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+ 'Let me sing you the song of our people' +


+  Not being the biggest fan of the 'all slayers, all the time' look of the Fyreslayer dwarfs for Age of Sigmar, a while back I converted the Shadespire warband [+noosphericinloadlink embedded+]. I finally got round to painting them up. +



+ Not the most free-flowing of painting sessions, these were a bit frustrating to paint. I got there in the end, and painted is better than perfect, as the saying goes. +


+ One of the main stumbling blocks was simply that I don't have a handle on dwarf colour schemes. I keep thinking them through, and changing my mind halfway in, or finding they don't work, and... urgh. In the end, I went for ornamanted but uncoloured metal (as these will probably find a home in my Throng of Nog, made up almost entirely of fully-armoured dwarfs), and picked out the clothing in muted creams, blues, greens and browns. +


+ In addition to letting me experiment with and explore potential colour schemes, this slightly hotch-potch result turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I think the scheme fits the feel of these four as adventurers and treasure-hunters rather than professional soldiers. +


+ With such small faces – and even those mostly hidden beneath helms – I decided to make the beards the focal points of the figures, bringing in some natural variation. +


+ Since I've changed the background to make these proper hill dwarfs rather than the more high fantasy Fyreslayers, I didn't think the embedded gold runes made sense, so I painted them up as tattoos. +

6 comments:

  1. Those conversions look great! I would happily buy those over the set that are actually released for the game!

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    1. That's very kind; thanks Riot! They were considerably more fun to convert than paint! :D

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  2. These look soooo much better than the standard figures.

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    1. Ta. I think the standard ones are lovely and dynamic, but the aesthetic completely turns me off. Trimming away the huge crests, swapping out the more over-the-top elements and putting some trousers on them goes a huge way to making them look more 'dwarfy', for want of a better word.

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  3. Dammit, these are really good. As the others said, they are enormous improvements from the original models. I love what you did here. I'm working myself on this very set too, but with a totally different approach, I hope I can show them soon.

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    1. Cheers – and you oughtta pop 'em up on the Facebook group, too. We'll sort out a link to Old School Workshop. :)

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