Sometimes I get a bit dwarfed-out and have to paint something else for a change. At these times I usually dip into my leadpile/plastic stash and grab something that inspires. On this occasion I was bamboozled by choice and set about a few projects – some of them may get finished…some of them may return to the half-done box for another year – who knows:

First up, a nearly-finished ‘duck about town’ that I picked up at a show last year. This charming little fella is by Rapier Miniatures. They do some really cool and quirky stuff; pumpkin men, witches riding motorbikes and some Wild West skeletons. Very oldschool feel as well.

While ducks normally suggest Runequest, this guy is a bit too renaissance rather than bronze age – couldn’t resist though.

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Next up: a Chronicle Bat, greenstuffed to fill and blend in the gap between body and wings, awaiting priming, painting and then being ridden by a dwarf into a Kings Of War bloodbath. It’s pretty hefty, this. Genuinely ‘eavy metal.

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Here’s the newest additions to my Dwarf legions, and the ones that made me realise that I need a stunty-break. While I’m not huge fan of all-plastic units I don’t mind making the occasional exception, especially when they’re free of charge (cheers Leo!) and you can see some character. These guys are Mantic – really easy to assemble and actually more characterful than I expected considering that the unit have only two body types. Especially liking the pipe smoker, one from the right.

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The guy above on the left is a Reaper Chaos warrior that I’ve had for about three years. He’s been taken out and then returned back to the ‘undone’ box more times that I’ve had hot dinners. On his right, a Reaper Bones chaos fella that will serve as a unit leader or individual. Really like the Bones stuff. The sword was quite bent when he came out of the blister pack, but as per the advice, dipped into boiling water, bent into shape then dipped into cold water and it was sorted out a treat.

Finally an old pre slotta wizard. Haven’t a clue of the manufacturer. Again, one I’ve had for a few years, found in an Ebay joblot and in-and-out of the ‘undone’ box a few times. Finally painted but with a few fine details needed to finish him off.

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Whether any of this stuff gets finished before the dwarf bug grips me again, who knows…

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