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This is a cross post from my painting blog, but I thought it be cool to add it to the dwarf forum also.
As readers of my blog(s) might well know, my first and main army for Warhammer fantasy is Dwarfs. I am in the process of rebuilding my dwarf army, this means repainting, converting and adding my own fluff. So, with this in mind I decided to start a small little series on my blog. This series will follow my progress in building this dwarf army.
So, the first part I felt like doing was the background into the beginning of my dwarfs and how I got here.
A long time ago, over a decade now, I found the game Warhammer fantasy. I knew nothing about it, not a single thing, but it looked like a lot of fun. So, come Christmas my dad arrives with a small package; within it held a fully painted dwarf army. Fast forward to 6th edition, the new plastic dwarfs are released with a new book. My army increases, more dwarfs sprout along with a new colour scheme. I did, like a lot of dwarf players in 6th, I copied the studio scheme – this was green and brown (Karak Hirn). However, this did not pen out well with the previous miniatures I had; pretty much none of them had a similar scheme so it was a bit haphazard. The new miniatures though looked much better than the old ones and so I stuck with the nice scheme of green and brown.
This was not the end of the colour schemes. After this, GW released the newer – and better looking plastic kits. Along with these new dwarfs came a new scheme. This time I went with blue and khaki. I liked this scheme, it was very dwarf seeming and worked really well. This scheme did pose a problem. Lots of dwarf players also liked this scheme, and so the blue and khaki colours became rather popular. So, we arrive now. I have settled on a new scheme, it is different and I don’t expect many dwarf players to use my scheme either. With the colours of my dwarfs sorted, I have sad down and worked on some fluff for my dwarfs. I know many gamers don’t care about fluff; I however plan to make this dwarf army last for a very long time. And because of this, I am giving them a long background along with certain named characters.
I have the intention to make this dwarf army HUGE. I have plans to make this army my main dwarf army until I stop the game. Looking at the list of dwarf miniatures I possess it is quite the task; however I am aware that I need many, many more dwarf units (I have a lot of characters, including the older special characters from the last few editions).
That is it for now. At some point I might post up my dwarf collection (just a list, it would be many, many pictures) and you can see just what I have. Oh, and just as a warning… this is going to be a very long process. I hope to get started on some dwarfs soon, once I have my painting area assembled and gotten back into the swing of things.
Looking forward to reading more about your army. Do you have a link to your blog?
I got into dwarfs because of their fluff. Honourable and stubborn. Sounds like an army one can be proud of putting ont he table. Went with Karak Kadrin myself (mostly reds). My buddy started dwarfs up the same time I did and also went Karak Hirn like yourself. We've made some good fluff together. Our proudest moment was a team battle against a DE and WoC player. The dwarfs of Karak Hirn were being assaulted until Karak Kadrin came down out of the pass to support their bearded brothers.
Love me some dwarf fluff. Keep up the good work.
That is pretty cool, I enjoy hearing about other players getting into the game and how they chose their army. If you are interested, you can find my fluff in the fluff forum on LO (it is rather long).
Thanks for the support. I should hopefully be moving onto painting my dwarfs soon. I will update then.
So, picking up from where I left off – The New Army. I decided a while ago that I wanted to make them stand out, to be MY dwarfs. With this in mind, I went about looking for a good colour scheme. I didn’t want to do the typical colours, which for dwarfs are red, white, blue and green. Usually it is white and… this I did not want. I wanted a scheme that stood out, but did not call in the Gay Pride Parade with its choice of colours. I did originally do about five dwarfs in a light grey and light blue scheme, but it just didn’t seem to suit them. In my opinion, I have always found that dwarfs look better in darker colours; which is why the 6th ed GW scheme of Dark Angels Green and Brown worked really well. It had an earthy feel about it. I wanted my dwarfs to have some of this feel without them falling into the ‘typical looking’ dwarf army trap. I believe I have achieved this.
My scheme uses grey as the darker colour to help bring the feel of hard, stone or earthy tone to the look. The blue colour is actually turquoise, a colour I feel is underused in Warhammer. I also felt that it worked really well with the mid-dark tone grey (Shadow Grey), neither of them would blend into any beard colour I am going to use and they are strong enough that they stand out quite well. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks on mass (I currently have 15 warriors, 12 Quarrellers, 10 warriors, a thane and a runesmith painted with more warriors, Thunderers and a cannon to go). There is, of course, the utility colours going in, I am still playing about with some stuff but I am slowly getting it sorted out. For example, I know that the secondary metallics will be bronze for the most of the army. My characters and elites will most likely have gold for their main colours; to show their elite..ness. I need to work on the silver metallics, they don’t quite look right at the moment. Otherwise, I am happy with their overall look and feel. I am pretty happy about the bases, my Greenstuff Flagstone Stamps, work quite nice however they are not level or regular. In some ways this is good, they all look consistent but up close some a rather messy; that I need to try and sort out properly. The colour tone I am also playing with. The first set of bases (as you’ll be able to see later i.e. Below) are too light, the newer ones are quite a bit darker and I think look better.
There was one big thing I wanted to do with my dwarfs was freehand. I am sick and tired of not doing this because I cannot do freehand. So, I decided that the only way to sort that was of course to do it. The more I do it, hopefully, the better I become. So, the dwarf shields and unit banner will all have some image painted on them. I’ll come to the banner in a minute, for now I would like to discuss the shields. I HATE the shields that come with the warrior boxed set. I like the designs, but the fact you cannot choose to add these icons to them is annoying. I dislike that a bunch of the plastic fantasy kits that GW produced in 7th ed took a lot of choice away from the hobbyist. The shields also, to me, don’t feel dwarfish. I have never thought as them as being the convex shape GW made them, but rather a big flat wall of hardened steel. I like the flatter shield design, and I have a plan for my Ironbreakers shields also (if there isn’t new ones by the time I get round to them). So, my shields are done using the old 6th edition dwarfs shields. These give me a nice big empty space to paint a design on (mine is two inverted V’s being split on one side by an arrow – they represent mountains and the arrow is the ‘delving spear’). However, to do these shields I have to get hold of these shields. I can buy them from GW for £2 for eight (two sprues of four), or I can wait and return home and hope to yank the icons from some others off the arms of the older dwarfs. I am not sure yet.
Right, I said I would return to these. The banners. Again, I want to practice my freehand skills and being as the dwarfs are pretty much beard there is little room for painting any sort of design on. The banners I have decided to separate by design, by this I mean I have broken them down as thus…
Warriors – Axe designs
Thunderers – Handguns
Quarrellers – Crossbows or Arrows
Miners – Pickaxe
Hammerers – Hammers
These are the ones that I have planned out, the others I haven’t yet decided. I decided that these banners will have their ‘types’ “icon” on them in different manners. Or I did plan to do this. Then, I kinda struggled to think of different methods apart from – single and crossed “icon”. Not sure how to do these, I might add different icons to the main one.
One thing I have said about this army is that I want to make conversions. The problem is GW in their infinite wisdom decided to make them three part models – front, back, arm. That pretty much removes all the chances of doing converting without the extensive use of greenstuff. I am not ready for that yet, but I hope to try more and maybe get use to using the stuff. In the meantime, I have some metal dwarfs from various places I might have a go at converting. I have mixed views on metal minis. They look great, but hard to convert. =/
Anyway, I think that is enough “confab” for today and onto some pictures. This first bunch is of the ones I have previously done.
Runesmith - Converted
And this is the new – half done unit, there is six more dwarfs to do including the command. I have now decided that my veterans (champions) will have a helmet adornment, horns, wings or something like that. To make them stand out.
So, I have finished my warrior unit. I actually had these done last weekend but a change of shift at work (had to work 6-2, then this coming week back on to 2-10 and then back to... etc) meant that I was lazy. I am not happy with the banner, but I'll discuss that after the pictures. Here:
Right then. What don't I like? The banner. I just couldn't get the axe right and so to me it looks quite childish and flat. So, I have been reluctant to show that. Now I don't care that much and instead am just concentrating on the next set of tasks to do. I am aware the pictures aren't that good, they were taken quickly but there isn't much to see. I was quite happy with the unit until the banner icon went on. The champion - to the left of the banner - has a bronze helmet and horns. Something I am planning on keeping for the army; champions have bronze and an helmet adornment of some form. The musician is OK, it actually turned out quite good.
For the top of the banner I went for the aged book look - again it is almost impossible to see - and it turned out OK. I think I have a new method for my metallics, need to try it again, if so it works well and looks good. It is basically Vallejo smoke ink and badab black wash. It seemed to look better than just plain black to me.
My next project is the cannon. I intend to add it to some form of base, being as now I don't have to worry about minimising the number of attackers. I need to check the sizes and such to see what it would look good on, and what would fit it all. I also am going to pick up some more old dwarf shields. For £20 I should get enough to do about 4x20 dwarfs. I have realised that I am not doing much converting - mainly because dwarfs don't lend themselves well to it - and might have to try a bit more on some of the stuff. I have upped the number of units I am doing in this "batch" to include an organ gun and a thane. I am trying to start going through my armies in this manner. Painting some stuff and then move on to the next. Will see how it goes.
One thing I have noticed is that I am rushing. When painting my warriors I didn't care about some bits or pieces. I feel this is to "please" folks online. This is not suiting me though. So, now I am going to work at my speed and hopefully pull out some better looking dwarf minis in the future.
OK, for the next part of this I have decided that I needed a plan to aim for. So, I have written a 2000pt army list which I shall aim for, and then I can expand further from there. You'll see the list below. Now, despite playing Dwarfs for a long time, is has been a an age since I last wrote an army list. So, it will be rough. I welcome the comments on it though for improvement.
Dwarf Lord - Great Weapon; Shieldbearers; MRoSteel, RoResistance, RoStone, MRoSpite (301)
Battle Standard Bearer - BSB; MRoGromril (115)
Runesmith - Shield, MRoBalance, RoSpellbreaking (147 )
Warriors  - Great Weapon, Shield; Full Command (215)
Longbeards  - Shields, Full Command (265)
Thunderers  - Shields, Musician (155)
Quarrellers  - Shields, Musician (125)
Cannon - RoForging (125)
Grudge Thrower - RoAccuracy, RoPenetrating; (130 )
Hammerers  - Full Command; MRoGrungi (296)
Organ Gun (125)
Well.. okay, the units are a bit on the small side, but so far this base is exactly what I have in my own army apart from the shields on the warriors and musicians on the missiletroops. When expanding to 2500 ( which around here is the common size for games ) I'd add a load of rank and file to the warriors and hammerers, and maybe a few longbeards. They're just a bit small currently. But it is a good point to start an army with.
The lord build is great..
..because it is mine!
Thanks, I wasn't sure as I said I have not played with dwarfs for a long time (no one around here does Fantasy). Of course, once I hit 2500pts the first thing is the expansion of the numbers in my combat units. To about 25 each. I just want a playable army to start with.
Your dwarves look great Kuffy! Very interesting colour scheme as well, it certainly is unique. I think it works though, and I do like it. Always nice to see dwarf armies around they aren't all that common at the moment (not around me anyway. Its all skaven, empire and beastmen).
Are you going to use the current GW miniatures for Hammerers? I don't like them that much so I've sculpted my own.
2500 points of Empire for ToXG: Points painted for month 4: 0 Points painted overall: 510