15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs

More 15mm Dwarfs (or Dwarves) and Transfers (or Decals) on Banners (and Shields)

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!).

Results below.

15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs
The four banners – the one on the left is mostly freehand apart from the hammers, the rest are decals. I think the difference shows and the homemade ones work for me.

15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs
The two chaps on the right are part of another unit that needed ‘finished’. An Empire Arquebus unit. The banner is mostly decal/transfer aside from the purple frame. General on the left has a homemade shield transfer.
15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs
Just Dwarfs.
15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs
Dwarfs on the left has a LBM medieval shield decal.
15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs
Centre dwarf with a homemade decal, one on right an old 40k transfer.
15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs
Apart from the dwarf in the middle making an appearance, not sure why I grouped these together…
15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs
Just dwarves. Or maybe dwarfs.
15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs
Boss by himself.

A couple of Splintered Light 15mm Fantasy miniatures I painted up at the same time as the dwarfs – included here because I used home-made transfer decals on one of them too (the star pattern – the ‘bull’ is from a Little Big Man Studio Greek Hoplite sheet). It highlights, as do a couple of the others, the importance of the colour sitting behind the decal which can have a big impact on the end result.15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs15mm Ral Partha Demonworld Fantasy Dwarfs

Not quite a detailed enough report on the use of homemade transfers/decals to justify the ‘Hobby Help’ title but if anyone wants any more info so they can give it a go themselves please just ask.

10 thoughts on “More 15mm Dwarfs (or Dwarves) and Transfers (or Decals) on Banners (and Shields)”

  1. So, what is your secret to homemade decals/transfers? I gave it a try a few years back on an inkjet printer and was less than wowed by the results. Plus, they faded over time, and I am very careful about keeping my fantasy figs out of sunlight.

    1. No secrets here. I bought some decal sheets from “Mr Decal Paper” himself (via Amazon). Transparent and white versions.

      Sourced art online (the bigger and higher the resolution the better). Scaled to appropriate size. I laid them out in Illustrator to maximise use of decal paper and avoid wastage. Print. (Decent but not expensive inkjet printer).

      On close inspection the print quality is nowhere as good as photopaper or the like, but nothing too noticeable from more than 6 inches away. Not as good as you’ll see from Little Big Man decal sheets.

      I think the ‘tricks’ if there are any, is the sealing and background colour. The decal paper came with a guide which included varnishing the decal before application (I did try one ‘without’ this step (impatient) and it doesn’t work). Need to seal in the ink before applying water.

      I was very cautious about the water application and only applied it to the back paper which works and means less chance of water meeting the ink directly.

      Varnishing after application will seal it some more. Hopefully also protect them from fading.

      I’ve had several errors when not using a suitable background colour. If using the ‘white’ decal paper make sure the background IS ALSO white to avoid muting the effect. If using the transparent paper make sure the background is a suitable shade/colour for the design being put applied.

  2. Great paints as usual.
    These dwarfs are good miniatures with too much details for some of them. Your transfers are cool too. I have always had the slackness to make mine for my flags. To believe that I prefer them missed.

  3. Wow, nice, you even painted their eyes, I consider myself a pretty good painter, but I have never attempted to paint eyes on a 15mm figure let alone a Dwarf, (although I have painted eyes on 20mm figures) great job on the banners to, outstanding all round.

    1. Thanks Zee. Can’t rate DW high enough. No doubt Copplestone would give the DW range a run for its money if it were only larger and further reaching – but it isn’t unfortunately.

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