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Brakru Silverhammer
10-04-2007, 01:45
I'm very new to Warhammer and painting minis so go easy on me. ;)

These are my first two complete dwarfs (from battle for skull pass). Please let me know what you think! I've yet to do the bases. I know texturing them should be one of the first steps but I don't have the materials yet and didn't want to wait to paint them! I'll post more photos as I complete full units.

I apologize for my poor photography.




10-04-2007, 02:03
Well, if you're new to painting, you must be a prodigy! They look really good (perhaps you are an artist). Nice highlighting and I like the color scheme. It seems like a weird decision, not using any metallics, but they look good anyway, so more power to you!

I do have a few suggestions.

1) paint the beard thong (don't know what else to call it; I mean the wrapped up part of the beard) in your lighter brown, leather color, then paint the belt glyphs in the dark brown/bronze color to make them stand out from the armor. It will make a difference when you have a mess of them all ranked up.

2) I know eyeballs are a big pain, but you obviously have the ability, so go ahead and paint them up!

I can't wait to see more. If these are some of your earliest models, then you will probably become very good in time!

Good luck and have fun!

10-04-2007, 02:16
Yeah in agreement, very nice for someone who's new to painting. I'm not sure on the lack of metallics myself but apart fom that they're pretty good.

Brakru Silverhammer
10-04-2007, 02:16

I didn't use any metalics simply because I don't have any right now lol. I agree with your suggestions 100% as far as braking up the gray colors. I think I'll pick up a couple new colors and change them now before I get in too deep and have to repaint a couple dozen models!

Do you have any recommendations on a brush for doing eyes? I find the idea of doing actual eyes very daunting. But with the right brush I'd be willing to attempt it.

I am an artist and have been building/painting models since I was young. I actually got my ears wet in this style of painting from re-painting action figures, the geek hobby of my teen years lol.

I appreciate the feedback very much. The more I get, the more motivated I am to paint these guys!

I'll be sure to update when I take a stab at some eyes. :)

10-04-2007, 02:18
I just use a gw fine detail brush for eyes but then I'm not very good ;)

Brakru Silverhammer
10-04-2007, 02:19
I just use a gw fine detail brush for eyes but then I'm not very good ;)

Do you know what size that is? I work at a craft store so I could pick one up tomorrow.

10-04-2007, 02:37
Nope sorry it doesn't say 5-0 maybe? That's it


10-04-2007, 14:10
Personally, I'd go down to a 10-0 for eyes, but a 5-0 might do the trick. Vallejo and Reaper make brushes that I really like. You may try some of them.

Elizas Guardianangel
10-04-2007, 21:38
Brakru, I also have some skull pass dwarves that I need to paint, and I am also a new comer to mini painting. I have to say that you've doing a great job! Can you tell me how you did the beards? I think they are the best painted part of your models.

Brakru Silverhammer
10-04-2007, 23:24
I picked up an 18-0 brush and some metallic paints today. Hopefully I'll have some new pics later.

Elizas, I first painted the beards the base color which was a mustard yellow, then i did a wash with a brown to get in all the cracks and last i hit the high spots with a brighter yellow. Glad you like them. That's my favorite part too. :)

Dat Wildboy
11-04-2007, 02:26
i love them, they look really bright, happy and cartoonish, but in a good way. i really love them. non metal on them just adds to it. very crisp and clean; you're a natural. impressive.

Brakru Silverhammer
11-04-2007, 02:45

I did add bronze to some area's to break up the gray. It's not too metallic in appearance so I think it keeps with the look of the rest of the paint. I tried my hands at eyes here too...don't know how I feel about them.




Took these shots in the bathroom. It's the only light in my apartment that do them any justice lol.

*edit* now that i'm looking at the photo's i think i'll give the eyes another go tomorrow. Poor guy looks scared stiff!

Elizas Guardianangel
11-04-2007, 11:55
The left eye of your dwarven warrior looks great. The right one looks a bit too constricted.

11-04-2007, 17:28
Nice looking dwarves!

Regarding the eyes, if you look, most of the time the only white you see on someone's eyes is to the far left and right of the eyeball, with the iris and pupil taking up most of the visible space. I'd suggest going a bit larger with the dark part of the eyes, but still leaving a bit of the whites showing. It should make him look a lot less surprised.

11-04-2007, 18:49
You should have put them on a proper throne for those bathroom shots...

Great work for your first couple of models. For your next few I would recommend working on your transitions from one color to another. What I mean is when you go from a dark green in the folds to a light green on your extremes, try to add a stage or two in between by mixing the two colors.

Again, great start, and I look forward to seeing your progression.

Brakru Silverhammer
12-04-2007, 02:22

I'll be sure to keep all of your tips in mind for the rest of the models!

I started on a dragon slayer tonight. Hopefully I'll finish him up tomorrow.





12-04-2007, 02:39
The slayer looks really good certainly better than my first attemp at the BfSP slayer (which i completed two weeks ago) the only thing i might suggest would be to use some ultramarine blue to add warpaint to the slayer i used it just to break up the monotany of my model's flesh colour (unfortunetly a week later i picked up the dwarf army book and discovered that i had been beaten to the punch) ohwell i guess its all part of the learning curve.

12-04-2007, 02:44
pretty nice. a whole army like this would look great.

Brakru Silverhammer
12-04-2007, 02:45
Thanks guys.

I love the war paint idea!

13-04-2007, 00:01
Glad you like the idea, if you use it i recommend "quatering" the model ex: left arm blue right leg blue the rest in flesh

Brakru Silverhammer
14-04-2007, 06:34

-I added what I think are decent eyes to the warrior champion.
-Added metallic paint to high spots on chain mail.
-Going to base all models on stone.
-Got some minor painting done on the dragon slayer.
-Re-worked paint on the thanes cape.

Please let me know what you think!





14-04-2007, 10:15
Nice but why 3 shots of the slayers butt!?!?!?!

They look good, I'm fasinated by the metal painted with no-metalics. I saw it in WD some time ago and was curious then. Though, correct me if I'm wrong, you've used metalics on those last 3 pics?

You've done an admirable job on the beards too!

Brakru Silverhammer
14-04-2007, 13:08

I didn't even realize I had the slayer turned around on the first pic and I didn't feel like re-taking the photo. :p So I apologize for any trauma the dwarf butt may cause you.

Yes there are metallics in the last three pics. I figured I'd try it out. I seem to be getting very mixed opinions about metallic or non-metallic for metal areas. I like it now that I've applied it but over all I think I prefer the matte finish on a regular gray or silver.

14-04-2007, 20:37
nice work so far mate, i like the fact you stick to a simple scheme. i think they would look a lot better if you didnt paint eyes, though.

Brakru Silverhammer
18-04-2007, 01:21
Finished the slayer. Didn't bother with eyes...




There are a couple messy spots that I didn't notice until taking the photos...but overall I'm happy.

18-04-2007, 22:25
Love the way your painting looks, though personally, I feel that eyes really pull the slayer together. In my Dwarf army, ONLY the slayers will have their eyes painted. Until I get more confident in not having cockeyed models.

You can see in this picture (http://bp2.blogger.com/_VcayfBL_oK0/RfZIK-pDbaI/AAAAAAAAACI/5r1bRqBMhaw/s1600-h/P3120132.JPG) of my slayer I did the eyes to somewhat look wild and crazed.

Brakru Silverhammer
18-04-2007, 22:30
Thanks. I may attempt eyes sooner or later again lol.

I like how they came out on your slayer!

19-04-2007, 23:56
Thanks as well! I love my slayer, I actually came into another BfSP Dwarf sprue, so now I have two slayers of the same model, I may put some battle tattoos on the new one. I am also working on a Slaaneshi Daemon slayer. Pink hair. All I gotta say.