Avatars of War Dwarf Dragon Seeker Berserker Iron Fist (Felix Paniagua) (Jewel of July ’19)

Avatars of War Borg Ironfist, Dwarf Dragon Seeker Berserker, Felix Paniagua, AOWEX01, Troll Slayer, Giant Slayer, Dragon Slayer, Daemon Slayer

So my completed models for this year’s Jewel of July come to a close with this model from Avatars of War. Their Dwarf Berserker range are clearly a series of Not-Slayers, though unlike some stalwart GW defenders, I don’t take umbrage with other companies and artists taking inspiration from models and concepts that have clearly taken inspiraton from many and other sources themselves. AoW have a pretty impressive of pretty amazing quality sculpts from a range of forces, with a clear line of inspiration from a certain fantasy “Old World”, and their new released do continue in that vein – though the crossover with a new Age of S..culpts is still close enough that it would allow their use in most forces of newer games set in a series of Mortal Realms. I got this particular Dwarf Berserker quite some time ago, and it appears from the internets that he was withdrawn and used as a limited edition model, and sadly, no longer appears to be available. A real shame, as he’s a real nice one…

Avatars of War Borg Ironfist, Dwarf Dragon Seeker Berserker, Felix Paniagua, AOWEX01, Troll Slayer, Giant Slayer, Dragon Slayer, Daemon Slayer

I’ve actually got a fair few of their models across several of their ranges, though this might be the first one I’ve actually gotten around to painting – such is my sad backlog. I see this model as saving (one of) the best for last, though. Frankly, it was a reward to myself for finishing so many of the other, difficult paints.

One annoying thing about warpaint and tattoos on models is there are times when you really feel that you’vre properly nailed the highlighting and shading on a model’s musculature.. and then you’re going to cover it all up with their “ink”. This model is an example of that. The left shoulder and arm looked pretty spiffy, so I can only hope that the knotwork dragon was worth it. (Tilt your head to the right and let me know if you can actually see the thing?)

Avatars of War Borg Ironfist, Dwarf Dragon Seeker Berserker, Felix Paniagua, AOWEX01, Troll Slayer, Giant Slayer, Dragon Slayer, Daemon Slayer, Warmonger Miniatures Goblin Warlord, Kev Adams

A Traditional Rivalry, about to play out in a messy manner…

There are still a few more metal “Dwarf Slayers/Berserkers” on my desk. One is an odd one. A metal prototype for a plastic model, perhaps? A beloved character, and a rather quality single model from Mantic. After that, all the remaining Slayers are my other AoW metals, my AoW plastics, a few models from Reaper (if I can find ’em). Maybe something from Russian Alternative (I need to check!) and then it’s Fyreslayer time!

Dwarf Slayers, Troll Slayer, Giant Slayer, Dragon Slayer, Daemon Slayer, Avatars of War Borg Ironfist, Dwarf Dragon Seeker Berserker, Felix Paniagua, AOWEX01, Giant Slayer Standard, Musician

My little “Jewel of July” batch of completed Dwarf Slayers. Oh yeah, this should go without saying, but despite me saying nice words about AoW, this post isn’t sponsored or contra’d or anything’d by Felix or AoW in any way. Models all bought by me (too many fuckin’ years ago) with my own pocket money, etc. 😉

21 thoughts on “Avatars of War Dwarf Dragon Seeker Berserker Iron Fist (Felix Paniagua) (Jewel of July ’19)

  1. Great work – and yes, I can see the dwarf with the dragon tattoo there nicely. Never really understood why some people get their noses out of joint over these things on GW’s behalf – GW are big enough and ugly enough to look out for themselves! Plus, much as I love the old GW Slayers they were mostly quite cartoony, and I do enjoy the greater realism from companies like Avatars of War (not to mention the fact that GW doesn’t make old-fashioned Slayers any more, but I still want to paint them, so what else is a guy supposed to do?)

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    • Yeah, I can’t see some counts-as models based on GW designs which in turn are also based on mythological, historical and pop cultiral designs putting GW out of business anytime soon. Like the Vikings, the Slayer project is far from done on my end, though! 🙂

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  2. I like the look of that tattoo, I think you’ve nailed it. Fun seeing the unit together, that orange hair is really iconic (or iiiiiiiii-CONIC, if you want to do it in a nasal voice and Aussie accent!)!

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  3. I know exactly what you mean about covering up something you think is well painted with freehand/tattoos! It was well worth it though and while I don’t like this sculpt nearly as much as the GW ones (just seems to be lacking in detail and I don’t care for the way the face is done), I think he is just as well painted and the squad/group shot is fantastic. Should be quite the intimidating little crew of dwarves when all is said and done!

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    • Thanks mate. I’ve just finished a human female model that will be up in the next week that has that same potential issue as I’m happy with her arm as it stands. Still mulling over whether to go back and give her some more tattoos (there are a couple, but they’re subtle/hard to see). Worried about messing up her arm, though at the scale – though the models feels like she’d have some ink IRL.

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      • I look forward to seeing her and I guess the best advice I can give is to paint bravely. The worst thing that happens is you make a mistake and it looks slightly worse than before.

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    • Thank you, IM. I do enjoy adding some nice nk to my models when it works. I’ve got to practice a lot more on the “sleeve” look, as they tend to look like nothing in particular from a distance, which works against simply having a few bold designs which works better on models…

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