Archive for Dwarfs

Lords of the Mountains

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on November 19, 2016 by Sean

I’ve done a few Dwarf characters for a client’s Kings of War Dwarf army. The rank and file of the army was done by another painter, but the owner turned to me after the work was apparently less than satisfactory. He could abide by the army itself looking like it did, but he wanted his characters to really shine.

As the army is built for Kings of War, it’s a hodgepodge of company minies, the majority being Roman-esque Dwarf infantry and bear-riders from some company (maybe Black Tree Designs?). Sprinkled in are unit champions and characters from other companies. I’ve done Dwarf armies in the past, but I always find them pretty boring over the course of several dozen models. The beard/armor combination wears thin fast, and the miniatures soon lack any personality. Characters help break up this monotony.

The Dwarf Lord on foot is a GW model, with no conversion. He’s a great model with lots of grim personality. The brooding glare over his long mustache and solid stance make him really come alive. He’s not over-detailed, which is always a plus in my opinion. The color red is associated with the infantry in the army, so the foot-slogging Lord got the same color. His ‘common’ color marks him as lower level royalty. An element of color was the haft of his axe. I painted it in a pink marble effect, shot through with streaks of light and dark, to push it out from the background of black beard and steel.

The Bear Rider on the other hand is high royalty, exhibited by his purple clack and saddle. His armor is more elaborate, studded with runes, and his axe is held aloft directing his army. The model is from Reaper. His cape and bronze scale armor mirrors the bear pelt he wears, as well as the fur of his mount. One touch I like is the pipe tucked behind his ear for later. Even almost faceless in beard and helmet, he has a humanizing element.

The bear is nicely done, with subtle fur sculpting, even parts where the harness cuts into the fur. I painted it to resemble a Kodiak brown bear; I felt the realism would ground it on the table (its proportions in particular being realistic compared to the dwarf’s heroic proportions). It’s fun to paint a softer, less table-top contrast paint scheme, even if the rider himself follows all the rules for miniature painting of this scale.


Saga: Fantasy

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2015 by Sean

It’s Saga: Fantasy today… Warhammer Fantasy in this case. I’ve made battleboards for several Warhammer factions. Each is a modification of an existing faction from Saga: Dark Ages and The Crescent and the Cross.

Dwarfs: I based their board on the Vikings, due to the straightforward nature of the Dwarf shieldwall and love of combat. I might also try to adapt the Anglo-Dane board to the Dwarfs some time, emphasizing their toughness and stubborn tenacity.

Warlords are Thanes or Princes of Holds.

Hearthguard are the Holds’ Longbeards and Ironbreakers, well motivated and well armored. 1 unit of 4 Hearthguard can be fielded as Troll Slayers (Berserkers)

Warriors are Clan Dwarfs, the common soldiers of the Hold.

Levies are the Beardlings, young Dwarfs who cover their elders’ advance with bow and sling.

Skaven: The ratties use the Anglo-Saxons rules, with its emphasis on massive units of troops.

Warlords are clan Chieftains or clan Warlords; they can ride giant rat mounts.

Hearthguard are the clan’s Stormvermin, bodyguard for their Warlord (at least until they betray him); they can ride giant rat mounts.

Warriors are the Clanrats, the multitudes of Skaven fighters.

Levies are the Skavenslaves, the abused cannon-fodder of the Skaven clans. Some are armed with slings or bows. Skavenslaves units can be armed with spear and shield; fighting desperately, they have Armor 4 and generate 1 Attack Die per 2 models.

High Elves: The Elves use the Scots rules. Their defensive and counter-attack abilities seem to match well. Abilities that require spears have a (sp) notation. All foot units without ranged weapons count as having spears.

Warlords are Princes or Nobles; they can be mounted on Elven steeds

Hearthguard are one of the martial orders, either Swordmasters, Phoenix Guard, or White Lions (and despite the actual weaponry, they count as being armed with spears for purposes of Battleboard abilties); they can be mounted, coming from the Silver Helms or Dragon Princes traditions.

Warriors are from the ranks of the Spearmen or Sea Guard.

Levies are the largely defensive Militia, armed with bow or javelins.

Beastmen: The beasts of Chaos use the Welsh rules, being lightly armored and loving skirmish and hit and run, with brutal fighting in rough ground.

Warlords are Beastlords or Wargors, the strongest members of their tribe, gifted by the Gods; they are armed with throwing axes and/or javelins (or cast spells, representing Shamans).

Hearthguard are the Bestigors, the powerful core of the tribe, wearing the best scavenged armor (despite this they have -1 Armor against shooting); they are armed with throwing axes and/or javelins.

Warriors are the Gors, the common members of the tribe. They generally lack armor or shields, preferring to travel lightly (-1 Armor against shooting); they are armed with throwing axes and/or javelins

Levies are the Ungors, the weakest members of the tribe. They are armed with javelins or bows.

Orcs: Another board based off the Vikings, the Orcs (and their subordinate Goblins) are pure aggression and violence.

Warlords are the Big Bosses and Warbosses, the biggest and the meanest Greenskin of the tribe.

Hearthguard are the Big’Uns and Black Orcs, armed to the teeth and well-armored. One unit of 4 Hearthguard can be fielded as Savage Orcs (Berserkers).

Warriors are the Boyz, big green monsters ready and able to fight.

Levies are the measly Goblins that the Orcs browbeat to fight for them. Preferring to fight at range, they are armed with bows or javelins.

Goblin Khans: The wolfboyz of the Goblins are based off the Spanish rules, with its use of interrupting activations and disruption of the opponent.

Warlords are the Goblin Khans themselves, mounted on mean, ugly, and/or violent beasts.

Hearthguard are the most experienced Wolfboys, armed with spear and shield, mounted on vicious wolves.

Warriors are the common Goblins. Some are them are the more cowardly Wolfboys, avoiding combat to instead pepper their targets with arrows from wolfback. They have -1 Armor in close combat, and are armed with short bows (javelins). Other Goblins fight on foot, armed with spear and shield.

Levies are the weakest, least brave Goblins. They are armed with bows or javelins. One unit can carry captured crossbows (or sometimes the Goblins will hire mercenaries from Human or Chaos Dwarf armies). Firing the crossbows gives the unit 1 Fatigue.

I’ll probably work on more battleboards at some point. I’ll have to figure out what best replicates Dark Elves, Lizardmen, Empire, etc.

Blood Bowl teams

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on February 11, 2012 by Sean

A pair of recent commissions, this time for Blood Bowl!

First, the Dwarf team, painted in the colors of the Tennessee Vols. Quite a bright color scheme, especially with the gold and armor Dwarfs favor. (not the best photo, sorry).

Second, an Undead team, painted in the colors of the Baltimore Ravens (team name- The Graven). An easy enough scheme, and I got to show lots of variety in the zombies and assorted gribblies.

Since the local gaming group is starting up a Blood Bowl league, I’ll have more teams underway soon.

Dwarf Weapons Crews

Posted in Miniatures with tags , on June 14, 2010 by Sean

These are some Dwarf crew members for a client’s Dwarf army for Warhammer. They man the cannons, stone throwers, bolt throwers, etc.

Pretty simple color scheme, with a mix of utilitarian clothes favored over uniforms. The army colors of blue and white are largely absent. More to follow.

Dwarf Lord

Posted in Miniatures with tags , on September 5, 2009 by Sean


Continuing the Dwarf army freelance project for Warhammer Fantasy, here’s a Dwarf Lord, along with his shield bearers. It’s actually based off a special character, but the client wanted a different hero on the shield. So a bit of pinning and here he is…

The shieldbearers were painted first, then the hero was painted seperately, only glued into the anchor points when he was largely done (to allow me to get at all points, and to avoid handling the shieldbearers too much). I’m quite happy with it. Since I’ve been painting 15mm or 25mm rank-and-file, this was a welcome change of pace. This is my first character model in a long while.


Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on August 31, 2009 by Sean


These are the Dwarf Slayer crewmen for the Golbin Hewer war machine from Warhammer Fantasy. I can’t remember the name of the head Slayer (the guy in the apron with the handgun). These are additions to a Dwarf army I painted for someone 4 years ago. Amazingly, it’s now owned by a different person, but he wanted new stuff to match the army that existed already, so came to me. That army has passed through several hands, actually.

A nice change from historicals and WWII, if only for a bit. There’s a Dwarf lord character in the works now, as well as the Golbin Hewer itself. As a Skaven player, the very thought of the Hewer fills me with dread. It’s a horde killing machine, and not just of Goblins…