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Anvil of Doom Conversion (Update - Painted Anvil Guard)

posted Jul 14, 2012 02:34:43 by Greg2thePerson
I admit it. I'm officially a jerk. Let me explain.

I don't like the Anvil of Doom... at all. I think the ability to charge in the shooting phase is broken. I hate that it misfires at the most inopportune of moments. Most of all, I hate that you can't build a competitive Dwarf list without it.

It's been a loooooooooooooooong time since I used the Anvil. So long, in fact, that I actually traded my Anvil model away to a buddy. However, last time I took Dwarfs to a GT (listen to Episode 6) I got stomped with my fluffy list. After September, my Vampire Counts are going into retirement for a while. My new Orc and Goblin army (listen to Episode 23) will not be ready for who knows how long. That means I need something to play in the meantime. Back to the Dwarfs it is!

This time, my list will still be fairly fluffy. I'm still running very light on war machines, using a crazy unit of Slayers, Dwarf Warriors with hand weapon and shield ONLY, and multiple small units. Unfortunately, I gave in and decided to bring the Anvil. After all, it might be nice to win SOMETIMES. :-)

I'm still working on the conversion, but what do you think so far? Any and all feedback is appreciated.







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jake_hutton said Jul 16, 2012 22:55:43
Hey Greg. I saw the conversion on twitter. Seeing it in these larger pics it does look better. I still think though the Runelord could use a little extra to pop out. The Hammerers are perfect, anvil itself looks fine I just feel like the Runelord doesn't seem cool enough to represent a Lord level character (if that makes sense).

This may be remedied during painting, But i feel like as is he looks to much like a staple normal dwarf standing behind and ancient anvil of doom.

One thing to consider (which may be nit picky and if it comes off that way I apologize) is that if this is a Runelord he should be really old. If this is the case his beard should be comparable to say an Longbeards. Here it is not nearly as impressive.

Another way to make him look more heroic would perhaps adding horns or a crest to his helm as I looked and every dwarf hero has a really impressive helm. Perhaps if your greenstuffing skills are up to it instead you could add runes to his helm and armor this would give him a suitably powerful appearance.

Just some thoughts :).
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Greg2thePerson said Jul 17, 2012 10:47:40
Thanks for the input!

I have a few ideas for jazzing up the Runelord. I'll work on it some more and post updated pictures when I get a chance.
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jake_hutton said Jul 18, 2012 02:33:45
Looking forward to it!
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MichaelJordal said Jul 19, 2012 15:13:13
I like where this is going.
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Greg2thePerson said Jul 24, 2012 10:42:20
I've just about finished up the first Anvil Guard (the one I was painting on Episode 24). All I have left to do is the base. I'd love to hear your feedback, particularly concerning the freehand on the shield.



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Gargobot said Jul 24, 2012 12:40:50
Job's a good one (both conversion and the painted guard). Freehand looks good too. Kinda cute, though I'm not exactly sure why.
His hammer looks a little bent, but that should be easily fixed.
I'm looking forward to the whole model, the conversion is very promising. :)
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MrSaturday said Jul 25, 2012 09:50:28
I like it, nice to see an anvil that has a viable method of propulsion. I do agree the runelord needs a little sexing up, (maybe the helmet?) but it's not a big deal.
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Greg2thePerson said Jul 25, 2012 10:39:08
Thanks for the feedback, guys. The hammerer is slightly bent, good catch Gargobot! I'm going to add some horns to the Runelord's helm and see if that helps.
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jake_hutton said Jul 26, 2012 01:09:50
Really like the painted model. I'm not sold on the freehand. I can't really figure out why I think its because the rest of the model is so dark and realistic and then the shield is shockingly bright. Not really an issue may just be personal preference, it still looks great. The dwarf's face is very impressive you have a nice red undertone perfect!
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Greg2thePerson said Jul 26, 2012 22:49:28
I hear where you're coming from, Jake. Thanks for the input! Part of me dislikes the lack of continuity between model and shield, but another part of me likes the way it draws the eye to the shield (and the freehand design). I could perhaps try playing around with a wash or glaze to tone it down.

I've added some horns to the Runelord, by the way. It looks better, but now I'm slightly torn. Maybe I should just remove him and put one of my already painted Runelords on the back. Thoughts?
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jake_hutton said Jul 27, 2012 03:55:10
I can see what you are saying about the shield. The high contrast is eye catching so even though it is a bit jarring I would keep it (better then too dark).

Hmmmm well an already painted Runelord could potentially work. It would take care of the Runelord not looking up to standards. If you like your conversion more I say go for it, but if not the actual model could work.
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MichaelJordal said Jul 30, 2012 14:38:07
The shield is really cool.
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