Friday, 27 October 2017

Guide to alternative Big Hat Chaos Dwarfs 2017 edition

It's been a few years and thanks to the 9th Age chaos / infernal dwarfs remain the scourge of the badlands they always have been.

If you are looking for the first instalment of my guide it is available here.

I won't go over the range featured in the earlier edition but it's fair to say both mantic and Russian alternative have kept the big hats alive which I am sure helped the below fine manufacturers produce some amazing miniatures.

First up is Norba Miniatures.
These two character minis are fine editions to any collection and will fit in nicely with existing big hat armies.
The above bros are about as big hat as their infantry gets but have potential.  Alas the remainder of their miniatures chose the path of the helmet but since Lost Kingdom miniatures have come to my rescue with kits for big hats do yourself a favour and check out Norba.

Lost Kingdom miniatures have indeed heard my cries from the land downunder and produced these truly inspiring big hat head kits:

I am confident these will fit on a range of minis and an old set of avatars of war bezerkers will soon lose their vanilla dwarf heads to these to become my Chosen of Lorgar for 9th Age.

Filling out their big hat range is this sorcerer who again can fit across many infernal dwarf ranges.

Perhaps which makes them my favourite big hat range at the moment is this scenery piece with appropriately attired shedu on either side of the entry of the gate.  Truly a centrepiece for any army.
I thought I would also show lost kingdoms' bull centaurs who with the addition of the big hats kits are worth the investment.
Whilst not exactly big hats like we know and love, Titan Forge miniatures fall into my loose definition due to this unique aesthetic by recognising our embrace of machine and magic:

These guys are truly fearsome looking and their version of the Kadim Titan is also worth a look.
The remainder of their infantry and characters are awesome too. Here's a sample.

Next is a new small company called Werewoolf miniatures:

Not my favourite of those listed here but fans of Mantic abyssal dwarfs can't go wrong with these dudes. 

Whilst I am not a huge fan of these dudes I recommend their hobgoblin khan which I think fits in with the Classic GW hobgoblin range.

My final recommendation is for a small range from Admiralty Miniatures:

Finally we get a female infernal dwarf with a suitable size (choice of two) hat.  Either of these sets are worthy of your hard earned cash.

Admiralty also produce this animated dwarf statue that I have been thinking would make a suitable Kadim incarnate.  I might have to take to the Admiral about how I can alter the poses so I can get four of them for a suitable size unit.

Finally it's not miniatures but if your need suitable infernal dwarf bits be sure to check out for some awesome pieces like this.

More bull centaurs finished

I have finished a couple more baby/ bull centaurs including the standard who is a conversion with a magic mould of the original BC standard that I used on the BC renders.

I still have the BC standard who will have a new weapon or maybe become the musician. The plan is to have ten of these bros ready for when 9th Age 2.0 drops.

As usual the banners are colour copies from the White dwarf presents : Chaos Dwarfs with some touch ups to keep them in line with the purple theme of my army.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Mordheim lives

After many years of always wanting to play Mordheim I finally had my first game last weekend.

The wait was worth it and starting in a short while my chaos dwarf warband will be stomping the mean streets of Mordheim.

I will be using the fantastic Black Dwarfs list with hobgoblins as informers, a hellcannon crew member converted as a gaoler with the rest pretty clear. 

Updates to follow over the coming months.

The full Black Dwarf warband
The Sorcerer and Gaoler
Bull centaur
Chaos Dwarfs

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Infernal engine and carriages

After many years I finally finished my dreadquake mortar which sat idle following some shameful performances during 8th edition warhammer and the times of the end (apologies broken Matt Hardy).

Anyway a competition on the mighty chaos dwarfs online for a dawi zharr inspired airship encouraged me to finally finish this amazing miniature.

I am pleased to report I have also found it much more useful in the 9th Age in both its regular and bound daemon form.

Despite the option for the land train not being available (yet?) I am extremely happy with this centrepiece for my infernal dwarfs.

You will note the infernal engine has a rather nasty death roller to represent the steam hammer option. This always gets lots of looks at tournaments as it is moveable up and down.

This is picture to my entry to the CDO airship competition.  The dreadquake mortar formed a major part of my entry as well as the great Taurus who helped the airship take flight.
The winning entries are truly inspiring and I am pleased by all the positive feedback I have received on my entry:

Taurukh Annointed / bull centaurs renders

With the evil empire killing off the old world I have embraced the 9th Age.

The infernal dwarfs are their equivalent of the mighty dawi zharr and with the option for both Taurukh Annointed and the regular Taurukhs I have been busy finishing off as many of my unpainted artists formerly known as bull centaurs.

Bull centaurs return to battle

Thanks to the wonder of the 9th Age the original bull centaurs miniatures are usable again.

Here are my miniatures ready for battle.