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Tale Of X Gamers information:
3011 points of Dwarves to be painted by 01/04/2012
Army List, as well as completed unit list can be found here ([Tale of X Gamers] Kev's Dwarves)
30 Dwarf Warriors (325 points)- Completed May 27th 2012. ([Tale of X Gamers] Kev's Dwarves)
Cannon 1 (105 points) - Completed May 31st 2012. ([Tale of X Gamers] Kev's Dwarves)
Cannon 2 (105 points) - Completed June 17th 2012. ([Tale of X Gamers] Kev's Dwarves)
Cannon 3 (105 points) - Completed June 17th 2012. ([Tale of X Gamers] Kev's Dwarves)
Total completed - 630 Points
Total to paint - 1961 Points
Tale Of X Gamers Information, including my army breakdown can be found here ([Tale of X Gamers] Kev's Dwarves):
I've always prefered Dwarves to Dwarfs. Anwyays, I decided a while back to paint up some Dwarves as I've always loved them, across most formats of Fantasy. Stalwart and stoic bum kickers!
An eternal procrastinator however, I have only just gotten around to painting up my first test unit, with mixed results. Overall, and at the risk of sounding arrogant, I'm very very happy with them, but there is definitely room for improvement in skill and colour scheme. I'd really love it if I could get a little C&C, but please don't feel obliged.
I've made a full post about the unit over on my blog here, but I've always thought it pretty bad form to tempt someone into opening a forum thread only to be greeted by a link, so here are all the images from the post, as well as the wording.
And the text from the blog post:As mentioned, please feel free to throw some criticism my way, especially with things you think I could improve on, but please don't feel obliged.The throng from Karaz-A-Karak pours forth from their mountain hold... Well, 15 of them do anyway. And they have to do so without a musician, because I lost him. I've finally finished painting my first test unit for my Dwarf army for Warhammer Fantasy Battles. I have to say, I'm really happy with them too, but I'll let the images speak for me. Behold...
I struggled a little with the beards initially. The reason for this was because I was trying to pick out individual strands of hair using the side of my brush, and it lead to the lines looking jagged and unnatural. I overcame this by painting the highlights in 'clumps' of hair instead of trying to sort out individual strands and I think it worked really well.
I wanted them to have a bit of a rag-tag appearance. Which is to say that I was looking to use three or four different earth tones on the clothing, but then use the shields and helms to tie them together as a group, which I think worked to a higher degree than I was hoping. The red overshadows the colours in the clothing, and since the commander and standard bearer also had red shirts on, it seems to overpower the palette overall. I'll seek to remedy this with my next group.
The Champion I am especially happy with. I wanted to make his skin stand out a little, and give him a bit more of a venerable look, which is why he is the only one with white hair. I also gave him a red nose and rosy cheeks which I thought looked pretty cool.
The bases were really fun to make. Ever since I settled on the idea of building a Dwarf army, I wanted them to have snowy bases. I searched around for some tutorials on the type of snow vibe I was looking for, and found this, an excellent tutorial by a guy who, if I'm not mistaken, is also a poster over on one of the higher quality Wargaming forums, Librarium Online.
Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. But on the whole I am really really happy with what I've achieved, and they are definitely on the higher end of my tabletop quality paintjobs. I'm really, really hoping that I can speed the process up without sacrificing the quality too much though... because I have a LOT more piled up behind me!
If Josef Bugman made a non-alcoholic beverage, I'd raise a glass. To Dwarfs (sic), may more pour from the mountains after this initial 15.
Cheers for looking,
Last edited by Kev; June 17th, 2012 at 20:26.
Thanks for the feedback mate, its much apprecaited.
I got a bit scared off working on the blue because it ended up a little brighter than I anticipated. But I think you're right.
The red shields were worked on from a black base, first with a 50:50 mix of Chaos Black and Mechrite Red, then tinned down scab red, and then a watery coat of Blood Red over the top. The ginger beard was done using the technique from the video I've posted below. However I stopped after the Orange application after the Ogryn Flesh wash because I was happy with how it looked, I didn't want it too bright:
How to Paint Blonde and Ginger Beards - YouTube
Again, thanks for the feedback mate.
You know what mate, I'll try exactly that on the next bunch, thanks, have some rep!
I have my painting process written in my paint diary for the ginger beards. I'm away this evening and tomorrow with work but once I get in tomorrow evening I will post up exactly how I got the ginger beards looking how they do.
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I did comment on your blog, but I figured I might as well here. It is a dwarf army after all.
I am glad that you found the tutorial to be some help, that's why it is there in all honesty. You comment abou the beards is true, they can be hard to do at first, as instinct tells you to pick out every strand. This is very time consuming and doesn't always work. Highlighting in clumps or picking out the odd stand here and there work very well (you can see this on my own dwarf army). Picking white for the champion is a great way of making him stand out, so is doing him with different coloured beards or strongly coloured ones. I think the red works perfectly fine. It does well to tie the unit together, if you wanted to make it more so you can have it just on the shields or sleeves.
I really like them, I did a couple of dwarves not long ago and posted them here. I think that dwarf models are one of those things that can show off a painters' skill as they're so simple that you home instinctively on the quality rather than the busyness of the detail. really good
I really love these! The beards look fantastic, particularly the white/grey!
Not a Fantasy player myself, but wish 40k would bring back a Space Dwarf army!...