I have reached the dwarfs in my quest to paint one example of every entry in the Warhammer Third Edition Bestiary. And today's post details just that - a dwarf. Not a miner, or blacksmith, nor a troll slayer or super limited wizard from a Combat Card! Just a dwarf. One of the untold thousands of the little chaps who live in the Old World and have assimilated into human society.
To reflect this I chose a fairly mundane little model, a dwarf with a crossbow, from the range shown below.
I used an original Citadel plastic crossbow, cut down, as this stunty's weapon just as the painter of 031811 did back in the 1980s, only I opted for a darker beard. Photographing the miniature has proven to be a little tricky, largely due to its size, but the pictures below convey enough to give you a suggestion about how he looks.
I am very pleased with the face. Fleshtones are another area I am keen to work on and I must say that this little miniature must have the best face I have ever painted. This has been helped by some very good sculpting from the Perrys. To be honest, this model is the first Citadel Dwarf I have actually ever painted and I can see why people go made for them. Plenty of detail, gorgeous, characterful faces and lashings of charm. I'm tempted to bin this project and just go paint a huge army of dwarfs!
I am also pleased with the metallic look of the dwarf's helmet. I tried to be a great deal more subtle with the shading and the drybrushing this time and it paid off. I shall definitely be using a similar method in the future! I tried to give the model a buff leather look (inspired by ECW miniatures) as he probably represents some dependable retainer of some Old World noble or rich merchant.
I did my standard basing technique, only I added some small sculpted rocks as a nod to the dwarf's underground heritage.
So what do you think?