Hello and welcome to Hammer the Backlog, the weekly miniature painting blog where I use productivity and accountability methods to get all of my thousands of euro worth of unpainted fantasy and sci-fi minis painted before the singularity renders human existence pointless. It was a pretty straightforward week this week, focussed entirely on getting the first unit of Chaos Dwarf warriors finished and the first unit of Blunderbusses started. Let’s take a look at the weekly scorecard, then we’ll have a goo at the models, and finally check in on the side project of updating the website.
Even though the Chaos Dwarfs themselves are predominantly red, it is another week in the green for Hammer the Backlog. Everything is nicely on track, and it looks even at this early stage, like we might have another quarter in the bag!
It does bother the part of my brain that likes order that I finished one unit and started another in the same week. I think it would have been more satisfying to finish a weekly update with the warriors done, then spend the next two weeks working on the blunderbusses, get them finished, and so on. Unfortunately the number of models this quarter and the way they break down mean that is not going to work. So we are going to have to live with slightly piecemeal completion of units. I have more of less broken down the remaining weeks to keep my brain from getting confused.
|5||Front rank Blunderbusses||5|
|6||2 Blunderbusses1 Bull Centaur||5|
|7||2 Bull Centaurs||6|
|8||2 Bull Centaurs||6|
|9||Lord on Foot||5|
|13||Bits and Bobs?||5|
The only question I have is whether the Lamassu will actually take two weeks. It is a decently large and detailed model, but it is also a fairly straightforward colour scheme. I might just get it done in one week, freeing up a bit of time for a side project or two.
I based this whole little army on the high elf force from the 8 edition starter set, as strange as that may seem. So I should be able to use exactly the same plan when I get around to them in a few years.
|10 Swordmasters||10 Greatweapon warriors|
|10 Sea Guard||10 Blunderbusses|
|5 Reaver Knights||5 Bull Centaurs|
|Mage on Foot||Lord on Foot|
|Prince on Griffon||Sorcerer on Lamassu|
This week’s models are five more of the absolutely delightful Fabelzel Chaos Dwarfs. Two more warriors, finishing off the unit, and the first three rear rankers of the blunderbuss unit. Once again, an absolute joy to paint. My only complaint is regarding the gunners with their guns held in front of their check. Sadly having the gun in this position hides a lot of their gorgeous scale mail and makes them pretty monotone from the front in my colour scheme. Maybe for that reason black was not the right choice for the colour of the guns themselves.
I love seeing these two together. I think, and I may be wrong, that the warrior on the left was one of Fabelzel’s first efforts on his Evil Dwarf army. It is a great, characterful sculpt, but you can definitely see the improvements and the refinement of the concept when you compare him to the gunner on the right. They have basically the same look, but everything is just that little bit more proportional and fun on the gunner.
One thing that I think this little army is missing is any link to the original GW lineage. If I add anymore to this army in future, I think the first thing I would add is one or two of the plastic monopose Chaos Dwarfs from the 90’s box set. Making the warrior unit up to 12 (or 3 ranks of 4 in 4th/5th edition rules) with just two cheap plastic models would be pretty fun, I think.
Here’s the whole group so far. I’m looking forward to building these up over the next 8 weeks!
So, as you know if you’ve followed the blog for any length of time, I also like to have meta targets each quarter. This quarter’s meta target is to upgrade this very website, www.hammerthebacklog.com.
The first task was to look around at other websites and decide what exactly I wanted. I’ve managed to narrow it down a little bit to:
Social media links on the main page.
A welcome page that explains the project.
Artwork in the margins like Warhammer 5th edition.
Updated search function.
The ability to browse categories.
I’ll be getting started on this over the next couple of weeks, so any feedback or advice on this totally new skill I have to learn would be very much appreciated!
Well, thanks for reading this far.
See you next week for the front rank of the gunners!