Friday, 4 May 2012

Defenders of Rorke's Drift

The Defenders of Rorke's Drift - An Expirement with Dipping!

Winter is finally over up here in northern Canada!  Work has slowed down and now I can spend my summer getting some painting completed.  I was a little upset with myself that I never alotted more free time (what little there was) to paint during the winter. 

My main goal is to get my monthly entries in over at and also complete a project for my dad for Father's Day.  I recently received a large order of Britsh Infantry from of their Zulu Wars range. 

I grew up watching the movie Zulu with my dad, even to this day we still watch it about once a year together.  The film tells the story of roughly 130 British infantry at Rorke's Drift,  defending a small Mission against 4000 Zulu warriors.   The Battle of Rorke's Drift was a true story (hard to believe!) where most of the Brits survived and of the survivors 11 were award the Victoria Cross.  The film is a true epic in every way and is still one of my favorites to this day.

As a gift to my dad for Father's Day I decided to get 130 British Infantry and paint them up in the colors of the 24th Regiment of Foot that defended the Mission.  130 miniatures is a pretty daunting task so I decided to cheat a little and picked up a tin of Army Painter Dark Tone dip.  My experience with dip in the past hasn't been great, I learned pretty early that you have to really 'dumb' down the paint job.  I dipped a AoW Slayer that I had spent about 2 days on and completely killed my paint job and never touched dip since. 

I should have taken a before and after picture of the dipping process because to be honest I spent absolutely no time on these and the pre-dipped minis looked like complete shit lol.  After dipping, drying and spraying with Army Painter Anti-Shine here are the results of my first batch.  I painted these up in less than 2 hours and I am really impressed with the results.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Slayer Color Expirement

Still not too sure I like the blue hair, maybe not quite terrifying enough, something about red slayer hair screams "I'm completely mental, I have a big axe, and I'm not afraid to die!"  Might have to throw these guys in the Pit of Paint Remover Hell. 

Ratnik Ratcatcher

I was one of the lucky few that managed to get an order of Ratnik's Dwarfs at before they sadly were no longer available any more.  The detail and creativity of Ratnik's Dwarfs are truly amazing, it makes me happy as a collector of metal miniatures to know that we have amazing sculptors out there that keep producing great Dawi.  Ratnik will be making his complete line of Dwarfs available over at Lead Avdventure with some great new sculpts.  You can check out the thread here All I can say is WOW!

Here is my Ratnik Ratcatcher that I entered (and won!) in the monthly painting competition at Bugmans Brewery.


Saturday, 28 January 2012

Dwarf Outpost

Here's my Dwarf Outpost.  I originally started building a tower out of pink insulating foam and kept adding and adding until this piece took shape.  90% of this piece is nothing but insulating foam and paint.  I added the moss to the walls to give it an older look and made sure the walls looked like the had taken a few hits from stonethrowers etc.  The last thing I added to the fort was the face on the wall.  I felt the fort was lacking something that made it a Dwarf outpost so I added the face and I think it really made the whole piece come alive.   I'll add a few progression photos as soon as I can find them!


Couple more photos showing details and add-ons.




Well I have finally got off my stubborn Dwarf rump and decided to start a blog to track my collection and painting of Dwarf miniatures.  This blog will serve as a visual and literary document of the madness and euphoria that comes from collecting and painting a fantasy wargames army.  I hope you enjoy viewing the blog and my posts, thanks for stopping by!