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Chaos Dwarf Stories & Background (everything marked Admiral)
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Welcome! This is the log where I’ll post anything which I’ve converted and/or painted for others. Most of my hobby work is not done for my own armies, but rather for my brother’s and our friends’ collections.
It’s a great way to experience modelling and painting all miniatures in Warhammer without buying them.
Background might be added later on as my friends work that out.
Sorry for the glossy-gloss varnish. Most paintjobs are old, some models are damaged and awaiting repairs. Matt varnish will eventually catch up with everyone.
Let’s begin with the miniscule finished Lustrian collection. Consisting of one Saurus Drummer and an Elven courier who’ve been through hardships without end in the jungle.
The Saurus has on his base the first or second whole model I ever sculpted, namely a Pygmy Halfling who angered the reptile. Spawning of Tepok and Sotek.
Whilst the Elf have a baby Ancylosaurus.
Here’s a sculpted version of my brother’s cat. Christmas present. Beside the old, ragged Elf sculpt.
The cat was on one tournament the army general of a friends quarter-painted Skaven army. Here she is with some giants rat. Plus a test Skaven/Kobold converted from a BFSP Night Goblin.
Speaking of vermin, next are some Gobbos I painted for two friends.
My brother also have the Undead variant. Fun to convert:
Note the small Squigs, the entrails, the mummy and the fish shield.
My brother’s excentric Undead army have headless Dire Wolves. The primary reason is dislike with the big heads in the plastic kit. Background-wise it’s logical for Dire Wolves to go headless sometimes, since Old World peasants behead any wolf corpse they find as an obstacle for Undeath.
Note Halfling head and rat on base.
A friend of ours also have some Undead. Here are a few Mantic Skeletons which I painted in Empire colours, including shield symbols. Can you spot their origin? The middle swordsguy is painted by the friend.
Said mate also have Warriors of Chaos. Here’s Fetth the Flyface, bringer of many laughs and built from plastic sprue, filler, super glue and green stuff.
This thing may now be an Eye of the Gods marker, but since that didn’t exist when I built it for another friend, he thought I was an idiot for making that out of soft airgun pellets. He was funny to listen to when he condemned the pathetic nature of the eye pile!
Yarr! My brother’s pirate.
And his Elves. We developed their colour scheme when painting Lotr High Elves years back. We’re slow painters (though we’re picking up speed and method now) and have no finished unit to speak of.
Elves are fairy fey for starters, so to make them convincing, grounded and lethal they needed a pretty dark and realistic colour scheme. No pinks here!
Note cloaks on the Swordmasters.
And lastly we have one of five WIP Raven Heralds. Note saddle bags.
Some weeks ago I played two quick 1000 pts games against a visiting friend and my brother with mainly unpainted stuff. In my first game the Hellcannon without crew was the sole survivor and victor on the battlefield. In the second game it was my brother’s Elf Mage, who blasted the only remaining enemy (my Hellcannon, again) to smithereens in the last turn.
As usual, my cat wished to partake in the battle. She toppled some Elves through mere clumsiness.
Most of the featherwork have been made on my brother’s Raven Heralds. Some more of that, and then there’ll be bowstrings and needle arrows. Chuck in heads and some extra package and they’re off to his paintstation.
A lot of hobby work has been carried out alongside my brother on Night Goblins and Elves. However, I didn’t bring the camera to his place, so no picture proof of it.
But there’s more proof of Cat’Daai destroyer on the rampage! She intervened in the battle during turn 2, avoided my counts-as CDs (BFSP Night Goblins) and scythed through the High Elves.
Cat enters the battlefield. She loves Warhammer, both the tabletop game and the workshop part.
The dice is tossed. What will the D6 show?
It must have been a stupidity check. The tower is under attack!
She’s a docile K’daai, yet the same cannot be said for that whipping tail…
It’s rampaging through the Swordmasters!
The Elves were saved when the Cat’Daai Destroyer fled from the battlefield.
It still ended in a High Elf victory.
Our cats often accompany us when we do Warhammer stuff. My brother’s cat usually interrupts him mid-work by occupying his lap, and my cat is so nosey and friendly when I work on something that she delayed work on the Chaos Dwarf headtakers by perhaps a whole day in total when I converted them in a long sweep two years ago. Rest assured, the fearsome Cat’daai Destroyer has grazed many a tabletop battle since last update, but we lack picture proof of it. Got to take some new ones. Our cats were odd for kittens to begin with, but they’re getting even more eccentric and cute in their own ways with age.
This update is however not about something as lethal as cats. It’s about something pathetic in comparison, namely a Maulerfiend conversion I’ve been working on-and-off with for a Skaven-collecting friend of mine. It’s based on a sketch he drew. My buddy magnetized a rectangular base so that it could be used as a K’daai Destroyer.
He was so eager about the conversion that he managed to sneak it past other projects in my queue… Still, the sculpting was surprisingly quick work and was over before you knew it. Couldn’t have done it so fast three years ago:
And here’s the painted version, alongside his brother. Not painted by me (though the Squats in the foreground are):
WIP Ballista Ogre for my brother’s army, still needs a Gnoblar hunted by a White Lion cub. Will be magnetized so he can either sit on a round artillery base as a Repeater Bolt Thrower, or a 40mm square base as a Leadbelcher:
A finished prototype first rank norse Dwarf which I painted for my brother’s small Dwarf army, based almost exclusively on Avatars of War. This particular regiment are converted Bronzeshields (who, along with their Ironshield elders, are constantly out of stock from AoW). Belt pouch and knife feature on all other regiment members, and all will have backpacks, as will they have cleaned Marauder shields akin to Kadrin Drakk, a beautifully converted and painted 6th edition Dwarf army featured in White Dwarf which have inspired us a lot. Snow to be added later:
The CSM-collecting friend, let’s call him J.A.B, inspected the newer starter kit Chaos Space Marine lord and Khârn, as well as the new Primaris Marines and probably a few older Space Marine character sculpts. He concluded that hip armour looks good and solves the silly look achieved by the thin thighs of plastic Space Marine legs. Some weeks ago, he visited his parents, brought a gaggle of heretical Marines and asked me to make hip armour on them. Quicksculpted, without time-consuming rivets, difficult spikes or suchlike. He was content, and after returning home to his study town he sent down Berzerkers to receive like treatment, and a FW Necron centipede which needed replacement antennae. I’ve tinkered with them since they arrived yesterday.
Below are the results. Note “KIL KIL KIL” on the knife Berzerker’s segmented plates. Also see his painted Lord of Change.
Furthermore, my brother, alias EEJR, have ambitious conversion projects for his High Elf army, which in its plans include contingents from every part of Ulthuan and a little more. Many unique units have already been converted, particularly on the cavalry front. Here is the latest finished converted Elves of his, a handful of Avelorn Spearmen with large circlets:
WIP for my brother’s little power armoured collection. Grey Knight legs and helmets and Sanguinary Guard shoulder pads and torsos. Hip plates added to remedy thin thighs syndrome. Cloaks from Anvil Industry to be added later:
Snapped this poor picture in a rush during an ongoing major sorting, cleaning and moving of furniture job in the family. An old sculpt of a Moria Goblin corpse lying amid rubble, its dessicated bones still draped in fraying clothes and with frail hair still clinging to its skull. Based on the imagery of Dwarf skeletons in Khazad-Dûm, with a WHFB High Elf for scale reference.
Death to the Goblins!
Platypus Ogre done for Eisenhans during a tournament. Tail sculpted in car:
A Dark Eldar turned into an Eldar Fire Dragon converted for my brother. He thoroughly checked the Dark Eldar sprues back when they were new, and meticulously came up with ways to turn all manner of DE weaponry into Eldar Aspect Warriors with a little converting. More to come:
Also, a team of ottermen converted from Skaven Blood Bowl players for Eisenhans. Quick-sculpted in car and at tournaments as per anatomical instructions:
Slaaneshi Daemonprince converted for a friend:
My friend told me to axe the @$$ and instead go for a lean Daemon Prince of Arrogance look, not Lust. As per his instructions, there is now also shin armour plates with images of Elf torture: What else? I also added two lone flowing pteruges dangling from its belt. I’ll show you the painted end result whenever he finish this creation:
Bonus Daemon Prince:
A mate of ours has moved back home after years of studying abroad, while a friend of my brother have returned to the hobby after a long break. Combine this with the recently released Kill Team, and we’ve got a hobby frenzy cooking with making characters, goons and terrain for a mash-up campaign between Kill Team and RPGs. Here is the first harvest of quick-sculpting and conversions, soon back to commercial sculpts.
Kastellan Ironstrider, a mate’s cyborg:
Badoom! Broadbeard, a loudmouth one-Dwarf illegal radio station sending live from his heists and battles. My character:
Gnorke Radfizzle, a Gnome sharpshooter with rad weapons, for my brother’s friend:
The gang so far:
Gnorke Radfizzle’s car:
The friend who has written all the rules and organizes the whole effort has had me convert a gaggle of goons. Here’s psyker Spikeskull:
And Badoom! Broadbeard’s hateful rival, Adman:
And finally Gnorke Radfizzle painted by said friend (I had nothing to do with painting). My brother’s mate is in for a treat!
I recently attended a Post-Apocalyptic event for the fourth time. Played havoc in a comic figure way as a shouting and stomping soldier (and utter treacherous bastard) in the usual way. A couple of people there got into contact with me afterwards, and came up with the idea to sculpt some folksy forest trolls in the style of John Bauer. They wanted that for an army of their own, and rightfully thought there to be niche for that sort of thing.
However, the project queue is rather full for a good while ahead, and sculpting such miniatures to a good enough standard to warrant casting and selling would take its fair amount of time. So instead I offered to sculpt some pieces really quick for them to have cast themselves, and then pin together and add on tails, ears, tools, weapons, sacks and so on by their own hands. Hasty stuff cooked up in very few days at all with minimum care, but still a fun little thing to tackle. I’ll give a heads-up somewhere if their homecasting goes fine and if they decide to sell a little excess on the side, in case anyone is interested. Will have to be revisited properly for the range sometime way down the pipeline:
I’ve painted nothing of the Kill Team stuff, only converted it. All painted by Johan von Elak, for your display here below.
During most of our Kill Team-RPG games we’ve actually had music playing to represent both the immediate sonic barrage emitted by Broadbeard’s loudspekers, and the music he transmits across hacked radio channels (with comments of media moguls jumping from windows as their enterprises gets destroyed by Broadbeard’s escapades). He obviously also report live from the field, and is the lousiest sneak, at skulking up on enemies, you’ve ever encountered. Clearly, the audio-disturbed mister Broadbeard has ruined many lives through his noisome adventures. Which leads us to…
Ladies and gentlemen! Allow me to introduce to you the one and only Ad-Man! At a discount. This succesful salesman had his chin-shining career and life shattered by the hacking menaces of Badoom! Broadbeard’s hated pirate radio. A madman down on his luck, the Ad-Man now take any little advertising job he can find, says all the old salesman lines cheerfully all the time, even while killing others, although his baleful inner nature will occasionally break through in his speech as he devilishly shoves enormous doses of medicine down his rival Broadbeard’s throat. Note washing-up liquid Molotov cocktail:
Gnorke Radfizzle and Badoom! Broadbeard in a hostile encounter with the Ad-Man. Such concentrated infamy!
The same gangsters meeting Count Orcula. He doesn’t drink… vine. Face, collar and cloak sculpted:
As of currently in our Kill Team campaign, the irradiated Gnome criminal Gnorke Radfizzle (wanted across six continents!) has been captured by the authorities. Will this dastardly bastard escape from the clutches of justice?
Find out in next episode of Kill Team!
Furthermore, I’ve been using the Warhammer fortress as a green stuff dumping place. Whenever I’ve got some sculpting putty left over, I’ve often pressed it to the crevices of the glued-together towers, eventually filling up and sculpting over the corners. Creeper plants were added by attaching wire and birch seed leaves with contact glue. Stones were painted in varied colours as per here (including with some stippled-on green and yellow and white moss spots), and then drybrushed all at once with light grey mixed with beige, and given a black wash. This was painted by me and my brother:
Lastly, the opportunity to photograph some old conversions got grabbed while at it. From Johan von Elak’s collection, converted by me:
Rat Ogres. Note the maimed Chaos Dwarf corpse. Hellcannon aesthetic, from years before before Legion of Azgorh was released. Also note the dripping acid disintegrating Night Goblins.
Human slaves. Kislevite and Arabyan. Note vodka flask filled with ratman urine which the man angrily throws out after tasting:
Gnoblars. I got used to making wire skeletons out of paper clips pinned into carved pieces of plastic sprue when building these fellows. Plastic Gnoblar in the middle. Gnoblars on 25mm base to fit into an Orc unit fielding this character model from Warhammer Online: Collector’s Edition.
Bloodbeard will run a homebrew Roman Risk boardgame for his school next year. He’s been hard at sculpting a Testudo formation, an Onager catapult, a temple and a fort. I helped out by quicksculpting some ships in between other stuff. Big one based on quinquiremes, the small one based on Liburnian patrol ships. Will also become available from Ramshackle Games thanks for their free casting service:
40k Chaos spider head for Johan von Elak:
Now painted by him:
Vampire head converted for a friend of Eisenhans (higher up in the tournament ranking):
Moving up further in ranking, here is a repaired/converted Whyvern for the wonderful and infamous eccentric who run tournaments in Västerås. The model was missing a body and right leg, so he asked if I could sculpt something for him.
Sure thing, I said, I’ll try to get something done during next tournament. During breaks on saturday and during the evening I sat and drilled in metal, pinning and gluing a wire skeleton. It didn’t look like the sculpting would be finished by a long shot.
But then my air mattress revealed a brand new leak, emptying itself in just an hour. I woke at 01:58 by bouncing my head against the floor. Hopeless quest for sleep with such equipment. There was nothing to it but sculpt for almost seven hours straight. I finished sculpting a quarter of an hour before the first game of sunday. Odd experience!
Mad Tower Rat for Eisenhans
Here is a very quick and shoddy sculpt that I cobbled together as a Christmas present for that infamous tournament scourge known as Eisenhans. He has built a crazy walking tower that is half a meter tall. So what would be a more natural next step than to add a urinating ratman with a 30cm long fluid string, to dangle above enemy units in the tower’s front arc as he waters them with his bursting bladder?
Garbed as a Mediaeval Roman.
Thanks for watching: Comments and criticism are as welcome as always.