State of the Dwarves – Base colors

State of the Dwarves – Base colors

Well, this week’s intended Tool Tips article is going to be delayed till next week. I’ve been meaning to post some progress on the Dwarf team, so now is a good time to do it. It’s been a series of starts and restarts with them. Mainly because I have a lot to learn and relearn as I come back to the hobby of miniature painting.

At this point, the whole team is nearly base colored. Meaning all the initial layers of colors have been applied. I still need to do another layer or two on the red, as the Vallejo Scarlett Red didn’t provide the coverage I needed for a base paint. I’ve also left off the gem stones for last and I haven’t yet painted the soles of their boots (likely just black).

Hair/beards is mostly done on some, but on a few (like the orange haired Troll Slayers below) the paint has already started to wear off in areas and will need to be reapplied.

The bad boys (Trollslayers and Blitzers).


Illegal stiff arm! (runners and linemen)


Pedestals of various sizes (more linemen).


Just wait till I grab my chainsaw! (old gold on left, new gold on right)


On the last pic, you can see how I’ve switched from using Vallejo Glorious Gold to Citadel Retributor Armor. I’ll go into more detail on all of that in a future Tool Tips post. Thanks to my own testing and tips from Rob Knipe, Azazel, and others. The pic above isn’t a completely fair comparison of the two gold paints, as the mini on the left also had a wash of Reikland Fleshshade. The mini on the right hasn’t been washed yet, but it will likely be Agrax Earthshade to give a nice warm tone to the gold.

The pics above only show the team members who have their heads glued on, there is a fair number of them that haven’t been completely assembled yet. I think there are 20 minis in total, including Star Players.

So the next step is to apply washes and finish up the bases. Hopefully I’ll find the time to get those done a lot quicker. I also need to shift focus a bit to some individual pieces if I want to complete Azazel’s April Assembly Challenge. It will be my first challenge, and hopefully I can pull it off in time. Stay tuned for more progress and the next big Tool Tips article.

12 thoughts on “State of the Dwarves – Base colors

  1. Nice work. I just completed my dwarf team (pics this weekend) and I found that not using a wash on the slayer hair made it look better – at least to my eyes.

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    1. Thanks davekay. Congrats on finishing up the Dwarves! I’m eager to see them. 🙂

      This is my first time painting Troll Slayer hair, so I don’t really know what I’m doing. I might repaint with a darker color and then bring it back to a lighter color so that I get more contrast.

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      1. I guess the question is do you want to go for realistic ginger hair, or bright orange, or firey red (or a mix?) Glad you’re enjoying working with the Retributor Armour. It’s a surprisingly great paint.

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        1. Probably more like the GW Bright Orange. I’ve thought that look was sort of crazy cool ever since I saw Troll Slayer models in the previous edition of Blood Bowl. I’ll paint them up something like that, but maybe a bit more contrast in the hair. Will see how it turns out.

          Yea, I’m still pretty amazed every time I put a layer of Retributor Armour on. It’s so much easier than the gunk I was using, that I feel like I must be cheating!

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    1. Thanks Mark! Yea, Retributor is pretty amazing stuff. It even mixes with water pretty well. So glad to find a decent gold that’s easy to work with.

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