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My challenge to paint up a Mantic Kings of War Dwarf Army

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I can resist everything but...

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My FLGS was just made a Mantic premium store. This means it now stocks the vast majority of the KoW product line. I couldn’t resist popping in and picking up something. At least I was vaguely sensible and got a unit that was not too big.

The sharpshooters are a troop despite just having five men. Much easier to add to the painting pile than a twenty man bulwarker regiment.

I can resist everything but...

I hadn’t taken in to account the hell that is a mixture of old plastic models and bits in metal that apparently weren’t designed to fit with said bits of plastic.

Makes you really appreciate certain other manufacturers cad/cam products.

And then there were three...

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All three war machines lined up and ready to go.All three war machines lined up and ready to go.

Having finished the Shieldbreakers unit I’ve done the third war machine. I’m trying to alternate the little units with the big blocks of troops to keep the motivation up.

As you can probably see the last big gun is the organ gun. I’ve painted it using lessons learned from my experiments with the Shieldbreakers unit. Hence the greater use of the turquoise in the figures and the blue/grey barrel of the weapon. I think it works in making the models more vibrant and I may have to go back and adapt the first two to fit in a bit better.

Broken the back of the Shieldbreakers

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Broken the back of the Shieldbreakers

I’ve pretty much finished the Shieldbreakers. The tweaks to the colour scheme have really come together. The blue/grey weapons help make the models pop, and the red adds some variety.

The keen eyed among you may have spotted a stumpy chap with a beer in one hand and nothing in the other. I’m hoping to create a banner pole and then I’ll get to paint a banner. Any recommendations for size and material of banner pole would be greatly appreciated.

Starting some Shieldbreakers

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Putting a bit more turquoise in to break up the black armour.Putting a bit more turquoise in to break up the black armour.
Using some red as a spot colour and changing the grey for weaponsUsing some red as a spot colour and changing the grey for weapons

I was overwhelmed to get the button for this project. Thank you everyone for the the kind words.

Moving on with the next unit, I’m doing some Shieldbreakers. To try and combat the concerns I’ve had about the slightly monochrome look of the force so far I’ve made a coupe of changes.

I’ve tried to put a bit more turquoise in on shoulder pads etc, hopefully this will break up some of the black/grey sections.

There is now some red in as a spot colour. I’m using fleshtearer red on the shafts of the hammers for the grip section.

Finally I’ve changed the grey I’m using for the weapons. Swapping to Gryf Charger Grey will hopefully bring a different tone in as it is much more blue grey than the Basilicanum Grey I was using previously.

More Big Guns

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More Big Guns

I’ve finished the second cannon. It’s painted exactly the same as the first one. I’m still not convinced I’ve got the colour balance right. The greys and blacks are all just a bit to similar for my liking. Hey ho, I’m sure I’ll think of something.

Canines and contrast.

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The force so farThe force so far

So I went ahead and tried the shields in contrast paint so that the colour matched perfectly. They haven’t come out too badly but I think they might benefit from a free hand symbol of some sort. Time to get my thinking hat on.

The bulldog was great fun to do and I think he came out looking grand.

 

Onwards and upwards (well onwards at least, they are dwarfs)

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Onwards and upwards (well onwards at least, they are dwarfs)

I’ve made some progress on the next unit, ten ironguard. They’ve been painted up in exactly the same way as the ironwatch units. The only bits I’m not sure about are the shields and the bulldog.

I don’t know how the contrast paint will react to the flat surface of the shields and there isn’t an equivalent colour in non-contrast paints.

I’m going to have to do some research into bulldog markings and colours before I start the canine. There’s always something new to learn when painting.

Bring on the big guns

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Bring on the big guns

I’ve finished my first cannon (hopefully the first of many given it’s a dwarf army). The carriage was painted Black Templar for the ‘iron’ and Nazdreg Yellow for the gold/brass bits. The barrel was Basilicanum Grey. The crew were painted in the same way as the Ironguard in the last post.

I’m a little bit worried that the force is starting to look a little monochrome so I’ll have to think about how to counter that.

First two units done

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I’ve finished batch painting the first two units. They’re entirely done with contrast paints. I’ve not used any metallics so the ‘gold’ is Nazdreg Yellow, the gun barrels are Basilicanum Grey and the armour is Black Templar. The way the contrast paints work gives a very rough approximation of NMM, and save a lot of time compared to using thin coats of metallic paints and a wash.

For the beards I have used a variety of shades and then used a shade darker contrast paint in the recesses to give them some extra variation.

 

 

First two units done
First two units done
First two units done

I’m really pleased with how they have turned out given the time input. I’ll move onto a cannon next.

Bottoms up.

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I generally paint from the ground up. I’ve gone for snakebite leather (I love the retro goodiness of that name) for the boots. Knee armour and chainmail in Black Templar. Belts etc are done wyldwood. I’ve picked Terradon Turquoise as the main colour for my force. Mostly just because I love the richness of the colour and how well it works in the folds in the fabric.

Working twenty at a time is pushing batch painting a bit far.Working twenty at a time is pushing batch painting a bit far.

And so the painting begins...

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So I’ve finally put paint to model. Starting with the bases I’ve used a single coat of Basilicanum Grey contrast paint from GW. It means there is no need for wash or dry brush. They edges of the bases don’t look great but that’s not too serious if they are ranked up. I’ll put some grass tufts on afterwards to give them some variety and interest.

Two units of ironwatch with rifles.Two units of ironwatch with rifles.

The movement bases are MDF. They’ve been given a coat of PVA to seal them, then sand on the edges and painted the same as the model bases.

A Dwarf Is A Dwarf Is A Dwarf?

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I was asked in a previous posts’ comment about the comparison between the three different Dwarf models I’m using for my army. There are Mantic models for Kings of War. There are some very old metal models from GW for WHFB, I’m going to guess they were cast in the mid nineties. Finally there are some models I got from Kickstarter, I believe they were cast by Ral Partha but I may be mistaken. Firstly there is a clear difference in height. The mantic dwarfs are the tallest with GW and Ral Partha much the same, as seen below.

From left to right: Mantic, GW and Ral ParthaFrom left to right: Mantic, GW and Ral Partha

More subtle than that is a difference in proportion. The Mantic dwarfs are narrow at the bottom and wide at the top, the GW seem more circular and the Ral Partha are narrower at the top.

A Dwarf Is A Dwarf Is A Dwarf?

Finally there are differences in style. The GW weapons are much larger compared to the model, with Mantic being in the middle and Ral Partha being the most naturalistic. The heads for Mantic are also larger.

I’m hopeing that a unifying paint scheme will minimise the difference within my army.

Hopefully this is helpful.

What have I done

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The magnitude of the painting task in front of me is starting to look a little daunting. Neither of the following two photos contain the entire force so far…

This one doesn't have the unit of old metal GW hammerers.This one doesn't have the unit of old metal GW hammerers.
And this one is missing the unit of 20 rangers.And this one is missing the unit of 20 rangers.

So now they are all primed the next job is to start the painting. Wish me luck.

Going Old School

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I dug around in all my old models, and things I’d bought and not painted, and came up with some stuff that could be added to my growing Dwarf Army. Proxying is fine in KoW so I put together two more units.

First up some Ral Partha models I got on Kickstarter. They're a right mixture so might work well as rangers.First up some Ral Partha models I got on Kickstarter. They're a right mixture so might work well as rangers.
These two are old GW slayer command models I believe. These two are old GW slayer command models I believe.
Which when added to 8 old GW metal hammerers I had lying around make a nice retro unit. These guys will probably be used as an elite troop.Which when added to 8 old GW metal hammerers I had lying around make a nice retro unit. These guys will probably be used as an elite troop.

Reinforcements arrive

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My 'free' unit of badger riders.My 'free' unit of badger riders.
Two artillery pieces. I've gone for the cannon and the organ gun for some variety I've no idea which is best in game.Two artillery pieces. I've gone for the cannon and the organ gun for some variety I've no idea which is best in game.

It's all about the base

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Most of the starter army plus a unit of badger riders builtMost of the starter army plus a unit of badger riders built

I’ve decided to go for old fashioned PVA and sand for the bases. I might see how contrast paints work on bases as it might save on time when it comes to painting. As you can see in the photo above I started to prime them using the wraithbone spray from GW in preparation for painting with contrast paints.

I love the throwing mastiffs that you can include in the units.I love the throwing mastiffs that you can include in the units.

The mountain of men is growing

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Nearly built the whole starter army.Nearly built the whole starter army.

There’s a lot more to come. I found there was a missing part in my box of badger riders. When I contacted Mantic they said they would send it through straight away. What I didn’t expect to receive was a complete new kit. Amazing customer service and I’ve got a whole unit for free.

They're half the height but they still take just as long to build

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A bit more progress on the construction front.A bit more progress on the construction front.

Starting to build

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Starting to build the army boxed set. One cannon, 20 ironwatch and some shieldbreakers. Starting to build the army boxed set. One cannon, 20 ironwatch and some shieldbreakers.

And so it begins

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I’ve always wanted to paint up a whole rank and file army. My FLGS had a 50% off KoW deal so I bought some stumpy chaps and I’m going to try a paint them all.

I’m planning to play around with the new contrast paints to get a decent look as quickly as possible.

They’re going to be based in the old fashioned WFB style so they can be used for other systems if needed.

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