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 I got this particular Dwarf Berserker quite some time ago, and it appears from the internets that he was withdrawn and used as a limited edition model, and sadly, no longer appears to be available.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…

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

Citadel WHFB Dragon Slayer, Aly Morrison, 1993

The next one of my little batch of Dwarven Slayers completed for the Jewel of July challenge. This one is a Dragon Slayer, no doubt from the Warhammer Armies: Dwarfs release of 1994 for 4th edition WHFB, when the “Troll Slayer” units from 3rd editon were vastly expanded with the addition of Giant Slayers, as well as Dragon and Daemon Slayer Heroes.

Citadel WHFB Dragon Giant Slayer, Aly Morrison, 1993

Like the others, this one spent quite awhile part-painted, with a little done here and there over the last couple of years before my recent push to get it done and off my damn desk! That’s one more down and one less in the way before I can get to the plastic Slayers.

4th Edition WHFB Night Goblin Cave Squigs and Hunters/Herders (Kev Adams) (1993, 2003?) (Neglected Model June ’19)

Kev Adams Squigs, Squig Herders.

What? Who’s 5 editions behind? No, you’re 5 editions behind! What 26 years late? Speak up, sonny, I can’t hear you!

Kev Adams Squig Herders.

Remember all that discussion on how many models/figures the DAK multibased models count(ed) as? Take a look at these, then! At this point we’ve clearly got 6 complete figures, produced as three models. How many will I count them as? I might do a 3(6) for them. Seems fair enough, I guess. Just look at them, though. Look at the pair in the middle! What’s worse is I’ve still got a set of three to paint. Three bloody gobboes all as one (assembled, but multi-part) model.

Kev Adams Squig Herders.

I based them on rolled-edge 50mm bases because I didn’t want to go with square “horse” bases, 40mm rounds looked too small and 60mm ones looked way too big. I didn’t have any 50mm bases at the time, but regardless, the rolled-edge ones seemed to give the figures a large enough base for the gobbos and their hunting spears while also not too much empty ground.

Aside from that, I’ve had these Herders for quiiiite a long time as alluded to above, and they’ve been slowly worked on and mostly-neglected for so much more than a decade. That gets worse, in it’s own way as well. See those 16 Squigs? Yeah, two of them are from a later release wave, with a different sculpting style – I bought 1 blister of those. The others are elsewhere in the case of the third squig, and not painted in the case of the gobboes, but aside from that…

Kev Adams Squigs

…hese squigs have been properly finished to the point where you see them here since sometime in 2013, and they’ve never been seen on the blog until right now. You see, back in those days, I really didn’t show a model off until the unit it belonged to was completely finished. I’d basically never ever show single models if I thought they should be part of a unit. Just finish the unit, and show them off then! Yes, they’ve been done for 5 years but I haven’t shown them at all. At this point, I think you can see the flaw in that little system…

Kev Adams Squigs

If it were a “complete some units” month, they’d all count as part of the completed units (I’ve just shoved them all together up top), though not as models completed this year. Because they weren’t. So having said that, the Squigs don’t count towards the month’s total, nor do they get to be in the wrap-up posts nor the year’s-end post. But they do get to see the light of day here, and in this case, it’s enough!

Kev Adams Squigs

Now I just need to figure out where to store them all now that they’re unified and ready to roll! Maybe they can even meet the table as part of an AoS Warcry Gloomspite Gitz force, made up of old-school Night Gobboes?

Morathi: Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress (Chris Fitzpatrick, 1997) #Fembruary 2019, Neglected February 2019

Morathi Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress, Chris Fitzpatrick, 1997

Today’s model is also my slightly-delayed submission for Alex at Leadbaloony’s Fembruary 2018 painting challenge. Originally, I’d hoped to get a few other models done in time as well, but with how February turned out, I’m actually quite happy just to have finished off Morathi to a this standard.

Morathi Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress, Chris Fitzpatrick, 1997

Of course, there’s a new pair of models for Morathi these days, as in AoS she currently leads the Daughters of Khaine faction. But never mind those – I’ll get to them when I get to them! This model originally had a rather ornate head to the staff, but as I didn’t like it, I chopped it off around the time I bought this model and simply replaced it with a skull from a plastic skeleton kit. Morathi might not look “dressed for battle” with more than a touch of cheesecake but to me she gives off a nice “Maleficent” type vibe, and she’s clearly powerful enough to dress however she likes…

Marouda, today.

As well as Alex’ challenge, I’m also dedicating this Fembruary model to Marouda, who is both a mentally strong woman as well as one who has been becoming physically stronger as the weeks go past (we’ve been going to the gym regularly since late last year, but more on that in a later post). She didn’t know why I wanted to take this photo, either. 😛

Morathi Dark Elf Supreme Sorceress, Chris Fitzpatrick, 1997

The palette I’ve chosen for Morathi is around the overall scheme that I’m doing my Dark Elves in, which is to say a lot of Turquoise and Aqua, with use of the blues and greens to each side. I’m also going to call this model the beginning of another AoS Skirmish warband, and shoehorn it into Alex’ other group project as my only other painted Dark Elves are limited to a pair of Assassins and a pair of Bolt Throwers that lack crew. Warbanding them up a bit more seems like the perfect motivation to getting a few more of these models painted!

Now, to get on and paint some Skaven! (wait, what?)

Helgar Longplaits: Dwarf Queen (Colin Dixon, 1998) #Fembruary 2018

Helgar Longplaits: Dwarf Queen (Colin Dixon, 1998) #Fembruary 2018

This model was originally released as a “Dwarf General” but was repurposed to represent Queen Helgar Longplaits during the Grudge of Drong 5th edition WHFB campaign. I picked her up alongside many of the other dwarves that I’ve had since shortly afterwards, including a number of the Slayers. Now, finally, thanks to Fembruary forcing my hand, I’ve finished her.

In general terms, I’ve been really bad at blogging over the last week. I mean, on one hand it’s only been a few days since my last post, but on the other hand, that post was written and queued on Sunday. So for a few days, I haven’t been reading new posts from people nor following comments nor seeing who the new people who have subbed actually are.. and the result is a massive backlog!

Helgar Longplaits: Dwarf Queen (Colin Dixon, 1998) #Fembruary 2018

The reason for the time off maintaining the blog has been a combination more of the endless ups and downs on the rollercoaster that is my workplace, and deciding last Sunday to “take a look” at Assassins creed: Origins on my X1X, since I bought the bloody thing months ago. While I’ve done a little bit of painting, AC:O basically took all of my free time since then. Blogging? Meh. Watching Wrestling? Meh. Other games? Meh. Even now, I’d rather be playing it then needing to open Photoshop to crop and resize these bloody photos I just took – and a delay even there since some from Friday night were blurry which meant a second trip to the light box today.

Helgar Longplaits: Dwarf Queen (Colin Dixon, 1998) #Fembruary 2018

So now I’m going to try and post up the last of February’s backlog over the next few days. The last couple of Fembruary models, followed by the last batches of “Neglected Models” (though there would have been a lot more if not for AC:O), then my own round-ups for Fembruary and Neglected Models, a full “February” round-up for myself, and then a group round-up for all the people that participated in Neglected Model February – and thank you to everyone who posted a link or comment about that. If you joined in and painted a neglected model in Feb and haven’t already done so, please either leave a comment or a pingback to the post linked here so I can do the round-up.

As for Helga, well, she counts as both a Female model, and a Neglected Model, so 2-up for her on Paint Challenges…

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machines: The Whirlwind!

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

Before there were Bull Centaurs, there were Boar Centaurs!

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

Now I’ve finally caught up on January’s posts, I can finally start on February’s.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

So …yeah, I finished the “February Challenge” to complete a neglected model on the 1st of February, when I motivated myself to get this guy off the shelf and finally complete him. Of course, with a challenge like “finish a neglected mini”, it’s the sort of thing that I’m naturally going to get done a whole lot of times, since I’ve got WAY too many neglected minis and intend to continue what I’ve been doing for quite awhile and concentrate a lot of my effort on finishing the very same, rather than starting too many new figures.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

I really put this challenge together after considering a comment from IRO, who asked if I’d be setting up another challenge after Painting Decembuary. Initially I didn’t want to because when there are too many challenges it can become tedious, but then decided to set up one that’s easily achievable, not only by my own self, but by others.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machines Oldhammer

This guy was released back in September 1991, and I got both the Tenderiser (still completely unpainted) and this model, the Whirlwind (predating the Space Marine armoured vehicle). I never got the Juggernaut, which is a kind of Siege Tower thing. It was too much for my finances at the time.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

The model was originally painted very similarly to the “official” one, but with a slightly more Khorne-oriented paint scheme, much of which still shows through today. Of course, over the last 35 years or so, the figure got knocked about, most of the “lawnmower” (as we called it) got broken up, and well, you get the idea.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

Last year or the year before, I gave him a new base, and did a little bit of touch-up, before getting a bit stuck and a lot distracted. So since then, it’s been sitting around, in the way, on the shelf, on the table, move it here, move it there until this painting challenge did finally motivate me to just finish the bloody thing already. In that sense, I actually have IRO to thank for finally getting this thing completed.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

When I eventually focus on painting my Chaos Dwarves, I’ll fit this guy into the army for whatever system I’m using. Until then, he’s mostly a display piece – but most importantly, he’s finally done!