Friday, 14 February 2020

From TomM: Millsy's Millpond: Earthshaker Cannon (55 points)

In the next challenge location, one can get extra bonus points if the models in question are pre 1990 or even pre 1980, but unfortunatly my model comes from 1994.

In that is is not other then the mighty Chaos Dwarf Earthshaker cannon, a war machine I adored since starting Warhammer... in the summer of 1994.

You see, back then me and my friends went to a local hobby shop, now long gone, and looked for an expansion for an Heroquest game.  Little did our 16 year old's now there was a whole hobby around of playing with toy soldiers, and we walked out with a box that branded "Games Workshop" like the Heroquest box, and had those same goblins in it.  As well as to us by then unknown High Elves.

That box was the Warhammer core box, and upon discovering at home this wasn`t our dungeon crawl game... we thundered into a new hobby (of which I am the sole survivor now).  I immediatly went back to buy an army, and at that time you had three army books: Empire, Orcs & Goblins, and High Elves, and as my friends had picked those, I wanted a list for myself as well.  Enter White Dwarf, where the new Chaos Dwarf range was introduced just then (the battle report vs Mike McVey's beautifull Wood Elves was my first issue), so I wanted those.  And those big hats just looked (and still do) fantastic, I`m a long time fan (and as seen earlier in the Challenge, sporting a Hashut tattoo...)

Fast forward 25 years and I am still painting (or in most cases, restoring), my old Chaos Dwarf army in a new bit of dominating the lesser races at the club (even though it'll be in the guise of Infernal Dwarves for 9th Age) as shell after shell will explode in their ranks.

Now, that is a bit of backstory... but not for this model.  This one was an opportunity buy a few months ago, to add yet another Earthshaker to my collection.  Because movement hampering, huge shell lobbing guns are a thing!  And those shell bearing crewmen remain my all time favorite GW models to date.

Pointswise, I guess that this qualifies as 3 infantry models at 5 points, together with 10 points for the gun and 30 for the location, netting me as such 55 points of bombardment funniness!

That's a great cannon and crew Tom. Well worth 55 points.



  1. Lovely neo Assyrian chaos dwarves! Brilliantly bonkers!
    Best Iain

  2. I really do like these Golden Oldies, the story behind it is really very recognisable although my experience was more towards the 40k era.

  3. Nice work on the antique dwarves!

  4. Fabulous work on these evil stunties. I always liked the look of that Earthshaker - so nasty.