Monday, August 5, 2013

Dwarf Slayer and Runelord - Schlemazal

I’ve been finding more time lately to play some 40k (I might do an article at some point on the Dark Angels in 6th), and that prompted me to go back and take a look at my Fantasy army – the Dwarves. I’ve had my Dwarf army for nearly as long as I’ve had the Dark Angels for 40k, but they’re nearly entirely unpainted and spend most of their time boxed up due to a lack of Fantasy players near where I live. After I got them all out and reminded myself of what I even had, I was struck by the urge to paint a couple of the heroes that I had never gotten around to, a Runelord and a Dragonslayer, and I thought I would share some pictures.

I had a lot of fun painting these two models, especially the slayer. It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything with so much cloth and skin rather than 40k style armors and beards are great. I decided to paint both of them in the Karak Kadrin paint scheme (emphasis on dark red and bronze/gold).

The slayer model is actually a Slayer Doomseeker from the Dwarf Slayer army list in the old Storm of Chaos book, but the idea of a slayer character running around with chain-axes was just too goofy to pass up on, so I picked up the model when I first saw it. I considered adding a tattoo on the back, but I really liked the way it looked without and I was worried the skin was already getting a bit busy with all the piercings and the woad. The ridiculous weights hanging all across the beard and belt didn’t help in that department.

Every suicidally insane monster hunter needs axes on chains

...and apparently one can never have enough giant brass balls

The Runelord wasn’t quite as interesting, and to be honest I found the model a little bit of a hassle to work with (probably a reason why that particular model seems to be OOP). This was my first attempt at painting white hair, but I think it came out alright. I did like the patterning on the edges of the apron and gloves, but that sort of thing is a standard on a lot of the Dwarf Hero/Lord miniatures.

Apparently runesmithing is particularly boring work

So there you have a couple of painted dwarves. I’m still debating what to do with the rest of the army (I might sell it, since I have nobody to play against), but I had a such a blast painting these two after so long of primarily painting space marines that I might do a couple more heroes or maybe some hammerers. If I do paint some more dwarves, I’ll be sure to take some pictures.