

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Dwarf Army Showcase (Part 9) - Stone Throwers and Bolt Throwers

We are on to part 9 and the pre-gunpowder artillery. Stone throwers and bolt throwers have their uses too.

Dwarf Stone Throwers
Dwarf Stone Throwers


These beauties aren't the original Citadel or Marauder models. Instead, I picked up some Foundry fantasy miniatures in a sale, and they are charming too. They definitely have an Oldhammer / 80s look to them. I've added some greenstuff  ammunition to one of the models to help bring it to life a bit more.

Dwarf Stone Thrower and Crew
Dwarf Stone Thrower and Crew

Dwarf Stone Thrower and Crew
Dwarf Stone Thrower and Crew

Next up, we have some bolt throwers, for more targeted shooting. These are the classic models - small and with a practical look.

Dwarven Bolt Throwers
Dwarven Bolt Throwers


These guys really need to see some more games. I am really hoping to make the Oldhammer 2016 day next year and would love to take these guys.

That's all for this time folks - hope you enjoyed it.


Next time: Dwarf Wizards (Don't say I didn't warn you!)

Friday, 27 November 2015

Dwarf Army Showcase (Part 8) - The Big Heavy Guns - Cannon, Organ Gun, Mortar

Today we have part 8 of the Dwarf Army Showcase and it is time for the big guns.

Dwarf Organ Gun
Dwarf Organ Gun


These are old resin models from Scotia Grendel, and I like the pseudo-medieval style which fits well with the rest of the army. However, they are (a little bit) oversized.These come as a set, which consists of a mortar, organ gun, cannon, and 2 barricades, all made in a good quality resin.

Dwarf Mortar (model by Scotia Grendel)
Dwarf Mortar (model by Scotia Grendel)


For better or worse, this cannon could probably blast everything off the field. It could probably give an Earthshaker Cannon a run for its money.

Dwarf Cannon
Dwarf Cannon

I would love to get hold of some smaller versions of a four wheeled cannon like this (please let me know in the comments if you know where to get one!).

At the moment I just have the one set painted, but I have a second in storage and would eventually love to get a third, so that I can have three of each machine, and give the dwarves a fighting chance against all the nasty orcs, goblins and skaven.

That's all for this time folks - hope you enjoyed it.



Next time: Dwarf Old School Artillery (Stone Throwers & Bolt Throwers) :D

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Dwarf Army Showcase (Part 7) - Dwarf Cavalry

Welcome to part 7 of the dwarf army showcase - the Dwarf Cavalry.



"Heresy!" you say - but you would be wrong. Citadel actually produced a few distinct dwarven (and gnomish) cavalry models during the 1980s! These are as follows:


  • Dwarf with pipe on pony
  • Dwarf Warrior on pony
  • Dwarf champion on pony
  • Gnome on pony
  • LOTR Gimli on pony
  • LOTR Tom Bombadil on pony - not technically a dwarf but is correctly proportioned for a mounted dwarf wizard (as you will see below).
  • Marauder Dwarf General on pony (this gets stupidly expensive!)


And, as Olde Skool Warhammer blog points out, they had rules too! :O



On discovering all this, I set out some years ago to build a small dwarven cavalry arm, with the intention of using them occasionally as Empire allies in Warhammer Fantasy Battle games. I managed to get hold of at least one of each (except the Marauder one), and used some additional greenstuff to convert musicians and a mounted hero. Apart from the hornblower, all the conversions were done with greenstuff on top of the models, so are fully reversible.



Aside from the Citadel models, my little cavalry contingent includes a Ral Partha spear-armed dwarf (sculpted by Bob Olley) as a standard bearer (on GW pony), an the limited edition Dwarf on Pony (sculpted by Colin Dixon) from the Collecting Citadel Miniatures Yahoo Group.

One of my all-time favourite conversions is this cavalry drummer. The drums are blobs of greenstuff, and the stick is a short length of brass rod. Everything is on top of the underlying model so it has not been damaged. I'm quite proud because I think it looks really subtle and is in-keeping with the pose of the model.

If you want to get hold of some dwarf cavalry, then several other makers produce fine dwarf cavalry models if you want to avoid eBay prices. Mirliton makes the old Grenadier dwarfs on bears, White Knight produces renaissance-style dwarfs on ponies (much like the Maruader style), TheBattleForge produces traditional dark age/viking style ones (with ponies similar to the GW ones) for reasonable prices. I also like Essex Miniatures' dwarf cavalry. These are again by Bob Olley (but they are big so will not mix with GW). Asgard Miniatures also made dwarven cavalry - the riders are ok, but the horses are a bit odd. But you might be able to get some cheap.



I am going to have to crack these guys out for a game sometime - maybe Oldhammer 2016 if fate allows!

Next time: Artillery :D

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Dwarf Army Showcase (Part 6) - Trollslayers!

Its part 6 and now we're onto the Trollslayers.



There isn't too much to say, most of the models are vanilla, with only one or two slight modifications like repositioned arms here and there. I've kept up with my varied hair colours, as is my usual. I found the Trollslayers to be a lot of fun to paint due to all the wonderful crazy hair.



My favourite has got to be this guy - the enraged Grim Ironjaw model. I am sure he must have been inspired by B.A. Barracas (Mr. T) from the A-Team (an awesome 80s TV show)



That's all for this time folks - hope you enjoyed it.



Next time: Dwarf Cavalry (yes - its true!)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Dwarf Army Showcase (Part 5) - Shield Maidens

Its part5 and now we've got the Shieldmaidens. I had the idea to do the unit yonks ago, in one of my zanier collecting moments - I think it must have been inspired by browsing through old catalogues and seeing the variety of models available. There were a reasonable number of female dwarfs sculpted by Citadel in the early-mid 80s, including a shieldmaiden, nursemaids, thieves/assassins, a queen, and rogue types - several are incorporated within this unit.



These are a mix of old preslotta and slotta Citadel models (including several shieldmaidens from the Northern Dwarves C Series range), along with a few Asgard dwarves to bulk up the unit.



Like the Hammerer photos, these photos were taken a while back. I've added some more, including some spear-armed models from White Knight.



I hope you enjoyed this post. Next time: Slayers