Chaos Dwarves

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So, just to recap what happened for the last few months, I took horse parts from the Games Workshop Warriors of Chaos Knights and the majority of the Orcs & Goblins Black Orcs kits …

… and combined them into a rough centaur like creature…

The first issue was the overly obvious spot where a rider would go had this guy been a horse.  However, since riding a centaur is plain rude, a solution was needed!  Chaos dwarves are smart, and they are master blacksmiths, so they would have lots of armor covering the ribcage there.  So, a plate mail looking bit of armor was made from plasticard:

From there, the centaur needed to look more like a dwarf.  What do dwarves have?  Beards!  So a beard was sculpted from green stuff:

Now all he needed was some paint!  First, a black undercoat, courtesy Testor’s Flat Black.  Then, I lightly drybrushed the entire model with Boltgun Metal.  This gives the ‘blackmetal’ appearance that sets these dwarves apart from their non-chaos bretheren.

Several bits were picked out with a few layers of Dwarven Brass, and finally a Hashut symbol was freehand painted onto the large, open part of the plate mail.

Lastly, blood and gore were added to the weapon and fore legs to help portray that this unit is not afraid to be in the thick of the fighting!

This unit was to house the client’s Battle Standard Bearer / Hero character, so he got special treatment.  He stands atop a large rock carved from foam insulation:

His arms were also magnetized so that he can be carrying any number of weapons banners, shields and ornaments of destruction.  One such bit of gear that was made specially for the Hero was, in fact, a shield.  It consisted of 3 layers of plasticard, and also has the Hashut symbol.

Here’s a WIP shot, showing the first two layers of plasticard which were required to make the Hashut symbol:

Then a border and rivets were added to polish the look.  These are Chaos Dwarf master blacksmiths after all!

The back of the shield also includes straps and rivets so that it can be properly worn:

Once the hero and paint test model were done, it only took two weeks to speed paint the entire unit!  Here’s the finished group:

The Hero’s banner got a free hand Chaos Star:

The Hero’s shield’s symbol got a neat glowing ember effect:

And lastly, the Hero’s base has lava on it!

Overall, I really enjoyed working on this project.  I hadn’t done much sculpting before this, and the beards really tested my skills and let me learn some techniques.  They were also a great excuse to purchase some sculpting tools!

I’m also very satisfied with how quickly I was able to paint the models.  I used to take weeks just to get 2-3 infantry done, so 10 cavalry sized models in 2 weeks is a new record for me!  I was able to use all the speed painting techniques I’d read about, as well as a few techniques I’d seen on a miniatures painting DVD I borrowed from a co-worker.

Now that I’ve had a chance to practice all the speed painting techniques, It’s probably time I write a quick article about them!  Look for that in the next few days!

So, I polished off the last tidbits tonight: That skull I missed on the hero’s Right Hand Great Weapon, I blacked all the edges of the bases so they look nice, and I added just a hint of glow to the hero’s base.

Here’s a pic or two of the base:

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Then, I stickytac’d everything to a big sheet of cardboard, went outside and glosscoated them. It went on flawlessly, and the paint jobs are now sealed! I’ll give it 24 hours to cure, and hit them with a matte varnish, called ‘dullcote’ tomorrow afternoon, right after work.

Then, I’ll pack’em up and ship them Wednesday!

Yay!

So, the gore got done today. But as I was prepping the models for it, A funny thought occured to me:

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Toilet Paper Mummy Centaurs! Seriously though. I used individual squares of toilet paper as masks for the parts I didn’t want to get splatter on. First I isolated the front legs:

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Then the weapon…

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And, well, you saw the result.

But, here’s the horde in all it’s glory!

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And some extra gore detail, just because:

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And, the Hero options all painted up. First, the shield!

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Great weapon and shield:

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Then, dual Great Weapons (just because)…

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Alternate pose:

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And, dual Hand Weapons…

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And since the arms are magnetized, there are 9 total loadout options for the hero.

The only remaining thing to do is black the edges of the bases and clear coat.

WHOOO!

Some changes, and some progress.

Lava on the base actually looks like lava! Two coats of Golden Yellow followed by two coats of Sunburst Yellow and all we need is a bit more orange splash onto the walls to look like glow.

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Next, the banner finished. Went for a palid, dead flesh on the majority of the head, and then my bone triad for the three skulls and the horns. Think it turned out pretty well.

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Next, we went a completely different direction with the weapons – ‘blackmetal’ core fading through blue to white at the cutting edges. IMO, this looks much better and less cartoony than my previous attempt.

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And, the finished model, with a slightly different more relaxed “surveying the field” pose.

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Got loads done today! Hashut symbols got a second coat of Red Gore, followed by two coats of Blood Red. Then, I outlined them in black. Done!

Next, I worked my little three payer magic on the bone protrusions and the skulls that appear in some of the tails.

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Next, I spent time working on the hero. Firstly, here’s a preliminary look at the lava! It’s mostly just Blazing Orange over a light grey, but it’s a start. Some yellow to the middle, and red to the edges, and it’ll look like it’s glowing. I’ll also be adding some OSL to the surrounding rock and a bit on the hero himself.

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Next, I spent some more time working on freehand: the banner! I went for a deep, supremely dark red for the cloth, and then free-handed a chaos star onto it in white. Very delicate work, since any screw-ups are very difficult to repair. I think it turned out well. The nice thing here – Dwarfs are master blacksmiths, not necessarily painters, so the banner can be a bit crude.

I also worked on our bright blue ‘magical’ weapons for the Hero. The following shows both the banner, and the weapon.

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Lastly, here’s a closeup of some of the jewels that are embedded in the Hero’s beard spikes. They get a little gradient from dark red at the top to orange at the bottom, to give the effect that they are being filled with light. One little white dot in the upper corner gives the light glint effect.

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So, provided everything looks good, All I really need to do is polish off the banner (head at the top, skulls), do the shield (metallics and lava-ish stuff in the symbol), and then gore on everything.

I should definitely be able to Gloss spray everything tomorrow night, and be done! Yay!