Sunday 21 March 2010

Let there be dwarves

Hi everyone,

I've been toying with the idea of starting a hobby blog for a while now. Finally, together with a buddy of mine we decided to set up one in which we'll present our works and share some thoughts on issues related to the hobby.
So what you can you expect to see here? Different minis, different painting styles, and of course different opinions.

I'm usually busy with painting commissions for other people, mostly for the Lord of the Rings SBG. From time to time I also buy minis that I like only to paint them and put them on ebay. Sometimes I also paint my own stuff. Personally I find it difficult to find the motivation for doing it. I'm not a gamer so I'm not pressured by tournament requirements of having the army painted. And even more importantly - I'm not getting paid for that. These are the main reasons why most of my dwarf army has remained unpainted for a few years. However, I've recently made a resolution to paint at least several minis for my army per month. So far I've been fairly successful and here's what I've got.

8 Warriors with hand weapon and shield

A command with a few more warriors armed with two-handed axes. I'm not a big fan of NMM. I guess one needs to have very high painting skills to get it looking really good. I generally prefer true metallics. Here I made an exception and used gold NMM for the eagle on the banner. The shape of this bird is sculpted on the banner, which makes painting it much easier than creating your own freehand.

And now, some elite units. I chose some special resin bases that look like old ruins as I want them to stand out among the crowd, and that is not easy if you're a dwarf ;)

8 Khazad Guard

Iron Guard

4 Vault Warden Team units. I put some runic inscriptions on the shields, good luck deciphering them ;) I also converted one of them, just to add some variety.

So that's what I have now. When painting an army it's important to find the right balance between quality and quantity. I wanted to get a solid Table Top level for my dwarves, which meant that I wasn't going to pay that much attention to details. I basically speed-painted them, working on groups of 8-16 minis at a time.
Finding the colour scheme was one of the main challenges. I've started with the 'traditional' green but wasn't happy with how it turned out and decided to go with the purple-silver/gold look. I like the way purple looks next to bright silver shade or gold one. As you can see, most of the minis presented here have silver armour. I plan to have half of the army painted in this scheme and the other half with gold, keeping the clothes purple so that they'll look like an army, not a random selection of warriors. Also, bearing in mind the fact that the War of the Ring is becoming increasingly popular, I want to have them in eights, i.e. eight warriors with silver armour and the same type with golden.
I think that overall they do not look bad and will look nice on the battlefield one day.

OK, I guess that's all for my first entry. I'll try to make an update soon. Until then, happy painting :)


p.s. three big cheers for Stan - a friend of mine who created the wonderful banner you can see at the top :)


  1. Outstanding work on these pieces!! I think my favorites are the Banner and the Vault Warden Teams...really cool!! :)

  2. Congratulations for both of You. Your works are really great. Special congratulations for Stan who created the wonderfull view of website. I really like Your elves Haldir and that whole formations of dwarfs are wonderfull to. Really Good job!

  3. It was Guldur up :) (forgot the signature ;))

  4. Hi it's Mój Sssskarb from
    Very nice painting especially Viruk's dwarwes.


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