Thursday, February 16, 2017

Black Hat Dwarf Town Guard Crossbow


Here are the Black Hat Miniatures dwarven crossbowmen I painted for Adrian. The bases are unflocked so he can do them in the same style as the rest of his army.

These are some of the easiest figures to paint. The crossbow and the hands come in a separate piece from the torso, so I was able to prime them in two colours: black for the torso with all the metal, and brown for the hands and crossbow. The torso was then dry-brushed with silver, the face, hair and beard, sleeves, belt and scabbard, and feet hand-primed with red-brown or just painted over with the shade of brown I chose to represent leather, then the face and hair done. For the hands and crossbow part the hands are painted over the brown paint, and the bow itself left as is, with the metal parts picked out in black primer and then silver. Once the parts are glued together, I washed the non-silver parts with brown wash.

They are a little too large for a 20mm square base, so to make them rank up I set the rear rank closer to the rear of the base - this shouldn't be an issue as missile troops are unlikely to be deployed deeper than two ranks.

Again, these are a breeze to paint, and if you need a ton of dwarven crossbows for your army, they are the guys for you. It's a pity the range is so small, or I would be tempted to buy more.

2 comments:

Stephen Holmes said...

I always wondered why Dwarves are frequently shown carrying crossbows.
Could it reflect their mastery of mechanical devices?
Perhaps it's an effort to be different to the dratted Elves.

Anyhow, these guys look really good.
Drybrushed chainmail is a reliable technique, and they look like the sort of citizens who won't be backing down if the battle ends up as a close range brawl.

captain arjun said...

I imagine it's the idea that they cannot use long bows. :)