Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A visitor from Hell

First, welcome to follower no. 5 - Kingofdaveness :-) - and seeing you here makes me very, very guilty - but I'll promise you, that I'll start painting some of your awesome BeDerken Dwergs very soon. 

On to another apology! So sorry, to have let you all wait this long. It's be a hectic month for me - and the next 18 days don't look less hectic. Don't you just hate when real life is killing your hobby?

But Saturday night I finnaly got the chance of do a bit of painting. Last week I had the most wonderful little parcel from the another awesome little miniature manufacturer - Four A Miniatures. Inside the box was 7 miniatures done by Paul Muller - and I couldn't help it. I had to start paint the little four armed demon - straight away. Finished the base last night, so here it is:

Four A Miniatures: Four armed Demon 

Due the cold weather here - I can't use spray primer - so I have to use ordinary black paint and brush it on. I hate that as it don't stick that well to the models - and paints then chip of so easily. So if anyone know a good brush on primer - please leave a comment here.

But apart from that, it's a fantastic miniature painting. The muscular structures are done so well - and the 3 eyes and the belly maw is so wonderful detailed and adds lots of character to the model.

Hope you like him - cause I do :-)

Loved him so much, that I had to nominated it as best fantasy miniature at the TGN 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards - so, why not go over there and vote for him - or for one of the other cool miniatures nominated?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mass of foul, festering corruption

Today's miniature miniature has been standing on my desk for quite a few weeks, now - as I couldn't decide how to paint it - but this weekend I decider to give him a earth colour look.

The Monster Manual describe him as being yellowish grey?- but I know of no such colour - and as I'm slightly colour blind - I wouldn't dare mixing my own :-)

So yes, another old DnD moster is now painted - and this time its a Roper. Standing upright with its six arms searching for it's favourite prey - humans.

The miniature itself is not that old. This Roper miniature is rather new. It's sculpted by the talented Mr. John Pickford earlier this year - and can be found in the wonderful Otherworld miniature range - and like every other Otherworld miniature it stays true to the artwork that can be found in the old source books for role-playing games like AD&D.

Otherworld Miniatures DM20 Roper

Thursday, November 11, 2010

They are here

Okay, Hasslefree Miniatures/Sjoerd Trouwee has been doing Chaos Dwarfs the last 5-6 years - but with just a single or two releases a year - I've been 'hungry' for finding additional evil stunties for my Chaos Dwarf Project/collection.

But, 2010 seems to be 'the year' my calls will be heard - and no, I'm not thinking of the upcoming Warhammer Forge releases (cause I actually do not fancy those that much) - no, it's because both Dave King and his BeDerken's  and theBattleForge has now released their first series of evil dwarfs.

So, this week my newly purchased Dwarfs has arrived - 15  BeDerken's (+ a Familiar) and 11 theBattleForge ones :-) All of a wonderful, wonderful quality - and I can only recommend buying these - if you are into evil dwarfs.

First to receive the painting treatment will be the 'too late arrived' Chaos Dwarf Musician:

theBattleForge Chaos Dwarf Musician

A bit hard taking pictures of this guy - mainly because of the pose - but also because of very, very bad lightning, but I can assure you, that this miniature has lots of character.

And while at it, I painted the 3 Pole Axe-men as well. These guys have huge, huge pole axes (halberds) - and looks bloody awesome - just like miniatures looked like in the early 90s.

theBattleForge: Chaos Dwarf Pole Axe Men

Definitely building a 20 man unit, when a few more poses is available.

And in other great news:
And then speaking of Hasslefree and Sjoerd Trouwee's Dwarves of Myth (Twisted Tales Range) - Sjoerd has showed a preview of the next dwarf his is working on:

Source: new sculpt WIP @ CDO - http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=8366&pid=145172#pid145172

Very, very convincing, I think. Hopefully Kev White things the same and will add this awesome little guy to the range @Hasslefree Miniatures.

So that's todays update. But, before I go, I'll like to say welcome to the next two followers: Finch and Pyro Stick. Glad to see you have found me - and hopefully you'll enjoy your stay.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

R.I.P. Rock in Peace

Leave me alone
Like a dog with a bone
Like a stone that's been thrown
Let me be on my own

Let me rock
Let me roll
Let me rock
Let me rock in peace

Well thats the words of an old AC/DC song taken from the studio album
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. The songe is called R.I.P (Rock in Peace) - and as RIP is the theme for the current painting challenge at powerfist.dk - why not use this theme and create an - 1980's heavy rocking - evil dwarf. Made from my last Mantic Ironclad bits.

So let me take you back in time. Back to a time where real music was made :-)

Mantic Games: Dwarf Ironclad conversion

And yes, I did say something about doing an entry for the Golden Hat at CDO. This little piece was also meant to be an entry there, but things didn't turn out as planed.

And then finally (of course), a big welcome to my first two followers: Weird Chris (or should I say 'the Duke') and Kiltedyaksman. I know you guys will probably want to see something else then small evil plastic stunties - but I can assure you both, that I'll get back into painting metal DnD stuff, very soon.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shambling Mound

Have I been waiting for this update?

Since I first saw the greens for this model I've been so excited to put my brush to work on this guy. So this week I've spend all my hobby time painting this 'big' baby.

Otherworld Miniatures WE11 - Shambling Mound

The miniature is another old DnD Monster - a Shambling Mound - but in a new design. The miniature is made from another favourite sculptor of mine - John Pickford and is available from the fabulous Otherworld Miniatures. Must say, I have great, great respect for what Richard Scott is doing here - not only for the DnD community but also for miniature collectors and painters in general - so if you like miniatures with an old school flavour you should definitely pay him and Otherworld a visit.

Shambling Mound has been an absolute joy to paint and I can only recommend this miniature to everyone who likes painting.

Sadly, we haven't seen the sun here lately - so pictures don't do this miniature justice. Might try taking new ones - when sun is back in April 2011 :-D

So what's next? Well ..? - no idea yet :) Have a Chaos Dwarf to finish for the Golden Hat competition at CDO.  
TheBattleforge let me down here. Thought I could have a command figure (musician) from the new range - but the greens are still at the casters - so won't get here until early November - to late for the competition, I'm afraid :-(

- but other then that ... don't have a clue - but I have a Otherworld Roper and a Ral Partha Beholder starring at me - so who knows? Maybe another AD&D Monster to slap some paint on.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A lonely dwarf

Today's miniature is from another wonderful little manufacturer The Battle Forge. The company is run by Paul Stanley. Paul has specialised doing especially Halfllings and has done a wonderful range of half men. Paul's sculpt all his miniatures by himself and do them in a rough heavy style like in the old days. The miniatures are quite cartoonish and ooze of character - exactly what I like.

I've been very tempted picking up some of those Halflings, but have controlled myself till now. Now, Paul has added new races to his ranged - both a Giants and now dwarfs can be found in his eBay-store 'From fire and flame'.

But what really got me excited is, that Paul is now planing to do a hole army of Chaos Dwarfs. And has showed me the first very promising first greens - like these:

While waiting for the first Chaos Dwarfs to be released and to feel the quality of The Battle Forge's miniatures I've picked up three of the ACW Dwarfs with Pikes - just to try out how it felt painting Pauls sculpts. Mark "Artwho9" Dixon had already done an excellent job painting them in a classic ACW style - so I did a test model for a rather untraditional colour scheme:

TheBattleForge ACW dwarf Pikeman #1

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Chaotic Evil

Finding the old Citadel and Ral Partha AD&D miniatures at my fathers house - made me start looking for a few more miniatures. Some of those that I loved but never got back then. Have found a few at eBay - but that search also lead me to the most wonderful little miniature company: Otherworld Miniatures. Otherworld do classic 28mm AD&D/fantasy gaming figures inspired by the iconic imagery of the early Dungeon & Dragon gaming books/art works - and have specialists doing monster like those that can be found in the Monster Manual (TSR 1977) and Fiends Folio (TSR 1981) - just like Grenadier, Ral Partha and Citadel did.

My first purchase from Otherworld was the awesome Shadows sculpted by the fantastic Paul Muller. Paul has done a lot of cool models for many miniature companies - but I must admit, that the Undead range he is doing for Otherworld are some of his bests - and I was very, very impressed by both sculpting and casting quality of these.

So back on topic. After finishing the Citadel Umber Hulk I wanted to do some more D&Ds - so the next painting project was these new Undeads.

Otherworld UD Series - Undead, Shadows

I love painting Undead - so Skeletons, Wights, Wraiths and Ghouls will probably be on my next Otherworld order - and hopefully Otherworld will also do me a Lich. Would really like painting one so I has been looking for a Citadel ADD94 - but without luck.

Next project is dwarfs, though. Will have to figure out what to do for Golden Hat XIII at Chaos Dwarf Online. A Chaos Dwarf Musician? - hmmm! haven't got a clue, what I'll do - or have I   :-D

Monday, October 11, 2010

Long lost monsters -

I've just recently returned to AD&D (from a painting point of view) - after finding my old box of miniatures - clearing my dads house. I had totally forgot about these. Must be at least 20 years since I last looked at them. Brought back lots of happy memories - like: being 15, playing soccer in the summer time - and Dungeon and Dragons at cold winter nights.

And when a Danish gaming (powerfit.dk) site was running a painting challenge with the theme: 'Create a Monster' - I couldn't think of a better excuse for painter the Umber Hulk - can you?

Here it is:

Citadel ADD77 - Umber Hulk (TSR 1985)

Gunline taking shape

Don't have much time for playing with my miniatures - but the dream keeps this project alive - creating a WfB Chaos Dwarf army.

So the 'Blunderbuss' unit starts to take shape. Still need to find a suitable model for the rare ranks. Thought of using old Citadel Chaos Dwarfs with plastic crossbows giving them a suitable blunderbuss replacement.

Here is the 12 man unit (thought it's only 10 man and a Swivel Gun). Mix of Twisted Tales and old Citadel and Marauder Miniatures.

 And a few close ups:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Master of Puppets

Today's post is actually an old piece. The 'mini-diorama' was actually meant for the 10th Golden Hat competition at the Chaos Dwarf Online forum in November 2009. But like always, I fail making deadlines,but I finished it in Marts 2010.

It's meant to represent a Chaos Dwarf and his fly creature - the great Taurus - and to be used for Warhammer Fantasy Battles. But as I had the Big Hat/Bull approach to the Chaos Dwarfs, I choose something different.

The miniature used are the awesome HM009 Azaroth the Fallen One Daemon from Heresy Miniatures and an old Citadel Chaos Zombie Dwarfs. To make the conversion work I had to sculpt the guy a new right arm. The rest is pretty much straight out of the box, really.

Here are a few more pictures: