Okay, so not the most challenging of models to paint but no doubt a great boost to any dwarf force – this mechanical war machine from Demonworld (Ral Partha Europe) is still a very nice model – and pretty large to boot.
I went a tad further and magnetised the arms so that they can be animated, removed or swapped out for other arms/weapons (there is a version with hammers…).
Who doesn’t like dwarfs?
Who doesn’t like a lot of dwarfs?
Okay, maybe plenty of orcs and elves now that I come to think about it. That aside, I’m posting these vertically challenged fellows to show off, once again, the superb dwarfs that can be had from Ral Partha Europe and their Demonworld range. (I note that they are pluralising Dwarf in to Dwarves rather than Dwarfs. I believe the former is Tolken’s doing and the latter is ‘correct’ if you asked the Queen. I’ll flip and flop between them because you’ll all know what I’m talking about anyway.)
Another reason for this post was to show some rather promising results from home-made, home-printed, decals (transfers in the Queen’s language). This particular batch of dwar-ves-fs contained no less than 4 banners so I thought it worth the effort (which was much and nowhere near what it would of taken to freehand these – if I could!).
My gut told me these were the same. After sending a couple of question to Black Gate regards scale Barry offered to send me a few early test casts to prove/illustrate the usefulness of these particular models with other 15mm miniatures on the market today. They have arrived, and I can happily say that I WAS RIGHT! (That feels quite good).
As a small return for a few free minis, I thought I’d post a few comparative scale shots with other manufactures in the market so that you lot can see for yourself.
First off, the casts sent to me, by themselves, tacked to washers that I normally use on 15s so that their height is adjusted accordingly when next to others.
I started painting this guy years ago. Stopped. Scratched my head about getting good blending on the wings. Shelved it. Came back to it and tried again. Not working. Then sometime back I went on a days airbrush course and took him with me and played around with that method.
I think the end results are okay. Very heavy on the contrasts and a lot more practice is needed. But he’s done. In a state that he is allowed on a table or display. Just took a long time. Now I just need to find the rider…
Time for more dwarf-goodness. I love my dwarves, nearly as much as Tim loves his.
This is a bit of a scale comparison though that arose out of the desire to have a full 12-dwarf shooter contingent should I get round to playing Dragon Rampant at any point soon.
I’ve already got an ‘army’ but they are based around some old Pendraken 10mm dwarves which, if you’ve seen them, actually scale pretty well as normal size dwarves in true 15mm (they are about 10-12mm tall). Plenty of shooters there.
I remain a big fan of Demonworld 15mm fantasy miniatures – but that doesn’t mean I immediately paint every miniature that I buy. This chap has been waiting in the paint queue for a very very long time. Perhaps nearly 20 years.
Aside from a hiatus from painting at all, I think in part is was a slightly intimidating model to paint and I kept putting it off thinking I couldn’t do it justice (He’s a Gar’ydwedd with Ballista, part of the Warlords of Thain range). Well, a few months ago I went along to Common Ground Games in Stirling where an airbrushing training day had been arranged and I took this beast along as my test model to work on.
For a first effort I am quite please with the results (I should have taken a pic without the howdah on it but, hey). Howdah and crew were painted more recently to finish him off. Now he can join the ranks of the growing horde.