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Painting Evil Dwarfs

Painting Evil Dwarfs

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About the Project

I've been picking up some Scibor Moscals and looking for an excuse to paint them. Warlords of Erehwon is that excuse.

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Back for SAGA Age of Magic

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I should give an apology for having left this so long. Obviously the event impacted much chance of starting to play with this army and my home life got a lot busier. I’ve worked on some other projects I shall start to document but I’m finally coming back to this.

A few of us have been talking about SAGA and before Christmas that pushed us on to create Viking warbands. It didn’t take much of a push to think I could expand this force for Age of Magic.

Unfortunately nearly all my dwarves are heavily armoured so it’s hard to spot a levy from a warrior. I’d also like to expand my range of creatures.

I’ll be kicking off the next batch with a dwarf riding a winged bull. Think I could likely only pass it off as a monster unless warlord bases are bigger than I expect. Throw in 3 golems for creatures. While I don’t have a cannon yet I do have a cannon team to get going with.

I have a different style of dwarf – Scibor Boyars – I could make 2 points of warriors from. There are quite a few to paint so I’ll leave them till a later stage. I do need some levy though and I have some more gun dwarfs and rifle dwarfs. I’ll be adding into this round.

All figures from Scibor except the golems which are from MOM minis.

My Opinion on Scibor's Miniatures

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I thought I’d talk a little about working with Scibor’s miniatures.

Generally casts are good. Mold lines are inevitable and I’m not too concerned unless they’re hard to clean up. I’ve found on some weapon hilts a mold line running through the middle of some pattering. They’re difficult to remove without ruining the detail underneath.

Resin cleanup is a chore and Scibor don’t make this easy. While we accept there needs to be a connection point between the piece and the resin feed, some were placed in unnecessarily difficult spots.

Pieces glued together will very likely need greenstuff for the gaps.

Overall the general quality of detail is excellent. Assembling these figures isn’t too straightforward and anyone purchasing them should be prepared to do some extra work.

One egregious example of unnecessary resin clean up is visible on a bull centaur's equine torso. Where the human part would connect to the horse there is a large block of resin that needs removing I try to avoid sanding resin and stick to cutting. But this piece is very awkward.One egregious example of unnecessary resin clean up is visible on a bull centaur's equine torso. Where the human part would connect to the horse there is a large block of resin that needs removing I try to avoid sanding resin and stick to cutting. But this piece is very awkward.
Units typically arrive with the weapons needing gluing on. I always pin now. The connection points aren't big and do not aid you in determining their placement.Units typically arrive with the weapons needing gluing on. I always pin now. The connection points aren't big and do not aid you in determining their placement.
On the wing of the war boss's bull mount the most prominent feather near the dwarf's head had near no detail due to being an attachment point of the scaffoling. I had to try and carve it back in. I think it'll do.On the wing of the war boss's bull mount the most prominent feather near the dwarf's head had near no detail due to being an attachment point of the scaffoling. I had to try and carve it back in. I think it'll do.

Upcoming Pieces

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I’ve behaved like a kid in a sweetshop buying whatever I liked for this project. Frankly I could’ve done with taking my time.

Anyway, I’ve got a few bits in the pipeline. There are some more gunners and and a canon crew. Got an accordion playing dwarf as well. They need assembling.

I bought some dark guardians from MOM Miniatures. They’re just stone golems but they fit the faction.
https://www.momminiatures.com/product-page/dark-guardians

But the big one is the war boss on a bull. I’m looking forward to getting the brush on this miniature. I love the model. There is only one problem with it. It doesn’t fit in the damn army box! Grrr, this is the second time this has happened with this project.

Finally I backed the Lost Kingdom kickstarter for stl files of their Evil Dwarf products. I’ve got a 3D printer to assemble and I plan to print some of their terrain.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1115856510/cuetzpal-empire-and-magmhorin-realm-printable-files

More Basic Troops

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Our local store has been running painting comps to keep us all occupied. The latest coincided with my need to paint some more basic troops.

They were painted slightly differently to the previous troops. My airbrush is functioning better now so I used that to basecoat the metallics and the purple shading.

I also got a new camera with a built in focus stacking option. I used that to take these photos. I’m not sure if there’s any obvious difference but I rather like how these pics have come out. There’s a bit less shadow than normal.

Golden Button!

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I got a golden button for this project! I’d forgotten how exciting that could be. Many thanks to BoW team for all their kind words. The spotlight article is here:

Community Spotlight: Mighty Gods, Evil Dwarves & Wasteland Terrain

@avernnos and @sundancer cast their eye over this project in the Unofficial Hobby Hangout. It starts around 28 minutes in but the whole stream is worth a watch.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/598543609

There is more to come and I’ve a couple of posts to make after this one.

Bull Centaurs

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Bull Centaurs
Bull Centaurs
Bull Centaurs
Bull Centaurs
Bull Centaurs

A coupl of Bull Centaurs for a bit of pace in the army.

A Couple Of Heroes

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A couple of bosses for the warband.

Basic Troops

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Basic Troops
Basic Troops

Terrain

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Going to need some terrain and I picked up some ruins from GW. I tried painting a marble effect of which I was pleased with the result.

Gunners

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Gunners
Gunners

Next up I painted some gunners. I tried some different ways of painting leather along with that I detailed in the general method.

The Fire Elementals

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The Fire Elementals
The Fire Elementals

Berserkers (and Sorceror)

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Berserkers (and Sorceror)
Berserkers (and Sorceror)
Berserkers (and Sorceror)
Berserkers (and Sorceror)

The Sorceror

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The Sorceror
The Sorceror
The Sorceror

Sorceror And Elementals

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A couple of things I struggled to source from Scibor were a dwarf sorceror and some elementals. I picked up a sorceror from Lost Kingdom miniatures and the K’Daai Fireborn from Forge world.

The stages for painting fire on the elementals and the OSL on the sorceror followed the method shown in the pics. I used the Scale Color colours Mars Orange SC-39, Sol Yellow SC-40, White Sands SC-09 and Deep Red SC-35.

General Painting Method

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I started by painting some berserkers. These guys were also used to test out methods for batch painting a bunch of figures. I settled on the following.

1, basecoats with Vallejo Steel, Vallejo Brassy Brass and Scale Color Black Leather.

2, shade the brass parts with Druchii Violet and the steel with Nuln Oil. Highlight the brass with Brassy Brass and Vallejo Gold. Highlight the steel with Vallejo Silver.

3, basecoat the skin with Scale Color SC-46 and shade with Druchii Violet. Lighten the base colour for highlights.

4, for the leather clothing. I based them with Scale Color Black Leather and highlighted with Scalecolors Walnut and Birch.

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