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!

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…

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. 😉

Citadel Dwarf Daemon Slayer II (Aly Morrison, 1993) (Jewel of July ’19)

Citadel Dwarf Daemon Slayer, Aly Morrison, 1993

The penultimate post for both this batch of Dwarven Slayers and my July models (Round-Ups aside). We today have the Dwarf Daemon Slayer, again from 1994, coinciding with the Warhammer Armies: Dwarfs release of 1994 for 4th edition WHFB. I’ve also painted this model before three years ago, but with a second one, what was I to do but put some time between them and get around to painting the second? I mean, if they were plastic, or even a lot less “closed”, I’d have probably tried to convert this second one, but hey, simply painting it will have to do!

Citadel Dwarf Daemon Slayer, Aly Morrison, 1993

Once again this model has sat on the desk for quite a long time. I mean, it’s been there since it’s twin was sat there alongside. And as I just checked to find. that was three years ago. Now off to join his painted brethren he goes…