I have all the figures lined up for my Warhammer Fantasy Battle 8th Edition Dwarf army, but there is still a lot of painting to do on them. Among the units that I started a while ago are the Ironbreakers, who are clad in steel from head to toe, wielding compact axes or hammers for close quarters tunnel fighting. As Captain Darling put it, they are “one of the best anvils in an army of anvils”.
I managed to complete this unit of 15 models over the course of a few days, and I’m very happy with how they turned out. The steel is Citadel Ironbreaker (fittingly) with a thinned down wash of Nuln Oil and a dry brush of Runefang Steel, while the gold trim was painted in Gehenna’s Gold with a wash of Reikland Fleshshade.
Obviously I had to get some Night Goblins out for the Ironbreakers to face off against. I think both of these armies are going to get some love over the next couple of months, I am really in the mood for this epic clash on the battlefield.
After having revived my Tomb Kings back in 2016, I just completed the first 1,000 points under Warhammer Fantasy Battle 8th Edition rules. The core troops of the Tomb Kings offer a range of tactical options, from archers to spearmen and cavalry, so the army should be entertaining to field.
The Tomb King was the final model I completed, while the Liche Priest is a second hand model that fits well into my paint scheme and only needed re-basing.
Once I had all troops lined up, I found the archers and spearmen to look a bit flat, so I went back over them, adding highlights to shields, weapons and bones. This ties them in better with the cavalry models as well, which were individually highlighted rather than drybrushed.
There are still a lot more regiments and constructs buried in the sand, waiting to be resurrected to march forth and conquer an eternal empire for my Tomb Kings. Some horse archers and Ushabti might be next, though for now I am going to direct my gaze towards the living. Or maybe the daemonic…
Obviously a Tomb Kings army needs to feature some of their signature models, the skeleton chariots. This provided me with the perfect opportunity to finally put the classic plastic kits to good use, combining them with some later skeleton and Tomb Kings parts.
Painting all the bones by hand is a somewhat tedious but not overly taxing process. I’m planning a second rank already, but for the core army of 1,000 points these three should strike fear into the hearts of their enemies already.
While I had all forces arrayed on the battlefield, I also observed that the old archer regiments, which were based on some haphazardly drybrushed figures of yore, looked a bit flat and didn’t tie in very well with the style of bone I have been recently painting. In order to improve on that, I added an additional highlight of pure white while also doing a bit of extra work on the metals.
Motivated by my quick painting progress and inspired by the positive feedback from you lot on my Necrons, I completed their reinforcements with a unit of Lychguard and another Lord.
Being multi-part plastic kits, they needed to be painted rather than polished, and I’d given them a shiny silver undercoat years ago, when I initially put them together. Thus they ended up lighter than some of my more recent figures, but as they are elite royal guardians, I felt this to be quite appropriate.
I stuck to silver with all of their bodies and armaments and added the usual detailing – gold for the glyphs, red for eyes and jewels and blue for the tabards. To indicate the energy coursing through their shields and blades, I applied green glaze along the seams. This adds some interest while maintaining the overall stark metallic look of the unit and the whole army.
The final addition to the force is another Lord. This one is a metal sculpt, but since I bought it second hand, I needed to paint over it. I never found stripping paint worth my while and rather accept a bit of roughness in the final result.
So this is it for now, the Overlord has awoken enough troops from their stasis to challenge any of the armies in my collection. Who is going to marshal their forces next to counter the Necron threat to the galaxy?
Following my long-laid plan, I have activated further Necron constructs to purge any offending life forms from my resurgent interstellar empire.
These are all metal models from the original range. With the exception of the Scarabs, I painted the metal instead of just washing and polishing it, since the larger constructs needed quite a bit of glue to hold together.
To lead the growing Necron force into battle, I am going to add another Lord (while promoting one of the existing ones to an Overlord) and a unit of Lychguard for an additional 500 points overall.