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Monday, 17 July 2017

It's a Small World Afterall

OK, so here's my latest update on the “I’m a Dad with No Time, or, I’m a Slow Painter” Challenge.

With time ticking down to BOYL2017 I really did need to get a wiggle on and over the last couple of weeks I’ve put the time in and managed to pretty much finish up my Imperial Dwarf Army.

Before we take a look here’s a recap of the guidelines to the challenge:

  1. This is not a competition. There is no prize. It's not a painting competition nor is it a tournament. It's a friendly little nudge to get the lead pile reduced.
  2. The army should be a compact little 1000pt force. My army will be selected from WFB 3rd edition and will adhere to army lists in Warhammer Armies. My original idea was for others to do the same. It still is really but people should feel free to use extra 3rd rules printed in White Dwarf such as Gyrocopters and Iron Claw Goblin Catapults and also Realms of Chaos. If you really want to collect a 1000pt force from a different edition then please do feel free but bear in mind that if you want to play games with a different edition at BOYL2017 then you'll need opponents playing the same edition.
  3. Compulsory troops and unit minimums are reduced to a third of the specified numbers (rounding up) so, as an example, a 3000 point Wood Elf Army should have 30 Archers but as we're playing 1000pts you only need to include 10 Archers to fulfill your quota of compulsory troops. Minimum unit sizes do not drop below 5.
  4. The Army MUST be painted (shields and banners included).
  5. The Army must be painted between now and BOYL2017. The minis can be stripped and repainted minis you have painted before this challenge but the repaints must be done in the "now to BOYL2017" time frame. If you have miniatures already painted you want to include then these are additional to you 1000pt painting target and you can pick your final 1000pts from all available painted models.
  6. Miniatures can be of any manufacturer and time period.
  7. I reserve the right to impose extra rules to this list should I see fit.

Now, without further ado, here’s the (nearly complete) Imperial Dwarf Throng of Thodrin Grumsson, Uncle to the King of Karak Durak.

(NB: yes I know I still have Standards to paint)

After a lot of teeth gnashing and beard pulling I've settled upon one of the old Dwarf Lord models as my General for the time being.

I decided this guy fitted in best with the rest of my Imperial Dwarfs as he had the clothing to support the halved colour scheme theme I unashamedly stole from Wayne England.

Armed with a double-handed sword he can dish out a fair bit of damage and has a high enough Weapon Skill and Toughness to survive a lot of damage thrown back at him.

Eventually this chap will lead my Longbeards once they're painted up and my real Dwarf King is added to the Throng.

For now though Thodrin leads the Kings Guard, unit of Hammers known as the "Gate Smashers"

The standard bearer and musician are taken from the Dwarfs I bought from Bood Wargames Miniatures ( and as soon as I saw them I knew where I wanted to use them, they fit in nicely alongside the Perry Dwarf I have used repeatedly to make my Hammerer unit - "C06 Falan Lukic Ketri Trollhammer".

The standard top depicts a Rams head (battering rams are used for smashing gates after all) and was taken off of a Black Tree Design/Harlequin Dwarf standard. and I think it looks rather nifty!

I was going to paint up "Prince Ulther's Dragon Company" as Ironbreakers, and to be honest I have them almost finished but after playing a few test games I realised that whilst my Army has amazing staying power it lacked the strength to deliver a knock out blow and Hammerers should give me that.

I'm also a stickler for uniformity as I find it easier to paint (please don't think ill of me), especially when mass producing units "quickly".

Here's a few new shots of stuff I've shown you before.

Bron's Boar Spears look resplendent on their new movement try allowing me to display all 21 (note Skolsson at the back necking back a beer, one of Bood's drunk Dwarfs sneaks in).

Flekki's Sharpshooters (I need a better name for theses guys) have been added to, they now number 15 as experience has taught me 10 crossbows wasn't enough. That said I'm not sure I can afford more than 10 in 1000pts when everything else has been added in.

Helga the Howler has done some terrible damage so far.

I have two more units almost finished. I have Prince Ulthers Dragon Company (I certainly can't afford a second unit of elites in 1000pts) and a second unit of Warriors, "the Raven Watch" that are armed with hand weapons. I definitely want to finish off the Warriors before BOYL to give me options. Only problem with options of course is the same thing as the benefit - working out what to leave out.....................................

Thanks for stopping by and reading my inane ramblings.

Please do leave a comment if you would be so kind.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Little Pig Stabbers

The "I'm a Dad with no Time or I'm a Slow Painter" Challenge - Bron's Boar Spears

I've finally managed to get my Bood Imperial Dwarfs finished (bar the standard). As previously stated I really love these sculpts. Edouard has really done a wonderful job with these, they fit in alongside the Perry sculpts perfectly and they were a joy to paint.

I've included three Perry sculpts in this unit, the Champion, Standard Bearer and the Musician.

This is no insult to Edouard, I'm actually saving the Musician and the Standard Bearer that came with the unit to use elsewhere as certain aspects work really well alongside other Perry sculpts. If anything I think that's the highest compliment I can pay Edouard, but more on that when the other aspects the
go with are done.

One of the reasons these guys have taken so long to finish was the shields. The shields these guys come with has a cross sculpted into them and that's not a motif as I was not planning to incorporate into my colour scheme.

In the end I opted for classic 80's shields but as there are no shield bosses on the Bood Dwarfs I had to find something to take their place. I tried all sorts (I even considered red lentils!).

One of the items I considered were little sticky gems from a craft department in a large national store. They were too big but on a subsequent scouting mission I stumbled upon these "googly eyes".

They came in a pack with three different sizes, I thought the small ones would be perfect, painted no one would know they were eyes..................................

Sadly there were still too big and then I had a brain wave, I sliced open one of they eyes and took out the pupil, which fit the hole perfectly.

Happy days!

Don't get me wrong, I know you can still see the where the boss should be but I think they work. I may put a second one on top to create a raised boss.

Here's some more pics bit like earlier ones.

Anyhow, it's getting late and I need my beauty sleep. Please feel free to leave a comment if you so desire.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

At Last! An "I'm a Dad with no Time or I'm a Slow Painter" Challenge Update - WHOOP WHOOP!!!!

So, after nearly a year I've finally pulled my finger out and got on with my painting for this challenge I myself started but have shown little commitment to, not for want of trying though. As feared, life has gotten in the way but now, with BOYL2017 approaching it's time to get on with it!

In the end I've settled upon my first choice of army for this challenge - Imperial Dwarfs.

This can be an expensive choice as they don't come cheap on Ebay but I'll be making use of Bood Wargames excellent Imperial Dwarfs alongside some of the Perry's finest that have been acquired from said online auction site.

Edouard of Bood Wargames is a really nice chap and his amazing Dwarf sculpts fit perfectly alongside Michael and Alan Perry's Imperial Dwarfs. You can find Edouard's  Dwarfs for sale on the Bood Wargames website ( and I heartily recommend them. Mine are nearly done but not quite there yet.

Instead my first offering for my 1000pt Imperial Dwarf army are my Crossbowmen and a Cannon with Crew:

I have unashamedly ripped off Wayne England's Dwarf army with the half and half heraldic colour scheme. I couldn't help it really as his army captured my imagination as a young lad reading Erny's White Dwarfs.

As usual my photo's aren't the best.

I've painted 11 Crossbow Dwarfs.

I plan to use just ten of them in battle.

By painting 2 Kettle Helm Crossbows I can either use one as a Leader if I deploy the ten in one unit.

If I deploy them as two fives then I can use 1 Kettle Helm in each unit to denote the Leader.

This photo is probably the best for showing the halved colour scheme of the crossbowmen.

The cannon and crew have a pinky purple (lilac?) halved colour scheme. I like it cause it stands out and is actually very Oldhammer, if anythingI could push it to be more pink and i may do that elsewhere in the army.

Anyhow, that's the start made, As mentioned earlier my first unit of (Bood) Warriors are almost ready and then I'm doing my take on Prince Ulther's Imperial Dwarfs Dragon Company who will be deployed as Iron Breakers. That said, I'm looking at the Hammerers stat line and working out if my wallet will allow me to push the boat out that far...............................