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The dwarf gunline

The dwarf gunline

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About the Project

The goal of this project is to build and paint a Dwarf Hold army for The 9th Age, beginning with dwarfs I bought 11 years ago.

This Project is Completed

The beginning

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In 2008 I bought an assembled and primed 2000 point dwarf army for Warhammer Fantasy for 50,50 pounds, including shipping costs. The box with the army arrived and was stored in my basement. Never to be touched again…

… until now.

Recently I got into The 9th Age. This motivated me to dig up my dwarfs and start painting them. This army corresponds to 3000 points in T9A. Since the army came with a lot of dwarfs with firearms and three cannons, this army will focus on firepower!

I will try to “speed paint” by spending less time on highlights and details, than normal. On the bases I will try out texture paint to speed things up as well.

Because I’m working on two other projects and expect a load of miniatures from a kickstarter, progress on this army will be slow.

Clan Marksmen

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My very first painted dwarfs!My very first painted dwarfs!

Second unit of Clan Marksmen with champion

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Second unit of Clan Marksmen with champion

Clan Warriors

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Clan Warriors

I got tired of painting elves and finished this regiment of twenty dwarf warriors. When I ranked them up, I discovered there’s only eighteen of them and one of them is a second champion. 🙁

No problem I still have plenty of unpainted dwarfs to correct this. 🙂

Now back to painting elves…

The King

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The King
The King
The King
The King

Thane

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Thane
Thane
Thane

Runic Smith

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Runic Smith
Runic Smith
Runic Smith

Engineer

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Engineer

Actually this engineer is a crewman of a cannon. But I think he looks like an engineer with his big wrench.

All my characters have been painted. Except that I already bought another character… 😊

Cannons

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Cannons
Cannons
Cannons

And that’s why this project is called “The Dwarf Gunline”!

The larger bases gave me more space to decorate them. I discovered autumn as a good looking and easy to achieve theme for my bases in a previous project. I added mushrooms and a tree trunk. The red and green leaves break the otherwise very brown look of these miniatures.

The Brewery

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My gaming club bought enough dwarf terrain to fill a game table and asked all it’s members to paint a terrain piece. I wanted to paint the brewery to try out my new copper paint (Vallejo Metal Color Copper) on the large tanks. I later discovered it was the biggest terrain piece we bought. 😊

The brewery was designed by Printable Scenery and printed by one of our club members.

(Photographing such a big piece was more difficult than photographing a miniature. So the photo’s aren’t great.)

Second unit of clan Warriors

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Second unit of clan Warriors

Marksmen command

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Marksmen command

These are the first dwarfs I bought since starting this project. They’re nog part of the army I bought 11 years ago.

Another champion for the marksmen.Another champion for the marksmen.

King on Holdstone

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Another new miniature I bought.Another new miniature I bought.
King on Holdstone

Second thane

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Second thane

This was a more problematic miniature. I have two of these and painted the other one earlier in this project. Once I started painting this one, I discovered the primer lay on so thick, it made the details practically disappear and was almost impossible to paint. (It was already primed when I bought it.)

I stripped the miniature, trying to get the primer off. It helped, but the primer is still to thick and obscures details. I tried to make the best of it. The shield was painted to simulate battle damage.

Miners

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Miners

Project finished

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Project finished

All my dwarfs are painted. 11 years after buying them and 6 months after starting this project. I’m proud of myself. 😊

With this army I can fight a small battle, but it’s too small for 4500 points (standard size army in 9th Age). At some point in the future I will expand this army to 4500 points, but for now I’ve got plenty of other miniatures to paint.

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