|Aah, the joys of January - the Christmas and Winter beers are in discount|
I was looking after the old metal crossbow dwarfs from Citadel, but couldn't found any with a quick search. On the other hand, Hasslefree Miniatures had a Christmas Offer: Buy Anything and get Something for free. They had some dwarfs with crossbows which looked suitable for my needs, so I placed an order. I got this Gromli figure as a free extra. For now he will be the leader of the unit, but I might change that Dwarf Officer from one of the Bolt Throwers to this unit, he has similar helmet and striped uniform as some of these.
|How can that shield look so messy???|
They all come with round bases, but I changed them to square ones. Gromli also had a nice shield, but I changed it to GW shield in order to tie him and his group tightly with the other forces. These guys are slimmer than cartoonish GW dwarfs and their beards are quite dwarf sized as well. Hmm. I mean small. I believe they will look okay with the rest of the dwarfs, they will be in their own unit, so it should help with optical illusion. On the other hand, they might work as a crusader army as well - all that ring mail and those helmets. They are not fat like most of the dwarfs, so these might work like as smallish crusades era men.
I really liked to paint these guys, I liked the sculpts and details, there was basically no flash. They were really a joy. It is just all that ring mail which might be quite painful, it takes some time and eats my brushes. Well. the stripes are not that better, but I still kinda liked to paint them. I have more of these, I hope to paint them during the challenge.
|Gromli observing the practice|
Nice looking Dwarfs! I think I might still have a few of the early 1980s Citadel ones in my collection at my dad's house, but don't remember if there were any crossbowmen among them. This little group will give you 25 points well earned :)