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This is a blog from last year, it was done to get a dwarf army painted ready for the LO Meet 2006. It is old, and the army is already done but David asked so very nicely for me to post this. So.. this is what follows. I warn you, this is a large thread
From the Ground Up
First off, sorry for the pun. Now this, I suppose you could say document, is going to be a living document about my creation of a dwarf army; From the Ground Up. Those who know me I am a dwarf collector of about seven years and have models ranging from the old Longbeards (with swords!) to the current ones that are being released as I write this. My first army was a mismatch of random coloured models and units with no coherent scheme, the next incarnation was with the sixth edition release and was Games Workshop 'official' colour scheme of Karak Hirn. Now I am starting my third force, using background and colours of my own devising.
My first actions were to think of the background, some prefer otherwise but this was the chosen way of myself. Now according to dwarf fluff there are a few major holds, these are the few remaining ones from before the Goblin Wars and the Time of Woe – as in the original cities. Any other 'holds' are in fact minor settlements or cities forged by the dwarfs, so with this in mind I wrote my fluff; this was done by hand and these are my scans of said fluff. It will be typed up when I get round to it.
Next was to make a brainstorm to help with my planning, this was scanned in and can be found Scan three. The brainstorm is there for me to job down any ideas I get to do with the army, most to do with things I dislike about the new range or how to show a difference between models – mainly characters – or how to differentiate between clans; this is the next part. Now once more I must tell you about the dwarf society; dwarfs live in clans essentially one big family – happy or otherwise. Each clan is dedicated to a type of job; jewelsmith, metalsmith, runesmith, warrior etc and so each group or unit will belong to a single clan, the groups or units will often be families; on their banner they bear the colours and icons of their clan but often with subtle changes. Here are my basic plans;
My next and current step was to test a few colour schemes, these are my current ones:
This is where my current process ends, now as I said this will be a living document and so I intend to edit the orginal post (ie this one) and then place an additinal one telling of an update. This will make the documanet flow and look nice but also allows for comments to be uninterrupted.
Now, I will freely answer any questions you have and consider any ideas you supply me with.
And I take the time to applogise for the crappy pics, some colours will/maybe washed out and look different. Sorry and I will try hard to get a decent set if need be.
Tests three and four now up for viewing. I am as yet unsure of the colours still but I am starting to lean heavily towards Test Three. Another thing I need to think of is the bases, I think a rocky look would work best but am unsure of how to acheive this correctly - I will be looking into this.
Runelord + Anvil Of Doom
Thane + Battle Standard
Two Bolt Throwers
As you can see this is a rather ambigious list, it gives me the options for most things in the army and as it is a three and a half thousand points gives me plenty to play with. Other options are not too hard to switch in or swap about. Currently this is what I am aiming for and will paint little else but these listed until completed.
[UPDATED - 21.02.06]
Thunderers completed. The scheme is the same throughout the army with a few changes here and there of course, the Thunderers are no different. I used my usual way of painting the armour (though now is only one metallic colour to three non metallics and an ink), beards and the rest. Guns were the same as the metal but the stocks I decided would look good if given a wooden look.
Now bases, I decided to make the back rank different. Each model is stood upon two layers of rock not one, give it a few 'inches' on their brothers underneath. The base rim may look basic and boring but works and gives me room to add runes or something if I want.
Shields will be done in time, basically when I get a moment. If I really, really need too.. then I can bluetac some on.
My current works is my favourite dwarven sculpt, he just oozes the feel of the dwarves. I am unsure if I captured this or not but I liked him. I decided to forgo the usual white beard and made him look younger with a brown one. It was suppose to be a redish brown but I went too red and had to add more brown, so it is brown.
The armour is worked up from a single use of a metalic colour, then mixing in codex grey and fortress greys and skull white. It seemed to be going rather grey, sort of like NMM at one point so I added a little bit of chainmail and finally dulled it with a glaze of black ink. The gold was mixing from tin bitz, brazen brass, shining and burnished gold, golden yellow and sunburst yellow. Adds a nice shine to the metal.
Will get one of my bases soon, and I will try for better pictures.
( Not the best of pictures due to it having to be at 200% zoom in PS. )
(I have the 100% here though )
Ok, update again. I decided to post what I add to the orginal thread, easier to read Anyway, two pictures.
Thane on completed base. I am rather happy with the dwarf, it has been pointed out the beard does not make him stand out but I wanted to keep away from the stereotypical look of "hero = white beard".
And my newest project..
This took this afternoon alone, personally the model is not my favourite new dwarf stuff and as a result I think it looks rushed. Though the base adds lots of character to the piece. Crew will follow in the next few weeks.
Completed cannon and crew
The crew are only missing an engineer who needs to be created, will appear in the coming few weeks/months. Overall I love the crew but am not all that sure on the cannon itself, dislike the carraige.
I have to thank OldFogey off The Warhammer Forum (TWF) for the reciepe for the blonde beard, I think with a bit more trying I can get it looking good.
Second warrior unit complete. Armed with great weapons and shields the unit is the last core for my list planned. A few things of note - the banner is once again freehand; not all that good granted but I need the practice. The standard bearer and champion are conversions, more or less my first and best yet (if a little simplistic). The banner pole was extended and made to be single handed the champion has his axe faced down and the head is from the previous plastic warrior set.
One thing I have to add is the shields. There are in total ten in the unit, lent up against the dwarves. The reason is that I hate the look of a shield glued onto the dwarf's back without any way of it being held there, if I was good or brave enough I woulf have sculpted a band to act as a 'holster' for the shield. Alas I cannot yet, so on the base they go.
Any comments, questions or advice is welcome. And yes, long time no post. Work.
Runesmith completed. He took me most the weekend but was in fact completed in a rather top speed on Saturday (mainly so, worked about six to eight hours on him in total). The beard is whiter than most to show his age and wisdom; he also has mostly metallics upon him. Not overly thrilled with the silver, it looks very NMM but without the lighting being correct. This was not my intention and is just the effect of adding grey and lighter grey to the silver base, need to practice more with this too. Last thing is also the staff and runes on his helmet have a slight blue surround, this was done by adding a little bit of Enchanted Blue to the mix. Unfortunately the effect was not reall successful - may try blue ink next time.
I must applogize for the bad pictures as I am playing about with my camera, seeing how the white balancing alters them so it may appear a little dark. Also as I only have a two times optical zoom on the camera the pictures may not show details all that well - I need to practice more with these things.
All comments, criticism, questions and suggestions for improvments etc welcomed.
Second war machine complete. If I have not mentioned this, the model istelf is nasty, I honestly do not like the scuplt of it and this will probably be the first and last one that looks like this in my army. This being said, it has slightly grown on me. Slightly. For those who saw a previous post of mine about the colours, I opted to keep the theme. It was pointed out to me that this is how I started and their should be a cohierency to my army overall.
Last infantry unit completed. Ironbreakers.
Those with sharp eyes may notice that the command are different to the main look of the unit, as in look darker. This is because I did it a different way, the others I did using a guide of painting metallics on Bugman Brewery - by Kuh' Tathor I believe. A much prefered way, if needing a little refining in my usage.
So, left to do is an Organ Gun; Battle Standard Bearer and two Engineers for my special war machines.
Organ Gun is completed. Final full piece, all that now remains is the Battle Standard Bearer and two converted engineers. The organ gun made me realise that I do dislike the plastic war machine kit, you will notice that front is not straight. The rear is just as bad, in fact the who thing is off centre and I dislike it. But the crew are great, well worth the kit!
My two engineers. Converted from parts off the three dwarf plastics; warriors, thunderers and war machines. And a little bit of greenstuff but you may notice that I am not good with that. Still I am rather proud of these two, basic conversions but they look good.
The Battle Standard Bearer. Not much to say here, still have a few things though First things are the pipe in his mouth - blends into his beard too much and that may well blend with the armour a bit but taking the beard lighter and making the pipe gold or wooden did not seem right. The army colours appear in two small places only; a bit of cloth at his back and the book on the banner itself. I decided he needed something still to tie him into my own army.
Now, finally... it is completed. Take a look!
That is my full 1750pt dwarven army complete. I hope you enjoy.
I'll thank you all for the comments you have added to this thread, the ideas, mutterings and general good luck messages. This army has taken me from Januray the first in the planning designs to about four this afternoon, so I am pretty happy with it. Now, I am sick and tired with beards
Cool, thanks for reposting the pics KU!
I've become a much better painter, but doing hair and such is still a pain for me. I don't look forward to having about 100 beards to paint.
I really like the flesh and weapons, too.
It's inspiring to see your army come start to finish like that. Especially inspires me to set my painting standards a little higher :blush:
I'm glad it come together for you, also glad to see you selected the color scheme you did, I think it looks great. It'd be interesting to see how those dwarves look next to the enemy, with their bases, they are gonna be pretty tall. I'd be intimidated to be eye-to-eye with a surly dwarf warrior.
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The army looks really nice! I'm always happen when Dwarf player put a lot of pride in their armies as i find its one of the most flavor full and visually appealing armies. I personally love mine and feel its really one of my best works on an army i've done yet compared to my orcs which i'm happy to have fully painted.
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Well, I'm glad you all like them. =) It does seems I'm missing a few pictures (the warrior unit for example) but I can find them if needs be. I enjoyed doing them, it was a fun project and kept me going with dedication. I hope to expand slowly over time, but truthfully, I've never really played with these as such. I don't game often and so will keep them like this until I get a handle on them.
Dwarves can be a very good army to paint, they're quick if you want (drybrushing here..) but if you put the time in you can make them look better looking than an elf tarted up for a Saturday night out (which isn't that much really..). If anyway needs/wants any help, I'll do my best to help out. I love painting me. -___^