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

Giant Slaying Berserkers

A small group of Giant Slayers has joined my Imperial Dwarfs for Oldhammer. They have a very distinct look from anything else in the army, but are instantly recognisable as Dwarfs.

Unit of five orange haired, bare chested Dwarfs

Fiery haired and eyed Slayers seeking their doom in battle

Based on the same basic sculpt with identical legs, torso and axe, these early Slayers were created by the Perry brothers, along with all the other figures in my Dwarf army so far.

Two Slayers with axes

Their hefty double headed axes can fell the largest monsters

The “very upset berserker” from 1985 and his two mates were incorporated into the Norse Dwarf range and could be fielded as a unique troop type. For my purposes, they are Slayers and got the orange hair treatment to tie them all together while adding variety in styles.

Three Dwarf berserkers with shaggy beards

With berserk fury these Dwarfs throw themselves at the enemy

Monster Hunters

When it comes to defending their settlements from the rampaging beasts that haunt the wild places of the Old World, the trusty bolt thrower is the weapon of choice for most Dwarf households. Easy to manufacture and maintain, these constructs of hard wood and steel have stopped countless monsters in their tracks before they could ever get their claws onto the inhabitants.

I picked this early Citadel set up when planning my army of Dwarfs for Oldhammer a few years ago. I like its construction which shows the Dwarfs’ mechanical engineering skill.

Dwarf bolt thrower with three crew

The bolt thrower is lined up and ready to fire

Dwarf spotter with telescope giving a thumbs up

The spotter signals to take the shot

Dwarf loader standing by with spear projectile

The loader is ready with the next projectile

Dwarf operating a bolt thrower

A set of gears allows the bolt thrower to be aligned with great precision

If a spear isn’t enough to penetrate the hide of an attacking monstrosity, then the double handed swing of a Slayer’s axe has to finish the job.

This is the first of five Giant Slayers I’m adding to the army. A small unit that will lend a lot of colour and character to the force.

Orange haired Dwarf swinging an axe with both hands

A wild eyed Slayer charges forward

Back view of Dwarf Slayer with bare torso

A Slayer’s ferocious appearance is matched by his actions

A Barrel of Dragon’s Breath

Having just finished Prince Ulther’s Dragon Company, I felt like painting some more Imperial Dwarfs for Oldhammer. Staying with the theme of dragons, I thought the flame cannon would make a great addition to the contingent. They might not have a dragon to call upon, but with typical ingenuity devised a contraption to bring the power of its fiery breath onto the battlefield.

Wooden flame cannon with metal barrel operated by three Dwarfs

Fire in the hole!

This set has always been a favourite of mine, though I never owned it until a few years ago. The 80s Citadel Dwarf range for Warhammer contained some very quirky sculpts full of character that didn’t take themselves too seriously.

Dwarf gunner trying to light the flame cannon with a burning fuse

Risk of a singed beard is an occupational hazard

Two Dwarf crew ducking and shielding their ears with both hands

The roar of the flame cannon rivals that of a real dragon

Defenders of a Lost Empire

The first regiment for my Oldhammer Imperial Dwarfs is finished. Prince Ulther’s Dragon Company is going to form the backbone of my small force, with a unit of crossbowmen, a throng of warriors and a battery of war machines to follow.

A twenty strong regiment of Dwarfs from Prince Ulther's Dragon Company in red and yellow livery

Prince Ulther’s full regiment assembled for war

Back view of a Dwarf regiment getting assaulted by two Dark Elf units from the front

Dwarf Ironbreakers are used to being surrounded by swarms of enemies

Dark Elves advance on Prince Ulther's Dwarf regiment

Defiantly the Dwarfs await the Dark Elf attack

Prince Ulther's Dwarfs lined up in shieldwall formation

The Ironbreakers form into a shieldwall

In addition to the regular warriors making up the company, I’ve included a sculpt from Citadel’s Dwarf range that’s very much in the same style and aiming his pistol, ready to fire off a shot. Clearly, he’s not entirely confident in blackpowder technology yet.

Dwarf warrior aiming his pistol at approaching Dark Elves

One last shot at close quarters before the melee erupts