Sticking with the 15mm Dwarf theme, here are a few flyers from Ral Partha Europe who produce the rather excellent 15mm Demonworld range which, as any reader here will know, I am a massive fan of.
The gyro-copter is NOT a Demonworld mini and one that I’ve had for decades (as are the Demonworld models, I just never got around to painting them till recently). The copter is a 10mm figure from Pendraken but very much on the large size and scales very well with 15mm (indeed, the bulk of the rank and file for one of my dwarf armies are all Pendraken – not featured on this blog as they pre-date stuff here by about 20 years!).
I invested in these flyers back when I thought I might try Warhammer Fantasy/KoW/Warmaster in 15mm but never did (yet). Probably too specialist for a skirmish orientated game but I felt the need to paint them anyways.
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…
Enough of terrain and back to good old miniature painting! As I mentioned in an earlier post these Dark Elf Cavalry (Dar’Kalon Heavy Cavalry) were taking me an age to finish off. But I did and here they are.
Miniature figure collector and painter (in that order) and solo wargamer whose opponent has lost his gaming mojo
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