In a frenzy of a day's painting, I finished off the batch! It only took three weeks, which isn't too bad given the small amount of time per day I spent on them.
Anyway, since last time, the first thing I did was the beards and some washing of the brown areas. I did a little detail here and there, fixed up some accidental splodges and whited the eyes.
I tend to think of them as zombie dwarves at this stage, you'll see why...
The redheads got some Red Gore followed by a little Blood Red in highlights. The Brown Beards had some various browns layered on. The greys had some fortress grey, a wash, then some more fortress grey. The belts, boots etc. had some Devlan Mud washed over them. Blondie got some snakebite leather and vomit brown all over his head.
And here are the zombie kings to compare to last time...
That was where they stood as of last night. This morning I woke up early and decided to finish them off. Got up at about six o'clock and it's a little after midday now, so pretty much six hours today (although there was breakfast, second breakfast and photography as well).
First I dotted the eyes, then I had to fix them up. Some of them took two or three tries to do. Fortunately the Khazad Guard have those masks, so you don't have to do theirs =) Next I mixed some dwarf flesh and elf flesh to do little highlights on noses, cheeks and any other skin. Then a flesh wash in the recesses really pops out the detail.
Next I mixed up some codex grey and liche purple for a largish highlight. Then a little more codex is added for a final purple highlight just on the tips of things and the highest ridges of the cloaks.
Lastly it was detail work. Some patterns on the cloaks and shields finished them off!
And now I'm the proud commander of even more dwarves!
Here's the finished group (I turned half of them to face backwards so you could see that side of them), you might need to click on this one to see them properly.
And the Kings:
And from the back...
And here are the archers:
All of the Khazads (new ones and old ones):
And a close up of a few of them:
All of my shielded dwarves:
And the heroes:
And before you get totally bored (if not too late already!)...
The army before...
And the new, improved army...
So in all there are:
Five proper heroes (Etako, Brynmor and the three new Kings)
A Shieldbearer (Boggle)
Five Vault Warden Teams
Six Iron Guard
Twenty Khazad Guard
Ten warriors with 2-Handed Axes
Fourteen warriors with shield
Twenty warriors with dwarven bow
Eight rangers with dwarven longbow
Eight rangers with 2-Handed Axes
Eight rangers with Throwing Axes.
In terms of points, giving the rangers with 2-Handed axes some throwing axes as well...
Base troops: 1137 points.
Heroes: depends on what you play them as I guess.
My usual loadout, Etako (Balin), Brynmor (Gimli) and Boggle (Shieldbearer), are 245 points.
If the other three are Dain (125 points) and two Kings (75-85 each), that adds another 275 - 295 points.
So with everything together... 1657 - 1677 points.
Pretty cool, huh =)
Anyway, I'm super happy that I finished them before the baby came, due in a week from now!
It can be quite disheartening when painting in a batch like this, it often seems like you spend hours to make no progress, but in the end you do get there, and it's worth it!
Thanks for all your forum feedback and messages, always happy to answer more questions, and hope you enjoyed following along!