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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Painting Block Break Through

With BOYL2018 fast approaching the painting progress on my 3rd ed Imperial Dwarves was about as rapid as a Longbeard dawdling through custard!

But at last a break through has occurred - and not a minute too soon either. I have a mountain to climb in painting terms and the Hold's name was rapidly becoming Karaz-a-Flattyre but no more, I present to you my latest batch of troops.

The first unit is a second unit of Bood Wargames excellent warriors with spears with a Citadel Hero, Standard Bearer and Musician. I still have the standard itself and their shields to finish off but as this unit has been a real blocker for the last few months I'm happy to call it done for now with finishing touches to be applied.

I love these guys as minis (I'm a big advocate of Bood Wargames' Dwarves) and it certainly wasn't the sculpts that put me off painting them. I don't know what it is but I have issues painting yellow and when I tried to break tradition and give Prince Ulther and his Imperial Dwarves a fresh yellow look I hit a brick wall too. Eventually I gave up on those and went back to the traditional red (albeit with a white halved surcoat). This time I vowed not to be beaten and they've been a clogging up my painting table ever since. I got myself a hole Saturday to paint the other day and finally got on with it. Sometimes I need that, a clear day and no more excuses!

|They still need a name and an "origins" story though.

My next unit has name and function already. Meet "Borri's Beaters". This unit are my skirmishers (yes Dwarves can have skirmishers also, either armed with crossbows or hand guns). I imagine these guys are the King's gamekeepers. They're lead by Chief Gamekeeper Borri, a wily old Dwarf who takes great  pride in his position.

I like these guys because with their over coats they look completely different to any other unit in my army. Initially I wasn't a fan of these minis but as I developed the idea of a unit of Dwarf skirmishers in my head and why they would be such an odd formation for Dwarves the minis and the concept seemed to fit together so snuggly that I could see them in my head. I'm pleased to say they turned out better than I expected.

I'm very proud of them.

Lastly here's a second Dwarf Wizard. Same model as my first but painted differently. My first represented a Gold Wizard but this chap is a Celestial (yes I know none of that matters in 3rd but you can't stop my mind working that way!).

I imagine this fella is an eccentric but likable chap that lives in the top of peaks of the King's mountains with a big observatory with a huge brass telescope and glass ceiling. More giggly than grumbly. Not a typical Dwarf at all.

That's it for now.

Plenty more to get done, a whole heap of crossbowmen (both Citadel and Bood) and lots of Artillery.

Here's to what I hope will be a productive few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment if you would be so kind.

Monday, 30 April 2018

A Quick Royal Visit

So, the count down to BOYL2018 has gotten more intense and with it my need to"get my paint on" has kicked in.

To an extent.

So far I've only finished my new Dwarven King. I actually showed him off on Facebook first but decided I needed to get my Blogger head on again as well as my painting one.

King Borin - once he's had a few games I'll give him a heroic Nickname.

He'll be replacing my former General in my Hammerers (i.e. the Dude with the Sword in this unit).

As the observant amongst you will of noticed there are more of Bood Wargame's awesome Imperial Dwarves in the background that should be finished soon that will fulfill my 40 model 3000 point minimum requirement for warriors.

So, as a quick recap before we begin the new painting season the units I have so far are the above Hammerers.

The below Ironbreakers:



more Crossbowmen (who are currently undergoing a repaint......... again):

Helga the Howler - 3 "man" Cannon:

and a Dwarf Wizard:

My target is for a full 3000 point army along with baggage train. Finding time to paint is my biggest enemy so, I'd best stop typing and get some rest so I can crack on when I get home from work tomorrow.

Fingers crossed for a longer and better update soon.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Clan Snickit

I recently joined a Skaven group on Facebook and it's really odd seeing posts by younger Skaven fans that don't even know Jes's models exist but it does make me feel like a wise old Sewer Tyrant.

I took a few photos of my own horde and posted them to Facebook a few months back but finding old posts there is very hard so I thought I'd stick the same photo's into a blog post.

As usual my photography skills leave a lot to be desired but this will have to do for now,  It's also something that Orlygg and Chico have both said in the past that I haven't shown off enough on my blog so I'll have to get some better photo's done as soon as possible.

So, here it is, Clan Snickit in all it's foetid glory (or at least it would be if I were better at photography).

All my current painted Skaven

My main Clan Rat block including Warlord Varl Snickit himself, his ever (un)faithful Army Standard Bearer Neek and Grey Seer Vasqueel.

Another Clan Rat block armed with spears.

A bunch of Wizards, the chap in the centre is my Warlock for 6th Ed where they need techno gubbinz to cast spells.

A block of Plague Monks that only uses two minis and one of those is only used once as the Champion!

Plague Censors. The ones on big round bases are for 3rd Ed where they work like Gobbo Fanatics and use big template bases

The Plague Monks

Poisoned Wind Globadiers.

Another unit of Clan Rats also with spears

A gun line of Warpfire Throwers. (Never ever ever use this formation, spread them around!)

Slaves with hand weapons. in 3rd Levy troops have to be deployed with as many ranks as files so my Slave units are used at 25 strong (i.e. 5x5)

Slaves with Spears. In 3rd just being armed with shield is worth it as little of regular(ish) strength reduces saves.

Storm Vermin for 3rd Ed. In 3rd double-handed flails count as double-handed weapons not flails.

I haven't finished painting all of my Slaves but I should have enough to finish off two more units of 25 along with these painted stragglers.

Gutter Runners

More Clan Rats

My Black Skaven (3rd) or Storm Vermin in later editions and are armed with halberds.


The original Vermin Lord mini from 4th Ed

My Jezzail Gun Line

A few Rat Ogres RRRRRAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!! Still the best Rat Ogres EVER!

Giant Rats on 25mm bases for 3rd Ed

The Army Centre

To the left

To the Right

As said, not the best photo's but at least it's got me back on my blog.

This is a really great article by Orlygg if you want to immerse yourself in Skaven Lore

Lastly, if you're a Rat Fan and you've never read this article by Andy "The Horned Rat" Chambers then get it read:

Now, time to paint up some more Dwarf Things to "Kill-Kill"..................................

Monday, 21 August 2017

Enter the Dragon

After a slight post BOYL break to remind my better half and my son who I am I'm back working away on my Dwarfs.

I've finally finished up my Iron Breakers. For these I'm using "Prince Ulthers Imperial Dwarfs - The Dragon Company". The large amount of armour on these chaps made them a no-brainer for Iron Breakers.

I should probably confess why they took so long for me to finish.I was a silly little Beardling and thought knew best. Silly silly Beardling. I tried to paint the tunics yellow and not red. I had visions of them  being different to everybody else's Dragon Company. Mine would be "The Golden Dragon Company".As I was painting them though something was wrong, nagging doubts crept in and I found it increasingly difficult to "feel" the paint job. I actually began painting them months before BOYL but it just wouldn't happen.

When I got back from BOYL gave in and painted the yellow half of the tunics red and instantly it looked right. Note to self, don't mess with a classic.............................

Yes I know, I need to do the standard.

Here's a wizard I painted just before BOYL but he's yet to be used and, in some ways more importantly, he's yet to be named. Suggestions welcomed. I began painting him yellow with my thinking being he's a "gold" wizard (not that colours come into it in 3rd). The green hat was just because I wanted a contrasting colour to the yellow.

Arnulf's Rangers were also painted prior to BOYL but did get used (and rather embarrassingly got chased form the field of battle by a unit of Gobbos, oh the shame.......................)

So,what's next?

Well Dr Legg has set us a new challenge for 2017/18. After our game at BOYL I said "2000 points for next year then?" "No" says Richard, "Let's do 3000 points plus baggage train".

Luckily with my Iron Breakers, Wizard, upgraded General (her was only a level 15 in my 1000pt army), the stuff I didn't use that was painted up and a few magic items here and there I'm already pushing 2000 points which leaves me plenty of painting time to finish another 1000 points of Dwarfs (I've got another 200 points almost done already). It also gives me plenty of time to work on my other BOYL 2018 project.........................................