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Striking the Anvil

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.

Three ranks of Dwarf warriors in full plate armour
Marching out to repel any invaders
Angled view of the regiment of Dwarf Ironbreakers
Weapons raised to smash their enemies

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.

Dwarf Ironbreakers in loose formation clashing with Night Goblins in black cloaks
Yet another Night Goblin incursion to be fought off

Warhammer Armies – Tomb Kings

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.

Top down view of army of skeletal warriors in Egyptian style
The Tomb Kings call to war

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.

Mummified lord in bronze armour and sorcerer with staff
Martial might and the necromantic arts combine to lead the army
Undead chariots constructed from bones
A squadron of chariots takes the lead
Skeleton riders on skeletal horses
The royal cavalry gallops to battle
Skeleton spearmen with large blue shields
Spearmen form the backbone of the force
Two groups of skeletons with bows
Two units of archers rain death down on their enemies

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…

View of the commanders, archers and spearmen in front of a sandstone temple ruin
The infantry wing of the army
Chariots and cavalry advancing next to the spearmen
The cavalry wing of the force

Chariot Charge

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.

Three chariots made of bones pulled by skeletal horses
The chariot squadron leads the charge

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.

Skeleton warriors riding bone chariots
Even in death, the charioteers revel in the rush of battle
Close up view of skeletal chariots
Bones, hooves and spears smash into their enemies
There skeleton chariots driving in line
Chariots are perfect for the desolate battlefields of Nehekhara
Side view of a skeleton chariot carrying a warrior with a large bronze horn instrument
The ancient horn calls the legions to war

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.

Two ranks of six skeleton archers
Their arrows find their targets with unnatural accuracy

Guardians of Eternity

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.

Group of robotic warriors with large shields and swords
The Lychguard protect the ancient Necron tomb complex

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.

Silver skeletal robot with a large scythe-like weapon
The Lord is ready to take back what rightfully belongs to the Necrons
Necron Lord gesturing a group of robotic warriors forwards
Deathless warriors are being sent to reclaim the Necron empire

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?

Necron Overlord holding a green orb surrounded by the Lychguard
The Overlord marches to war amongst his honour guard

In Pursuit of Life

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.

Three ghostlike silver robots rushing a squad of human soldiers
Wraiths emerge from the shattered ruins
Floating beetle-like robotic construct with a rending claw and long gun
A Tomb Spider mercilessly hunts for human survivors
Swarms of insect-like robots scuttling towards a battle tank in a city
Scarabs swarm a Leman Russ battle tank

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.

Robotic constructs advancing through the rubble strewn street of a bombed out city
Soon the Imperial city will fall silent like another Necron tomb