30 September 2020

Squad Challenge - Dwarfs?

Last year after the Old World Army Challenge, I learned there was a smaller, more relaxed "off-season" challenge in Oct. & Nov. in which any of the OWAC participants who wanted to paint a 10 person squad or unit. I ended up doing double-double duty last year and painted 24 half-orcs which also coincided with Orctober. Doubleplusgood!

This year I've been looking at a couple of options, but a new one jumped out at me today and I thought I would elaborate a little with a group photo.

Similar to the sea & wood elves, half-orcs, trolls, fomorians and other minor factions, I've had a small dwarf sub-faction developing for many years. In my mind, they're much more an integral part of the Marienburg forces (which are largely mercenary anyway)... but I've always had a thought to expand them to a more fully developed (yet small) faction.

Here's the state of things right now.

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Close-ups...

Handguns, pistols, and a couple of crossbows.


Artillery.


Pike/spear in back, dwarf-style zweihanders up front.


Light artillery in back, sword & buckler skirmishers in front.



Yes, we have a mage. Or at least a wise elder.


So on to the possible challenge figures...

Primed & ready figures. I'm thinking about adding to the pike/spear regiment for the 10 figure challenge. In terms of the rest of the force I've got waiting in the wings (or bins) I have the actual Marauder cannon/siege gun, more artillery crew, a few more (duplicate) command figures for the spear/pike regiment(s), 6 (I think) of the White Knight dwarf spear/pike, and a few odds and ends. Maybe not quite enough to round out the force the way I would like, but it will still get me closer.

Confession: I still view these as distinctly mercenary and at some distant point in the future wouldn't mind doing a small, more "traditional" dwarf clan contingent as well.


5 comments:

  1. Plenty of room for varied Dwarves. Between 84 and 87ish you had Dwarves, Imperial Dwarves, Norse Dwarves, Marauder's landsnekt Dwarves... and that's just from Citadel. I've got a full set of Norse Dwarves here somewhere...

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    1. When I first started playing I bought & painted a little of everything. As my friends and I started working with larger, more homogeneous armies, I traded a lot off and focused on two large forces: Skaven and Dwarfs. I eventually lost interest in the dwarfs as I collected more armies and sold the whole lot off to a friend. I mostly had the dwarfs/imperial dwarfs, with a couple small regiments of norse.

      If I eventually proceed with a small dwarf clan force, I'm on the fence -- either imperial dwarfs (probably Bood Wargames figures, if they're still available) or dark age style dwarfs (Conqueror Models).

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    2. I'd probably hunt down some Citadel imperial dwarfs too, if I go that route. Just not sure how common they are on the resale market. Some of the characters, in particular, were great!

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  2. Very nice indeed. Now following your progress.

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