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:

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…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…

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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.

Dwarfs!

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 Stunties.com

 

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