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About the Project

I was gifted a bunch of Dweghom for Conquest in Christmas 2019 so here is the journey to put them together, paint them and hopefully play with them.

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Let it Snow....

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Progress has been ongoing, but not rapid.  I managed to finish another 10 Hold Thanes, which brings me a lot closer to the end (although with only 2 weeks left I need to get a move on).  This evening I’ve been put snow on the bases of the whole bunch of miniatures that I’ve completed over this month along with the stands.

The snow is a mix of PVA and Army Painter Snow flock, which gives it a more fluffed up effect.  The picture was taken shortly after application so it isn’t yet dry.  The static grass tufts are from War World Scenics.

More Fireforged etc

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Made a little progress this week on the Dweghom and got the rest of the Fireforged and 1 Inferno Automata ready for snow and black rimming.  Also managed to crack on with the last Inferno Automata and the first 6 Hold Thanes.

With the Hold Thanes I wanted to try and lift them up and show that they are eltie soldiers who take a bit more care of kit.  As such I decided to paint the weapons in Vallejo Chainmail, then gave it a wash of AP Soft Tone, which left it looking like it was slightly rusty – not what I was going for.  To try and rescue this I hit the weapons with a dry brush of Vallejo Silver and whilst I was at it I tried in on the armour, the result I think adds to the work of the Contrast Basillicanum Grey.  At some point I might have to go back and repeat this last step on the rest of the army, but not yet.  There are only 3 weeks left until the show and I have  half the Dragonslayers to assemble left alone the painting of the rest of the Hold Thanes and all the Dragonslayers.

Fireforged and Automata

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A quick update today to post some pictures of some figrues I finished off last weekend.

Flames Beserkers on fire

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Well I cracked on last week and completed the 24 Flame Beserkers ready, along with their stands.  I’m pleased with the flames on the heads having tried a few different bases of yellow including GW Contrast Yellow, GW Cassandoran Yellow and Scale 75 Instant Colours Yellow.  Drybrushing P3 Khador Red Highlight (which is orange), then Army Painter Pure Red, then a very light drybrush of Vallejo Black.

Flames Beserkers on fire

Drake Done

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Whilst April looks like it has been quiet I have been beavering away in the background.  A week of holiday where I managed to assemble 12 Dragon Slayers and 8 Fireforged has been surrounded by painting up the rest of the Hellbringer Drake and Flame Beserkers (more on those in the next post).  The Drake and crew are now finished.

The crew is mostly contrast work, Darkoath Flesh, Basilicanum Grey and Nazdreg Yellow.  The hair of the crew is a base of Full Healing from the Scale 75 Instant Colour range (a couple of layers) a wash of GW Yellow, then dry brushing of P3 Khador Red Highlight, AP Pure Red and then Vallejo Black.  I think this came out well.

Added a Lloyd shot of this as well, I think I ended up putting the crew on the wrong sides, but it looks good to me.

Game on

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Managed to get another game in last night, this time of 2000 points, against Paul.  I managed to remember to take photos until turn 6, see the gallery below.

My Army consisted of:

Hold Raegh (Beastmaster, Turn the Tide, Mnemancer’s Eye, Comabt 2, Tactical)

  • Hold Thanes (Standard Bearer, 6 bases)

Tempered Sorcer (Focused, Memory of Breath, Arcane 1, Tactical 1)

  • Eruption
  • Hold Ballistae (Standard Bearer, 3 bases)
  • Hold Warriors (Standard Bearer, 3 bases)
  • Hellbringer Drake
  • Inferno Automata (3 bases)

Ardent Kerawegh (Flaming Weapon, Arcane 1, Combat 1, Tactical 1)

  • Resolve
  • Hold Warriors (Standard Bearer, 3 bases)
  • Flame Beserkers (Standard Bearer, 6 bases)

Getting some paint on the Drake

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This drake really does eat up paint.  First off the drake itself got a wash of 1:1 AP Strong Tone: AP Red Tone, followed by a dry bursh of leather brown and then Monster Brown.  The spiky bits were painted AP Army Green and then washes with GW Athonian Camo Shade.  The metal plates on the head were based with Vallejo Gunmetal, and the ends of the spikes on the head were based coated AP Black Metal.  All the metal, including the saddle was given a wash of AP Dark Tone.  I have started on the photograph painting white on the flames, but that needs a second coat.  I have also put a layer of Vallejo Eath texture Dark Earth on the base and stand.

Next up is to highlight the green and the metal and to add some Copper.

Undercoating

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This Helbringer Drake is a beast of a miniature and probably the biggest thing outside of a tank that I’ve ever painted.  I decided to make life a little easier to use Army Painter Coloured Primer and keep the saddle separate from the main body of the Drake.  So the main body got a covering of Leather Brown, whilst the saddle and guns go a covering of Plate Mail Metal.

I haven’t primed the crew yet.

The deadline is rapidly approaching so I need to get a move on, but changes to the rules mean I might need to buy some more figures – not sure I’ve got time to paint more.

Undercoating

Hellbringer Drake coming

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So last night was our weekly Zoom Hobby Hangout, so I decided to spend most of the evening assembling the Hellbringer Drake.  This one beast of a monster and with the exception of tanks the biggest figures I have assembled.  I’ve seend some people moaning about the number of pieces but I felt that the foot should have been two pieces and not one.

The joins on the Drake itself are generally well hidden, but the gates for the plastic to flow into the parts aren’t so well thought out, with many of them being in the middle of open spaces.  In two hours I managed to assemble the drake and started on the crew.

Hellbringer Drake coming

Shields Up

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A quiet couple of weeks, mostly down to real life getting in the way of painting miniatures.  Still  I have finished the shields for the 3 bases of Hold Warriors and pinned them together.  The next batch of 6 Hold Warriors are painted and awaiting basing, the last 6 are sitting in the shed at this moment whilst the primer goes off.

Reinforcements have arrived, thanks to the gang at OnTableTop, two new boxes of plastic were at the sorting office for me to pick up today.  A Hellbringer Drake and a box of Fireforged, the Love Hearts and letter from the crew are always received with gratitude!  The Hellbringer Drake box is BIG take a look.

Storm Eunice

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Well Storm Eunice put paid to a Friday evening of game and so I was left sitting at home in the warmth, chatting online and painting figures.  All of which left me having completed an entire regiment of ballistae and most of the warriors, although I have their shields separate to paint.  I’ve also finished basing all of the characters so lots of photographs today of progress.

Second Game

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I know it has been a while since the first game, but life, work and the uni being closed have got in the way.  Anyway on Friday I got round to my second game and this time I got to play with my own figures.  I know I need to get more assembled and I need to remember to take more pictures during a game.

So a quick battle between my Dweghom and my friends Spire, results in a 6-2 victory for the Dweghom at the end of the 10 rounds, but it wasn’t going to last much longer for the Dweghom.

Second Game

Painting Stands

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Having started painting the Dweghom it was also time to start preparing the stands for them.  The plan will be to paint the stand at the same time as I paint the figures that are going on it.  The stand is primed in Halford’s Grey Primer (not using the expensive stuff on stands), and then covered in Vallejo Dark Earth Texture.  This was then painted in Vallejo Model Air Black Brown Camoflague, with a dry brush of 50:50 with AP Matt White and then a lighter dry brush of just AP Matt White.  The snow effect is AP Snow Flock mixed with PVA glue, then War World Scenics 4mm tufts with some Warlord Games melting snow flock to finish it off.

The stand for the characters has been 3D printed as Para-Bellum don’t provide a single miniature stand.

I have now finished the first stand of Dweghom Hold Ballistae following John’s scheme as suggested below.  I did add a slight highlight of Retributor Armour to the gold on the shield.

Painting Stands

Started painting

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Whilst I still have miniatures to assemble I need to get started with the painting to at least test the painting technique for the majority of the figures.  I decided that I’m followed John’s pattern from the Hold Warrior and so started painting the Hold Ballistae.

So far I’ve primed in Grey Seer and cover most of the figure with basilicanum grey.  I did learn from John’s video and avoided painting the beards and the face as well as the cloth of the banner.  I’ve added warp lightning for the banner and the pauldrons as well as the knees.  The faces are gulliman flesh.

I’ve included John’s video below to remind me more than anything.

Started painting

Finished the Hold Ballistae

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Well I cracked on this afternoon to complete the 12 Hold Ballistae.  I got out the next set of 12 bases and found I’d run out of 1p pieces.  Might have to visit a bank to get a bag of them.

So for the decission on the next batch of 12 figures, Warriors or Ballistae.  Whilst the poll on the facebook group is coming down in favour of doing a full unit of 12 Hold Warriors I like the thoughts of those who have suggested 2 bases of Warriors and 1 of Ballistae.  It will give me a little more flexibility when creating units and you never know one day I might buy another box of Hold Warriors/Ballistae.

Finished the Hold Ballistae

Hold Ballistae

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I’ve continued to build the Dweghom, I want to have the whole lot built before I start painting and this lot mean that I’ve crossed the 50% boundary of built figures.

So I decided that this week I needed to try and assemble one figure a night, with the exception of Friday when I’ll do as many as I can.  Friday is Hobby night and whilst chatting on Zoom it is good to focus on the figures and not on work.  I’ve finished off the Flames Beserkers and made a start on a unit of 12 Hold Ballistae.  Had a thought whilst building them this afternoon that it would be good to see if I had enough of one type of shield for the whole unit to have the same shield design.  Given that I have another unit of 12 Hold Warriors/Ballistae in the Start Playing box and that I didn’t glue the shields onto the first unit of Hold Warriors I managed to find 12 Shields of the same design and 12 of a second design that can go with the unit of Hold Warriors.

I also had kept all the spare bits from when I built the first box of Hold Warriors/Ballistae which meant I could find enough of the same arm holding the “crossbow” to build those rather than the very odd looking ones.

Next up is a decission with the other 12 Hold Warriors/Ballistae, do I a) build 12 Hold Warriors, b) build 12 Hold Ballistae or c) a mixture of the two..

Hold Ballistae

More Flames Beserkers

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I’ve moved on to building the models in the Wave 2 Start Playing set that I won through the Facebook group 12 months ago.  I know I’ve had these models sitting around for far too long.

On Monday I managed to assemble 6 Flames Beserkers and the Ardent Kerawegh.  I do love the resin models in particular they look great and go together really easily with a bit of superglue.

More Flames Beserkers

Hold Thanes finished

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I forgot to take a photograph, but during last nights End of the Year Hobby Hangout I cracked out the 9 Hold Thanes that I hadn’t assembled earlier in the week.  I now have 4 regiments assembled.

The other focus of the last few days has been magnetising the bases and stands, the aim is to keep the miniatures on the stands, but also keep the stands in the boxes.  I asked in the facebook group what others were using and the strongest suggestion was washers and magnets.  Well I took a look online at the cost of washes and they worked out at about 20p a washer.  I decided it was a lot cheaper to use 1p coins and fortunately my wife had just emptied our 1-2-5 pot so I have a lot of 1p coins to hand.  Magnets came from amazon and I purchased the 3mm diameter by 2mm thick variety.  I found that they need to stick up a little inside the well in the stand to hold the figure, but this is a balancing act as too much and the figure doesn’t sit properly in the stand.

I did have a look on YouTube for a video on how to magnetise the stands and bases and found this one:

Hold Warriors assembled, next up Hold Thanes

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I’ve finished assembling the 12 Hold Warriors in my original box and now I have moved on to the Hold Thanes.  I have to say that is one large banner.

The Hold Thanes are much easier to work out on assmbly, the front, back and both sides are clearly labelled with letters so you can get the right parts.  I’m not sure whether it is having the pigment back in, but these figures also stick together much easier than the Hold Warriors did.

Hold Warriors assembled, next up Hold Thanes

First Game

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I know I’ve had this game nearly 2 years and last night was the first time I had played it.  Covid got in the way.  Now if you’ve been following you’ll know that I have very little assembled, so I had to borrow an army from my friendly opponent (thanks Paul).  A dweghom army hit the battlefield against the Spires.  My reinforcement dice didn’t play nicely and so he had the first turn all to himself.  I ended up loosing on the victory points, but we played an extra turn afterwards which resulted in much more of a bloodbath for the Spire.

Photos below (and yes two stands of 100Kingdoms had to be used to complete the Hold Thanes unit.