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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Here be Dragons

“AAAARRRRGGGGHHH!!”

Drumin Dragonhelm pulled off his helmet and wiped the sweat from his eyes.  They had been in the swamp for three days now, and of the confident band that had set, out only three were left.  Or perhaps two.

Today I slayed a dragon.  It’s an admittedly small dragon, and not one of the most sought-after.  But it’s the first I’ve successfully painted in three sporadic decades of this hobby, and I’m proud of it.
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Shin High Kobold

I haven’t had much time for painting this week, so I used what time I had on my smallest miniature:  an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Kobold.  I picked him up cheaply with some other odds and ends I thought might come in handy during our Shin High Terror campaign.  He didn’t, and I don’t know much about him – except that he’s tiny even among other miniatures.

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Sea Hag

A few months ago I posted a drawing of Jenny Greenteeth, a river hag from English folklore.  At around the same time I started drawing her, I bought a metal Razig the Sea Hag from Reaper Miniatures’ Warlord’ range, which sat untouched except for a roughly applied base of blue paint since then.  And a couple of weeks ago, DM Mike introduced a green hag as an NPC into our &D campaign (whether as an ally or an antagonist remains a matter of debate in and out of character – after all, in Gaelic myth the Cailleach are a sort of divine spirit rather than evil).  So, this week I finished painting her.

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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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Terrible Things 2

I am off work this week, and my wife is away, so I’ve had plenty of time available to get in touch with my inner artist and geek, finishing off some long-standing projects and starting a couple of new ones.  There are loads of images – at least, for me – immediately below the fold, with some context all the way down at the bottom.

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‘A’ is for Ambull

I’m definitely not going to start a miniature bestiary (if ‘A’ is for ambull then ‘Z’ is for zombie dragon).  I’ve got loads of other things to work on already, deadlines at work (‘Z’ is for zoat), and my final university assignment in a couple of months (‘z’ is for Zygor Snake Arms).  But enough idle plans!  I’ve painted a Rogue Trader ambull, and that’s all I’ve got for today.

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