WIP Dwarves Painting Challenge Update

I’ve made some progress on the four dwarves I’m working on for my first go at a painting challenge, that I’m calling March Might & Magic.*  If you are interested in joining in, check out the challenge here.  There is still plenty of time because the last day of the challenge isn’t until April 3rd, 2020.

Progress on my four WIP dwarves as of March 5, 2020

I worked on painting a little last night and made a bit more progress than what I’m showing in the picture above, which I took on Thursday.  I’m planning on finishing the two axe and shield guys and then the two in the background.

I also noticed that I still have a friend’s pig demon-looking thing kicking around.  I’ve been holding onto the miniature so long it has reached that unhallowed stage on my shelf where it has sort of blended in.  So I thought maybe it was time I worked on the thing and got it back to him.  I wonder if he even remembers I still have it?

Either way, best that I put the pig demon into my paint queue, though not the painting challenge.  I did a base coat of Khorne Red and then Mephiston Red over that on the skin.  Last night I based the hair with Ceramite White, which is not shown in the picture below that I took on March 5th.

Pig Demon laughs at painting challenges.

I’m going to paint the hair to look like flames, using some of the guidelines in the February 28, 2015 issue of White Dwarf entitled “Khorne’s Wrath.”  For the cloak and loincloth, I was thinking of doing them in Crisp White, following the video by Duncan Rhodes.  I was going to do the cloak and cloth in different colors, but I decided that maybe I’d save myself some trouble.

I include poxwalker #18 for scale.  I was thinking of adding it to the painting challenge, but I think I’m going to wait until the dwarves are nearly done before I do so.  It is, after all, inconceivable that I fail my own challenge so I’m going to curb my natural hubris and show some restraint.**

“I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

I hope to have at least one, maybe both, of the axe & shield dwarves done by next Friday and I’ll post them then.  I’ve also been experimenting with basing in something other than desert sand, using some of Vallejo’s texture products.  I’ll post more on that next week.

Unicursal hexagram 100 wide

* When I came up with the name, I was thinking of the first volume, “Men and Magic” of the original Dungeons & Dragons set, though there is an old timey video game series of the same name, which I had forgotten about even though I played the first one.  Thank you to Faust for reminding me!

** This time Pride wins out over Vanity.

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    • Thank you, Alex. Definitely want to get all four done before April 3rd, when my self-imposed challenge deadline comes due. Still quite awhile, but time has a way of going by really fast when there is something you have to get done by a certain date.

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  6. Thanks for the shout-out. I really need to get to work on my challenge mini. Not sure it will get done in time, so I likely will go with plan B!

    Is the Pig Demon a D&D mini? Orcas? That would be quite large for D&D minis, as they are usually slightly smaller scale than GW. I’ve been itching to paint up the demons/devils from MM1….but there is no chance that we would ever use them, even if I did manage to get some people together for a game. Looking forward to seeing Pig Demon and the Dwarves as you go.

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    • I believe the pig demon is from a board game of some sort, though I don’t know which one. Yes, he would be quite large by D&D standards, though if you did want to use him for Orcus, I think the mini would be about the right size, really, though as I’m sure you know with such entities, they are tricky and can often change sizes and shapes.

      Yeah, I know what you mean about some of those great mini’s. They are really cool but when would you use them?

      I’m hoping to get the first dwarf finished by this weekend and will post a picture when I do. Like I said before, it is inconceivable that I fail my own painting challenge and my first one at that!

      Looking forward to seeing your Plan B. For some reason when I read that I immediately though of that awful, old movie, “Plan Nine From Outer Space!” πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you. I’m making good progress on them, though I didn’t work on them on Saturday or Sunday at all. We’ll see about the pig demon. At this point, I hope to get him done soon so I can return the mini to its rightful owner!

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    • Yes, I agree with what John said as well. I ended up doing one of the dwarves faces and then having to completely redo it which much less highlighting. I think it is good enough, I guess. The whole thing is certainly a learning process.


    • Yes, unlike the videos I’ve been watching (mostly using space marine heads) where they are concentrating on highly detailed heads, I agree that a few light highlights are the way to go for these guys. I did the first one and I think it looks ok (in a “meh” sort of way at a distance) which for roleplaying games is certainly good enough. The bar is set pretty low because in addition to those utilitarian but badly done pre-painted miniatures, of which I have a few, I found myself using Parcheesi tokens for cultists a couple of games ago. So I think even meh faced dwarves will receive a warm welcome in upcoming games, lol.

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    • Thank you, John. One thing I noticed and had a little trouble with last night, was the lack of detail on the faces, which makes highlighting a problem. I think given my lack of practice and skill with skin, the best I can hope for is that it “looks good at a distance.” Still, the cheap, Etsy dwarves are useful in that I learned something about painting faces where the miniature doesn’t have much detail.

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