WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower (Colin Dixon, 1998) (MechaNovember ’19)

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower, Colin Dixon, 1998

Following up from the crew, who I managed to complete a month or so ago, I’ve finally gotten the actual War Machine that they crew painted! Well, there is a little caveat there – I still can’t find the bolt nor the crank that are part of the kit. Since it was an eBay jobn a few years ago, I’m not 100% sure if I even have the crank, but I do know that I have the bolt. Once I find them, individually or together, I’ll paint them up and glue them down, I suppose…

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower, Colin Dixon, 1998

Here’s the Bolt Thrower itself. Nothing too amazing without it’s crew. Just a reasonably neat piece, mostly wood and metal. Still, combined with the crew it looks good, and that’s kinda the point! Bolt Throwers being War Machines, and War machines being mechanical, this also fits into November’s painting challenge. So with this thing finished, I’m finally out of the gate!

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Umbral Spellportal (Contrast Paint Experiment #13)

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

A quick one today, we have the Umbral Spellportal(s) from the AoS Maligh Sorcery box set, which I am (VERY) slowly working my way through…

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

The paintjobs were pretty straightforward, even if they took me forever because I was being pretty careful. This time it was a sprayed base coat of Grey Seer, with a zenithal overspray with white. Contrast Aethermatic Blue (diluted with medium) over the top of that, one side at a time laid flat and not glued to the base to get that depth rather than havint he contrast all go down to the bottom of the models. Careful down-only drybrush with white to re-highlight the “tops” of the “flames”. Varnished to protect the WIP, then the gold was carefully picked out, then washed, drybrushed, and then job done. Shame it took me about three months to get them done.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

Baturally, it wasn’t until I was writing the post when I looked up their effects (and the names of the bloody things, to be quite honest) and found that they’re actually spell portals rather than people portals, so the Khorne guys above are using them incorrectly to shoot ahead by about 12 feet. Ah well. I’ll live.

WHFB Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannons & Crew (Neglected Orc-Slayer-Tober ’19)

Another Dwarfy post today. The models that have just been completed are the crew (kinda) to three cannon that I painted in January 2017 shortly after the mess of Skull Pass Dwarves I completed at the time – but never showed here because my posting workflow was different then. Rather than showing each and every thing that I painted, pretty much as it comes off the production line, I used to (usually) hold off on showing anything that was meant to be a part of a unit like this, especially if I thought the rest would be done soon. Makes sense, right? Except I finished the three cannon almost three years ago, started the crew then, and only finished them a few days ago.

Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannon Crew

Yes, there should be more of these guys…

Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannon Crew

…but don’t be sad, ’cause two out of three ain’t bad!

Now the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there are a few flaws with my little unit above. Some models missing from the sets and not enough models overall. The thing is that I never bought BFSP, and picked up these Dwarfs (and a few gobboes) via various second-hand purchases, years after the set was long discontinued. In these situations, you get what you get, and so I may one day supplement the crews of two with a couple of third men, but for the time being, they’ll work just fine for friendly KoW or AoS games.

I did have one full crew, but that still meant only one ball-carrier. To make up the difference I added in a random finecast (ugh) palanquin/litter carrier(?) dwarf that was in the mess of secondhand stuff, to use as an overly-blinged out cannon barrel packer. And a standard bearer because I had too many of them, and the pistols fit the feel of the artillery unit. So, you know… why the fuck not?

Not a lot of fun to paint at all, but after almost three years clogging up my desk with their crappiness, I’m glad to have them done and transformed from an annoyance into a little bunch of figures I can kinda like. I’m really going to have to try out that Dwarf army once I get some time this summer.

Stonehaven Dwarves – Miner (Neglected Orc-Slayer-Tober ’19)

Stonehaven Dwarves Miner

The next Orc-Slayer for the month is a Dwarf who I’ve had kicking around in the Neglected Pile for quite some time now – a Miner from the Stonehaven Miniatures Dwarven Adventurers Kickstarter Campaign from back in 2012. To be quite honest, I don’t recall much about the campaign, but it was affordable, delivered either on time or extremely close to it, and was all around pretty pleasant, with some nice models as a result. Not amazing models, mind, but nice.

This sculpt is a little rough around the edges, or more precisely, the eyes. And so after starting him a few years ago and losing all inspiration because of his weird little head, he ended up just sitting around and got shoved away into containers a few times. After completing the Dwarf Bolt Thrower Crew and then the Dwarf Lord recently, I found that it did inspire me to continue Dwarf Hunting a little more, and this guy was fished out of purgatory, and given the “git ‘er done!” treatment.

Stonehaven Dwarves Miner

As it’s a kind of odd model with both a fantasy feel as well as a 19th Century one, I decided to just streeeetch that out a little more so that he works ok not only as a Dwarf, but also potentially as a more 40k-centric Squat Miner for a bit of that Rogue Trader-ish feel. He’s not twisted or converted enough for Inq28, but as a lighter hearted Rogue Trader-ish model he works for me. To drive home this conceit, I painted his jacket as an orange work jacket with yellow flouro strips. Because.. well, why not? A bit of weathering powder finished him off, and I skipped the usual patch of grass my dwarves get, because miner, duh!

WHFB Dwarf Lord with 2-Handed Axe (Colin Dixon, 2001) (Neglected Orc-Slayer-Tober ’19)

WHFB Dwarf Lord with 2-Handed Axe, Colin Dixon? 2000's

Here’s a long-Neglected model that the completion of the three Dwarf crewmen the other day springboarded me to finally completing. I bought this one when it came out, back in 2000-something. (I can’t find it in the catalogues, and can’t be arsed scouring through my old White Dwarf magazines).. It’s a model that looked good in the White Dwarf, but was not fun at all to paint. There’s a lot of busy detail on the thing, and especially so while painting – so it did what so many other models have done. It sat in a box/tub/etc for over a decade, started but unloved and unfinished.

WHFB Dwarf Lord with 2-Handed Axe, Colin Dixon? 2000's

So nothing fancy here. I was motivated to paint a dwarf or two after completing the aforementioned crew, and so I used that to complete this model. Opening up Orctober to Slayers-of-Orcs also gave me a bit of extra motivation in some ways, but I mean, it was well Neglected regardless. So it was going to count on completion regardless. Not a bad model once done. Gluing that axe onto it makes a big difference, I’ll certainly say! Most importantly – done, done and onto the next one!

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower Crew (sans Bolt Thrower!) (Colin Dixon, 1998) (Squaddie September ’19)

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower Crew, Colin Dixon, 1998

Here’s what are my final trio of models for Squaddie September ’19 (Yesterday’s Zombies were October-completed, post-queue-jumpers because of the post time requirements of Zomtober). Not nearly as much as I’d planned to get through (yet again), but I had a shitload of work at work, and a shitload of other stressful shit to deal with (other peoples shit, of course!) When going to work is your respite, you know that something’s seriously fucked up in your life.

Anyway, enough venting for the moment. These three modes have a sort-of-interesting story on how they got to be completed. Basically, I got them out, primed and based them about 2-3 years ago right after painting all those WHFB Dwarves. The normal ones, not the Slayers. The thought was to do something a bit different and a bit more fun after slogging through all those infantry. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way, so they’ve sat on a tray on my desk ever since, pretty much being ignored…

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower Crew, Colin Dixon, 1998

…that is, until a few weeks ago. I used some of the same blue as I’d previously used on my dwarfs whole repainting the cable on the Necromunda Bounty Hunter. It didn’t take much paint, and because it was a Vallejo Dropper bottle, there was some leftover on my palette. Now I hate to waste paint, so I looked frantically all over my desk for something to use it on (I do this sort of thing often) and spied these three dorfs. So they got their tunics and pants done. Same thing happened shortly afterwards with some off-white, so the loader’s shirt got basecoated. A couple of days ago, while painting the street lines on the Zombicide Abominations to finish them off, I was left with a bunch of yellow, so their belts got it.

After completing the Abominations, I took a look at the three dwarves. Now I really like Colin Dixon’s sculpts from this particular line of WHFB Dwarves, so I decided that they were pretty straightforward sculpts and thought that with a bit of effort, I could get them done in the final three days before the end of September. So I put my nose to the grindstone as much as I could within other time committments, and I got them done.

Of course, I still do need to paint their Bolt Thrower (sculpted by Norman Swales), but that’ll have to wait for a month beyond September. It qualifies for October’s Neglected Model Challenge, as well as November’s upcoming “Mechanovember” Challenge as it’s a mechanical device, albeit a simple one. This means chances are better than 50% that I’ll have it done before the end of the year. Or before the end of next year. Wish me luck…

Gobbla the Squig (No Skarsnik …yet) (Kev Adams, 1994)

Gobbla the Squig, Kev Adams, 1994

A quickie today. A month or so ago, I showed off Berkeley, Zombie Survivor which I painted as part of a “pick two”, where I asked Marouda to choose two models off my desk that I’d get painted. Berkeley, obviously was the first, and Gobbla, shown above and below, was the second of them. Gobbla here has actually been completed for a couple of weeks now, but there was a delay with taking the photos, and now an even longer delay in writing this post and getting him up on the blog.

Gobbla the Squig, Kev Adams, 1994

This is the first version of Gobbla, and I do need to find and then complete the accompanying version of Skarsnik to have the infamous duo done, finally. I just had a 20-minute look for Skarsnik, and while I found a bunch of models that I’d like to complete for Neglected Orctober next month, there’s no sign of the Infamous Goblin Shaman himself…

Paint-wise, he’s come up a bit shiner in these photograps than he is in hand, but hin skin does have a satin finish. Hopefully he looks a bit better when I show him again side by side with Skarsnik (eventually). There’s a fair bit of Contrast paint in him as well, though used in diluted form (using the medium) for some nice, densely-coloured but still opaque washes.