Monthly Archives: November 2015

WizarDecember is here!

Flush with the heady wine of Dwarvember success, I have decided to host yet another painting challenge for December. As the title of this post implies, it will be wizards that are the focus of this month’s challenge.

Once again, the “rules”:

Pics/links will be posted here every Saturday in December, starting on the 5th.  The other dates will be the 12th, 19th and 26th. I’m pretty lenient on the submission times. Just get it to me by the end of the weekend to be included in that week’s post. And no fair submitting miniatures painted prior to December!

Wizard miniatures may be from any company, and any scale, and any genre! So if you want to paint a traditional spell-slinging mage, go for it. Or if you want to break out the Cthulhu priests or Shadowrun shamans, that’s perfectly acceptable as well. Clerics, druids, necromancers…we don’t discriminate here!

Send your pictures or a link to your blog to angrypiper@angrypiper.com. I will post my own wizards here, as well as any pictures I receive. I will link to your picture if you wish to host it on your own blog. And I’ll put a link to your blog on the sidebar for good measure.

First post is on the 5th! Happy painting!

Making Swampy Terrain

I decided to make some wetlands/marsh terrain for some games after viewing WargamerDad’s tutorial on Youtube. I really like the look of his swamps, so I copied him and here is the result.

Some differences do exist, however. WargamerDad used Hirst molds for his ruins, and they look great as you would expect. I just sculpted mine out of pink insulation board. I found the Terrain Tutor’s tutorial on this helpful. I particularly like the dais on the left. I can use it to hold a statue or an idol, or it can be an objective marker in itself.

I completed this project on my vacation, smack in the middle of Dwarvember. The problem is the water effects solution is still tacky after 2 weeks. It’s much better than it was, but for something that’s supposed to cure in 8-10 hours, this isn’t cutting it. The stuff I used is called Quick Water for Silks, and you can find it in the floral section of your local craft store. Reading the reviews of it may discourage you, however.

I finally found a use for this old GW skeleton, who had been in my bitz box for about 25 years. He was missing a skull, so I found him one, put it in an old conquistador-style helmet, and here you go.

The “water” has finally cured enough that I can put miniatures on it and it’s not coming off on my fingers. So I guess I need to play a game!

Dwarvember Week Four

The final weekend of Dwarvember has some great submissions! Thanks to all who participated in the painting challenge this month. It’s been a fun time!

Without further ado, here are the dwarfs!

First up once again is TMPs 144artist with some spectacular Mantic dwarf badger riders! I love these miniatures and didn’t even know about them until I received this submission. Great job.  Makes me want to buy some!

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I remember Grenadier had some cool bear riders back in the day. I’ll have to hunt those down somewhere.

Up next is another familiar Dwarvember participant, TMPs Black Cavalier, with more classic Citadel dwarfs.

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Throbin One-Eye,

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and Kimril Giantslayer. Here’s a unit of EM4 Dwarf Shieldbreakers. These look to me like the old Fantasy Warrior dwarfs:

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Black Cavalier also found time to finish out his Chaos Dwarf mortar team:

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On a side note, Black Cavalier is looking for some dwarf items in trade. I’d paraphrase, but why do that when here’s a direct quote?

“I’m looking to buy a chaos dwarf swivel gun, just the gun, not the crew.
Also, I have 2 of the same figures from the chaos dwarf mortar crew(the one I submitted this week), but I don’t have the other mortar crew holding the linstock (the spear thing with the fuse lighter on the end). I’d like to trade my extra unpainted guy with the mortar round for the guy I’m missing.”

Here’s a link to his TMP Marketplace post where you can see the miniatures in question. Thanks for a truly epic submission week, Black Cavalier!

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TMPs Balin Shortstuff returns, combining his apparent love of billiards with his love of dwarfs for a truly unique unit of dwarf spearmen! Balin is trying to ID the manufacturer of these figures, so drop him a line if you can ID them. Well done!

Punkrabbit returns returns with more submissions from his Frostgrave dwarf warband!

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Top and middle: some  dwarf miners and a dwarf slayer from GW’s Battle for Skull Pass. The bottom is an awesome conversion of the cannon crewman from the same set to be used as a dwarf witch lord! You can read all about how punkrabbit returns made his conversion and see more pics on his blog, over in the sidebar! Thanks again!

TMP’s CBPill offers up more Hasslefree Grymn for the challenge.

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I love the Grymn, and they’re one of those “wish I had time” projects that plague me. Nice to see someone doing them justice! Thanks, CBPill!

Finally this week, my submissions. I finished up my own unit of miners, some from Battle for Skull Pass, some not.

I used the command group from BfSP, considering I didn’t have much of a choice. Then I built a unit of miners without a command group to bulk out the unit.

The dwarf on the left is from Skull Pass, the one on the right is from a unit box of GW dwarf miners.

Well, that about wraps it up for Dwarvember. Coming next month: WizarDecember! Details to follow soon, so watch this space and get your magic-using miniatures ready!

Dwarvember Week Three

We’re past the halfway mark for Dwarvember, and this week has some of the best submissions yet. Let’s dive right in with this awesome dwarf piper conversion by TMP’s Balin Shortstuff!

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I’ve said previously that being a dwarf and a piper pretty much make a miniature the best thing it can be, and I stand by it. (Click that link to see my pre-Dwarvember Bob Olley dwarf piper, if so inclined). Balin couldn’t recall the manufacturer of this figure, but I wish we could get a shot of what it looked like before the conversion. Well done!

Returning again is TMP’s 144artist, with two Mantic Warsmiths:

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My favorite is the blond warsmith on the bottom. Great base work too! Although I painted up some Mantic dwarfs from Kings of War a while back, I have yet to play any of their games. Love the look of the figures though. Thanks again, 144artist!

Black Cavalier returns for Week 3 with two more dwarfs. First up, a Chaos Dwarf mortar crewman. Love the fangs on the old Citadel Chaos Dwarfs.

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And another Reaper dwarf: Freja Fangbreaker. Personally, I don’t have many female dwarf miniatures painted, which is something I will try to remedy soon.

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TMP’s punkrabbit returns joins us this week with some GW Battle for Skull Pass Thunderers he’s using in a Frostgrave warband. Any chance you’ll save the wizard for WizarDecember, punkrabbit? It’s just around the corner!

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You can check out punkrabbit returns’s blog in the sidebar under Tumbahelada De Punkrabbit, where among other things he discusses his decision to jump into Dwarvember this week. Thanks for the submission!

TMP’s CBPill once again joins us with an Egyptian-themed dwarf, Big Bukka Bloved of Bes, a dwarven bard.

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There aren’t many dwarf bard miniatures out there, and I’m betting this is the only Egyptian dwarf bard figure in existence. So thanks for sharing, CBPill! Remember to check out his Duelling Scrolls blog in the sidebar for more pics!

My submissions for the week follow. First up, a repaint of a recent plastic AD&D miniature, the Duergar Champion from the underdark set. Here’s the original paint job:

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Actually that stock photo shows a much better paint job than was on the miniature I had. I’m not a fan of these latest AD&D figures. The scale is all over the place, the sculpts are generally bad, and they all pretty much look like they were painted by Janice in Accounting. I saw no reason to keep him a Duergar, so I added some color and here is the result.

Also, I managed to get those Ral Partha Dwarfs painted after all. The dates on the bottom say 1986, so they’ve been awaiting paint for a while!

Next week is the last week of Dwarvember, so it’s time to start looking ahead. What say you all to “WizarDecember” next month?

 

Dwarvember Week Two

Time for more Dwarfs! Week Two of Dwarvember is officially here. So, without further preamble, on to the submissions!

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First up, some Roman-themed dwarfs from fellow TMPer Fredrick. Fredrick painted this tribune, and here he is seen exhorting his troops. I don’t know who makes these figures, but Roman dwarfs are pretty cool!

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Fredrick named this fellow “Primus Pilus”. Nice to know even Roman dwarfs like big axes.

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And finally, a shot of the whole unit. Well done, Fredrick!

Returning for week two is TMP’s 144artist, with a truly awesome dwarf unit complete with custom movement tray!

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These guys look great, and you can see more of 144artist’s work over in the sidebar (Tactical Simulation Gaming). Here’s a closeup of the unit champion (among others):

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Thumbs way up!

Also back for Week Two is TMP’s Black Cavalier, with another Citadel Chaos Dwarf Swivel Gunner:

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As well as a great Bob Olley Reaper Dwarf, Quimby Copperthumb.

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Great job, Black Cavalier!

As an aside, Bob Olley is one of the best sculptors of dwarfs out there, IMHO, and I love his work. Check out his Dwarf World line if you feel the same way. Used to be available through Armorcast, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

Another veteran of Dwarvember thus far, TMP’s CBPill returns with this Hasslefree Grymn Pirate Kajaran with a blade swap. Nice conversion!

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You can see more pics over at MiniSmith Forge, link located in the sidebar. Thanks again, CBPill!

Then there’s this one by TMP’s Skrapwelder, dubbed “The Most Interesting Dwarf at the Prancing Pony”:

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Stay thirsty, my friends!

You can find Skrapwelder’s blog over in the sidebar under Rot and Drivel (which is his blog’s name, not me being an ungrateful asshole). Thanks for the submission, Skrapwelder!

Lastly, my meager submission for the week. I was planning on painting some old-school Ral Partha dwarfs (maybe next week) but real life got in the way. Instead, I was able to paint the Dwarf Lord from Battle for Skull Pass. I didn’t want to stick with GW, but it’s all I’ve got for the week.

Once again, not the best pictures.

Hope to have some dwarfs from various manufacturers done for next week. Until then, Happy Painting!

 

Dwarvember Week One

Dwarvember is officially underway! But we’re off to a slow start, so hopefully we’ll have more participants next week. I’ll continue to add more Week One submissions (should I receive any) to this post through tomorrow evening, so check back soon.

On with the show! First up is a Reaper Bones Dwarf from TMP’s 144artist:

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You can find a link to his blog, Tactical Simulation Gaming, over in the sidebar. He’s got lots more dwarfs over there, including a Kings of War army he’s working on presently. I like the painting technique he used to achieve the look of the chest hair.

Up next are two from TMP’s Black Cavalier. First up, a Reaper Dorn Ironspike, a classic Sandra Garrity sculpt:

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And second, an old Citadel Chaos Dwarf swivel gunner:

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Well done, Black Cavalier!

And here’s one from TMP’s CBPill, a Dark Fable Egyptian dwarf:

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I was unfamiliar with this line of miniatures until I received this submission, so thanks, CBPill! You can find his blog (Duelling Scrolls) over on the sidebar as well!

And lastly, here is my submission: my unit of Dwarf Warriors from the Battle for Skull Pass boxed set. Although some of these were painted last month, I finished the unit in November, so it counts! Sorry for the blurriness of the picture. I need photography lessons.

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Next week I’ll submit an individual dwarf or two rather than a unit. Happy painting until then!

Dwarvember Returns

A couple of years back, fellow  (or perhaps former, he’s been inactive lately) TMPer Sam Sagace hosted Dwarvember, a month-long celebration of all things Dwarvish held in November. Basically, hobbyists were invited to paint at least one dwarf figure per week and post the results. But, since it doesn’t seem like Sam (or anyone else) has hosted this event since 2013, I’m humbly stepping in to bring it back. I need very little incentive to paint dwarfs.

Here are the “rules”:

Pics/links will be posted here every Saturday in November, starting on the 7th. So hurry up and get your dwarf painted! The other dates will be the 14th, 21st and 28th.

Dwarf miniatures may be from any company, and any scale.

Send your pictures or a link to your blog to angrypiper@angrypiper.com. I will post my own dwarf here, as well as any pictures I receive. I will link to your picture if you wish to host it on your own blog. And I’ll put a link to your blog on the sidebar for good measure.

First post is on the 7th, so get painting!