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Strength of Steel

My Oldhammer Dwarfs have called their warriors to war, and a solid regiment of 20 has been raised under the ancestral Banner of the Anvil. For the troopers I used plastic figures from the Fantasy Regiments box set. I equipped them with a mixture of axes and hammers but decided on plain helmets rather than horned ones to better fit in with the other regiments in the army. The champion in the metal command group is a random Norse dwarf from my collection, which I will eventually replace with an Imperial version. At that point I will obviously have to start a Norse mercenary force to put him to use.

Eye level view of a formed up regiment of dwarf warriors
Dwarf warriors line up to defend their land

Since these warriors are not part of a standing army but a militia, raised as needed from the local craftsmen, farmers etc., I gave them a mix of clothing and shields with various colourful, simple patterns. This still leaves me the option of later adding runes or symbols as the regiment distinguishes itself through heroic deeds. I think the variety in colours and shapes also helps break up the mono-pose look.

Look from above on dwarf warriors carrying colourful round shields
Each dwarf carries their personal colours

The banner is a freehand job, inspired by a version in Warhammer Armies. It’s simply painted on paper, with PVA glue between both sides that helps keep its shape.

Side view of the dwarf banner bearer
An anvil symbolises the tough nature of these fighters
Regiment of dwarf warriors between other units outside of a small settlement
The warriors take their place in the dwarf battle line

Welcome to Mordgrave

This week will see me dusting off my copy of Frostgrave to finally have a game. A mate and I are planning on getting a campaign going, hopefully recruiting along the way.

Rather than setting the story in Felstad, we’ll be drawing on the background of the Old World however, so it is more akin to Mordheim with wizards and various fantasy races. As gangs, I am therefore drawing on my existing Warhammer Fantasy Battle armies without having to paint everything from scratch. For the first gaming session I put together Night Goblins, Dwarfs and Undead, only needing to finish painting a shaman and warrior of their respective armies which had been long overdue anyway.

Goblin in black robes wielding a staff facing off against Dwarf with shield and hammer
Old enemies clash

While there are no different racial characteristics and stats in Frostgrave, I selected the war bands to reflect some of their archetypes. The Dwarfs are fewer in numbers but with better equipment and stats due to their troop types.

Group of six Dwarfs in a medieval city
Enchanter, Apprentice, Marksman, Knight, Man-at-Arms and Thug

For the Night Goblins I am mainly using the Kev Adams sculpts by Knightmare Miniatures, reinforced by some Citadel figures from my Warhammer Fantasy Battle army.

Band of Goblins amidst medieval houses
Witch, Apprentice, Infantryman, Man-at-Arms, War Hound, Archers and Thugs

The Undead are raised from my Warhammer 3rd Edition forces, with zombies representing thugs and skeletons other troop types.

Skeletons, zombies and wizards on a cobblestoned street
Necromancer, Apprentice, Men-at-Arms, Infantrymen and Thugs

How these work as gangs in Frostgrave, we’ll find out. A drawback of using “soldiers” from other armies is the lack of figures representing certain character classes like thieves, but with a bit of artistic licence and kit bashing I could add them where needed. In any case I would want to stick with classes to fit a certain fantasy race, and where that is the case, miniatures will also be easier to find.

Duel of the Mages

Two important characters I had yet to paint up for my fledgling Dwarf and Goblin Oathmark forces were their respective spell casters. Available as metal sculpts from the talented hands of Mark Copplestone, these are very flavourful figures that I wanted to show going up against each other in a battle of magical powers.

Dwarf wizard with a raven facing goblin shaman wearing a wolf pelt
Wisdom versus cunning

Dwarf wizard with a white beard carrying a staff and holding a raven on his outstretched arm
The raven is an ancient familiar

Goblin shaman wearing a wolf pelt and holding a staff with a ram's skull
The shaman draws on the raw powers of destruction

I also converted one of the Goblin spearmen to be a javelineer. Using the ancient peltast as a model, I choose the smallest of the shield sizes (which actually has a shape quite reminiscent of Thracian equipment) and went with lighter armoured body parts. For the javelin, I cut the spear tip off and made it both shorter and narrower. Then I shortened the wooden shaft at both ends and glued the tip back onto the bottom end, so the pose is now that of a throwing arm. A little bit of resculpting on the right shirt sleeve and the chainmail was needed, as the arm is normally expected to be attached in a downward facing position.

Goblin carrying a small shield and throwing spear
Javelineers skirmish ahead of the army

Right side view of goblin with spear holding it in a throwing stance
At close quarters the javelin is a deadly projectile

For my eight strong unit of Goblin warriors, I also painted the remaining two champion sculpts in metal and assembled one plastic fighter (on the left below). With these finished, I’m just in time for the Elven pre-orders to begin!

Three goblins with hand weapons, shields and a large axe
More warriors join the invading horde

Dwarf Spearhead Complete

These spearmen complete the third unit type for my Oathmark Dwarfs, so I now have a vanguard force ready and waiting for the game. Once again, the shield transfers from Little Big Men Studios together with Army Painter Quickshade allowed me to get them done to a tabletop standard quickly.

Three regiments of dwarfs in front of medieval timber frame buildings
A combined force defends a small settlement

Four dwarfs with colourful decorated shields and spears
Large round shields protect most of the body

Side view of four dwarfs with spears and shields
Spearmen rushing out to close a gap in the defences

Now I have 12 models left to build from the box set. I’ll leave these until the game rules are released with regards to unit sizes and formations, standards and leaders. Moving on to some goblins then!

Eye level view of a small regiment of dwarfs with spears and shields
Death awaits at the steel tip of a spear

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