Picked up two of Mantic Games’ Iron Guard sets to build a troop (ten figures) of the elite dwarfs for my Kings of War force. As is my habit, once they were assembled and primed I kept two or three on the painting table until the unit was finished. Not needing a second musician I only had nine figures but since I planned on using one of the Scibor dwarf head statues that wasn’t a problem.
I did want to make sure the figures would fit together after I was done building the base so I test fit them before gluing the Mantic bases to the movement tray. I didn’t glue the figures to the bases yet.
Mantic uses a disc instead of a tab connecting the feet which is then glued into one of their bases. Between the thickness of the disc and the thin ankles I decided to use them rather than pins and built the base using Mantic bases. This meant there was no room for the Scibor bases I had been using on most of my other units. So I dug through the bits box, found some Mantic bases I had cut up for a previous base. Nipped some corners, gouged some parallel lines and I had passable broken tile bits to add into the texture.
Then it was just a matter of painting it like I would any other miniature. When that was done I sprayed it with sealant before gluing the finished miniatures to it. I find that super glue gel is the easiest to work with in this endeavor.
Finally I glued down patches of my flocking mix, lichen, and clumps of grass to finish the look. I think the scattering of undergrowth adds a natural look to the whole unit.
I’ve long heard the clarion call of OldHammer and can resist it no longer. Oldhammer is the nickname for using Warhammer third edition rules and often figures from the early days of Games Workshop, Citadel Miniatures, and Marauder Miniatures. The rules, in those days, were far more narrative driven than points values. While that may not have been the best thing for tournaments it is the style of gaming I love most and though I began with second edition rules it was the hardbound, third edition that lit my imagination and fired my creativity. Recently my gaming group have been tossing the idea about and I decided that regardless of who else joins in it is the perfect excuse to paint some very old figures that have been patiently waiting in my collection for decades. Although I considered some of the wonderful Marauder Empire and very early (some pre-slotta base) Citadel Orcs that have come within my grasp over the years it is unsurprising to any that it is dwarfs that finally caught my attention. After all, Prince Ulther’s Dragon Guard have been some of my favorite figures from the beginning so where better to start?
Now, the plan is to create a force with about twenty figures and a character which I could do with just the boxed set but I wanted more variety so picked out a unit of ten, including champion, musician, and standard because they will be so much fun to paint. Immediately I knew I’d have to include the cook and the elder as there just hasn’t been a better excuse.
So if Ulther was to be the overall leader, the character figure, what would I use these two for? City militia of course. Reading Terry Pratchett probably was as big a factor as the pile of mixed figures I had in my hand.
I do realize I have a couple more figures than budgeted so will probably have to drop two but this is as few as my fevered imagination could limit itself to at this time. My Oldhammer journey has begun though I still haven’t decided on how to base them.
I picked up a Troop (5) of Mantic’s Dwarf Berserkers recently. Once I realized the strips left over from my Warhammer unit trays were perfect bases for them I dove into my unpainted collection to create another one. Building them in strips of five Troops just makes sense as they can be combined to a Half Regiment and even if not playing Kings of War they are a full rank of five in Warhammer. Slayers die in droves, if they are achieving their goals, and many are the battles when I have had to remove far more than five at a time. Ryan’s Chaos Knights have a number of lines, okay… pages, in my Book of Grudges.
As is my habit now, I drilled (after clipping the tabs off) and pinned the feet of the Games Workshop figures onto temporary bases using white glue. This gives me something solid to attach to my painting “handles” and quick and easy to attach once done. The Mantic Berserkers, however, had smaller feet and bigger bases and as one of my goals is to keep any new projects moving across the table I decided expedience was the wisest choice and glued five of Mantic’s bases onto the unit strip leaving the circular tabs firmly attached.
Stanley has accurately described our group as “Chipmunks on Crack” as we jump from one game system to another, trying out various genres, scales as well as materials (see my Wooden Wars posts if in doubt). Truth be told, we just love games, especially if we get to paint and build stuff. So my table is a scattered mix of things at any one time. I have found though that if I have twenty of one thing in front of me all at once I can get frustrated so instead I keep two or three cycling through at all times until the group is complete.
Since I had used Scibor Miniature’s bases on my other recent dwarf units I decided to do the same on the strip of five Games Workshop figures as well. To help tie into the Mantic strip, which had none, I only used two Scibor bases and it ended up looking as ancient and overgrown as the Rangers’ base.
I primed and painted the textured base just as I would a mini. Since there wasn’t any detail to paint on the other I glued the standard bearer on before primer as it would be a more stable base to hold onto. Metal standards can be quite top heavy and I cringe remembering the number that have fallen off the Blu-taked handles in past. Always when most focused on final detail painting and never into the soft lap but rather the solid floor. Then it was simply a matter of gluing figures on as they came off the line or Finish Basic Training as I like to think of it.
I flocked the bases using green and brown mixtures of Woodland Scenics turfs and finished them off with some grass clumps. I’m so pleased with them I’m already going through the depths of my unpainted vaults to find more slayers. I think two more strips of five should do it. Haven’t decided whether I want another set with standard and musician or just crazed nutters. Probably have enough unpainted that the answer will end up being both. Of course any those will have to wait for me to finish the Hasslefree Dwarf crossbows but that’s for an entirely different post.