Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dwarves! Dwarves everywhere!

There does seem to be a lot of dwarves around lately...

GW's released the new set for The Hobbit, which isn't tempting me much. The dwarves are really accurately sculpted it seems, compared to the characters in the movies, but the goblins I just don't care for.  They're more like post apocalyptic mutants to my eye than goblins- not that I won't enjoy the movie (!) but for minis..
I am just not drawn to the radioactive defective mutant look.  There's also the Stonehaven Dwarves, from the kickstarter, which are making their way to mailboxes now- mine came today! But I've had such a busy day I didn't take the time to even open it yet- crazy- but I will tomorrow.

But the dwarves I'm writing about are a set of 6 I just finished on commission.  They're from Fenryll and I really enjoyed painting them.  Done in 'Squad Class', my starting standard I offer, but I might have spent a bit more time than called for in some aspects just because I really did enjoy painting them.

Unlike the Warhammer style dwarves, these have more human-realistic proportions, with anatomy such as necks, and upper legs.  Very odd, I know.

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I imagine the one with the torch being the leader, so I gave him 'old guy' hair.
The big red haired fellow looks like the berserker of the lot, but they all look pretty dangerous.
The one with the lantern: not common for a dwarf to shave his beard and sport the big biker mustache.
I am convinced that that one must be the dwarf version of the bass player from Spinal Tap, so I gave him dark brown hair.

I've always liked dwarves.  It seems they inspire either great affection or rejection by people: love or hate.
When I was a kid, and read the Lord of the Rings the first time, I liked the elves the best.  I still like elves, but dwarves really grew on me over the years and they're now my favorite.  The muted colors, stoic nature, great pathos of the underdog... they're just cool. This commission got me excited to paint some of the Stonehaven Dwarves, just don't know when I'll squeeze in the time.. beyond work painting I have the next VSF campaign, this time on Earth's Moon, gearing up, and I need to add some more Quar to my forces.
So stay tuned for a lot of that in the months to come, and wish me luck, because my map placement is about the worst you could find yourself in!

In honor of the lantern dwarf: enjoy!


Jay said...

These fellas are very nicely sculpted, and and painted.

Anne said...

These turned out great Ferret and I think your customer got a heck of a deal here.

Spinal Tap was brilliant. And in the immortal words of Marti Dibergi
"This pretentious ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, 'What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day too?'"

Paul of the Man Cave said...

Great looking lads - I love me some Dwarves too :-)

Michael Awdry said...

Gorgeous work Sir! The whole group is splendid, but I am particularly drawn to the chap holding the lantern.

Anonymous said...

Really good looking batch of Dwarves there. I was the same way as a kid. I was a big fan of Elves, but as I grew older and saw that the Dwarves and Hobbits were portrayed with more "character" I shifted more to favoring them.

Brummie said...

Lovely job on these great work sir!

Dr. Willett's Workshop said...

Great job. The new "Hobbit" box from GW isn't tempting me neither.

Scott said...

Fine job on the Dwarves Ferret.

M R Lee said...

Nice work indeed here! Love the character in them, and this is your lowest quality??? Damn.. so much farther to go to reach your level mate ;)

Laughing Ferret said...

Thanks all :)

It's got me curious to check out other fenryll minis. But I have the Stonehaven dwarves and that should keep me busy for awhile.

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