The Irondrakes were a fun experiment in converting and painting. I really liked the dark copper metal look of the drakeguns. I also really like the exposed beards, which with this head variant you are supposed to use them on Ironbreakers. Being able to carry other items in the off-hand does add some personality to the minis as a whole and gives more variety to posing than the static ones of the rank-and-file old warhammer design.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
My list includes both an Organ Gun and Cannon, and so far I have just the crew painted. I decided to paint all units before characters to give me more practice with the color scheme. Next on the painting table are the Irondrakes.
|Cannon crew. The guy on the left is holding a lever which snaps on the cannon itself for setup on display. I love the one on the right, bravely defending the war machine with his custom cog-shield and heavy wrench.|
|Organ Gun crew. Repainted from my really old organ conversion I did a LONG time ago. That gun will get repainted too.|
Thursday, November 17, 2016
|Left to right: Longbeard, Drummer, Old Guard, Standard Bearer, Longbeard|
The color combination will be more apparent on the Irondrakes when I paint them, I feel.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Dwarf Lord on Shieldbearers (page 7) warscroll with a steamsuit. It fits the engineer's guild theme of my army. I have been using a 3rd party mini to represent that, as shown here, but 3rd party minis are not allowed at the LVO because GW is running the AoS tournament. It's sort of a bummer, but it gives me an opportunity to flex my conversion muscles and make a new one entirely out of GW parts.
Gyrocopter kit, feeling there was some conversion potential there, but not sure what. Basically I wanted to use the Gyrocpter for something other than the Gyrocopter. Since I imagine a dwarf mech to be bulky and short, I realized I could use the main body of the Gyrocpter as the base and torso of my Steamsuit.
|25mm base present for scale.|
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Part of the range firepower for my Duardin are the Irondrakes. I think this may be my favorite Duardin warscroll. Their weapon is formidable and they are tough (ignoring rend -1).
I wanted to go with a unique pose for Irondrakes. Instead of having their guns slung in front of them, I wanted to go with a shoulder mount type pose. Just cutting the gun bits up and rearranging them creates this effect. This freed their left hands to hold things, like melee weapons or other bits, to give the unit some personality. One thing you may notice is the heads. These are normally used for the Ironbreaker variant, as the Irondrake heads are beardless. However all my Forgesworn Eternals use Irondrake heads, so I wanted these guys to look different enough from them. Besides I like it when a Dwarf shows off his glorious beard.
|Second from the right is the Icon Bearer.|
|Far left is the Ironwarden (unit leader). I gave him the trollhammer torpedo weapon, but I went with a different style. I used leftover bits from the Cannon kit so it appears that he has a shoulder-cannon, shooting large shells. The gun barrel is a little bigger than the Drakegun barrel, coming from the Gyrocopter kit. Inside is one of the Cannon shells, he is holding another in his hand, and slung on his back is a rack holding 2 more. To his right is the drummer (opting that type of musician over the derpy looking horn/gun), then one toting the keg. It has no game effect, but he will be the one that refuels the unit.|
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The Duardin for my LVO list will be somewhat modest. I have more points in the Stormcast Eternals. These guys are meant to provide the ranged support. However I did need another battleline unit, so there really is no better battleline (in my opinion) than Duardin Longbeards. They are decently tough for single wound models and also buff other Dispossessed units. Not a bad choice.
They are all equipped with great weapons and shields, and I tried to model them as such, deviating from the they-all-look-the-same-rank-and-file style of build they were designed for. I wanted each mini to have some personality. It makes sense that each weapon will be unique because in Dwarf lore, each warrior's weapons and sometimes their armor are passed down through generations with lots of history tied to each.
|Far left is the Old Guard (unit leader). His arms are from the Cogsmith kit, and his left arm will be holding a shield to the ground. Next is the standard bearer, using an older Warriors kit standard. The Longbeards kit standard is being used for my army standard bearer model. Next is the drummer.|
|I recycled some old axe bits from the old Warriors kit. You may recognize the axe-head on the far right as coming from my Unforged conversion.|