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Time for plan B

After a relatively unsuccessful week of gaming in March I realised that, apart from my deployment, my main problem with my army was my characters. There were a lot of points spent on runic items which either never got used or were useless due to the combinations of runes on each character. After deciding to go along with Kahuna to the Spikey Club’s tournament in Reading I thought I would write a new army list and have a practice game. After coming out of the game against the Vampire Counts with most of my army in tact and most of the Undead laid to rest… again, I noticed that although my army was now more balanced, my dwarf lord could not lead by example by slaying any foe that stood in his path. After being challenged by a vampire I realised that my lord could just about repel the blows of the vampire, due to his high armour and respectable ward saves, he could still not fight back as he struggled to hit and failed to wound with his great weapon. This led me to start up a conversation down the pub one Tuesday. It started by me asking, “How would you kit out a dwarf lord? Especially for a tournament?” A simple question I thought, well until a pen a paper came out and people’s answers were written down and compared. It was at this point that I thought it would be a good idea to write about it and open up the discussion to whoever uses this blog site. So for the rest of you who haven’t yet been asked, “How would you kit out a dwarf lord?” Please feel free to come up with your ideas and discuss them with the rest of us maybe together we can come up with the best dwarf lord to lead a throng against any and all enemies.

Here a couple of responses to the question via the lads down at the pub:

Dwarf Lord
Great weapon
Shieldbearers
Master rune of Krag the Grim
Rune of Snorri Spangelhelm
Rune of Striking
Master rune of Spite
Rune of Stone

Rune Lord
Anvil of doom
Shield
Master rune of Spite
Rune of spell breaking
Rune of Stone
Master rune of adamant
Rune of Resistance

Dwarf Lord
Shieldbearers
Rune of Stone
Master rune of Swiftness
2x Rune of Cleaving
2x Rune of Iron
Rune of Resistance
Next time…
Dwarf Rangers. Why would you use them and how would you arm them?

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After receiving a load of dwarfs for my birthday, thanks to my girlfriend, I now have 2000pts of the little fellas. This means that I have spent the last two weeks putting everything together and I have actually started painting them. I thought it would be appropriate if I started with my unit of thunderers… well I did buy them over two months ago so it would have been rude not to. I didn’t just start to paint the thunderers, I actually finished painting them. As I write this I am waiting for the glue to dry on the bases, so I can put the finishing touches on them in the morning. Now I have finally fimiliarised myself with my paintbrushes and painting station I am feeling quite confident that I can get my 2000pts painted in the next couple of months.

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I can do better…. honest

After buying my Quarrellers/Thunderers and Runesmith I got around to putting 10 Thunderers together (my first full unit) and 6 Quarrellers (half of another unit), none of which has been painted. I did mange to get my Runesmith put together… well, stuck to the base… but I did manage to get it painted. After I got this far in August I got sidetracked and didn’t manage to get anything else done, you know how summer holidays are. I then found out that my girlfriend had bought me a load of stuff for my dwarfs so I wasn’t able to buy any more models until after my birthday, which is a shame as my birthday isn’t until October. So as from next month and up until christmas I am going to be busy building up and painting my army so hopefully I will have an army which I can play games with and I wont have to write blog entries which are full of excuses.

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Where did I put my axe…..

After a month of painting warriors(and making lots of mistakes) I decided that I would do something a bit more fun and so I purchased the following items:

1 Grudge Thrower (£18)
1 Dragon Slayer (£7)
(£25 in total)

I may have cheated a little bit this month, but as I did not start off with a first month of spending £50 I decided to splash out and buy Snorri (from Gotrek and Felix) to use as my Dragon Slayer. This may have cost me about £10 to buy but I thought that I would list it as a normal Dragon Slayer for purposes of pricing up this month’s toys.

Painting the Dragon Slayer was relatively easy to paint. As far as my painting goes I think that I did quite a good job in painting it, especially as my colour scheme was already sorted (green trousers, flesh coloured flesh and a ginger beard – sorted). I put a few hours into painting this little feller, although you probably wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at it. The dent made in my sofa that day would have shown how much time I put into it.

The Grudge Thrower – This model is a must for army, especially if I am as accurate with it as I am with my Tomb Kings’ Screaming Skull Catapult. This model did not take me long to paint at all, thanks to my ability to dry brush and ink models in almost no time at all (which I found out I could after I painted a Land Raider with a fine detail paintbrush one morning a few years ago). Putting the model together turned out to be a nightmare. I tried following the instructions on the back of the box unsuccessfully as the main component is pictured upside down on the instructions. This didn’t turn out to be big problem seen as it only goes together one way. The problems arose when I found out that nearly every piece needed to put together at the same time, meaning I needed about eight pairs of hands to build the thing. In the end it must have taken me the best part of an hour to put the stone thrower together (and to super glue my tongue to it in the process) but it was worth it in the end when I saw the finished product standing proud on my painting station next to the crew.

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WHERE DO I BEGIN?

Well I’ve finally managed to finish my first month’s models. As I’m starting Dwarfs for the first time I thought that a good place to start would be with the following:

16 Dwarf Warriors (£18)
1 Dwarf Thane (£7)
(£25 in total)

Where would any well respected Dwarf Throng be without any units of Warriors making up the core part, with a Thane leading the troops into battle? This seemed like an easy choice for my first purchase, and so I went out and bought the models. Assembling the models didn’t take too long to do and I thought I was on a roll when I saw them put together and I didn’t suspect any speed bumps to slow me down at that point. So, I undercoated my models (black of course), filled my water pot and picked up my trusty paintbrush for the first time in two years. I went to open up my first pot of paint to put a base colour on my first warrior and then realized that I had no idea what my colour scheme was going to be. Not a great start to my return to painting, I know. I went work at choosing a colour scheme, looking in books, catalogues and on the internet and then tried various schemes on a test model. Two weeks later I had successfully decided on a colour scheme and got to work painting my warriors, rank by rank, and finally, in the first week of July I managed to finish painting all of the models that a purchased in June. As I am still four warriors short for my first unit I will not put up any photos until the unit is completely finished.

As choosing a colour scheme had put me somewhat behind I thought it was best that my next purchase did not include as many models, allowing me to get back on track. As painting whole units bores me, I decided to make July’s purchase include things that will motivate me to keep going. This led to me buying the following:

1 Grudge Thrower (£18)
1 Dragon Slayer (£7)
(£25 in total)

Hopefully I will be able to get these done before the end of July and get a head start on August’s purchase.

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