Sunday, 4 November 2012

How I Paint: Chaos Dwarves

We will remake the world into our doman; a land of cider, ash and the blackened bones of our enemies, until only we remain and those broken bodies that cower at our feet.
- Lord Asteroth

Chaos Dwarf Deathmask

After last nights post, I'm continuing my own personal little Fantasy Renaissance. Expect to see pics of these guys soon:

Valkia the Bloody and a unit of Khorne Skullcrushers

I remember fondly the first time I stepped into "Deal Prams and Cycles", a bike shop in my old hometown that used to sell Games Workshop models. I'd been told they sold them by the friend who'd introduced me into the hobby, and, with the book of Genestealers in my hand that I knew I wanted, I continued browsing regardless.

I remember a little bargain bin at the end of the model shelving. I remember in it, it had four books, all of them "Warhammer Armies" books: High Elves, Dark Elves, Wood Elves, Chaos Dwarves. Though I started with Tyranid Genestealers, my second box was a metal Juggernaut of Khorne (in hindsight, a real stupid purchase for an 8 year old kid...) and I swore my third purchase would be that Chaos Dwarf book. So I saved.

When I had enough, to my chagrin the book had been sold, leaving High Elves and Wood Elves. As a kid, rather than save, I picked High Elves, and started what would be a period of misery utterly failing to paint white horses. As I had no idea what an undercoat was, I spent hours desperately trying to get Skull White paint to stay on a plastic model... but I digress.

The Chaos Dwarves I saw there were cooky, crazy bearded fellows with huge chimney-pot hats, and though I had no real idea who they were, I loved the look of them and kept a quiet eye on them throughout the years. Of course, I rarely if ever saw any of them due to them being discontinued by Games Workshop by time I discovered Games Workshop Canterbury.

Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard Standard Bearer

So it was that when Forge World, or rather Warhammer Forge, announced the "Tamurkhan: Throne of Chaos" book, I was utterly in two minds. On one hand, Chaos Dwarves! At last! And the models were/are absolutely stunning. On the other hand, I felt my wallet scream out at me, and army of them, even with the traditional hordes of Hobgoblin slaves (plastic Night Goblins, perhaps?) would be costly. Regardless, I just had to have some, even if just a single unit to paint up. I could, after all, justify it with my large Beastman army, with the small, previously mentioned Warriors of Chaos force, as all part of a Grand Host of Chaos (which is what I did for the Rise of Tamurkhan campaign we did).

Painting them was great fun. Totally unlike anything I had worked on before. Again, they were done with the old paints, but I tried a standard dwarf using the new paints and the colours are practically identical.

So here's how I did it.

Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard with Firepike

Dark Iron Armour:
Basecoat: 50/50 Leadbelcher/Warplock Bronze - Basecoat Brush
Wash: Nuln Oil - Wash Brush
Layer: Ironbreaker - Detail Brush
Wash: Agrax Earthshade - Wash Brush
Layer: Runefang Steel - Fine Detail Brush
This applies to the scales too, leaving the previous colour in the recesses and working outwards.

Brass Detail:
Basecoat: Leadbelcher - Basecoat Brush
Wash: Seraphim Sepia - Wash Brush
Layer: Runefang Steel - Detail Brush
Wash: Seraphim Sepia - Wash Brush
Layer: Runefang Steel - Fine Detail Brush

Red Lacquer:
Basecoat: Khorne Red - Basecoat Brush
Wash: Nuln Oil - Wash Brush
Layer: Khorne Red - Standard Brush
Layer: Wazdakka Red - Fine Detail Brush

Deathmask Brass:
Basecoat: Screaming Bell - Basecoat Brush
Wash: Agrax Earthshade - Wash Brush
Layer: Brass Scorpion - Standard Brush
Layer: Runefang Brass - Fine Detail Brush

Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard Musician

Flesh (including Drum Skin):
Basecoat: Rakarth Flesh - Basecoat Brush
Wash: Reikland Fleshshade - Wash Brush
Layer: Pallid Wych Flesh - Detail Brush
Wash: Reikland Fleshshade - Wash Brush
Layer: Pallid Wych Flesh - Fine Detail Brush

Basecoat: Rakarth Flesh - Basecoat Brush
Wash: Agrax Earthshade - Wash Brush
Layer: Pallid Wych Flesh - Detail Brush

Basecoat: Mephiston Red - Basecoat Brush
Wash: Agrax Earthshade - Wash Brush
Layer: Squig Orange - Detail Brush
Wash: Feugan Orange - Wash Brush
Drybrush: Kindleflame - Small Drybrush
Glaze: Bloodletter - Wash Brush


  1. They look so amazing! Its a shame they were discontinued, otherwise I would have bought some just to paint and keep on a shelf, every time gazing upon their lost faces, knowing the story of what they had become, what they had needed to become. These arent just any old warhammer pieces. These have got to be one of the most special iv seen, from all aspects including character, story line and ofcourse your amazing painting! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. About 3 years late on this, but they weren't discontinued. They're an official Warhammer army now. 8th edition rules are in a forgeworld book called Tamurkhan: Throne of Chaos and Age of Sigmar rules are free on forgeworld site. They're still selling the models and they look amazing. Also they've given them all new keywords meaning they will have future releases under GW.

  2. Hey! great paint job man, should be proud. by the way. 2 things, when you list about the deathmask brass, do you mean covering the entire helmet? If not, where do u paint the deathmask brass? And also, back to the deathmask brass section, do you mean runelord brass?
    BUt all together, excellent painting.

    P.S. Plz reply

  3. Amazing paint job!