The Dawi-Zharr

Around their dark city the Chaos Dwarfs sunk mines into the earth, delving deep into the rock and filth in pursuit of the treasures that lie below.  They built engines down in the depths…

According to Stuff of Legends, the Chaos Dwarfs first appeared in 1986, but I only really knew them from the 1991 Red Catalogue and 1994 army.  All dirt and gloom, Rick Priestly’s introduction, above, contrasted to the maelstrom of red, yellow, and black paint – set against lush green battlefields – that filled the rest of the book and pages of White Dwarf.

Honestly, I was never a fan, and I don’t think I’m alone.  The Dawi-Zharr didn’t prove commercially viable and have fallen on hard times, although there’s a rumour that they’ll return in Warhammer:  Age of Sigmar:  Warcry.  But that has all changed for me, now.
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Do you want to live forever?

I’ll never die!

… Proclaims Giant in the Playground’s optimisation guide for the barbarian in fifth edition D&D.  Maybe it’s true.  Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian made his first appearance on 6th December 1932 (the day before my own birthday, albeit some time prior).  84 years after Howard defined the genre, I painted Knightmare Games’ Joe, the Man o’War.
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A vile force of darkness has arrived!

In the videogame Dwarf Fortress (a very deceptively simple-looking ASCII game with a strange and storied history), goblin sieges, represented as they are by the lower-case letter ‘g’ are announced by the on-screen message:

A vile forces of darkness has arrived!

So.  Following on from last week’s Doom Goblins, here are the last of my Greenskin Wars goblins from Knightmare Miniatures (at least for this year), the crew for a goblin siege engine, their captain, and standard bearer.

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Blood for the Blood Maw

Skulls for the Skull Mountain!  This is the first really big miniature I’ve painted, Mierce Miniatures’ Blood Maw, Vore.  I had planned to enter this into the 2017 summer painting competition on r/minipainting.  The theme was ‘violence’ – or to be more precise:

VIOLENCE!  Violence, the theme is violence, violence, violence, violence.  Your miniatures should be angry, mad, bloody, gory, violent and ready to fight!

This seemed like the perfect mini for the task, but I overestimated my ability to complete a big project in a short time, and I’ve only just finished this week.

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Warrior Women with Stumpy Sidekicks

Setting expectations high for 2018, following on from my Russian Alternative Troll of Chaos and Oldhammer creatures from Greek mythology, I think there’s time for one more blog entry this weekend.  I worked on a few different projects over Christmas, including painting miniatures from two manufacturers I haven’t tried before – Dark Sword and Westfalia Miniatures.  In many ways these two companies couldn’t be more different, so the theme of tonight’s post is a bit of a stretch.

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Troll of Chaos

It’s been a while since I updated this blog. Life, school, and work got in the way, and when I found time to paint again the weather was no good for spraying. But even though I couldn’t varnish them, I managed to paint about a dozen minis over the Christmas and new year, finishing with this big guy.

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The Manticore

In India there is a beast called the manticore.  It has a triple row of teeth, the face of a man, and grey eyes; it is blood-red in colour and has a lion’s body, a pointed tail with a sting like a scorpion, and a hissing voice.  It delights in eating human flesh.

The Folio Society’s English version of the Bodleian Bestiary, p.63

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