Dwarfs + Gobbos + Elfs


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Post Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:47 pm

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Been getting the urge to paint some of my dwarfs but wasn't really that keen on a big painting slog to finish off one of the many big units I need to paint. So after much thought I came up with a great idea for a little diorama and have spent the last week slowly working on the parts I'd need to create my vision. So on to the plan, I have always loved the idea of dwarf cavalry and have had a soft spot for the very old ME15 Gimli on pony model. So using that as the starting point I've tried to convert him into a more cavalry type model. So here's the mock up, nothing glued but all the converting is complete.

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The hardest part was removing the inner part of the shield as I want a flat area where I can hopefully paint a nice design. Using a very sharp scalpel I was able to hack out the area and then using watered down Liquid green I was able to slowly fill in the area and create an area I can work on. Apart from that it was just a case of repositioning the hand, removing the axe and green stuff the areas where that axe had been. So hope you like.

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Post Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:29 pm

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Painted up the rider, now moving on to the pony. Sadly the GW boar transfer was slightly to big for the shield so I ended up trying to freehand it, its not perfect but I'm happy with it. Anyway hope you like.

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A little close up to try and show the shading on flag.
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Post Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:51 pm

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Very nice, that dwarf has a beautiful earthy feel to it. Also a big fan of your elven cavalry. I don't like painting cavalry, so this is a big inspiration for how to do it with great looking results.
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Post Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:54 pm

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I love the elf cavalry and not just because I think they're the greatest horses ever scultped in 28mm - you're paintwork's done 'em proud, really proud!

With the clump foliage how did you glue it down? I can never get good adhesion with the stuff without saturating it in pva/superglue and it looks, well, shiny. Your clumps don't look shiny - I must find the answer :o

Gimli is a great model and I love the detailing on his shield, The boar looks the part - I wouldn't worry about any deviation from the transfer. The shading on the banner is tight, particularly with yellow and green - that's a tough colour combo to get right but you've nailed it. All in all I must say I think he's coming along brilliantly.
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Post Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:59 pm

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The elves look great and that dwarf is coming along nicely :)

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Post Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:27 am

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@Subedai: The earthy colour scheme comes from using a lot of Coat d'arms WW2 paints ! Also I'm glad you like the horses I wasn't too sure at the beginning but I ended up really enjoying the whole thing.

@Protist: Firstly I had a look at your blog and WOW those dark elves are AMAZING. I'm afraid I've no secret to gluing that clump foliage it was just watered down PVA glue. One thing I did do was build it up over several layers.

Now on to my progress. I've basically finished the painting of the models and now need to work on the base/diorama. I'm torn between 2 firstly a simple stone path with grass verge and maybe a small fence. Secondly I would love to do a bridge or at least the start of one including the river. Sadly unless I find a step by step guide I'm leaning towards the first.

So on to the photos

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I will add a strap between Gimli and the pack mule.
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Post Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:43 am

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dazza36 wrote:@Protist: Firstly I had a look at your blog and WOW those dark elves are AMAZING. I'm afraid I've no secret to gluing that clump foliage it was just watered down PVA glue. One thing I did do was build it up over several layers.

It sounds so simple when you put it like that, but I guess I never thought of watering down and building up - I was hoping, when I bought some clump/scatter mixes, for instant bushes. I ought to know by now that there are few good, quick solutions in the world of minis :oops:

I've seen a few step-by-steps for doing rivers, but its a rather slow process using two part resins. This is a great article by Terragenesis that I want to try though, and looks pretty sweet.
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Post Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:09 pm

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Having spent some £££ on supplies I've spent the weekend working on the final little diorama. The plan is to use blue foam to create the basic shapes and then with milliput and filler actually create the final look. So far I've worked out the position of everything and have glues together the foam to make the stone base. When its dry I will give it a thin coat of milliput and then scratch out a stone design into it. I'm still working on the water I've got my hands on some Vallejo Still Water but its a slow process as you can only pour a layer 1 - 2 mm thick and it takes 24hrs to dry. One thing I have decided is that instead of a clear look I want it to be muddy, so I've started to experiment with adding paint to the mix.

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This picture shows how the bridge will look when complete. Note this is not the final bridge its just one I made as a test but ideal for this.
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Post Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:37 pm

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Finished of the modelling part of the diorama next step is to begin painting. I've not glued the bridge as I want to paint it separately from the base. As for the base all I need to do is get some sand/gravel glued onto the banks and then I can crack on with the paint.

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I'm hoping to paint the wood to look old/distressed/faded so if anyone has any good ideas/links please let me have them.
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Post Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:56 pm

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P3 Bastion Grey is an excellent base for faded, old wood. It's grey, but has definite brown tones in it.
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