This is one of my three Dwarf armies and the most recent one I’ve done. Most of it was painted towards the end of 2008. It contains a couple of units “rescued” from a Bring & Buy stall. The Ironbreakers were one and were quite easy to rescue I’m not so sure about the Warriors, but then I’ve plenty of others so I never use them on the battlefield.
Lords & Heroes
Thorek and his Anvil of Doom. Just in case I need the cheese.
First up we have a unit of 20 Warriors. The first group were rescued from a Bring & Buy. I wouldn’t have bought them, but they came as a package deal with the Ironbreakers (see below). They were very roughly painted before I touched them up, mostly being not very accurately dry-brushed with Scorched Brown and Boltgun metal. They’re not the best, but they are serviceable. I’ll probably move them on and pant my own from scratch at some point.
Next we have two units of Warriors totaling 36 figures (which may mean I have 4 in another box). They are part of the magnetic basing experiment and may be rebased at some point.
Longbeards. Here we have a unit of 21 Longbeards, one of which (front right) I use as Josef Bugman. I don’t know if he’s a real Bugman figure, but he’s good enough for me.
10 Longbeard Rangers. These were painted late last year. Sadly there’s no room for them in their army box, so they are suffering the ignominy of sharing a box with a unit of Grave Guard at the moment.
21 Ironbreakers. I picked these up very cheaply last year on a Bring & Buy stall. They were undercoated black and had been given an all over Boltgun Metal drybrush – they looked awful. Their previous owner had simply drybrushed everything the same metal colour, including their beards. It didn’t take much effort to turn them into something fit for the table though.
Next we have a unit of 20 Hammerers. They are my favourite unit in the Dwarf army. I try to find the points to squeeze one into almost every list I make.
One of the problems with the current Dwarf army book is that all the really good choices are in the special section and the Miners are no exception. That’s not to say that the core choice are poor, because the aren’t, but whenever I build a list I find myself wanting another special selection more than anything else.
One of the cornerstones of a good Dwarf army is its artillery, although you’ve got to be careful not to overdo it. Too much artillery and you run the risk of not having enough troops to defend it. Against a canny opponent you may find them picking off you expensive machines and edging a win that way. You may also find if you field too much of it that you opponent simply hides and then neither of you will enjoy the game.
My favourite piece from a modeling point of view is the Grudge Thrower. Perhaps not the best choice in game terms, but I try to fit one in if I can.
Bolt Throwers are a 2:1 choice in a Dwarf army, so it always appears rude not to field two of them. You’ve got to take care not to rune them up too much as they can give away far too many VP if you do.
And a Red one, so you can tell them apart.