Head’s up!

A very useful painting tutorial on Jaekel’s blog, with a rundown of his NMM technique and other bits. The end result is brilliant, on a model that was completely unknown to me… Go check that!

Step by step: a dwarf king

and the end result here.


Dwarf Wizard

Once upon a time, before they “forgot” how to use magic, Warhammer dwarfs had wizards… Games Workshop did a few dwarf wizards back in those days, this one being by far my favorite:

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I don’t know how am I supposed to use him in an army with a Norsca theme, but he was to good to miss. The Walt Disney wizard clothes, the frog, the teeth showing, the bushy beard, the slightly odd air…Once again, exactly what I love in models of this generation: character, and a bit of humor. No more lunatics talking to frogs in the Warhammer world today – it’s all grim and gore. Pity.

Here he is on Stuff of Legends, in all his 1980s glory. We also find out the names of his sculptor(s): the always talented Alan & Michael Perry.

Following soon: more 2-handed axemen:


…and this, rather extensive conversion work:

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To be continued…

Marauder dwarf with 2-handed weapon…

Another addition to my unit of Dwarf warriors with two-handed weapons. A Marauder sculpt, realized either by Ally Morisson or Colin Dixon.

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The unit so far…


The dwarf army is clearly an equal opportunity employer, so one can find there both the big- and the small-headed… The difference between Perry and Marauder sculpts is nowhere as clear as on this picture. I like both, needless to say. Morisson/Dixon/Marauder is a tad more satisfying to paint. The minis are chunkier, the details are bigger. But still – both are a treat.


And now, let’s move to the real passion: old school dwarfs!

The goal here is to have a workable force for small games of Kings of War, Warhammer Fantasy 8th ed (if I ever manage to get enough models for that), or an old school Warhammer Armies Dwarf Mercenary Force. I try to pick models that look like they could actually, anatomically function – which is difficult with Dwarfs, always a weakness in the Citadel/GW range.  I also like models with a historical feel.

So two old school dwarfs today. The first one is a 1980s Norse Dwarf (Hammer 2) by the Perry brothers:

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He is the first of a 10-15 troop of Norse dwarfs. He will also be one of the rare ones with a double-handed weapon – the others will be mostly equipped with hand-weapons and shields.

The second one will go in a 10-15 troop of double-handed weapons. The model is an Imperial Dwarf (Axe 23), again by the expert hands of the Perry twins.

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And to complete this post, a few dwarfish links:

. Jaekel’s blog, with some serious painting. Jaekel’s NMM manages to walk the fine line between smooth and gritty. An inspiration. And his bases are beautiful…

. Bugman’s Brewery, of course

. And


Ps. Note to self: find a small wooden piece to stand the minis on while taking pictures…

Marienburgers, and a goblin…

Mordheim is a spin-off of the Warhammer universe, a skirmish ruleset where warbands battle in the wrecked city of Mordheim. While the game is not anymore visibly suported by Games Workshop, its various versions have a dedicated fanbase.

Marienburgers in Mordheim, as in Warhammer, are always colorful to paint, and I decided to push it with this little warband. These are the first members of the warband, but there will be more.

The head of the warband, a lost noble from Marienburg – his past surely dark, shameful and unknown to his companions. One of the miniatures of the Heroic Fighters of the Known World, Sir Brut. I have a few more of the same set, waiting in the lead pile… Superb Jes Goodwin work.

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One of the heavy hitters of the warband, grizzled veteran and expert with the double-handed sword. This is a superb miniature, full of personnality (the night bonnet!) and very well sculpted. It is a Marauder “Fighter Command”. The sculptor is Ally Morisson, who has done more than big monsters. This fighter command is especially splendid.

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The third figure is a Marauder dwarf handgunner. Here again, loads of character. The sculptor would be either one of the Morrisons, or more probably Colin Dixon.

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And finally, the warband’s “brain”: an old Grenadier wizard. No reference here unfortunately…

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That’s it for now. There is more on my desk, Marauder and Citadel mostly…

AND to end up this series: a nice Kevin Adams Night Gobin. One of the smallest miniature I ever painted… Tiny little bugger, with a mean smile.

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Gallic Warriors

Two Citadel “barbarians”, whom I recruted for a Gallic warband I use with the game system Song of Blades and Heroes.

The first one is a 1987 Barbarian Raider:

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The second one is 1987 Barbarian (Vark Birdmaster):

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Both shields are made with the shield decals provided with Warlord Games Celtic Warriors. Wonderful models, full of character, and perfectly fitting as the main strikers in a Gallic warband.

Talking of which, here is the whole warband: both our Citadel Barbarians with Warlord plastic Celtic Warriors:

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Old lead on the interweb…

Hello world!

The goal of this blog is very simple: I will use it as a shoebox to store pictures of my painted miniatures. Along the way, I will also try to find and display information on these models. Most of them are from one of the manufacturers that gravited around Games Workshop in the 1980s-1990s: Citadel, Marauder, Chronicle…

I might also add a  few battle reports and other stuff to this space.

But first, let’s put up some members of the Old Lead community:

. The Old Hammer blog and forum

. The Stuff of Legends website

. The Collecting Citadel Miniatures Wiki

. Of course, the Squats.

And more!