Well, over the last months I've hardly had any time to get much painting done, what with the exams coming up and all. Anyway, now most of my students are through that particular hurdle, giving me a bit more time to mess around with toy soldiers (and do much neglected household tasks - there is that too...)
Anyway, I've always wanted my dwarf hold, Karak Zhufdrin, to have a bit more of a 'presence' in the Warhammer World. The idea is that they are descended from the dwarfs of Karak Varn (their king, Grettir, styles himself, among other things, as 'True King of Karak Varn'), but at present they're making the best of it in the Grey Mountains, in the Grey Lady Pass area between Ubersreik and Parravon (more-or-less where Karak Azgaraz is, in the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay setting, if anyone knows that).
Part of wanting to flesh out the world around my hold was to build up small collections of models to represent the locals - both the antagonists, allies, and neutrals, who live around Karak Zhufdrin. I'm hoping to build up 1000-1500 point armies for these forces so as to vary my own games, and to lend out to friends.
Also, I guess painting nothing but beards and mail can get a bit tedious...
Anyway, at present, I've got 3 side-projects ongoing, of varying stages of completeness - the night goblins, the undead, and the Empire. I might get some Bretonnians down the line, but I think I've got enough to be going along with.
Anyway, first up, we have the Night Goblins.
Like most dwarf holds, Karak Zhufdrin is plagued by Night Goblins, and the local tribe, the Skabby Handz, are more troublesome than most. Though very badly organised, they're constantly infiltrating the hold, trying to seize off prisoners and loot. Their chief, Skratchitt, and his pet squig Gnippa, are frequently seen marshalling his forces to try and break into the hold. Though he's never succeeded yet, that is only through the constant vigilance of the dwarf wardens below the hold.
Anyway, here's the chief of the Skabby Handz, Skratchitt and Gnippa:
Skratchitt has a few ladz to boss around, though it is rumoured that he's mustering his reinforcements for another attack (basically, there's an embarrassingly large number of plastic coloured goblins sitting around in a box looking forlorn). Oh, and though the troll has been posted before, I thought I'd put him up again (I posted him on another thread ages ago), because I'm still fairly happy with him, and he has some more friends/minders/food now .
Secondly, I've got a few undead on the go. These aren't really fleshed out (oooh what a horrible pun....), with the vague idea that they're under the sway of a Bretonnian marquis-turned-vampire (marquises always seem depraved for some reason). I've gone for a fairly standard red and black colour scheme for them, and most of the characters will be the '90s vampires (though I do like the modern skeletons and wights). Basically, when I think vampire, I think Christopher Lee, and I just can't cope with the newfangled vampire look GW are pushing these days. It is opera cloaks all the way! Anyway, retro vampires with a faux-French name will be incoming soon.
Now, however, there's just a rather pathetic shamble of skeletons for the dwarfs of Karak Zhufdrin to deal with.
I'm fairly pleased with these guys. They're a faff to assemble, but they look great. In retrospect, I think the banner would have been better being black with red fleur de leys, but it looks OK as it is, I'd say. I'm very pleased with the round shields on the champion and the 'undead viking' model. I'll be doing more 'freehand' shields, I'd say - I think they look kind of spiffy, and aren't that hard to do, to be honest.
However, help is at hand!
The dwarfs of Karak Zhufdrin have very close relations with the Empire, and especially with the border city of Ubersreik. Many dwarfs make a living in the city, and even sit on the city's council (there's some fun stuff on the dwarfs in Ubersreik according to the old Warhammer Fantasty Roleplay book Sigmar's Heirs). The humans have various outposts throughout the mountains, which, no doubt, this solitary infantryman wound up.
He was a joy to paint, actually. I love the great swords kit (at present it is my favourite Warhammer plastic kit, actually). The model painted up really easily, and I think a force of these guys will look stunning alongside the throng of Karak Zhufdrin. At present, however, it is just one guy wandering around (I wanted to test the colour scheme before getting too involved).
Anyway, I've really enjoyed doing all these guys, and it has been nice to break up the painting routine a bit. I'm still doing plenty of dwarfs, of course, and these are very much meant as the 'other' project - but they are a lot of fun (and they do make me depressed about how mediocre the basic dwarf infantry are, to be honest).
Comments and criticism eagerly sought!
Edited by Lord Alisk, 30 October 2019 - 11:39 AM.