Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

A pair of Dwarves from different eras today – a Dwarf General model from the late 90’s, repurposed as the named Character “Drong the Hard” in the 5th Edition Grudge of Drong campaign alongside a “proper” Oldhammer Imperial Dwarf from the late 80s’.

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

Both Dwarves have been painted in the blue with yellow trim scheme that I’ve used for my Warhammer Dwarf Clan’s livery since the late 1980’s. They’ve been given more modern shields to help tie them in with Queen Helga, who was also featured in the Grudge of Drong campaign.

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

Banner this time is simple paper, painted with PVA for durability, and, obviously, paint. The Hammer & Anvil device is copied from a series of shields found on older Dwarves (initially the Marauder line). The runes are taken from one of the many GW publications that features a phonetic translation from runes to sounds made via the Roman alphabet. I’ll leave it to anyone who is particularly interested to work it out.

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

Both the runes and Hammer & Anvil device are freehand jobs, which is why they’re not as perfect as the devices on the Viking banners I completed recently. On a model this big, though – they work well enough for me!

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

I haven’t actually read the Grudge of Drong scenario, and aren’t too bothered about it, so I decided to paint Drong as a bit of a world-weary but still dangerous Warrior-General. (or Warrior-King. Whatever he is). Either way, I wouldn’t want to be in the way of that hammer!

Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988), Queen Helga Longplaits

For the final pic, I decided to pose the two of them alongside Helga, as the two heroes obviously fit alongside one another, and the Standard is painted to be one of their supporting players.

24 thoughts on “Drong the Hard (Colin Dixon, 1998), Imperial Dwarf Command Standard Bearer (Michael/Alan Perry, 1988)

  1. Good painting. I hadn’t really noticed how hard GW had gone in on the ‘dwarfs are mostly made of beard’ thing until I saw this comparison shot; the mustache on the standard bearer is rather tame in comparison.

    I assume that Drong the Hard co-stars in movies with Sgt Rockhard?

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    • Hahah if you want to see it in its extreme, just check out some of the Slayers I’ve painted over the years! I think I may have some unpainted Longbeards as well for a bit of ridiculousness!
      Touche’ on the (unintentional) connection between the two Rock Hard fellows!

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  2. Man, Argentbadger beat me to the punchline! Surely, Drong the Hard is the supervisor on set with Sgt. Rockhard making highbrow cinematic art 😀

    I love the shields on these old sculpts. It reminds me a bit of the ones you see on Scibor’s dwarves. It is always a pleasure seeing old Warhammer sculpts like this and group shot at the end was really cool. They make a great looking group 🙂

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    • These shields are actually pretty recent – from the new(er) plastic kits. I’ve chosen these in particular because they’re a bit more florid than the plainer, old shields and these models are Royalty, Generals, standards, etc.
      I really do need more group shots of the heroes – once I get some more painted, though…

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