Goblin Core Infantry available for sale

The following packs are now available to buy, while stock lasts. Apologies for the patchwork pictures, these will be replaced soon.

WKG-01A: Goblin Core Infantry with Spears and Shields 1 (6)
WKG-01B: Goblin Core Infantry with Halberds and Shields 1 (6)
WKG-01C: Goblin Core Infantry with Swords and Shields 1 (6)
WKG-02A: Goblin Core Infantry with Spears and Shields 2 (6)
WKG-02B: Goblin Core Infantry with Halberds and Shields 2 (6)
WKG-02C: Goblin Core Infantry with Swords and Shields 2 (6)
WKG-02D: Goblin Core Infantry with Handguns (6)
WKG-02E: Goblin Core Infantry with Crossbows (6)
WKGH-01: Goblin Heads with Sallet Helmet (6)
WKGH-02: Bare Goblin Heads (6)


Dwarf Zweihänder Greens - Part 1

I've been sitting on these for a while now (a few months at least), hoping to share the whole set at once, but one can only be expected to sit one's own pool of froth for so long before cracking. So without further ado, here is the first half of a set of elite dwarf infantry: the Zweihänders. They are all equipped with plate armour, a greatsword that's taller than they are, and a handweapon in it's scabbard. And big floppy hats of course. As always, they are sculpted by the talented John Pickford.

First of, the unit champion. As befits his status, he has the biggest feather. I really like this pose a lot (which is a tribute to the old marauder ogre with greatsword).

Next, a couple of unit fillers:

I call these unitfillers because of their relatively static poses and the possibility to swap heads around (also with those from other sets).

Talking about unitfillers supposes there are also non-unitfillers, which are some one piece dwarfs. As it's an elite unit, fewer variants are required, so it was the occasion to include some more varied poses and do away with the limitations imposed by the multipart nature of the other figures.

The first one is at the ready...

... while the second one is not afraid to take the fight to the enemy.

The next batch will include the rest of the command set and a few more poses and variants for the unit.


Goblin size comparison

I've been asked for a picture that shows the relative sizes of the dwarfs and goblins, so here's a quicky with a dwarf and a GW halfling.

As a reminder, here's the earlier picture with some Foundry orcs.


First building for the town

Last week at CRISIS 2011 I came upon a trader from France who had lots of those grey and red hard foam medieval/renaissance buildings (apparently made by/sold through Ziterdes in Europe,  though I've seen them under the Conflix label in the US). Now I had always  been sceptical about this stuff, but two of the buildings caught my eye that day and I had to admit they had quite a bit of detail on them and whoever made the original master put quite a lot of effort in them. I also liked how sturdy (and light) it all felt. There would be no need to worry about damage caused by someone accidentally bumping into it (you know who you are), or the bond of glue loosening as I always worry about on resin buildings. So I decided to take a chance and pick up the two I liked (the other is a watermill).

The true test of course would be how they look  with a coat of paint. After trying it, I think it works. Here's the first one, which is supposed to be a wizards house, but I'll probably use it as an apothecary or such.

Before and after view:

Close up of the front.

 A view from the side:

The backside, with a figure for scale:


Goblin Halberds - Part 1

First two of the Goblin Halberdier unit. I decided to give all the goblins in this unit helmets (luckily, I have 4 variants, so they don't all need to look the same) and a majority of them breastplates. This will give them a certain uniformity. I'm quite happy with how they look and the helmets almost give me a LOTR vibe. The scrolls on the shield read "We Be Goblin" (mostly because there wasn't enough room to add the "s" at the end).

Goblins with Spear and Crossbow - part 1

While the goblins are with Pete Brown for productionmoulding, I couldn't resist temptation to paint a couple spare mastercastings of the new ones. Last time I painted one with sword and shield and one with a handgun, this time I'd do one with spear and shield, one with a crossbow and two with halberds (see separate post).

The one with the spear uses one of the handless "shooter" bodies and the shield with a hand already sculpted onto it. I noticed after assembly that the shield is pointing a bit to the ground. It could have been placed differently with a quick pass with a needlefile on the sleeve. Hopefully this option will help to make them look sufficiently different from the "thrusting the spear with both hands" option (as seen on the second halberdier in the previous picture) and add to the variety. Oh, and the little scroll on the shield says "Up Yours". They may be dressed as civilised beings, but they're still rude goblins after all.

The crossbow goblin. Not much to say, other than that I realised when I started painting it that if I'd given it a spear instead of a crossbow, he'd look a lot like the marauder MM15 pikedwarf.

A group shot with the other two:


Dwarf Light Lancers - Part 2

The second of the Light Lances. I decided to try out something else for the armour and leave it black, with gold trim. I may do this for the whole unit, to set them further apart from the pistoleers and the greys. Again, I used one of the separate feathers on the helmet.

The two lancers  so far. I may redo the first one's armour in black too.

Imperial Dwarf Greys - Part 2

Second figure for the Imperial Dwarf Greys. I used one of the separate feathers that come with the sets on this one. A quick hole drilled in the back of the helmet, feather inserted and voila.

The two members of the unit so far:


Second batch of Landsknecht Goblin greens

I've been silent for a long time about the goblins, but I finally have an update. Kev's been busy converting the existing poses to add more variants and has gone way beyond expectations in making each one unique. He also added more heads and more weapon options. There are 8 new bodies (making for a total of 12), 10 new heads, a few variants for the existing weapons and a crossbow option.

These are now off to the mouldmaker and have been mastermoulded. I am awaiting mastercastings for one final check. If everything checks out, they're up for productionmoulding.

But in the mean time, have some pictures:

The 8 new bodies:

The heads (the missing one is visible in the above image):

A closer look at the back and front of the bodies:

 Some of the "plug-in" types in action:

The sprues (spears and halberds have  been sprued up differently since. The little shield in the lower right corner has a hand attached to it. This will allow to use the normal (one-handed weapons) on the plug-in type bodies in combination with the shield for even more variety in the poses.


Dwarfs with Pikes - Part 11

Something that was long overdue, the command figures for the Marauder Miniatures MB1 Dwarfs with pikes. It's only when I started editing the pictures I realised I forgot to finish their noses with my trademark "red nose". This omission was quickly rectified but by then the good light was gone, so you'll have to do with these pictures for now.

The champion. It's a great figure, but I don't think I did justice to it. I feel I could have picked the colours better.

The standard bearer. A great figure that I decided to put some extra care in, with the striped trousers. The banner is made from my usual material of stiff, posable foil (the kind you find in little dishes for chinese food, premade lasagna's, etc... Since I don't eat that stuff, I simply bought some empty ones which can also be had in a lot of places).

I'm rather happy with the little flag, even though the best part of it is hidden. It's a simplistic design, far from the little masterpieces others craft for their standarbearers. I remembered to take a picture before gluing it on, but after adding the curves. The shield looks asymmetrical in the picture because of the curve, but it's not.

The musician, this is the least interesting figure of the three, but quite possibly the single example of a dwarf playing a flute. And it's still a good figure in it's own right too.

And finally, a couple long overdue group shots of the unit so far (25 dwarfs, more to add). They are a mixture of WK dwarfs, Marauder originals and a few marauder conversions.


Dwarf Ponyriders Available

It's been a while, but the Dwarf ponyrider sets are now available (see the "Getting Some" section to the left or go here).
The following codes have been added:

Dwarf Light Cavalry:
WKD-20: Dwarf Pistoliers on Ponies (4)
WKD-21: Dwarf Light Lancers on Ponies (4)
WKD-22: Dwarf Swordsmen on Ponies (4)
WKM-01: Dwarf Ponies (4)

Dwarf Bits:
WKDH-03: Dwarf Heads 3 (8)
WKDW-13: WKD-21 Arms with Spears (gloved hand) (4)
WKDW-14: WKD-22 Arms with Swords (gloved hand) (4)


Dwarfs with Pikes - Part 10

Two more figures for the pikedwarf unit, this time original Marauder minis.

The first one is the one from the legendary MM15 set, which explains why he got a bit more attention from the sculptor. It's a single part model and looks great. I'm pretty happy with how he came out, as I think the colours work for him.

The second one is one of the marauder dwarfs with plug-in weapons (pikes, crossbows and handguns were made for them), and since I already painted copies of this body for my handgunners and crossbows, it's a bit less interesting, though I did manage to come up with another colour scheme for him that's different enough from my previous copies, while still respecting the general scheme.

A quick picture with similarly armed "WK" dwarfs:


Dwarf Halberdiers - Part 7

Finished off another two figures for my dwarf halberdiers. I think I'm going to use a lot of sallet helmets with this unit. It helps to tie them together.

I used a couple bits from the "pouches and dagger sprue" (namely, a pouch and the dagger) on this one. These little details help to further customise the figures (aside from the head and arm options) and make each one look unique.

Dwarfs with Pikes - Part 9

Another one for the pike unit, this time one of my plug-in types. Highlights sort of got washed out in the pictures. Unit is now 20 pikes strong, I will bring it up to 30 (including command) and then, after I rounded out some of the other units, I may expand it to a block of 40 or 50.

Seen here with the two halberdiers I did at the same time:


Imperial Dwarf Greys - Part 1

First of a unit of "Imperial Dwarf Greys". Where most other regiments rely on pistols or lances to soften up the enemy, the Greys charge directly in to battle with nothing but their swords, yelling out their defiance. They are famous for only riding grey ponies, making them instantly recognisable on the field of war.

Seen here with some light cavalry from different pony units (Light Lancers and Pistoliers):

Painted Ponyriders - Light Lancers

First of the Imperial Dwarf Light Lancers. Sort of botched up whatever is visible of the face (oops). This regiment will have dark brown ponies to set them apart from the pistoliers and the greys.

Side by side with an Imperial Dwarf Grey:


Dwarfs with Pikes - Part 8

Another three dwarfs with pikes. One is the Marauder MB1 Sergeant figure, the other two are from the second infantry set of my commissioned dwarves.

First the Marauder sergeant. This has been one of my favourite marauder dwarfs for a long time, so glad I could finally slap some paint on it. I wasn't too sure about some of the choices midpainting,  but in the end, I think he came out pretty well.

Secondly, one of my dwarfs, using the "amish" looking head. It's one of the best heads in the set IMO and it works well with this body. I also used one of the separate swords in scabbards to add some more detail:

The last one is also from the second core infantry set and is probably the combination of parts that has the most puff & slash for that much craved for landsknecht mercenary feel. Even his hat has them!

Some more pictures, the first of the 4 body poses from set two, the second a (non-exhaustive) selection of poses from sets 1-3, all armed with pikes.