Dwarves seem to be the flavour of the month GW wise with new releases for Warhammer Fantasy popping up all over the interwebs. Nice though that is, it’s Dwarves of Middle Earth that have been of interest to me this week as I have been finishing up some Erebor warriors and Grim Hammers to bolster the older Lord of the Rings Erebor Dwarves I painted a few years back. The years separating the original LotR plastics to the latest Hobbit sets have clearly opened up something of a design and detail gap sadly, especially in the beard and stature department. It’s not surprising really considering how long about the original warrior set was made so mixing the two ranges is never going to look seamless. Not to be deterred however that is precisely my intention so at some stage I may need to re-visit my older versions and make a few tweaks to their palette to help unify the overall look.
In the meantime however I have been chipping away at a warband of Grim Hammers in a steel and sombre brown palette. These are pretty much as they are on the box, so at this stage there is no cohesion across all the units. I’m hoping by the time I get to the newer Warriors and a set of ‘old’ Rangers I can start merging the palettes a bit more in the cloth to bring some uniformity into the overall army. The idea I have in mind is to break up some of the all-brown jerkins in the newer Erebor Warriors with a few deep reds, blues and greens as you see throughout Thorins company. Likewise for the Rangers matching browns and greys will help mute the palette. All of course theory at this stage, but visually I believe it should work.
There’s currently an aerie of Great Eagles occupying my painting station, but as soon as I’ve finished those off and shooed them into the cabinet I will set about painting the Captain above.
The Dwarves haven’t been the only Middle Earth denizens to more or less reach completion this week as I also pretty much drew a line under the Great Goblin and his ‘throne’. He still needs a couple of coats of varnish, but as the ridiculously wet and windy weather here in the UK shows no sign of relenting even for a weekend I’m parking him up to press on with other tasks. Varnishing tends to be a bit temperature and moisture sensitive so I will wait for better conditions before giving him the final finish of Dull Cote.
The throne was a very basic palette which I may revisit to apply some further weathering effects and colour variation to the bed frame parts. I will admit to spending more time that was strictly normal pondering over the most appropriate shades for the bucket of goblin poop, but think it turned out suitably disgusting in the end. The Citadel Paint Effect Nurgle Rot gave a nice ‘glisten’.
I’ll wrap up the current batch tomorrow with a photo of the Orc and Troll warband, by which time hopefully I will have made a bit more headway on the Eagles. Assuming the roof doesn’t blow off my workshop that is!
Until next time, have a great week.