Ahhhh, the good old ‘starting a new project’ post! I’ve found myself becoming rather bored of some of my Sci-fi projects and fancy starting something a bit different, hence a bit of a return to Fantasy minis.
Now, when I first became interesting in collecting and painting little figures the only nearby Games Workshop was to be found on Oxford Street or the rather unusual small shop on Castle Street in Kingston. Although the Kingston shop had copies of the (then brand new) awesome looking Adeptus Titanicus game – you know, the one with six beetlebacks in it – the fantasy stuff really hooked me in with the pre slotta base Grenadier Dwarves being my very first purchase. Over the years I have tentatively returned to fantasy miniatures but tend to become distracted by the often much shinier (or grim shiny I guess) Sci-fi stuff. So I’m having another go at it!
Rules-wise I’ve got quite a selection since I basically collect (and subsequently never play) rule sets…… it’s a real life problem and I put down my ordering of the new Warcry rules down to this condition.
And that’s not including all supporting books, the digital rules and the dozens of sci fi/post apocalypse ones.
Of them all my favourites have to be Mordheim (just because it’s so damn fun), Cadwallon (awful set of rules, but the general artwork, maps and drawings of the city districts are stunning), Otherworld has a fairly straightforward system and I like the event cards which result in monsters appearing and so on, finally the Rangers of Shadow Deep has a rather good solo mechanic, among many other pluses.
My plan is to just launch into the project by painting up heroes, adventures, warbands and monsters. Many of the figures are just from years of hoarding, so I’m really looking forward to having a go at getting them painted, as well as some more recent purchases!
One of these purchases was out of pure curiosity; the Oathmark Dwarf Infantry. What particularly attracted me to them was not what initially seemed to be a rather obvious, dare I say cliched, styling but their potential. In spite of my initial negativity they are rather good value. You get 30 figures for £22.50 (from discount retailers online) which is a rather impressive 75p per figure and you’ll end up with loads of extra limbs, heads and weapons. Very quickly I threw together a small party of five adventures:
Now, again in spite of my initial misgivings about their styling, I think they look pretty good. There is a decent range of options and I think you could mix and match from a whole bunch of different kits such as the Perry and Frostgrave ones, to have a fairly vast array of figures.
I return to their styling one more. What initially seemed lazy Viking-esque design is actually much more sophisticated, the sleeves, slightly loose trews, mail and scale armour (particularly on the Heavy Infantry I have yet to get) could easily be Eastern as well and European in origin. I’ve always rather liked the Persianate Turco-Mongol Empire of the Timurids, a melange of fascinating histories and diverse armies resulting from a combination of unique and compelling military traditions.
Over analysis aside, I have a bunch of Timurid weapons from a long defunct project and some alternative shields on order to kit out these Dwarves and make them subtly different from the originals. I rather like the idea of Timurid styled Dwarven Empire with Satraps and allied forces (the fierce but strictly vegetarian goblinoid satrapal levies being one of the most skilled and loyal examples), battling against the forces of disorder.
Oh, and for anyone whose interested in how an Oathmark Dwarf scales against some other generations, here he is with some other examples of the diminutive warriors:
Left to right: GW middle earth, Oathmark, old GW Bugman’s Ranger, GW Chaos Dwarf, Russian Alternative Dwarf Of Blackfire pass (I think….. basically a Chaos dwarf). I didn’t include a Rackham Dwarf….. since they’re a bit ridiculous and I don’t have any of the plastic GW ones.
Well, quite a ramble today…… thanks for sticking with it!