The Dwarf King’s Oath

The second unit for my Oathmark Dwarfs consists of warriors with hand weapons and shields, lead by their king, a standard bearer and a horn blower. Three of these figures are made from the plastic set, while the rest are the additional metal sculpts that are currently available, including the Nickstarter exclusive chap.

Two ranks of dwarfs in chainmail with shields and flying a banner

The king and his bodyguard

Again, these guys just took a layer of base colours followed by Army Painter Quickshade Soft Tone and a single highlight on the skin. A great addition to the range are the specifically designed banners and shield transfers from Little Big Men Studios. A big time saver, apart from the fact that I would never be able to paint anything even close to their level of detail and quality.

Four dwarfs wielding hammers and axes with one or both hands

The warriors wield heavy hammers and axes

A dwarf carrying a large banner depicting an anvil and crossed hammers

The clan banner

Back view of two dwarfs with richly decorated shields

Shields slung onto the back

Finally a comparison shot between a Warhammer 3rd Edition Dwarf, Oathmark and a later metal Citadel Ironbreaker. The Oathmark style is visibly different and more ‘human’ in its proportions, while also slightly taller (note that there is also still a plastic tab underneath the feet though, on top of the square base).

Three medieval dwarfs of different styles next to each other

Dwarfs of all shapes and sizes

Dwarf Archers Marking the Target

Osprey Publishing has a fantasy mass combat game called Oathmark in the works, which will be supported by miniatures from North Star Figures. The first plastic regiments for Dwarfs and Goblins are already available, and I jumped in on both during pre-orders. Their classic style really appealed to me, reminding me of Middle Earth roleplaying days.

In order to stand any chance of ever completing armies for an entirely new setting (whether it ends up being based in the world of Oathmark or Lord of the Rings remains to be seen), I needed to come up with a fast way of painting. Having tried the Army Painter Quickshade method on my Conan collection to satisfactory results, I used the same approach for a unit of Dwarf archers. Using just three steps of applying base colours, quickshading and then adding small details like eyes and highlights on the skin, I finished these over two days.

Group of eight dwarfs in chainmail with long bows

Loosing a volley or arrows

There is no information available yet for Oathmark with regards to unit sizes, but infantry will utilise 25mm bases and rank up. Therefore I have split up the box set and metal figures I purchased into three units of eight – archers, spearmen and warriors with hand weapons and shields. I should be able to build on these later as needed.

With the second edition of Saga also on the horizon, and Dragon Rampant on my shelf, I can of course always use the figures in a looser formation too. Here seen skirmishing amidst some tree stumps by Urban Construct and a farmstead.

Four dwarfs with longbows amidst felled trees

Hunting amongst the remains of a forest

Four dwarfs with longbows in a ploughed field

Defending their settlement

Spawn of Yhagni

I am no longer certain whether it was at last year’s Salute or longer ago, when I purchased these additions to my bestiary from Heresy Miniatures. Initially I wasn’t sure which collection they should belong to, but once I read about the maggot-like form of Yhagni, the imprisoned cousin of Cthulhu and Hastur, a possible interpretation took shape.

Four human sized maggots amongst a ruined building

The servants of Yhagni writhing in abandoned places

The Terror Grub is a demonic servant of the Great Old One, devouring humans and other sentient beings and excreting them in horrific new forms.

A giant white maggot with a fanged maw

With open maw the demon waits for a sacrificial offering

Tail end of a giant white maggot

From the Temple of Pillars it has burrowed its way

These Maggotmen are utterly insane yet still capable of communicating using common language and can thereby act as intermediaries with other cultists.

Maggot creature with a human face and arms holding pieces of flesh

Feasting on offal

Humanoid maggot with clawed hands

Hunting for victims

Giant white maggot with human face and arms dragging itself forward

Stalking its prey

Wrath of the Wight King

My plan for Deadcember 2017 had been to complete a Necromancer themed 1,000 point  army for Warhammer Fantasy Battle by adding two new character models for a Wight King and the Master Necromancer himself. For the former I had recently picked up the excellent Wight Lord by Heresy Miniatures which was a perfect fit for the style of the army. Due to a painting slump I only just managed to complete this now however.

Skeletal figure in armour holding sword and decapitated heads in front of ranks for skeleton warriors

Commanding the dead

There isn’t any unnecessary detail on the sculpt and I like its slim silhouette which is well suited to fit into the entirely infantry based army of skeletons, zombies and haggard ghouls. I might add some blood splatter onto the blade later courtesy of the decapitated heads, but right now I am not very happy with my painting so I didn’t want to risk spoiling the miniature in case it went wrong. In general, I am using very few splashes of colour across the army anyway, with red mostly being reserved for the vampires.

As the Master Necromancer I am planning to use the 4th Edition sculpt of Heinrich Kemmler, to date one of my favourite miniatures of all time.

Bird of Omen Dark and Foul

One of the many gradually growing armies in my collection are the Dark Elves for Warhammer 3rd Edition. I have the majority of the infantry finished (I am aiming for a modest 1500 points), but was still lacking leadership.

I decided on the Champion from Mengil Manhide’s Regiment of Renown as a level 15 Death Dealer, since I always liked the bird of prey he is carrying.

Dark Elves advancing out of a a forest

You don’t have to be superstitious to know that this owl brings bad tidings

To provide contrast to the largely black troopers in the army and in keeping with my overall colour scheme, I chose the Naggarothi Snowy Owl as the general’s hunting bird.

Dark Elf with sword and shield, carrying a white owl on one hand

Oh really, your name is Ean Hawklord?

Back view of Dark Elf with cloak of human skin and owl with outstretched wings

Terror is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of the Dark Elf raiders

I also replaced the leader of one of my crossbow units, since ironically he had been one of the few Dark Elf figures without a crossbow on him. Now a suitably armed warrior has taken over his duties.

Two ranks of Dark Elves aiming crossbows

Fire at my command!

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Sword & Sorcery

I haven’t worked on my Oldhammer Dark Elf army since the start of the year, so it was time for an update. Rather than committing myself to another unit, I finished two of the three character models that I have in the list – an Assassin and a Sorcerer.

Dark Elf miniatures inside the model of a gothic ruin

Cold steel and dark magic are a fearsome combination

I kept the paint jobs simple and dark as usual, with the only divergence from the standard colours being some bronze on the Sorcerer and a verdigris wash on his magical amulet. I particularly like the stances of these two that fit their professions very well.

Dark Elf Sorcerer in black clothes with silver skull cap, holding an amulet and pointing forward

Death-hood – level 15 Sorcerer

Dark Elf Assassin crouching with a scimitar and dagger

Goredirker – level 10 Assassin

Back view of the Dark Elves, showing equipment like rope, crossbow, daggers and vials

With their targets eliminated, the deadly duo turn away to choose new victims

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