This is the first of hopefully many posts here at Bugman's. I have long been a collector of those tricksy pointy eared elgi, but through various circumstances came into possession of a sizable dwarf throng. My usual painting style involves lots of careful layering, as I haven't had great luck with inks and stuff in the past, but given the number of short bearded warriors in front of me I decided to try and speed things up using lots of washes and drybrushing. This has the added bonus of taking advantage of the high amount of texture on these models. Having produced a couple of units in fairly short order I decided to share them here for the purposes of getting feedback, and hopefully to keep me motivated to get the project finished. Also helping to keep my interest and make things more fun, I will be painting each unit in it's own colours so that each regiment will represent dwarves of a single clan. In order to keep the army looking unified I will do my best to keep to a similar overall tone to hold everything together.
I make no claims to being a great painter. Tips are welcome. If any newcomers are reading this who may be daunted by the time investment needed to get all their models painted hopefully what follows will show that you can get a decent paint job down without spending many painstaking hours on each miniature.
The first model to be produced is one of my all time favourite Dwarf minis, and seemed an appropriate test model to try out my planned painting process and to get me excited about the army. A single Dragonslayer.
I am quite proud of the green jewels, and I also liked the stripes on his pants. After doing this model I changed my techniques and materials a little to save time. I may go into these in another post if people are interested in the specifics of how I paint.
Having seen some good results using dips on other people's photos I decided to give the army painter's strong shade a try. Minis painted this way tend to lack some contrast though, so I employed blacklining to maintain the dramatic contrast of the slayer on my Ironbreakers command group
They have a fairly standard silver and gold paint job on the armour, which I tried to vary a bit by applying the gold in different places on each figure. Their main non-metallic colour is black, representing that their duty doesn't lie with a particular clan or lord, but to the safekeeping of the dark passages of the underway.
I liked the way these guys turned out and used to same painting process on my second unit of 20 miners.
I painted their trim in a variety of browns representing the protective leather smocks worn for safety down in the mines- even the dawi can't escape the tyranny of the OHS officer!. I was especially pleased with how the candles and their flames turned out, as this was the part of the mini that had me most worried and is a defining feature for the unit.
As I had too many command models I used 3 of the minis holding lanterns, but marked out the actual champion with a gold helmet and ornamentation on his pick. Two extra standard bearer minis are also in there with the top of the standard clipped off and a pickaxe head from said standard pinned in place. There is only one musician, but I did convert a second one into a champion with steam drill (or in this case jackhammer) by clipping off the top of the trumpet and replacing it with a lamp from the miners' banner representing a small chimney, and pinning an anvil from the battle for skull pass warriors' banner to the geared section at the front.
I'm pretty pleased with my results so far. I would estimate that I spent about 8-10 hours on each unit (30 mins per mini) by painting in large batches, not including drying time between coats of washes and varnishes. That said, I'd definitely like to improve my eye painting technique, as well as working on getting a smoother texture on some of the metallic surfaces. Looking through the photos I can see I may have to touch up some bases too.
That's it for today. I hope some people enjoy my plog. If there are any questions or things you'd like me to talk about in more detail feel free to comment. Hopefully I should have something new in the next week or so.
Edited by LancerD, 16 May 2014 - 03:24 PM.