Monday, 14 January 2013

If I had a cannon...

...I'd cannon in the morning, I'd cannon in the evening... No wait, I do have a cannon!


I really ought to have seen this coming, I post something Dwarfy and a couple of days later have something else! Shoulda been patient and combined the two. Hey ho, here's a short post! Once more I have used a classic artillery piece. I think I'd be getting boring if I layed into all the reasons why I am less than enamoured with the modern ones. Read this if you are curious. Anyway, the woodwork was treated in the usual fashion: Steel Legion Drab, Rakarth Flesh highlight, Agrax Earthshade wash. The cannon itself uses Runelord Brass which is fast becoming a favourite from the new range.


The crew are cribbed from a couple of different war machines with their engineer attached. I found a new leather tone which replicates that pale tan suedey leather you see on workshop aprons. It's Zandri Dust highlighted by adding increasing amounts of Pallid Wych Flesh to the Dust. The Pallid Wych Flesh has a slightly warmer and beige-r tone than bone does and gives that hide feel. The crew also include another of my contenders for favourite Dwarf:


He is one surly mo-fo. The sheer size of him alone makes him look like he's a bouncer in Dwarf taverns when not carrying kegs of gunpowder. Combine that with the badass topknot and the beard which - believe it or not - is an overgrown goatee and he just looks like a dude with whom you do not mess. Something that has worked really nicely on this figure - and it is something I am increasingly using - is the shadowing where the shaved hair should be. This is simplicity itself to paint and really finishes off a bald or shaven headed figure. First mix up a wash made of Dryad Bark, Cadian Fleshtone, Abaddon Black and Mechanicus Standard Grey (gods I miss just calling that "Codex" Grey. 19 characters vs 5. Just saying) in a 1:1:1:1 ratio (I.E. the same amount of each). Add about the same volume of water as paint and then glaze the areas you want stubbly. Avoid tide marks and try to feather the edges a bit. Once dry mix up a wash of pure Cadian fleshtone and then re-glaze the area with it. This knocks the hair "under" the skin and improves the look of the piece. See, simple right? In fact harder to describe than to do.

And with that I shall leave you all again. With these guys complete that just leaves 21 figures to paint. I can't decide if I want to launch straight into the thane with the BSB or finish the miners first and then reward myself with flag dude. Until next time

TTFN

4 comments:

  1. Dear Beardlings of the Bunker.

    Lovely site spent a good hour browsing today and followed. Love the Dwarfs as a Dwarf player since forever look forward to more updates!

    Lets hope for new wheeled plastic warmachines and more ominous looking Anvil in our future!

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    1. Welcome, Minitrol! I'm glad you found plenty here to amuse yourself.

      I popped over to your blog, had an (extremely brief) gander at the Realm: Fantasy Warfare situation, and bookmarked the hell out of it. A D10-based wargame you say? Jeff and I had been talking about the very same thing of late, and Realm looks interesting, so thanks for that post!

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    2. Thanks Charlie! I still think it has a lot of potential so I hope you guys get a chance to try it out and post your thoughts as well.

      You make me want to get the old dwarfs out and re-paint (again)!

      Ahhh time my old enemy!

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  2. More dwarfs! Yay! Good stuff Jeff. The cannon looks good, the wood has a natural looking feel to it. And I love that dwarf, isn't he from the original flame cannon? (I have one that I need to repaint)He's very characteristic of a dwarf, and a crewman to boot.

    Great as always!

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